Covid live: Minister says ‘I’d rather over-react’ to variant as mask mandates back in England; Japan confirms first Omicron case

UK to press ahead with increased booster programme amid rule changes in England; Namibian diplomat tests positive near Tokyo airport with Omicron Hong Kong and Ecuador join ranks of countries … Read More

Starmer says Boris Johnson’s social care plans are a ‘complete betrayal’ of north of England – UK politics live

Latest updates: Labour leader intensifies attack on the government’s social care plan, calling it the latest in a ‘string of broken promises’ from Tories Dozens of people drown after refugee … Read More

UK politics live: PM’s social care plan ‘about helping very well off’, says former Tory pensions minister

Latest updates: Ros Altmann says plan only helps the wealthy, MPs are due to vote on social care proposals tonight Boris Johnson praises Peppa Pig and loses place in rambling … Read More