Conservative leadership over the Labor Party suffered a sharp drop week after week after the Dominic Cummings dispute.
A YouGov poll for The Times reveals that support for conservatives fell four points, to 44%, while Labor rose five points to 38%.
Here is a snapshot of some of the main conclusions:
Most voters think the media has been fair in reporting the dispute
And 70% of Britons – and 59% of conservative voters – say that Cummings' coronavirus queue will make it more difficult for the government to get future blocking messages to the public.
According to the research, they suggest that in homes where there is a father and mother who work, women are doing more tasks and spending more time with their children.
The Institute of Tax Studies (IFS) and University College London (UCL) interviewed 3,500 families and found that mothers could only do one hour of uninterrupted work, every three hours performed by parents.
Lucy Kraftman, a research economist at IFS, said the finding applies to families where both mother and father worked, as well as families where both parents were unlicensed or unemployed.
Mothers are, on average, doing more childcare and more household chores than fathers who have the same work arrangements.
The only set of families where we see mothers and fathers sharing child care and housework equally are those where fathers were previously working, but the father has now stopped working for wages while the mother is still working.
However, the mothers of these families are doing paid work for an average of five hours a day, in addition to doing the same amount of housework as their partner.
Mothers in families with two fathers only perform, on average, one third of their parents' uninterrupted hours of paid work, according to UCL and IFS.
Before confinement, mothers completed an average of about 60% of the uninterrupted working hours that fathers did.
Alison Andrew of IFS said:
One risk is that the block will lead to an additional increase in the gender pay gap.
But her colleague Sonya Krutikova said the blockade also gave reason for hope that the future could see a more equal division of domestic work between parents:
Parents, on average, are doing almost twice the childcare hours they were doing before the crisis.
This can bring about changes in the attitudes of parents, mothers, children and employers about the role of parents in meeting the family's needs to care for children and work from home during the work week.
Sam Smethers, executive director of the Fawcett Society, said:
These data reveal the maternity penalty multiplied by the effects of the blockade and confirm what we feared. This will reverse decades of progress in women's participation in the labor market, unless the government intervenes to address it. Leaving women behind means that we are not at risk of recovering the economy.
What this study shows is that we are going backwards and that is extremely worrying. There is also the real prospect of two workplaces, as blocking is eased with men returning to work and women still at home taking care of children, without daycare centers or schools fully open for months.
The government must now prioritize strategic investment to create a childcare infrastructure, reform parental leave, to match parents in a child's first year and normalize flexible and remote work in the post-coveted economy. And they could also ease the financial strain on parents, increasing their children's benefits.
Three conservative deputies newly elected for seats in County Durham issued a statement last night to express his disappointment at Dominic Cummings – but stopped asking him to resign.
In the joint statement, Richard Holden (North West Durham), Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland) and Paul Howell (at Tony Blair's former headquarters in Sedgefield), they said they would not have done the same as Cummings, particularly not the 30-mile trip to Barnard Castle to "test" their vision.
But they said they accepted that he was "motivated by his desire as a father to do what he thought was necessary to protect his family".
This is the full statement.
I do not apologize for posting some pictures of happy and passionate people this morning.
Here are outpatient emergency nurse Jann Tipping, 34, and scheduled doctor Annalan Navaratnam, 30, who got married at the hospital where they work.
They were married by Rev Mia Hilborn (whom I interviewee about her work when the NHS turned 70, by the way) in the Grade II chapel at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
Tipping said they "wanted to make sure we could celebrate while we were still able, even if it meant that our loved ones had to watch us on screen" and described the wedding on April 24 as "intimate" and "adorable", but added that it seemed "surreal" to get married where the two work.
Navaratnam said they were "so happy that we were able to commit to each other".
They had a virtual drinks reception, including a first dance and speeches.
Congratulations Jann and Annalan!
Halfords is set to reopen 53 stores to deal with an increase in bicycle sales since the government relaxed the blocking rules and encouraged displacement that avoids public transport.
The stores, spread across the country, will allow a limited number of shoppers through their doors under a model that the bosses want to call "Retail Lite".
The decision comes a day after the government said most non-essential retailers could reopen from June 15.
Halford & # 39; s was allowed to open during the strict blockade, but closed its stores, allowing only external or online purchases.
New rules include reduced customers, queue marshals, safety notices and floor markings, splash screen displays for staff and instructions for customers not to manipulate or try products.
