Boris Johnson will lead a national round of applause at 6pm this evening in honour of Captain Sir Tom Moore, he announced today as the government backed calls for a statue of the veteran. MPs held a minute’s silence before Prime Minister’s Questions at midday, after which Mr Johnson asked Britons to take part in a clap straight after his 5pm Covid press conference. The move comes after a social media campaign calling for the gesture amid an outpouring of tributes from around the world. Addressing the Commons, Mr Johnson said Captain Tom had dedicated his life to serving others, and encouraged everyone to take part in tonight’s tribute – which will also recognise NHS health workers. ‘We all now have the opportunity to show our appreciation for him and all that he stood for and believed in,’ he said. ‘That is why I encourage everyone to join in a national clap for Captain Tom and all those health workers for whom he raised money at 6pm this evening.’ Floral tributes are now piling up on the village green in Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, near the house where he lived with one of his daughters and her family. A giant mural has appeared… Read full this story
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