London politics latest news: Boris Johnson pledges ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’ as Partygate report wait continues

The report into alleged lockdown-busting parties in government is expected to be published in redacted form this week after the Met Police asked for “minimal reference” to be made to events the force is investigating.

Mr Johnson attempted Monday to seize control of the agenda with a pledge to “cut £ 1 billion of red tape”.

It comes after the government confirmed that a National Insurance tax hike would go ahead from April, despite pressure from some Conservative backbenchers to delay or even scrap the rise.

Ministers are also reported to be considering axing the requirement for NHS workers to be fully vaccinated, which is due to come into force in April.

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Top stories this morning

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Some of the top politics stories this morning are:

– Boris Johnson has pledged a £ 1bn cut of red tape for businesses in a ‘Brexit Freedoms Bill’

– Ministers confirmed Sunday that a proposed £ 12bn tax hike in National Insurance will go ahead from April

Downing St has still not reportedly received the Sue Gray report into Partygate which is expected this week

The PM’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has said it is his “unpleasant but necessary job” to remove Boris Johnson from office, like “fixing the drains”.

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