Independent report finds Priti Patel broke ministerial code, PM (who has the final say) decides she didn’t, Sir Alex Allan the independent advisor who wrote the report resigns because he was ignored:…
Sir AA: “I recognise that it is for the Prime Minister to make a judgement on whether actions by a Minister amount to a breach of the Ministerial Code. But I feel that it is right that I should now resign from my position as the Prime Minister’s independent adviser on the Code.”
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24 Sep
Worth reading this full report on adherence to isolation and quarantine in the UK between May and August. Some fascinating/worrying insights including that only 48.9% of participants could identify the main symptoms of Covid 19:…
Those least likely to be able to identify cough, temperature and loss of taste/smell were: "Male
gender; younger age; not identifying as White British; thinking you have had COVID-19; and
not knowing that you can spread COVID-19 to others if you are asymptomatic"
Just 18 per cent of people who reported symptoms self-isolated. "The most common reasons were: to go to the shops for groceries/pharmacy (18.2%); because one’s symptoms got better (15.6%); and to go out for a medical need other than COVID-19 (14.9%)."
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15 Sep
Jon Ashworth asks why so many labs have huge backlogs and some are having to "void" (bin) tests. Says the UK is sending tests to Italy and Germany because labs here can't cope with the number of tests which need to be checked.
Government has admitted that it shuts down the online test request system when demand is overwhelming to prevent tests being carried out and later binned because the labs can't cope.
"I don't deny that this is an enormous challenge" Matt Hancock says. He repeats his message about prioritisation. This is new - not behind the scenes - but as a message being delivered to the public who until now were being told they should ask for a test if they have symptoms
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10 Sep
Oof. EU post meeting statement on UK Internal Market Bill - remove the clauses which break international rules by the end of the month or we'll take legal action against you:…
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič: "The EU does not accept the argument that the aim of the draft Bill is to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement. In fact, it is of the view that it does the opposite."
"By putting forward this Bill, the UK has seriously damaged trust between the EU and the UK. It is now up to the UK government to re-establish that trust."
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10 Aug
Big push on borders and managing migration across the channel this week from ministers. An RAF plane is currently monitoring the UK coastline after lots of people made the dangerous crossing over the last few days:…
The UK wants France to intercept more boats as they begin their journey and wants to step up the number of migrants returned to France to make asylum claims there. Home Office minister meeting with French tomorrow to discuss.
Lots of suggestions floating around about the Navy intervening. Government sources playing down anything large-scale but UK boats regularly patrol these waters. Key, they believe, is to make the journey as unviable as possible.
Read 4 tweets
3 Aug
Pressed on whether it’s contradictory to ask people to go out to eat while telling them to lose weight Minister Nadhim Zahawi says no. Adds he could cut a few pounds himself but it’s essential to support hospitality sector staff too.
On why studies show many people still don’t fully understand the Gov rules to combat Covid and what we’re allowed to do Mr Zahawi denies messaging has been unclear. Says virus is complex and hard to combat.
Testing. Mr Zahawi says Gov is “working very hard” to ensure all care homes can test staff and residents after missing a target to do so. Says it is inaccurate to say Gov has moved away from target. It will happen but there’s an issue with the tests, he tells @skynewsniall
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22 Jul
Labour has apologised to antisemitism whistleblowers and a journalist for 'defamatory and false allegations' in a statement issued by the party's press office over a Panorama prog. It will also pay damages to the claimants. The bill will hit six-figures including costs.
The BBC has welcomed the decision after staff and subjects of the programme were "subject to an extraordinary and vitriolic attack by the Labour Party" - BBC spokesman
In an apology to whistleblowers Labour said: "We unreservedly withdraw all allegations of bad faith, malice and lying. We would like to apologise unreservedly for the distress, embarrassment and hurt caused by their publication. We have agreed to pay them damages."
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