Boris Johnson is preparing for a tough interrogation from senior MPs over his handling of the pandemic after he admitted the events of the past year would live with him for the rest of his life.
The Prime Minister will spend this afternoon in front of the Liaison Committee, made up of Commons select committee chairs.
He will be asked about his response to coronavirus after the UK marked the anniversary of the first national lockdown.
The session will take place after Mr Johnson’s weekly sparring with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.
Priti Patel to announce ‘biggest overhaul of asylum system in decades’
Priti Patel’s new plan for immigration, detailing how the Government intends to deal with people entering the UK “illegally”, will be set out today.
The Home Office described the current asylum system as “collapsing under the pressures of what are in effect illegal routes to asylum, facilitated by criminals smuggling people into the UK and often resulting in the loss of life”.
Protesters clash with police again in Bristol days after rioting
Specially trained public order officers were deployed last night to College Green, where police said around 130 people had gathered earlier in the evening.
Officers wielding batons and shields could be seen breaking up activists, with footage showing some clashes breaking out between protesters and police.
Doorstep tribute to Covid victims as landmarks light up on night of reflection
Parts of the UK’s skyline were also lit up in remembrance of hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the past year as thousands reflected on the anniversary of the first national lockdown.
In the capital, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Wembley Stadium were among landmarks that lit up yellow at nightfall to mark the occasion.
The event, organised by the end-of-life charity Marie Curie, also encouraged people to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm with their phones, candles and torches to signify a “beacon of remembrance”.
World’s biggest canvas painting sells for £45m to raise funds for children’s charities
The world’s largest painting has been sold for £45m to raise funds for children’s charities.
The price makes it one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction by a living artist.
British artist Sacha Jari spent eight months painting the 17,000 sq ft artwork in a deserted hotel’s ballroom in Dubai.
He planned to sell it in 70 parts, but cryptocurrency businessman Andre Abdoune has bought the entire work.