Boris Johnson has told MPs that the country needs to “hold our nerve” for a few cases more months, before coronavirus inoculations are deployed. He did the observes as he appealed to rebel backbenchers, urging them to support England’s tough new tier arrangement.

We report as MPs vote on the new measures, after a string of Conservatives said they won’t back the plans – despite a promise of a PS1, 000 grant to pubs forced to remain closed. Labour will abstain, but indicated by the economic help for those worst hit was nowhere near enough.

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