Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to address MPs in the House of Commons imminently to update them on new restrictions to tackle the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK.

Pubs, bars and restaurants in England will be subject to a 10pm curfew from Thursday under tough restrictions he is expected to outline in his speech.

He will face the wrath of backbench Conservative MPs - some of whom are uneasy about the way the government has imposed restrictions.

The government is also reported to be doing a U-turn on its message on encouraging people to go 'back to work' in offices, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove admitted earlier.

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He said there was a “shift in emphasis”, telling Sky News: “If it is possible for people to work from home then we would encourage them to do so."

It came as Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer said a second lockdown "would be a sign of government failure, not an act of God" as he issued a scathing attack on the government's coronavirus record at the party's virtual conference.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson will address the nation in a televised broadcast, expected to be screened tonight at 8pm.

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is expected to begin his speech at 12.30

Boris Johnson is expected to begin his speech today in 15 minutes' time.

He will inevitably face tough questions from backbench Conservative MPs as well as those from the Opposition.