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Newspaper headlines: ‘Rising Tory revolt’ and families to be ‘reunited’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Rising Tory revolt’ and families to be ‘reunited’


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval ratings have “plummeted” after he reiterated his support for his senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, during a row about the aide’s travels during lockdown, the i reports. The paper adds that “unrest in Tory ranks grows” as more than 30 MPs call for Mr Cummings to be sacked.

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The Times has the number of Tory MPs calling for Mr Cummings to go at 39. A YouGov poll for the paper claims the Conservative lead over Labour has been cut by nine percentage points this week. The survey “will sharpen criticism” that the PM is “spending the Conservatives’ political capital” by defending the aide, the paper says.

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In the Tory “revolt”, up to six cabinet members have privately told colleagues they believe Mr Cummings should resign, the Daily Telegraph reports. Meanwhile, the paper’s splash image depicts front-line health workers Jann Tipping and Annalan Navaratnam getting married in a special service at the chapel in St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

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“Revolt” is also the word of choice in the Guardian’s headline. Underneath an image of two police officers on patrol outside Mr Cummings’ home, the paper says Tory MPs have received hundreds of emails from angry constituents about the PM’s refusal to sack him. It also quotes a YouGov poll which claims 59% of respondents believed Mr Cummings should resign.

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The row has “descended into farce”, the Metro claims, as the health secretary suggested the government could review fines for parents breaking lockdown – only for Matt Hancock’s idea to be “slapped down” by the Treasury minutes later. Under the headline “Hancock’s half hour”, the paper says the “off-the-cuff” remarks caused confusion.

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And the Daily Mirror claims Boris Johnson’s government is “in chaos” over the row. It describes the “scandal” as becoming “farcical” after cabinet minister Michael Gove appeared to support Mr Cummings’ reasoning behind making a short drive while self-isolating – to test his eyesight. Mr Gove said he had done the same “on occasions in the past”.

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There’s no holding back from the Daily Star – the paper mocks Mr Cummings with “shock new advice for Britain’s ruling elite” as it carries a police warning against people driving in order to to check their eyesight. It continues the mockery with a cut-out face mask of the aide, labelling it a “do whatever the hell you want and sod everybody else mask”.

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In a departure from the Dominic Cummings row, plans for two households to be allowed to meet up make the front page of the Sun. It says ministers are hoping to approve the new bid to “unlockdown”, meaning “families and friends may soon be having barbecues together”.

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The Daily Mail says schools, hospitals and individual offices could be quarantined as part of local coronavirus lockdowns. The tabloid’s lead story says the plans will be set out by the health secretary on Wednesday, as a key part of the NHS’s test, track and trace strategy.

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The front page of the Daily Express says a “breakthrough drug” that speeds up the recovery of coronavirus patients is the “biggest step forward since the crisis began”. The medicine, remdesivir, has been approved for the NHS following successful trials.

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And soaring public debt could “reignite” pressures on more vulnerable countries in the eurozone, the Financial Times reports. The paper says the European Central Bank warns the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis could contribute to “unsustainable” public finances in countries that already have high debt levels.

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