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ITV photographs of Boris Johnson raising a toast at an event in Downing Street during lockdown lead many front pages, including the i's. The pictures show the prime minister raising a glass while standing by a table laden with wine bottles and glasses. Mr Johnson is said by the i to be waiting for the reaction of his MPs and the public over the photos, which ITV said were taken on 13 November 2020 at the leaving do for his then-communications chief, Lee Cain.ITV photographs of Boris Johnson raising a toast at an event in Downing Street during lockdown lead many front pages, including the i's. The pictures show the prime minister raising a glass while standing by a table laden with wine bottles and glasses. Mr Johnson is said by the i to be waiting for the reaction of his MPs and the public over the photos, which ITV said were taken on 13 November 2020 at the leaving do for his then-communications chief, Lee Cain.
"Lockdown in one, PM" is the Metro's pun-driven headline on the new Partygate pictures. The paper points out that at the time Covid rules meant mixing with people you didn't live with was illegal, except for limited reasons, including work. It asks: "How did Boris not get fined for this booze-up?""Lockdown in one, PM" is the Metro's pun-driven headline on the new Partygate pictures. The paper points out that at the time Covid rules meant mixing with people you didn't live with was illegal, except for limited reasons, including work. It asks: "How did Boris not get fined for this booze-up?"
The Daily Mirror is similarly indignant about Mr Johnson not being fined over the event, when it reports that others were, with its headline asking: "How did he get away with this?" A source tells the paper it is "unbelievable" the PM wasn't questioned by police about the event "when he instigated [it]- and even poured the drinks".The Daily Mirror is similarly indignant about Mr Johnson not being fined over the event, when it reports that others were, with its headline asking: "How did he get away with this?" A source tells the paper it is "unbelievable" the PM wasn't questioned by police about the event "when he instigated [it]- and even poured the drinks".
The Daily Star sarcastically suggests that despite the "toast...fizz...gin...wine and party food" apparently shown in the photos, the event was "defo not a party".The Daily Star sarcastically suggests that despite the "toast...fizz...gin...wine and party food" apparently shown in the photos, the event was "defo not a party".
The Guardian says Mr Johnson is in "fresh danger" over the new photographs as he now faces accusations he lied to MPs in the House of Commons. Police are said by the paper to have been given "close details" of the drinks event, but did not fine the prime minister - a result the Guardian says prompts "questions" over Scotland Yard's Partygate probe.The Guardian says Mr Johnson is in "fresh danger" over the new photographs as he now faces accusations he lied to MPs in the House of Commons. Police are said by the paper to have been given "close details" of the drinks event, but did not fine the prime minister - a result the Guardian says prompts "questions" over Scotland Yard's Partygate probe.
The Times reports that Mr Johnson faces a Commons privileges committee probe over whether he lied to MPs. Meanwhile, Whitehall sources have told the paper that the PM suggested senior civil servant Sue Gray "should drop her plans" to publish her Partygate report during a "secret" meeting earlier this month. A government source insists the meeting was to discuss the "handling and choreography" of the report.The Times reports that Mr Johnson faces a Commons privileges committee probe over whether he lied to MPs. Meanwhile, Whitehall sources have told the paper that the PM suggested senior civil servant Sue Gray "should drop her plans" to publish her Partygate report during a "secret" meeting earlier this month. A government source insists the meeting was to discuss the "handling and choreography" of the report.
But the Telegraph suggests the new photos put "pressure" on the Met Police to explain why they did not fine the PM. Mr Johnson did not get a questionnaire asking him to explain why he was at the event during the force's probe, the paper says, despite "at least" one other attendee of the same event being fined. A source brands the force a "shambles".But the Telegraph suggests the new photos put "pressure" on the Met Police to explain why they did not fine the PM. Mr Johnson did not get a questionnaire asking him to explain why he was at the event during the force's probe, the paper says, despite "at least" one other attendee of the same event being fined. A source brands the force a "shambles".
"Nothing to see here" is how the Daily Express sums up Scotland Yard's verdict on the same photographs. The paper says it understands police looked at the photos and after further probing, concluded "Mr Johnson was present in a work capacity"."Nothing to see here" is how the Daily Express sums up Scotland Yard's verdict on the same photographs. The paper says it understands police looked at the photos and after further probing, concluded "Mr Johnson was present in a work capacity".
