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1. Exclusive: Andrew Lloyd Webber ready to defy Government over reopening of theatres
Andrew Lloyd Webber has pledged to reopen his theatres without social distancing later this month “come hell or high water” – and is prepared to be arrested for it.
In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Lord Lloyd-Webber said his theatres were suffering “acute financial stress” that could only be alleviated by fully reopening, which he was willing to do even if the Government delayed ending Covid-19 restrictions. Read the full story.
2. Queen becomes latest victim of cancel culture as portrait is removed from Oxford college
The Queen has become the latest victim of cancel culture after students at an Oxford College voted to remove her portrait.
The Queen’s likeness hung in the middle common room (MCR) of Magdalen College, which has a long association with members of the Royal family. Read the full story.
3. Sausage trade war: We need to end this beef, Lord Frost tells Brussels
Lord Frost has told Brussels to stop threatening a sausage trade war with the UK and focus on solving the problems faced by families and small businesses in Northern Ireland, ahead of a showdown summit on Wednesday.
On the eve of the first UK-EU Partnership Council in London, the Brexit minister warned that “further threats of legal action” would do nothing to solve the “damaging impact” that the Northern Ireland Protocol was having on the ground. Read the full story.
4. Fears of unlocking in name only, with Covid laws to be replaced by ‘stringent guidance’
Fears are growing that lockdown laws could be replaced with a web of restrictive guidance later this month in what has been dubbed by critics a “smoke and mirrors” reopening.
Government ministers still hope that, if the Covid-19 data allows, the law enshrining the current lockdown rules will expire at the end of the month as planned. Read the full story.
5. Cornwall to become first ‘net zero’ area of Britain
Cornwall is to become the first "net zero" area of the UK with new town centre and landscape regeneration funding, after Boris Johnson vowed there will be a lasting "legacy" of this week’s G7 summit.
Ministers will allocate over £65 million of the Government’s Town Deal funding pot to Penzance, St Ives and Camborne, which they say will "level up" the area and boost its green credentials. Read the full story.
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