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’

Andy Burnham accuses Boris Johnson of ‘exaggerating’ Manchester outbreak

Andy Burnham today accused Boris Johnson of ‘exaggerating’ the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Greater Manchester as Michael Gove said the mayor was ‘posturing’ and must accept the region moving into Tier Three restrictions. Mr Johnson said in a Downing Street press conference on Friday that ‘time is of the essence’ and the situation … Read more Andy Burnham accuses Boris Johnson of ‘exaggerating’ Manchester outbreak

Michael Gove accuses Andy Burnham of ‘posturing’ over Tier Three rules

Michael Gove today launched a savage attack on Andy Burnham as he accused the Mayor of Greater Manchester of ‘posturing’ amid an ongoing standoff over moving the region into Tier Three coronavirus lockdown rules.  Mr Gove claimed Mr Burnham was guilty of ‘indulging’ in ‘political positioning’ as he urged the Labour chief to back down … Read more Michael Gove accuses Andy Burnham of ‘posturing’ over Tier Three rules

Michael Gove accuses the EU of trying to ‘tie our hands indefinitely’

Michael Gove accuses the EU of trying to ‘tie our hands indefinitely’ as he claims the UK now has ‘no choice’ but to prepare for a no trade deal split at the end of the year Michael Gove said a no deal split from Brussels is ‘not my preferred destination’ But Minister for the Cabinet … Read more Michael Gove accuses the EU of trying to ‘tie our hands indefinitely’