Good Friday morning. This is Esther Webber in for Emilio Casalicchio. It seems you’ll be able to take a look at of writing a morning electronic mail however you’ll be able to by no means actually go away.
DRIVING THE DAY
VARIANT OF CONCERN: The so-called Indian coronavirus variant is “beginning to spread increasingly rapidly in certain areas of the country,” the Department of Health and Social Care stated final night time because it ready to ship additional help to affected areas. The newest figures present that circumstances have doubled since May 5, when Public Health England registered 520 circumstances.
Bolt from the blue: A fast response surge crew will probably be deployed to Bolton to help native authorities and surge testing will launch shortly in Formby on Merseyside. Surge testing is already in place in elements of west and east London, Bolton, Birmingham and Worcestershire. See the full listing.
What’s that then? The crew in Bolton will embrace 100 nurses, public well being advisers and environmental well being officers who will assist council staff go door to door, encouraging residents to take a PCR take a look at. The same drive passed off not too long ago in Lambeth, south London, following an outbreak of the Kent variant.
Testing occasions: The speedy focus is on ramping up testing, however ministers look like very a lot open to the chance of redeploying the vaccine rollout. That might imply bringing ahead second doses for eligible teams, which leads The Times, or concentrating on explicit areas, which makes the entrance of the i newspaper.
A DHSC official writes: “We have already taken swift action to control the spread of the variant first identified in India. We won’t hesitate to take additional action, including a vaccines acceleration, if needed. The thing we are most worried about right now is the degree to which it could be more transmissible than other strains.”
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At the sharp finish: Extra clinics will open in Blackburn with Darwen subsequent week to ensure everybody who’s eligible is getting jabbed. The council made an abortive transfer to unilaterally begin vaccinating youthful age teams, nevertheless it’s now believed native authorities will proceed to comply with recommendation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which has not made any such advice.
Right on cue: Enter Nadhim Zahawi, vaccine deployment minister, who’s taking this morning’s broadcast spherical the place he’ll little doubt be quizzed on all issues B1.617.2, together with jab geography.
Fork in the street: It doesn’t precisely make for reassuring studying as we transfer towards what ought to be the joyous event of reopened indoor mixing on Monday. A authorities official pointed Playbook again to the prime minister’s phrases, sticking to the line that there’s presently no proof to help a halt in easing lockdown.
But however however: Brace for calls from scientists for the authorities to place the brakes on. And anybody else? Ah sure, in fact: Dominic Cummings. He’s been retweeting posts by mathematicians and scientists warning in opposition to the newest stage of reopening. Timothy Gowers, a Cambridge bod whose title is just too lengthy for this text, stated: “The precautionary principle is much stronger when exponential growth is involved.”
What does Whipplepedia say? As traditional, The Times’ science editor Tom Whipple is on hand with a helpful explainer. He says even when the Indian variant does unfold quicker, scientists are optimistic the vaccines will supply safety, and its presence is extra prone to sluggish than to reverse the journey out of lockdown.
NOT THE ONLY ONES: Portugal is extending its “state of calamity,” its second-highest state of alert, till May 30, as per The Times’ Ben Clatworthy. This is tough primarily for the Portuguese, in fact, but additionally for Brits who had booked holidays from this Sunday to the solely European vacation spot on the U.Ok.’s inexperienced listing.
In want of a pep discuss: Thousands of Chelsea and Manchester City followers heading to Porto on May 29 for the Champions League remaining at the moment are being warned of additional restrictions. The BBC relays feedback from Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portuguese cupboard affairs minister, who says vacationers ought to go away Portugal after 48 hours, keep in a bubble, and solely take constitution flights. Playbook would simply be glad to set eyes on an airport at this level.
NO PASSPORTS, PLEASE: While COVID passports for worldwide journey are presupposed to launch this month, the home scheme seems extra unsure. The Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith says plans at the moment are being scaled again as ministers query whether or not there’s a public well being justification. Could an uptick in the Indian variant change that? Ben stories that the newest papers “lacked any detailed plan for how to fund the scheme and what the exact route will be for gaining parliamentary approval.” So a minimum of the authorities isn’t in any rush to commit.
Pole place: Meanwhile, The Sun’s Harry Cole says one kind of venue the place vaccine passports will probably be wanted is strip golf equipment. That’s lucky, as a result of it’s laborious to think about many locations the place punters can be keener at hand over their private particulars.
