Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Thursday morning UK news briefing: Pingdemic disrupts food supplies

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson faces defeat in the Commons over plans for vaccine passports. The Prime Minister said he would change the law to require proof of two doses of Covid vaccines for entry into nightclubs and “other venues where large crowds gather”. 

He must hold a vote in the Commons and Lords, but now faces opposition from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats. 

Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith says a Tory rebellion could be enough to overturn the PM’s Commons majority.

PS: On a blazing hot “freedom week”, it is hard to entertain thoughts of an “early winter” of respiratory viruses that a top epidemiologist has warned is coming. Read how to protect your family.

Olympics ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games tomorrow has been plunged into turmoil after the show director was fired over a joke he made about the Holocaust. Kentaro Kobayashi was dismissed this morning after facing anti-Semitism allegations over a comedy act in 1998. Sports News Correspondent Tom Morgan says a historically low attendance is predicted on Friday, with spectators banned and hundreds of athletes declining invites due to the risk from coronavirus. Follow all our Olympics coverage here (take out a free subscription trial to read everything) and sign up to our free Olympics Briefing newsletter.

Chip off the old block: Prince George aged eight

Prince George shows the Royal family’s love of the Land Rover has continued to the latest generation, as he sits on the bonnet of a Defender in a photograph to mark his eighth birthday today. The setting of the picture, taken by the Prince’s mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a nod to his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, who had a Land Rover Defender modified as a bespoke hearse. And watch Camilla Tominey explain why Prince George’s childhood will be drastically different to the other royals.

The end of lockdown: What Front Page readers think

What are you changing about your life after Covid restrictions ended in England? We asked Front Page readers to tell us what you are thankful for. This week, we are sharing some of your contributions:

“I am looking forward to having bridge again at my house. Playing bridge online was fine, but not like the real thing. Just need to buy the Pimms.”
Helen Belcham, 77, Wirral

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

Smart meters | It is a £13.4 billion project. But smart meters will be rendered useless if Britain moves to hydrogen powered homes, the business secretary has admitted. Trials are under way to look at the feasibility of alternatives to gas boilers as the UK seeks to decarbonise home heating by 2050. Kwasi Kwarteng said homes could potentially be switched to hydrogen, but acknowledged it would need the replacement of smart meters. Environment Editor Emma Gatten explains why.

Around the world: Deluge rocks China

The dea-th toll in China continues to rise. At least 33 people are now de-ad after the “heaviest rainfall in a millennium” in the central Henan province. Sophia Yan reports from Beijing that torrential floods have paralysed several cities, causing millions of pounds in damage. View extraordinary pictures and video – plus our world picture gallery.

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