The Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary adds that “we as private citizens will make these judgments.”
“They should be wiping the floor with us in seats like this. They just aren’t”, he argues.
“Millions of people made huge and very difficult sacrifices to follow the rules that his Health Secretary had introduced”, warns Starmer.
The Schools Minister on the proposals to ban their use in classrooms floated by the Department for Education this morning.
“We have to learn to live with Covid…we want every step to be irreversible. The restrictions on our freedoms must come to an end.”
The former Work and Pensions Secretary suggests the appointment will shift the balance of the argument inside the Government.
The Shadow Health Secretary adds that Hancock has always been “truly courteous with me”.
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The new Health Secretary tells the media “I was honoured to take up this position. I also know it comes with huge responsibility”.
“The Government has said they will do it by the end of this year, and I know Sajid will want to honour that promise.”
“Credit to Matt that his focus is not just on his family but on the wider country and the best interests of the UK.”
“There are serious issues here which need further investigation”, says the Shadow Housing Secretary.
“I do”, he says, when Andrew Marr asks him who’s to blame – but he points out that London has had better uptake than other global cities.
The Northern Ireland Secretary refuses to say if there’s a border, although admits that there is “big disruption”.
The former Health Secretary uses Twitter to push the Government’s message on vaccines, the NHS and building back better as he goes.
“We want to make sure we get more people with that second jab before we go to the final easing of restrictions.”