Today’s News Briefing
The Daily Telegraph says the government’s foreign holiday guidance is “chaos” as a health minister says it’s too dangerous for people to travel abroad – despite the travel ban being lifted on Monday. The paper says the comments attracted criticism from Tory backbenchers and travel bosses.
The Daily Mail’s front page says “contradictory messages” about the traffic light system for trips abroad have sparked “mass confusion” and left travel bosses “begging for clarity”. The paper also claims on one of the Queen’s new puppies has died – in what the paper says will bring “fresh heartache” for the monarch.
The i reports the PM could face a Commons “backlash” if the government tries to bring in localised restrictions to curb the spread of the Indian Covid variant. The PM is said to be facing a “revolt” from his own MPs who are threatening to join Labour amid fears that another lockdown “would be devastating for businesses,” according to the paper.
The Metro’s lead story is on the nurse who quite NHS. She is credited with saving the PM’s life when he had Covid-19 and was in intensive care. The nurse has quit the NHS and criticised the government’s handling of the pandemic and staff pay. “We’re not getting the respect and now pay that we deserve” the paper quotes her as saying.
The Guardian newspaper leads with more than 2m voters could miss out under a new UK bill that would mean photo ID will be required to be able to vote.
An inquest into the Ballymurphy shooting finds the 10 people killed in Belfast were innocent civilians. The paper covers the 2021 Brit awards, which saw Little Mix become the first all-woman winner of the British group.
Man City’s Premier League win is featured on the front page after Manchester United lose at Leicester. The paper reports more care home residents died of Covid in the second wave than the first in England and Wales.
More than 2m voters may lack photo ID required under new UK bill
The Guardian Newspaper criticises the government’s stance on the new voting bill, where IDs will be required by all voters. It was outlined in the Queen’s speech. Critics say it targets voters disproportionately, especially the older and homeless.
Ten people shot dead in Ballymurphy were innocent, inquest finds
In a long-awaited Ten people killed in Belfast during a British Army operation in 1971 were unarmed, innocent civilians and posed no threat to soldiers, an inquest in Northern Ireland has found.
Women dominate 2021 Brit awards as Dua Lipa tops winners
Women dominate the Brit awards a sharp contrast to 2020’s awards heavily male ceremony reversed with wins for Arlo Parks, Haim and Billie Eilish, as Little Mix become the first all-woman winner of the British group.
Manchester City win the Premier League after United lose to Leicester
After Manchester United lost 2-1 against Leicester, Guardiola’s side were crowned champions for the third time in four seasons Pep Guardiola said ‘This was the hardest one,’ said the victorious City’s manager.
Doctors in London report a fivefold increase in children swallowing magnets
A fivefold increase in children swallowing magnets suggested by doctors in London. Button batteries and magnets found in certain types of children’s toys associated with complications. Highlighting the need to have more regulation of children’s toys.
More care home residents died of Covid in the second wave than first in England and Wales
The latest Covid updates show 20,664 deaths from March to September 2020, and 21,677 from September to April, ONS data. Resulting from more care home deaths in England Wales.
Belgium to ease most restrictions in June; Americans offered free taxis to vaccination centres
Belgium to relax most measures in June with all restrictions phased out by September.
The Netherlands expects to further relax coronavirus restrictions next week, giving the green light to sex workers and zoos so long as cases keep falling, prime minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday.
The Independent leads with the PM announcing an independent inquiry into the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been served with court judgement over an unpaid debt, according to reports.
The paper covers the news of plans to introduce voter ID that could freeze out more than 2 million voters. Also featured is news on the Israel-Gaza violence, as the death toll rises.
UK COVID-19: PM announces independent inquiry
The Prime Minister’s announcement that an independent statutory inquiry into the handling of the pandemic will be launched. The inquiry will begin in Spring 2022 and could end up being the widest-ranging inquiry ever done. A lot of people are in support of the inquiry and believe, one year on since the pandemic hit Britain, that there are questions that need to be answered.
