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Deputy Political Editor, The Times

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While schools will reopen on June 1 most shops are likely to remain closed There are concerns that easing both res… https://t.co/DZcfpu6UG9Gavin Williamson told Cabinet he expects many parents will initially keep children at home when schools reopen ‘Ex… https://t.co/VaLuFQpwvw
5/25
2020
Asked about Dominic Cummings trip to Barnard Castle on April 12, Boris Johnson says he has looked at the allegation… https://t.co/72EGqBQWRZBoris Johnson said that Dominic Cummings acted 'responsibly, legally and with integrity' in every respect He is gi… https://t.co/0sFMcyg88MBoris Johnson opens with big question - have we been asking you to do one thing while flouting the rules ourselves?… https://t.co/WU1otYvEgFBoris Johnson is *not* expected announce an independent inquiry into Dominic Cummings and whether he broke the lock… https://t.co/YeeeOfuvWmCabinet ministers turning on Dominic Cummings 'You can lose popularity, you cannot lose trust,' the minister said… https://t.co/HxMv32YKCbGrant Shapps on Cummings: He tells @SophyRidgeSky * Claim he went back to Durham after April 14 'completely untr… https://t.co/iewHH1Re9jGrant Shapps says that Dominic Cumming's father contacted the police, 'not the other way round' and that it was in… https://t.co/09NRxnZ001Grant Shapps categorically denies that Dominic Cummings returned to Durham after coming back to London on April 14… https://t.co/GKjzzcGhtgSteve Baker says that Dominic Cummings has left the Government in a 'pantomime position 'We are in a nonsense posi… https://t.co/jrQzQjvNRcSteve Baker tells @SophyRidgeSky Cummings must go 'If he doesn't resign we will keep burning through Boris's polit… https://t.co/A3b1nLKEEV
5/24
2020
Paul Johnson, head of IFS, says a lot hinges on the speed at which the lockdown is eased ‘We're bound to see some… https://t.co/EgCASNEl9OThe part-time furloughing scheme is being designed with ‘maximum flexibility’ in mind Treasury has rejected ‘rigid… https://t.co/LostdVyoC6The Treasury estimates that the furlough scheme has halved the economic fallout from the lockdown on household inco… https://t.co/aigITg4vLaAll employers using furlough scheme will be required to pay part of employees wages, even if they are still under l… https://t.co/BHv3cgYu3OEmployers will be asked to start paying a quarter of wages of furloughed staff & NI contributions under Treasury pl… https://t.co/YVFNe7AdvXPotential reprieve for British F1 Grand Prix, which is due to take place in July Govt is working with elite sports… https://t.co/aOUXDzjoPpElite sportsmen and women *have not* made it onto the exemption list That effectively kills off hopes of champions… https://t.co/bPkHRn5ydgTravellers coming to UK required to provide details of where they are staying and self-isolate for 14 days They mu… https://t.co/68HfnY4N8iPriti Patel announces that travellers who breach the mandatory 14-day quarantine rules will face fines of up to £1,… https://t.co/UA3tGwAEMxSir Paul Nurse suggests that there has been a failure of leadership without clear lines of responsibility ‘Who is… https://t.co/j6gKP16T13Sir Paul Nurse, director of Francis Crick institute, says U.K. has been ‘playing catch up’ and ‘firefighting throug… https://t.co/i2us6EynBoMortgage holiday scheme extended by another three months to the end of October for those that cannot afford repayme… https://t.co/8VEsry3NnKOthers on narrow exemption list will include lorry drivers, police and border officials, scientists working on coro… https://t.co/50hVM5DK5rFruit and veg pickers coming from abroad will be required to live on the farms where they are working and socially… https://t.co/e6SF8oQPRwOliver Dowden, culture secretary, said to have been pushing for exemption of elite sportsmen & women ie formula 1 d… https://t.co/Bd9PIMird3Priti Patel will today announce quarantine measures starting early next month Arrivals will have to go into self-i… https://t.co/1FjB6bAMne
5/22
2020
Lib Dem peer Lord Fox has apologised for furloughing himself after @AVMikhailova's scoop last night He said: "I re… https://t.co/x4NsiRlOrM
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordNiall Dickson, head off NHS confederation, warns new test and trace system may come too late to be ready for June 1… https://t.co/YwGS03SL5y
5/21
2020
EXCL A frontbench peer has furloughed *himself* - while also claiming Lords £162 daily attendance allowance Lord… https://t.co/IFDYrjZrZR
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordHome Office just announced it WILL offer indefinite leave to remain for free to the families of care workers and NH… https://t.co/hnQZttQtiZ
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordPatel backs down on not deporting the grieving families of NHS porters and care home workers killed on the Covid fr… https://t.co/RfdtLNGvzh
