3:00pm – If polls stay as they are, Labour may soon need Plaid’s support for a majority in the Senedd. Plaid could ask Labour to push for an independence referendum.
In all likelihood, Plaid won’t make an independence referendum a deal breaker.
But the poll shows support for Welsh independence continues to solidify, at around a third of the population.
No 68%; Yes 32%
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) April 29, 2021
2:18pm – The chief executive of NHS England is stepping down from the end of July.
Simon Stevens is stepping down as chief executive of NHS, with effect from end of July – when he will become Lord Stevens. No challenges for his successor.
— Robert Peston (@Peston) April 29, 2021
12:07pm – This will be sure to upset Labour, as the PM doesn’t even promise to release the report.
Speaking a few moments ago the PM
– Refused to commit to publishing the Geidt report
– Says people have more important things and there’s “nothing to see here”
– Says he’s got nothing against John Lewis
— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) April 29, 2021
11:54am – Johnson won’t change the rules to give Lord Geidt more powers in his inquiry into Downing Street. Labour claim this leaves the PM as “judge and jury”.
“I cannot and would not wish to abrogate the ultimate responsibility for deciding on an investigation into allegations concerning ministerial misconduct”
Boris Johnson refuses to relinquish sole decision-making power on ministerial code breaches.https://t.co/8oIY7bG1YD
— Tom Rayner (@RaynerSkyNews) April 29, 2021
11:38am – With some polls suggesting that support for independence is diminishing, the SNP’s lead in the polls has slowly begun to drop.
Scottish parliament voting intention(s):
SNP: 45% (-1)
CON: 23% (-2)
LAB: 23% (+3)
LDEM: 7% (+1)
SNP: 36% (-2)
CON: 22% (-1)
LAB: 19% (+2)
GRN: 10% (+3)
LDEM: 5% (-)
ALBA: 2% (+1)
— Britain Elects (@BritainElects) April 29, 2021
10:49am – The controversial proposed vaccine passport app won’t reportedly be ready in time for the end of lockdown.
from last week.. Covid vaccine passport app won’t be ready for end of lockdown, ministers fear https://t.co/WZwv20tAJf
today: “NHSX under Matthew Gould are working on making that operationally possible by the 17th of May.”
Unlike them to miss a deadline tho…
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) April 29, 2021
9:33am – Health Secretary Matt Hancock gets the jab:
Brilliant! Got the jab. In & out in 8 minutes. Didn’t hurt at all.
Massive thanks to JVT & the @sciencemuseum team.
When you get the call, get the jab! pic.twitter.com/dPhUwkGEYB
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) April 29, 2021
8:55am – A point that seems to have been missed, why investigate something which the PM presumably knows the answer to?
Can Ministers answer this. They keep saying there are a number of inquiries underway into the No.10 flat. But why do we need an inquiry. The Prime Minister knows who initially paid for his wallpaper. All he needs to do is tell us who it was. So why won’t he. What’s the reason.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) April 29, 2021
8:15am – So what’s in the news this morning?
- Labour call for extra powers for ethics chief investigating Downing Street
- Arlene Foster resigned yesterday as DUP leader
- Author of race report defends findings
8:00am – Welcome back to another day of Politics Live!