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Rishi Sunak has reassured worried Conservative MPs there will not be "a horror show of tax rises with no end in sight" after a series of leaked tax proposals suggested the Treasury could have a number of hikes planned for November's Budget.
Mr Sunak was photographed leaving Downing Street carrying a speech that read: “We will need to do some difficult things, but I promise you, if we trust one another we will be able to overcome the short term challenges”
“Now this doesn’t mean a horror show of tax rises with no end in sight.”
The Chancellor gave his speech to the new intake of MPs in Parliament.
"We cannot, will not and must not surrender our position as the party of economic competence and sound finance," he added.
"If we argue instead that there is no limit to what we can spend, that we can simply borrow our way out of any hole then what is the difference between us and the Labour Party."
In a joking nod to the photo blunder, Mr Sunak later tweeted about storing the notes to his next speech on his phone.
Follow the latest updates below.
Patel and Buckland 'supportive' of Harper's Law
The widow of PC Andrew Harper has said senior Government figures have signalled their backing for her campaign for Harper's Law after a face-to-face meeting with Priti Patel and Robert Buckland.
Lissie Harper said the Home Secretary and Justice Secretary "offered their support and said they're going to back us" during a 45-minute meeting at the Home Office on Wednesday.
Mrs Harper is campaigning for a new law meaning those who kill emergency workers due to a criminal act are jailed for life, after the three teenagers responsible for her 28-year-old husband's death were handed determinate prison sentences for manslaughter.
Mrs Harper, 29, told the PA news agency: "They (Ms Patel and Mr Buckland) are really on board with what we're trying to do and creating this positive change, they have offered their support and said they're going to back us.
"Creating new legislation is going to be complicated and I am under no illusions that there is a process - but I am totally determined."
She said she would seek cross-party support from MPs in the coming days.
She added: "The Justice Secretary is going to go away and look at it, he seems really interested in our ideas, so I am feeling really encouraged by that next step.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how supportive they are being, this is what we need to see. I'm really impressed that they see this as important as we do."
PM: Proms row is an 'orgy of national embarrassment'
Boris Johnson has described the row over the Proms as an "orgy of national embarrassment".
The BBC has U-turned and agreed to use in-house singers over the orchestral music to Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia!
“I do think this country is going through an orgy of national embarrassment about some of the things that other people around the world love most about us," the Prime Minister said.
"People love our traditions and our history with all its imperfections.
"It's crazy for us to go around trying to censor it. It's absolutely absurd and I think we should speak out loud and proud for the UK and our history."
'Got my notes on my phone this time...'
The Chancellor sent this light-hearted tweet about the launch of the UK's Kickstart scheme.
"I've got my notes on my phone this time," he joked.
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) September 2, 2020
(See 14.07 if you don't get it)
Seven more die from Covid in England
A further seven people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,570, NHS England said on Wednesday. The patients were aged between 71 and 90 and all had known underlying health conditions.
The dates of the deaths ranged from July 28 to September 1.
Another three deaths have been reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Former Tory minister challenges aid sent to China
Speaking in the Commons, Tory former minister Nusrat Ghani asked why the UK sends £71 million of aid to China and urged the Foreign Secretary to tackle the country over the "genocide its undertaken against the Uighur with 2 million incarcerated."
Responding, Dominic Raab said: "We certainly haven't ruled out the deployment of Magnitsky sanctions there or elsewhere and she'll have to wait, I'm afraid, to see the further designations that we do have planned in due course."
SNP MP Neil Gray (Airdrie and Shotts) asked whether reports in the Times newspaper that the aid budget could be used on military spending were correct.
Responding, Mr Raab said he would not comment on every piece of "tittle-tattle that's reported in the media" ahead of the comprehensive spending review.
He added: "All I can say is that not an element of it has reflected or characterised the conversations that I've had across Government."
That Sunak note in full
An embarrassing leak here from the Chancellor, who has made the classic error of no carrying a document folder and waving a speech around on Downing Street.
Here's a close-up shot.
