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Speech - a New Deal for Britain by the Prime Minister

It may seem a bit premature to make a speech now about Britain after Covid

when that deceptively nasty disease is still rampant in other countries

when global case numbers are growing fast

and when many in this country are nervous – rightly – about more outbreaks

Letter - resumption of driving tests and MOTs

On 23 June, the Prime Minister set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

diary - a worrying spike in COVID-19

The news that Leicester is to be plunged back into lock-down as concerns grow over a significant rise in Covid-19 cases is disheartening. If these spikes can be controlled locally, all the better, as we simply cannot shut the country down again.

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.