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
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Published 22 July 2019 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Voting has closed in the Conservative leadership contest, with the UK's next prime minister set to be announced on Tuesday. The next occupant of Number 10 will be either Boris Johnson - regarded as the frontrunner - or Jeremy Hunt. The winner and successor to Theresa May is due to take office on Wednesday. Before the polls closed, Sir Alan Duncan quit as a Foreign Office minister in protest against a possible Boris Johnson victory. Chancellor Philip Hammond told the BBC on Sunday he intends to resign as chancellor if Mr Johnson becomes prime minister . Justice Secretary David Gauke also reiterated in the Sunday Times that he would also resign this week for the same reason. BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said the ministers could not stomach the prospect … [Read more...] about Tory leadership contest: Voting closes
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
Flights from Gatwick are more likely to have been cancelled so far this year than at any other major UK airport. The rate is 10 times worse than Stansted , the best-performing British hub. More than 3% of planned flights from Gatwick didn't take place, compared with 0.3% of those from Stansted, according to figures from air travel intelligence company OAG provided exclusively to Sky News. June was Gatwick's worst month this year - one in every 14 flights from the airport was cancelled. The data is supplied to OAG from airlines, government agencies and other sources, and a cancellation is defined as any flight that an airline published to operate and was not cancelled at least 48 hours before departure. A Gatwick Airport spokesperson said it regrets any cancellations and disruption to passengers - and explained it is going to carefully increase capacity over the coming months "so that airlines fly more reliable flight programmes and passengers experience a better … [Read more...] about Revealed: Airline where cancellations are 12 times more likely than on Ryanair
By Reality Check team Published 12 June 2019 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing In making his pitch to succeed Theresa May as the next Conservative party leader, and prime minister, Boris Johnson drew heavily on his time as Mayor of London. "You look at what we did in City Hall," he said. He served two successive terms as mayor: 2008 to 2012 and 2012 to 2016. Mr Johnson said that during this time, he'd helped "unite our capital, the greatest city on earth" and listed a series of achievements. "We cut the murder rate by 50%" During Mr Johnson's time as mayor, the homicide rate in London fell from 22 per million to 12 per million people - about a 50% cut. That includes murder and manslaughter. There were 163 homicides in the capital in the year he took office, and 109 the year he left. We're talking about small overall numbers, so relatively modest … [Read more...] about Do Boris Johnson’s claims about his record as London mayor add up?
Spare a thought for the Tooth Fairy. Time was when the little nocturnal creature’s responsibilities were confined to collecting Joshua or Izzy’s teeny white incisor from under a pillow and replacing it with a pound coin (it was sixpence in my day, but inflation, eh?). Today, with a chronic shortage of NHS dental places, the poor fairy is more likely to come across Gav’s dirty great molar, freshly pulled from his swollen gums. Things are so bad that Gav is quite likely to have done the extraction himself and filled the gap with chewing gum. We are always being warned of the inequitable horror that lies in wait if our health service should ever adopt a private-state mixed-funding formula of the kind that works so well in other countries. “Two-tier NHS!” screech the usual suspects. Well, offhand, I can’t think of a better example of a two-tier NHS than the one that currently exists in dentistry. According to a BBC investigation, nine in 10 dental practices across the UK are not … [Read more...] about NHS dentistry is rotten to the core