Rishi notes, I am embarrassed at the quality as its a massive pull up from a full length pic, my apologies must be getting old !! pic.twitter.com/m9rddBBnx9
— PoliticalPics (@PoliticalPics) September 2, 2020
The full text of the speech has reached the ears of the Telegraph Live Blog. It says:
“We will need to do some difficult things, but I promise you, if we trust one another we will be able to overcome the short term challenges”
“Now this doesn’t mean a horror show of tax rises with no end in sight”
“But it does mean treating the British people with respect, being honest with them about the challenges we face and showing them how we plan to correct our public finances and give our country the dynamic, low tax economy we all want to see”
“We cannot, will not and must not surrender our position as the party of economic competence and Sound finance. If we argue instead that there is no limit to what we can spend, that we can simply borrow our way out of any hole then what is the difference between us and the Labour Party”
Rishi Sunak spotted with document calming fears of 'horror show of tax'
The Chancellor has been pictured carrying some notes that appear to reassure an announcement "does not mean a Horror show of tax".
Mr Sunak is meeting 2019-intake backbench Conservative MPs this afternoon in an attempt to reassure them over tax increase rumours.
Breaking: Rishi Sunak leaving No11 this morning holding notes, weird writings for a chancellor "Now this does not mean a Horror show of tax" and more to come!! pic.twitter.com/tPr8ZU7Gmj
— PoliticalPics (@PoliticalPics) September 2, 2020
Bolton and Trafford re-lockdown is 'utterly chaotic' - Starmer
A spokesman for Sir Keir Starmer said the decision to reimpose restrictions in Bolton and Trafford was "utterly chaotic". "At a time when the Prime Minister is saying we need an ounce of confidence to get the economy growing, when you see chaos like this it gives people no confidence in the Government's approach," the spokesman told a Westminster briefing.
"And it's another sign of their incompetence which is holding Britain back from this recovery."
Labour: Now is not the time to talk about tax rises
Sir Keir Starmer's spokesman has commented on the widely rumoured tax rises thought to be under consideration in Rishi Sunak's November Budget.
This from the Sun's Harry Cole.
On NICS and taxes etc.. the most interesting line today... so far this week even.. Sir Keir Starmer's spokesman: "This absolutely the wrong time to be talking about tax rises."
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) September 2, 2020
BBC U-turns on 'Rule, Britannia!'
The BBC has performed a U-turn over its decision to host instrumental versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory at the Last Night of the Proms.
The songs will now feature a select group of vocalists following controversy over the lyrics' perceived historical links with colonialism and slavery.
Musicians are performing live at the Royal Albert Hall - but without an audience due to coronavirus restrictions - across the final two weeks of the season, ending in the much-talked about Last Night.
The run-up to the Last Night has seen musicians, media industry figures and even Prime Minister Boris Johnson weigh into the debate over the pieces.
A spokesperson for the BBC Proms said: "The pandemic means a different Proms this year and one of the consequences, under Covid-19 restrictions, is we are not able to bring together massed voices.
"For that reason, we took the artistic decision not to sing Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory in the Hall.
"We have been looking hard at what else might be possible and we have a solution.
"Both pieces will now include a select group of BBC singers. This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will be free to sing along at home.
Britain is a 'magnet for people traffickers', says PM
Boris Johnson has claimed Britain is a "target and magnet" for people traffickers as he pledged to make changes to the law.
Lee Anderson, a Tory MP, told the Prime Minister the asylum system is "broken and being abused", to which Mr Johnson replied in the Commons: "I have a great deal of sympathy with those who are so desperate as to put their children in dinghies or even children's paddling pools and try to cross the Channel.
"But I have to say what they're doing is falling prey to criminal gangs and they are breaking the law. They're also undermining the legitimate claims of others who would seek asylum in this country.
"That is why we will take advantage of leaving the EU by changing the Dublin regulations on returns and we will address the rigidities in our laws that makes this country, I'm afraid, a target and a magnet for those who would exploit vulnerable people in this way."
Ian Blackford: I was not the source of PM holiday leak
Ian Blackford, the Westminster leader of the SNP, has raised a point of order to say he was not the source of a Daily Mail front page that revealed the location of the Prime Minister's camping holiday.
Mr Blackford accused Downing Street of a "political smear" against the SNP that had created security risks for Mr Blackford and his family.
