Chief medical officer Chris Whitty questioned by Commons health committee – live news | Politics

Commons select committee hearings only started this week, because it took a while to establish the committees after the election, and this morning we will have what will probably be the most watched hearing of the week – Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England and the UK government’s chief medical adviser, giving evidence to the Commons health committee about coronavirus.

My colleagues Ian Sample and Lisa O’Carroll have a very good profile of him here.

And here is our main coronavirus outbreak live blog, where you can read all the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak story, from the UK and from around the world.

Here is the agenda for the day.

9am: Prof Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, gives evidence to the Commons health committee.

9.30am: Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, takes questions in the Commons.

9.30am: The British Chambers of Commerce conference opens. The speakers include Matt Hancock, the health secretary, who will be on at 11.45am.

10am: The Home Office publishes an analysis of homicide trends.

After 10.30am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, takes questions on the Commons business statement for next week.

11am: Boris Johnson meets he president of Malta in Downing Street.

11.45am: The Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO) publishes its annual report.

12pm: Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, holds a press conference in Brussels at the end of the first week of the UK-EU trade talks.

This morning I will be covering the Chris Whitty committee hearing in detail and otherwise I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to post a summary when I wrap up.

You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of today’s top 10 must-reads.

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