Phoebe Burgess’ daughter Poppy, three, dresses as a princess

‘In her happy place!’ Phoebe Burgess’ daughter Poppy, three, dresses as a princess at her parents’ property

Phoebe Burgess has been spending plenty of quality time outdoors at her parents’ rural home in Bowral with her two young children. 

And it appears the 31-year-old’s daughter Poppy, three, decided Wednesday’s adventure was set to be a royal affair, dressing up in an adorable rainbow tulle skirt and a little crown. 

The tiny princess was joined by her younger brother, one-year-old Billie, as they climbed over fences, ‘wrangled’ a horse and played with their grandparents’ cat. 

‘Back in her happy place’: Phoebe Burgess’ adorable daughter Poppy, three, dressed as a princess at her parents’ property in Bowral

‘Back in her happy place,’ Phoebe said, sharing a sweet picture of her daughter.  

She also shared a photo of Billie, adding: ‘And back in his element #naturebaby.’

Phoebe, who finalised her divorce with former NRL star Sam Burgess in April, has been happily sharing her relaxed lockdown on social media over the past few months.

Last week, the newly single mother spoke about feeling ‘blessed’ to be able to enjoy autumn at her parents’ stunning estate. 

In one photo, she carried Billy as Poppy swung back and forth on a swing.

Family time: 'Back in her happy place,' Phoebe said, sharing a sweet picture of her daughter.

Family time: ‘Back in her happy place,’ Phoebe said, sharing a sweet picture of her daughter.

Seemingly impatient waiting for the swing, little Billy later turned his attention to something else flying above him – likely falling leaves.

Other photos also show Phoebe with Poppy on a cow-shaped space hopper, and at one point the mother and daughter lose balance and land on the grass.

The doting mother wrote in the caption: ‘After spending what feels like five years staying at home, I am so grateful for these crisp, sunny Autumn days that just beg us to be outside!’

Bonding: Seemingly impatient waiting for the swing, little Billy later turned his attention to something else flying above him - likely falling leaves

Bonding: Seemingly impatient waiting for the swing, little Billy later turned his attention to something else flying above him – likely falling leaves

‘It’s also win win. Not only is playtime beautiful family bonding and memory-making gold, but it’s also so important for our bone health,’ she said.

‘Getting all three members of the family outside for a healthy dose of vitamin D is now a conscious decision and a priority,’ she added.

The Instagram influencer, who is an ambassador for vitamin company Ostelin, added that she is ‘doing her best to help develop strong’ and healthy children.  

Whoops! Other photos also show Phoebe with Poppy on a cow-shaped space hopper (pictured)

Whoops! At one point the mother and daughter lose balance and land on the grass (pictured)

Whoops! Other photos also show Phoebe with Poppy on a cow-shaped space hopper, and at one point the mother and daughter lose balance and land on the grass (pictured)



Greggs will reopen around 800 stores from mid-June

Bakery chain Greggs will reopen 800 shops next month – but is keeping the locations secret over fears fast food fans will bombard branches.

The pasty and sausage roll outlets are expected to start serving customers up and down the country in June.

‘We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational safety measures and they have progressed well allowing us to now move to open an increased number of our shops from mid-June,’ a spokesperson for the company said. 

Greggs is set to reopen around 800 of its stores next month as coronavirus restrictions are eased across Britain (Pictured: A Greggs branch in Cardiff on March 24)

The bakery chain is expected to begin serving customers in mid-June, after it successfully trialled the reopening of a dozen stores in the North East earlier this month.  

‘We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational safety measures and they have progressed well allowing us to now move to open an increased number of our shops from mid-June,’ a spokeswoman said. 

The chain did not specify exactly how many stores it hopes to open, but it is understood to be around 800 of its 2,050 sites. 

Which fast food outlets have reopened as lockdown eases?  

Nando’s has now reopened 94 of its restaurants for delivery and collection after closing sites in the face of the coronavirus lockdown. 

It follows restaurant and fast food chains like Wagamama, KFC and Burgar King that have recently opened. 

McDonald’s has announced nearly 1,000 more restaurants will reopen for drive-thrus or deliveries from next week, 

Greggs began the process of reopening a series of stores earlier this month, after the bakery chain closed its doors on March 24 due to the pandemic. 

At the time, the chain said the decision to close was an attempt to protect staff from the spread of the virus and avoid crowds gathering for takeaways.

