Beleaguered Boris Johnson has vowed to stay on as the UK's prime minister after a flood of resignations left him clinging on to power. He was rocked by the resignation of Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and health minister Sajid Javid within minutes of each on Tuesday. Facing MPs today, Johnson said “the job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances, when you’ve been handed a colossal mandate, is to keep going". What happened during PMQs? The debate was quickly switched to the events that had sparked the resignations: Chris Pincher. Johnson appointed him as deputy chief whip earlier this year, despite being aware of misconduct allegations against him. But some MPs have said they are more frustrated by the changing line from 10 Downing Street over what Johnson did and didn't know about Johnson. On Wednesday, Johnson said he acted swiftly after hearing the allegations against Pincher. Opposition leader Keir Starmer called his response pathetic and … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson vows to fight on despite a flood of resignations
Shameless Boris Johnson has told friends he will "smash on" despite a string of resignations. The Prime Minister is said to have declared "I'm not going anywhere” despite Rishi Sunak , Sajid Javid and his Solicitor General all resigning last night. But MPs have other ideas - with a string of Tories from across the spectrum reading him the “last rites”. While the Cabinet are now mostly firm, the PM is being rocked by a string of junior resignations from government. Between 6pm on Tuesday and 2pm on Wednesday 21 MPs resigned from the government - nine ministers, nine parliamentary private secretaries, two trade envoys and one Tory vice chair. Back bench MPs across the spectrum, from moderate ex-ministers Chris Skidmore and Nick Gibb to culture war Red Wallers Jonathan Gullis, Tom Hunt and Lee Anderson, have charged over the top. For so many MPs, the revelation the PM knew about claims against MP Chris Pincher, then promoted him repeatedly, then “forgot” he’d been told, is … [Read more...] about All the Tories brutally turning against Boris Johnson’s leadership as MPs ‘read last rites’
Published 7 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Following the shock resignation of former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, his replacement Nadhim Zahawi has said he and Prime Minister Boris Johnson want to "rebuild the economy" and get soaring inflation under control. Mr Zahawi said "nothing is off the table" in terms of cutting taxes. What are some of the options open to the new Chancellor to make good on those plans? 1. Cut VAT Mr Zahawi has said he wants to do two things: cut taxes and "bear down" on inflation. Those are not usually happy bedfellows. Cutting taxes puts more money into the economy, which drives prices up - so how can he walk this line? A temporary cut in VAT - the tax paid when buying goods and services - from 20% to 17.5%, say, would lower the price of goods and services in the basket used to calculate inflation - taxes would get cut, and … [Read more...] about Four ways Nadhim Zahawi may try to boost the economy
By Jim Reed Published 6 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Coronavirus pandemic Steve Barclay has been named as the new health secretary following the resignation of Sajid Javid, who stepped down after saying he had lost faith in Boris Johnson's leadership. Mr Barclay had been working as the chief of staff at No 10, a powerful role in which he advised the prime minister and managed the machinery of government. Before that, he was chief secretary to the Treasury, a Brexit minister and served for a short while as a junior health minister in 2018. Delighted to be back at @DHSCgovuk taking up the role of Health & Social Care Secretary. @NHSEngland & social care staff. https://t.co/PaFG8QzmU8 — Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) July 5, 2022 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. View original … [Read more...] about Steve Barclay: What will new health secretary tackle first?
By Hannah Richardson Published 12 September 2019 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A head teacher and her father have been found guilty of running an unregistered school in a run-down building, in the second prosecution of its kind. Nadia and Arshad Ali were convicted at Westminster Magistrates' Court of running an unregistered private school, Ambassadors High in Streatham. The school charged £4,500 a year per pupil and had 45 children on the roll. By law, any institution which has more than five full-time pupils has to be officially registered and inspected. Mr Ali and the company behind the school were fined, while sentencing of Ms Ali is due to take place on Monday. Warning notice In June 2018, inspectors from Ofsted's unregistered schools taskforce visited the school - which was described as having an Islamic ethos - and warned the head teacher, … [Read more...] about Father and daughter guilty of running illegal school
Published 21 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Australia election 2022 Three years after a "miracle" victory, Scott Morrison's tenure as Australian Prime Minister and coalition leader is over. After his personal unpopularity dominated the campaign, Mr Morrison led his Liberal-National government to a significant election defeat in Saturday's general election. Mr Morrison kept his seat, but many of his party allies lost theirs. Speaking after calling rival Anthony Albanese to concede defeat, Mr Morrison said he accepted responsibility for the government's losses - and its wins - and would step down as leader. But Mr Morrison - nicknamed ScoMo - wasn't always considered a liability, building a reputation as a survivor and a shrewd political tactician before he ascended to the top job in 2018. Rise to the top The son of a police … [Read more...] about Australia election: What went wrong for Scott Morrison?
Former health secretary Sajid Javid delivered an emotive personal statement in the Commons on Wednesday, setting out the reasons behind his departure. Referencing the series of scandals that have rocked the Government, he said "the reset button can only work so many times". In a stab at Boris Johnson's leadership, he said that "a team is only as good as its team captain, and that a captain is as good as his or her team". "I am deeply concerned about how the next generation will see the Conservative Party, on our current course," he said. Read the full statement below: Mr Speaker, I’m grateful for your permission to make this statement. Yesterday we began our day together. You, I, my RHF the Prime Minister, and colleagues from across this House, broke bread together at the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. And listened to the words of Reverend Les Issac, who spoke about the responsibility that comes with leadership - the responsibility to serve the interests of others … [Read more...] about ‘I will never risk losing my integrity’: Sajid Javid’s statement to MPs in full
Nadhim Zahawi arrives at Treasury in new role as Chancellor Sign up and receive our free daily stars from Russell Grant 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 Nadhim Zahawi has stepped into the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer from today after Rishi Sunak handed in his resignation. Zahawi has been a Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010. But what is his net worth, and how does it compare to Rishi Sunak ? Related articles Prince Michael of Kent fortune laid bare Bob Ross fortune: Artist worth millions who made more art than Picasso Nadhim Zahawi is said to have an estimated net worth of up to £100million to Express previously reported. Updated records from Companies House … [Read more...] about Nadhim Zahawi net worth: How much is the new Chancellor worth compared to Rishi Sunak?
Johnson returns to No 10 following Sunak and Javid resignations 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 But he insisted to allies the failed bid to force him out of Downing Street marked a “moment of liberation” that will allow his Government to pursue a true-blue Tory agenda to win the next general election. Mr Johnson was said to be in a “resolute and determined” mood and carrying on with “business as usual” following the extraordinary acts of disloyalty by the two senior ministers. Related articles Queen could be forced to jet back to London as Boris's Cabinet spirals Zahawi forces beleaguered Johnson to name him as Chancellor He … [Read more...] about PM’S BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL: Defiant Boris vows to FIGHT ON and SLASH taxes for millions
Nadhim Zahawi made Chancellor after Rishi Sunak resigns 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 The Prime Minister is understood to have wanted to appoint either Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to run the Treasury or Home Secretary Priti Patel , both of whom would have been willing to deliver rapid tax cuts in a bid to win back support from the Tory backbenches. But, it is understood that with both senior women in his government already pledging support Mr Johnson found himself in a stand off with Zahawi who was threatening to follow Rishi Sunak, the man he is now replacing, and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid out of the door. Sources have said that Mr Zahawi … [Read more...] about Zahawi forces beleaguered Boris to name him as Chancellor after Sunak’s resignation fury