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UK Covid: Boris Johnson ‘corrupting standards of public life’, says Labour’s Rachel Reeves – as it happened

Rachel Reeves says the pipes are now bursting with sleaze allegations and criticises PM for alleged ‘bodies’ remark. This live blog is now closed – please follow the global coronavirus live blog for updates * Johnson denies making ‘bodies piled high’ comment * Covid jabs offered to 44-year-olds in England from Monday * The ‘chatty rat’ and the lockdown leak: all you need to know 6.21pm BST This ridiculous Simon Case stonewalling act going down very badly with Tory MPs as well... One asks: “Who is this bloke and what has he been doing for the last six months? Judging by how little he knows about anything he can’t have been working as cabinet secretary” Jaw-droppingly empty testimony to MPs by cabinet secretary Simon Case. He says 1) so much time has elapsed that chances of identifying Chatty Rat close to nil; 2) he simply does not know if party or private donors helped settle Downing St refurb costs. The... POLL Tories plunge five points in a month after weeks of sleaze storm, reveals @IpsosMORI in tonight’s @EveningStandard Con 40 (-5) Lab 37 (-1) LD 8 (+2) Green 5 (nc) mf ..... The numbers of deaths, the number of hospitalisations, are currently very low. That doesn’t mean that we have got it totally licked, it doesn’t mean that Covid is over. We have got to be realistic about that. Unfortunately there probably will be another wave of the disease. Related: Coronavirus live news: more than 6,000 in France ICUs for first time in year; EU legal action against AstraZeneca 5.55pm BST The government has launched its summer schools programme to help students recover lost learning as a result of the pandemic, inviting secondary schools in England to apply for a share of the £200m fund on offer. Despite a growing campaign calling for a “summer of play”, the government’s newly published plans for the two-week summer camps say they should have “an academic focus” supported by enrichment activities. Additional support this summer - on top of the National Tutoring Programme and additional funding for schools - will help boost learning and wellbeing plus help prepare those pupils about to start secondary schools. We would also emphasis that the main thrust of education recovery must be around what happens in the classroom when all pupils are in school during term-time. Continue reading...

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