The company said: ‘Given the current and likely impacts of coronavirus we are now planning for the closure of our shop estate by close of business on Tuesday 24 March in order to protect our people and customers.’

The bakery chain had previously delayed plans to open 20 of its stores due to fears of overcrowding, the Sun reported. 

Draconian lockdown measures implemented by Boris Johnson amid the pandemic on March 23 have slowly been relaxed by the government in recent weeks. 

The prime minister this week revealed plans to open non-essential retailers from June 15, after homewares stores including IKEA and Matalan were allowed to welcome customers back.

Bars, restaurants and pubs are still required to remain shut, but rules have allowed for takeaway and delivery services to remain open.   

Earlier this month, McDonald’s began reopening its British stores, starting with 15 in and around London.

Starbucks also reopened 150 of its stores, with Nandos, Wagamamas, KFC and Subway among the fast food chains offering takeaway and delivery. 

Greggs began the process of reopening a series of stores earlier this month, after the bakery chain closed its doors on March 24 due to the pandemic

Greggs began the process of reopening a series of stores earlier this month, after the bakery chain closed its doors on March 24 due to the pandemic

The future of McDonald’s: £25 limit per car at drive-thrus , plastic screens at counters and staff getting daily temperature checks – as fast food giant announces 975 branches will reopen next week

By Luke May for MailOnline

McDonald’s has announced nearly 1,000 more restaurants will reopen for drive-thrus or deliveries from next week, under a new lockdown friendly measures with a £25 cap on orders.

Each franchise has been asked to make sure its staff are fit and able to work, following nearly two months of lockdown measures. 

From next Tuesday McDonald’s will begin announcing the restaurants that have reopened. By Thursday, 975 franchises will have reopened. 

Cleaning stations will be set up inside McDonald's restaurants for visiting delivery drivers, who will have no contact with restaurant staff when they arrive to pick up orders

Cleaning stations will be set up inside McDonald’s restaurants for visiting delivery drivers, who will have no contact with restaurant staff when they arrive to pick up orders

Footage shows how restaurants are reopening with protective screens between staff and customers. Workers are also expected to wash their hands every 30 minutes.

Protective screens have been put in place inside the kitchens and at drive-thrus to lower the risk of contamination.

For customers, the major changes are a reduced menu and a £25 spending cap, which has been introduced as staff get used to working in smaller teams and to reduce waiting times at drive-thru lanes. Diners are also being asked to pay via contactless cards. 

A McDonald’s spokesman said: ‘We can today announce that by 4th June, 1,019 of our restaurants will have reopened, either for Drive Thru or McDelivery. 

‘This means every Drive Thru in the UK and Ireland will reopen between Tuesday and Thursday next week and we will start to expand the availability of McDelivery too.

Customers are being asked to pay with contactless cards when using McDonald's drive-thrus, while cleaning of payment equipment will be stepped up

Customers are being asked to pay with contactless cards when using McDonald’s drive-thrus, while cleaning of payment equipment will be stepped up

Perspex screens between drive-thru workers and customers have been installed to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus

Perspex screens between drive-thru workers and customers have been installed to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus

‘This is only possible following the hard work of the teams in our 44 pilot restaurants. 

‘Over the last fortnight, our employees, franchisees and suppliers have worked tirelessly to implement new procedures to enable safe working so that we can now help all parts of the UK and Ireland to enjoy the return of the Big Mac.

‘With fewer employees working in our kitchens and service areas, our teams will still need your patience and support as they continue to adjust to the new ways of working. 

McDonald's staff will regularly disinfect surfaces at their stores to reduce the risk of customers and employees transmitting coronavirus between each other

McDonald’s staff will regularly disinfect surfaces at their stores to reduce the risk of customers and employees transmitting coronavirus between each other

Staff will wear face masks under the plans to reopen McDonald's stores across Britain which will look very different as Britain begins to exit the coronavirus lockdown

Staff will wear face masks under the plans to reopen McDonald’s stores across Britain which will look very different as Britain begins to exit the coronavirus lockdown

Workers will wear protective gear including gloves in their stores as they prepare food for contact-free delivery, and hand over bags to delivery drivers to take to customers

Workers will wear protective gear including gloves in their stores as they prepare food for contact-free delivery, and hand over bags to delivery drivers to take to customers

‘Face coverings, gloves, Perspex screens and new safety and hygiene processes mean it will look different, it will take a little longer and as we have seen in the pilot restaurants, we expect demand will be high. Please bear with us, we will continue to put our people first – their safety is our priority.’

