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London politics latest: Sajid Javid backs Boris Johnson after David Davis calls on PM to quit

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ajid Javid backed Boris Johnson at a press conference after Tory MP David Davis called on the Prime Minister to step down.

Mr Javid taking the press conference to confirm Plan B was scrapped allowed Mr Johnson to avoid further questions on another deadly day for the Prime Minister amid the Partygate scandal.

Former Brexit secretary Mr Davis earlier called on him to step down in a dramatic intervention that will put pressure on the leader of the Conservative Party.

Speaking at PMQs in the Commons, Mr Davis said: ‘I expect my leaders to take responsibility for the actions they take.

“Yesterday he did the opposite. I will remind him of a quote from Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain in 1940: “You have sat there too long for the good you are doing…in the name of God, go.”

It comes as more Tory MPs submitted no-confidence letters to Boris Johnson this morning, according to reports.

Government sources have told Sky News that 12 new letters have been delivered to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, amid growing anger over Mr Johnson’s explanation of the ‘partygate’ scandal .

Bury South MP Christian Wakeford, who was elected in 2019, crossed the floor of the House of Commons to join Labour. He cited Boris Johnson’s “shameful” conduct as his reason for quitting the Tories.

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Boris Johnson says his government got the ‘big things right’ amid Partygate row

The Prime Minister said in a long Twitter thread: “We were the first country in the world to administer a vaccine, and one of the fastest in Europe to deploy it. Indeed, we have made a strong call to continue our own vaccine supply, outside of the EMA.

“We made the difficult decision to open last summer when others said we shouldn’t, and we stayed open this winter while others closed. As a result, we have the most open economy and society in Europe and the fastest growing economy in the G7.

“We are the first to emerge from the Omicron wave, as we have focused our NHS on delivering the fastest recall campaign in Europe.

“And it is thanks to the extraordinary reminder campaign – as well as the way the public has reacted to the Plan B measures – that we can return to Plan A in England and let the Plan B regulations expire.

“Faced with the country’s greatest challenge since World War II and the worst pandemic since 1918, any government would be wrong. But this government has understood the big things. ”

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Sajid Javid confirms the abandonment of plan B measures in England

Sajid Javid confirms the abandonment of plan B measures in England

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Sajid Javid presents his plan to remove almost all restrictions

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said testing, vaccines and antivirals will be the “cornerstone of our future defences” as “nearly all” restrictions come to an end.

Discussing his future plan for ‘living with Covid’, he told a Downing Street press conference: ‘The way we’re going to do this is we’re going to have to find a way to remove almost all of these restrictions and… ‘to get life completely back to normal but with one or two really important things that I think will be around for a while.

“It is, I think, probably the need to vaccinate, I can’t tell you how often it will be, but I think vaccinations will remain extremely important just as we need to have yearly vaccinations protecting the elderly against the flu .

“I think antivirals and treatments will continue to play an important role, especially for those who may be at greater risk, and I think testing, that’s great where we are today with testing and I think it will get better with time.

“These pharmaceutical defenses of vaccines, antivirals, monoclonal antibodies and tests, I think they will be the cornerstone of our future defenses.”

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Sajid Javid refuses to rule himself out of possible Tory leadership race

Sajid Javid says 40% of people hospitalized with Covid have ‘accidental infections’.

David Hughes of the Palestinian Authority asks if the Prime Minister is ‘living on borrowed time’ and if Sajid Javid would throw his hat into the ring in a Tory leadership race.

The Health Secretary is not directly excluding himself. He says: “We have a leader, we have a Prime Minister who he is busy representing for this country… I have a job and it is a very important job. “My job is to make health care and social services the best for this country.”

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Sajid Javid says he ‘fully supports’ PM as he confirms self-isolation remains for now

Mr Javid said he ‘fully supports’ Boris Johnson.

He said it was important the Prime Minister came to the House of Commons to apologize and that he was awaiting the outcome of Sue Gray’s report.

He adds with “full confidence that I have absolutely observed the COVID-19 rules at all times”.

He says like “millions of others it hasn’t been easy” as he was unable to see his mother who lives alone and had to miss the funeral of a close friend.

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U-12s at risk will be vaccinated

At-risk children under 12 will be vaccinated, the Health Secretary told a Downing Street press conference.

Sajid Javid said the JCVI advises “we should vaccinate those under 12 who are at risk and that’s exactly what we’re planning to do, and we’ll start that this month, but they’re keeping that in the pipeline. study to see if we should extend this more broadly to everyone in this cohort.”

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Sajid Javid understands the ‘pain and anger’ surrounding the party

The Health Secretary said: ‘I was with the Prime Minister today when he outlined our response to Covid, there was huge support. “What we’ve seen over the past few weeks on the BBC and in the newspapers is a lot of pain and anger.”

He said the Prime Minister had asked for ‘time and space’ for the Sue Gray inquiry to look into the facts of Partygate before he returned to the House of Commons to be ‘pleased to examine “.

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UKHSA chief says ‘incredible progress’ has been made in rolling out vaccine

Dr Susan Hopkins says there are just 703 patients on mechanical ventilator beds, which is “much, much lower” than last January’s surge.

She says 36.6 million people have received a booster, or two-thirds of the eligible population.

She says only 10% of people in England are unvaccinated, but people are ‘disproportionately’ being admitted to intensive care.

“The best thing you can do to protect yourself from intensive care and hospital admission is to get vaccinated,” she said.

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Sajid Javid says ‘we’re not at the finish line’ on Covid

The Health Secretary said we are at an important stage but not at the end of the pandemic road.

He said: “We cannot eradicate this virus and its future variants, rather we must learn to live with Covid the same way we learned to live with the flu.”

The government will establish a long-term plan for “living with Covid” this spring.

A pandemic is a marathon “not a sprint”, he said.