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Lib Dems tell Boris Johnson to scrap planning reforms after by-election upset

Sir Ed Davey described the proposals as ‘undemocratic’.

What the papers say – June 21

Vaccines, holidays and obesity checks lead the Monday papers.
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Covid-19 jab bookings top one million in two days

The full figure is likely to be higher as it does not include appointments at local GP-led vaccination services.

PM hands Sir Patrick Vallance new roles under ‘science superpower’ ambitions

The chief scientific adviser will head a new National Science and Technology Council.

John Bercow denies his defection to Labour is plot for peerage

The former Commons speaker and ex-Tory MP has joined the Labour Party and launched a scathing attack against Boris Johnson.

Lib Dems’ Chesham and Amersham win ‘sends shockwave through British politics’

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party suffered a humiliating defeat in the by-election.

Commons Speaker to welcome Nancy Pelosi for G7 conference

Protecting parliaments from terrorism is set to be on the agenda at the meeting in September.

Chesham and Amersham ‘shockwave’ puts crack in Tory Blue Wall

Boris Johnson will be faced with some harsh realities after his party’s stunning by-election loss in the Conservatives’ heartland.

Votes being counted in Chesham and Amersham with Lib Dems expecting big swing

The seat has been Tory since its creation in 1974 but Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has expressed hopes of a ‘spectacular’ result.

Wales postpones changes to Covid restrictions

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the Delta strain of coronavirus is now the most dominant variant among new cases in Wales.

Polls close in ‘knife-edge’ Chesham and Amersham by-election

The seat has been a Tory stronghold but the Liberal Democrats claim they could score a shock win.

UK formally seeks more time from Brussels to avoid ‘sausage war’ trade battle

The European Union has been asked to extend a grace period allowing chilled meat to be sent from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Nine in 10 over-50s in England fully vaccinated, figures suggest

An estimated 41% of people aged 40 to 49 have also received both doses.

Australia trade deal should be subject to Commons and Holyrood vote – Sturgeon

The agreement was announced on Tuesday following a meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

Aviation leaders prepare legal action over travel lists

Ryanair and Manchester Airports Group will call for more transparency over how Whitehall decides which countries are on which list.

Johnson ‘massive supporter’ of Hancock despite ‘hopeless’ messages – minister

Former chief aide Dominic Cummings revealed the private WhatsApp messages.

London-Glasgow train journey record bid launched

The existing record for the quickest journey between the two cities by rail is three hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds.

Risk of Covid plummets 21 days after first vaccine dose

The data has been published by the Office for National Statistics, based on a sample of adults who received a jab up to May 31.

Covid roadmap: Key dates for reopening of events, pubs and travel

Hugs and indoor socialising have returned, along with capacity restrictions in place for larger events and performances


Covid cases ‘rising exponentially among unvaccinated age groups’

A study shows infections have increased 50% between May 3 and June 7.

Covid-19 vaccination could mean ‘public health crisis is over’ – expert

Professor Sir Andrew Pollard said there is currently ‘absolutely no evidence that there is a need for a third dose’ in the autumn.

MPs back extension of Covid-19 restrictions until July 19

MPs voted 461 to 60, a majority of 401, on Wednesday to approve regulations delaying the easing of the measures.

What are the latest allegations in Dominic Cummings’ spat with Boris Johnson?

Hancock’s ‘hopeless’, the Prime Minister’s exit plan and a thumbs-up approach to governance, here is a look at the claims from the former adviser.

Tories criticise scientists and ministers over lockdown extension

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock were challenged about the extension of England’s restrictions and the scientific advisers they were relying on.

Brother of epileptic boy delivers letter to PM urging cannabis treatment support

Despite the law changing in 2018 to legalise prescribed medical cannabis, only three children with epilepsy have been granted the medication.

EU urged to drop ‘purist’ approach to Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal

Lord Frost hit out at Brussels’ approach as a deadline looms in the ‘sausage war’ trade row.

Starmer claims Prime Minister’s borders indecision has ‘blown’ Covid-19 road map

Boris Johnson was pressed to explain the UK’s high rates of the Delta variant at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons.

Ministers must hold their nerve for another month, says Liz Truss

Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg broke ranks to warn lockdown could not drag on


Give us the right vaccines to open up London

London health officials are understood to have requested 367,000 extra Pfizer and Moderna doses


How Carrie Johnson went from consort to global power player

As Boris Johnson tried to build alliances at the G7, his new wife was on a charm offensive. From paddling with Dr Biden to a royal rendezvous, Anne McElvoy reports on how Carrie choreographed her Cornish trip to perfection


‘Eriksen was lucky, my son was not’ – PM urged to act on defibrillators

Mark King, whose son died following a sudden cardiac arrest, is campaigning for the ‘lifesaving’ equipment to be mandatory in all schools.