Sky's Sophy Ridge presents agenda-setting political interviews and analysis. Every Sunday, Sophy examines how decisions made in Westminster affect the lives of the public. This podcast features the best interviews and Sophy's analysis.
Roadmap to freedom? | Hancock, Starmer, Hague & McDonnell
Health Secretary Matt Hancock lays out the government's new vaccine target. He says the lockdown easing roadmap will be "cautious" and "indicative". Keir Starmer says all children should return to school on 8 March. William Hague calls for the end of most restrictions in April. Lord Hague and John McDonnell give conflicting advice to Keir Starmer.
Staggering back to school | Dominic Raab & Prof Tim Spector
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggests schools could reopen on a staggered basis. He says the UK is "on track" to meet its mid-February vaccine target. He also says Conservative MPs are making "arbitrary" demands for the end of lockdown. Professor Tim Spector explains research suggesting vaccines are 67% effective three weeks after one dose.
Border(line) decisions | Nadhim Zahawi & Dr David Nabarro
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi defends the UK government's decision to only put arrivals from certain countries into hotel quarantine. He also confirms the UK will not have vaccine passports. The WHO's Special Envoy on Covid-19 Dr David Nabarro says the UK should give away vaccine once it has jabbed over-50s. He also says British scientists have been vindicated over the 12-week dosing gap.
Continental controversy | Tony Blair & Liz Truss
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair slams "foolish" and "unacceptable" vaccine nationalism by the EU. He also calls for teachers to be prioritised for vaccines. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss says diverting vaccines to teachers could cost others' lives. She says the UK could share its vaccines with foreign countries.
A double dose of trouble | Dominic Raab & James Comey
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the government hopes to set out plans to ease lockdown restrictions by March. He says every adult will receive an offer to be vaccinated by September. But he is unable to guarantee there will be enough supply to provide second doses within twelve weeks to those who have already had their first jab. Former FBI Director James Comey warns of violence at Joe Biden's inauguration. He also compares Donald Trump's "hunger for affirmation" to a toddler's.
NHS under pressure | Matt Hancock
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK is "on course" to vaccinate two million people a week against coronavirus. He says annual jabs are "highly likely", and backs the police who issued two women in Derbyshire with fines for driving to a beauty spot. JCVI member Adam Finn calls for teachers to be prioritised for vaccines. Paramedic boss Tracy Nicholls says some people are waiting nine hours for ambulances.
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Sophie Ridge on Sunday
What has happened. Last show was 17 January?😧
NOT HIM AGAIN!!!!
Ok. So he bought the ads and this is the editorial. But ffs it is getting really really boring week after week having yet another Hancock’s Half Hour. ENOUGH!!!!!!!