The papers on Friday are consumed by the long-awaited conclusion of the ‘partygate’ saga.
The Guardian and The Independent say there is “fury” after Prime Minister Boris Johnson received just one fine from the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into lockdown-busting parties at the top of Government during the pandemic.
Guardian front page, Friday 20 May 2022: Fury as Johnson escapes Partygate with single fine pic.twitter.com/IFhdn1FZhM
— The Guardian (@guardian) May 19, 2022
— The Independent (@Independent) May 20, 2022
The Daily Telegraph reports Sue Gray, the senior civil servant whose separate report into coronavirus lockdown gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall is expected next week, is demanding for “key players” to be identified after the Met declined to identify anyone in its £460,000 investigation.
📰The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
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— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 19, 2022
The Daily Mirror dedicates its front page to the PM’s comment in December that “no Covid rules (were) broken”, while the Daily Mail (not shown) leads with the investigation being dubbed a “farcical waste of time”.
— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) May 19, 2022
The i and Daily Express report Tory MPs are now urging Boris Johnson to focus on tackling the cost-of-living crisis.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) May 19, 2022
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) May 19, 2022
The EU has blocked the UK from an £81 million science project over the ongoing Brexit row regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to the Financial Times.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) May 19, 2022
Elsewhere, The Sun and Daily Star and Metro lead with the winners of the UK’s biggest Lotto jackpot.
— The Sun (@TheSun) May 19, 2022
— Daily Star (@dailystar) May 19, 2022
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 19, 2022
And The Times (not shown) reports doctors are to prescribe insomnia sufferers a self-help app instead of a sleeping pill in a “groundbreaking” NHS scheme.