Your morning briefing: What you should know for Tuesday, June 8


ovid lockdown lifting could be delayed ‘by fortnight’

Ministers are weighing up whether the remaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be lifted on June 21 as planned.

Ministers were given a “downbeat” briefing on the latest data on Monday by chief medical officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance, according to The Times.

It comes as over-25s in England are to be offered a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine six months after the first jab was administered in the UK, as the NHS hailed reaching the “home straight” of the biggest vaccination programme in its history.

Britons arrive home early as Portugal quarantine rules come into force

Thirty-nine flights were scheduled to depart from Faro Airport in the Algarve for the UK yesterday, nearly double the usual total.

The final departure of the day was a Wizz Air flight due to land at Doncaster Sheffield Airport at 2.05am this morning.

Travellers needed to arrive in the UK before 4am before required to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Johnson faces renewed pressure over overseas aid cuts amid Tory backlash

On Monday Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle ruled an attempt to amend unrelated legislation to force the Government to reinstate its commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aid was out of order.

However MPs did secure a three-hour emergency debate today in which Tory critics – including former prime minister Theresa May – are expected to to pile on pressure ahead of this week’s G7 summit in Cornwall.

Sir Lindsay also made clear that he expected ministers to give MPs a chance to have an “effective” vote on the decision to suspend the 0.7% commitment – which is enshrined in legislation.

Man charged with murdering PCSO Julia James to appear in court

Callum Wheeler, 21, from Aylesham, is accused of inflicting serious head injuries on her while she was out walking her dog.

Ms James, 53, was found dead in Akholt Wood, close to her home in Snowdown, Kent, on April 27, with her Jack Russell dog, Toby, by her side.

The police community support officer was described as “fiercely loyal” by her family and her death led to an outpouring of grief in the local community.

Molly-Mae: I worry about young girls getting cosmetic treatments

The 22-year-old reality television star, who recently made headlines for spending almost £6,000 removing fillers she had in her face, said she worries about how young girls are when they consider altering their appearance.

The reality star also spoke about how insecurities lead her to have cosmetic treatments – adding said she decided to remove her fillers after not recognising herself in the mirror.


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