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Live Reporting

Kate Whannel, Lucy Webster and Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all from our coverage of the Commons votes this afternoon

    SNP's Hannah Bardell has a backbench debate on Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women's Health Inequalities.

    You can watch it on our live video feeds, and over on BBC Parliament.

    Do come back tomorrow for our regular coverage of Prime Minister's Questions.

  2. Analysis: Smaller majority 'shock for government'

    Vicki Young

    Chief Political Correspondent

    I've just been speaking to a couple of senior Conservatives who rebelled on this occasion and they are telling the Conservative Party managers that they could win next time round.

    To have that majority down to 24 is probably a bit of a shock to a government that has a comfortable majority of more than 80.

    So I think there could be problems coming down the track.

    There are Conservative rebels such as Liam Fox, for example - this is only the second time he has voted against his own government and he says when it comes to security there is just no question.

    He is not willing to accept the role of Huawei in the 5G network.

    Others like Iain Duncan Smith made the point this afternoon that Britain is isolated on this - the Americans, the Japanese, the Australians, other partners that the UK works very closely with on issues of security are not happy about the involvement of this Chinese firm.

    The problem for the government is they didn't give the assurances today that people wanted to hear.

    The telling thing is that some of those people who are rebelling against the government are people who have been on the inside, they have seen security advice in the past.

    And they think that they have seen enough to be very concerned about Huawei being involved.

  3. Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg tweets....

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    This kind of rebellion tricky for a government with such a huge majority ... and promising for an opposition that could soon be flexing more muscle under a new leader (whoever it is!)

  4. Government wins vote after Huawei rebellion

    House of Commons


    MPs have voted 306 to 282 against an amendment that would prevent the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill from covering "high risk vendors".

    This is widely read as referring to Chinese tech firm Huawei.

    Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith and other senior Conservatives had put forward this amendment.

  5. Is Huawei a security threat?

    Ministers approved Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G network in January, but some senior Tories want to block it because of concerns over security.

    So what are the concerns, and how will the UK's 5G plans affect you?

    Read more here

    Huawei company logo
  6. What are the amendments to the bill?

    House of Commons


    As mentioned earlier, the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill aims to allow broadband providers access to "multiple dwelling buildings" (e.g. blocks of flats) in cases where landlords have ignored tenants' requests for services.

    MPs have put forward several amendments to change some of the provisions in the bill.

    Amendment 2: Put forward by Labour, this amendment would widen the bill's definition of a tenant to include any legal occupier

    Amendment 1; Put forward by former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith and other senior Conservatives, this amendment would prevent the bill from covering "high risk vendors". This is widely read as referring to Chinese tech firm Huawei

    Amendment 4: This amendment has the same aim as amendment one, but is supported by the Labour frontbench

    Amendment 3: Put forward by Labour, this amendment is intended to ensure that tenants are not “locked in” to using services provided by a single operator

    Amendment 5: A further opposition amendment to exclude “high-risk” vendors from related operations

    Amendment 6: An opposition amendment to ensure customers are given enough information on how to maximise cyber security

  7. Government: We have taken necessary steps on Huawei

    House of Commons


    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

    Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, says the bill is necessary to allow people in all parts of the country to access broadband, which is part of the government's "levelling up" agenda. But he says some of the proposed amendments would hinder this aim.

    He says he understands MPs' concerns about provisions of the bill which relate to high risk vendors such as Huawei. But he says another bill will be introduced to deal with these issues.

    He says the government has taken necessary steps, including banning Huawei from sensitive parts of the network and limiting its market share to 35%.

    He said, "We want to get to a position where we do not have to use high-risk vendors in our telecoms networks at all.

    "We are not in a position to set out a timetable for reaching no high-risk vendors - that would require a new decision to be taken by the National Security Council. But we will continue to engage with honourable members."

  8. What is this bill about?

    House of Commons


    MPs are debating the remaining stages of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill, which aims to allow broadband providers access to "multiple dwelling buildings" (e.g. blocks of flats) in cases where landlords have ignored tenants' requests for services.

    The bill is unlikely to be controversial, but an amendment from former Tory cabinet ministers could represent the first big defeat for Boris Johnson's government.

    The amendment would bar the bill from covering "high risk vendors" - taken to mean Huawei, the Chinese tech giant.

    Many Tory MPs oppose the government's recent decision to allow Huawei to build parts of the UK's 5G network, and this amendment could provide them a way to register this disagreement.

