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Lockdown exit 1) ‘One metre-plus’ to be new social distancing rule

“Boris Johnson is poised to announce a new “one metre plus” rule for all venues, including shops, restaurants, schools, offices, and parks, in an overhaul designed to unlock swathes of the economy. The move, which would take effect from July 4, is understood to entail allowing people to remain a metre away from others if they take additional measures to protect themselves, such as wearing a mask or meeting outdoors. In restaurants, pubs and bars, firms will be expected to introduce measures such as partitions between tables that are less than two metres apart. It comes after Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, said that No 10’s review of the current rule would “make an enormous difference” to businesses “who are keen to see a change”. – Daily Telegraph

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Lockdown exit 2) Expanded bubbles can reunite families with grandparents

“Boris Johnson will announce an expansion of household “bubbles” on Tuesday that could mean millions more grandparents being reunited with their grandchildren. In a widespread easing of remaining lockdown measures, the Prime Minister will also put pubs, restaurants and hairdressers on notice to reopen on July 4 and cut the two metre rule to one metre. Staycations will also be opened up to millions of families. The move is designed to save tens of thousands of businesses from going under, and bring the country closer to normality than at any time since the lockdown started in March. But Downing St said Mr Johnson “will not hesitate to put the handbrake on”. – Daily Telegraph

  • Pubs will take names of drinkers – The Times
  • Bars and restaurants to keep record of customers – The Sun
  • ‘Spit test’ to be trialled in Southampton – The Guardian
  • Weekly saliva checks first step towards national testing – The Times
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Lockdown exit 3) Lawson: What we can all learn from the Japanese post-Covid

“For those of us sensitive to noise, the rules likely to govern public manners as the nation eases out of lockdown seem almost like paradise, and certainly an improvement on the pre-Covid-19 social code. The new measures are based on the scientists’ belief that talking loudly produces thousands of droplets, which can remain in the air for up to a quarter of an hour before disappearing. These droplets are the main way in which the virus is transmitted by an individual carrier. So restaurants, once reopened, will be asked to refrain from playing loud music, as this has the inevitable result of diners having to shout at their companions in order to be heard.” – Daily Mail

Terror suspect known to MI5

“The terror suspect accused of killing three people in a Reading park had been investigated by MI5, it emerged on Sunday night. Khairi Saadallah, 25, was put on the security service’s ‘radar’ less than a year before Saturday’s attack after a tip-off that he planned to travel to his native Libya where it was feared he wanted to join a militant jihadist group. But the file was closed after two months when intelligence services found no credible evidence to support the claim. Questions remain over whether Saadallah should have been at large at the time of Saturday evening’s attack in a park in Reading, Berks, after being released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Libyan suspect in Reading park stabbings known to MI5 – The Times
  • ‘His hands were covered in blood’ – The Times
  • First victim identified as history teacher – Daily Telegraph
  • Pupils pay tribute to beloved teacher – The Times
  • Khairi Saadallah had mental health issues, friends say – Daily Telegraph
  • Suspect left prison 16 days ago – The Sun
  • New questions over early release of offenders – Daily Telegraph
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Johnson’s plans to relax Sunday trading laws under fire from 50 Tory MPs

“Boris Johnson’s plans to liberalise Sunday trading laws look to be in trouble after at least 50 Conservative MPs told him directly that they will vote against them, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Ministers are considering relaxing the rules on Sunday to allow people to shop for longer and give a boost to retailers as the coronavirus lockdown continues to ease. However in a letter to the Prime Minister, the MPs tell him “that over 50 Conservative MPs, from a range of intakes including those elected in 2019 and covering a full spectrum of views in the parliamentary party, are opposed to these plans and have expressed this directly to us or to their constituents”. The letter to Mr Johnson is signed by seven Conservative MPs – Fiona Bruce MP, William Wragg MP, David Amess MP, Martin Vickers MP, David Jones MP, Andrew Selous MP and Bob Blackman MP.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sunak ‘considers cut in VAT’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Tax rises to follow VAT stimulus – FT
  • VAT cut ‘planned by Sunak’ – The Sun
  • Darling calls for tax cut – The Guardian
  • Half of workers fear their jobs are at risk – The Times
  • Cross-government group to tackle Windrush treatment – The Guardian
  • Villiers forces delay to parliamentary intelligence watchdog – The Times
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Planning rules to be relaxed to aid home building

“Planning permission deadlines will be extended to save hundreds of construction projects from delays, ministers will announce today. Longer hours will also be allowed on work sites to help with social distancing and planning appeals could be speeded up. Boris Johnson is expected to promise to ‘build, build, build’ in a speech next week that he hopes will redefine his premiership. He will promise a huge programme of investment to revive the pandemic-ravaged economy. Planning permission usually expires after three years if work has not been started. But sites that have an expiry date between the start of lockdown and the end of this year will now see their consent extended to next April.” – Daily Mail

Labour calls for Jenrick to answer questions over ‘cash for favours’ row

“Labour is to demand that a government minister is brought before MPs to explain what it claimed were “serious discrepancies” in his account of a “cash-for-favours” planning row. Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has previously claimed that he did not discuss a proposed £1 billion property development when he sat next to the Conservative donor Richard Desmond at a party fundraising event. The minister later went on to overrule officials and give the scheme the go-ahead. Mr Desmond, the former newspaper owner behind the development in east London, told The Sunday Times, however, that he had shown Mr Jenrick a promotional video about the development on his phone when the pair sat next to each other at a Conservative fundraising dinner.” – The Times

  • Ex-planning minister investigated over links to firms in hotel scheme – Daily Telegraph

PM aide in line for Lords

“Sir Eddie Lister, one of Boris Johnson’s most senior advisers, is expected to be given a peerage later this year. He is thought to be one of 30 nominations, including several Tory donors, on a dissolution honours list that will be given to the Queen in the autumn. It has been suggested that the influence of Sir Eddie, who was Mr Johnson’s chief of staff when he was mayor of London, has waned in recent months. When Mr Johnson entered No 10 Sir Eddie, 70, was seen as a moderating influence in contrast to Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior adviser.” – The Times

Fox and Mandelson compete to be next world trade chief

“Ministers are considering whether to nominate Liam Fox, the former international trade secretary, as Britain’s candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Dr Fox is understood to be on a shortlist of candidates being drawn up in Whitehall before the deadline for a candidate next month. He faces competition from Lord Mandelson, the Labour grandee and former EU trade commissioner, who has been lobbying other governments. Phil Hogan, the former Irish minister and current EU trade commissioner, has been nominated by Dublin but other member states are at odds over his candidacy.” – The Times

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May makes £100k per speech on lecture circuit

“Asked what her plans were when she left Downing Street last year Theresa May said she wanted to do a “bit more cooking” and watch more cricket. However, the former prime minister has spent a lot more of her time in VIP airport lounges, raking in more than a million pounds on the international lecture circuit. Details released in the register of members’ interests reveal that Mrs May is in demand from big banks and American universities for insights into her time in power. Since stepping down last year she has agreed to eight speeches around the world for which she was paid on average more than £100,000 each.” – The Times

Trump plays to empty seats

“The Trump campaign has blamed the media and “radical protesters” for a surprisingly modest turnout at the president’s comeback rally, with opponents claiming they embarrassed him with thousands of bogus ticket applications. For the first time, President Trump looked over a sea of empty seats on Saturday, with an official crowd of 6,200 logged by the city fire department for the 19,000-seat venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a strongly Republican state.” – The Times

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