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SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured above) said his party would "look constructively" at Boris Johnson's proposals for a Covid passport scheme - Credit: PA

Coronavirus

SNP ‘looking constructively’ at Covid passport scheme amid speculation it could back proposals

The SNP is “constructively” looking at proposals for a Covid passport scheme amid reports it could support the measures in a House of Commons vote. Some 41 Tory MPs and Labour have hardened their positions against the “Covid Status Certification” programme, warning the checks would create a “two-tier” nation. But the government’s fortunes could be turning after Ian Blackford, the SNP’s […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19) - Credit: PA

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MPs call for investigation into Boris Johnson’s alleged ‘breach of ministerial code’ over Covid contracts

MPs have called for an investigation into whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code in remarks he made about the procurement of Covid contracts. Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, Greens MP Caroline Lucas and Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran have written to the cabinet secretary Simon Case demanding an investigation into the prime minister’s comments. Johnson falsely […]
Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová - Credit: Twitter

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Slovak president praises EU vaccination programme – says it’s better than ‘going it alone’

Slovak president Zuzana Čaputová has praised the EU’s joint vaccination procurement programme, arguing without it, small countries like hers would have struggled to source their own jabs. Čaputová said though negotiations could have started earlier, member states made the right decision in pooling their resources. The president told POLITICO it was a “good thing, that we had a […]
First minister Nicola Sturgeon in the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh - Credit: PA

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Nicola Sturgeon takes swipe at No 10 following Dominic Cummings’ Covid contracts admission

Nicola Sturgeon has criticised Downing Street after Dominic Cummings admitted he made a recommendation that led to a friend’s firm receiving government work.  Cummings made the admission after campaigners took legal action against the Cabinet Office over the payment of more than £500,000 to research firm Public First without a formal tendering process. The first minister hit out […]
Piers Morgan (far left) and Susanna Reid host a panel to discuss the government's coronavirus measures on Good Morning Britain - Credit: Twitter, GMB

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Piers Morgan says Boris Johnson’s ‘indecision’ over Covid measures has left the UK in the ‘worst of all worlds’

Piers Morgan has accused Boris Johnson of delaying unpopular decisions to control the coronavirus pandemic because he fears displeasing people. The Good Morning Britain co-host said the prime minister’s indecision had left the UK in the “worst of all worlds”. Morgan argued the prime minister was more concerned about headlines than he was about introducing unpopular but […]
MPs in the House of Commons - Credit: PA

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The Tory MPs who failed to vote against a Universal Credit cut

These are the 356 Tory MPs who failed to vote against a £20-a-week cut in the Universal Credit for families during the coronavirus pandemic. Aaron BellAdam AfriyieAdam HollowayAlan MakAlberto CostaAlec ShelbrookeAlex BurghartAlex ChalkAlexander StaffordAlicia KearnsAlister JackAlok SharmaAlun CairnsAmanda MillingAmanda SollowayAndrea JenkynsAndrea LeadsomAndrew BowieAndrew BridgenAndrew GriffithAndrew JonesAndrew LewerAndrew MitchellAndrew MurrisonAndrew PercyAndrew RosindellAndrew SelousAndrew StephensonAndy CarterAngela RichardsonAnne-Marie […]
Isabelle Oakeshott - Credit: BBC

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Brexiteer rebuked after backing Nigel Farage’s ‘East Germany’ claims

A right-wing commentator has been heavily criticised after agreeing with Nigel Farage’s claim that the UK was turning into the surveillance state that was East Germany. Isabelle Oakeshott praised Farage for highlighting the “brutal authoritarianism” committed by Westminster in the form of national lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. In a ten-minute clip posted on his Twitter account, […]
Kit Malthouse on BBC Breakfast - Credit: Twitter

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Tory minister denies Boris Johnson broke Covid regulations during Olympic Park cycle trip

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has denied Boris Johnson broke coronavirus restrictions over the weekend by exercising at Stratford Olympic Park. Johnson was spotted cycling at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, which is located seven miles away from Downing Street, prompting accusations he broke government guidance. Current official government advice says exercise should be limited to once a day […]
Stephen Barclay said Eat Out to Help Out had helped reinstate consumer confidence - Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Tory minister denies Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme was a ‘disaster’ that helped spread Covid-19

A Tory minister has come under fire after publicly stating Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out (EOTHO) programme was a “success”, despite claims linking the scheme with increased coronavirus rates. Chief secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay, dismissed the accusation that EOTHO had been a public health disaster which helped the spread of Covid-19. Under the […]
Michael Gove on Good Morning Britain - Credit: Twitter

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Michael Gove told testimony on herd immunity ‘would not survive’ a Covid-19 inquiry

Piers Morgan has told Michael Gove his attempt to deny No 10 had pursued a policy of herd immunity “would not survive” a public inquiry. Michael Gove sought to downplay the claims brought forward by senior SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) scientist Sir Patrick Vallance. The cabinet minister, who chairs the government’s Covid committee, told Good Morning Britain England’s […]
Health Secretary Matt Hancock during a media briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Downing Street, London. - Credit: PA

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Matt Hancock ignores experts to repeat claim British fast-tracked Covid vaccine due to Brexit

Matt Hancock has ignored Britain’s medicines regulator to repeat a debunked claim that Britain fast-tracked the approval of a coronavirus vaccine thanks to Brexit. The health secretary doubled down on claims that being outside the EU allowed Britain to “change the law” to allow a speedy approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine last week, becoming the first country in the world to […]
Prof Devi Sridhar on BBC Question Time in September 2020. - Credit: Archant

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Health expert says anti-lockdown campaigners are worsening Covid restrictions they oppose

A prominent public health expert has said that anti-lockdown campaigners are responsible for worsening the very restrictions they oppose. Professor Devi Sridhar, chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh told the Stormont politicians: “The people who are most anti-lockdown have been frustrating to listen to because those are the people pushing us into lockdown… “The […]
Education secretary Gavin Williamson on LBC radio - Credit: Twitter

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Gavin Williamson roundly mocked following comment about UK being ‘much better country’ than others

Gavin Williamson has become the centre of an ongoing joke after he claimed Britain swiftly approved a Covid-19 vaccine because it was a “much better country” than others. The education secretary told LBC radio that Britain had “much better” medical regulators than France, Belgium, and the US, who helped rapidly approve a coronavirus vaccine. Commenting UK regulators approving […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. - Credit: PA

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Boris Johnson faces major Tory backlash after placing 99% of nation under toughest lockdown restrictions

Boris Johnson faces a large-scale backlash from Conservative backbenchers after placing 99% of England into tier two or three lockdown measures. Tory MP Steve Baker described the measures as “authoritarian”, while others demanded the publication of a cost-benefit analysis of the restrictions. The government placed more than 23 million people into tier three restrictions on Thursday, […]
Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle - Credit: Parliamentlive.tv

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Commons speaker delivers blistering attack on government following leak of latest lockdown information

House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has delivered a blistering attack on the government after it bypassed the chamber to publish information on England’s new tiered-lockdown system. Sir Lindsay was facilitating a round of questions on this week’s business statement when allowed Labour’s Valerie Vaz to interrupt with an urgent point of order. She said: “This is a […]