GCSE and A-level papers being sold on social media for £1
The paper says it has learned that GCSE and A-level papers from last year’s cancelled exams are being sold on social media for as little as £1. The exam papers are being used by many schools across England, according to the paper. Due to the pandemic, last summer’s exams were cancelled and this year traditional exams are again cancelled. Across England, schools this year will use a range of assessments – including exa,s, coursework and mocks- to decide on grades. The paper says there are fears the 2020 exam papers floating around online could undermine the reliability of the grades.
Boris Johnson served with court judgment over £535 unpaid debt
The G PM Boris Johnson has had a county court judgement issued against him for a £535 debt that has not been repaid. The judgement places the PM at risk of a bad credit rating and potential enforcement action by bailiffs. Mr Johnson had the judgement against him in October 2021 for the unpaid £535 debt. The register does not say to whom the debt is owed.
Israel-Gaza violence: death toll rises as UN envoy warns over escalation
The paper says Israeli jets and Palestinian militants have traded fresh attacks as the UN’s Middle East envoy warned of an escualtion towards a full-scale war.
One person was killed and two injured after an anti-tank guided missile struck a vehicle patrolling near the border between Israel and Gaza on Wednesday morning. Mortar shells fired across the border hampered efforts by medical teams to reach the scene.
The Daily Mail leads with the highly-anticipated Friends reunion, as the full trailer is FINALLY released. Love Island star Demi Jones reveals she has cancer at 22. The papers front-page reports on the ‘confusion’ over the travel amber list, and police checking in on you.
The paper, like most papers, is heavily covering the published findings from the inquiry into the famous Martin Bashir Princess Diana interview. The inquiry found Bashir did fake documents and ‘deceive’ the late Princess of Wales.
Daily Mail Headlines Today
Holiday Police to knock on your door
The front splash for the Daily Mail says after “days of confusion” about the government’s so-called amber travel list, families should soon expect to receive a “knock on the door” from the authorities when they return from countries such as France, Spain and Italy to check they are following the 10-day quarantine rule.
Get the latest from Janet Street-Porter here – Daily Mail Holiday Travel
Friends again 17 years on …. And still Jen-sational
The paper reports on the highly-anticipated Friends reunion after the release of the full trailer. It will see all six main cast members, supporting cast members and special celebrity appearances in the reunion we’ve all been waiting for.
You can read more here at the Daily Mail – Friends reunion – 17 years later
BBC’s Diana shame
‘Rouge reporter’ Martin Bashir DID use fake bank statements to ‘deceive’ Princess Diana- as her friends say she might still be alive today if she hadn’t spoken to him, the paper reports. The paper says BBC Bosses are ‘blasted’ over their subsequent coverup of Bashir’s tactics.
Love Island’s Demi Jones, 22, reveals she has thyroid cancer
The paper says Demi Jones has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
She told her followers the news in an Instagram post on Thursday as she vowed to ‘stay strong’ and ‘bounce back stronger’ after the devastating diagnosis.
She has been keeping fans in the loop since having surgery to remove the golf ball-sized lump in her thyroid last month, the paper adds.
The Times, like most of Friday’s front pages, leads with Princess Diana and Martin Bashir interview findings.
“The BBC’s lies fuelled my mother’s paranoia”
The paper says an independent inquiry, led by Lord Dyson, found the BBC had fallen short of its “high standards of integrity and transparency” and that Martin Bashir had acted in a “deceitful” way and faked documents to obtain the 1995 interview.
Diana’s eldest son Prince William is pictured on the paper’s front page during a broadcast of his response to the inquiry’s findings, in which the papers says he condemned the corporation for its “lies” in securing the interview, which “stoked her paranoia” and played a part in the breakdown of her marriage to his father, Prince Charles.
The official statements from Prince William and Prince Harry feature on the front page.
MI5 accuses Facebook of helping terrorist
The paper reports the head of MI5, Ken McCallum, has accused Facebook of giving terrorists a “free pass” by allowing stronger encryption on its network.
McCullum said Facebook’s plans to install end-to-end encryption would block hundreds of counterterrorism investigations by Security Service.
