UK coronavirus information: Johnson faces backlash over ‘chaotic’ announcement of newest native lockdown | Politics

2020/09 29 09:09

Good morning. Boris Johnson is giving a significant speech this morning and it’s a uncommon instance of prime ministerial intervention not primarily centered on coronavirus. He’s talking about post-18 training, and he’ll say he’s “remodeling the foundations of the abilities system so that everybody has the possibility to coach and retrain”. It’s the a part of the “levelling up” agenda he wished to be specializing in if it had not been for coronavirus.

There are particulars of the announcement right here. And right here is the Guardian’s write-up.

However he shall be taking questions, and it received’t be lengthy earlier than he will get dragged again to Covid. This morning he’s going through a powerful backlash from council leaders within the north east over the way in which the brand new restrictions there have been introduced yesterday.

Final night time Nick Forbes, the Labour chief of Newcastle metropolis council, posted this on Twitter.

Nick Forbes

My assertion tonight on the way in which that additional restrictions for the North East have been introduced right this moment – no native involvement or warning, and no signal of the enterprise help we desperately want to guard as many roles as attainable.

September 28, 2020

And that is what Martin Gannon, the Labour chief of Gateshead council, instructed the As we speak programme this morning.

It was introduced within the Home of Commons and we weren’t instructed beforehand that announcement was going to be made. Nonetheless, we had had discussions final week that led us to consider that this was going to occur. We simply weren’t pre-warned that it was really going to occur. It didn’t assist.

I obtained inundated with phone calls and emails final night time from individuals asking, ‘Can we do that, can we try this?’ and truly I didn’t have the exact wording of the rules in entrance of us.

So it’s a bit chaotic the way in which these items occur, Nick [Forbes] was fairly proper to be aggravated about that.

Right here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: The ONS publishes its weekly dying figures for England and Wales.

9.30am: The Commons well being committee takes proof from Prof Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the chief midwifery officer for NHS England, and others on the security of maternity providers in England.

11am: The previous MI6 chief Sir John Scarlett speaks at a RUSI occasion on EU-UK safety and intelligence co-operation after Brexit.

Morning: Boris Johnson offers a speech on grownup abilities. As my colleague Simon Murphy stories, he’ll announce that adults with out A-levels are to be supplied a free faculty course.

12.15pm: The Scottish authorities is anticipated to carry its day by day coronavirus briefing.

After 12.30pm: Gavin Williamson, the training secretary, offers an announcement to MPs on the return of scholars to college.

After 1.30pm: MPs begin the ultimate day of debate on the inner market invoice.

3pm: Lord Heseltine, the previous Conservative deputy PM, offers proof to a Lords committee on employment and the coronavirus disaster.

Politics Dwell has been doubling up because the UK coronavirus dwell weblog for a while and, given the way in which the Covid disaster eclipses every thing, this can proceed for the foreseeable future. However we shall be protecting non-Covid political tales too, just like the PM’s speech, and the place they appear extra vital and fascinating, they are going to take priority.

Right here is our world coronavirus dwell weblog.

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