Mr Johnson replied that he was "happy to accept assurances" from Mr Blackford that he was not the source of the leak, but cited a tweet from Mr Blackford's account about the location of his holiday.
BREAKING: Bolton and Trafford lockdown re-imposed
The Government has taken the strange - or tactical - decision to announce mid-PMQs that the lockdown that was in place over Bolton and Trafford will continue.
The lockdown was lifted by the Government this morning, to the protestations of the local councils and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham (see 8.37am).
It seems Mr Burnham and the councils have succeeded in maintaining it.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said:
“Following a significant change in the level of infection rates over the last few days, a decision has been taken that Bolton and Trafford will now remain under existing restrictions.
“This decision has been made in collaboration with local leaders after reviewing the latest data. We continually monitor outbreaks across the country, and have seen infection rates increase more than three times in Bolton in under a week, and double in Trafford since the last review.
“We have always been clear we will take swift and decisive action where needed to contain outbreaks. We can bring the rates down if we continue to work together and I urge everyone to continue to play their part by following the rules – get tested if you have symptoms, self-isolate and practice social distancing.”
All MPs should return to Parliament in person, says Boris Johnson
Geraint Davies, a Labour MP, says Mr Johnson is "stumbling" into mass unemployment by removing the furlough scheme and asks him whether he will restore the online Parliament so the Government can be questioned by all MPs.
Mr Johnson says he would sooner see all MPs return to Parliament in person.
PM pleased that I'm a Celeb is being filmed in Wales
James Davies, the Tory MP for the Vale of Clwyd, asks the PM to congratulate ITV on its decision to run its programme I'm a Celebrity... in South Wales.
The Prime Minister does.
Johnson: Government will continue to support arts and hospitality
Owen Thompson, an SNP MP, asks Mr Johnson what he is doing to help hospitality and arts companies that still cannot operate.
Mr Johnson says the Government will "continue to give support", adding that it would be better for people "to get back into work".
PM urged to introduce 'flexible season tickets' on trains
Damian Green, former Deputy Prime Minister, asks the Prime Minister if he will use his "considerable powers of persuasion" to secure "flexible season tickets" on trains for people who only want to return to work three days each week.
Mr Johnson says the discussions on flexible tickets are happening "at pace" already.
SNP demands extension of furlough scheme to avoid unemployment
Ian Blackford, the SNP Westminster leader, accuses the Prime Minister of eight U-turns over the summer.
He asks the PM to commit to a ninth U-turn and extend the furlough scheme beyond October. He says unless this happens, the UK will see "levels of unemployment last seen under Thatcher in the 1980s".
Mr Johnson replies that the UK has already spent £40bn on the furlough scheme and is leaving people in "suspended animation". He says the Government's Kickstarter scheme is a better way to get people back into work.
Government will deliver zero-tariff GB-NI border, says Johnson
David Jones asks the Prime Minister whether there will be "unfettered access" between Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Mr Johnson replies that there will be no tariffs and the Government is committed to "unfettered access".
Sir Keir Starmer: It is safe for children to return to school
Boris Johnson challenges Sir Keir Starmer to say that schools are safe for children to return.
Sir Keir replies that he has already said the schools are safe, as he has sent his own children back to school.
He challenges Mr Johnson to meet campaigners who have lost relatives to coronavirus.
"It turns out that this group he is referring to is currently in litigation against the Government, and I will certainly meet them when that litigation is concluded," he said.
Boris Johnson will not withdraw IRA remark
The Speaker asks the Prime Minister if he would like to withdraw his remarks about supporting a Labour leader who supports the IRA.
Mr Johnson says he will not withdraw the remark.
Sir Keir says the Prime Minister is unable to "do the decent thing" and has never worked with the intelligence services so should not lecture him on terror.
Boris Johnson: Sir Keir Starmer is 'Captain Hindsight'
Sir Keir accuses the Government of "U-turn after U-turn".
Mr Johnson accuses him in return of backing an "IRA supporting politician" and being in support of remaining in the EU.
Sir Keir is "Captain Hindsight," he says.
Sir Keir replies: "Before I go on, the Prime Minister said something about the IRA and I want him to take it back."
The Labour leader says he worked in Northern Ireland as Director of Public Prosecutions prosecuting terrorists.
