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1. Backlash as vacationers have to pay hundreds of pounds per trip for Covid testing
British holidaymakers will have to pay hundreds of pounds for Covid testing if they want to take a trip abroad this summer under plans announced by the government on Friday.
Travelers wishing to visit countries on the safe ‘green list’ will still have to pay for the benchmark PCR tests on their return to the UK at around £ 120 each – an additional cost of almost £ 500 for a family of four. Read the full story.
2. Rishi Sunak told David Cameron that he “pushed the team” to explore helping Greensill
Rishi Sunak texted David Cameron to tell him that he had “pushed the team” of the Treasury to explore aid to a company which employed the former prime minister, it was learned Thursday evening.
Last year, the Chancellor sent two messages to Mr Cameron regarding Greensill, a finance company advised by the former Tory leader that was seeking access to government supportive funding against coronaviruses. Read the full story.
3. ‘Extremely irresponsible’ to blame Brexit for unrest in Northern Ireland, says former senior government adviser
Former senior government adviser for Northern Ireland has denounced ‘patently irresponsible’ attempts to blame Brexit for riots among loyalists, as Brandon Lewis held emergency talks to try to quell unrest .
Lord Caine, who has served as special adviser to six Northern Ireland secretaries, has spoken out amid a growing political blame game over the violence that has befallen the province. Read the full story.
4. Sir Richard Sutton, multimillionaire hotelier, stabbed to death on his country estate
A multimillionaire baronet has been found stabbed to death on his Dorset country estate, police said.
Sir Richard Sutton, 83, who owned hotels on Park Lane including the Athenaeum and Sheraton Grand, was attacked Wednesday night at his home in Higher Langham, near Gillingham. Read the full story.
5. Justin Welby regrets not fighting to allow prayer in church during the first lockdown
The Archbishop of Canterbury admitted that he “got a lot wrong” about closing churches during the first Covid lockout, saying he was “too reluctant to risk”.
The Church of England has come under fire as churches remained closed this past Easter, with many parishioners frustrated that the Archbishop had not fought harder to keep them open and that Church rules went to the – beyond those of the government by prohibiting the clergy from entering their buildings. Read the full story.
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