Beth Rigby

Beth Rigby


Political Editor, Sky News

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This table being shared by MPs. Shows pre-pandemic morbidity & mortality of certain conditions in 2019. You can see from this table the huge impact lockdown is having on mental health.

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But chancellor true to his commitment that now is not the time for austerity as he says day-to-day government spending will rise 3.8 per cent in real terms, the fastest growth rate in 15 years And National Living wage up 2.2 per cent - 18p - to £8.90/hour

The 0.7 per cent was a manifesto commitment. So what else might in a couple of years or so not be sacred? The promises not to raise income tax, NI and VAT?

Sugg resigns as FCDO minister over cut to foreign aid budget. “I believe it’s fundamentally wrong to abandon our commitment” “This promise should be kept in tough times as well as good”

Looking forward to this tomorrow: Downing Street - Cummings, communication & public confidence. Discussions kicks off at 11.15am - details below

This @rosca_ninizullu  interview truly extraordinary. Child refugee at 5, gang member at 10, nearly died at 15 after being stabbed 17 times. Prison at 18. Then he met Jack Merritt who helped change his life. Film w @SkyAndyHughes . Please watch via @YouTube 

NEW: Impact assessment just out: Analysis of health, economic and social effects of Covid-19 and the approach to tiering. Document here if you want to take a look

Sir Graham Brady at IEA event: I'm pretty certain to vote against govt tmrw, my concerns about the impact on civil liberties & human rights are there regardless of how the tiers have been drawn”. 1/

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NEW: Starmer has written to PM about inaccurate comments he made in the House of Commons about govt guidance on care homes. Asks the PM to come to the Commons to correct the record

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PM has just said “I’m not giving you a deadline right now. I have been forbidden from announcing any more targets” By whom? He’s the *actual prime minister*

A viewer points out an inconsistency in Cummings explanation of events Mary Wakefield said when her husband fell ill (March 28) he couldn’t get out of bed for 10 days. But in his statement yesterday Cummings said he drove to hospital to collect his son on Apr 3

This is from a Conservative MP. “Frankly I feel disgusted on how a Conservative Prime Minister can treat decent people who have sacrificed so much with such contempt.”

“I don’t claim to have the education of an MP in parliament, but I do have a social education. I’m clued up on the difference a U-turn decision would make on 1.3m vulnerable children registered for free school meals because ten years ago I was one of them”

Johnson scrapped cabinet committee supposed to ensure UK was ready to cope with a pandemic 6 mths before Covid-19 hit Simon Walters reports committee mothballed by May so govt could focus on Brexit. It then abolished by Johnson when he became PM last July

Conservative MP texts: 'My inbox is overloaded with furious constituents. Good, decent everyday folks. I think seeing any British PM treat the nation's grandparents like they are idiots was a very uncomfortable thing. It was excruciating'

@KayBurley  What’s the govt advice if you’re struggling with your eyesight?Gove: It’s to seek medical advice KB: So it’s not to take a 60 mile round trip with your 4 year old strapped in the back?

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