Boris Johnson asked: when did you know about algorithm issues?
Sir Keir Starmer uses his first question to ask Mr Johnson when he knew that there were problems with the A-level grading algorithm used at results day last month.
Mr Johnson says the Government changed its policy as soon as it became aware there were problems with the grades that had been awarded.
He does not answer when he knew about the problems. In a select committee hearing earlier today, the Chairman of Ofqual said there were issues with the algorithm that were made clear early on.
Mr Johnson accuses the Leader of the Opposition "undermining, and spreading doubt" over going back to school.
"They are going back to school in record numbers in spite of all the gloom and dubitation ," he said.
Prime Minister's Questions has begun
Andrew Bowie asks the PM for assurances that accidents like the Stonehaven rail disaster last month can never happen again.
Mr Johnson says the UK's railways are some of the safest in the world but he fully supports a review into the accident to ensure that it can never happen again.
He sends his thoughts to the families of those who died.
Today's PMQs lineup
Here are the MPs who have been selected to ask questions of the Prime Minister in today's session.
Richard Leonard under fire after campaign to oust him is sprung
Scottish Labour's leader is fighting desperately to save his job after moderate MSPs launched a coordinated campaign to try and oust him for the good of the party and the Union, Simon Johnson reports.
Richard Leonard, a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, vowed to defy calls by three senior MSPs to go, only eight months away from the Holyrood election.
More MSPs are expected to follow suit following weeks of plotting. Sources close to Mr Leonard said he was "stubborn" and "certain" to stay despite James Kelly, his justice spokesman, resigning over fears that he is leading the party to a "catastrophic result."
Jenny Marra and Daniel Johnson, two senior backbenchers, then joined the call for Mr Leonard to stand down amid the party's dismal poll ratings.
Ged Killen, the former Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP, also urged Mr Leonard to quit despite having previously been a supporter.
Dominic Raab: We are committed to 0.7 per cent figure
Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has said the Government remains committed to spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on international development, dismissing speculation that it could be scrapped to pay off the bill for coronavirus.
He dismissed a report in the Times this morning that the money could be diverted to pay for spies as "tittle tattle".
Foreign Secretary @DominicRaab says govt remains committed to spending 0.7% GNI on overseas aid. Dismisses speculation aid budget could be cut to pay for defence and intelligence spending as "tittle tattle". Tells reporters 0.7 target a manifesto commitment written into law 1/4
— James Landale (@BBCJLandale) September 2, 2020
Coronavirus figures show more than 57,000 people have died
Just over 57,300 deaths involving Covid-19 have now been registered in the UK. Figures published on Tuesday by the ONS show that 52,217 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to August 21, and had been registered by August 29.
Figures published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,222 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to August 23, while 871 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to August 21 (and had been registered up to August 26) according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Together, these figures mean that so far 57,310 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
'An apology doesn't cut the mustard' on grades, MP tells Ofqual
Ian Mearns, a Labour MP on the Education Committte, says the apology from Mr Taylor "doesn't cut the mustard".
He asks him whether the purpose of the algorithm was to avoid "grade inflation".
He adds that if schools are considered to have got better, so should the levels of achievement.
"That cannot be put down as grade inflation," he says.
Mr Taylor says "Ofqual's duty is to attempt to implement Government policy...I don't think it would have been appropriate for Ofqual to ignore the Secretary of State's guidance."
"We were very aware that being very strict about grade inflation would only make this situation worse," he added.
"That is why in the design of the model, at every point where we could reasonably do this, we erred on the side of allowing grades to rise."
Ofqual agrees to publish correspondence with DfE over exams
Roger Taylor, the Chairman of Ofqual, has agreed in principle to publishing all of the regulator's correspondence with the Department for Education.
He said he would have to ask the Government whether it was happy for the emails to be released.
This from the i's Will Hazell.
Taylor asked whether Ofqual will publish correspondence and minutes with DfE.
Taylor: "Yes, I think we could do that, obviously we will need to discuss that with the department... we certainly don't have anything to hide".
