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.
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.