Rebellion threat over Tier 4 Covid restrictions

Rebellion threat over Tier 4 Covid restrictions

PM faces rebellion over plan for Tier 4 restrictions

Tory MPs are threatening to mount a rebellion after a senior minister refused to rule out new Tier 4 restrictions being introduced in England when the second lockdown ends. Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, confirmed the Government is reviewing the tiers, adding Tier 3 was “considered a baseline” for tough measures. Last night Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said Tier 1 restrictions that covered huge parts of England had “very little effect”, adding that even Tier 2 only worked in some areas. But MPs said any move to toughen measures ahead of Christmas would be met with a firm response. Associate Editor Camilla Tominey has the details, while our politics liveblog has a blow-by-blow account of what is happening.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 11 council areas in Scotland, including Glasgow, will go into her highest tier of restrictions from Friday, the equivalent of almost full lockdown apart from schools staying open. Travel into and away from parts of Scotland that are in Level 3 and Level 4 areas will be against the law. Here is a guide to the country’s new Covid rules and Tier 4 restrictions.

‘Landing zones’ for trade deal in sight, says Irish PM

Britain and the EU have identified the “landing zones” to finally strike the Brexit trade deal, Ireland’s prime minister said today, as Boris Johnson warned Cabinet that talks could still fail. The finalised zero tariff trade agreement could be announced as soon as Monday, Brussels sources said, but only if the UK made compromises. The UK and EU both warned divisions remained over the key issues of fishing, the level playing field guarantees and the deal’s enforcement and that the negotiations could still collapse. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard examines why EU leaders risk snatching a Brexit defeat from the jaws of victory. Here is a reminder of what a no-deal Brexit means and how it might affect daily life in the UK.

The Crown quiz: Would you pass the Balmoral Test?

Series four of The Crown has brought the Balmoral Test to the nation’s attention – the unspoken code of conduct for all visitors to the Scottish castle, which Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis are seen to fail miserably. The “rules” include wearing appropriate clothing at all times, taking part in outdoor activities (mostly field sports) and taking part in party games. Do you know your grouse from your partridge? Try our quiz to find out whether you would fit in at The Firm. With the nation gripped by the latest series, Tim Stanley explains why it distorts Mrs Thatcher’s words and deeds to suit 21st-century tastes, while Emily Cronin reveals why she wishes Diana style would stay in the show.

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Labour anti-Semitism | A panel of Labour officials is considering the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn after he rowed back on his claim the party’s anti-Semitism problem was exaggerated for “political reasons”. Yet his statement today provoked a fresh backlash. Read the latest.

Around the world: Facebook and Twitter vs Trump

Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey defended their treatment of President Donald Trump and his supporters after imposing sweeping sanctions on election misinformation and allegations of voter fraud. In prepared testimony to the US Congress today, the two tech bosses insisted that they had acted with the backing of the American public and without political bias. Both men urged Congress to reform but not revoke the law that shields US social networks from liability by defining them as information carriers rather than news publishers. Read on for details.

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