Boris Johnson fails to deny that he offered Carrie Symond’s top job
As voters prepare to go to the polls on Thursday in two by-elections, Sir Ed Davey suggested that his party “could be on the brink of a historic victory”.
The second ballot will be held in Wakefield, which is a “red wall,” as Sir Keir Starmer hope to grab back for Labor after it fell to the Tories in the 2019 election for the first time since the constituency was created in 1932.
It told Conservative MPs The independent at a double defeat in the midterm elections would be a “disaster” for they fought Boris Johnsonwho with difficulty and hardly survived a no-confidence motion fourteen days ago.
In the meantime Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of exposing one Brexit “gimmick” – a quarterly dashboard of reformed EU laws – which “will do nothing to address the real challenges facing the public today”.
Government loans broke records in May as inflation rose
Government lending was higher than expected at £ 14bn last month as rising inflation sent interest rates on debt to a record high in May, according to official figures.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the government loan was £ 4 billion less than in May last year but was still the third highest May loan since monthly records began in 1993 and £ 8.5 billion more than in May 2019, before the pandemic hit.
The data revealed that rising inflation levels sent interest payments on government debt to a record high of £ 7.6 billion – £ 3.1 billion higher than a year earlier.
The ONS said the jump in UK debt interest payments is due to the recent rise in the retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation, which determines payments on index-linked gilts.
So far this fiscal year, debt interest payments have amounted to £ 14.1 billion, an increase of £ 4.7 billion year-on-year, ONS said.
The June figures are expected to show the worst impact of inflation on interest payments on government debt, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) predicting £ 19.7 billion – the largest ever.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 June 2022 08:07
Six Brexit problems six years after the EU vote
It is six years since the EU referendum in 2016, and Brexit has been delivered. But not everything is necessarily good.
A poll conducted by Savanta ComRes in October showed that only 36 percent believe the project has been a success, while 52 percent considered it a failure. Jon Stone writes.
Here are six of the biggest persistent problems Brexit has caused to mark six years since the big vote.
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 7:51 AM
Voting opens by by-elections
Voting has opened in Tiverton, Honiton and Wakefield for the crucial by-elections, which could push the Conservatives out of the cities.
Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer hopes to regain Wakefield for Labor after falling to the Tories in 2019 for the first time since 1932.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain23 June 2022 07:28
Brexit has left “permanent scars” on EU citizens living in the UK, research shows
Two-thirds of EU and EEA nationals living in the UK who took part in the study said Brexit had “significantly – and mostly negatively – affected their feelings for the UK”, said researchers from University of Birmingham and Lancaster University.
And many of the 364 respondents said Brexit had made them reconsider their future in Britain and undermined their confidence in British institutions and politicians.
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:
Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 7:17 AM
Labor MP reported sick after ‘ongoing campaign for misogyny abuse’
A Labor MP is taking time off from work after suffering from “an ongoing campaign of misogynistic harassment and abuse”.
Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday night stating that she was in the hospital on June 12 and was subsequently fired from her job by her doctor.
She said: “Throughout my time as a Member of Parliament, I have been subjected to an ongoing campaign of misogyny and harassment.
“As a survivor of domestic violence, it has been particularly painful and difficult. This violent campaign has had a significant impact on my mental and physical health.”
Mrs Begum, who was part of the 2019 intake of MPs, added that her staff and office will still be open to help people in her East London constituency while on sick leave.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 06:24
Suspended Tory MP faces new investigation into ‘paid advocacy’
David Warburton, who was suspended by the Conservatives on charges of sexual harassment and cocaine use, is facing a new Commons investigation.
Warburton was disciplined by his party and is already being investigated by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Complaints (ICGS), it is understood.
Now the Somerton and Frome MP is also the subject of an inquiry by the Parliamentary Standard Commissioner into whether he broke MPs’ code of conduct on three points.
They are “paid advocacy”, lack of expression of interest and over rules regarding the statement of “gifts, benefits and hospitality”.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 06:10
Labor’s next leader should be a woman, Harman says
Harriet Harman has said it was “downright embarrassing” that Labor had never had a woman at the helm and that the next leader was to be a woman.
“When we have a leader choice in the distant future, it must be a woman next time, because it’s just downright embarrassing that the Conservatives have had two and we have not even had a female leader. in opposition, let alone a female prime minister, ”she told GB News.
Mrs Harman added: “I think it’s partly because women in the Labor Party are more subversive than women in the Conservative Party. Women in the Conservative Party tend to work with men without challenging them in that way. we do.”
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 05:41
Voices | Boris Johnson was dizzy when Keir Starmer won the rhetorical battle
We took a seat on the leader of the opposition’s issue and expected that Boris Johnson would ask Keir Starmer six times to condemn the railway attacks.
But because everyone expected the Prime Minister to do so, he was robbed of the moment of surprise.
That advantage lay instead with Starmer, who started by paying tribute to the “quiet” Conservative candidate in the Wakefield midterm elections.
The Labor leader had no solutions, but he looked at this week’s prime minister’s question, writes John Rentoul.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 05:35
Tory MP calls striking railway workers ‘Putin’s friends’
Senior Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has called striking railway workers “friends” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘The one government in Europe that actually stands up to [Vladimir] “Putin is completely distracted in this way,” he said.
“I say to the unions, please do not be Putin’s friend. Return to the negotiations today so we can get the country going again.”
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 04:56
Bypoll in Tory stronghold Tiverton and Honiton ‘neck and neck’
A crucial by-election in the conservative strongholds of Tiverton and Honiton is “neck and neck”, according to the Liberal Democrats, who are aiming for a major political uprising in the Devon seat.
As voters prepare to go to the polls on Thursday in two by-elections, Sir Ed Davey suggested his party “could be on the brink of a historic victory” in the south-western constituency, which topples a 24,000-seat Tory majority.
The second ballot will be held in Wakefield, a “red wall” seat that Sir Keir Starmer hopes to win back for Labor after falling to the Tories in the 2019 election for the first time since the 1932 constituency was formed.
It told Conservative MPs The independent that a double defeat in the midterm elections on Thursday would be a “disaster” for the vulnerable Boris Johnson, who barely survived a no-confidence vote fourteen days ago.
Ashley Cowburn and Rob Merrick report.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar23 June 2022 04:41