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. The UK's chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that we must follow social distancing guidance while enjoying the sun or Covid-19 cases "will rise again". Our weekly conference call with the police in the afternoon was mostly taken up with this problem, which is a hard nut to crack simply because of the sheer scale of it. Anyway, further plans are being made as this issue is not going to go away until all restrictions are lifted, not least on holidays abroad. I had an interesting catch-up with Portland Port CEO Bill Reeves, who kindly took up my initiative to form a business panel, whose task was to formulate a strategy for the future. It's a sign of the times that at least four large cruise liners are sitting out in Weymouth bay who would otherwise be travelling the world and calling in at places like Portland, which is a vital source of income for the port and economic activity for the area. The virus has put and end to that for the moment, regrettably. Tonight, we learnt that Keir Starmer had sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey after she shared an article containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. Mrs Long-Bailey retweeted an interview with actor and Labour supporter Maxine Peake. The shadow education secretary later said she had not meant to endorse all aspects of the article. Shockingly, 22 police officers were injured during clashes at an illegal street party involving an estimated 400 people in south London. Two officers and two people at the party were taken to hospital following the "unlicensed music event" in Brixton on Wednesday night. And, although not an avid football fan, I was pleased that Liverpool's 30-year wait for a top-flight title ended after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea to confirm the Reds as Premier League champions. Well done, Liverpool.