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Boris Johnson bows to demands to give MPs vote before new lockdown curbs after furious Speaker Lindsay Hoyle blasts him for treating Commons with ‘contempt’

Boris Johnson bowed to demand to give MPs a vote before any fresh lockdown restrictions – after Speaker Lindsay Hoyle blasted him for treating the Commons with ‘contempt’. In the face of a huge backbench rebellion over the scope of new laws introduced by ministers without being seen by MPs, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the government would ‘consult Parliament’ on any England-wide or UK-wide restrictions, and a vote will be held in advance ‘wherever possible’ – Mail

Half of 18,000 penalties handed out by police have not been paid as 9,000 rebels demand their day in court – Mail

UK strikes fishing deal with Norway and offers fisheries ‘transition period’ to EU – Telegraph

Coronavirus infection rates are not going up among school-age children, Professor Chris Whitty says in ‘important’ reminder to people worried about the virus spreading in the classroom – Mail

Hundreds of thousands who lost jobs in pandemic denied universal credit – Guardian

Police raid happy couple’s wedding reception packed with 170 guests before council closes venue and fines manager £10,000 – Mail


Boris must call time on his farcical 10pm pub curfew – Michael Deacon, Telegraph

Why is it illegal for sperm donor to demand a dad on the scene? – Ann Widdecombe, Express

The Tate is guilty of cowardly self-censorship – David Aaronovitch, Times

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