Politics latest news: Green list countries to be expanded but Britons must 'be patient', Grant Shapps says

PM: Australian trade deal a ‘massive opportunity’ for British farmers Downing Street’s plan to make Covid vaccinations seem sexy Diane Abbott: Batley and Spen loss would be ‘curtains’ for Starmer Paramilitary violence in opposition to NI Protocol not ‘off the table’ Coronavirus latest news: Follow updates in our live blog The Government wants to see more countries added to the green list, but Britons must be patient, Grant Shapps has urged. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, the Transport Secretary said he was "of course" pushing for the green list of destinations to be extended, but warned that we are "just having to wait for other countries to catch up with us" in terms of their vaccination programmes. "That's going to gradually happen, obviously, you can see it's happening, so that list should expand," he said. Mr Shapps said decisions on expanding the green list would depend on data showing the state of the pandemic in the various countries. "We are reviewing this all the time, every three weeks, the next review is in the first week of June and we'll have to see what happens," he told BBC Radio 4's Today. However, he poured cold water on expanding the list of holiday destinations immediately, saying: "Our message is very straightforward, which is 'just a little bit of patience, everyone'." This comes amid reports that up to 270,000 people will fly to amber list countries from the UK by the weekend despite Boris Johnson urging Britons to only travel to these areas for "extreme circumstances". Follow the latest updates below.

DUP leadership election result: Edwin Poots elected to succeed Arlene Foster as DUP leader

Edwin Poots has become the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party after winning the first leadership contest in the party’s history. Mr Poots, the Stormont Agriculture Minister, said it was "an immense honour" to be chosen for the role, having beaten the party's Westminster leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson by 19 votes to 17. In his victory speech Mr Poots said he looked forward "to a positive relationship right across Northern Ireland and with my party colleagues and indeed with people from other parties". He said: "The opportunities for us to make Northern Ireland a great place after this hundred years has passed and we move into a new hundred years are immense." The election was called after former leader Arlene Foster resigned as DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister in April, following an internal party revolt. The 36 members of the party's electoral college, made up of its MPs and Stormont Assembly members, were eligible to vote on Friday in the race. Julian Smith, who was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2019 to 2020, tweeted his congratulations to Mr Poots, adding "a tough job ahead - but one which I am sure he will do well". Speaking briefly to the media as she left party headquarters after casting her ballot, Mrs Foster said: "I voted for the person who will bring the Democratic Unionist Party forward and I think that's very obvious." Mr Poots will be leader designate until Mrs Foster formally stands down. His election will now go to the party executive for ratification. Speaking before the results were announced, Strangford MP Jim Shannon said he was supporting Sir Jeffrey as next DUP leader. "I think Jeffrey has qualities that take him beyond Northern Ireland and across to the mainland," he said, adding: "I think those are statesman-like qualities that the party needs." North Antrim MP Ian Paisley Jr said his father, the party's founder, would be "immensely proud" that a democratic election was deciding the next leader. "It's a party that my dad founded with the name democracy in it and this is a democratic decision," he said. "At last the members, the elected members, are deciding who their leader is. That's a very important decision and I know he would be immensely proud of that today." As he arrived at headquarters, South Belfast MLA Christopher Stalford, who is supporting Mr Poots, said: "I think it's going to be a good day, a good day for democracy inside the Democratic Unionist Party." The campaign for the first leadership contest in the DUP's 50-year history has been unusual, in so much as the party prevented both men speaking publicly about their candidature. Party officers insisted the contest should be confined to internal campaigning among the electoral college. The campaign focused on rank-and-file concerns about DUP internal processes and structures, and wider political challenges facing unionism, in particular contentious post-Brexit trading arrangements, called the Northern Ireland Protocol, that have created new economic barriers between the region and the rest of the UK.