If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Shop tills will be allowed to keep ringing 24/7 Britons will be able to shop around the clock this Christmas. Stores are to be allowed to stay open for longer in the run-up to December 25 under a major relaxation of rules announced today to help revive High Street stores hammered by Covid restrictions. Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said he wanted councils to waive rules that restrict opening hours. It means shops can decide how long and when they open through December and January, including the option of 24/7 service to recoup lost sales. In an exclusive article for The Telegraph, Mr Jenrick said he wanted to sweep away bureaucracy to help shops after months of restrictions and increasing competition from online sales. Want to do all of your Christmas shopping with UK brands this year? Caroline Leaper explains how to pass the Buy British challenge. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is to announce that pubs and restaurants hit by new Covid restrictions will be given extra cash to help them through Christmas. The Prime Minister decided the potential closure of tens of thousands of premises is an unacceptable price to pay for a new system that places 99pc of England under the toughest Tier 2 or 3 restrictions from Wednesday. Mr Johnson is trying to see off a major Tory rebellion, with up to 100 Conservative MPs threatening to oppose the tier regime when it is put to a vote in Parliament tomorrow. Read more about his collision course with backbenchers. And use our postcode tiers checker. UK adventurer missing six years into her odyssey A British woman who gave up her job to travel Europe in a van with her boyfriend for the last six years has gone missing on a hike in the Pyrenees. Esther Dingley and Dan Colegate left the north of England to go on the adventure of a lifetime, exploring the great outdoors and discovering a "simpler life". But Ms Dingley has been declared missing while on a solo trek. The 37-year-old sent a selfie to her partner from the snowy top of a 9,000ft summit last Sunday and has not been heard from since. French authorities are roaming the area with helicopters and dogs. Python punchline found in medieval manuscript When devising material for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the members of the troupe likely assumed that their Black Knight sketch was something completely different. But it has been revealed the joke was effectively first told in the 15th century. British Library curators have unearthed a version of the same punchline in a manuscript's margins. At a glance: More coronavirus headlines Vaccine | NHS hospitals told to be ready for jab from this week Study | Covid cases cut by a third during lockdown, figures reveal Royals | Cambridges might miss out on Queen's bubble Newcastle | Mass infection fears as two more players test positive Avian flu | Thousands of turkeys to be culled after outbreak at farm Also in the news: Today's other headlines EU talks | English farmers could be paid to produce free-range eggs or grass-fed beef under post-Brexit changes to agricultural subsidies, the Government will announce. Higher welfare English food could be labelled amid concerns over import standards. Meanwhile, our travel team asks: Could Brexit be the end of the road for second-home owners? Joe Biden | President-elect fractures foot while playing with his dog Eton backlash | Master's dismissal was 'not an issue of free speech' 'Offensive' picture | Australian PM blasts China over doctored image Exclusive | Syrian 'war crimes' general 'given new life in Europe' The Crown | Emma Corrin shares behind the scenes photographs Around the world: F1 fireball horror in Bahrain Romain Grosjean's escape from a 140mph fireball inferno during the Bahrain Grand Prix was hailed a "miracle" as the Frenchman said Formula One's halo head-protection device saved his life. See the aftermath of one of the most dramatic accidents in recent years.