Friday morning UK news briefing: Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

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1. Global Britain is ‘shut for business’, warns Theresa May

Britain is “shut for business” because of travel restrictions that are “incomprehensible” in one of the most vaccinated countries in the world, Theresa May has warned.

In a forthright attack on the Government’s Covid policy, the former prime minister said that if ministers blocked travel every time there was a new variant, “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again”. Read the full story.

2. Biden ‘a breath of fresh air’, says Johnson as pair push Brexit tensions to background

Boris Johnson praised Joe Biden’s administration as a “breath of fresh air” on Thursday as the pair put on a display of unity despite Brexit tensions in their first face-to-face meeting.

Despite speculation the US president was preparing to dress down his counterpart over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the leaders traded public compliments rather than veiled threats. Read the full story.

3. Meet ‘Red Kate’, leader of the ‘People’s Republic of Worcester College’

If the Rhodes Must Fall movement was looking for a new leader, it seems they have found it in “Red Kate”.

As interim provost of the self-styled “People’s Republic of Worcester College”, Prof Kate Tunstall is the most prominent scholar to join the Oriel boycott. Read the full story.

4. Britain will lead global fightback against cyber attackers, says Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab has vowed to “take the fight to cyber criminals” extorting businesses, schools and hospitals, as Britain is poised to announce a raft of sanctions on foreign hackers.

The Foreign Secretary declared on Thursday that the UK and the United States would “lead globally” on countering ransomware attacks that paralyse national infrastructure. ​Read the full story.

5. Hancock promises investigation into inappropriate ‘do not resuscitate’ orders

The Health Secretary has pledged to investigate cases where “do not resuscitate” decisions were inappropriately given to people with learning disabilities, following a Telegraph investigation into the issue.

Matt Hancock told a Parliamentary inquiry into the pandemic he would “absolutely” probe a case where a patient with learning disabilities died after being given a do not resuscitate order (DNR) and wanted to “know” about “cases of people disobeying the guidance”. Read the full story.

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