What the papers say – June 17

A collection of British newspapers (PA Archive)
2:39am, Thu 17 Jun 2021
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Government plans for opening up international travel and the latest development from the Prime Minister’s former top adviser are splashed across the front pages.

The Daily Telegraph reports officials are considering proposals to allow Britons who have had both coronavirus vaccine doses to avoid having to quarantine when returning from countries on the amber list.

If the UK regulator approves proposals for vaccinating teenagers, hubs could be created to allow pupils to be given jabs at their own schools, according to the i.

The Guardian says Boris Johnson’s ex-special adviser Dominic Cummings has published text messages showing the PM calling Health Secretary Matt Hancock “hopeless”.

Metro calls Mr Cummings “Nuclear Dom”, while the Daily Star mocks up the three men involved as clowns next to the headline: “Hopeless bloke said hopeless bloke is hopeless.”

The PM claims to have full confidence in Mr Hancock, according to The Independent, the Daily Express says “Sorry Dom, we’ve got bigger fish to fry” and the Daily Mirror wonders how the Health Secretary is “still in a job?”

And The Times reports Mr Hancock is set to be exonerated over claims he lied to the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, ministers are considering plans to allow millions of office workers a ‘default’ right to work from home, the Daily Mail says.

The father of Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh has been diagnosed with prostate cancer after delaying a check-up due to the pandemic, reports The Sun.

And the Financial Times says US President Joe Biden has told Vladimir Putin there will be “devastating” consequences if Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny dies in prison.

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