In higher information: The Health Service Journal received the scoop that NHS England has informed GPs to reopen receptions and face-to-face appointments, dumping the presumption in favor of on-line or telephone consultations, which has been in place since an early stage of the pandemic.
An honorable point out: To the Daily Star, which splashes (forgive the pun) on the calculation that we have to drink 124 pints every to save lots of the British pub. Let’s have the Red Lion open for an evening and see the place we get to, eh?
BREAKING OVERNIGHT IN ISRAEL: Israel’s navy stated it had begun new motion in opposition to Hamas in Gaza, utilizing floor forces in addition to air assaults. The military’s preliminary assertion recommended troops had truly entered Gaza in what would have been a critical escalation, however they later clarified that was not the case. The want for a diplomatic breakthrough couldn’t be extra pressing, however Egyptian officers have up to now not succeeded in arguing for a ceasefire, and the U.S. has been blocking the U.N. Security Council from issuing a press release expressing concern over a few of Israel’s conduct, POLITICO’s Ryan Heath stories.
YESTERDAY’S COVID STATS: 2,657 new circumstances, ⬆️ 373 on Wednesday. In the final seven days, the U.Ok. has recorded a complete of 16,079 new circumstances, ⬆️ 1,768 on the earlier week … 11 new reported deaths inside 28 days of a constructive take a look at, NC with Wednesday. In the final seven days, the U.Ok. has recorded a complete of 68 deaths, ⬇️ 13 on the earlier week.
VAX STATS: A complete of 35,906,671 folks have obtained the first dose, ⬆️ 184,210. A complete of 18,890,969 folks have obtained the second dose, ⬆️ 452,437.
GLOBAL COVID STATS: The Economist’s knowledge crew now estimates that COVID has led to between 7 and 13 million extra deaths worldwide, a minimum of double the official 3.3 million fatalities determine. Their modeling suggests most of these additional deaths have are available in Africa and Asia — full piece right here.
TODAY IN WESTMINSTER
PARLIAMENT: Not sitting.
Plenty to chew on: Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin will journey to Chequers in the present day for a working lunch with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the Northern Ireland protocol continues to be a supply of angst. PoliticsHome’s Adam Payne was the first to substantiate the go to, and he’s written a useful preview right here.
Also on his thoughts: As shire Tories grind into gear for a rise up over the authorities’s plans to turbocharge housebuilding, a phrase of warning from James Forsyth in his Times column. He reckons levies on purchased-but-unused land might handle a few of their fears, and constructing sufficient properties is vital to protecting the Conservatives’ new electoral coalition collectively.
Not to be outdone: Labour strife threatens to take center stage once more in the present day. Protests in Glasgow in opposition to an immigration raid throughout Eid al-Fitr (extra on that later) introduced collectively left-wing activists who had been competing in opposition to one another in elections solely per week in the past, but have nonetheless in some way led to embarrassment for one part of the Labour left.
Howard he do this: Howard Beckett, who’s standing to be the subsequent common secretary of the Unite commerce union and occurs to be present Union head Len McCluskey’s most popular successor, posted in a now-deleted tweet: “Priti Patel should be deported, not refugees. She can go along with anyone else who supports institutional racism. She is disgusting.”
Beck off: The backlash was swift and livid. The Labour Party wasted no time in suspending him. The tweet has additionally been reported to the police, Playbook understands.
Not so quick: Beckett informed Sky News’ Tom Rayner he had no intention of withdrawing his candidacy and hit again at the celebration: “I’ve had no official notification from the Labour Party. Once again the Labour Party thinks, whatever the time of night, it’s more appropriate to leak than to go to the person directly.” He additionally insisted his tweet was “metaphorical.” Er, OK then.
Free Rayn: Customers occupied with that story may also wish to know that POLITICO’s political editor, Jack Blanchard, received a sit-down with Angela Rayner, deputy Labour chief, for his newest Westminster Insider podcast. She offers the common thought of a celebration civil battle brief shrift, blaming “a small group of people infighting,” whom she compares to “bald males combating over a comb.”
Warring phrases: The interview is filled with the punchy traces which show simply how indispensable — or not possible — she is, relying on which aspect of final week’s Labour meltdown you stand. She warns “magnolia politics” is popping off voters and urges colleagues to marketing campaign in main colours to win again former heartlands.