— Will Hazell (@whazell) September 2, 2020
Ofqual tested 'eleven or twelve' algorithms before results day
Julie Swan, Executive Director of General Qualifications at Ofqual, said the regulator tested "eleven or twelve" algorithms before arriving at the one that was used on A-level results day.
The algorithms were extensively tested using 2019 data, rather than with the 2020 "centre agreed grade" data submitted by schools in June 2020.
The algorithm used to moderate the results was deemed to be the fairest and most accurate,
MP: How did you think the algorithm would achieve public support?
Tom Hunt, an MP on the Select Committee, told Mr Taylor: "It is hard for us to understand how that would achieve broad public support".
He says the algorithm disproportionately disadvantaged state schools, and the board ought to have realised the public would never support it.
Mr Taylor replied: "From the very outset, we said that this is an enormously difficult thing to do in a way that will command public support.
"However, we have to have due regard for Government policy.
"If the minister decides that this is the policy that the Government wishes to do...there are very good reasons for enacting this policy."
Appeals system was 'out of control' after results day
Mr Taylor said that the system in the lead-up to results day was "rapidly getting out of control".
The board of Ofqual were being asked to enact policy of widening the appeal process "that would not be consistent with our legal duties", he said.
Mr Taylor claimed Gavin Williamson's office approved a policy for the results day, only for him to ring the Chief Regulator at 7pm to tell him to reverse the decision.
Watch along with the Education Select Committee
Roger Taylor, the Chairman of Ofqual, is currently receiving a going-over from Robert Halfon, the Chair of the Education Select Committee over the exam fiasco.
You can watch the live stream of the proceedings here.
Ofqual knew its model was not 'anything like as accurate as exams'
Over at the Education Select Committee, which is taking place virtually, the Chair of Ofqual has said the main mistake the regulator made was "to believe that this [their model] would ever be acceptable to the public".
Ofqual acknowledged from the outset that "it would not be anything like as accurate as exams", he said, adding that the regulator realised that the algorithm did give an advantage to private schools.
"We do acknowledge that the level of fairness achieved was not felt to be acceptable," he said.
NCA making progress against 'evil empire' of sweat shops, says Bridgen
Andrew Bridgen, the Tory MP, has tweeted that the National Crime Agency has told him they are making good progress against the "empire of evil" of sweat shops in Leicester.
A number of "fast fashion" companies have been accused of running factories that do not pay their staff the minimum wage or the correct amount of tax to the Treasury.
The National Crime agency have reported to me that they are making good progress in Leicester. Bringing down this empire of evil will reduce people trafficking , modern slavery, drug dealing and VAT fraud across the U.K.
— Andrew Bridgen (@ABridgen) September 2, 2020
The National Crime Agency tells the Telegraph Mr Bridgen had a short verbal conversation with the agency so its contents cannot be replicated.
A spokesman added: "“We continue to work with partners and progress is being made in assessing the nature of the threat.”
Deaths up - but ONS says Covid not to blame
A total of 9,631 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the week ending August 21, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - 474 above the five-year average of 9,157. This is the second week in a row that weekly deaths have been above the five-year average.
The increase was not driven by Covid-19, the ONS said.
Of the deaths registered in the week to August 21, 138 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate - down very slightly from 139 in the previous week.
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Boris Johnson declines to meet Covid-bereavement campaigners
Boris Johnson has been accused of a fresh U-turn after declining to meet campaigners representing families bereaved during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prime Minister said "of course I will meet the bereaved" when questioned last week in an interview about attempts by the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group to secure a meeting.
But the campaigners trying to secure a swift public inquiry into the Government's handling of the crisis shared a letter from Mr Johnson in which he "regrettably" declined to meet with the group.
"It's a U-turn followed by a U-turn," said campaign co-founder Jo Goodman, who lost her father Stuart to the virus.
"The Prime Minister has done a 360: dodging five letters, then agreeing on live TV to meet with us, and now quietly telling us he's too busy. It's heartless."
Mini-Moggs off to school, says Leader of the House
Jacob Rees-Mogg has posted this photo of his five children, who are all back to school today.
After 40 per cent of schools returned yesterday, many more local authorities have students back in the classroom today.
