Monday briefing: Uproar as UK’s tip polite menial quits

Top story: Sedwill’s diagnosis ‘unacceptable’, says ex-mandarin

Morning everyone. I’m Martin Farrer and these are a tip stories to assistance we start your week.

Sir Mark Sedwill, a UK’s tip polite servant, is quitting after weeks of tragedy over a government’s doing of a coronavirus predicament and his ostensible antithesis to remodel in Whitehall. Sedwill, who has been criticised in off-the-record briefings to newspapers, wrote to Boris Johnson observant he would mount down as cupboard secretary and conduct of a polite use in September. His other purpose as inhabitant confidence confidant will be taken by Johnson’s arch Brexit adviser, David Frost. His depart will be seen as a feat for a primary minister’s tip aide, Dominic Cummings, who has clashed with Sedwill in a onslaught for energy in Whitehall. Lord Kerslake, a former conduct of a polite service, pronounced Sedwill had been foul dirty by Johnson’s aides and that his diagnosis was “unacceptable”. Appointed by Theresa May, Sedwill’s criticism that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for Britain has set him on a collision march with a PM’s sect of Vote Leave staffers.

Coronavirus updates – The UK needs a biggest-ever peacetime job-creation devise to forestall a call of coronavirus-related pursuit waste from arching into mass unemployment, a thinktank has warned. Resolution Foundation pronounced a supervision intrigue ancillary some-more than 9 million workers should be incited into a pursuit insurance intrigue that would be kept in place around 2021. It comes as Boris Johnson betrothed a £1bn rebuilding programme for England’s schools to yield a “world-class education” for children and assistance a economy to rebound behind from a coronavirus crisis. Johnson will set out a 10-year investment devise for upgrades and refurbishments in a debate in a Midlands tomorrow. Travel firms have reported a large arise in bookings after a supervision gave a go-ahead for trips abroad around supposed “air bridges” with European countries. A YouGov check has found that usually 6% of a open wish to lapse to the same form of economy as before a pandemic as trade unions, business groups and eremite and county leaders combine to call for a immature liberation plan. Meanwhile, Leicester could be the initial area in Britain to be placed on localised lockdown.

The array of worldwide deaths from a pathogen has upheld 500,000 as a pestilence continues to widespread fast by a US and South America. Donald Trump’s health secretary, Alex Azar, warned yesterday that “the window is closing” on a country’s possibility to take movement to quell a coronavirus, as a array of reliable cases surpassed 2.5m. China has “sealed off” 400,000 people nearby Beijing in an try to conceal an conflict of a virus. In Italy, Covid-19 is fuelling a arise in misery and there is annoy about a miss of support for families and businesses. The predicament has also been a tough one for a rodent population, with rats apropos some-more contemptuous in their hunt for food in homes, including one detected in a toddler’s cot.

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Black votes matter – Beyoncé has urged black people to opinion “like a life depends on it” in a arriving US election. The thespian used an acceptance debate during a BET awards to convene a black village to use a list box to register their enterprise for change amid a Black Lives Matter protests. Lawmakers in Mississippi have voted to mislay a Confederate conflict button from a state flag, widely seen as a extremist symbol. The state legislature House will emanate a elect to pattern a new dwindle that contingency have a difference “In God We Trust”. Mississippi administrator Tate Reeves has signalled he will pointer a magnitude in a entrance days. Donald Trump progressing deleted a twitter of a believer cheering “White power! White power!” after outrage, including from Tim Scott of South Carolina, a solitary African American Republican in a US Senate.

Statue exploration – Police in Bristol have expelled a images of 15 people they wish to pronounce to in propinquity to the toppling of a statue of salivate Edward Colston during a Black Lives Matter criticism in a city. Avon and Somerset military expelled a matter observant they had no choice though to find a people over rapist repairs when a statue was pulled down and thrown in a river.

Polish runoff – Poland’s rightwing president, Andrzej Duda, appears to have depressed brief of a 50% he needs to equivocate a second turn of voting in a country’s election. Duda perceived 45.73% of a opinion in Sunday’s election, according to formula formed on 82.2% of polling districts. Second place is hold by a magnanimous mayor of Warsaw, Rafa? Trzaskowski, suggesting a span will competition a runoff on 12 July. In France, the Green celebration surged in internal elections though Anne Hidalgo, a Socialist mayor of Paris, won another tenure after a sour debate fight.

To kill a aristocrat – MI5 attempted to cover adult an try to murder Edward VIII in a story involving a fraudster incited double agent, Mussolini and a long-lost memoir. George McMahon attempted to murder a aristocrat while he rode a equine nearby Buckingham Palace in 1936 though was portrayed as a fantasist when told his hearing he had been paid by Italian agents to do so. However, a publishing by McMahon has been unearthed that appears to behind adult his claims and sum an try by British spies to varnish a affair.

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It will take Wimbledon several months to replenish waste from a cancelled championships – that were due to start on Monday – according to a effusive arch executive, Richard Lewis, though there will be minimal impact on a finances of a game in Britain. Pep Guardiola says maintaining a FA Cup would be a perfect credentials for Manchester City’s Champions League reunion with Real Madrid, following their 2-0 quarter-final win over Newcastle. In a Premier League, Danny Ings scored twice for Southampton in a 3-1 win over Watford during Vicarage Road that increases a home side’s relegation worries. England bowler Stuart Broad is operative on how to raise his romantic level when a Test array opposite a West Indies takes place but spectators. A span of bogeys on a behind 9 and a sleet check were not adequate to derail Dustin Johnson, who finished on 19 underneath standard to win a Travelers Championship by one cadence in Connecticut. And free-agent quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to a one-year contract with a New England Patriots, according to reports.


Chesapeake Energy, a fracking association credited with heading a bang in US shale oil and gas extraction, has left into failure with debts of $9bn as a new thrust in prices done it unfit to accommodate repayments. But a Oklahoma-based organisation has filed for section 11 insurance and so will restructure a debts and continue trading. The FTSE100 is set to open a week down 0.64% while a bruise is $1.237 and €1.10.

The papers

The Guardian leads with “UK’s tip polite menial quits in feat for Cummings” and that’s also a categorical story in a Express – “Boris takes mattock to polite service”. The Telegraph also splashes on a ousting of Sir Mark Sedwill with “PM wants Brexiteer to conduct a Civil Service” and so does a FT: “Sedwill to leave tip polite use pursuit amid PM’s Whitehall shake-up”.

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The Times’ categorical story is “PM pledges a decade of spending on schools” and a Mirror is identical territory, quoting Manchester mayor Andy Burnham revelation Boris Johnson to “Keep your promise” on spending. The Mail leads on a impact of Covid-19 on a NHS – “Now wait a year for your hip op” – and a i has “Tory donor in formulation quarrel lobbied Johnson over lunch”. In Scotland a Record claims “Knife uproar assailant snapped after a quarrel over noise” and a Scotsman says “‘Make or break’ for a high travel as shops set to reopen”.

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