Diary - select committee continues to look at the future of 5G

With cases of coronavirus on the rise again, the PM defended the 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain. Mr Johnson said the government had to be "swift", and hinted at further action against other countries if necessary. This move has angered the Spanish, whose prime minister called the move "unjust". It's a difficult call this. Do nothing and the Government would be accused of being reckless; impose restrictions and the Government is too hasty etc, etc. Personally, my view is that we are going to have to live with this virus for some time to come and we must get on with our lives, taking sensible precautions, of course. Despite battling many diseases in the past, we have never shut the country down before, nor have we reacted quite so dramatically as we are doing. The consequences for millions of people are very serious, with livelihoods literally being destroyed. Talking of which, there has been a rise in cases in Oldham, where residents are being asked not to have social visitors to their homes and to keep two metres apart when outside. Anyone shielding has been asked to continue to do so until 14 August, and care homes will not relax restrictions. After a visit to the dentist, which is always fun, I dialled into our last Defence Select Committee of this session. We continued to take evidence about 5G and today Howard Watson, BT Group’s Chief Technology and Information Officer, and Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK, were up before us. The session was in public so you can read what was said on Hansard. The Government has announced that Huawei's involvement with these companies must be reduced to 35 per cent by 2027. There are many MPs, including me, who want that date brought forward. This move will mean a delay in the 5G roll out, but better that than allowing the Chinese to take over altogether, with all the security implications. Meanwhile, the search for Madeleine McCann continues with investigators searching an allotment in Hanover. I do hope for the parents' sake that her body is discovered soon. I can only imagine the agony they are going through.