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1. End the ‘madness’ of isolating children, Government warned
Britain needs to end bubbles and self-isolation from schools as soon as possible, the new Children’s Commissioner has said as she warns of "trauma" being inflicted on a generation of children.
In her first major interview since being appointed, Dame Rachel de Souza called for urgent action to help get children "back to normal". Read the full story.
2. England on course for July 19 lockdown lifting
Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid made it clear on Monday that England is on track to fully reopen from Covid restrictions on July 19.
Mr Johnson gave his strongest indication yet that he would approve the final step of reopening for that date, saying it would soon be time to "go back to life as it was before Covid". Read the full story.
3. Boris Johnson suggests he sacked Matt Hancock
Boris Johnson on Monday appeared to claim he forced out Matt Hancock, despite his press team briefing that the former health secretary quit of his own accord.
Downing Street told reporters Mr Hancock had not been pressured to go after he resigned following revelations that he was having an affair with an aide, but with broadcasters questioning ministers about why the Prime Minister had not acted over the scandal, Mr Johnson suggested in an interview that he had intervened. Read the full story.
4. Major overhaul of Border Force after failure to stem flow of Channel migrants
The Home Office has ordered a major overhaul of the Border Force amid growing frustration over the failure to stem the flow of illegal Channel migrants.
The two directors general of Border Force and Immigration Enforcement are to quit their posts and will be replaced by a single supremo tasked with curbing the crossings and overhauling Britain’s “broken” asylum system. Read the full story.
5. Toast of Wimbledon: Standing ovation for the vaccine scientist who smashed it
Her glittering personal triumph was secured in research laboratories rather than the glamorous, trophy-laden world of Wimbledon, but for once, tennis’s multimillionaire cast list has been upstaged by an embarrassed-looking scientist who got all the fanfare on Centre Court.
Dame Sarah Gilbert hardly knew where to look as she was greeted with a standing ovation usually reserved for tournament greats. Read the full story.
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