Boris Johnson live news: Latest updates on Brexit and the school recovery plan
There are ‘benefits’ to extending the school day, says Gavin Williamson
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has suggested lunch breaks at school could be reduced by half an hour to give children more time for lessons, amid a lack of funding from guardians.
Ministers are looking for ways to help students make up for lost time due to the coronavirus pandemic without spending the amount of money their advisers deem necessary for additional resources.
The Department of Education has pledged £ 1.4bn for proposals including 100m more hours of tutoring for children in England and more funding for teacher training.
But the proposals fall far short of what the recovery would likely cost, with government catch-up Czar Kevan Collins recommending £ 15bn.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the principals’ union, NAHT, called the plan a “wet backfire,” adding: “The funding announced to support these plans is paltry … resuming education cannot be done without cheap.
Defending the plans on a media tour this morning, Mr Williamson insisted “no bend has been cut”. He denied having failed to secure the necessary funding from Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, and suggested that school lunch breaks could be condensed to help close the funding gap.
Kate Green, Labor’s shadow secretary for education, said the funding plan “mocks” Boris Johnson’s claim that education is one of his government’s priorities.
Priti Patel plans ‘frontline hero stealth tax’ with increased visa fees for EU NHS staff
Priti Patel plans to increase visa fees for the NHS and other workers from EU countries, sparking criticism of “a stealth tax on frontline heroes”.
Labor is also accusing the Home Secretary of partially reneging on her promise to remove the immigration surcharge paid by overseas health and care workers, conceded after huge protests.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 1:45 PM
Still ‘nothing in the data’ meaning next step in lifting lockdown can’t go ahead, Johnson says
Boris Johnson said there was “nothing in the data yet at the moment that means we cannot move forward with Step 4” of lifting restrictions on coronaviruses.
“But we have to be so careful,” the prime minister added, saying infection rates were increasing.
“We always knew this was going to happen,” he said, adding: “What we need to determine is how well the vaccination program has sufficiently protected of us, especially the elderly. and vulnerable, against a new wave, and there I am afraid that the data is still ambiguous.
“The best scientists can say at the moment is that we just need to give it a little more time.”
Samuel osborneJune 2, 2021 1:26 PM
As pressure mounts to lift all restrictions, we’re on the verge of whether Dominic Cummings is right about Boris Johnson
Some scientists want to delay the end of social distancing by at least two weeks due to the growing number of cases of the Indian variant. Prime Minister therefore faces a familiar dilemma, writes Andre Grice.
Read Andrew’s article here:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 1:15 PM
Don’t lengthen the school day – after Covid trauma, kids need a break too
After a year of isolation, uncertainty and despair, young people need the time, space and opportunity to enjoy their freedom again, together, writes a teacher and Green Party spokesperson,Vix Lowthian.
Read the full Vix article here:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 12:50
Keir Starmer set to set up Labor leaders’ forum, says Scottish party boss
Sir Keir Starmer is expected to set up a forum for Labor leaders across the UK to give the party a better chance of gaining power, the Scottish Labor leader has said.
Anas Sarwar suggested forming a new group, meeting four times a year and bringing together party figures from across the country.
My colleague Adam forrest reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 12:30 PM
Lizz Truss teased for touting the benefits of joining a “dynamic free trade area”
First she was a remnant, then she wasn’t.
In February 2016, Lizz Truss trumpeted the advantages of staying in the EU.
“I support the continuation because I believe it is in the economic interest of Britain,” she tweeted during the campaign.
Months later, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury was touring broadcast studios telling interviewers that she had changed her mind.
“The reason I said [I would now back Brexit] It’s because I voted to Stay because I was concerned about the economy, but what we’ve seen since the Brexit vote is that our economy has been doing well, “he said. she declared.
Two prime ministers later, and with the UK now out of the EU, the ambitious MP for South West Norfolk appears to be focusing solely on her duties as secretary for international trade.
Today she was promoting “the excellent news” that the CPTPP Commission has agreed to accept the UK to join “this dynamic free trade of 11 countries”.
The irony has not been lost on many Twitter users.
“Weird. You want to celebrate halfway around the world AND celebrate getting us out of the one next door?” He wrote.
A second said: “Why do we want to join a free trade area? I thought we just left one because being in free trade zones was bad?
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 12:16
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross self-isolates in hotel after contact with Covid
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross is self-isolating after coming into close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus.
The politician was in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday morning when told that a person he had been close to on Monday was infected with Covid-19.
My colleague Adam forrest has more details:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 11:38
The watchdog invited to probe the donations of the conservatives of dissolved companies
Labor has called on the political party spending watchdog to investigate allegations the Tories have accepted donations from missing businesses.
Anneliese Dodds, president of the Labor Party, wrote to the Election Commission asking it to “urgently investigate” two donations made to the Conservatives which “do not appear to comply” with the law.
According to the Election Commission website, the Conservative Party accepted a donation of £ 10,000 from Stridewell Estates on November 20, 2019.
Ms Dodds said the Companies House website indicated that Stridewell Estates had been dissolved in November 2016 – more than three years before the donation.
The committee also noted a conservative donation of £ 6,000 from Unionist Buildings on June 2, 2017, which was accepted three days later despite the company’s dissolution in January of the same year.
Another donation of £ 4,000 from Unionist Buildings was recorded by Tory MP Wendy Morton on January 9, 2020, almost three years after the company officially disbanded, Ms Dodds said.
The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 states that corporate donors must be active in the UK, with party treasurers being required to check Companies House to see if the business is in liquidation, dormant , about to be written off or if their accounts are overdue before deciding whether or not to accept a donation within 30 days of receipt.
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 11:05 AM
UK calls on EU to use more ‘common sense’ on Northern Ireland protocol
Boris Johnson’s Brexit Minister David Frost has said previously agreed Northern Ireland trade deals with the EU are not “sustainable” in their current form.
Lord Frost also called on Brussels leaders to use more “common sense” to help find practical solutions to the problems posed by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
My colleague Adam forrest reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 10:43 AM
Pro-Brexit boss Wetherspoons calls for more migration from EU to staff bars
Pub chain pro-Brexit boss JD Wetherspoon has urged the government to increase migration from the EU to deal with a shortage of workers in the hospitality industry.
My colleague Tom Batchelor reports:
Matt MathersJune 2, 2021 10:22 AM