Train strikes latest: 'Public is behind us' claims RMT Lib Dem-Labour ‘pact’ could sink Tories Teacher strike would be unforgivable, says Zahawi PM to tell Prince Charles: I'm proud of Rwanda migrant plan PM fails to deny Carrie was considered for Foreign Office job Ukraine war: Russia 'destroys army fuel tanks' L ord Frost has criticised Boris Johnson as he accused the Prime Minister of making “factually incorrect statements” about employment levels in the UK. The former Brexit minister said he wished Mr Johnson “would not say things like that which are obviously not true” in reference to a claim made by the PM that there are more people in work now than before the pandemic. Speaking at an event hosted by the UK in a Changing Europe think tank this morning, Lord Frost said: “I wish he would not say things like that which are obviously not true, making factually incorrect statements. "But in the end it’s for the Prime Minister’s own party and … [Read more...] about Lord Frost accuses Boris Johnson of making ‘factually incorrect statements’
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Brexit: Johnson is right to not 'lay out all his cards' says expert 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 On Tuesday, Number 10 sought to assure the public that everything is under control. After a Cabinet meeting, a spokesman said Boris Johnson plans to “lead a one nation government which would respect the result of the referendum by leaving the European Union on October 31.” But there is still little evidence on how this could happen with the Prime Ministers hands tied by the introduction of a new law this week. Related articles Brexit explained: FIVE possible next steps and outcomes Brexit SHOWDOWN: Labour and SNP ‘plot’ to BLOCK the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: What now? The PM’s tactics and plans in EU as he scrambles to save Brexit
Both victors in Thursday's remarkable by-elections , which took place at opposite ends of the country, used their speeches to attack Boris Johnson and call for his resignation. Simon Lightwood, the Labour winner in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, told his cheering supporters that Mr Johnson’s "contempt for this county is no longer tolerated." Nearly 300 miles away in Crediton, Devon, the Liberal Democrat winner Richard Foord told the assembled crowd: "Every day Boris Johnson clings to office, he brings further shame, chaos and neglect." The excoriating remarks were made at elections in which neither Conservative candidate stayed to speak to the media to give their thoughts on the reasons for the defeat. In Wakefield, Mr Lightwood began his speech: "Tonight, the people of Wakefield have spoken on behalf of the British people. They have said unreservedly: 'Boris Johnson, your contempt for this country is no longer tolerated'.” 'Rebuilding the Red Wall' He went on to … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson told he brings ‘shame, chaos and neglect’ to office
Boris Johnson is resisting public pressure from his own Defence Secretary and the head of the Army to increase military spending amid a Cabinet split over future funding. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will say that the UK is spending 2.3 per cent of GDP on defence as he arrives at a Nato summit to agree an international push into eastern Europe to ward off the threat from Russia. At the gathering in Madrid, Mr Johnson will call on other member nations to “dig deep” and increase spending targets beyond the current level of two per cent of GDP. But his rallying call threatens to be undermined by the opposition of two senior Cabinet ministers over his refusal to increase Britain’s own budget, as well as concern that he is planning to breach a manifesto commitment to link military spending to inflation . The Telegraph can reveal that Downing Street intervened to water down calls for higher defence expenditure from Ben Wallace in a speech delivered on Tuesday. Mr Wallace, the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson faces Cabinet battle over defence spending
Lionel Barber rips into Boris for likening Ukraine to Brexit 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 In a speech at the Conservative Party’s spring conference in Blackpool on Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I know that it's the instinct of the people of this country, like the people of Ukraine , to choose freedom, every time. I can give you a couple of famous recent examples. When the British people voted for Brexit in such large, large numbers, I don't believe it was because they were remotely hostile to foreigners. It's because they wanted to be free to do things differently and for this country to be able to run itself." THIS POLL IS NOW … [Read more...] about POLL: Should Boris Johnson apologise for his Brexit statement?
