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unak ‘willing to accept short delay to end of lockdown’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak was willing to accept a short delay to Step 4 of the road map to ending the lockdown amid a rise in cases, it is understood.

A Whitehall source pointed towards the Treasury having gone “long” on emergency coronavirus support packages in the Budget to cover the possibility of a delay to the plans.

It comes as Tory lockdown-sceptic Sir Charles Walker warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson against delaying the earmarked end to legal coronavirus restrictions.

Oxford students vote to remove portrait of Queen as ‘she is symbol of colonialism’

Members of the Magdalen College Middle Common Room, which is made up of post-graduate students, overwhelmingly voted to remove the portrait, according to reports.

The motion was reportedly launched to make members “feel welcome”, with one student said to have commented “patriotism and colonialism are not really separable”.

Vaccine passports and tests to be used for Wembley Euro 2020 matches

Proof of full Covid vaccination will be one way of gaining entry to a sporting event for the first time this weekend in England’s opening Euro 2020 match against Croatia on Sunday.

Vaccination status will be demonstrated via the NHS App, and the second dose must have been administered 14 days before the match in question, the website stated.

Wealthiest Americans including Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos ‘paid no income tax’

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos paid no income tax in 2007 and 2011, while Tesla founder Elon Musk’s income tax bill was zero in 2018.

Its findings are likely to heighten a national debate over the vast and widening inequality between the very wealthiest Americans and everyone else.

Lord Lloyd-Webber: I’ll risk arrest in order to fully reopen theatres

The composer told the Daily Telegraph he may have to sell his six West End venues if the Government does not relax its restrictions. He also revealed he has already remortgaged his London home.

The pandemic has had a catastrophic financial impact on the theatre industry and many have remained closed despite the ease in Covid-19 restrictions as it is not financially viable for them to open with reduced capacities.

Lord Lloyd-Webber is preparing for a production of Cinderella which is scheduled to open for previews on June 25 ahead of its world premiere in July.

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