MPs are recalled to parliament early to vote on the government’s new lockdown, as the country reels from last night’s sobering revelation that around one in 50 people in England currently have coronavirus, with an even more alarming one in 30 infected in London.
It’s a big day of House of Commons action, starting with a statement from Boris Johnson at around 11.30 am on these latest COVID figures and his plan to vaccinate Britain. Then questions from Labour leader Keir Starmer over whether Downing Street moved fast enough and if its vaccine program is up to scratch.
At 1pm Education Secretary Gavin Williamson steps up to explain his U-turn on school closures and outline further steps he will be taking to help kids, especially those without internet or laptops, work from home.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock introduces the debate on lockdown at 2.15pm, with MPs voting as late as 7pm.
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