HENRY DEEDES watches Theresa May’s incredulous reactions to Michael Gove’s Brexit statement 

We had anger, we had insults. There was even a crosspatch cameo from Theresa May. Yes, after weeks of Covid caterwauling, it was back to good old Brexit. Michael Gove had come to the Chamber to issue a statement on our trade negotiations with the EU. Or, rather, the lack thereof: the PM warned last … Read more HENRY DEEDES watches Theresa May’s incredulous reactions to Michael Gove’s Brexit statement 

Coronavirus England: More of North facing Tier 3 lockdown this week

Millions more people across the North of England face being plunged into the top Tier 3 lockdown this week, Matt Hancock revealed this afternoon.  The Health Secretary said talks would take place with local leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, the North East and Teesside after deals were agreed for Liverpool and Lancashire. But … Read more Coronavirus England: More of North facing Tier 3 lockdown this week

Michael Gove warns that an EU trade deal is OFF unless Brussels ‘fundamentally changes’ its position

Michel Barnier tonight scrambled to salvage Brexit trade talks after the UK warned it is serious about walking away unless the EU shows more flexibility. The bloc’s negotiator appeared to make significant concessions by saying he is ready for ‘intensified talks’ – and crucially that they can start thrashing out legal texts in the most … Read more Michael Gove warns that an EU trade deal is OFF unless Brussels ‘fundamentally changes’ its position

UK warns ‘immature’ Brussels it is now or never for a free trade deal amid No Deal preparations

Downing Street told the EU it is now or never for a post-Brexit trade deal today as Boris Johnson put UK firms on red alert for a hard split from Brussels at the end of the year. Amid fears of a collapse in talks aimed at securing a free trade agreement, officials said that the … Read more UK warns ‘immature’ Brussels it is now or never for a free trade deal amid No Deal preparations

Do a deal today or else: Ministers threaten to FORCE Tier 3 on Greater Manchester

Ministers sent an ultimatum to Andy Burnham and mutinous Greater Manchester MPs that they must do a deal on Tier Three lockdown today – or face being forced into tougher coronavirus curbs. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick warned that talks had gone on ‘too long’ and the government could force the issue as early as tomorrow … Read more Do a deal today or else: Ministers threaten to FORCE Tier 3 on Greater Manchester

Backlash as police get test and trace data

Michael Gove was forced to defend police being given personal data through the NHS Test and Trace system amid a furious privacy row yesterday. Experts and public health officials reacted with anger when it emerged police had been given powers to request details of people who had been told to self-isolate in England. The agreement … Read more Backlash as police get test and trace data

Boris Johnson offers Manchester tens of millions of pounds extra support to go into Tier 3 lockdown

Boris Johnson last night offered Greater Manchester tens of millions of pounds in extra support if the region agrees to accept the toughest level of lockdown restrictions. Adopting a ‘carrot and stick’ approach, the Government yesterday criticised Labour mayor Andy Burnham in public while offering him additional financial aid in private. Cabinet Office Minister Michael … Read more Boris Johnson offers Manchester tens of millions of pounds extra support to go into Tier 3 lockdown

UK coronavirus infections rise by 32% in a week to 16,982

A further 16,982 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the biggest Sunday rise ever recorded during the pandemic. Today’s case load marks a 32 per cent rise on last Sunday’s total of 12,872 and is 811 more cases than yesterday.  Adding to concern is Scotland 316 cases – which were released after a ‘short delay’ this afternoon. … Read more UK coronavirus infections rise by 32% in a week to 16,982

UK records 69 hospital coronavirus deaths in preliminary toll

A further 69 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to preliminary figures.  England alone saw 61 hospital deaths and all victims were between 54 and 96 years old.  Four of England’s confirmed deaths had underlying health conditions and were aged between 56 and 92. This figure … Read more UK records 69 hospital coronavirus deaths in preliminary toll

Dido Harding admits test and trace programme not a ‘silver bullet’

NHS Test and Trace boss Dido Harding has admitted the programme is not a ‘silver bullet’ for solving the coronavirus crisis as Michael Gove defended giving police access to self-isolation data. Baroness Harding said the £12 billion programme is ‘undoubtedly a very important’ part of the Government’s efforts to tackle the spread of infection.  But she … Read more Dido Harding admits test and trace programme not a ‘silver bullet’