Coronavirus UK live: Rishi Sunak to announce tapering of furlough scheme

Chancellor to say that employers will have to pay 20% of wages of furloughed staff as state subsidy scheme is wound down

8.00am BST

Labour’s shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, has called on attorney general Suella Braverman to apologise for intervening in the Dominic Cummings case.

Asked whether Cummings broke the law during his trip to Durham during lockdown, Thomas-Symonds told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The guidelines that were set up, he broke them.” He added:

“Look I can’t comment precisely on the communication between the Attorney General and Durham Police but what I can say for certain is this – the attorney general was wrong to be out making public statements about an individual case before even the police had made a public statement, and particularly given her role as superintendent of the Crown Prosecution Service.

“She shouldn’t have been commenting on an individual case in those circumstances, that is to misunderstand the role of the attorney general – to give unvarnished advice to Government without fear or favour and at the bare minimum she should apologise for that.”

7.48am BST

The row over Dominic Cummingslockdown trips is continuing, despite Boris Johnson saying at the daily Downing Street briefing last night that he intended to “draw a line” under the saga.

Almost 100 of his own MPs have now called for Cummings to be sacked. The Daily Mail reports today that Cummings is considering quitting No 10 later this year now that the UK is finally cutting ties with the EU.

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