Newspaper headlines: 'End in sight' but let's 'use common sense'

By BBC News

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image captionThe Sun dubs the day restrictions will be eased as "Happy Monday"

The front pages are dominated by the prime minister's confirmation of the latest easing of lockdown restrictions in England next week.

"The End Is Now In Sight" is the Daily Mail's headline, while the Daily Express says we'll be "Free At Last!"

The Daily Telegraph relays Boris Johnson's call for people to use common sense, and the Sun celebrates that lovers will be allowed overnight stays.

The paper's leader calls the day restrictions will be eased "Happy Monday", joking that readers will be able to hug their gran, go into a pub for a pint, or even hug their pint if they want.

While most of the English papers praise the announcement that people will be able to hug friends and family from Monday, the Times' Scottish edition leads on claims that the majority of people north of the border are against social distancing rules being relaxed yet.

It cites a YouGov poll, which claims that 57% of people would want restrictions to remain in place even when everybody in the country has been vaccinated.

The Scottish Daily Mail edition focuses on reports the Holyrood government looks set to announce a traffic light system for international travel similar to England's, calling it a "Green Light For Sunshine Holidays".

The fallout from Labour's poor performance in last week's elections continues to attract coverage.

The party's deputy leader Angela Rayner writes an article in the Guardian saying Labour needs to stop patronising working class voters, which the paper calls "a coded criticism of Sir Keir Starmer's performance" as leader.

The Times reports that some figures within the party encouraged Ms Rayner to launch a leadership challenge when she was removed from her role co-ordinating election campaigns at the weekend.

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image captionAngela Rayner is reported to have been encouraged to launch a leadership challenge against Sir Keir Starmer

HuffPost UK's political editor, Paul Waugh, is among those to claim the public row over the deputy leader's place in position in the shadow cabinet put paid to plans for a much wider reshuffle - but that the episode had "simply delayed the inevitable", with a wide cull of frontbenchers still expected at some point during the summer.

The online-only Independent reports that hundreds of junior doctors will be dropped from an NHS training scheme in England this summer, despite working on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

It says a reduction of places available for anaesthetists who've already completed four years of training will result in many having to wait three years to resume their efforts to become fully qualified, despite there being a national shortage of people able to do the job.

Health Education England, which funds training places, tells the website it is "supporting trainees as much as possible in finding roles across all professions".

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image captionWhite-tailed eagles will be reintroduced to Norfolk over the next decade

The i says efforts to reintroduce Britain's biggest bird of prey to the wild in England are being accelerated.

The conservation agency Natural England plans to release up to 60 young white-tailed eagles from Poland in Norfolk over the next decade.

The species - whose wing span can grow to about 8ft (2.5m) - became extinct in the UK during the early 20th century, but trials to reintroduce them on the Isle of Wight have been taking place since 2019.