The long-awaited vote on the Government’s cut to overseas aid was as dramatic as expected, with several senior Conservatives inflicting the biggest bruises on Boris Johnson’s chin.
Yet the Government won the crucial vote on the introduction of a new "double lock" system for foreign aid based on OBR forecasts, despite widespread anger among its backbenchers.
Among the objectors was former prime minister Theresa May, who said more people will go hungry or die as a result.
During a highly charged debate, several Tory MPs hit out at the "double lock" proposals, saying the conditions were unlikely to ever be met and that it opened the door to an "indefinite" cut to aid.
The Government’s justification for cutting aid from 0.7pc of GDP was the huge spending since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read on for details while Eliot Wilson analyses how the rebels were no match for Teflon Boris.
Elsewhere, the Telegraph can reveal fans attending sporting events in England after July 19 will require a Covid passport and will be told to wear masks.
The Government will this week issue guidance to sports ahead of a return to full capacity after Boris Johnson revealed venues with large crowds would be urged to adopt Covid certification – proof of full vaccination or evidence of a negative test – "as a matter of social responsibility".
Ross Clark outlines why anyone who thinks that Covid certification would be a temporary measure is fooling themselves.
Here is a guide to what you can do, shouldn’t do and must not do from July 19.
Priti Patel backed by minister in football racism row
A senior Government minister sought to defend Priti Patel after England footballer Tyrone Mings suggested the Home Secretary had stoked the fire around racism. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay said this morning that the Home Secretary "has repeatedly taken a stand against racism" after Mings claimed Ms Patel had "stoke(d) the fire" after she previously refused to criticise fans who booed the England team for taking the knee in protest against racial injustice. Andrew Lilico writes how social media has played a role in narrow-casting people’s views and beliefs on major issues. Over the past month, Europe and the world of football was enthralled by one of the most dramatic tournaments in recent memory. Read this ranking of Euro 2020’s top 20 players, while Jamie Carragher reckons England’s tactical blueprint is correct.
Flash floods in London destroy Brian May’s possessions
Brian May said his past has been "wiped out" after flash flooding destroyed his precious memorabilia, as he blamed London millionaires building iceberg basements. The Queen guitarist, 73, is "devastated" after he came home to a sewage overflow on the bottom floor of his Kensington property, which destroyed his childhood photographs. Flash floods caused travel chaos in the capital as a number of London train and Tube stations were forced to close. Parts of London saw a month’s worth of rain fall in just one day on Monday. Just in case you ever need to, here is a guide to how to drive through standing water from flash floods.
At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing
- Travel latest | Spain and Greece tighten restrictions as cases rise
- Vaccine | Rare nerve syndrome link to Johnson & Johnson jab
- Off school | Covid-related pupil absence hits new record high
- Delta surge | France tightens rules for unvaccinated Britons
- Staff isolate | Holiday park owner asks guests to clean toilets
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Also in the news: Today’s other headlines
‘Suitable for release’ | Double child killer Colin Pitchfork is set to be freed from prison after the Parole Board rejected a Government challenge against its ruling. Pitchfork, now in his early 60s, was jailed for life after raping and strangling 15-year-olds Lynda Mann and Dawn Ashworth in Leicestershire in 1983 and 1986. Read the board’s ruling.
- Reunited | Father hugs son snatched off the street 24 years ago
- Ministry of Defence | Royal Navy sailor dies aboard HMS Kent
- South Africa | Tanks deployed as Jacob Zuma protests leave 30 dead
- Dairy wary | Trendy milks ‘disastrous’ for climate, says TV farmer
- ‘Very nice’ | Baron Cohen sues cannabis firm for using Borat in advert
Around the world: At least 64 dead in Iraq hospital fire
At least 64 people died and more than 100 were injured when a massive fire engulfed the coronavirus isolation ward of an Iraqi hospital, a health official said. The fire broke out at the Al-Hussein hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah late on Monday and was brought under control by local civil defence forces. See pictures of the deadly hospital blaze and its aftermath, which is the second such fire in Iraq in three months.
Adrian Lester – Why bring up race when it isn’t relevant to the work?
The Hustle and Othello star Adrian Lester talks to Claire Allfree about getting casting right and why modern criticisms of Shakespeare go amiss
Read the full interview
Comment and analysis
- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | The global growth scare is a false alarm
- Nigel Farage | Chaos shows England not ready to host World Cup
- Ben Marlow | Debt is unexploded bomb at heart of fragile recovery
- Charles Moore | Wembley 2021: what can we learn from 1966?
- Mark Cavendish | Eddy Merckx is my idol – but he is also a friend
Business and money briefing
Democracy crackdown | Joe Biden is to take new steps to isolate American companies operating in Hong Kong, sparking fresh concerns for HSBC as it turns its focus on Communist China. Read on for details.
- Arcadia collapse | Rump of Sir Philip Green’s empire to be liquidated
- Holiday home | The best places in the UK to buy with £450,000
- On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day
Top target | Tottenham have made Southampton striker Danny Ings their priority signing this summer with a firm belief that he can play in attack alongside Harry Kane, whom they remain determined to keep.
- Lions | ‘Potential negativity’ around Farrell denied him captaincy
- England vs Pakistan | Visitors post 331 as Azam scores 158
- Tour de France | Konrad powers to victory on stage 16
Three things for tonight
- Watch | Cooking with the Stars, ITV, 9pm and more of tonight’s TV
- Listen | Imposters podcast: June Sarpong on struggling with success
- Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku
And finally… for this evening’s downtime
Sex and the City is back | Photos from the set of Sex and the City’s reboot contain glimpses of Dior, Balenciaga – and some ultra-high stilettos. Emily Cronin asks why are they all wearing high heels?
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