Russia report: UK ‘actively avoided looking for evidence’ of Russian interference in Brexit, plus could confusion over face masks lead to a second coronavirus spike?
A long-awaited report into Russian interference in the UK has made a bombshell claim: the Government ‘actively avoided looking for evidence’ of a threat from the Kremlin. MI5 is also criticised for its response to the Intelligence and Security Committee as it investigated whether Moscow sought to sway the outcome of the 2016 Brexit vote. The Evening Standard’s Julian Glover says the big question now is: whose decision was it not to look for Russian influence?
And, Boris Johnson has assembled his Cabinet face-to-face for the first time since Spring. Ministers were socially distanced and had easy access to hand sanitiser - measures we’ve become familiar with to stop the spread of Covid-19. But they were under no obligation to wear face masks, despite them becoming mandatory in shops and on public transport. Oxford University Professor Melinda Mills and director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science says these confusing messages could lead to a second spike in cases.
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