A post shared by Jacob Rees-Mogg (@jacob_rees_mogg) on Sep 2, 2020 at 12:58am PDT
Raab takes the helm of new Foreign Office/DFID merger
Dominic Raab will be greeted by a newly-expanded brief this morning in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, a merger between the FCO and the Department for International Development.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the former DFID Secretary, is out of a job this morning.
Some argue the merger will allow foreign aid to be directed more in the UK's national interest, while others think it should be directed by a separate department with a global development remit.
"Global Britain, as a force for good in the world, is leading by example and bringing the international community together to tackle these deadly threats, because it's the right thing to do and it protects British interests," Mr Raab said in a statement.
"We can only tackle these global challenges by combining our diplomatic strength with our world-leading aid expertise."
Jeremy Hunt: 'I dodged a bullet'
"I certainly dodged a bullet!"@Jeremy_Hunt tells @KayBurley he "would have loved" to have been prime minister, but says "it's been a tough year" for Boris Johnson.
Follow live: https://t.co/x8VV2dZa7q #KayBurley pic.twitter.com/6ReVKfRdEj
— SkyNews (@SkyNews) September 2, 2020
Jeremy Hunt, appearing on Sky News, said he "would have loved" to be Prime Minister instead of Boris Johnson, but he believes he has "dodged a bullet" because he does not have to lead the country through the Covid-19 crisis.
Mr Hunt, who is now chair of the Health Select Committee, lost the Conservative leadership election to Boris Johnson last year.
"Well I certainly dodged a bullet, there's no question, when you look at the year that poor Boris has had," he told Kay Burley.
"I think it's been a very tough year for anyone who was Prime Minister, there is no question, to deal with a pandemic, it's completely unprecedented."
Mr Hunt said Mr Johnson had brought "political stability" by winning an 80-seat majority for the Tories.
He said he would not seek another job in the Cabinet under Mr Johnson.
Manchester mayor tells public to ignore lifting of lockdown
Andy Burnham, the Mayor Greater Manchester, has told Bolton and Trafford residents to ignore the lifting of a local lockdown there after a spike in coronavirus cases.
The boroughs were placed under local lockdown before being released by the Government last night.
But Mr Burnham said the decision was "completely illogical", and told residents they should continue not to meet people from other households indoors.
Council leaders pleaded with the Government for a delay just hours before restrictions were lifted overnight.
"We find ourselves at a completely unsustainable position this morning - that's the politest way I can put it," Mr Burnham told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
"Overnight we've had restrictions released in two boroughs where we've got a rising number of cases - in one case in the red zone.
"And neighbouring boroughs are still under restrictions but with much lower numbers of cases.
"These restrictions were always hard to explain to the public but they are completely illogical now."
Recovery from Covid-19 could take years in some sectors, says Cabinet minister
The coronavirus recovery may not come for years in some sectors, a minister has warned, as the country heads back to work and school in an attempt to stimulate the economy.
Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said some sectors may take two or three years to recover, and furloughed workers in those industries may be better to look for jobs elsewhere.
"If you think about things like the aviation industry, and I don’t just mean people going on holiday, there are different dynamics there," she told Times Radio.
"And for some of those people, it may be that that sector doesn’t fully recover for another two or three years.
"So in the meantime we want to help people keep in work."
Ms Coffey refused to disclose Department of Work and Pensions unemployment estimates, but a former Bank of England economist yesterday suggested the figure could be as high as 7.5 per cent.
Her comments come as the Government launches its back-to-work drive in an attempt to resuscitate the UK economy.
What is going on in politics today?
It's the second day back at work in Westminster for MPs.
The highlight of the day is likely to be Prime Minister's Questions, where all eyes will be on Boris Johnson for his first grilling by Opposition MPs since July. That starts at midday.
Before then, Roger Taylor, the chairman of Ofqual, is appearing in front of the Education Select Committee at 9.45am.
Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, is in front of the Treasury committee at 2.30p.m.
Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, will address 2019 intake Tory MPs privately after PMQs is finished.
They have the tricky challenge of placating backbenchers who are upset about a series of Budget leaks that suggest a series of tax increases are on their way.
Over in the newly-renamed Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Dominic Raab assumes control over the UK's development brief this morning. He has committed to using aid to promote the UK abroad, but stopped short of reaffirming the commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on aid annually.