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How fitting that Boris Johnson should have landed in Ahmedabad, India’s second largest cotton producer, just as No 10 was about to spin its latest yarn
With just 13 minutes until MPs were due to debate lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, the Government unexpectedly announced it was dropping an amendment designed to delay a vote on whether the Prime Minister should be investigated by a Commons committee over partygate. 
As our associate editor Camilla Tominey writes in her analysis, it seemed that Mr Johnson had had an attack of Delhi belly over the plan to thwart a Labour motion calling for him to be referred to the privileges committee over whether he had deliberately misled Parliament. 
And chief political correspondent Camilla Turner profiles the seven Tory MPs who could decide Mr Johnson’s future.
Britain is training Ukrainians in the use of armoured vehicles on UK soil to help Kyiv’s forces launch counter-offensives against Vladimir Putin’s invading army in eastern Ukraine. Boris Johnson confirmed that dozens of Ukrainian troops were being taught to use armoured patrol carriers and troop carriers, as the Russian president stepped up his offensive in the east. Western officials last night said Russian forces continue to operate in relatively long convoys on single roads, making them vulnerable to Ukrainian attacks. As James Crisp and Ben Riley-Smith report, the British vehicles are designed to be used in offensive operations as they can keep pace with tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. With Russia having rejected a proposal for a truce over the Orthodox Christian Easter period, follow the latest in our live blog.

When Mr Putin announced the "liberation" of Mariupol yesterday and that Russian troops would not storm a holdout of Ukrainian resistance, it was his first public intervention in the war at a tactical level. Defence and Security Editor Dominic Nicholls explains what the leader’s painfully staged conversation in the Kremlin tells us about the state of the war. And footage of Mr Putin tightly gripping a table during the televised meeting has sparked fresh speculation over his health.
Families face a new threat to their summer holidays after British Airways axed dozens of flights in a cull that will last for four months. The flagship carrier has cancelled flights to a host of destinations throughout the summer and plans to reinstate them in September, raising fears that services to other popular holiday destinations could be cut amid ongoing staff shortages. It came as BA was forced to cancel 112 flights to European destinations. Could the answer be to go by train instead? Christian Wolmar writes in praise of Europe’s "superior" rail system.
In his latest cartoon, Matt imagines a new kind of crisis inside Downing Street – and view Blower‘s latest political cartoon.
McCann suspect | The German national linked to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been made a "formal suspect" by Portuguese authorities. Sources confirmed that Christian Brueckner, 44, was told he was now an "arguido" in the case of the toddler who vanished from her family apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007. It paves the way for him to be flown from Germany to the Algarve for formal questioning.
Marine Le Pen last night vowed to spare France five more years of "arrogance without limit" under Emmanuel Macron as she insisted she could confound presidential election polls and clinch a major upset on Sunday. France correspondent Henry Samuel has our report from Arras. In his analysis, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues that, as hard as it is to forgive Mr Macron, we will have to tolerate him for five more years.
After Manchester United named Ajax coach Erik ten Hag as their new manager to succeed interim boss Ralf Rangnick from the end of this season, James Ducker looks at how he can steer the club in the right direction. Meanwhile, the fall-out from Wimbledon’s controversial stance on the Ukraine war intensified as the Belarusian Tennis Federation threatened legal action, while an emotional Andrey Rublev offered to donate his prize money to charity if he was allowed to play.
The average household is now paying nearly £700 more for gas and electricity this year after the energy price cap climbed to £1,971. Traditionally, the quickest way to cut bills was to shop around for a better deal from another provider. But this is no longer possible, so households have to find more creative ways to cut their bills. Will Kirkman explains how some small investments around the house can cut your costs – potentially offsetting the price cap rise ­altogether.
Monkfish with fennel salad and lemon aioli | Eleanor Steafel recommends this dish for a late spring/early summer dinner. View the recipe. Also, try our Cookbook newsletter.
If you think Tenerife is full of soulless resorts and boozy, sunburned British tourists, think again. With almost half of it protected – either with national park or nature reserve status – destination expert Helen Ochyra describes an alternative side to the Canaries’ largest island.
What Netflix must do to save its skin | This has been a crisis week for Netflix after it announced it had lost subscribers for the first time in a decade, shedding more than 200,000 in the first three months of 2022, with an even bigger exodus predicted this quarter. Michael Hogan has nine steps it should take to save itself from oblivion.
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