On Boris Johnson … she admits she may simply be a Tory voter had been she an 18-year-old in Stockport in the present day, interested in Boris Johnson’s “spicy personality”… On Labour chief Keir Starmer … she says he “cheeses me off from time to time” however insists they’ve “never fallen out”… On Hartlepool … Labour misplaced “before we’d even picked a candidate — we can’t just say, ‘OK, we’ve got a different leader — now vote for us.’ It takes a lot longer to earn that respect back.” … On unhealthy headlines … Her “feral” upbringing has made her “more resilient” than different politicians. “I’m like — get a grip! Do you know how hard it is when your kid comes home and they say they need shoes, and you literally feel like your whole world has melted?” It’s a must-listen, and there’s a write-up right here.
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Double Dave: What might be higher than watching ex-Prime Minister David Cameron hauled over the coals in entrance of a choose committee session? Why, two choose committee classes, in fact. He gave proof to the Treasury Committee and the Public Accounts Committee yesterday, little doubt prompting a Deliveroo run on popcorn.
Doleful Dave: In Cameron’s opening assertion to the Treasury Committee, he stated it was a “painful day” for him. He acknowledged he had made errors in lobbying by textual content slightly than by way of a proper letter, and ventured that there ought to be extra steerage for ex-premiers who don’t simply need to “be on the board of some massive financial institution” (sure, that’s the sound of small violins you hear in the distance). But there the contrition just about ended.
Diligent Dave: As the FT particulars, Cameron didn’t assume it was “inappropriate” to foyer the authorities so intensely throughout the pandemic, nor did he suspect Greensill’s enterprise mannequin was doomed. He insisted he had executed due diligence and that his efforts had been aimed toward serving to the nation, not his personal financial institution stability. He even defended the functioning of the ACOBA — a physique that advises ex-ministers on their employment selections proper after leaving workplace — hitherto unattempted by even the most delusional boldest in Westminster.
Deprived Dave? The committee pressed Cameron on how a lot he had been paid by Greensill and the way far more he stood to make. He confessed it was a “generous amount” however known as stories of a possible £60 million windfall “completely absurd.” A former Greensill worker texted Playbook to say: “Not all that absurd.”
Look on the shiny aspect: At least it was harvest time for the sketchwriters. The Times’ Quentin Letts — who christens Cameron “Mr Busy Fingers” — reckons he was roughed up by the questioning on present, likening Labour’s Siobhain McDonagh to an “old granny beating up a mugger with her brolly” … The Telegraph’s Madeline Grant additionally rated McDonagh’s questioning that left “Cameron’s ever-rosy cheeks verged on puce” … Cameron “lurched from one car crash to another” in accordance with the Guardian’s John Crace … Endured a “ritual humiliation” per the FT’s George Parker … Was labeled “dodgy, desperate and shifty all at the same time” by Sky’s Jon Craig … And in a bruising editorial, the Independent suggests he take Danny Dyer’s recommendation and go “put his trotters up someplace like Nice, or possibly in his £25,000 ‘shepherd’s hut’ … In Paul Waugh’s evaluation for HuffPost, Cameron is “his own worst lobbyist” who “tarnish[ed] his own reputation almost as much as Greensill had itself.” Ouch.
Down to brass tacks: Playbook thanks committee member Harriett Baldwin for her public service, as she had the braveness to confront the former prime minister about his frankly weird textual content fashion. Why did he finish his messages to senior civil servant Tom Scholar with “love DC”? Cameron replied that he does that to “anyone I know even at all well — my children tell me that you don’t need to sign off text messages at all and that it’s very old fashioned and odd to do so.” Listen to your youngsters, of us.
Staying grounded: But the weirdest a part of the complete ordeal was a rumor which reached Playbook that Mel Stride, committee chairman, was conducting proceedings from aboard his houseboat, which could account for his slightly cramped environment. A parliamentary official clarified this was not the case. And presumably, no non-public jet was accessible to David Cameron both.
Don’t neglect: All that slightly overshadowed the earlier proof from Lord Geidt, the authorities’s new ethics adviser, to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. He promised to publish by the finish of May a report that can reveal if Boris Johnson didn’t correctly declare political donations. The Guardian has a full write-up.
Courting controversy: More twists in the weird story of Boris Johnson’s excellent County Court Judgment of £535. The Daily Mail reveals one Yvonne Hobbs launched a sequence of unusual lawsuits in opposition to Cabinet ministers, and that her unpaid debt declare in opposition to the PM was accredited with out being checked. Whoops.
