Boris Johnson wears face mask in Commons for first time in months
Boris Johnson has worn a mask in the House of Commons chamber for the first time in months, signalling a slightly more cautious approach to Covid, both in parliament and the outside world.
New rules were set down for parliamentary staff on Tuesday in advance of the budget speech, requiring them to wear face coverings around the estate. While there is no such requirement for MPs and the law only says people should use their personal judgment, the number of Conservatives who decided to wear masks was notably higher on Wednesday than it has been in recent weeks when politicians have repeatedly packed into the chamber and sat shoulder to shoulder.
Three frontbenchers appeared maskless as they sat while the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered the autumn budget. They were the Scotland secretary, Alister Jack; the work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey; and the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg.