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Diary - city of Leicester sees a spike in the virus

To the surprise of some, and relief to others, the UK's top civil servant, Sir Mark Sedwill, confirmed he plans to stand down from the role in September. In a letter to Boris Johnson, he said it was the right time to go as the government moved to the next phase of its coronavirus recovery plan.

Diary - more violence, more police officers hurt

More violence, this time in Scotland. Police Constable David Whyte, 42, was seriously injured during a one-man rampage in a Glasgow hotel. It's understood that PC Whyte is in hospital and his conditions is described as "critical but stable". The knifeman was shot dead by police.

W2W - back to work we must go

UNLOCKING the country was always going to be the biggest challenge.

But we must, before lives, livelihoods and children’s education are devastated further.

The easing of restrictions is welcome, but many businesses such as gyms and swimming pools still have to remain closed.

Diary - visitors swamp our beaches

The south coast was certainly in the news today as pictures and stories emerged of hundreds of thousands of people descending on our beaches.

Diary - a hot, sticky day in the Commons

On another boiling hot day, I headed to the Commons, passing a gridlocked A31 and M3 all the way to Winchester as everyone headed to the beach. More than aware of the problems of the last invasion caused, I rang the police, James Weld and the council, predicting another.

Diary - doing business with the MOD

With shops now open, and with today's news that pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers can open from 4 July in England, I headed to Weymouth in the morning to meet some retailers and get a feel about how they were faring.

Statement - Covid 19 update by the Prime Minister

Before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails, who were brutally killed in Reading on Saturday.

Diary - speaking up for farmers, business and tourism/hospitality

The repercussions from the dreadful knife attack in a park in Reading continue to reverberate across the news outlets. A 25 year old man from Syria is in police custody. Three conference calls dominated my day. The first was with trade minister Graham Stuart and farm minister Victoria Prentis.

Diary - three die in knife attack

The horrific stabbing incident in Reading over the weekend has shocked many. Khairi Saadallah, 25, is accused of killing three people during a knife attack. He'd been released early from prison this month for minor, non-terrorist offences.

Diary - saying farewell to a friend

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said that all pupils in all year groups in England will go back to school full-time in September. About time. Guidance on safety measures will be published in the next fortnight.