image captionBoris Johnson has declared “I love John Lewis” as the row over funding renovations at his Downing Street flat continues, the Metro says. It suggests Mr Johnson has “pointed the finger” at his fiancee Carrie Symonds with the comment – because she is said to have insisted on a overhaul due to ex-PM Theresa May’s “John Lewis furniture nightmare”. The paper notes how Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer posed for photographs while browsing wallpaper at a branch of the “middle-class home makers’ go-to store” at the Trafford Centre.
image caption“Tango & cash for curtains” puns the Sun – as it reports BBC bosses are keen to secure Ms Symonds for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. The Sun says the 33-year-old former Conservative Party spin chief is the top of the Corporation’s Strictly “wish list” and could be offered as much as £200,000 to hit the dance floor.
image captionThe row over the PM’s Downing Street flat has done little to dent public support for the Conservatives, according to the Times. The paper says a YouGov poll found an 11-point gap between the parties. Despite the overall support, the poll found more than half of those surveyed agree the Tories are “very sleazy and disreputable”. Elsewhere, it says hopes are rising that dozens of popular foreign holiday destinations – including Portugal and Malta – will form travel corridors with England as soon as mid-May.
image captionA “laser-focused” Mr Johnson took aim at his critics, according to the Daily Express. The paper says the prime minister insisted he was dedicated to “delivering our Covid recovery” rather than the “farrago of nonsense” surrounding his home decorations. The main picture is of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis – part of a family video released by the royal couple to mark their 10th wedding anniversary.
image captionThe actor Noel Clarke is pictured on the Guardian’s front page as it reports 20 women have made allegations about his behaviour during incidents between 2004 and 2019. The paper says Bafta has suspended his membership and a recent top award, weeks after he received it. It reports Clarke as saying: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint against me.” He vehemently denies the allegations.
image caption“What a boost for Britain!” says the Daily Mail as it reports a trio of cheering updates – about the reducing levels of Covid illness, the rising numbers of vaccines and the falling age threshold at which people can book an appointment for a jab. It also carries a still from the royal video which it describes as a “home movie to melt your heart”.
image captionPeople who are fully vaccinated should “Get out and have fun” – according to the Daily Mirror’s headline. The paper says a Covid expert has advised those who have had two jabs to “get out there and socialise” as the “risks are tiny”. Its main image shows actress Kelly McDonald as Acting Det Supt Jo Davidson in the BBC’s Line of Duty. It wonders “who is H?” ahead of the drama’s sixth series finale on Sunday.
image captionPeople in their late 30s will begin receiving vaccination appointments in about two weeks, according to the i newspaper. It says the UK is “starting to pull ahead” of its jab schedule and the rollout is accelerating. The paper adds that a recent order of Pfizer jabs could be a stockpile to immunise the under-30s. Its front page carries the image of a nude woman – as it promotes a report on young people finding “naked attraction in shedding clothes”.
image captionSocial distancing during large events can be scrapped from 21 June in England, according to the Daily Telegraph. It reports scientists are preparing to brief Boris Johnson on initial findings from trials of mass indoor events which found no spike in Covid cases among attendees. It says an interim report will suggest events with minimal Covid measures will become a possibility.
image captionThe US economy is powering back to pre-pandemic output levels, the FT says. The paper notes the country’s GDP has expanded 6.4% and says a stimulus package and vaccination programme are fuelling the rebound. The paper pictures the prime minister on a visit to a school in London beside the headline “Exam time: PM brushes off probe into flat”.
image captionIt’s bad news for fans of BBC drama Line of Duty, according to the Daily Star. It says actor Martin Compston – who plays DI Steve Arnott in the Sunday night thriller – has hinted the current season is the programme’s last. The paper also pictures Boris Johnson as a clown – beside a claim that a painter and decorator has estimated he could do up the PM’s flat for £4,500.