Boris Johnson raises a glass of wine and toasts the departure of his director of communications. The glass of fizz (possibly champagne) is gripped in his right hand, a smile on the Prime Minister’s face as he and at least seven members of his Downing Street press team say their farewells to Lee Cain, his departing official spokesman who had fallen out with Mr Johnson’s young fiancee Carrie Symonds (now his wife). Yet eight days before this incriminating photograph was taken on November 13 2020, the Prime Minister had plunged England into a second national lockdown. Pubs were shut, travel banned and socialising indoors or even in back gardens prohibited. On the table in the photograph’s foreground appears prima facie evidence of what could only best be described as a party. There are two bottles of bubbly, four bottles of wine (two red and two white) and half a bottle of gin. Most of the booze has been drunk bar one bottle of unopened fizz, visible at the very edge of the picture. … [Read more...] about The incriminating new images of Boris Johnson that could put the fizz back into partygate
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Boris Johnson: Nandy asks 'how can we trust anything he says?' Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Pressure grew on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign, after new pictures emerged of him raising a glass, at a lockdown party in Downing Street. Fresh accusations that he misled Parliament also increased after the publication of Sue Gray’s report into such events, on Wednesday. The Partygate scandal has engulfed the Conservative Party in recent months. Now new modelling has revealed how it’s affected its support with the British people. Related articles Rejoiner alliance threat: Boris warned Brexit could be REVERSED Energy crisis … [Read more...] about Boris on the brink: What a general election result would look like right now
By Shruti Menon Published 13 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Russia-Ukraine war India's long-standing ties to Russia have come under the spotlight - especially in the defence sector - following the invasion of Ukraine. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during a visit to the US in April that India would like to be a "good friend" to Western countries. But she added that India didn't want to be weakened, and needed to ensure its security - taken to mean its long-standing reliance on Russian military equipment - would continue. How dependent is India on Russian arms? India is one of the world's largest buyers of weapons, and had a close defence relationship with the former Soviet Union for many years. India's rivalry with Pakistan, and increasingly with China, means Russia has remained a key partner for Delhi, even after the … [Read more...] about Ukraine crisis: Could India cut its defence ties with Russia?
By Glenn Campbell Published 3 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing MPs love tying their opponents in political knots but generally try to avoid doing that to themselves. Douglas Ross is taking an exceptional approach. He is currently giving a masterclass in making life difficult for himself. To be fair, it is not Mr Ross that's broken Covid rules, but his ever-changing response to lockdown misdeeds in Downing Street is adding to his burden. In January, he said the prime minister's position had become "untenable" and called for his resignation. When the war in Ukraine began, he withdrew his letter demanding a confidence vote in the PM's leadership, arguing that unity was required in the face of Russian aggression. Douglas Ross refuses to call for PM's resignation Scottish Tory leader withdraws call for PM to quit Scottish Tory leader calls for … [Read more...] about Backing Boris: Douglas Ross’s Partygate dilemma
Mark Docherty, of West Midlands Ambulance Service (Image: BBC) Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Mark Docherty, of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said patients were "dying every day" from causes created by ambulance delays. Related articles 'Evil' woman murders partner after tying him while she sexted new man Dozens of travellers defy eviction notice to stay on city park He said he could not understand why NHS England and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) were "not all over" the issue. In an interview with the Health Service Journal, he said of his own ambulance trust: "Around August 17 is the day I think it will all fail." "I've … [Read more...] about Nursing director warns service will collapse this summer
Putin ‘started war to secure his power’ says Browder Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Days after Russia invaded Ukraine three months ago Russia's president said he was moving his nuclear weapons to "combat ready" status. It raised fears Moscow could use "tactical" nuclear weapons, which can be used over short distances. Related articles 'Evil' woman murders partner after tying him while she sexted new man Dozens of travellers defy eviction notice to stay on city park Security expert Dr Claudia Major has assessed the risk of a Russian nuclear attack as low. She said: "We have seen over 20 nuclear threats from Russia in … [Read more...] about ‘No military backing’ Putin’s nuclear threat dismantled as despot’s OWN army will not act