Drive-thrus reopening as lockdown measures ease has caused long queues as fast-food fans look to get their first fix of McDonald’s since restaurants were shut.

In some cases McDonald’s has had to shut drive-thru lanes, while there have also been complaints of delivery driver safety after they were seen queuing out the door in London to pick up orders. 

Staff are being kept apart where possible, with additional screens being installed inside kitchens and at drive-thru windows

Staff are being kept apart where possible, with additional screens being installed inside kitchens and at drive-thru windows

Kitchens have been refitted with perspex glass, while staff are wearing additional PPE inside the fast food restaurants. There will also be zero contact between delivery drivers and kitchen staff, McDonald's has announced

Kitchens have been refitted with perspex glass, while staff are wearing additional PPE inside the fast food restaurants. There will also be zero contact between delivery drivers and kitchen staff, McDonald’s has announced

Staff at each restaurant are having their temperatures regularly checked to ensure they are fit to work and are not potentially spreading the virus

Staff at each restaurant are having their temperatures regularly checked to ensure they are fit to work and are not potentially spreading the virus

What will be included in McDonalds’ limited menu? 

Main Menu:

Cheeseburger

Hamburger

Double Cheeseburger

Big Mac

Quarter Pounder with Cheese

McChicken Sandwich

Filet-O-Fish

Chicken McNuggets

Chicken Selects

Sides & Desserts:

Fries

Mozzarella Dippers 

McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)

Fruit Bag

With more than 900 more drive-thru lanes reopening by next Thursday, the fast food giant says it is working to keep customers levels down. 

It is only announcing which stores have reopened on the day it happens.  

A McDonald’s spokesman said: ‘In the last week, on occasion, we have taken the decision to close Drive Thru lanes where demand has impacted local communities or the safety of our people or customers. 

‘We will continue to work with local authorities and the police as we extend our reopening plans.

‘With smaller teams, we will still be offering a limited menu over reduced hours, and we ask that you make contactless payments and limit your spend to £25.

‘We are continuing to review these measures as we reopen, but for now, these restrictions remain in place to help our employees, customers and delivery partner couriers to remain safe.

‘To manage the anticipated demand, we will release the locations of the reopening restaurants on the morning of each day.’

Staggering footage showed vehicles snaking up and down roads waiting to access the restaurants, with many people having to wait over two hours to get their food.

Videos soon emerged on social media, after members of the public filmed the queues in utter disbelief, including one showing a seemingly endless stretch of traffic waiting to access the McDonalds A41 Watford restaurant.

Aghast, the individual filming the video could be hear saying: ‘How badly do they want a big mac. That’s a two hour wait for some nuggets.’  

News of McDonald’s return comes as Halfords announced it will fully reopen 53 UK stores by Friday with customers allowed back inside to browse shelves.

The car parts retailer will deploy marshals to guide people throughout the shops and use ‘sneeze screens’ to keep people safe. 

Bosses expect a surge in customers wanting to get behind the wheel of cars that have been unused for several weeks. 

KFC and DIY store Wickes announce plans to reopen branches as phone data reveals Britain is continuing to edge out of lockdown with rush hour traffic up two percentage points on week before 

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen a total of 500 stores by the end of the week with stores offering a limited menu. 

The restrictions is to allow staff to prepare food while adhering to social distancing rules. 

So far around 80 branches have reopened, offering drive through and delivery services. 

Meanwhile, DIY retailer Wickes has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham.

The news comes as phone data suggests Brits are making more journeys on the roads than they were a week ago. 

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery. Pictured: one of its branches in Southampton

Fast food giant KFC has announced it will reopen another 80 branches for delivery. Pictured: one of its branches in Southampton

The fried chicken chain announced on March 25 it was closing all of its restaurants, pictured, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open

The fried chicken chain announced on March 25 it was closing all of its restaurants, pictured, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens for delivery, pictured, and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens for delivery, pictured, and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days

DIY retailer Wickes, pictured, has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham

DIY retailer Wickes, pictured, has revealed it will be reopening six stores with strict social distancing measures from tomorrow in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham

Which business have started to reopen?

