Winter plan in a nutshell
- Vaccine push. Booster push
- Test & Trace
- Support NHS more cash (£5.4bn)
- Public do their bit (try to meet outside/wear masks in crowded settings
- Managing borders
Plan B
- Ask public to be more cautious
- Mandatory Covid passports in certain settings
- Compulsory mask wearing in certain settings
- Work from home if you can for certain period of time
- *should* be poss to handle resurgence without lockdowns & social restrictions of past
But govt doesn't rule out lockdown: "The nature of this virus means its not poss to give guarantees. Govt remains committed to taking whatever action is nece to protect NHS from being overwhelmed but more harmful ec & social restrictions would only be considered as a last resort"
Plan B compulsory Covid certification
- nightclubs, indoor settings with 500+ people
- outdoor 4000+ (festivals etc)
- any setting with 10000+

Won’t apply to weddings, places of worship, funerals, protests etc

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14 Sep
Sajid Javid in the Commons offers condolences to Prime Minister and his brother Jo (former MP and now Lord Johnson) over the death of their mother Charlotte
Javid on the Covid Winter Plan
- More than 6m people over 16 still no vaccination, so new push to encourage them to get jabbed
- Booster programme for over 50s, care home frontline workers. Will kick off the roll-out next week
- 1st doses of vaccine offered for 12-15 yr olds
Javid: "Highly likely" frontline NHS staff and those working in frontline care settings will be required to get vaccinated to protect those around them.
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18 Jun
I grew up in neighbouring constituency & this part of world always been true blue

B4 now, Tories always won C&A with 10k+ majority

Big Q is whether this beginning of trend (hint of this in local elex) of southern Tory voters feeling forgotten by Johnson’s focus on ‘red wall’
More on Amersham & Chesham result (via @IslaGlaister)

🔸Third highest Con to LD swing (25.1%) following Christchurch (35.4% in 1993) & Newbury (28.4% again in 1993)

🔸 Second highest increase in Lib Dem vote share (up 30.4%) after Christchurch in 1993 (up 38.6%)
Amersham & Chesham cont.

• For LABOUR smallest share of vote (1.6%) in any by-election since war

• 5th largest swing Lab to Lib Dem (20.9%)

• First time since 1992-1997 parliament (Christchurch & Newbury) that the first two by-elections have resulted in seats changing hands
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17 Jun
Rape Review, govt action plan
- Increase no. of rape cases reaching court to 2016 levels (2,102 prosecutions 2019/20. 5,190 in 2016/17)
Criminal justice system to be rated to try to improve peformance
No victim left w/out phone for over 24 hrs
*Can’t see more funding in plan*
Rape review CONTEXT
- 55,130 rapes recorded but 2,102 prosecutions, 1,439 convictions in Eng & Wales 2019/20 (41,616 rapes - ⅓ less - 5,190 prosecutions, 2,991 convictions 2016/17).

CPS prosecuted & convicted fewer people in 2019/20 than in any other year where data exists 2/
HM Crown Prosecution service warned (Dec '19) gov cuts could be driving down rape prosecutions after leaving criminal justice system “close to breaking point”. HMCPSI said stretched police forces were taking mths to investigate allegations & referring fewer for potential charges
Read 11 tweets
4 May
NEW Sky News/Opinium polling
- Seat projections: SNP on for outright majority with 67 seats. Con on 29, Lab on 20
- Scots tied 50-50 on support for indy referendum
- 28% want #indyref within 2 yrs (SNP pledged to hold ref by end 2024)
Via @SamCoatesSky…
Outright SNP majority nightmare for UK govt. Despite Tory assertions #indyref would be "illegal" without Westminster's consent, govt insiders concede more complicated than that - UK govt WOULD have to challenge Scot Gov down in Supreme Court, can't just ignore 1/
UK govt clear UK's constitution reserved for Westminster. But govt insiders concede UK govt little option but to go to block #indyref if the Scottish government passes legislation for a referendum. 2/
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3 May
Our film on the battle for Scotland and what it means for the UK, kicks off bumper week of election coverage on @SkyNews from around the country

Catch our film on @SkyNews through the day (or a shorter version in the 10pm news)

Filmed by dream team @VeryBigNews & @camera_sam
What’s to come if SNP take Holyrood. Sturgeon throws down gauntlet to PM: If UK govt doesn’t challenge the Scot govt in court, referendum wld be legal. Govt insiders concede there’s no choice but to fight in court, with all the political danger that brings…
ANALYSIS: For Johnson, an outright SNP victory is nothing short of a nightmare. It puts future of the 300-year Union into play. It is a fight that the PM can neither ignore nor afford to lose: Is there a worse legacy than being the PM who lost the Union?…
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23 Apr
Cummings on chatty rat/lockdown leak: If Newman is confirmed as the leaker then I will have to fire him, and this will cause some very serious probs with Carrie as they’re best friends”
Cummings on the lockdown leak. Says PM tried to block inquiry: “I told him that he could not possibly cancel an inquiry about a leak that affected millions of people, just because it might implicate his girlfriend’s friends”

Adds PM “knows that I was not the source of the leak”
And on the flat refurbishment: “I told him I thought his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure”
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