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordBoris Johnson says the Government will have a test and trace system 'that will enable us to make progress' He says… https://t.co/XNsT1vMToxEXC: Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested putting up screens "like they have in supermarkets" so more Tories could sit behind… https://t.co/n82l8Ukv5C
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordCare workers, cleaners and porters have been left out of the Home Office scheme to support the families of workers… https://t.co/pKd84GAYHW
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordExcl: The government has turned down an offer to build a major vaccine facility in the UK, according to a major ban… https://t.co/lprW1h7YTP
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5/20
2020
Angela McLean, Deputy CSA, says she can see question of whether Sage is too secretive is 'big issue when we look ba… https://t.co/xuNm0vxrJyRishi Sunak warns there is not going to be an 'immediate bounce back' as the lockdown is liftedRishi Sunak now warning about the impact that increased unemployment has on people's health 'There's very good wor… https://t.co/7Au3CrugGuRishi Sunak warns that there could be permanent scarring to the economy ‘The longer the depth of the recession, ev… https://t.co/5ChaHJkFx6Rishi Sunak warns that Britain is facing a 'severe recession the likes of which we haven't seen'Rishi Sunak points to forecasts showing that there will be a ‘double digit’ increase in unemployment rate ‘Obvious… https://t.co/ITWBJOyYRW
5/19
2020
Attention is turning to MoD coffers in defence circles, as economists and analysts examine IMF, BoE & other banks'… https://t.co/Gbg9Nh2si6
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5/18
2020
PHE in doubt Asked by a Tory MP about poor performance of Public Health England, Boris Johnson told 1922 y’day th… https://t.co/crg4hy8Nvi
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordExcellent Times piece exploring similar themes today by @Steven_Swinford @elliotttimes @oliver_wright It also exp… https://t.co/j6NB3r20LS
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordThis is lovely. https://t.co/iGmGhUkQQQ
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordAbsolutely brilliant piece in The Times magazine today by @Sathnam I can’t recommend it enough - do read it https://t.co/kUgBlKWrWTNick Thomas-Symonds, shadow home sec, says coronavirus crisis has provided a 'stark reminder' of importance of work… https://t.co/TPwILusTw4The Govt says the flexibility of the points-based immigration system will help economy recover while ensuring UK an… https://t.co/o3f7d3wgr3Priti Patel will next week push ahead with legislation to end freedom of movement by bringing the immigration bill… https://t.co/pXLaedJK8g @oliver_wright The PM said that the Govt would take a 'grandmother's footsteps' approach to easing lockdown restric… https://t.co/5H1yWQIOYB @oliver_wright The PM told Tory MPs 'we are not going to let this crisis define us' He said Govt would 'double dow… https://t.co/kEGBM0XG0m @oliver_wright Many Tory MPs want churches to reopen The PM said he had spoken to the Archbishop of Canterbury who… https://t.co/XDKASncDMc @oliver_wright The prime minister said he thought MPs should return to Westminster as soon as possible He was scat… https://t.co/WGY5qF5k5A @oliver_wright One Tory MP told the PM that Public Health England had been a 'disgrace' The PM said that 'in due c… https://t.co/tvNoU6Qh4j @oliver_wright PM at 1922 committee: * Refused to rule out tax rises to pay for coronavirus, ducking q by saying R… https://t.co/gUZ15iuEhd @oliver_wright On Friday PM held a chaotic conference call with 147 Tory MPs on Microsoft Teams who struggled with… https://t.co/WPzhKdvDTQ @oliver_wright Boris Johnson increasingly looking to future On Thursday he hosted a Zoom call and told them to app… https://t.co/0ycXudMjzW @oliver_wright A Whitehall source said Gove’s influence over Cabinet Office is more limited than colleagues think… https://t.co/iUu8hzYzRa @oliver_wright Cabinet ministers say Michael Gove is becoming increasingly powerful ‘Did Boris really win the elec… https://t.co/4azsbXnhom @oliver_wright Cabinet ministers say they didn’t receive Boris Johnson’s road map for easing lockdown restrictions… https://t.co/GCS1yxXv66Times weekend read with @eliotttimes and @oliver_wright * Some cabinet ministers say there is ‘lack of trust’ as t… https://t.co/1f5c8Gk2gh
5/16
2020
Big shift coming: Coronavirus has persuaded Boris Johnson that the government needs to become ‘much more interventi… https://t.co/Khzi2tZYFQ
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordJames Forsyth has written a guest OpEd for The Times with an analysis strong enough to splash the paper. Read it he… https://t.co/4StdASRLea
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5/15
2020