  • Nandos  – is reopening around 90 of its restaurants from across the country for online delivery
  • Burger King – has reopened around 50 restaurants offering drive through or online collection. 
  • Wagamama – will have around 50 restuarants open for delivery and some takeaway collections by tomorrow
  • Five Guys – the burger chain has opened 20 of its 104 restaurants The stores open for delivery are: Cambridge Leisure Centre, Norwich, Colchester, Chelmsford, High St. Kensington, Reading, York, Southampton
  • Timpsons – will be slowly opening stores, starting with those located in supermarkets.
  • KFC – By the end of the week, 500 restaurants will have reopened offering drive through and delivery 
  • Pret a Manger – has re-opened around 70 stores
  • B&Q – The DIY chain has already reopened 155 stores across the UK – half of the total number of branches.
  • Costa Coffee – The coffee shop is opening around 60 of its stores over the coming days
  • Homebase – opened 20 of its stores at the weekend as part of a trial

KFC closed all of its restaurants on March 25, despite government guidance stating that takeaways could remain open.

The firm said at the time the decision has been made ‘to help protect the wellbeing and safety of our teams and of our guests’.

In the subsequent weeks, however, it gradually began to open some kitchens and dozens more will be following suit over the coming days. 

The company said in a statement today: ‘We’re reopening our restaurants in a responsible way, with stringent processes and hygiene measures in place. 

‘We’ll be serving a limited menu to help the smaller kitchen teams maintain social distancing.

‘Opening these restaurants will mean that we can continue donating food to NHS and key workers – we’ll be delivering 10,000 meals a week from these restaurants in partnership with Deliveroo.’

It follows in the footsteps of Nandos, Burger King and Wagamama, who have all announced plans to reopen restaurants this week.

Paula MacKenzie, managing director for KFC UK & Ireland, said: ‘I’m really proud of the way we, with our franchise partners, have been able to carefully get some of our restaurants back open for delivery over the last two weeks.

‘This next stage allows us to continue to provide wider access to hot food for those who need it most, whether that’s key workers after a long shift or those working from home who need a quick, affordable dinner for the family.’

Meanwhile, more journeys are being made on Britain’s roads compared to last week, data from Apple suggests.

Traffic on the A40 Western Avenue (the right hand lane is inbound towards central London) in Acton, West London, today

Traffic on the A40 Western Avenue (the right hand lane is inbound towards central London) in Acton, West London, today

Traffic on the M4 motorway (left hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet near Windsor in Berkshire this morning

Traffic on the M4 motorway (left hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet near Windsor in Berkshire this morning 

More journeys were being made on Monday, data suggests, as this image from the A2, near New Cross in south London that afternoon, pictured, suggests

More journeys were being made on Monday, data suggests, as this image from the A2, near New Cross in south London that afternoon, pictured, suggests

Apple data, pictured, shows how use of its Maps app has changed compared to a 'baseline figure' on January 13 - before lockdowns were enforced

Apple data, pictured, shows how use of its Maps app has changed compared to a ‘baseline figure’ on January 13 – before lockdowns were enforced

Data from TomTom for the last week, pictured, shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days

Data from TomTom for the last week, pictured, shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days

The tech giant has released figures which show how frequently its Maps app has been used compared to a ‘baseline figure’ on January 13 – before lockdowns were enforced around the globe.

In the UK, usage was up nearly two percentage points on Monday, April 27, compared to seven days before – a trend that was also reflected in London specifically. 

The iPhone-maker announced it would be releasing the data earlier this month in an attempt to track how fewer people are driving, walking and using public transport than at the start of the year as a result of Covid-19 measures.

However, Apple insists that sharing the data is not a breach of its customers’ privacy, as it said in a statement: ‘The information is generated by counting the number of requests made to Apple Maps for directions.

‘Maps does not associate mobility data with a user’s Apple ID, and Apple does not keep a history of where a user has been.’

Similar data from TomTom shows how congestion is still well down on the average since people were told to stay at home for everything other than essential journeys last month, but has been gradually increasing in recent days. 

Cars, vans and lorries on the M4 motorway (right hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet in Berkshire this morning

Cars, vans and lorries on the M4 motorway (right hand lane is inbound towards London) at Datchet in Berkshire this morning

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London this morning as the coronavirus lockdown continues

Traffic builds up on the A102 at Greenwich in South East London this morning as the coronavirus lockdown continues

Which KFC branches are open for delivery? 

