Politics Live

2:17pm Scotland to go into full-scale lockdown from midnight.

1:11pm Liverpool is one of the few remaining areas still in tier 3.

12:27pm The former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt:

11:29am Boris Johnson has been speaking about his reluctance to close primary schools in the last few moments.

11:04am WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States of America. The USA has 14 days to appeal.

9:51am How much of a problem is travel in the continuing spread of the virus?

9:10am An interesting statistic from the National Education Union (NEU). A number of primary schools may be seriously understaffed and unable to reopen this morning.

8:45am Concern grows over South African variant of Covid-19.

8:35am – Ministerial media rounds

It will come as no surprise that the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, is up this morning.

8:05am – Today’s key developments

  • March style lockdown incoming? Boris Johnson under pressure to increase restrictions as cases continue to surge in England.
  • Are schools safe to open? Confusion over reopening this morning after a backlash from teaching unions and headteachers over safety concerns.
  • Oxford vaccine rollout begins this morning.

7:55am – Good morning and happy new year! Welcome to the first Politics Live blog of 2021.

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