UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson to give press conference on new lockdown in England as UK passes 1m cases – live news

UK coronavirus: Boris Johnson to give press conference on new lockdown in England as UK passes 1m cases – live newsOctober 31, 2020

Follow the latest on the virus in the UK as the PM is expected to set out plans for a month-long lockdown in England amid warnings that infections are ‘running riot’

Johnson called Keir Starmer to discuss the restrictions, according to Left Foot Forward’s Josiah Mortimer.

NEW: The PM called Keir Starmer earlier today to discuss the new lockdown measures, Starmer’s spokesman tells me

If we don’t, we could sleep-walk into a long and bleak winter. That choice is now for the prime minister to make. I urge him to do so.

It is like a nuclear deterrent, I certainly don’t want to use it. And nor do I think we will be in that position again.

David Cameron’s former director of communications Craig Oliver urges us not to read too much into the delay.

But he ran a very different operation from the current incumbents.

Delays to #COVID__19 press conference could be trouble in Cabinet as @bbcnickrobinson suggests – but I suspect more likely a lot of people working out the full consequences of the action (eg support for business) and not wanting to send @BorisJohnson out without all the answers. https://t.co/fVBYfswaNu

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