In his debut Budget, Sunak promises quicker access to benefits, statutory sick pay for all who self-isolate – and money for the NHS “whatever it costs”.
“We will take a digital-first approach to accessing primary care and outpatient appointments wherever clinically and practically possible.”
WATCH: “We are doing everything we can to stop this outbreak.” The Prime Minister’s Coronavirus press conference.
“We mustn’t do things that have no or limited medical benefit, nor things that could turn out actually to be counter-productive.”
“Delay doesn’t lead to any good outcomes, it’s not helpful, and actually having a fixed timetable and delivering on it is the important thing here.”
WATCH: “I don’t intend to get into a position of criticising the UK government over this” – Sturgeon on COVID-19
The First Minister emphasises that the devolved administrations are working with the Government and there is no disagreement on strategy.
“I’m not going to be able to go through every measure with you”, he tells Sophy Ridge as she presses him on the controversial proposal.
WATCH: “People need to be really careful what they wish for.” Robbie Gibb on abolishing the licence fee.
May’s former Director of Communications was interviewed by Mark Wallace at a Taxpayers’ Alliance event.
WATCH: “Nobody should be penalised for doing the right thing” – Johnson announces urgent reform of sick leave to slow pandemic
“People self-isolating will get Statutory Sick Pay from the first day off work. This will be included in emergency coronavirus legislation.”
WATCH: “Keeping the country safe is the Government’s overriding priority”- Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus
“I fully understand public concern, your concern about the global spread of the virus and it is highly likely that we will see a growing number of UK cases.”
Mind you, Reagan had a riposte when he was once compared to a younger candidate…
“I hope that people will also bear with us…What I would say is that more people are calling 111 than before. That’s to be expected.”
The candidate for Labour’s leadership says that he wants to defend “the three pillars of Corbynism”.
He adds that the coronavirus is an example of politicians, civil servants and doctors pulling together.
WATCH: “It’s becoming a bit interminable, I have to say.” McDonnell on Labour’s leadership election.
The Shadow Chancellor sticks to his guns by claiming that Long-Bailey can still pull off a win.
WATCH: “We will not link access to our waters to access to EU markets”. Gove’s statement on the negotiations.
The Goverment will also “not accept nor agree to any obligations where our laws are aligned with the EU or the EU’s institutions” – including the Court of Justice.