Lockdown as it happened: MPs vote on lockdown measures

6 January 2021, 10:58 | Updated: 6 January 2021, 19:51

Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

MPs are debating England's new coronavirus restrictions ahead of a House of Commons vote this evening.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed MPs this morning, saying he had no choice but to impose another lockdown.

At around 2.45pm, MPs began debating England's new nationwide Covid-19 restrictions before this evening's vote, which the government is expected to win.

Earlier, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson issued a statement in the Commons at around 1pm on a support package for young people in England following the cancellation of GCSE and A-Level exams.

He confirmed teacher assessed grades will be used as a replacement for results, much like what was introduced following last year's exams fiasco.

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