UK coronavirus live: pupils head back to school as MPs return to work

Education secretary Gavin Williamson to face MPs following exams fiasco while pupils return to classrooms after summer holidays

7.45am BST

As many as 50,000 people in the capital’s retail sector face losing their jobs due to the lack of visitors, according to the Tory MP for Cities of London and Westminster Nickie Aiken.

She said the loss of international visitors had majorly impacted London’s economy, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

Almost half of the £10bn annual spend in the West End is from overseas travellers and then the lack of office workers who have not been back at their desks since March, that has a huge effect on the overall turnover of West End shops and hospitality.

Between about 70-80% – you’re basically looking at about 50,000 job losses retail job losses in West End retail alone.

We’ve got to get that back, we’ve got to get businesses, the Mayor of London and government to work together to provide that confidence to get people back in.

7.30am BST

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s UK live blog. I’ll be taking you through the next few hours, before handing over to the usual custodian; Andrew Sparrow.

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