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“I want to apologise,” Boris Johnson told parliament about his role in Downing Street’s May 2020 party – though he insisted he thought it was only a “work event”. Keir Starmer accused the PM of “lying through his teeth”, describing it as “a pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road”. The key now is what the cabinet and Tory MPs think, says political commentator Tim Shipman on Twitter. “Johnson now has 72 hours to save his premiership.” Ministers have concluded that Covid isolation should be cut from seven days to five, says The Times. The new rule is expected to be signed off tomorrow. Sunions, a specially bred variety of “tearless” onions, will go on sale in Waitrose next week. But at £1.50 for a pack of three, says Zoe Wood in The Guardian, they may “make your eyes water” anyway.