Chief executive Graham Stapleton said:
There has been a huge increase in the demand for our bicycle products and services, as people started cycling during the blockade, both for commuting and for fun.
We are also forecasting a similar level of demand for our automotive products and services in the coming days, as people return to using vehicles that, in some cases, will be off the road for many weeks.
Jenrick says it's time to "move on" from Cummings
Meanwhile, housing, communities and the local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, said it's time to "move on" with the Cummings scandal.
Asked if he believes Boris Johnson's chief adviser should step down, Jenrick told the BBC breakfast program:
No, he shouldn't. He gave his explanation to the Prime Minister, who listened and concluded that he acted in a reasonable and legal manner.
The prime minister asked him to give that statement to the public on Monday and to answer questions from journalists. He answered for over an hour and now, I think, it’s time to move on.
This does not mean that this is not an important issue or that people do not care about it, but I think there is much more to what we need to focus on now.
Jenrick said Cummings' explanation of his reasons for traveling to Durham was "reasonable". Asked if he could understand the public's anger over the matter, Jenrick said:
I can and many people would disagree with the decisions that Dominic Cummings members of the public and parliament.
But he explained why he made these decisions and his motivations, which were to protect his sick wife and young son, and to isolate himself in a house somewhere where he believed he could get the care and support they needed.
I think this is a reasonable and legal explanation, it does not appear that any of the guidelines or rules have been broken.
My opinion is that we now accept this and move on, because there are many, many more important issues that we need to talk about.
Jenrick said there will not be a review of the UK blocking fines for travel related to child care.
There will be no formal review. It is up to the police to decide whether to impose fines under the law.
They have the guidance we provide and the national police chiefs have provided their own guidance, which gives police officers a degree of discretion to use their common sense, reflecting the fact that all of our circumstances are different and families in particular , face particular challenges.
They are encouraging their officers to get involved in the first instance, to explain and to resort to fines only where absolutely necessary and, in most cases, they did.
Nandy says Johnson should take responsibility for Cummings
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Secretary Lisa Nandy stated that Boris Johnson must take responsibility for the scandal surrounding his adviser Dominic Cummings.
Speaking about the BBC's breakfast program, the Labor MP said:
The prime minister has to take responsibility for that now. He needs to decide if he can really explain why this situation was so unique that the rules needed to be broken, and if not, then I think it is certain that he will take steps to restore public confidence.
At the moment, we have a situation where the prime minister and his own adviser are just refusing to resign or fire him and also refusing to answer basic questions.
This is not sustainable. Something needs to change and it must change very, very quickly, so that the public has confidence.
Conservative former deputy Dr. Sarah Wollaston added his voice to the calls that Dominic Cummings must be fired.
Wollaston, who previously chaired the liaison committee, told ITV's Good Morning Britain that she would recommend Boris Johnson "Unequivocally" to fire the prime minister's chief adviser during his trip from London to Durham.
You cannot put a single special advisor above the country's public health and put the country's health at risk just to protect someone who is clearly not being honest with the public.
The principle that there is a rule for you, a rule for everyone else, is not going to work and it has to follow.
Reverend Martin Poole, vicar of the Church of England who placed health secretary Matt Hancock last night, asking whether fines imposed on people who travel for daycare reasons during the coronavirus block will be analyzed by the government, is on BBC radio The 4 & # 39; s Today program this morning.
Hancock said during the press conference that it was a "perfectly reasonable" question and he would ask the Treasury about the fine notices, which initially were £ 60 and then went up to £ 100, which were given to people who violated the rules of the blockade. .
But Poole said this morning that he was "disappointed" for a short time after government advisers emphasized that Hancock had been asked about another policy area in the government and did not promise an official review, but only to analyze the problem. The Interior Ministry, instead of the Treasury, will look into the matter.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today, he said:
I caught [Hancock] with his word that he would leave and have some arguments, and it was great to hear that. It is a little disappointing to hear after they commented on it a little bit.
What I want is honesty from the government all the time and if their response is that they can't review things or don't want to, I accept that they will say that.
But I feel that if there are people with children who have been fined for that, they will want some kind of resource.
Asked if he knew of any family who had been fined, he added:
I don't know anyone who has, but I know many people where both parents are sick with young children and have stayed deliberately because that is what they understand the rules to say.
And I think, more broadly, there is a feeling that there is a different set of rules for leaders than for the rest of us.
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