Brief. Me Better Faster June 14, 2021 12:07 pm
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In today’s briefing update, most of the Sunday paper’s front page continues its coverage on the fallout from the local elections.
Below are our top picks of the Sunday Papers.
Sturgeon falls short of a majority in Scotland as Labour civil war erupts
The Sunday Telegraph reports the election results in Scotland. The Scottish National Party won the most seats in Holyrood but fell short of winning a majority. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for another independence referendum, saying it is “the will of the country.”
The paper says Labour looks set “to descend into civil war.” It comes after deputy leader Labour leader Angela Rayner was sacked as chair of the party.
Read the full story on the Telegraph
We must unite as team UK, PM urges Sturgeon
The Mail on Sunday says PM Boris Johnson is offering Sturgeon the chance to join a UK-wide council of war to rebuild the nation after Covid-19. She has reportedly rejected the offer, labeling it as a “supposedly clever maneuver,” the paper says. The offer comes after the SNP narrowly missed gaining a Holyrood majority.
Read the full story on the Daily Mail
Boris’s plan for brighter Britain
The Sunday Express leads with PM Boris Johnson’s comments that there will be “no let-up on leveling up”. Boris Johnson has also promised the country a “brighter future” following the Conservatives’ election success in the local elections.
Read the full story on the Daily Express
Tests will cost more than your hol
The Sunday Mirror leads with summer holiday news. The paper says that a family of four could end up paying £960 on Covid-19 tests to go abroad – more than some holidays cost.
The report comes after the government on Friday announced the 12 destinations on its green list – areas people can travel to without having to quarantine on their return to England.
Read the full story on the Daily Mirror
BGT stars race to save Nathaniel
The stars of the ITV show Britain’s Got Talent has joined a campaign to pay for treatment for Nathaniel Nabena, who has leukemia, the Sunday People reports. His family is trying to raise £1250,000 in three days.
Read the full story on the Mirror’s Sunday People
UK holidays – £500m ‘still owed’
The Mail on Sunday says a row about Perspex screens could lengthen queues at Heathrow when international travel resumes on 17 May.
The Sunday Mirror reports that holidaymakers are still owed £500m from package holidays and flights which were canceled last year because of the pandemic.
“You’ve had some bad luck, missus” is how the Daily Star Sunday describes the story of a woman who believes she has been abducted by aliens on 52 occasions.
The Queen’s Speech
The Sunday Times looks ahead to Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech, which it says will include a commitment to bring jobs directly to so-called “red wall” areas of England so people no longer have to leave their hometowns to find well-paid work.
In an editorial, the Sunday Express urges the PM to “get cracking” on addressing these inequalities, and says the Queen’s Speech “must show tangible signs on just what leveling up means”.
‘Pressure lifted’ from Boris Johnson
But the Sunday Telegraph suggests Ms. Sturgeon’s failure to secure an outright majority has “greatly lifted the pressure” on Boris Johnson to grant her a referendum.
Covid: Travel firms reject ‘overly cautious’ green list – BBC Business
Hospitality chiefs plea for fresh government support package after revenue slump – Sky Business
Covid strain that contains 18 mutations is more deadly and infectious, researchers warn – CityAM
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
A spat over Covid vaccine doses has erupted between the European Union and the UK threatens to have far reaching implications over coronavirus jab disruption.
Brussels demanded access to AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in UK plants to make up for a shortfall after the pharmaceutical giant said it would have to cut the amount of doses delivered to the bloc by the end of March.
What do we know about the dispute? And what potential implications could the rumbling dispute have on future Covid vaccine rollouts? – (ITV)
Recent and upcoming changes
Restrictions are easing across the UK.
Step 1 of the roadmap out of lockdown has begun. Shielding ends on 31 March.
People will be asked to ‘Stay Local’ from 2 April. A timetable for further lockdown easing from 5 April is on GOV.SCOT.
The stay at home restriction was lifted on 13 March. Read about the rules on GOV.WALES.
In Northern Ireland
The next review will happen on or before 15 April. You can read the guidance on current restrictions on nidirect.
latest Covid-19 news
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