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Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer agree to suspend campaigning after Prince Philip death


The Prime Minister spoke to the leader of the opposition following his speech outside No10 today and the pair agreed that they will both stop campaigning activities, sources said.

The Commons is also expected to be recalled on Monday for tributes from around 2.30pm. Meanwhile, Scotland’s major political parties have also suspended campaigning for the Holyrood election.

Voters will head to the polls on May 6 for council and mayoral positions in England, the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Parliament.

Flags will now fly at half mast on UK Government buildings in tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh until the morning after his funeral.

Ministers are expected to cease taking part in the daily morning media round and Sunday political shows during the period of mourning and Downing Street press conferences have also been suspended.

It is understood that Mr Johnson has also cancelled his plans to drink a pint on Monday 12 April when pub gardens re-open.

Amanda Milling, co-chair of the Conservative Party, said: “In light of the sad news from Buckingham Palace all campaigning has been paused until further notice.”

The Cabinet Office has issued a statement urging the public not to gather at royal residences and continue to follow public health advice during the pandemic.



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