Prime story: Cummings may face police investigation
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Boris Johnson will face renewed pressure today to sack Dominic Cummings regardless of his makes an attempt to defend his aide, who has been broadly condemned for driving 260 miles to his mother and father’ house in March in an obvious breach of lockdown guidelines. The prime minister tried to quell the mounting storm triggered by the Guardian’s story on Saturday by saying yesterday that Cummings had acted with “integrity”. However with authorities scientific advisers expressing dismay on the aide’s flouting of the principles and 9 Tory MPs calling for Cummings’s head, Johnson has not silenced the critics. A submit on the official civil service Twitter account appearing to take aim at Johnson and Cummings, who has made many enemies in Whitehall together with his combative type, was deleted after being broadly shared on Sunday. Discover out what the papers must say here, together with our columnist Martin Kettle, who savages Johnson’s response, calling it a “self-centred, self-indulgent sign to the general public that the principles not actually matter”.
At an unscheduled press convention look on Sunday, Johnson mentioned some points of the story about Cummings had been “palpably false”, however he didn’t say which and ignored some direct questions. Cummings is facing a possible police investigation after a witness complained to police that he noticed Cummings in Durham in a second breach of lockdown in April. Retired chemistry trainer Richard Lees famous the variety of a automotive which he mentioned Cummings was driving in Barnard Fort on 12 April. Learn what we know so far about Cummings’s actions.
The affair positioned different developments within the coronavirus story within the shade over the weekend though the PM was pressured yesterday to acknowledge that some primary schools will need more time to arrange earlier than pupils can return. He had hoped all primaries would reopen subsequent Monday. The testing row additionally rumbles on with docs accusing Public Well being England of overlaying up issues that almost one-third of tests produce false results.
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Equality wrestle – Fifty years after the passing of the Equal Pay Act, about 29,000 people are still lodging claims for redress under the legislation impressed by hanging girls at Ford’s manufacturing unit in Dagenham. In line with analysis by the legislation agency DLA Piper, employment tribunals in England and Wales have acquired greater than 368,000 complaints referring to equal pay since 2007-08, a median of virtually 29,000 complaints a yr. The examine additionally means that the figures might be even greater as many instances are withdrawn earlier than they attain tribunals.
Financial institution vacation bonus – An additional financial institution vacation in October this yr could boost the economy by £500m, in line with an economics thinktank. The CEBR says the federal government’s suggestion of an additional time without work may result in an enormous quantity of additional spending within the journey and leisure sectors as pent-up demand is unleashed after lockdown. The report’s creator, Douglas McWilliams, has beforehand claimed that financial institution holidays really price the economic system cash however he seems to have reversed his pondering.
‘A good shake’ – Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister, has been interrupted throughout a dwell tv interview by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake within the capital Wellington. “We’re simply having a little bit of an earthquake right here,” she tells the interviewer. “… fairly a good shake right here. Should you see issues transferring behind me.” The quake struck about 100km from the capital on Monday morning. There was no main harm reported.
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In echoes of the Cummings affair, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been branded a “killer” for going out for a sizzling canine on Saturday in an affront to well being ministry tips. Nearly 1,000 died within the nation on Saturday and it now has the second most instances behind the US. Donald Trump’s nationwide safety adviser has accused China of a Chernobyl-style coverup over its dealing with of the virus outbreak. Americans have flocked in their thousands to vacationer spots such because the Lake of the Ozarks and Florida seashores.
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There’s just one story on the town in the present day. The Guardian leads with “No apology, no explanation: PM bets all on Cummings” and the Mirror, which broke the story with the Guardian, goes for “A cheat & a coward” subsequent to photos of Cummings and Johnson.
The Mail’s splash headline asks “What planet are they on?”, however different Tory supporting papers maintain again from attacking No 10 and stick with Johnson’s line of defence. The Telegraph headline quotes the PM “‘He has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity’”, whereas the Occasions says “Cummings acted like every father, insists PM”. The Solar goes with a punning headline, “Backed to high school”, whereas the Categorical performs it straight down the road with “Defiant Boris stands by his man”. The i tries to take it on a however additional, saying “Chaos in No 10 as Cummings clings on with PM’s help”.
Solely the FT differs in its selection of prime story. “Treasury attracts up bailout plan to help key debt-laden corporations”, it says.
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