British politics live: Parents face fines if they refuse to send their children to school in September | Politics


Hello, welcome to the British politics liveblog. My name is Aamna and I will be running the liveblog until Andrew Sparrow takes over later this morning.Sir Mark Sedwill, the UK’s top official, has announced that he will step down in September. He leaves after weeks of tension over how the government has handled the coronavirus crisis and its alleged opposition to the reform in Whitehall. Sedwill, who was criticized in unofficial media briefings, wrote to Boris Johnson to say that he would step down from cabinet secretary and head of the public service in September.

The departure of Sedwill will be seen as a victory for the Prime Minister’s main assistant, Dominic Cummings, who faced Sedwill in a power struggle in Whitehall. Lord Kerslake, a former head of the public service, said that Sedwill had been unfairly tarnished by Johnson’s aides and that his treatment was “unacceptable”.

Guardian political correspondent Kate Proctor has an analysis of what Sedwill’s resignation for Brexit means.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will conduct an interview with Times Radio, which will be launched today. Johnson should be at 8:10 a.m.

As the country breaks free from the lockdown, Johnson tries to bring attention back to his national agenda. He pledged to give schools in England a £ 1 billion reconstruction program to give children “world class education” after months out of the classroom, and promises to help the economy. to rebound after the coronavirus crisis.

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