Concerns about the UK’s travel restrictions dominate the front pages.
The Daily Telegraph says a “growing chorus of senior backbenchers” have voiced their frustrations about the possible creation of an amber watch list, which would allow quarantine rules to be applied at short notice.
The Times also warns of a “Tory revolt” – suggesting if Spain were given this status it would likely cause an exodus of up to a million British tourists.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Covid booster vaccines could start being offered to 32m people in Britain from as early as 6 September.
The paper says up to 2,000 pharmacies will help deliver the shots – so NHS staff can work on the backlog of patients needing other treatments.
According to the Daily Mail, waiting lists are so long that growing numbers of patients are going private for what it calls “life saving surgery.” The Mail says some feel they have to pay for heart operations, which can cost up to £20,000.
The Daily Mirror warns that the foreign secretary’s blaming of Iran for an attack on an oil tanker, which killed a British worker, risks “inflaming the already high tensions” between London and Tehran.
PM facing ‘backbench rebellion’
Dominic Raab yesterday condemned the drone strike as “unlawful and callous”. The Daily Mirror says the statement drags the UK into a conflict that could have Israel and the US escalating threats against Iran.
The Guardian suggests that the prime minister is facing a “significant backbench rebellion” over concerns about what it calls a “hunger crisis” in the home counties.
Steve Baker, the Conservative MP for Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, is urging ministers to retain the £20 uplift to universal credit and end the five week delay for new claimants.
A study has shown that 14% of his constituents reported being hungry this winter and a third couldn’t afford food. A government spokesperson said the benefit had provided a vital safety net for millions, and now its focus was on a multi-billion pound plan for jobs.
The Financial Times reports that house prices are booming in almost every major economy.
The FT suggests that the “housing fever” – as one economist dubs it – has been fuelled by low interest rates, people making savings during lockdown, and wanting more space after working from home.
An international banker suggests the trend is a good thing in the short-term but warns of the consequences should it persist.
The Sun reveals what it calls the “mental health battle” of the England footballer, Tyrone Mings during the Euros.
The Aston Villa defender said he sought therapy during the tournament. Mings explained that he thought that up to 95% of the country had doubts about him, and it was “difficult to stop this intruding” into his thoughts.
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