COP A LOAD OF THIS
Coals on goal: “Glasgow must be the COP that consigns coal to history,” COP26 President Alok Sharma is predicted to say in a speech close to Glasgow this morning. He will vow to make coal a “personal priority” for the U.N. local weather convention — to be held in six months’ time. Watch him at 10.45 a.m. right here.
Scoop: If that every one sounds a bit imprecise, and even considerably like sizzling air, phrase reaches POLITICO Senior Environment Correspondent Karl Mathiesen and your Playbook writer that the authorities has one thing a bit extra particular in thoughts. A authorities official tells us the U.Ok. is contemplating a transfer to get the G7 group plus Australia, India and South Korea to decide to ending coal-fired energy and worldwide coal finance. More for Energy and Climate Pros right here.
Hang on a minute: Is this the similar nation that doesn’t know what to do about stalled plans for a brand new coal mine in Cumbria? Yes, in fact, it’s.
See you at Glasgow Central: Sharma has been merrily leaning into the authorities message that it plans for the summit to go forward in individual, regardless that it’s an enormous name to make. Imagine planning a marriage involving 197 totally different households, and also you’re a part of the means there. For extra on the intricacies, learn Karl’s explainer.
STATE OF THE UNION
GLASGOW 1, PRITI PATEL 0: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has demanded the Home Office by no means once more create a scenario as “dangerous” as the scenes seen in Pollokshields, Glasgow, yesterday, the place a unprecedented, eight-hour standoff ultimately compelled Home Office immigration officers to launch two males seized in a daybreak raid. Growing numbers of peaceable protesters surrounded a Home Office van in the morning — with one crawling beneath — and prevented it from transporting the detainees. After hours of this and some scuffles between protesters and cops, it was introduced the two males can be launched, resulting in this triumphant entrance web page in the National proclaiming “Glasgow 1, ‘Team U.K.’ 0” and jubilant scenes from the protest.
Now watch (and skim) this: ITV’s Peter Smith did some sensible reporting from the scene and interviewed considered one of the detained males, Lakhvir Singh. His report is effectively price a watch.
ALSO IN THE GREATER GLASGOW AREA: The Scottish National Party held on to Airdrie and Shotts with a decreased majority after yesterday’s by-election. A low turnout of simply 34.3 p.c might need brought on a couple of jittery moments for nationalists. But in the finish, one other unionist tactical voting effort wasn’t fairly sufficient, although Labour managed to chop the SNP majority in half. The BBC has the report and numbers.
Welcome to the Commons: Anum Qaisar-Javed, SNP MP for Airdrie and Shotts. She presently teaches trendy research and politics at a secondary faculty, and can little doubt collect loads of good tales for her college students if she retains the day job. She was additionally a Labour activist till the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. After becoming a member of the SNP, she reduce her enamel working as an aide to MP Carol Monaghan and Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. And in the early hours of Friday morning, she grew to become solely the second-ever feminine Muslim MP in Scotland. Qaisar-Javed pledged to be a job mannequin for folks from minority backgrounds — and to battle for Scottish independence.
THE ONLY WAY IS DUP: One of Edwin Poots or Jeffrey Donaldson will probably be topped the new Democratic Unionist Party chief this night, after a secret poll of the celebration’s MPs and MLAs this afternoon. The whole of 36 elected members — who’re the solely folks that may vote — will meet just about this afternoon to listen to a remaining 10-minute pitch from every man earlier than making their selection. Both issued eve-of-poll messages final night time. Poots, Stormont’s agriculture minister, stated he had a plan to “re-invigorate unionism” and reform the celebration, whereas Donaldson, Westminster chief, set himself other than Poots by promising to take on the function of first minister together with DUP chief if he wins. A result’s anticipated round 5 p.m. The BBC and Belfast Telegraph have good previews.
DRAKE’S PROGRESS: A buoyant Mark Drakeford will probably be touring broadcast studios this morning at the shut of per week the place the Welsh first minister simply received an election after which used his newfound authority to overtake the Welsh authorities. His reshuffle noticed the bold well being minister, Vaughan Gething, moved to the financial system portfolio and Eluned Morgan changing him, with Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles one other mover due to a promotion to the schooling temporary. ITV has a full write-up of the modifications.
