Politics Live

1:52pm – An interesting point here by Zarah Sultana. Are schoolchildren over-tested?

1:12pm – Labour’s leader Sir Keir Starmer, on Donald Trump:

12:08pm – The former PM has had her say on last night’s events at the Capitol.

10:59am – The Health Secretary is due to be questioned about the worsening Covid situation in the UK later today.

10:00am – The press conference is likely to update the public on the government’s vaccine rollout efforts.

9:16am – The world breathes a collective sigh of relief as Trump confirms an “orderly transition of power”.

8:54am – More reaction here to the events in the USA from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

8:30am – Ministerial media rounds:

The Foreign Secretary, Priti Patel, was up this morning.

Ms Patel condemned last night’s violence in Washington, but she was reluctant to publically denounce Donald Trump’s own actions.

8:15am – Today’s key developments:

  • Pro-Trump protestors storm the Capitol building.: Expect a lot of British political reaction to the unsavoury events that took place in Washington D.C. last night.
  • Vaccine rollout: An escalation in the daily numbers of vaccinations is expected in the coming days, as the Oxford vaccine is delivered to GP-run sites across England.
  • Health committee: The former Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, will question the current one, Matt Hancock, this afternoon on the deteriorating Covid situation in the country.

8:00am – Good morning and welcome to Politics Live.

Yesterday’s round-up:

  • Covid: A daily record of 1,041 deaths and 62,322 cases were recorded on Wednesday.
  • Education: Summer exams will now be replaced by teacher assessments rather than the controversial algorithm method used last year.
  • Transport: The HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson says the cost of cancelling the project would be “chilling”. 

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