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1. Boris Johnson urged to expand ‘pingdemic’ exemptions

Boris Johnson is being warned by cabinet ministers to exempt more people from the “pingdemic”, or face a wave of supermarket, Post Office and restaurant closures.

The Prime Minister has announced an exemption that allows “critical" workers to avoid self-isolation after contact with someone with Covid-19, and instead go into work after a negative test. Read the full story.

2. Britain hands France £53m to combat surge in Channel migrants as over 700 reach UK in two days

Britain last night handed the French an extra £53 million to combat the surge in Channel migrants as more than 700 overran Border Force and reached the UK in just two days.

RNLI rescue craft, coastguards, fishing vessels and even a TV crew on a hired boat yesterday helped Border Force vessels deal with the record numbers of migrants crossing the perilous and busy Channel shipping lanes. Read the full story.

3. EU ‘seeking to undermine UK sovereignty’ in Gibraltar

Dominic Raab on Tuesday accused Brussels of trying to “undermine the UK’s sovereignty” in Gibraltar with proposals to put in place Spanish border guards.

The Foreign Secretary’s heated intervention came after the European Commission published its proposal for how Gibraltar’s border should be manned in the wake of Brexit. Read the full story.

4. Dominic Cummings claims he discussed forcing out Boris Johnson weeks after 2019 Tory landslide

Dominic Cummings has claimed that he held talks about trying to force Boris Johnson out of 10 Downing Street just weeks after the Conservatives’ last general election landslide.

The Prime Minister’s former chief adviser claimed he held discussions about trying to replace Mr Johnson over his apparent unsuitability to run the country during a BBC interview. Read the full story.

5. Labour’s cash crisis: ‘We don’t have any money’

The Labour Party plans to cut up to a quarter of its staff after finding itself in a dire financial situation brought on by a mass exodus of members and a slew of anti-Semitism cases.

David Evans, Labour’s general secretary, met with its ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) on Tuesday to present the outcome of his major structural review of the party, including a recommendation that up to 90 people are made redundant. Read the full story.

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