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.