Wednesday, February 21

PM promises response probe



Boris Johnson was today accused of “rhetorical nonsense” as he was quizzed by Labour leader Keir Starmer over a report into fears of a second wave of coronavirus.

The dramatic PMQs clash came ahead of an expected announcement by the Prime Minister on Friday, when he is set to unveil plans to get Britain back to work in a bid to boost struggling businesses.

Earlier, Health Secretary Matt Hancock quashed reports that the “road map” will include a plan to make face masks compulsory in all public places , insisting the Government will not recommend they be mandatory in offices.

Meanwhile, a £4 billion cut in VAT for the leisure and hospitality industry comes into force today. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in his mini-Budget last week that the levy on food, accommodation and attractions will be cut from 20 per cent to 5 per cent from Wednesday until January 12.