In other news, the Financial Times reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has tasked his officials with scoping out plans for a possible windfall tax on more than £10bn of excess profits for electricity generators in a bid to help families struggling with the cost of living. The paper says Treasury officials are devising a scheme that would go further than Labour's original windfall tax idea, encompassing wind farm operators in addition to North Sea oil and gas producers. But one analyst warns that such a plan would be a "blunt instrument".In other news, the Financial Times reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has tasked his officials with scoping out plans for a possible windfall tax on more than £10bn of excess profits for electricity generators in a bid to help families struggling with the cost of living. The paper says Treasury officials are devising a scheme that would go further than Labour's original windfall tax idea, encompassing wind farm operators in addition to North Sea oil and gas producers. But one analyst warns that such a plan would be a "blunt instrument".
The nation could face power blackouts, petrol shortages and empty shelves if rail unions vote in favour of strike action, the Daily Mail's front page warns. Emergency plans are being drawn up by rail chiefs to prioritise freight trains on some routes in a bid to keep the country going, the paper reports.The nation could face power blackouts, petrol shortages and empty shelves if rail unions vote in favour of strike action, the Daily Mail's front page warns. Emergency plans are being drawn up by rail chiefs to prioritise freight trains on some routes in a bid to keep the country going, the paper reports.
"Some PCs are on the pitch" is the headline of the Sun's splash, which reports that an off-duty "top cop" was spotted on CCTV joining a pitch invasion by her fellow officers. The paper says Supt Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset police, was one of three off-duty officers seen at the "good-natured" turf celebration of Bournemouth's Premier League promotion on 3 May. Dorset Police told the Sun three officers were identified and "asked to reflect on their involvement"."Some PCs are on the pitch" is the headline of the Sun's splash, which reports that an off-duty "top cop" was spotted on CCTV joining a pitch invasion by her fellow officers. The paper says Supt Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset police, was one of three off-duty officers seen at the "good-natured" turf celebration of Bournemouth's Premier League promotion on 3 May. Dorset Police told the Sun three officers were identified and "asked to reflect on their involvement".
The vast majority of the front pages feature the photographs obtained by ITV News of Boris Johnson raising a glass at a gathering in Downing Street during one of the Covid lockdowns.
The Metro goes with the headline "Lockdown In One", before asking "How did Boris not get fined for this booze-up?"
The Guardian says the images pose "fresh danger" for the prime minister. It quotes sources who say Mr Johnson instigated the event and poured drinks - claims repeated by the Daily Mirror, which asks "How did he get away with this?"
The Daily Express is a lone voice coming to the prime minister's defence. Its headline suggests the Metropolitan Police's lack of action shows there's "Nothing To See Here!"
The Daily Telegraph says the pictures put pressure on the Met, following claims that the force didn't ask Mr Johnson to explain his presence at the gathering, over which at least one other attendee was given a fixed penalty notice.
'Sense of calm'
The Times claims the prime minister tried to persuade the senior civil servant Sue Gray to reverse plans to publish her full report on lockdown gatherings in Whitehall during a recent meeting.
A government source tells the i there is a 'sense of calm' in Downing Street ahead of its publication.
The Daily Mail makes no reference to the story on its front page, instead focusing on claims that a possible national rail strike could cause power blackouts and shortages of petrol and food. The RMT union's ballot on whether to take industrial action over a pay dispute closes today.
The Financial Times reports that the chancellor is considering expanding a potential windfall tax on oil and gas producers to take in all major electricity generators, including companies that run wind farms.
A government insider tells the paper that all power producers have benefitted from rising prices, regardless of the source of their energy.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph details some of the other plans being considered by the Treasury to help those struggling with the rising cost of living.
It says Rishi Sunak is analysing proposals to increase Universal Credit to keep pace with inflation, and could also authorise sending cheques directly to the poorest households.
A motel in the US state of Indiana has received an unexpected surge of bookings after featuring in a recent high-profile manhunt, according to the Times.
It says Motel 41 has set up a waiting list due to the large number of people wanting to stay in room 150 - where the prison officer Vicky White hid with Casey White after helping him escape from jail in Alabama.
The motel has also attracted a glut of five star reviews online since police discovered the couple there - in sharp contrast to previous negative feedback detailing complaints about mould on the walls.
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