  • Heaton Chapel
  • Tamworth
  • New Oscott
  • Manchester Hulme
  • Manchester Deansgate
  • Portsmouth
  • Aldershot
  • Ipswich – Cardinal Park
  • Glasgow – Pollockshaw Road
  • Glasgow – Great Western Retail Park
  • Enfield – Coliseum Retail Park
  • Bury – Moorgate Retail Park
  • Bently Bridge – Bentley Bridge Pleasure Park
  • Great Bridge – Great Bridge Retail Park
  • Romford Gallows – Colchester Road
  • Tyburn – Kingsbury Road
  • Norwich – Mile Cross Lane
  • Brighton – Western Road
  • Putney – High Street
  • Mornington Crescent
  • Hammersmith – Kings Street
  • Ashford – Eureka Leisure Park
  • Broadstairs – Westwood Retail Park
  • Dover – Honey Wood Retail Park
  • Birmingham – Martineau Place
  • Grimsby – Birchin Way
  • Rochdale – Kingsway Retail Park
  • Wakefield – Westgate Retail Park
  • Glasgow – Nitshill Road
  • Northampton – Towcester Road
  • Wrexham – St Georges Crescent
  • Southampton – Above Bar Street
  • Sheffield – Queens Road
  • Lancaster – Penny Street
  • Oxley – Bushbury Lane
  • Manchester Fort Shopping Park
  • Farnworth – Albert Road
  • Bloxwich – Leamore Lane
  • Wythenshawe – Rowlands Way
  • East Kilbride – Kingsgate Retail Park
  • Slough – Farnham Road

It comes as a poll today showed that more than a quarter of Britons do not want coronavirus lockdown eased even if the government’s five tests are passed.

The problem faced by ministers when they do decide the shackles can be loosened have been underlined by signs that the public support for the curbs is entrenched.

Research by YouGov found 28 per cent want the lockdown to stay in full even if the conditions set for starting to return to normal life are met.

Some 22 per cent would like to see more shops open, 11 per cent schools up and running, and a tenth say regions should be released at different times. 

Just 4 per cent want the lockdown lifted entirely, according to the survey for the Times.  

Despite Downing Street insisting that curbs remain in place until at least May 7 there are signs that the rules are already being relaxed in the face of growing Tory alarm over the economic impact.

New guidance is being issued to councils on refuse and recycling sites, while Michael Gove gave a strong hint that garden centres and other shops where social distancing can be most enforced could follow soon.

Speculation was fuelled last night as the wording of the government’s ‘five tests’ for easing restrictions was subtly changed. 

Slides displayed at the daily No10 briefing held by Matt Hancock showed that it is now saying there must be no second peak ‘that overwhelms the NHS’.

That is potentially more achievable than avoiding a second peak altogether – although Downing Street insisted there had been no adjustment.

Frantic work has been going on behind the scenes to produce an exit plan, although officials are adamant nothing will be announced formally this week.

Ideas being mooted include letting family and friends mix in ‘bubbles’ of 10 people rather than just households.

The government’s key ‘stay at home’ message is expected to be overhauled to make clear people should do their jobs wherever possible.

Travellers are likely to be urged to wear makeshift face coverings on the train, tube and bus – after Nicola Sturgeon broke ranks with the rest of the UK by changing the advice to Scots. No10 says it is not immediately proposing to change the guidance.

Customers and staff will be able to clean their hands with sanitiser dispensers that will aim to ensure the cleanliness of their fast food restaurants

Customers and staff will be able to clean their hands with sanitiser dispensers that will aim to ensure the cleanliness of their fast food restaurants

McDonald’s spending cap: What can you get for £25   

To keep waiting times down, McDonald’s has implemented a £25 spending limit for drive-thru and delivery customers.  

Say a family of four wanted to order two large meals and two Happy Meals, here is how the prices would stack up:  

Large Big Mac Meal: £5.09 

Large McChicken Sandwich meal £5.09 

Two Happy Meals (£2.79 each) £5.58 

Chicken McNuggets 20 piece sharebox: £4.99  

Total: £20.75

Families can still walk away with change, although they can only pay by card, even if they were order two large meals, two kids’ meals and an extra box of nuggets to share.  

Source: fastfoodprice.co.uk

Which shops will be opening – and what places will stay shut? 

