Brief. Me Better Faster July 23, 2021 5:22 pm
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In today’s briefing update, most of the Sunday paper’s front page continues its coverage of the fallout from Dominic Cumming’s claims about the conduct of the PM.
Below are our top picks of the Sunday Papers.
Johnson faces MPs’ fury over Downing Street sleaze claims
The Observer says it understands Labour is aiming to force a senior minister before Parliament to take questions from MPs over the claims next week. It quotes the government as saying that Boris Johnson himself paid the £58,000 bill for the refurbishment – but it’s unclear if he paid directly or received a loan from the party or a donor.
Read the full story on the Guardian
No 10 fears Cummings bombshell dossier
The Sunday Telegraph says MPs have pledged to publish any documents or emails provided by Mr. Cummings, adding Downing Street insiders are “increasingly fearful” that his internal memos and emails will paint the government in a bad light. Dominic Cummings is due to appear before a joint committee of MPs investigating the government’s response to the COVID crisis next month.
Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph
No 10 rages at ‘nasty, sexist’ Cummings
The Mail on Sunday says Downing Street has launched a “savage counter-attack” against the prime minister’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings. The paper reports on claims that Dominic Cummings was behind briefings against the PM’s fiancee – and fears he may reveal the details of “private remarks” that Boris Johnson is said to have made about the pandemic.
Read the full story on the Daily Mail
Boris in phone security blunder
The Sunday Mirror reports on claims the prime minister will not use an encrypted mobile. It quotes a former No 10 aide as saying this risks national security as well as his own safety.
Read the full story on the Daily Mirror
Return to normal life
The Sunday Express says Britain is a step closer to the “return to normal life in full” with half the country’s population having had the first dose of a COVID vaccine. The paper adds that more than 20 scientists are calling for all COVID restrictions – including masks and social distancing – to end on 21 June.
Read the full story on the Daily Express
Social media boycott: Premier League clubs join four-day move to tackle abuse – BBC Business
Dozens of postmasters accused of theft by Post Office due to faulty IT system have convictions overturned – Sky Business
SpaceX and Nasa launch astronauts in recycled rocket – 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
For the latest Covid-19 news visit the UK governement website