Politics Live

5:30pm – The first week of the month done. Exactly three to go. Have a lovely weekend folks!

  • MHRA: Vaccines are “extremely safe”.
  • Concerns over Alex Salmond inquiry next week.
  • Labour call for furlough scheme overhaul.

4:42pm – Week in Review: Getting over the flag

3:45pm – Interesting thread here on Israel, and how their vaccination programme data offers the UK hope that its vaccination rollout will lead to a sharp drop in covid-related fatalities.

2:44pm – How many can you get? Let us know!

1:50pm – Promising signs that the lockdown is working. The R number drops.

12:58pm – Good news!

12:34pm – Mr Salmond himself is due to to testify at the inquiry on Tuesday.

11:43am – Labour’s big play today to get on the front foot of the agenda has centred on the furlough scheme.

Anneliese Dodds here calling for an overhaul of the current system.

10:34am – If you haven’t seen the hilarious Handforth Parish Council video that went viral, you’ve been living under a rock.

This is the sort of content we are here for.

9:15am – The shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, has also been doing the media rounds this morning.

8:30am – Ministerial media rounds:

Up this morning is the FCDO minister, James Cleverly.

8:15am – Here is what’s happening in UK politics this morning:

  • Sir Keir Starmer looks to fight back with new economic proposals after a tough week.
  • Questions build over the government’s hotel quarantine plan. The new measures won’t come into force until the 15th February.
  • Mail: ‘Britain back normal by spring’/ The Times: Outdoor sport and socialising will return after schools.

8:00am – For the final time this week, good morning and welcome to Politics Live!

A reminder of what happened yesterday:

  • 1 in 5 adults in the UK have now been vaccinated.
  • UK increases its vaccine order to 400 million in total.
  • In the House of Commons, Nusrat Ghani gives a powerful account of a Uighur woman’s harrowing experience in Xinjiang.



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