Still open 

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres 
  • Takeaway/delivery food outlets 

June 1

  • Outdoor markets
  • Car showrooms

June 15

  • Indoor markets 
  • Clothing and shoe shops
  • Toy stores
  • Bookshops 
  • Furniture shops (although some have already been slowly opening over the Bank Holiday with strict social distancing in place) 
  • Electronics stores
  • Photography studios 
  • Tailors
  • Auction houses 

Staying shut for now

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Cafes and canteens
  • Holiday accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs
  • Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons
  • Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor pools 
  • Piercing and tattoo parlours 
  • Caravan parks (commercial)
  • Libraries
  • Community centres
  • Places of worship
  • Museums and galleries
  • Nightclubs
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
  • Spas and massage parlours
  • Skating rinks and funfairs
  • Indoor fitness studios, gyms and swimming pools
  • Indoor arcades, bowling alleys and soft play centres



BBC backs reporter Laura Kuenssberg over Dominic Cummings tweet

BBC backs its political editor Laura Kuenssberg and says she did NOT tweet ‘in defence’ of Dominic Cummings after a ‘significant’ number of complaints

  • Kuenssberg had responded to Daily Mirror’s political editor Pippa Crerar
  • Mirror had first revealed his 260-mile trip from London to County Durham 
  • Critics claimed Kuenssberg was effectively defending PM’s chief adviser
  • But BBC has insited she was ‘simply reporting information from a source’

The BBC today defended its political editor Laura Kuenssberg after she was accused of tweeting ‘in defence’ of Dominic Cummings amid the row over his lockdown trip. 

Kuenssberg had responded directly to Daily Mirror political editor Pippa Crerar who first revealed his 260-mile journey from London to County Durham with his family.

Critics claimed her tweet was effectively a rebuttal on behalf of the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, and the BBC said it received a ‘significant’ number of complaints.

Kuenssberg, 43, had tweeted last Friday: ‘Source says his trip was within guidelines as Cummings went to stay with his parents so they could help with childcare while he and his wife were ill – they insist no breach of lockdown.’

Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London today

Laura Kuenssberg (left, at Downing Street last October) was accused of tweeting ‘in defence’ of Dominic Cummings (right, at his London home today) amid the row over his lockdown trip

The issue over whether Mr Cummings broke any coronavirus lockdown rules has been the subject of fierce debate in recent days, with him denying any wrongdoing.

However in an adjudication following the undisclosed number of complaints, the BBC has said that Kuenssberg made it clear she was reporting details from a source.

‘Laura was simply reporting information from a source’: The BBC’s full adjudication 

As the BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg’s role is to provide our audiences with an impartial analysis of key political developments, based on her knowledge and expert judgment, and she often uses social media as a tool in her day to day work.

We don’t consider that Laura was tweeting in defence of Dominic Cummings. Laura was simply reporting information from a source, and we believe this was clearly stated in her tweet. A key part of Laura’s job is to reflect views from many different parties in any given news story, which she did throughout her reporting and in her Twitter posts, during Friday evening and the rest of the weekend. This was clearly a big news story that was unfolding quickly, and we believe Laura reflected a lot of different views, whilst also establishing the facts and accurately reporting the many details of the story.

BBC staff are always reminded never to present their own personal views on social media, within the fields in which they work. We’re happy that this wasn’t the case with Laura here.

The BBC said: ‘As the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg’s role is to provide our audiences with an impartial analysis of key political developments, based on her knowledge and expert judgment, and she often uses social media as a tool in her day to day work.

‘We don’t consider that Laura was tweeting in defence of Dominic Cummings. Laura was simply reporting information from a source, and we believe this was clearly stated in her tweet.

‘A key part of Laura’s job is to reflect views from many different parties in any given news story, which she did throughout her reporting and in her Twitter posts, during Friday evening and the rest of the weekend.

‘This was clearly a big news story that was unfolding quickly, and we believe Laura reflected a lot of different views, whilst also establishing the facts and accurately reporting the many details of the story.’

It added: ‘BBC staff are always reminded never to present their own personal views on social media, within the fields in which they work. We’re happy that this wasn’t the case with Laura here.’

Mr Cummings has stood by his actions in making a 260-mile trip to Durham during lockdown with his family.

Mr Cummings says he made the journey from London not only over fears of a lack of childcare if he became incapacitated with Covid-19 but also concerns about his family’s safety.

The adjudication comes as BBC viewers called for an Ofcom investigation after Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis last night accused Boris Johnson of ‘blind loyalty’ to Mr Cummings. 

