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Eddie Marsan talks about John Darwin role and makes veiled jab at Boris Johnson

Two UK government departments have been infected on multiple suspected instances by Pegasus spyware, Citizen Lab has revealed.

The infections were found in both 10 Downing Street – the heart of government – and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) between 2020 and 2021.

Citizen Lab today said it could confirm that the suspected infections relating to the FCDO were associated with Pegasus operators linked to the UAE, India, Cyprus, and Jordan, while those at No 10 were also associated with an operator linked to the UAE.

It comes as a poll today revealed that Boris Johnson is widely regarded as a liar by British voters.

A public opinion poll by JLPartners found that just 16 per cent of people would use positive language to describe the prime minister with more than 70 per cent characterising him in negative terms.

Voters were asked to describe the prime minister, with the most frequent description being that he is a ‘liar’ – followed by ‘incompetent’ and ‘untrustworthy’.

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Breaking: Police speak to Nicola Sturgeon over suspected breach of face mask law

Nicola Sturgeon has been reminded “of the importance of wearing a face covering when there is a legal requirement to do so”, Police Scotland said on Monday.

It comes after leaked footage appeared to show the Scottish first minister breaching the country’s Covid face mask law.

“Local officers have spoken to the first minister to remind her of the importance of wearing a face covering when there is a legal requirement to do so,” the force said in a statement.

More follows from my colleague Sam Hancock here:

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 16:13

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Powerful ‘trojan horse’ spyware found on Downing Street phone, security researchers say

Powerful spyware used by hackers to snoop on communications and steal data has been found on a devices at Downing Street, researchers have said.

Specialists at the University of Toronto‘s Citizen Lab said the notorious “Pegasus” trojan horse appears to have been used to target both the prime minister’s office and the Foreign Office.

The researchers said they had identified “multiple suspected instances of Pegasus spyware infections” on devices used by UK government officials.

Several No 10 mobile phones, including Boris Johnson‘s, were tested after the 2020 breach – but UK officials were apparently unable to locate the infected device nor the nature of any stolen data.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has more:

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 16:03

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Every day Boris Johnson remains ‘tarnishes his party and office of prime minister’, says former minister

Former Cabinet member Rory Stewart has said the removal of prime minister Boris Johnson from office is an “ethical” matter for the Conservative party.

Tweeting today, the former Tory minister said: “Every day that Boris Johnson remains tarnishes his party and the office of the Prime-Minister.

“Removing him is not only the ethical thing for Conservative MPs to do.

“It is also profoundly in their long-term interest.”

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 15:42

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Former archbishop calls Rwanda scheme ‘sinful’

The former archbishop of Canterbury has dubbed the government’s Rwanda migrant plans “sinful” after Justin Welby yesterday described the scheme as being “against the judgement of God.”

Rowan William reportedly told Times Radio: “Policy itself seems to me to be not in accord with what I understand about God.”

He then went on to describe Partygate as something to put prime minsiter Boris Johnson’s “position in doubt.”

He added: “A breach of the law, which has damaging consequences for society, which damages trust which damages the integrity and credibility not only of an individual but of the government seems to be perfectly appropriate for the confessional.”

“It’s appropriate to take that kind of offence to the confessional, to lay it out to ask for, as the formula of confession says, penance, advice and absolution.”

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 15:25

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Watch: Tory minister laughs on GMB after being asked if he would ‘send Jesus to Rwanda’

Tory minister laughs on GMB after being asked if he would ‘send Jesus to Rwanda’

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 15:04

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No 10 and FCDO fall foul to Pegasus spyware infections

Two UK government departments have been infected on multiple suspected instances by Pegasus spyware, Citizen Lab has revealed.

The infections were found in both 10 Downing Street – the heart of government – and the Foreign Commonwealth and Development office (FCDO) between 2020 and 2021.

Citizen Lab today said it could confirm that the suspected infections relating to the FCDO were associated with Pegasus operators linked to the UAE, India, Cyprus, and Jordan, while those at No 10 were associated with an operator linked to the UAE.

Developed by the Israeli cyber-arms company NSO Group, Pegasus can be covertly installed on mobile phones (and other devices) running most versions of iOS and Android.

It is capable of reading text messages, tracking calls, collecting passwords, location tracking, accessing the target device’s microphone and camera, and harvesting information from apps

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 14:46

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‘War cabinet’ could be established if leadership contest occurs, senior Tory suggests

A veteran Conservative MP has said a “war cabinet” could be created in the event of a possible leadership contest should the prime minister resign or be desposed, so as not to detract attention from efforts to aid war-torn Ukraine.

Sir Roger Gale said the “interim administration” could be led by the deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab.

“I don’t actually know whether what I’m proposing is possible legally,” he said.

“But if Johnson were to resign – he probably won’t – but if he were to resign, then … if the deputy prime minister led a ‘war cabinet’ to deal with the crisis and get us through to the point when we could then have a proper leadership election, that is a possible way forward.

“What I don’t know is what the situation is if the prime minister refused – suppose it was necessary for the prime minister to go but he won’t resign, then insofar as I’m aware the only way of doing that is by getting the 50 letters … and then hope that you can win a no-confidence motion, which is not certain.”

He added: “What I don’t know under the rules is if you have a no-confidence motion and the prime minister goes, do you then have to have a leadership contest?

“Or could you have what I’m suggesting, which would be an interim administration – a Conservative administration, but an interim administration – to see us through?”

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 14:25

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Watch: Boris Johnson ‘will have his say’ on Partygate scandal, says minister

Boris Johnson ‘will have his say’ on Partygate scandal, says minister

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 13:55

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Opinion: ‘There are bleak days ahead for the economy – but don’t give up hope’

These are confusing and troubling days, but the Easter break gives us all a moment to reflect on what is happening and hopefully pick a path through the gloom, writes Hamish McRae.

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 13:35

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Watch: Historian says Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser’ of decency

Historian says Boris Johnson has become ‘great debaser’ of decency

Emily Atkinson18 April 2022 13:15



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