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Boris Johnson will appear before the Commons Privileges Committee at 2pm to defend himself from claims he misled Parliament over Partygate. The former PM insists that when he said lockdown rules were “followed at all times”, it wasn’t deliberately misleading but based on bad information. The committee will probably recommend Johnson be suspended as an MP for less than 10 days, says the FT, avoiding the “nuclear option” of a by-election in his constituency. Russia has criticised Britain for agreeing to send Ukraine shells tipped with depleted uranium. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu warned that the armour-piercing ammunition would increase the chance of a “nuclear collision”. The UK is “enduring one of the dullest Marches on record”, says The Times, with less than half the usual amount of spring sunshine. It’s particularly grey in London, the South West and Wales, which have had a third of their average rays.