  9. Trouble ahead for telecoms bill?

    House of Commons


    MPs are moving on to debate the Telecommunications Infrastructure (Leasehold Property) Bill.

    The bill would deliver the government's commitment to introduce super-fast nationwide broadband by 2025.


    Up to 30 Conservatives could vote against the government if they back an amendment - if it is selected - to limit the role of Huawei in the UK's 5G mobile internet network.

    Read more here

  10. MP seeks to ban disruptive passengers from flying

    House of Commons


    The urgent question comes to an end.

    Now, Conservative Gareth Johnson introduces his ten minute rule bill which would allow the courts to prohibit disruptive passengers from flying.

    He tells MPs that his bill is "not a silver bullet" and does not address "a pressing issue" but suggests it is a measure that could deal with "this serious and growing problem".

    However, unless the bill receives government support it is unlikely to become law.

  11. Thornberry: Greece and Turkey behaviour 'utterly shameful'

    House of Commons


    Emily Thornberry MP

    Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry says the behaviour of Greece and Turkey towards refugees has been "utterly shameful".

    She accuses Turkey of putting the refugees in "an impossible situation" and Greece of an "unacceptably heavy handed response".

    She urges the UK government to "join Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal" in offering child refugees help.

  12. Tory MP: We need to help Greece

    House of Commons


    Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, asks what the government is doing to help the Greek government police Europe's borders and to empty migrant camps. He calls for a "proper" asylum process.

    The minister says the government is working across departments on this. He says the EU has pledged full support to Greece, and the UK is talking to both the Greek and Turkish governments.

  13. Will the UK help child refugees, asks SNP MP

    House of Commons


    Joanna Cherry MP

    Joanna Cherry asks what the UK is going to do to ease the plight of unaccompanied child refugees on the Greek island.

    She also asks what representations have the UK made to Greece and Turkey to end the human rights abuses that have been reported.

    Foreign Office Minister Nigel Adams says states have the right to protect their borders but adds that they should also fulfil their human rights international obligations.

    He says the UK's resettlement programme has resettled more refugees than any other EU member state.

    "We aim to resettle 5,000 of the world's most vulnerable refugees in the first year of our new UK resettlement scheme," he adds.

  14. Urgent question on refugees at Greece-Turkey border

    House of Commons


    Migrants and refugees at Greek-Turkish border

    That is the end of health questions and MPs now move on to SNP MP Joanna Cherry's question on refugees and migrants at the Greek-Turkish border.

    Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees are stuck at Turkey's land border with Greece, where Greek border guards have fired tear gas and water cannon to keep them out.

    Red more about the situation here.

  15. Why are some being refused testing?

    House of Commons


    Liberal Democrat Munira Wilson says there have been reports of people with coronavirus symptoms being refused testing because they have not come into contact with someone who might be carrying the virus. She asks if this is policy or poor service from NHS 111.

    The health secretary indicates that this is policy, saying it is informed by clinicians. He says testing policy and all NHS 111 processes are being kept under constant review.

  16. Hancock: It is going to be "a difficult time for social care"

    House of Commons


    Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley notes there are "already 120,000 vacancies" in the care workforce, adding "we are facing prospect of large number of care workers having to self isolate" due to coronavirus.

    "What plans does the government have to make sure care providers can provide clients with support," she asks.

    Matt Hancock tells MPs that his department is working on the issue.

    "In all contingency plans based on a reasonable worst case scenario, plans are needed for being able to operate with a 20% reduction in workforce," he says.

    "Making sure that the best care can be provided, in what is going to be a difficult time for social care, is a really important part of the effort we are working on."

  17. Topical questions begins

    House of Commons


    We now come to the topical questions section and Health Secretary Matt Hancock gives a short statement on the coronavirus outbreak which he says "is clearly growing".

    He tells MPs that the government has "updated travel advice to advise against all but essential travel to Italy".

    "All those returning from that area must self-isolate for 14 days," he says adding: "We will do everything we can to keep people safe based on the very best scientific advice."

  18. Life expectancy decline is 'damning verdict' on government - Labour MP

    House of Commons


    Labour's Cat Smith tells MPs the life expectancy for her constituents in Fleetwood is ten years shorter than those living "five miles down the road".

    She adds that life expectancy for the poorest women is now declining.

    "What kind of damning verdict does he think this is on the government's ten years of Tory cuts and austerity," she asks.

    Matt Hancock replies that "gaps in life expectancy are far too big - it is important that we close those gaps".