Britain is sending 8,000 troops to Eastern Europe in one of the largest deployments since the Cold War . Tanks, artillery guns, armoured assault vehicles and aircraft are also being sent to bolster Nato forces, in what Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, described as a "show of solidarity and strength". The deployment, intended as a "deterrence of Russian aggression", came on the day a former British soldier became the first UK national confirmed to have been killed in the war in Ukraine. Scott Sibley, 36, an ex-Royal Marine, is thought to have died in Russian shelling in Mykolaiv, in the south of the country. In a tribute, his former regiment said he had "showed Commando spirit until the end" while the devoted father was praised as the "bravest person" by friends and family . Russia fired missiles into the centre of Kyiv as the head of the United Nations visited the city for talks with Volodymyr Zelensky. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of the capital, said two … [Read more...] about Friday morning UK news briefing: Britain to send 8,000 troops to Eastern Europe
The number of fines issued over breaches of coronavirus regulations at British government offices, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official residence, has expanded to more than 100, London’s Metropolitan Police force said Thursday. Johnson admitted last month that he was among dozens of people who paid a police fine for attending lockdown-breaching parties and gatherings, making him the first British leader to be sanctioned for breaking the law while in office. Revelations that Johnson and other senior officials gathered illegally in government buildings in 2020 and 2021 - when millions in the country were told to restrict their lives to slow the spread of COVID-19 - has angered voters and triggered calls for Johnson to resign. Johnson has apologized for attending his own surprise birthday party at 10 Downing St. in June 2020, but insisted that it “did not occur” to him that the gathering, which he said lasted less than 10 minutes, was a party. Johnson’s … [Read more...] about London police: Over 100 fines issued in UK ‘partygate’ probe
The reset of the reset, itself a fresh take on a new start, is going well. The deadwood is out of Number 10. Steve Barclay is in as chief of staff . Backbenchers would ideally like to reshuffle the Prime Minister’s wife, too, but Boris put his foot down and Carrie remains in place ... for now. He showed up at a hospital in Kent to set a positive tone for the week by pointing out that whatever you think of the state of Downing Street, the NHS is infinitely worse. “One in nine of us is on a waiting list,” he said. “Partygate, partygate, partygate,” asked the interviewer. And that’s the problem. While Rome burns, all the media is interested in is who played a fiddle and when. Back in the infernal city, Piers Corbyn and his mob tried, I think, to recreate the Canadian truck convoy protest outside Parliament – in this case, a couple of Ford Mondeos and a German Shepherd – while inside, Labour demanded that Mr Barclay come to the House to explain his appointment. Taking on … [Read more...] about Pardon my French, but Michael Ellis does a ‘magnifique’ job fighting off the opposition
Exclusive: Boris Johnson facing second ‘partygate’ fine Priti Patel and law officers advised not to publicly support PM David Frost: What PM must do to come back from ‘partygate’ Channel migrants to be sent to Rwanda Follow the latest Ukraine updates in our live blog B oris Johnson today handed responsibility for tackling the migrant Channel crossings crisis to the Royal Navy as he said the aim will be to ensure "no boat makes it to the UK undetected". The Prime Minister used a speech in Kent to unveil a new plan to tackle illegal immigration, with a focus on deterring people from making the perilous journey in small boats. The centre piece of the plan is a policy which will see Channel migrants flown more than 5,000 miles to Rwanda to have their asylum claims processed in an "offshore" facility. But Mr Johnson is also bolstering the UK's response in the Channel, with operational command being taken away from Border Force and given to the Royal … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson puts Navy in charge of Channel as he vows no migrant boat will go ‘undetected’
'Lying' Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were today told to resign after police issued them both with Partygate fines - along with the PM's wife Carrie. No10 made the bombshell admission that cops have decided the Prime Minister, his wife and his Chancellor all broke their own lockdown laws. The Prime Minister - the first found by police to have broken the law - faced demands to recall Parliament for a vote of no confidence weeks before the May 5 local elections. Keir Starmer declared: "This is the first time in the history of our country that a Prime Minister has been found to be in breach of the law, and then he lied repeatedly to the public about it." But Tory MPs who previously demanded his resignation rallied round and said now is not the time due to Russia's war in Ukraine . Boris Johnson tonight confirmed he’d paid his £50 fine but refused to resign - shamelessly saying it had given him an "even greater sense of obligation" to deliver on his "levelling-up" manifesto … [Read more...] about Boris and Carrie Johnson fined by police over Partygate – and so is Rishi Sunak
Published 8 May 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The SNP will have its largest ever tally in the new Parliament, with 56 MPs. But who are the men and women representing the party at Westminster? The new SNP group at Westminster is a mix of hardened party activists and recent recruits. Among the ranks are some who have joined the party with in the last year, as well as experienced councillors and former members of the Scottish parliament at Holyrood. From a 20-year-old student to a former rock star, here's a guide to some of them. Tommy Sheppard The new MP for Edinburgh East is an ex-Labour councillor and former deputy general secretary of the Scottish Labour Party. For years, he has run the Stand Comedy Club, which plays hosts to some of the top names in British comedy. In that job, he has played a key role in Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Mr Sheppard has been a … [Read more...] about Election 2015: Who are the 56 new SNP MPs?