We had very fruitful conversations with him and with the leaders of South Yorkshire. Here again, there is a serious situation and, rightly so, they wanted to act.
It seemed an obvious dig to Andy Burnham.
Here is the agenda for the day.
10h15: Professor John Edmunds, epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and contributor to Sage, and Sir Ian Diamond, head of the ONS, are among the scientists testifying before the Commons Science and Health Committees, who are conducting a joint investigation into lessons learned from the coronavirus.
12h: Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer at PMQ.
12h15: The Scottish government is due to hold its coronavirus briefing.
12h15: The Welsh government must hold
Around 12:45 p.m .: MPs are starting two opposition day debates on Labor motions on fair economic support for areas with Covid restrictions and on free school meals. The votes will take place around 4 p.m. and then at 7 p.m.
Politics Live has become the UK coronavirus live blog for quite some time, and given how the Covid crisis overshadows everything, this will continue for the foreseeable future. But we’ll also cover non-Covid political stories, like Brexit, and when they seem bigger or more interesting, they will take priority.
Here is our live blog on the global coronavirus.
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