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What the papers say – April 15

What the papers say – April 15

What the papers say – April 15

15 April 2021

Concerns about government lobbying and civil servants with second jobs head up an assortment of stories on the Thursday front pages.


Union condemns ‘mass sacking’ of British Gas engineers amid contracts row

Union condemns ‘mass sacking’ of British Gas engineers amid contracts row

Union condemns ‘mass sacking’ of British Gas engineers amid contracts row

15 April 2021

The GMB said strike action will continue, with the 43rd day of industrial action this year taking place on Wednesday.


EU and UK hold talks over post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland

EU and UK hold talks over post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland

EU and UK hold talks over post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland

15 April 2021

Brexit minister Lord Frost is travelling to Brussels for talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic.


Stormont set to announce series of lockdown relaxations for NI

Stormont set to announce series of lockdown relaxations for NI

Stormont set to announce series of lockdown relaxations for NI

15 April 2021

Ministers in the powersharing executive are expected to give the green light to several reopening dates when they meet on Thursday.


Royals will not wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral

Royals will not wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral

Royals will not wear military uniform at Philip’s funeral

14 April 2021

It is understood a decision has been taken that senior royals should be in civilian clothing.


Questions continue over Cameron and Greensill affair

Questions continue over Cameron and Greensill affair

Questions continue over Cameron and Greensill affair

14 April 2021

A spokesman for the ex-PM said he will respond ‘positively’ to any request to give evidence on the financial firm’s collapse.


Hospitality warned to improve ventilation to keep Covid rates low

Hospitality warned to improve ventilation to keep Covid rates low

Hospitality warned to improve ventilation to keep Covid rates low

14 April 2021

The warning comes as new analysis revealed Covid-19 rates have dropped below 100 cases per 100,000 people.


Johnson reported to have ‘intervened’ in Saudi bid for Newcastle United

Johnson reported to have ‘intervened’ in Saudi bid for Newcastle United

Johnson reported to have ‘intervened’ in Saudi bid for Newcastle United

14 April 2021

The Daily Mail said the PM asked a top aide to investigate after Saudi Crown Prince warned relations with the UK were being damaged.


Sir Keir Starmer to join Mark Drakeford on Labour’s Senedd election campaign

Sir Keir Starmer to join Mark Drakeford on Labour’s Senedd election campaign

Sir Keir Starmer to join Mark Drakeford on Labour’s Senedd election campaign

14 April 2021

The visit will be Sir Keir’s second to Wales since he became leader and the first during campaigning for the May 6 election.


Queen welcomes her new Lord Chamberlain

Queen welcomes her new Lord Chamberlain

Queen welcomes her new Lord Chamberlain

14 April 2021

Baron Parker served as director general of MI5 from April 2013 until last year.


Ireland’s online privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over data breach

Ireland’s online privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over data breach

Ireland’s online privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over data breach

14 April 2021

Personal details of 533 million users, including 1.5 million in Ireland, were made publicly available in an unsecure database.


‘Drawdown’ of UK troops from Afghanistan confirmed as Wallace fires warning

‘Drawdown’ of UK troops from Afghanistan confirmed as Wallace fires warning

‘Drawdown’ of UK troops from Afghanistan confirmed as Wallace fires warning

14 April 2021

The Defence Secretary said the security of those still serving in the country ‘remains our priority’.


Salmond ‘does not know’ if Russia was behind Sailsbury nerve agent attacks

Salmond ‘does not know’ if Russia was behind Sailsbury nerve agent attacks

Salmond ‘does not know’ if Russia was behind Sailsbury nerve agent attacks

14 April 2021

The Alba party leader also dismissed claims he was using women in their campaign to deflect from his own reputation.


Hospital trust reportedly plans to make Covid-19 jab mandatory for staff

Hospital trust reportedly plans to make Covid-19 jab mandatory for staff

Hospital trust reportedly plans to make Covid-19 jab mandatory for staff

14 April 2021

A letter from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust allegedly says it ‘will be making Covid vaccination mandatory for all our employees’.


Puppy rescued after falling 300ft down waterfall

Puppy rescued after falling 300ft down waterfall

Puppy rescued after falling 300ft down waterfall

14 April 2021

Louis slipped his lead and then dropped below the main path.


Covid-19 rates drop below 100 per 100,000 in all local areas of UK

Covid-19 rates drop below 100 per 100,000 in all local areas of UK

Covid-19 rates drop below 100 per 100,000 in all local areas of UK

14 April 2021

The last time the entire country recorded rates below 100 was at the start of September.


Touching photos of Philip, Queen and their family released

Touching photos of Philip, Queen and their family released

Touching photos of Philip, Queen and their family released

14 April 2021

Cradled in the arms of the Queen is Prince Louis, a rare image of the Queen holding one of her great-grandchildren.


The Queen and Philip’s great-grandchildren

The Queen and Philip’s great-grandchildren

The Queen and Philip’s great-grandchildren

14 April 2021

Buckingham Palace shared a family portrait of the late duke with the monarch and seven of the youngsters.


Sturgeon promises ‘transformational’ increase in NHS cash if SNP re-elected

Sturgeon promises ‘transformational’ increase in NHS cash if SNP re-elected

Sturgeon promises ‘transformational’ increase in NHS cash if SNP re-elected

14 April 2021

The SNP leader will unveil her party’s manifesto for the May 6 Scottish election on Thursday.


Senior civil servants told to declare outside employment

Senior civil servants told to declare outside employment

Senior civil servants told to declare outside employment

14 April 2021

Cabinet Secretary Simon Case said he must be notified of any senior officials with jobs outside government by the end of the week.


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