On exam results, Gavin Williamson tells @LBC: "When Ofqual came to me recognising the fact there were flaws, and the fixes that would need to be put in place to address those, I didn’t believe it would be feasible that we’d have time to put those fixes into place."
Under repeated questioning from @NickFerrariLBC, Gavin Williamson refuses several times to say unequivocally that he has confidence in Ofqual, and Sally Collier, the chief regulator.

@LBC
Nick Ferrari: "Have you offered to resign?"

Gavin Williamson: "My focus is three fold: make sure students get grades they deserve, make sure students are in schools in September, and make sure we continue the revolution in education."

@LBC
Williamson describes his conversations with the Prime Minister as "very good, thank you."

Nick F: "Did he lose his temper?"

"The PM is a very even tempered person and didn't lose his temper, he agreed it was the right thing to do."

@LBC

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21 Mar
This is insane. They have actually lost their minds.
In November 2020, the EU diplomatic service released the following communiqué. Now look where we are.
Quite apart from anything else, just last week the EU’s own Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the problem was a failure to actually use the vaccines they had. Direct quote below.

Why ban exports when you’re not even using what you’ve got?
Read 4 tweets
19 Mar
Now correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t recall this leading the @FoxNews home page?

It’s almost as if somebody falling on the stairs isn’t newsworthy... any more than somebody walking down a ramp.
(For those who recall this equally nonsense “story”: old man walks carefully)

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14 Mar
“The police will not keep us safe”

The tone here is very much protest now rather than vigil. The crowd growing all the time.

This is no more COVID compliant than yesterday’s vigil, but police are keeping their distance.

Learning perhaps from their actions last night.

@LBC
Crowd must be several thousand strong. Now marching towards Parliament Square. The name of Sarah Everard on their lips. As well as some more colourful expressions of anger aimed at the police...

@LBC
Protestors just staged a lie down in Parliament Square, in memory of Sarah Everard “and all victims of state violence”

@LBC
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14 Jan
Baffling. London is 6th out of 7 English regions in terms of the numbers of vaccines given out.

Yet it has the highest infection rates in the country, and is one of the most populous regions.

The Midlands has given out nearly twice as many doses.

@LBC
Also, the @standardnews has reported on City Hall's concerns that London is getting fewer jabs than it should here:

standard.co.uk/news/london/lo…
Statement from @SadiqKhan on London’s vaccine shortage:
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14 Jan
These two things can be true:

1) The DUP might have forseen that Brexit would be challenging in the context of Ireland. Not like they weren't warned.

2) They were still betrayed by Johnson, who literally stood up at DUP conference and said he would never create a sea border.
The DUP's great mistake was arguably not to support Brexit in the first place, as many Remainers are gloating today, but not to support Theresa May's compromise.

That would have left NI in a much better place from a Unionist perspective than Johnson's deal.
Although that of course is only in hindsight, post-betrayal. Harder to see at the time that May's imperfect deal was better.

You could make a kinder argument that the DUP took Johnson at his word, and that was actually the mistake.
Read 5 tweets
13 Jan
Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi now in front of the Science Committee. I will be watching so you don't have to ;)
Vaccine minister @nadhimzahawi tells the Science Committee that the Govt is not releasing the number of doses it expects every week, because of the way each batch of vaccine has to be checked, so the numbers "move around".
Chair Greg Clark asks if Zahawi is confident the Govt's target of 14m vaccinated by mid-Feb will be met.

Zahawi: "I'm confident we will absolutely meet our target, though there will be daily fluctuations”
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