PMQs: MPs laugh after PM jokes about ‘further meetings’ Sign up for our news briefing, including a daily special Russia-Ukraine edition 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 Scotland's First Minister wondered if this could be one of Boris Johnson's "last acts as PM". Ms Sturgeon claimed that the referendum will go forward regardless the UK Government's stance against it. Related articles Boris Johnson LIVE: Zahawi TURNS on PM and leads Cabinet revolt Boris Johnson gives huge hint he's ready for snap ELECTION She also repeated the projected date that the referendum could take place - October 19, 2023. And Ms Sturgeon claimed that Scotland will not be a "prisoner" of the PM. Nicola … [Read more...] about ‘We will not be a prisoner!’ Sturgeon unleashes fury at Boris’s desperate ‘last act as PM’
Published 9 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing New legislation would boost the schools regulator's powers to crack down on unregistered schools operating illegally in England, ministers say. The government says its Schools Bill will also introduce compulsory registers so children not receiving a full education can be identified. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the bill would ensure "every child has access to an education they deserve". But Labour said the Conservatives were "failing our children". Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson said the government was "obsessing over structures instead of improving children's experience in the classroom". She said there was "no plan" to improve teaching or "tackle the exodus of school staff from our classrooms" and that Labour had proposals to boost new teacher numbers by 6,500. Should a school be in … [Read more...] about Ofsted powers boosted to tackle illegal unregistered schools in England
By Iain Watson Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing After a wave of high profile resignations, Number 10 will be keen to say they have stabilised the ship - there is a new chancellor, with a new approach, a new health secretary and a new education secretary. One of Boris Johnson's allies claimed that Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid had failed to "tap up" support from other cabinet ministers, before announcing their resignations on Tuesday evening, although one more minister has yet to make his intentions clear. The PM's ally says he will weather this storm - but the political waters remain very choppy. Some of Mr Johnson's Conservative critics - including still-serving ministers - think he is holed beneath the water line. If - and I stress if - his premiership does go under, how might it happen? Further resignations The first possibility … [Read more...] about How might Boris Johnson be removed as PM?
The energy crisis sparked by Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine is having all kinds of consequences on the corporate sector. Germany's government looks set to bail out Uniper , one of the country's biggest power utilities, with a package of up to €9bn apparently being discussed. On Wednesday, the French government went one step further, announcing a full nationalisation of the energy giant EDF, the company that in Britain is the fourth largest household energy supplier and which is building Hinkley Point 'C', the UK's first new nuclear power station in a generation. Elisabeth Borne, the French PM, told parliament: "The climate emergency requires strong, radical decisions. We need to have full control of the production and our energy future. We must ensure our sovereignty faced with the consequences of the war and the colossal challenges ahead. "That is why I confirm today the intention of the state to hold 100% of the capital of EDF." Advertisement In truth, … [Read more...] about UK’s fourth-largest household energy supplier EDF nationalised by the French state
A senior member of the Conservative party said issued a fatal verdict on Boris Johnson’s time as prime minister saying his premiership ‘is doomed’. William Hague has said Mr Johnson will not be able to recover from the wave of high-profile resignations which has rocked the government in the past 24-hours. Speaking on Times Radio, the life peer and former leader of the House of Commons said Mr Johnson should realise sooner rather than later that it was ‘only going to get worse’. Asked whether Mr Johnson could still be prime minister in the autumn if he makes it through the next couple of weeks to the summer recess, Mr Hague said yes. ‘It is possible, it’s really hard to get someone out of 10 Downing Street if they’re really determined to stay and if they have just won a ballot under rules which of course happened just a few weeks ago,’ he told Times Radio. ‘Everything is possible, but at some point in the coming days, weeks or months this premiership is doomed and … [Read more...] about Top Tory says Boris Johnson ‘is doomed’ and it will ‘only get worse’
By Tom Edgington Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Following a series of ministerial resignations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing considerable pressure. So under what circumstances can an early election be called and who decides when it's held? When is next general election due? UK general elections - where all 650 MPs are elected to the House of Commons - have to be held no more than five years apart. Unless an earlier one is called, the next election isn't due until January 2025 . How might Boris Johnson be removed as PM? Chris Mason: Boris Johnson facing day of judgement Government resignations: Who has gone, who is staying? Who can call an early election? The decision to hold an early election usually rests with the prime minister. However, until very recently, this wasn't the case. In … [Read more...] about General Election: When is the next one and could it be called sooner?
Published 12 June 2017 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Clwyd West MP David Jones has left his ministerial role in Britain's exit from the EU. He has been replaced as Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union following the UK general election on 8 June, which resulted in a hung parliament. Mr Jones led the Welsh arm of the Vote Leave campaign for the EU referendum. Rt Hon Baroness Anelay DBE has instead been appointed to the role. More on this story Brexit role for Leave campaigner Jones 17 July 2016 May to meet party critics 'head on' 12 June 2017 May praises Tory 'talent' in reshuffle 11 June 2017 Queen's Speech faces delay amid DUP talks 12 June 2017 … [Read more...] about Minister David Jones loses UK government Brexit job
By John Campbell Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Brexit The UK government has faced strong criticism from MEPs over its move to unilaterally override the Northern Ireland Protocol. The protocol is part of the Brexit deal which was agreed by the prime minister in 2019 and subsequently ratified by parliament. However the government says it is now causing too many practical and political difficulties. The EU says the UK's move to change the deal is a breach of international law. What is the Northern Ireland Protocol? Move to override Brexit deal gets backing from MPs What's next for plans to override NI Protocol? Barry Andrews, MEP for the Republic of Ireland's Fianna Fáil party, said: "In the UK, the stigma against breaking international law, domestic law and constitutional norms has been … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland Protocol: MEPs criticise UK government
Published 38 minutes ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Scotland's first minister that now is not the time to hold a second independence referendum. His letter to Nicola Sturgeon came on the day dozens of his own ministers and aides called for him to quit . Last week the FM wrote to Mr Johnson saying she was ready for talks to negotiate the powers to hold the vote. Ms Sturgeon said she had received his reply and questioned whether it would be one of his final acts as PM. Both the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Savid Javid resigned from their positions on Tuesday evening. PM vows to keep going amid pressure from ministers Follow live updates Can Boris Johnson survive these resignations? They went within minutes of each other following a row over Mr Johnson's decision to appoint Chris Pincher … [Read more...] about Beleaguered Boris Johnson rejects Nicola Sturgeon’s indyref2 call
Hermann Kelly slams financial burden of EU 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 major blow for Emmanuel Macron , British banks made more profit than French rivals for the first time since 2015, despite Brussels officials desperately trying to shift more jobs out of London and onto the continent since Brexit . The buoyant banking sector was fourth only behind the global financial powerhouses of China, the US and Canada. UK banks generated £46billion in pre-tax profits last year as big lenders were significantly boosted by a strong recovery from the economy after the Covid pandemic, as well as a private equity deal-making boom and a soaring housing market. … [Read more...] about Oh dear, Brussels! City defies Brexit gloomsters to outgun EU and French rivals