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Coronavirus 1) The lockdown lock. Brady plans Parliamentary vote on new Covid restrictions…

“Senior Tories are planning to stop Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposing limits on people’s freedoms without scrutiny by forcing Parliament to have the final say on new lockdown measures, The Telegraph can reveal. MPs vote next week on “the renewal of temporary provisions” of lockdown measures under the Coronavirus Act 2020 to reauthorise the Government’s use of the powers. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs, is planning to use this opportunity to amend this legislation to require ministers to put all new measures to a vote of MPs first. The move will effectively impose a “Parliamentary lock” on any future restrictions, amid widespread fury among senior MPs and peers that restrictions have been imposed on Britons without a vote.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Conservatives and Labour level in polls – Mail on Sunday
  • Prime Minister’s allies furious over briefing against him – Mail on Sunday
  • Frost and Barnier clash over Channel Tunnel – Sunday Express
  • “Charles Moore is Johnson’s favourite to be next BBC Chairman” – Mail on Sunday
  • “Kill Whitey” joke puts BBC in last chance saloon – Sarah Vine, Mail on Sunday
  • Johnson wants an end to hospital lone births – Mail on Sunday
  • It’s crazy that six people can meet in a pub while mothers endure this lone births misery – Jeremy Hunt, Mail on Sunday

> Today: ToryDiary – If Conservative MPs are so restive now, how will they react if Labour sustains a poll lead?

Coronavirus 2) …as Johnson plans £10,000 fines for those told to self-isolate who won’t

“Boris Johnson is set to unveil £10,000 fines for Brits suffering from coronavirus who defy orders to stay at home. The PM will brace families for fresh curbs, which could be in place for the next six months, in a sombre TV address to the nation. He is looking at cutting pub opening hours, a ban on households mixing and tough penalties for those who flout the rules. New laws will be rushed through to enforce self-isolation, with fines of up to £10,000 for anyone who defies orders to stay at home…The PM is spending the weekend deciding on restrictions to tackle the surge in cases. He is desperate to avoid a second national lockdown which would be a further hammer blow for pubs, restaurants and the economy.” – Sun on Sunday

  • Ferguson says second lockdown needed sooner rather than later – Observer
  • Prime Minister mulling a three-week shutdown of the hospitality industry, a short, sharp five-day ‘circuit-break’ or a traffic-light system which divides the country into three levels of risk zones – Sunday Telegraph
  • Coronavirus cases reach four month high for second day in a row – Observer
  • Johnson fears school closures and parents’ anger – Sunday Times
  • White working-class kids being hit hardest by Covid – Mail on Sunday
  • Tests chaos blamed on frenzied parents – Mail on Sunday
  • Khan wants London lockdown from Monday – Sun on Sunday
  • Landlords slash rents by up to 20 per cent as tenants quit city centres – Observer
  • Will Whitty quit? – Mail on Sunday
  • Speaker “angered by Hancock locking down his constituency before informing Parliament” – Sunday Telegraph
  • 32 arrested in anti-lockdown protests – Sun on Sunday
  • Are we better prepared for a second wave? – Sunday Times

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