UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson to deliver conference speech as Scotland considers tightening rules | Politics

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Good morning. Boris Johnson is giving his speech to the Conservative party’s online conference today and overnight it has been briefed that he will promise to power every home in the UK with offshore wind energy within a decade. Our story about his pledge is here.

But Johnson will find it hard to get the public to focus on an agenda beyond Covid when case numbers are going up so quickly and, in a foretaste of what might be seeing soon, the Scottish cabinet is meeting today to discuss tightening Scotland’s rules (which are already tougher than England’s). As my colleague Libby Brooks reports, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, and her colleagues will discuss “short, sharp shock” restrictions.

Libby writes:

The cabinet will consider evidence that two weeks of heightened restrictions could buy time as the NHS prepares for winter.

While insisting that the proposals do not constitute a full lockdown, national clinical director Jason Leitch told BBC Scotland that a circuit breaker could push the course of the pandemic back by 28 days.

This morning the Scottish Sun is reporting that medics have been told to expect the restrictions to come into place on Friday evening.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: The ONS publishes its weekly death figures for England and Wales.

9.30am: The CBI, the TUC and the IoD give evidence to the Commons Treasury committee about the impact of coronavirus.

11.15am: Michelle Donelan, the universities minister, gives evidence to the Commons education committee.

11.30am: Boris Johnson gives his speech to the Conservative party’s online conference.

11.30am: Matt Hancock, the health secretary, takes questions in the Commons.

11.30am: The all-party parliamentary group on Covid takes evidence from experts on the impact of coronavirus on frontline care, and on test and trace.

12.15pm: The Scottish government is expected to hold its coronavirus briefing.

12.30pm: A Treasury minister responds to a Commons urgent question on economic support for areas in lockdown.

1.30pm: Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, takes questions in the Senedd.

Late afternoon: MPs debate and vote on the regulations enforcing the rule of six.

Politics Live has been doubling up as the UK coronavirus live blog for some time and, given the way the Covid crisis eclipses everything, this will continue for the foreseeable future. But we will be covering non-Covid political stories too, including of course Johnson’s speech, and where they seem more important and interesting, they will take precedence.

Here is our global coronavirus live blog.

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Source: The Guardian
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