TURN THE (LORD) SPEAKER UP
AFTER MCFALL: In all the pleasure over Holyrood, Cardiff Bay, Hartlepool, mayoral and council elections, Playbook hopes you haven’t forgotten the most nailbiting contest of current weeks — the battle to develop into Lord Speaker. We caught up with the victorious Lord McFall to listen to all about what he has in thoughts for his time on the woolsack, and you’ll learn the full piece right here.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS: Lord McFall, a manufacturing facility employee and chemistry trainer earlier than he was an MP and later a peer, was fitted for black-and-gold ceremonial robes forward of state opening. “Some of the jobs I’ve had in the past, I’ve been given a uniform to stick on — a boiler suit, but nothing as grand as this.”
NOT CUTTING IT: Could the House of Lords stay a work-from-home legislature? “I would start from the premise that it will have to get back to normal. We do miss a lot. I’ve been very fortunate and been able to work through the pandemic remotely but there just isn’t the same cut and thrust.”
BUT BUT BUT: He appears sympathetic to the thought of continuous digital committees and even distant voting, which he sees as an choice for decreasing the Lords’ carbon footprint and boosting regional range. “The big feeling is, at the moment, that people feel they are not listened to, that they’re not understood. It’s important for us to reach out to the whole country.”
LORDS ON TOUR? To that finish, Lord McFall wish to see the House comply with the instance of the current inquiry into the regeneration of seaside cities, which traveled to totally different places together with Blackpool. He admits it will be “a big ambition” however provides: “I think it’s worth starting down the road on that.” It’s over to the Lords present store to your tour hoodies.
SIZE DOES MATTER: Like his predecessor, the new speaker sees the ballooning dimension of the Lords (final rely: 797) as a “fundamental reputational issue.” How precisely does he plan to get the PM to pay any consideration? “I was in the House last week, and I was passing by the prime minister. He shouted a congratulatory message to me, to which I responded, ‘I’m going to come and see you.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, good.’” Oh, to be a fly on that wall.
AOB: He additionally plans to bend the prime minister’s ear on the long-running headache which is the restoration of the Palace of Westminster, acknowledging that the authorities has not precisely been full-throttle on this explicit infrastructure challenge. “We’ve been looking at it for years and years going back to 2012. Let’s get on with this, for goodness’ sake.” Hard hats at the prepared.
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Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi broadcast spherical: Sky News (7.05 a.m.) … BBC Breakfast (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … ITV GMB (8.30 a.m.).
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford broadcast spherical: BBC Breakfast (6.50 a.m.) … Today program (7.15 a.m.) … Sky News (7.45 a.m.) … BBC Radio Wales (8.05 a.m.) … BBC Radio 5 Live (8.20 a.m.).
Also on the Today program: University of Birmingham professor of microbial genomics Nick Loman (7.15 a.m.) … Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (7.20 a.m.) … Arab-Israeli politician and chief of the Ta’al celebration Ahmad Tibi (7.50 a.m.) … Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi (8.10 a.m.) … Ofqual Chair Ian Bauckham (8.30 a.m.).
Also on Good Morning Britain (ITV): Independent Sage member Gabriel Scally (8.15 a.m.).
Also on Sky News breakfast: Early Years Alliance Chief Executive Neil Leitch (6.45 a.m.) … Commons Health Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt (8.05 a.m.) … Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham (8.20 a.m.) … Evolutionary virologist Emilia Skirmuntt (8.30 a.m.) … ICBellagio CEO Andrea Grisdale (8.40 a.m.).
Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC): Daily Mail columnist Henry Deedes (7.05 a.m.) … Commons Health Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt (7.20 a.m.) … Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.Ok. Ron Prosor (7.40 a.m.) … Met Police boss Cressida Dick (8 a.m.).
Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Tory MP Chris Green (8.05 a.m.) … Commons Public Accounts Committee Chair Meg Hillier (8.33 a.m.).
Mental Health Minute: Hundreds of radio stations will broadcast a one-minute-long message about psychological well being this morning, that includes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, amongst others (10.59 a.m.).
Reviewing the papers tonight: BBC News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): The Guardian’s Rachel Shabi and the Article columnist Ali Miraj … Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Fleet Street Fox Susie Boniface and the Telegraph’s Madeline Grant.
TODAY’S FRONT PAGES
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Daily Express: Faster jabs for tens of millions to fight variant.
Daily Mail: Just how low can Harry go?
Daily Mirror: Jabs blitz ‘to save lots of summer season’.
Daily Star: 124 pints and a packet of crisps, please.