Huge congratulations to the brilliant @MrHarryCole on succeeding @tnewtondunn as Sun Political Editor Tom will be… https://t.co/Mt9BECAwSqMel Stride, chairman of Treasury select committee, suggested taxes may have to rise if economy does not 'bounce bac… https://t.co/fexKt7iDLpOther Cabinet ministers argue tax rises may be inevitable if there is permanent scarring to the economy 'The big q… https://t.co/SoSmMRpwvWLord Darling, the former Labour chancellor who oversaw Britain's response to the 2008 financial crisis agrees 'Whe… https://t.co/4FOFlTjb3vSir Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory MP and former Conservative leader, says it should be treated like a 'wartime debt'… https://t.co/Mmb3Rtr1m3Boris Johnson is being warned by senior Tories not to raise taxes or cut spending One Cabinet minister said it is… https://t.co/0qhSMowwdQ
5/14
2020
Look at twitter right now. Everything people are saying is true. So incredibly proud of the BuzzFeed UK team, which… https://t.co/6fsFvjHSsS
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordI've had the best time at BuzzFeed UK for over 5 years with a small but mighty team - it is so rare in journalism t… https://t.co/9uJOBDnokJ
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordReally very sad news about Buzzfeed UK... there are a lot of exceptionally talented journalists there, but from a p… https://t.co/y0AQ1PvXbH
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordAlso need to mention the amazing @elashton (who like me started on a red top 💪)
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordHe's a good mate, but most of Westminster would agree @alexwickham is one of the best political journalists around.… https://t.co/S5safUMgHa
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5/13
2020
The TUC has welcomed Rishi Sunak's decision to extend the furlough scheme until October and said it will provide 'r… https://t.co/uZMo20GRxhRishi Sunak says that the 80 per cent wage subsidy will remain *but* employers will be asked to help pay for the co… https://t.co/uyKXyLe9sJBreaking Rishi Sunak announces furloughing scheme will be extended for four months until the end of October There… https://t.co/B0AquCv3UIJohnson should stop making a metaphor out of a mountain. Good solid common sense doesn't need rhetorical flourish -… https://t.co/1afNEFtlce
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5/12
2020
Govt has won the support in principle of the TUC for new covid-secure workplace guidance 'These safety guidelines… https://t.co/xftLaC00zqBoris Johnson highlights the fact that there is still no vaccine for Sars 'Am I absolutely certain we won't be liv… https://t.co/10ECWtUiQ5Boris Johnson says he doesn't expect there to be a 'flood of people' going back to work this week but people will s… https://t.co/FUC1ZFTkHyThis list of what you can and can't do under the new lockdown rules is comprehensive Covers everything from whethe… https://t.co/SOFvzuOgqv👀 👀 👀 👀 No 10 wants to create 'sustainable Government structures' It's talking about a 'rapid re-engineering of… https://t.co/wRCyIRDCmwYou can read the Government's strategy for easing the lockdown here: https://t.co/kWAts9a2iM And The Times' take… https://t.co/hCVDEynQpGPhase three (from July 4) * Hairdressers and beauty salons could begin to reopen * Restaurants, pubs and hotels c… https://t.co/dNBmzVckzYAlso in phase two (from June 1) * Phased return for primary schools (year 1, year 6). * Aim to have all primary… https://t.co/uu1m2daepTGovt plans to allow households to mix on 'exclusive' basis - means grandparents could see grandchildren Move will… https://t.co/unZdR5l9ONPhase two of lockdown easing (from June 1) * Sage will only *examine* whether one household can mix with another a… https://t.co/n41kk2s4mmPhase one of lockdown easing continued: * Over-75s should STILL 'minimise' contact with other households * Vulner… https://t.co/rwzY7he3h8The lockdown strategy: Phase one (from Weds) * People should 'aim to wear face-coverings' on public transport & i… https://t.co/wlthtgyP2iGovt says face-coverings should *not* be surgical masks or respirators used by NHS staff It says they can be homem… https://t.co/74uIYGMPWyBreaking:  Govt now formally advising people to wear face coverings in 'enclosed spaces' such as shops and on publ… https://t.co/Ot9APlKGzGBreaking: Govt examining whether one household can mix with another on an 'exclusive' basis It says 'bubble' appr… https://t.co/hsHqqEeCMJ @patrickkmaguire @timesredbox @estwebber Congratulations Patrick, you will be brilliant.Some professional news: after a brilliant two years at the New Statesman I will be moving on next month to write… https://t.co/WV2oo81wMg
Retweeted by Steven SwinfordKeir Starmer raises concerns about flu in the winter - he says symptoms are very similar to coronavirus 'I can see… https://t.co/qLiEiZz3EcCabinet ministers increasingly frustrated One Cabinet source compared Dominic Cummings to David Koresh, the apocal… https://t.co/BspQ3NLCUxMore from Cabinet yesterday: * Anne-Marie Trevalyan spoke of importance of supporting women to get back to work an… https://t.co/gfpyCgWV92
5/11
2020

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