Just over a month has passed since Dilyn — the adorable Jack Russell cross rescue puppy — entered No10 Downing Street. By all accounts, the cheeky pup has settled with ease into his new life at the seat of power, with his new parents, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds. But in these turbulent political times, one wonders, what stormy scenes has Dilyn witnessed? How is he getting on with fellow resident Larry the Downing Street cat, not to mention Bailey, Chancellor Sajid Javid’s cavapoo, who lives next door? And what encounters has he had with Boris’s special adviser Dominic Cummings? Dilyn’s Instagram account has already picked up hundreds of followers. Now, as luck would have it, he has allowed the Mail a special peek in The Secret Diary Of Dilyn The Downing Street Dog, aged 19¾ (weeks). I'm top dog around here: September 2 — What a day. As I entered the big black door of No 10, I looked up at the window … [Read more...] about Secret Downing Street diary of Dilyn the dog: Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson’s rescue pup (aged 19 and 3/4 weeks) gives his insiders guide to life at No 10
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The government’s claim that it properly verified the basis of a £100,000 grant to a company founded by a friend of Boris Johnson appears to be unravelling amid continuing questions about the prime minister’s role. After a minister said that necessary checks on the firm to ensure it was UK-based involved verifying it had “a British phone number”, the Guardian called the number and got through to a US-based member of staff who would not confirm her exact location. The development came after opposition MPs raised questions in the Commons about how a grant aimed at fostering UK talent in cyber-skills was awarded this year to a company run by Jennifer Arcuri, a US technology entrepreneur and friend of Johnson’s who is now based in California, despite appearing to fail to meet government criteria. The new digital minister, Matt Warman, insisted that his department had done the “usual due diligence” on the company, Hacker House, but confirmed a … [Read more...] about US phone call raises further questions over grant to Boris Johnson’s friend
Boris Johnson has confirmed his first Queen's Speech as Prime Minister will commit the Government to legally binding targets to reduce air pollution. Mr Johnson said the Environment Bill - to be announced on Monday - would be a successor to the 1956 Clean Air Act passed in response to London's Great Smog. He said the Government was determined to 'improve our environment and the quality of the air we breathe' and 'leave our country in a better state than we found it'. Boris Johnson has confirmed his first Queen's Speech as Prime Minister will commit the Government to legally binding targets to reduce air pollution He told The Times: 'This landmark legislation will set a framework of far-reaching, legally binding targets to reduce plastics, restore biodiversity, improve the quality of our water and clean up our air.' The inclusion of the bill in the Queen's Speech - setting out the Government's legislative programme - was widely expected after Theresa May's government laid the ground … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson promises new law to clean up the environment by targeting air pollution in his first Queen’s Speech as Prime Minister
Despite another defeat in Saturday’s parliamentary sitting, Boris Johnson may yet have the last laugh. While all eyes are on the Brexit-related legislation, and there is much to get through parliament, there is still the Queen’s speech, which last week laid out the government’s legislative agenda. A vote on that agenda is expected in the coming week – and without a majority of MPs, Johnson could lose again. In the past, such a defeat has tended to result in the prime minister resigning, but with Johnson and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings in No 10 precedent and convention are out of the window. The opposition could call for a no-confidence vote after a Queen’s speech defeat, but Johnson could himself take the initiative by calling a general election before 24 October – by setting down an amendment to the fixed-term act which would require a simple majority. Johnson and Cummings know only too well that a Tory majority is theirs for the taking, as … [Read more...] about Rest assured, Boris Johnson won’t be allowed to ride roughshod over our laws
Boris Johnson has expelled 21 MPs from the parliamentary Conservative Party after they rebelled against him in a bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit.Those who have had the Tory whip removed include two ex-chancellors and a number of senior figures in Theresa May's and David Cameron's governments. Some have said they will stand down at the next election - whilst others have vowed to fight attempts to stop them standing again as Conservative candidates. It comes after the rebels teamed up with the opposition on Tuesday to back a motion paving the way for a law seeking to delay the UK's exit date.The legislation would force the prime minister to delay Brexit until January 2020, unless MPs approve either a new deal or a no-deal exit by 19 October. So who are the Tory MPs who rebelled against the prime minister? Philip HammondThe former chancellor, who has been co-ordinating the rebels' efforts, insisted the move was not simply designed to block a no-deal exit but also to give Parliament proper … [Read more...] about Brexit showdown: Who were Tory rebels who defied Boris Johnson?