Boris Johnson: Wakeford defection has made Tories think twice about confidence vote, MP says – live

Good morning. The best play on regicide in English literature is Macbeth, which includes the sound advice: “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done … Read More

Boris Johnson to face MPs as speculation mounts over confidence ballot – UK politics live

Latest updates: some Conservative MPs believed to be preparing letters of no confidence in PM ahead of PMQs Tory MPs openly discuss Johnson challenge as mood ‘turns dramatically’ Vote of … Read More

Covid news live: England expected to ease Omicron restrictions; WHO chief says pandemic is ‘nowhere near over’

12.47am GMT 00:47 Key developments Hello it’s Samantha Lock with you on the blog today as we unpack all the latest Covid developments from across the world. I’ll be reporting … Read More

Boris Johnson ‘categorically’ denies he was warned that No 10 event on 20 May 2020 was against lockdown rules – live

Last year, the high court ruled that the Cabinet Office’s decision to award a contract to market research firm Public First was unlawful as it gave rise to “apparent bias”. … Read More

No 10 denies reports Boris Johnson was warned in advance that party on 20 May 2020 was mistake – UK politics live

Good morning. Is Boris Johnson safe in his job? You would not have thought so reading the weekend papers (here is Toby Helm’s assessment of what is likely to happen … Read More

Covid news live: Covid isolation period in England cut to five days; China reports highest cases in nearly two years

Chinese authorities are urging citizens not to order goods from overseas, claiming a recent Omicron infection detected in Beijing came from an international package sent from Canada. China is battling … Read More

Covid live: Boris Johnson broke the law, says Keir Starmer; Novak Djokovic to be deported after Australian visa loss

I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making … Read More

Boris Johnson cancels trip after family member’s positive Covid test while Tory leadership crisis grows – UK politics live

Good morning. Boris Johnson’s position as Conservative party leader and prime minister is more perilous than ever before but, after a wretched and humiliating day – which also saw open … Read More

UK Covid live: Boris Johnson’s position ‘untenable’ if he misled MPs over No 10 parties, says Rayner

Good morning. Like many politicians, Boris Johnson normally lives by the dictum, “Never apologise, never explain”. (It’s a saying attributed to various people, but the best source for it I … Read More

UK Covid live: party revelations show PM has done ‘incalculable damage’ to trust in health measures, Labour says

Good morning. Partygate has now got a lot, lot worse for Boris Johnson. It would be surprising if the number of Conservative MPs coming to the conclusion that they will … Read More

UK Covid live: more than 200,000 daily cases reported for first time

This morning we communicated to our staff that we are operating in an internal critical incident. This is due to the high pressure on urgent care services and increasing demand … Read More

‘We won’t hesitate’: Boris Johnson says government can’t rule out new Covid restrictions – video

The prime minister held off announcing new Covid restrictions following a meeting of the cabinet. He said that the decisions for and against further restrictions are ‘finely balanced’ but that … Read More

UK Covid live: Johnson says he must ‘reserve possibility of taking further action’ after 91,743 new cases

Following a meeting of the cabinet, the prime minister said they were monitoring the situation “hour by hour”. “Unfortunately I must say to people that we will have to reserve … Read More