The public to quiz Government on lockdown at daily briefings

Members of the public can ask ministers questions about the coronavirus pandemic.

Scientific and medical officers will also be on hand to answer queries.

One question will be chosen each day to be asked at the daily briefing, usually attended by senior political journalists.

Downing Street said: “The government will answer one question from a member of the public at the daily coronavirus (COVID-19) press conference.”

The invitation came only hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to office after a three weeks’ lay-off with coronavirus.

He said he’d give the public “the maximum possible transparency” about the thinking over measures to ease the lockdown.

A spokesman said anyone could apply online through:

People had to be over 18 years old.

Only one question would be chosen each day and if selected, the person will be contacted by 3 p.m. (1400 GMT)

Mr Johnson said: “I want to serve notice now that these decisions will be taken with the maximum possible transparency and I want to share all our working and our thinking, my thinking, with you the British people.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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