Johnson to urge caution as England takes first step out of lockdown

“Boris Johnson will stress the need for people to be cautious as England takes its first significant step towards easing lockdown restrictions for adults. People will now be able to meet up legally outdoors in groups of six, or in two households, including in private gardens, and organised outdoor sport can resume. The relaxation of restrictions is being accompanied by the launch of a government advertising campaign showing vividly why indoor mixing with people from other households is still deemed risky. In an unusual move, as part of the campaign, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is publicising advice from a psychologist about how people can resist pressure from their friends and relatives to break the rules.” – The Guardian

  • PM to address nation with urgent warning – Daily Express
  • Lockdown exit can herald great summer of sport, Johnson says – The Times
  • Don’t break rules, public told, as lockdown eases – Daily Telegraph
  • Brits to enjoy freedoms again – The Sun
  • Vaccinations on track, but holiday outlook is gloomy – The Times
  • Care home infections reduced 60% by single vaccination – The Times
  • Johnson urged to consider lifting ‘work from home’ guidance – Daily Telegraph
  • The joy of six: how we will mark a return to socialising – The Times
  • Foster backs idea of sharing vaccines with Ireland – Daily Telegraph

Schools ‘cover up’ sexual abuse by pupils

One of the country’s most senior police officers has said he believes that schools have covered up sexual offences to protect their reputations as a task force took charge of the surge in abuse complaints. Chief Constable Simon Bailey told The Times that the outpouring of allegations was the education sector’s “MeToo” moment and that he feared a “culture of misogyny and sexual harassment” had not been challenged in some schools.” – The Times

  • Every police force will have to investigate claims, senior officer warns – Daily Telegraph
  • Police investigating 7,000 school sex crimes – Daily Mail

Cameron ‘told friends he would make $60m from Greensill deal’

David Cameron told friends that he stood to make $60 million from the listing of a company at the heart of a lobbying scandal, it has been claimed. A friend of the former prime minister said that he was “candid” about the potential windfall from his shareholdings in Greensill after it was valued at $7 billion. Cameron subsequently sent a series of texts to Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, lobbying him to grant hundreds of millions of pounds in taxpayer-funded loans to the company. Sunak referred him to senior officials at the Treasury, who decided to refuse the company’s applications for loans.” – The Times

  • Steel jobs under threat after £170m bailout for Gupta rejected – The Times

Scrap use of BAME label, race commission tells Johnson

“The term BAME should no longer be used by public bodies and companies, Boris Johnson’s racial disparities commission will recommend this week. Scrapping the label – an acronym for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic – is one of the key proposals in a report by the independent Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, details of which have been shared with The Telegraph. The body, chaired by the international education consultant Dr Tony Sewell, was set up by Mr Johnson last July in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests. A source familiar with the report said BAME had become “unhelpful and redundant” as a term as the Government looks to tackle racial inequalities.” – Daily Telegraph


Batley’s hardliners are winning by exploiting Britain’s liberal principles, Nick Timothy – Daily Telegraph

Salmond makes peace offering to Sturgeon

“Alex Salmond has held out an olive branch to Nicola Sturgeon only days after opening a schism in the support for Scottish independence with the launch of his rival party. The former SNP leader said it was time for him and his successor to put their “personal differences” behind them and work together to prepare for the creation of a Scottish state. Salmond recently gave evidence that directly contradicted Sturgeon’s, accusing her of misleading the Scottish parliament and of conspiring against him, to a committee examining the Scottish government’s handling of harassment complaints made against him.” – The Times


Tories fear Welsh independence push if Labour loses power

“Cabinet ministers fear that the Cardiff government will insist on holding a Welsh independence referendum if Labour loses power in May’s elections. The most likely outcome of the May 6 poll is a three-way split between Labour, the Tories and Plaid Cymru, with no party getting close enough to a majority of 60 seats. Plaid Cymru disclosed on Times Radio yesterday that a referendum for Wales to split away from the UK will be central to its election campaign. Adam Price, the Welsh nationalist party’s leader, ruled out governing with the Tories”. – The Times


Green homes vouchers scrapped amid acrimony

The government has ditched the £1.5 billion green homes voucher scheme a year early due to delays and “incompetent” administration, critics claim. The grant, which was launched last year by Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, will close to new applications this week, the business department has announced. The policy aimed to install efficient heating and improve draughty homes that are responsible for around a fifth of total carbon dioxide emissions. It was also designed to support more “green jobs”. – The Times

Stephen Bush: Does Starmer have the killer instinct?

early a year after he was elected, the Labour leader shows little sign that he can adapt to politics after the pandemic. “Part of the art of opposition is invention. Waiting lists have been a feature of the National Health Service since its invention but as a political concept, the idea of “NHS waiting times” dates back to the late 1980s. They became not only a favoured stick with which to beat the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major but, later, a key way that Tony Blair’s government assessed its own performance. Even today, the amount of time someone waits in accident and emergency or for an appointment is a central part of the political debate about how well or badly the governments of England, Scotland and Wales are running their health services.” – The Times

BBC sneers at patriots says Dowden after Union flag rumpus

“The BBC sneers at people who are patriotic, the culture secretary has said after presenters appeared to mock a minister’s Union flag. Oliver Dowden said that the corporation had a duty to represent “all different parts of the United Kingdom”, not only metropolitan areas. He was speaking after Robert Jenrick, the business secretary, appeared on Breakfast on BBC1. At the end of the interview Charlie Stayt, one of the presenters, joked that the flag in the minister’s office was not up “to standard size”. – The Times

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