image captionBoris Johnson is being “urged to come clean about cash for No 10 revamp” by senior Tories, says the Guardian. The paper reports “growing disquiet” from within the PM’s own party over allegations surrounding a £58,000 loan from Conservative Party HQ. It notes No 10’s insistence that Tory party funds are not being used to fund the renovations. Elsewhere, the paper’s main image is of an illuminated Glastonbury Tor as the current supermoon reaches peak size – around 30% brighter than a normal full moon, it says.
image captionThere are “yet more searching questions” for Mr Johnson, according to the Daily Mail. It reports the PM shouted “I can’t afford it!” to aides when discussing the soaring cost of renovating his Downing Street flat. Mr Johnson is “facing [a] rap” for a “free” holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique, the paper claims. Meanwhile, the Mail reports that self-driving cars are to be legal on UK roads this year. It airs concerns drivers “will be able to check their emails and watch TV” under plans to legalise the technology by year’s end.
image captionMr Johnson is accused of causing “untold hurt” to bereaved families, reports the i paper. It says No 10 “refuses to deny” the prime minister’s alleged “let Covid rip” comments last autumn. The paper notes mounting calls for a Covid inquiry – amid separate claims around the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s flat at No 11.
image caption“Cash for curtains” is the Daily Mirror’s headline as it reports Mr Johnson is “mired in scandal”. The paper accuses the PM of lying about who paid for renovations of his Downing Street residence and reports Labour as saying he is “spending more time covering up” the furore than dealing with Covid. Separately, the paper pictures a laughing Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a visit to County Durham.
image captionMr Johnson announced a “fightback” to cabinet colleagues amid days of scandal and leaks, the Daily Express says. It reports the PM as telling senior ministers Britain will bounce back from the pandemic with an ambitious recovery plan. Transport, infrastructure and support for business are said to be among the key measures proposed, the paper says. Its main image is of a smiling Queen and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with the headline “getting on with the job, just what Philip would have wanted”.
image caption“June olé days” declares the Sun as it reports that the Spanish tourism minister has confirmed June will see “the start of the recovery of tourism in Spain”. The move comes after discussions between the UK and Spanish government and involve a “digital health pass”, the Sun says. The paper welcomes the Queen’s return to virtual royal engagements with the headline “Ma’am cam”.
image captionA “huge drop” in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 leads the Metro. The paper says they have fallen 97% since the peak of the UK’s second wave in January. Separately, a picture of Boris Johnson sits beside a question: “So can Boris wallpaper over the cracks?” Elsewhere, the paper pictures a monochrome portrait of actor James Norton – who it says is “tipped to be next Bond”.
image captionThe Times echoes the theme as it reports an analysis that shows more than 38 million people in England live in areas that are recording virtually no new Covid cases. The paper says the data suggests the next phase of unlocking on 17 May should go ahead as planned. Elsewhere, it reports a warning by Australia that the “drums of war are beating” over tensions with China over Taiwan.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph reports that businessman Sir James Dyson has accused the BBC of a “grotesque mischaracterisation” of his ties to the Conservative Party after the Corporation reported text messages sent between the vacuum magnate and Mr Johnson. He says the suggestion he is a prominent Tory donor is “completely untrue”. The BBC has issued a clarification after some of its coverage made the claim.
image captionThe number of British naturists is on the rise, the Daily Star reports, including some who admit to cooking while nude. Its headline? “Look at the size of our members”.