Boris's 'reset' chaos continues as isolating PM DITCHES green speech

Boris Johnson’s ‘reset’ chaos continues as isolating Prime Minister DITCHES major environmental speech tomorrow as he attempts to breathe new life into his premiership

  • PM reported to be planning to unveil a 10-point plan to tackle climate change
  • Among them is ban on new petrol/diesel car sales from 2030 instead of 2035
  • But it is understood that he will not be delivering a speech 

Boris Johnson is expected to push ahead with a major environmental announcement this week despite being forced to self-isolate in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister is widely reported to be planning to unveil a 10-point plan to tackle climate change.

Mr Johnson is hoping to use the announcement to reset his premiership after the dramatic departure of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain, his two most senior advisers, at the weekend. 

But it is understood that he will not be delivering a speech on a subject that was a key part of the 2019 Tory election manifesto.

He has been forced to self-isolate for 14 days after attending a meeting with an MP, Lee Anderson on Thursday. Ashfield MP Mr Anderson later tested positive for coronavirus.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson has tested negative for coronavirus but will remain in self-isolation. 

This morning he updated his senior ministers on his green plans. At a Cabinet meeting held remotely while the Prime Minister self-isolates,  he set out plans for a ‘green industrial revolution’.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson told ministers it was ‘vital to achieving a green recovery and delivering new jobs through public and private investment’.

‘The PM said it will drive down emissions by creating and using clean power; and level-up the country by pioneering new technology and energy supply in our towns and regions.’

Among plans he is reported to be behind is a ban on new petrol and diesel car sales from 2030, instead of 2035 as currently proposed.  He has already revealed plans to power every home in Britain with offshore wind by 2030.

Also on the agenda are environmentally-friendly homes and an expansion of nuclear power. 

The Prime Minister is widely reported to be planning to unveil a 10-point plan to tackle climate change

Downing Street said Mr Johnson has tested negative for coronavirus but will remain in self-isolation

Earlier this month it was revealed the PM won a battle with Chancellor Rishi Sunak to fund the ‘green’ projects beloved of fiancee Carrie Symonds, despite opposition from a sceptical Treasury.

The Prime Minister’s relationship with Ms Symonds, a passionate environmentalist, has been credited with influencing his declarations about ‘building a green recovery’ after the Covid pandemic by striking agreements on cutting carbon emissions and boosting renewable technologies.

Now, as the UK prepares to hold the presidency of both the G7 and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) next year, Mr Johnson has overcome Treasury opposition to the introduction of ‘green bonds’, which act like mortgages for businesses that want to pursue environmentally friendly projects.

His spokesman revealed this morning that the PM took a rapid turnaround lateral flow coronavirus test as part of a pilot scheme for No 10 staff.

‘The PM took a test yesterday and that test was negative,’ the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

‘But he will, in accordance with the rules on self-isolation, continue to self-isolate.’ 

Mr Johnson will answer Prime Minister’s Questions remotely on Wednesday, Downing Street said.

He is working from an office in No 10 that he can reach from his flat in No 11 without coming into contact with Downing Street staff.

The Prime Minister has already had a serious case of Covid-19, which left him in intensive care, and has declared he is ‘bursting with antibodies’.

But No 10 insisted he would continue to follow the rules on self-isolation, which will keep him inside Downing Street until 14 days have elapsed since his meeting with Mr Anderson.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘The rules have been carefully drawn up on the basis of the best existing medical advice and that is if you have come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus you do need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from that first contact.


The PM has been forced to self-isolate for 14 days after attending a meeting with an MP, Lee Anderson (left and right, with the PM)  on Thursday. Ashfield MP Mr Anderson later tested positive for coronavirus

‘It’s also the current medical assessment that the fact you have had coronavirus doesn’t remove that requirement to self-isolate.

‘The rules are the same for everybody in every part of the country and the Prime Minister is following them, the same as every other member of the public.’

People who are self-isolating after coming into contact with a positive case are not usually eligible for a test unless they develop symptoms.

But different tests being piloted around the country, including the mass testing scheme in Liverpool which are available to asymptomatic people.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘We are piloting these in a wide variety of settings at the moment.

‘We are using them in schools, universities, workplaces, Liverpool.

‘In No 10 we are taking part in a pilot where some staff have access to a lateral flow test if they wish to.’

That pilot scheme in No 10 has been operating for around two weeks, the spokesman revealed.

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