The Government has set out its plans for vaccine passports in the event of a covid surge this Winter

They would be legally required at:

* All nightclubs

* Indoor settings with 500+ people

* Outdoor settings with 1000+ people

* Anywhere with 10000 people
Ministers will give businesses just *one week's notice* before implementing mandatory vaccine passports

Vaccine passports would be required for gigs, concerts, festivals, conferences, football stadiums etc
As expected compulsory facemasks will also be reintroduced if there is a surge in the number of coronavirus cases

Sage has advised that they could have a 'small but significant impact' on the transmission of coronavirus
The Government sounds like it is in 2 minds over the return of work from home guidance in the event of a surge in coronavirus this Winter

Sage says it is 'one of the most effective measures available at reducing contacts'

BUT govt says business report it is stifling creativity
Here's the bit where the Government refuses to rule out national lockdowns:

'The Govt remains committed to taking whatever action is necessary to protect NHS from being overwhelmed but more harmful economic and social restrictions would only be considered as a last resort'
Sounds like the government has decided to shelve working from home as a contingency measure

They say a 'final decision' will be made on data at the time because of 'immediate costs to economy'

This is despite Sage saying it's one of the most effective measures

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7 Aug
Times read:

* Ministers confident worst of pandemic over

* Autumn fears - end of furlough, £20 UC uplift, spiralling energy bills, spectre of inflation & NI rise

* Johnson ‘phlegmatic'. 'If you're going to do difficult stuff this is when you do it'…
Cab minister: 'We're almost living with it now, we're getting back to business... We should be confident'

Whitehall source: 'Nobody wants a George Bush 'mission accomplished’ moment. Some of us have seen this movie before'

Govt scientists think there will be no more lockdowns
Some in Government are pressing Rishi Sunak to hold his Budget on October 27

They worry that if he waits until next year Boris Johnson will make a series of unfunded spending pledges ahead of COP26

‘A Budget would lock him in. It would provide the guardrails’
Read 5 tweets
7 Aug

Boris Johnson nearly swept out during his last holiday in Scotland, The Times has been told

He went paddleboarding/canoeing and got into trouble

Protection officers had to swim out and drag him back to safety

He’s not returning to Scotland for his holiday this year
Boris Johnson said to be desperate to go abroad for holiday but has been warned it would be a PR disaster

Source tells @matt_dathan 'It would not be good look for prime minister if he was abroad while thousands were stuck in hotel quarantine after we put Mexico on the red list'
Johnson will not be going back to Scotland for his summer holiday after last year's catastrophe

One source said he told friends: 'Over my dead body'

He's expected to staycation in the South West
Read 5 tweets
28 May
Boris Johnson learned that a Tory donor had funded the refurbishment of the Number 11 flat from media reports in late February, it is claimed

Lord Geidt says Boris Johnson was not aware David Brownlow had settled bill - said to be £200,000 - directly with the supplier on Oct 22
Lord Geidt mildly censures Johnson for not having a more ‘rigorous regard’ for how the flat would be funded. He says that this was unwise

He says that the prime minister ‘might reasonably expect’ to be curious about the arrangements
Matt Hancock committed a ‘technical’ breach of the ministerial code by failing to declare that a family firm -which he has a 20% stake in - had won an NHS contract

Lord Geidt says in mitigation that Hancock was unaware of contract and that he acted with ‘integrity throughout’
Read 6 tweets
23 Apr

Dominic Cummings accuses Henry Newman, senior No 10 aide, of being the 'chatty rat' who leaked details of the second lockdown

He says Simon Case said 'all evidence definitely leads to Henry Newman and others in that office'
Cummings claims PM was 'very upset' by suggestion that Henry Newman could be behind leak

'If Newman is confirmed as the leaker then I will have to fire him, and this will cause me very serious problems with Carrie as they're best friends'

He says PM suggesting closing inquiry
Cummings says Simon Case, Cabinet Secretary, authorised the PM's official spokesman to tell the media that neither he nor Lee Cain, the director of comms, were the 'lockdown leakers'

He says PM himself confirmed *in writing* that neither he nor Cain were the leakers
Read 5 tweets
22 Apr

Boris Johnson believes Dominic Cummings is behind a series of damaging leaks including disclosure of his text messages

No 10 source claims Cummings is 'engaged in systematic leaking' and 'bitter about what happened since he's left'
No 10 source on Cummings:

'Dominic is engaged in systematic leaking. We are very disappointed.

'The PM is saddened about what Dom is doing. It's undermining the govt and party.

'It might be that Dom feels bitter about what's happened since he's left - but it's a great shame'
Allies of Cummings deny he was behind Dyson text message leaks

Dyson's company said to have sent copies of texts to around 30 officials in Treasury & No 10

They're likely to be interviewed as part of leak inquiry…
Read 4 tweets
22 Apr
How David Cameron lobbied Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Gov of the Bank of England, on behalf of Greensill:

On March 5 at 9.44, Cameron emailed Cunliffe directly:

'Do you have a moment for a quick word?'

Cunliffe at 10:55

'Of course, Can I get my office to arrange a call?'
At 5.27pm, Cameron emails James Benford, then private secretary to Governor, to arrange a meeting between Lex Greensill and officials at Bank of England

'GC is now world's largest provider of Supply Chain finance & has mandate with UK govt. We would be keen to step in and help'
James Benford, governer's private secretary, emails Cameroni back at 18.23 suggesting that 'Lex/ his team speak to Tom Mutton and Rhyr Phillips who respectively head up our Fintech Hub and our Sterling markets division'
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