Kuenssberg had responded directly to Daily Mirror political editor Pippa Crerar who first revealed Mr Cummings's 260-mile journey from London to County Durham with his family

Kuenssberg had responded directly to Daily Mirror political editor Pippa Crerar who first revealed Mr Cummings’s 260-mile journey from London to County Durham with his family

The host was accused of breaking BBC impartiality rules after she also stated as fact that the Prime Minister’s adviser ‘broke the rules’ by taking the trip in March.

Last December, the BBC’s Huw Edwards attacked the ‘relentlessly vitriolic’ criticism of the corporation after Jeremy Corbyn’s allies blamed it for Labour’s election defeat.

Mr Edwards, who hosted the BBC’s election coverage, hit out at ‘appalling levels’ of ‘toxic cynicism’. It came after Labour’s transport spokesman Andy McDonald said the Corporation had ‘consciously’ played a role in the party’s defeat.

Kuenssberg was criticised during the election after incorrectly tweeting a Labour activist punched an adviser to Health Secretary Matt Hancock at a hospital.

Actor Mathew Horne, the star of BBC sitcom Gavin And Stacey, was forced to apologise after using Twitter to call Kuenssberg a ‘disingenuous plopcarpet’.



Rebekah Vardy shares adorable snap of her baby daughter Olivia in a cute floral sunhat

She celebrated her fourth wedding anniversary with husband Jamie on Monday.

And Rebekah Vardy was every inch the proud mum as she shared an adorable snap of her baby daughter Olivia Grace, four months, on Wednesday.

The WAG, 38, also revealed her little girl had started teething with another snap of her bundle of joy in a sweet orange babygro.

So sweet: Rebekah Vardy, 38, was every inch the proud mum as she shared an adorable snap of her baby daughter Olivia Grace, four months, on Wednesday

Clearly enjoying the warm weather, little Olivia looked incredibly cute in a red and white spotted sunhat.

Becky simply captioned the post: ‘Just too cute.’

The I’m A Celebrity star also took to her Stories to share another snap of her baby girl revealing she’d started teething just shy of five months old.

Heart-warming: The WAG doted on her little girl in the heart-warming post

Heart-warming: The WAG doted on her little girl in the heart-warming post

Big smiles! Rebekah also took to her Stories to share another snap of her baby girl revealing she'd started teething just shy of five months old

Big smiles! Rebekah also took to her Stories to share another snap of her baby girl revealing she’d started teething just shy of five months old

Proud mum: Rebekah welcomed her fifth child in December, her third with footballer husband Jamie

Proud mum: Rebekah welcomed her fifth child in December, her third with footballer husband Jamie

The tiny tot wore a cute orange babygro embroidered with a rainbow, with Rebekah writing: ‘Two teeth already!’

On Monday Rebekah also paid a gushing tribute to her footballer husband Jamie as they celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary.

Keeping things short but sweet, media personality Becky penned: ‘Wow….another year gone and still going strong! I love you so much now, always and forever. Happy Anniversary to my soulmate xxxxx #iloveyou.’ [sic]

Milestone: On Monday Jamie and Becky Vardy marked their fourth wedding anniversary with cute tributes shared to their Instagram accounts (pictured this time last year in Greece)

Milestone: On Monday Jamie and Becky Vardy marked their fourth wedding anniversary with cute tributes shared to their Instagram accounts (pictured this time last year in Greece)

Heartfelt: The sportsman expressed his gratitude to the model for giving him a chance when they first met at a club in 2013, while his wife kept it short but sweet with her message

Heartfelt: The sportsman expressed his gratitude to the model for giving him a chance when they first met at a club in 2013, while his wife kept it short but sweet with her message

Jamie penned an equally romantic message for his wife, writing: ‘Happy 4th Anniversary to my amazing wife. Thank you for coming into my life and making it a million times better.

‘You turned my chaos to calm and made me realise what love actually is. You’re my best friend, an amazing Mum to our kids and I can’t actually believe that all my pestering eventually pulled you. 

‘You’re the only person I would ever kneel on broken glass for and I’m so glad you said Yes that night in Holland ❤️ Here’s to forever Mrs Vardy xxx #happyanniversary.’ [sic]

Adorable: Rebekah has Sofia, Finley, two, and Olivia Grace, four months, with her husband (pictured last month)

Adorable: Rebekah has Sofia, Finley, two, and Olivia Grace, four months, with her husband (pictured last month)

The couple, who live in Lincolnshire, met in the VIP lounge of The Viper Rooms club in Sheffield, with the brunette beauty falling pregnant with daughter Sofia, now five, within three months.

