UK politics live: public sector workers face pay freeze; PM set to make decision on Priti Patel future

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Sumary of UK politics live: public sector workers face pay freeze; PM set to make decision on Priti Patel future:

  • The assistant general secretary of trade union Unite has said the pay cap for public sector workers, due to be announced by Rishi Sunak next week, is “insulting”..
  • Speaking on Times Radio, Gail Cartmail said large amounts of money had been wasted through “irresponsible procurements”.
  • Boris Johnson is expected to reject calls to sack the home secretary when he delivers his long-awaited verdict on her conduct later today..
  • And senior Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said Patel has support across the party because she is “hard working, determined and has been very kind to many”..
  • Matt Hancock has confirmed volunteers are currently being trained to help roll out the vaccine programme, which he described as “one of the biggest civilian projects in history”..
  • The health secretary told BBC Radio 4 Today programme that the law had been changed to increase the number of clinically qualified people who can administer vaccines..
  • It will be led by the NHS, who have of course the annual experience of a mass vaccination programme in flu, and it will involve GPs, it will involve the broader NHS as well, and hospitals..
  • We have got this enormous flu vaccination programme and then the likely big numbers, if it comes off, and I stress the ‘if’, will be next year for a Covid vaccine but we still hold out the hope that we might get some going in December this year.’ He said “deep freezers”…

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