Financial Times: Cameron says Greensill lobbying was for good thing about British financial system.
i: Vaccine surge for under-30s attainable in new hotspots.
Metro: Sleazy jet — Cameron admits utilizing failed billionaire financier’s non-public airplane to fly to his third residence in Cornwall.
POLITICO UK: House of Lords ought to tour the U.Ok, says newly elected speaker.
The Daily Telegraph: Climbdown over NHS on-line and telephone triage.
The Guardian: Cameron informed — your popularity is in tatters after Greensill lobbying.
The Independent: NHS blocks ‘surge’ vaccines to battle variant.
The Sun: Dad handed his ache on to me … Harry’s bitter swipe at Charles.
The Times: Race to cease Indian pressure.
TODAY’S NEWS MAGS
The Economist: Ten million causes to vaccinate the world — Our new mannequin of the true dying toll from COVID-19.
THANK POD IT’S FRIDAY
Calling Peston: Dan Hewitt and Shehab Khan discuss to former Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn.
Commons People: The HuffPost crew talks to Tory MP Kevin Hollinrake.
Encompass: Paul Adamson talks to Terry Reintke, vice-president of the Greens in the European Parliament.
EU Confidential: The POLITICO crew are joined by Facebook spinner and former Deputy PM Nick Clegg.
How Did We Get Here: Andy Bell talks to Labour MP Jon Cruddas.
Jimmy’s Jobs of the Future: Former SpAd Jimmy McLoughlin talks to Resi founder Alex Depledge.
Newscast: The BBC crew talks to Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
Rachel Johnson’s Difficult Women: Johnson talks to former French Ambassador to the U.Ok. Sylvie Bermann.
The Political Party: Matt Forde talks to Labour’s Hartlepool candidate Paul Williams.
WalesForged: The BBC Wales crew talk about Mark Drakeford’s reshuffle with former Welsh authorities SpAd Jo Kiernan.
Westminster Insider: Jack Blanchard interviews Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner.
Women with Balls: Katy Balls is joined by Katy Searle, the govt editor of politics at BBC News.
YOUR WEEKEND IN POLITICS
SUNDAY SHOWS: No company but for Andrew Marr (BBC One, Sunday 9 a.m.). … Sophy Ridge will probably be speaking to Northern Irish FM and former DUP chief Arlene Foster (Sky News, Sunday 8.30 a.m.).
G&T: Tom Newton Dunn and Gloria De Piero will probably be joined by SNP MP Alyn Smith and U.S. pollster Frank Luntz (Times Radio, Sunday 10 a.m.).
WESTMINSTER WEATHER: ☁️☁️☁️ Cloudy and clear. Highs of 15C.
JAB WATCH: TV presenter Steph McGovern received her first dose yesterday. Labour peer Roy Kennedy and Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley each received their second dose yesterday. Let us know when you’ve received or are getting yours.
New gig: The Times’ Louisa Clarence-Smith is beginning as the paper’s chief enterprise correspondent from subsequent week, the place she’ll lead on authorities relations with enterprise and commerce coverage.
New gigs: The i paper have introduced one other raft of recent hires, together with Patrick Strudwick, previously of BuzzFeed, as particular correspondent and former HuffPost north of England correspondent Aasma Day as northern reporter. Full listing from editor Oly Duff right here.
BIRTHDAYS: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turns 37 … SNP chief in Westminster Ian Blackford turns 60 … Former Defense Secretary Michael Fallon … South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler … Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson … Brentford and Isleworth MP Ruth Cadbury … Arfon MP Hywel Williams … Crawley MP Henry Smith … Crossbench peer Sarah Hogg … Glasgow East MP David Linden … DIT speechwriter Asa Bennett … Tory peer Richard Balfe … The Centre for European Reform’s Sam Lowe … Scottish Green MSP Mark Ruskell.
Celebrating over the weekend: Defense Secretary Ben Wallace … Former No. 10 spinner Craig Oliver … BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth … Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander … Former King’s Fund boss Chris Ham … Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright … Labour peer and House of Lords Deputy Speaker Kay Andrews … Tory peer and Home Office Minister Susan Williams … Tory peer David Maclean … Scottish Labour MSP Sarah Boyack … Columnist and former Blair speechwriter Philip Collins … Crossbench peer Anthony St John.
PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Cory Bennett, reporter Andrew McDonald and producer Jeanette Minns.
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