Boris Johnson finally showed up to the cost-of-living crisis today with a surprise appearance at a summit with energy firms. But the lame duck Prime Minister STILL didn’t announce a plan to help stricken Brits this winter. He joined his Chancellor and Business Secretary in Downing Street after returning from a four-day honeymoon at a “soothing energies” mountain villa in Slovenia. Boris Johnson , Nadhim Zahawi and Kwasi Kwarteng discussed boosting North Sea oil and gas investment and support for the vulnerable with firms including EDF, E.ON, Drax, National Grid, SSE, ScottishPower, British Gas and Octopus Energy. But the ousted PM, who’s barely been seen in public since his honeymoon, has refused to announce a cost-of-living bailout for Brits - saying it should be for the next PM. Michael Lewis, E.On chief executive (left), and Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley (right) arriving in Downing Street ( Image: PA) Clare Harbord, Group Director of … [Read more...] about Lame duck Boris Johnson pops in to energy crisis talks – but there’s STILL no plan
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By Manish Pandey Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing One day you're the prime minister. The next day, you're not. Boris Johnson says he's not going yet, but plans to step aside to make way for a new leader in the autumn. It follows a dramatic 48 hours which saw dozens of ministers resign and many other colleagues urge him to go. So what happens when it all suddenly stops? On the day Assuming he follows Theresa May's example, Boris Johnson's last day will involve one final round of prime minister's questions in Parliament, then a trip to Buckingham Palace. To make his exit official, he still has to officially resign by meeting the Queen. If he's lucky, he will be given a personal gift by Her Majesty. Former PM Gordon Brown and his family got a signed photograph. Free time What might Boris Johnson do immediately after … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: What happens after a prime minister resigns?
By John Campbell Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Boris Johnson rose to the highest ranks of UK politics on the back of Brexit. He was the face of the campaign group Vote Leave and in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum the new prime minister Theresa May made him foreign secretary. Within three years, he had deposed her for taking an insufficiently hard line on Brexit. He then fought and won an election on the promise that he would "get Brexit done". He did deliver a Brexit deal with the EU but the treatment of Northern Ireland remains unfinished business, which has poisoned several sets of political relationships. How did Mr Johnson's position on Northern Ireland and Brexit evolve? November 2018: The DUP conference Boris Johnson was the star attraction at the DUP party conference in Belfast with his speech cheered to the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson, Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol
Published 4 October 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said Libyan city Sirte could be the new Dubai, adding, "all they have to do is clear the dead bodies away". His comments at a Conservative fringe meeting sparked anger, with a number of Tory MPs calling for his sacking and Labour labelling him "crass and cruel". Mr Johnson claimed his critics had "no knowledge nor understanding of Libya". A Downing Street source said it was not an "appropriate choice of words" but the PM regarded the matter as closed. May: Johnson's not undermining me Boris Johnson: Let the British lion roar "I look at Libya, it's an incredible country," Mr Johnson told the meeting. "Bone-white sands, beautiful sea, Caesar's Palace, obviously, you know, the real one. "Incredible place. It's got a real potential and brilliant young … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson Libya ‘dead bodies’ comment provokes anger
By Andre Rhoden-Paul & Dulcie Lee Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Boris Johnson remains as prime minister despite his two most recent cabinet appointments calling for him to resign. Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who was given the job two days ago, said the situation was "not sustainable and will only get worse". And Education Secretary Michelle Donelan quit, saying Mr Johnson had "put us in an impossible situation". But Mr Johnson insists he has a "colossal mandate to keep going". The wave of resignations from the government and party exceeded 50 on Thursday, as Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis became the first cabinet member of the day to quit, quickly followed by seven other ministers. Previously loyal supporters - including Priti Patel and Grant Shapps - urged him to step down on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Attorney General … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: Resignations exceed 50 but PM stays in post
Published 6 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The government's chief whip has warned Conservative MPs not to comment on a probe into whether Boris Johnson misled MPs over Partygate. It comes after allies of the outgoing PM dismissed the investigation by the Commons Privileges Committee as a "witch hunt" and "rigged". The inquiry will examine whether he obstructed Parliament by telling it that pandemic rules had been followed. It could lead to Mr Johnson being suspended from the Commons. Parliament voted to launch the probe in April, after a series of revelations in the media about events held in and around No 10 during Covid restrictions. Mr Johnson has promised to co-operate with the inquiry and has previously said he has "absolutely nothing, frankly, to hide". A spokesperson for the committee said it had not "prejudged" any aspect of its inquiry, … [Read more...] about Tories told not to criticise MPs’ probe into Boris Johnson
Tom Edwards @BBCTomEdwards on Twitter Published 6 May 2016 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Is it really eight years ago that Boris Johnson first became London's mayor? My time covering transport at BBC London has nearly mirrored his in office - and so as he departs I thought it timely to put down some non-definitive thoughts. Recently I asked Mr Johnson if he enjoyed dealing with the transport - his answer was quick: "Of course, it's the best bit." But it has not been without its ups and downs and controversy. And while there have been flamboyant quotes - remember the "grit-snow lasagne" - what has changed? Big ticket items Over the last eight years, even his most fierce critics would acknowledge there has been huge investment in transport. Crossrail is due to open, the Tube upgrades have continued and the … [Read more...] about The transport legacy of outgoing mayor Boris Johnson
Published 13 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The government has said it will introduce a confidence motion in itself. It had previously rejected the no-confidence motion proposed by the Labour Party because it referred to the prime minister. A vote is expected next week, before the result of the ongoing Conservative leadership contest is due. Boris Johnson resignation: What happens now? No 10 blocks Labour no confidence vote plan What is a no-confidence vote? It's a vote in which MPs from all parties decide whether they want the government to continue. It can trigger a general election and could see a new prime minister appointed. While any MP can propose a no-confidence motion, there's no guarantee their request will be granted. However, if the leader of the opposition - currently Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - introduces the motion, … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: What is a vote of no confidence?
Published 8 December 2016 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments on Saudi Arabia do not represent "the government's position". Footage has emerged from an event last week at which Mr Johnson said UK ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East. The PM's spokeswoman said these were the foreign secretary's personal views. But former minister Crispin Blunt said No 10 had been "a little too sensitive in responding to his remarks". Laura Kuenssberg: Is Boris in bother? The chairman of the foreign affairs select committee told the BBC: "We have an intellectually brilliant foreign secretary who is thinking about the issues and engaging fully. Boris is making the personal transition to foreign secretary from commentator and the watching media jump on … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s Saudi ‘proxy wars’ comment ‘not UK’s view’
Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Shailesh Vara has replaced Brandon Lewis after he resigned as Northern Ireland secretary. Mr Lewis was among previously-loyal cabinet ministers who told the prime minister on Wednesday that he needed to step down from office due to a loss in support. Earlier, Mr Johnson announced his resignation . Mr Vara has already begun speaking to political leaders in Northern Ireland on the phone on Thursday. In a tweet , Sinn Féin's first minister designate Michelle O'Neill said she told Mr Vara that "however short he's here, his duty is to respect the assembly election outcome and to work constructively to get Stormont moving so a local executive can set a budget and help workers and families". Mr Vara said he had spoken to Ms O'Neill as well as Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Ulster Unionist … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: Shailesh Vara replaces Brandon Lewis as NI Secretary