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1. Boris Johnson pleads for patience as crisis grows in schools
Boris Johnson has called for parents to be "patient" over the ending of bubbles as his own MPs and senior Downing Street officials warned that the situation in schools was worsening by the day.
The Prime Minister addressed the issue for the first time as he moved to quell a growing revolt within the Tory party over healthy children being sent home en masse to self-isolate. Read the full story.
2. European holidays could be off limits to 5m Britons given Indian-made AstraZeneca jab
Up to five million Britons face being locked out of European holidays because their vaccines are not recognised by the EU’s passport scheme, the Telegraph has learned.
Millions of vaccines administered here do not qualify for the European Union’s vaccine passport scheme, because the shots were manufactured in India and are not yet authorised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Read the full story.
3. Flashes of the good old days and banter in the air as William and Harry enjoy warm reunion
If tensions still remained, they kept them well hidden. Reunited in memory of their beloved mother, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex appeared reassuringly at ease in each other’s company as they unveiled the long-awaited statue of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Although they may remain "on different paths", there was little sign of any acrimony between the brothers as they shared a joke while walking to Thursday’s historic engagement in the newly re-planted Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. Read the full story.
4. PM to confront Angela Merkel over quarantine demand for vaccinated Britons
Boris Johnson is set to challenge Angela Merkel over why she pushed for tougher restrictions on vaccinated British travellers when they hold talks at Chequers on Friday.
The Prime Minister and the German chancellor are expected to discuss travel rules during the pandemic when they meet at Mr Johnson’s official country residence. Read the full story.
5. National Trust rebels demand veto on new chairman
National Trust members should be given a veto over the appointment of the new chairman to stop the charity’s board hiring a political campaigner, rebels are demanding.
The four leaders of rebel group Restore Trust said the National Trust should ensure the next chairman was subject to a "confirmatory vote" at the annual general meeting this autumn. Read the full story.
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