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Newspaper headlines: ‘Hope’ on VE Day and lockdown latest

Newspaper headlines: ‘Hope’ on VE Day and lockdown latest


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Several of Friday’s newspapers mark the 75th anniversary of VE day – the end of fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe during World War Two. The Daily Star encourages readers to “raise a glass” in tribute to the armed forces who “secured our freedom”. The paper says Captain Tom Moore – who captured people’s hearts after raising money for the NHS – will lead the celebrations.

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The Daily Express has published a special commemorative edition for VE Day. It looks ahead to Friday evening, when the nation will be invited to sing along to a rendition of Dame Vera Lynn’s wartime classic We’ll Meet Again at the end of BBC One’s programme at 20:00 BST. The Express refers to the “dark times” of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying the “hard-fought freedoms” have “never been so valued”.

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Like the Express, the Daily Mirror carries a striking photograph of people celebrating VE Day with a street party in 1945. It also likens the experience of living through a war with the “cruel enemy” of coronavirus in the current pandemic. It tells readers “we take inspiration from that magnificent wartime generation”.

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A picture of 94-year-old war veteran Doug Farrington saluting in commemoration makes the front of the Telegraph. The paper’s top story focuses on comments by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who has written in the paper. He says the VE Day generation deserve “dignity and respect” – and those in care homes should be protected from the coronavirus. “We must do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, many of whom protected our country in its darkest hour,” he says.

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The Sun refers to VE Day in its top story, but takes aim at fundraising site JustGiving which was used in Captain Tom Moore’s campaign to raise £39m for the NHS. The paper says JustGiving charged a 5% fee on gift aid donations – coming to £308,000 – and called on the site to hand the money back. It quotes Tory MP David Jones as saying the site “would earn the nation’s respect by just giving the money” back.

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The Times has a special wraparound front page to mark VE Day, but its top story is on the coronavirus lockdown. The paper reports that Boris Johnson is planning to keep the restrictions in place until June “at the earliest”. It adds that Monday’s changes will allow people to take unlimited exercise outside and places of worship to open for private prayer.

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The Guardian reports the government has been warned there is “mixed messaging” over the lockdown, with one scientific adviser expressing concern people might feel they have a “green light” to relax the rules. The adviser told the paper that leaks were “incredibly damaging”, after headlines suggested the lockdown might be eased next week. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab insisted any changes on Sunday would be “modest, small”.

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The government is going to officially encourage millions of people to cycle to work instead of catching public transport as the lockdown is eased, the i newspaper reports. The paper says the “national transport plan” – to be announced in the coming days – will aim to get more people back to work but keep public transport 80% empty.

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Meanwhile, the warning from the Bank of England that the UK economy is heading towards its sharpest recession on record makes the front of the Financial Times. Household spending has plunged by 30% since March, the paper says. But it adds long-term projections were “more upbeat” with “only limited scarring” to the economy.

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The Daily Mail opts for something different on its front page. It reports that the Duke and Duchess of York are facing legal action over an allegation they have missed a payment on a Swiss chalet they have shares in. A spokesman for the duke confirmed to the paper there was a legal dispute, adding: “The contractual details remain the subject of a confidentiality agreement and prevent further discussion.”

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