He told Times Radio: “Decisions taken in California boardrooms are every bit as relevant to our ability to do our jobs as decisions taken in Afghanistan or Syria.”
The Times Online reports on the latest UK Covid-19 news.
Covid surge testing eases fears over spread of Indian variant
The article says infection rates are clearly rising in only three out of 15 Indian variant hotspot areas, easing fears about how quickly it spreads.
Cases in over 60s are not rising in any of the areas currently subject to surge testing outside Bolton, in what is being seen as an encouraging sign that the vaccines are protecting the most vulnerable.
Boris Johnson keen to help pubs by calling time on one-metre rule
The Times Online says the “one-metre plus” social distancing rule is still on course to be scrapped next month, Boris Johnson has told Conservative MPs.
He said it was the “single biggest difference” the government could make to help pubs get back on their feet and that he was determined to remove the restriction on June 21.
The Daily Mail leads heavily with royal family news, including William and Harry’s reaction to the BBC inquiry. As well as Prince Harry’s recent interviews to promote his new docu-series on mental health.
William: BBC lies ruined my mother’s life
The Daily Mail’s front page is dedicated entirely to Prince William’s response to the publications of Lord Dyson’s report into Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana. The paper says her sons Princes William and Harry launched a “blistering attack” on the BBC, with Harry blaming the “ripple effect of the culture of exploitation and unethical practices” for “ultimately” taking her life. The Mail sums up William’s response to the inquiry’s findings as “BBC lies ruined my mother’s life.”
The Mail Online further features more royal news in its headlines.
Harry worried and afraid to return to UK for Philip’s funeral
The Mail Online reports Harry feared returning to London for Prince Philip’s funeral last month as it meant facing a place where he felt trapped and hunted by cameras.
‘I was worried about it, I was afraid’ Harry told The Associated Press during an interview to promote his new mental health series for Apple TV+.
Harry goes nuclear
The Mail Online says Harry fired another extraordinary attack on the Royal family as he accuses Prince Charles of making him suffer as a child. He also accuses ‘the firm’ of trying to ‘bully him’ and of ‘total neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal.
The Daily Mirror’s front page features a picture of Princess Diana with her young sons William and Harry and leads with William’s statement.
BBC lies destroyed our mum Diana
The Daily Mirror says Princes William and Harry “savaged” the BBC over its interview with their mother. The front page carries a picture of William and Harry as young children, cuddling their mother, the paper calls it “happy times.”
The BBC and Martin Bashir have apologised. Bashir said he remained “immensely proud” of the interview and that the faked bank statements had no bearing on Diana’s choice to take part in the interview.
The Mirror online continues its royal coverage
Prince Harry can’t forget memory of crying Diana ‘strapped in car and being chased’
The Mirror Online reports Prince Harry opened up to Oprah about heartbreaking memories of his mum.
Speaking on the Apple TV documentary The Me You Can’t See – Harry revealed his trauma of losing his mother, Princess Diana.
He says he feared losing wife Meghan too and was one of the main reasons for quitting royal duties.
“My mother was chased to her death when she was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t white, and now look what’s happened,” he told Oprah.
More than 3,400 cases of Indian variant confirmed in UK – a 15% rise in a day
The Mirror online reports more than 3,400 cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the UK – an increase of 15% in just one day.
Yesterday, Matt Hancock said the figure stood at 2,967.
A total of 3,424 cases of the Indian variant of coronavirus B1.617.2 have now been confirmed in the UK, Public Health England said.
Naomi Campbell expected to return to work in weeks after becoming a mum at 50
The Mirror Online says Naomi Campbell is expected to return to work shortly, after becoming a new mum aged 50.
The supermodel has a string of projects in the pipeline and sources say she is likely to be back within “two to three weeks” with her baby girl in tow.
One added: “She’s an incredibly hard working person who won’t want to completely take her foot off the pedal.”
As well as running her YouTube channel, Naomi is passionate about her charity event Fashion For Relief.
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