The England footballer and the I’m A Celeb star exchanged vows in May 2016 at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, after he popped the question during a trip to Holland.

Rebekah has Sofia, Finley, two, and Olivia Grace, four months, with her husband, and is also mum to Megan, 15, and Taylor, nine, from previous relationships, while Jamie shares Ella, nine, with his ex Emma Daggett.

Blended family: The brunette is also mum to Megan (pictured centre), 15, and Taylor (pictured bottom), nine, from past relationships, while Jamie shares Ella, nine, with his ex Emma Daggett

Blended family: The brunette is also mum to Megan (pictured centre), 15, and Taylor (pictured bottom), nine, from past relationships, while Jamie shares Ella, nine, with his ex Emma Daggett



Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan explode into heated Dominic Cummings debate

Loose Women’s Janet Street-Porter and Saira Khan EXPLODE into heated debate after Dominic Cummings’ controversial lockdown drive

Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate on Wednesday.

The broadcaster, 73, claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North for childcare by his wife Mary, after he defended his actions and refused to resign.

Saira Khan strongly disagreed and slammed Cummings for his ‘unfair’ actions when a majority of the nation are still unable to visit friends and family due to social distancing guidelines.

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate

Row: She clashed with Saira Khan during the debate about the political strategist on Wednesday

At odds: Janet Street-Porter defended Dominic Cummings in a heated Loose Women debate with Saira Khan (right) on Wednesday

During the debate, it seemed a majority of the Loose Women panel were in agreement with the nation in condemning Cummings actions.  

But Janet noted that it didn’t seem as if Cummings thought he’d done anything wrong.

Saira hit back: ‘Janet, how can an intelligent man who is Oxford graduated, who has been very successful, looks at the timeline and looks at social distancing rules and everything about it, and not interpret he has done something wrong. That is not right.’

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

Drama: The debate came as the panel discussed whether Cummings is right to insist he did nothing wrong by driving to Durham in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown

He won't quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted 'legally and responsibly,' and insisted on Monday he won't resign (pictured on Wednesday)

He won’t quit! Cummings has defended his actions by claiming he acted ‘legally and responsibly,’ and insisted on Monday he won’t resign (pictured on Wednesday)

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister's chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Opinions: Janet claimed the Prime Minister’s chief adviser may have been forced to take the trip North by his wife Mary

Janet then pointed out to her panellists that it’s unclear whether the political strategist was asked to travel to Durham by his wife, as they both were battling coronavirus symptoms while trying to organise childcare for their son, five. 

She told the panel: ‘Saira hang on a minute, he has a partner who is the mother of his small child.

‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey.’

Opinionated: She claimed: 'This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey'

Opinionated: She claimed: ‘This whole argument is hinged around Dominic Cummings, and no one has thought maybe it was his wife who was the person who wanted to make the journey’

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his 'unfair' behaviour, claiming it's 'one rule for one and one rule for them'

Angry: The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them’

Saira furiously responded: ‘He is a member of this government, the second most powerful man in this country.

‘They should be leading this nation in a time of crisis to show us what true leadership is about, I’m really sorry but that is not acceptable.’

Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions.

The debate continued with Saira continuing to rant about his ‘unfair’ behaviour, claiming it’s ‘one rule for one and one rule for them.’ 

Janet – speaking from her home via. video link – attempted to justify her point but struggled to get a word in, and could be seen shaking her head in disbelief.

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he 'felt sorry' for Cummings due to the backlash he's faced for his actions

Sympathetic: Linda Robson also admitted he ‘felt sorry’ for Cummings due to the backlash he’s faced for his actions

While she did note that other people in the UK had also failed to adhere to social distancing, Saira hit back: ‘That’s not the point.’

Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on.

Despite calls for him to resign, Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended Cummings in a press conference on Monday by insisting he ‘acted responsibly, legally and with integrity.’

Cummings also defended his decision with similar language, despite the fact that many families have been kept apart during the lockdown.

This Morning airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV. 

We're done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on

We’re done! Christine Lampard eventually had to bring the debate to a close, though the nationwide discussion around Cummings rumbles on