April 30, 2020

In tonight's press conference the PM reiterated that now is not the time to slack off from our social distancing measures, but was clear that he WILL lay out plans to ease some restrictions next week ahead of the end of this current lockdown period on the 7th.

He said that he wi...

April 29, 2020

We're expanding the list of people eligible to book coronavirus testing through the online system. Now anyone over 65 or anyone who is currently leaving home to go to work will be eligible for testing if they have symptoms. This is in addition to opening up for key workers last...

April 29, 2020

This is an important but under-discussed factor in the challenge of dealing with coronavirus - the density of population in different countries.


This obviously is a huge factor both in the speed of the initial spread of the virus - higher density means someone with COVID would...

April 29, 2020

Looking ahead and beyond coronavirus, I've had my APPG for Sport hat on and I've been video-conferencing with the CEO of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022. We've been talking about the preparations for the Games and its impact. It's a nice break to look ahead at a huge...

April 29, 2020

It's always challenging trying to explain this current coronavirus situation to young children but the pictures and support that's been shown through rainbows (and Easter eggs at my house too) in windows has been heart warming and perhaps helped our little ones to begin to unde...

April 28, 2020

This morning the Department for Education launched a new online package of free training and courses to help people continue to upskill and learn from home. It might be helpful for furloughed workers who want to keep learning and training, or business owners looking at how to r...

April 28, 2020

I know lots of people (including me!) are waiting on refunds from holiday companies at the minute.

In many cases it's simply a case of having a bit of a wait whilst travel companies clear the huge and unprecedented volume of claims, so patience likely to be required I'm afraid.

I...

April 27, 2020

An important intervention from the Chancellor as he seeks to ensure that more small businesses are able to access the finance they need.

We all recognise that there are gaps in the support that's available, but Government is genuinely doing everything it can to try and help as m...

April 27, 2020

Fantastic to see the Prime Minister looking well and on good form outside Number 10 this morning as he returns to work. His message is clear:

What we're doing - the social distancing - is working and we've 'flattened the curve' but this is still a moment of very high risk. Gover...

April 25, 2020

Increasingly clear that the media has misunderstood the public mood on coronavirus, adding to the problems they created for themselves during Brexit, which now means that they are the least trusted source of information on the virus amongst the public.

Perhaps a lot of journal...

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