Making Headlines: Boris faces backlash over Covid passports; plus Sadiq Khan lays out his manifesto
Boris Johnson faces a showdown with Tory MPs after giving his backing to so-called Covid passports as the country continues to ease lockdown measures.
The expected introduction of Covid status certification faces opposition from his own MPs, including the chairman of the powerful Tory backbench 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady.
More than 70 MPs, including 40 Conservatives, have signed a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory use of Covid status certification”. They are suggesting the move could face defeat in the Commons.
The easing of lockdown measures could create a wave of Covid infections akin to that seen during spring last year, the government’s scientific advisors have warned.
The Prime Minister confirmed shops, hairdressers and pub beer gardens will reopen from April 12 in England and urged the public against complacency when it came to obeying the rules.
Mr Johnson, setting out the move to the second step of the road map on Monday, said the shift was “fully justified by the data” and that he had seen “nothing” to make him think he would have to “deviate” from his intention to scrap all restrictions by June 21 at the earliest.
Sadiq Khan will look into setting up a commission that could decriminalise Marijuana if he is re-elected as London Mayor.
Mr Khan said he would set up an independent London Drugs Commission to examine the potential health, economic and criminal justice benefits of decriminalising the class-B drug.
The mayor said he believes that a new approach is needed to tackle drug-related crime.
Derek Chauvin broke Minneapolis police department rules and its ethics code in his deadly arrest of George Floyd last May, the city's police chief has said.
"It's not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics and our values," Chief Medaria Arradondo told the jury at former officer Chauvin's murder trial.
Arradondo said he was alarmed when he first saw a bystander's video showing Chauvin kneeling on the neck of Floyd for more than nine minutes.
The video sparked global protests against police brutality.
Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges.
The family of Captain Sir Tom Moore are encouraging people to celebrate his spirit of generosity by taking on their own “Captain Tom 100” charity challenge on what would have been the weekend of his 101st birthday.
Second World War veteran Sir Tom raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30 last year.
He died at Bedford Hospital on February 2 after testing positive for Covid-19.
His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore is urging people to create their own challenge themed around the number 100 to raise money for the Captain Tom Foundation or a charity of their choice.
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