8:30am – Ministerial media rounds:
Up this morning is the transport secretary Grant Shapps.
8:10am – What to look out for today:
- A Downing Street press conference with the PM, Whitty, and Vallance at 5pm.
- Pressure to increase 15 million vaccine target by mid-February after the UK passes 3 million vaccinations.
- Arguments grow over who is responsible for providing free school meals during February half-term.
8:00am – For the last time this week, good morning and welcome to Politics Live!
A re-cap of yesterday’s key headlines:
- The transport secretary Grant Shapps announces South American travel ban over new Brazilian variant.
- Richard Leonard quits as Scottish Labour leader.
- A record 4.46 million are now on a waiting list for non-urgent surgery in England as the pressure on hospitals continues to build.