By BBC NewsStaffPublishedduration3 hours agoimage captionThe internal tensions inside No 10 again feature on the front pages, although the early editions you see here would have been printed before the news came of adviser Dominic Cummings’ own departure plan. The Guardian says Boris Johnson has been warned by Conservative MPs that he has one final…
By BBC News Staff
Dominic Cummings’ departure had not been confirmed by the time the first editions were published – but was widely anticipated.
“It’s the beginning of the end” is the Daily Telegraph’s headline. It suggests Boris Johnson’s chief adviser had been hugely weakened by the resignation of the communications director, Lee Cain.
The Times focuses on a new era it believes Boris Johnson is now planning. A Downing Street source suggests he will take a softer approach to Scotland, promoting the union, rather than just saying no to an independence referendum, and that he will push hard on a green agenda.
Calls to overhaul the No 10 operation have come from “a string” of Conservative MPs, according to the Guardian, with one suggesting it was time “to get a grip”. A backbencher tells the Independent it’s not about policy, but getting Downing Street to be more professional.
England’s former chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has told the Telegraph that the UK was not as ready as it should have been for Covid-19.
In an interview with the paper, she blames Public Health England for assuring her that a coronavirus epidemic could “never travel this far in big numbers from Asia”.
Public Health England dismisses the suggestion, saying Dame Sally took part in exercises planned specifically for a Mers outbreak in the UK.
And lawyers and officials at a court were greeted with an unusual list of defendants at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court, according to the Guardian,the Mirror and the Mail Online. It seemed Donald Duck, Tinkerbell and Buzz Lightyear were all due in the dock.
But before children could become alarmed, HM Courts and Tribunals Service explained that the cartoon characters’ names had been listed only as part of a test of their system.