Good morning. The Commons has been recalled for at this time – the second recall through the Christmas/new yr recess – and we’ll get a press release from Boris Johnson on coronavirus, and a debate and vote on the new lockdown. (It has already come into pressure, however votes on laws like these ones handed by secondary laws are sometimes retrospective.) At the beginning of December 55 Conservative MPs rebelled when Johnson requested them to again the three-tier restriction system (do not forget that?) that he was introducing for England. But at this time we expect solely minimal opposition; the Covid Recovery Group, which represents anti-lockdown or lockdown-sceptic Tory MPs, has gone mysteriously quiet; it’s outstanding what a one in 50 infection rate and record hospitalisation figures can do to change the phrases of the nationwide debate.
Here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: The ONS publishes its weekly loss of life figures for England and Wales.
11am: Prof Ian Young, Northern Ireland’s chief scientific adviser, holds a briefing at Stormont.
11.30am: Boris Johnson makes a press release to MPs about coronavirus.
12.15pm: The Scottish authorities is anticipated to maintain its each day coronavirus briefing.
12.15pm: Dr Andrew Goodall, chief govt of NHS Wales, and Dr Frank Atherton, chief medical officer for Wales, communicate at a Welsh authorities coronavirus briefing.
1pm: Gavin Williamson, the schooling secretary, makes a press release to MPs about colleges in England.
1.30pm: Downing Street holds a foyer briefing.
2pm: Matt Hancock, the well being secretary, opens a Commons debate on the coronavirus laws. MPs will vote at 7pm.
Politics Live is now doubling up as the UK coronavirus stay weblog and, given the best way the Covid disaster eclipses the whole lot, this can proceed for the foreseeable future. But we will probably be protecting non-Covid political tales too, and after they appear extra vital or extra fascinating, they may take priority.
Here is our world coronavirus stay weblog.
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