NEW: Imperial's Prof Peter Openshaw tells Sky News “we must act fast” to stop the virus exploding and a delay of even a “few days” could be “dangerous”.

Asked if he agreed Britain was on the “edge of losing control” he said: “Yes, I think that is right."
Prof Openshaw, an advisor to SAGE, adds: “It’s a bit like water seeping through a dam. It starts as a trickle and if you don’t do something about it, it can turn into a real cascade.”
Openshaw also says tho: “I do think that we will probably have positive results of at least one of these vaccine trials, probably more than that, by Christmas."

With rapid scaling up that could mean rollout in the next 9 months, he says - but only to some parts of the world.
NEW: 4.5million people may be told to 'shield' as coronavirus 'dam' looks set to burst
mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
Professor warns Brits face second coronavirus lockdown if trickle turns to 'cascade'
mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…

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31 Jul
Good morning from Matt Hancock who has just told Sky News: "Of course it is absolutely crystal clear... what the new rules are."
Hancock: “It’s absolutely crystal clear what the measure is which is that you shouldn’t socialise with people in other households except in public outdoor places - so not in your own home or your garden. You can go the pub but with members of your own household.”
Hancock: "The biggest risk in terms of the spread if this virus across this area is household transmission when people are going to see each other in each other’s homes when they’re not in a household together. And also visiting friends and relatives.
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18 Jun
Matt Hancock today: "We backed both horses" - and worked on two apps at once.

Department of Health told me in an on-record statement on May 18: "There is no alternative app."

Doesn't look great on the face of it. Hope no one tells the guy who runs the Department of Health.
Full statement from May 18 here -mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…

“There is no alternative app and the NHS continues to work constructively with many other organisations that are helping to develop and test the NHS COVID-19 App."
It's been pointed out that the Google/Apple tech was released on May 20, 2 days after that statement, which to be fair may explain things a bit:
theguardian.com/technology/202…

But they had been doing the work for weeks earlier:
politico.eu/article/google…
bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…
Read 4 tweets
6 May
Downing Street confirms Boris Johnson’s new 200,000-a-day testing target by the end of May is for capacity - not the number of tests carried out
mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman also insists deaths in care homes are falling - but could not say where he got the figures from.

“Deaths in care homes are now falling, as they are in hospitals. We’re also clear we’ve got more we still need to do."

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
Boris Johnson’s Press Secretary has been unable to give any further comment on No10’s claim that “public confidence in the media has collapsed”.

“I think the statement stands for itself and was a specific response to a particular story”.

(It wasn't)
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3 Mar
NEW: Keir Starmer’s latest donations are in…

£100k from Robert Latham, who appears to be a housing barrister
£5,000 from Richard Hermer
£2,500 from Iain Simpson
£2,700 of hotel stays kind from a firm led by Farah Sassoon, once dubbed ‘Sally Bercow’s drinking pal’

However...
It's likely there are donations that are *not* on today's list, because Sir Keir has a 28-day window to declare each one to the Commons.

The only cash donations he declared today were accepted on January 27 and declared on February 21: 25 days later.
In other words, any donations Keir Starmer received after Feb 3 didn't have to be declared today. And no donations from after Feb 3 were.

This is a big deal in the eyes of Long-Bailey's team, who say delays will mean most members have voted by the time funding is fully disclosed
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10 Nov 19
1/
Have been looking at just one line in the Tory dossier on Labour spending: that scrapping the two child limit in Universal Credit will cost £14.75bn over five years. In short, it's problematic...
2/
First off, they've got there by saying it'll cost £3bn a year and multiplying that by 5. But that's wrong, because IFS said the two child limit would *eventually* save £3bn a year. It's not up to £3bn a year yet. The Commons Library said it'd hit only £2bn a year by 2021/22
3/
Then, they've correctly factored in a change Amber Rudd made in January which reduced the savings by £250m. But they've done the maths incorrectly. DWP officials told me at the time that that impact would be over *three* years, not five.
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29 Sep 19
At the Tory conference fringe on “Challenging ‘Islamophobia’.” [sic] It is mainly about challenging the definition or use of the word Islamophobia rather than Islamophobia itself.
Chair Trevor Phillips says the term Islamophobia can be “weaponised” to criticise those who are criticising the idea of Islam, or criticising radical Islam.
Panellist Qanta Ahmed says she disagrees with an official definition of Islamophobia at all - and says it should be an academic pursuit.
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