As the prefects guffawed, MPs stared daggers: HENRY DEEDES watches Matt Hancock announce Covid tiers

And so came the tiers. There was no actual blubbing in the chamber when Matt Hancock announced his post-lockdown restrictions yesterday. Some Tory MPs looked jolly close to turning on the waterworks though. Blimey, were they cross! The Health Secretary had just announced that all of them – barring members for Cornwall, the Isles of … Read more As the prefects guffawed, MPs stared daggers: HENRY DEEDES watches Matt Hancock announce Covid tiers

England’s new tier system: Which football clubs and sports venues can let fans back in?

Arsenal will be among the first  football clubs whose fans will be allowed to return to stadiums for matches next week, but Manchester United will miss out, following the announcement of a new regional tier system today. Liverpool will also be in the first wave of top tier matches allowed to admit spectators. Football and … Read more England’s new tier system: Which football clubs and sports venues can let fans back in?

Matt Hancock’s neighbour with no experience making medical supplies won Covid testing kit contract

Matt Hancock‘s neighbour won a contract to supply tens of millions of Covid tests to the NHS after sending him a personal WhatsApp message – despite his company having no previous experience of making medical supplies.  Alex Bourne got to know the Health Secretary while landlord of the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, a few … Read more Matt Hancock’s neighbour with no experience making medical supplies won Covid testing kit contract

What tier am I in? Post-lockdown checker for England crashes moments after going live

Tier checker CRASHES moments after going live: Government postcode tool suffers ‘technical difficulties’ as nation desperately tries to find out what level of restrictions their local area is under Government postcode checker helps people find out which tier area is placed in But it crashed today just minutes after going live leaving Britons frustrated Message … Read more What tier am I in? Post-lockdown checker for England crashes moments after going live

Football, rugby, horse racing and elite sports find out if they can allow fans back into arenas

BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal will be allowed 2,000 fans at next week’s Europa League game after London was placed in Tier 2 of regional restrictions… but Old Trafford will remain SHUT for PSG showdown with Manchester placed in Tier 3 Matt Hancock revealed today which tier each area of England has been put in  Government’s regional … Read more Football, rugby, horse racing and elite sports find out if they can allow fans back into arenas

STEPHEN GLOVER: We are being softened up for draconian new curbs

Rishi Sunak delivered a formidable speech in the Commons yesterday. The Chancellor’s calm manner and mastery of detail filled me with confidence. His message was that, although Britain is in an ‘economic emergency’, the Government is prepared to spend lots of money we don’t have in order to get us out of it. Better times … Read more STEPHEN GLOVER: We are being softened up for draconian new curbs

Jeremy Hunt gets stuck into a beleaguered Matt Hancock

Keener than a terrier on two breakfasts, Jeremy Hunt got stuck into Matt Hancock: HENRY DEEDES watches another confrontation between the Health Secretary and his predecessor By Henry Deedes for the Daily Mail Published: 22:01 GMT, 24 November 2020 | Updated: 23:56 GMT, 24 November 2020 Borg v McEnroe; Prost v Senna. Coe vs Ovett. … Read more Jeremy Hunt gets stuck into a beleaguered Matt Hancock

Matt Hancock claims Tier Three restrictions before lockdown weren’t tough enough

People should stay off work with the sniffles even after the pandemic ends to protect their colleagues, Matt Hancock said today. The Health Secretary pointed out that Britons’ natural instincts have historically been to ‘soldier on’ and go to the office even when they are unwell. But he claimed the Covid-19 crisis had highlighted how … Read more Matt Hancock claims Tier Three restrictions before lockdown weren’t tough enough

Watchdog could ditch £3,000 pay rise for MPs after PM condemnation

Commons watchdog could ditch £3,000 pay rise for MPs after Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer condemned the idea amid public sector freeze and coronavirus chaos Ipsa mechanism for setting MP pay would have meant a significant rise in April Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer condemned idea of 4.1% hike amid coronavirus  The watchdog is understood … Read more Watchdog could ditch £3,000 pay rise for MPs after PM condemnation

Boris Johnson says MPs should NOT get a £3,000 pay rise

Boris Johnson today insisted that MPs should not get a pay rise in the spring as No10 hinted it could block the Commons watchdog’s plans. Downing Street waded into the row amid a furious backlash at the idea politicians could receive more money while the wider public sector faces a freeze and coronavirus hammers the … Read more Boris Johnson says MPs should NOT get a £3,000 pay rise