Boris Johnson: 'Another no confidence vote likely' says Davey 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 Oliver Dowden awoke to the news that his Conservative Party had lost both the Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton by-elections, and by 5:35am this morning, quit his role as Tory co-chair. Writing to Boris Johnson , he told the Prime Minister that the party “deserves better” after the “latest in a run of very poor results”. The Liberal Democrats beat the Conservatives’ Helen Hurford to clinch the Tiverton and Honiton by-election in Devon, where the Tories had enjoyed a majority of more than 24,000. The seat’s new MP, Richard Foord, received 22,537 votes in a result … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson teetering on edge as Dowden exit hints PM close to end: ‘Serious blow’
Boris Johnson’s allies have denied that Britain plans to join a new club of European leaders led by Emmanuel Macron , despite French claims that he was “very enthusiastic” about the idea. Sources close to the Prime Minister said it was very unlikely that the UK would sign up to Mr Macron’s European Political Community, which is designed to encourage diplomatic co-operation between states and could involve increased freedom of movement. Despite the apparent tension over the issue, a UK delegation source said the two leaders were planning a bilateral visit in the coming weeks. The group would contain states from EU and non-EU countries and “find a new area of political co-operation,” according to a conference speech by the French president last month . Mr Macron floated the idea with Mr Johnson at a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit in Germany on Sunday after hinting in the speech that he would like the UK to join. “Joining it would not necessarily prejudge future … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson ‘very enthusiastic’ about Macron’s new club of European leaders, says France
Ask any die-hard Johnsonite why the Conservative Party should stick with him, and you will invariably get the same answer: “Because he’s a winner.” On a morning of record-breaking defeat , it appears that even the Prime Minister himself no longer believes that, having stayed away from the field of battle in order to minimise the losses. Oliver Dowden seems to have come to the same conclusion, handing in his resignation as party chairman this morning after deciding that: “We cannot carry on with business as usual.” He told Boris Johnson that “somebody must take responsibility”, and while the former culture secretary said he had decided he should take the fall, there are plenty of Tory MPs who believe that “somebody” should be Mr Johnson himself. Mr Johnson’s opponents - of whom there are at least 148 in the parliamentary party , as this month’s confidence vote showed - will understandably point to the fact that Mr Johnson did not visit Wakefield at all during the … [Read more...] about If Boris Johnson is no longer an electoral asset, what is the point of him? Quite simply: there is no alternative
Boris Johnson’s authority has been dealt a triple blow after the Tories suffered two humiliating by-election defeats, prompting a cabinet minister to resign. It raises further questions about his future as prime minister after the partygate scandal saw him fined for breaking his own Covid laws , paving the way for a confidence vote that he only narrowly survived. The elections were triggered after two Tory MPs resigned in disgrace: Neil Parish, for Tiverton & Honiton, who was caught watching porn in the House of Commons , and Imran Khan, of Wakefield, who was jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage boy. The contests were lost by huge margins after months of Tory sleaze allegations , a cost of living crisis and now, the biggest rail strike in a generation . Who won the Wakefield and Tiverton by-elections? Last night saw Tiverton and Honiton swing to the Lib Dems while Labour regained control of Wakefield. The former was considered a safe … [Read more...] about What is next for Boris Johnson after the Tories’ double by-election defeat?
Oliver Dowden has resigned as chairman of the Conservative Party after it suffered two by-election defeats , saying in a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that "someone must take responsibility". Mr Dowden's resignation came at 5.35am, shortly after the announcement of the two defeats. He had been scheduled to appear on the morning media round before he decided to step down. In Tiverton and Honiton the Liberal Democrats overturned a 24,000 Tory majority to win, while Labour reclaimed Wakefield. The contests, triggered by the resignation of disgraced Tories , offered voters the chance to give their verdict on the Prime Minister just weeks after 41 per cent of his own MPs cast their ballots against him. Mr Dowden said in his letter to the PM the by-elections "are the latest in a run of very poor results for our party". "Our supporters are distressed and disappointed by recent events, and I share their feelings. "We cannot carry on with business as … [Read more...] about Oliver Dowden resigns as Tory chairman, telling Boris Johnson ‘someone must take responsibility’