Meanwhile, Priti Patel has been accused of allowing the French to be “making a mockery” of the British through their refusal to apprehend illegal Channel migrants at sea and return them to France.
The Home Secretary faced a backlash from Tory MPs who warned her new £54 million deal with the French would be “throwing good money after bad” unless she persuaded France to adopt tougher tactics at sea.
Queen’s visit to 92-year-old’s knitted Sandringham
When 92-year-old great-grandmother Margaret Seaman set out to create a “knitted Sandringham” it was a charity project she thought would simply keep her busy after her husband died. She could never have imagined that not only would it go on display at the Queen’s Norfolk residence but that she would get to show it to Her Majesty in person. Mrs Seaman, who spent two years working on the woolly royal residence, knitting up to 15 hours a day, revealed that it was “absolutely wonderful” to meet the Queen and that she had appeared delighted with her efforts.
The end of lockdown: What Front Page readers think
We asked Front Page readers to let us know what you will be doing differently after Covid restrictions ended today and what you are thankful for. This week, we will share some of your contributions.
“I will not wear a mask anywhere unless I am obliged to do so. I will meet with friends – but that is rarely with more than six even before Covid. I will go back to the theatre and cinema as soon as there is something I want to see. I’ll be thankful that the law is on my side.” Felicity Griffiths, 67, Cobham, Surrey
‘My pre-holiday diary from hell’
Happy-go-lucky holiday planning has become a thing of distant pre-pandemic memory. Trapped in a hellish state of flux, Lucy Aspen gives a blow-by-blow account of her attempt to reach her Spanish sun lounger for her first foreign escape in more than 17 months
Around the world: Parisians split over ‘health pass’
Parisians have appeared deeply divided over President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to oblige them to wield a health pass to enter most museums and cinemas – and soon cafes and restaurants – in a bid to stem rocketing infections. A decree that comes into force today makes it obligatory for all leisure and cultural venues welcoming more than 50 people, including theatres, sports halls and even Disneyland Paris. Read on for details and how cases and vaccinations are fairing in France.
‘Those days are gone’ | The number of people working in central London will never return to pre-pandemic levels because employees will not come back to the office five days a week, the chairman of one of Britain’s biggest banks has warned. Read on for details.
Causing a stink | A marauding bear and a foul-smelling swimming venue have sparked alerts for Olympics organisers, as the sporting action in Japan finally began with women’s football. Sightings of an animal intruder caused alarm for police outside the Fukushima softball venue, while in Tokyo Bay, concerns have been raised about the water quality where open water swimmers and triathletes are due to compete. Read on for details. Meanwhile, shooting gold medal hopeful Amber Hill has become the latest Team GB athlete to be ruled out of the Olympics.
Today’s other sports headlines
Three things for tonight
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Humour is often cruel | The revelation that broadcaster Nicky Campbell was so hurt by jokes by writer Charlie Brooker that he ended up bedridden with depression, revives an age-old question: how far should you go for a laugh? Louis Wise analyses why comedians must not be silenced to avoid hurting people’s feelings.