Diary - National Trust to shed 1,200 jobs

A busy day dealing with constituency matters and casework. A long run in glorious sunshine kept the mind active! There's a lot going on and the news on the jobs' front remains bad. The National Trust is looking at making 1,200 of its staff redundant in order to save £100 million. The heritage charity, which closed its houses, gardens, car parks, shops and cafes during the coronavirus pandemic, said it expected to lose nearly £200 million. And of course the on-going row over a blanket quarantine for travellers coming back from Spain rumbles on. Leading travel and airline industry figures have urged the PM to replace it with regional travel corridors. In a letter to Boris Johnson, they said the 14-day quarantine for people coming from Spain had caused disruption. They called for quarantine-free travel to areas unaffected by any spike in coronavirus cases. MPs are to hold an inquiry into the billions of pounds spent on personal protective equipment at the height of the pandemic. They will examine whether the sums paid by the UK government represented value for money. It comes as a report from the Public Accounts Committee said many care home residents were left vulnerable. In education news, a Government review has recommended that free school meals should be extended to another 1.5 million children in England. The National Food Strategy warned of the toxic connection between child poverty, poor diet and hunger, and said eating habits were a slow-motion disaster.