"I've explained why I don't believe his policy is the right one for the country because it would involve shutting businesses and schools. The Prime Minister said advice received by the government was the full implementation and enforcement of the three-tier measures in regions would “deliver the reduction of the R locally, regionally we need in order to avert what none of us want to see”. I will do what I can do to ensure there is inter-operability across all four nations. ... During PMQs, the prime minister said “most people get an in-person test result within 24 hours”. That is what he wants to do, and he wants to do it now and yet he voted to do nothing last night, nothing in the areas where the incidence is highest.”. The PM says the Chancellor has already unveiled the Job Support Scheme and the uplifted Universal Credit through to next April. None of us want to see the disaster – the words of the shadow health spokesman (Jon Ashworth) – of a national lockdown. He wants to close pubs, he wants to close bars, he wants to close businesses in areas across the country where the incidence is low. Asked by the SNP’s Allan Dorans (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock) whether the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit will be made permanent by the government, Mr Johnson said: Well I know that I’ve given that answer many times but that is because the answer remains the same, which is that the uplift will remain in place through to April next year. Prime Minister's Questions took place from 12pm in the House of Commons as officials in Northern Ireland announced a four-week circuit breaker lockdown with pubs and restaurants shutting from Friday and schools closing for a fortnight from Monday. Why is the Prime Minister so confident that his approach will get the R rate below one, or is that no longer the government plan?”.
I rule out nothing in combating the virus. "He refuses to accept that approach today and I hope he changes his mind.".
"He wants to close pubs, he wants to close bars in areas of the country where the virus is low," the PM says. "A further £9.9billion now for the job support scheme. Because that is critical, particularly in border communities.”. ", Hospital admissions have gone up and yesterday the number of deaths was "tragically higher than June 10.". See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, He told the Commons: “We will do whatever it takes to fight this virus and to defeat it. The prime minister insisted the public understood Covid-19 rules and were following them, after Keir Starmer said there was 'widespread confusion' about the patchwork of local restrictions in force across the country, The Labour leader pressed the PM after he said test and trace had 'very little or nothing' to do with the spread or transmission of coronavirus, Available for everyone, funded by readers, Keir Starmer has piled more pressure on the prime minister over his refusal to implement a national ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown in England, National 5 exams cancelled next year for Scottish pupils; new measures brought in for Scotland; new cases in UK down very slightly, Keir Starmer barely has to get out of second gear to win PMQs now. The Prime Minister urged Labour’s metro mayors to support the government’s plans. But I appreciate that times are tough, but the best thing we can do is keep this economy moving if we possibly can, keep our kids in schools and avert the disaster – Labour’s words – the disaster of another national lockdown.”. Earlier this week, it emerged that the Sage committee of leading scientists had recommended a circuit-breaker lockdown on September 21, but it was resisted by the government. "He can't say how many circuit breakers he thinks would be necessary, he can't say how long they would go on, he can't say how much damage they would do. "£200billion in support for jobs and livelihoods across the whole of the country already. If the Prime Minister won’t U-turn on his plans to scrap furlough, does he realise he will never, not ever, be forgiven for the damage he is just about to cause to people up and down Scotland?”.
The Opposition leader urged Boris Johnson to take a "one-nation approach" by supporting Labour's House of Commons motion that demands "a fair deal" for communities facing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. I will make sure that there is inter-operability. This morning the Telegraph quotes the PM saying the chances of the PM backing a circuit breaker in two weeks is 80 per cent, Sir Keir says. So can the Prime Minister tell us, what is his alternative plan to get R below 1?”, The plan is the plan that (Sir Keir) supported on Monday. We want to put in the most stringent measures necessary in the places where the virus is surging in order to get it down where it surging, that is the logical thing to do.
We’re facing a second wave of infections across the UK so Test and Trace is even more critical. PMQs takes place at midday every Wednesday when the Commons is sitting ... makes new laws, holds the power to set taxes and debates the issues of the day. ", DON'T MISSBurnham admits Manchester will back down if Boris orders tier lockdown [VIDEO]Tier rules: Expert reveals how can visit others under separate tiers [EXPLAINED]Starmer's lockdown plea backfires as Labour leader faces fury [INSIGHT]. And the whole point is to seize this moment now to avoid the misery of another national lockdown into which he wants to go head-long by delivering a regional solution.”. He says there are just two weeks left to save jobs and livelihoods before the furlough scheme ends. "That was his policy last week, wasn't it? Express. Hundreds of pupils isolating as schools reopen, Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to 'defeat coronavirus by Spring', Mr Johnson says the UK's exit strategy will see the virus defeated by early 2021, Woman confronted over leaving dog in car was over drink drive limit, Mother not guilty of 'causing or allowing' death of her child, Chelsea Crilly, 20, has been acquitted after her partner Jamie Chadwick was previously convicted of her daughter's murder, A tram and a van have collided in Droylsden, Traffic has now returned to normal but there are minor delays on the Ashton tram line, Airport calls for government help amid second lockdown, The Airport Group's CEO Charlie Cornish says after promises of help "an urgent package of support must materialise", Oldham was one of the first towns to go into local lockdown when infection rates began rising again in the summer and has been under increased measures of one form or another ever since, Man caught grooming underage girl breaks court order for second time, Man charged with raping a woman in a field in Manchester. "This is likely to further decline in the future. PMQs 21 October 2020 Politics live with Andrew Sparrow UK coronavirus: daily record of 26,688 new Covid cases; Sturgeon confirms Scotland's five-tier lockdown plan - as it happened The SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford told the Prime Minister that he will never be forgiven if he refuses to U-turn on the ending of the furlough scheme. We are going to do it with a local and regional approach in driving the virus down. Boris Johnson said another national lockdown would be “a disaster”. "The advice I have today is if we do the regional approach, we can bring down the R and we can bring down the virus.". Track and trace "simply hasn't worked." ', Manchester lockdown warning: Army ready to enforce new measures, Lisa Nandy left stuttering as she is asked same question THREE times, Labour MP stumped as Preston exposes lethal flaw in Starmer's demand, Sturgeon takes thinly veiled swipe at Boris as PM faces North revolt, Wales lockdown: Labour councillor squirms as BBC host points out flaw, Burnham admits Manchester will back down if Boris orders tier lockdown, Tier rules: Expert reveals how can visit others under separate tiers, Starmer's lockdown plea backfires as Labour leader faces fury, 'Starmer's wrong-footed!' © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. "There is no other country in Europe where so much support, so much help, has been given to the population to get through this crisis, and we will continue to do that. PMQs takes place at midday every Wednesday when the Commons is sitting. ', 'That was his policy last week, wasn't it?
New restrictions came into effect today which will see pubs close in the worst-affected 'very high' areas of the UK - currently affecting millions of people in the Liverpool city region. "Let's work together to keep kids in school - which he'd now yank out of school.. keep our economy going and let's take the common sensical and regional approach. It is this Government that has cut VAT for business, deferred business rates. 'Height of absurdity!' However, Sir Keir has repeatedly warned that the measures being taken may not be effective enough. The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has made it clear that he thinks the government needs to bring in a circuit-breaker lockdown in an attempt to get a grip on the virus, as the number of hospitalisations and deaths in the UK has begun to rise sharply.
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