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Boris Johnson latest news: Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton polls close as Prime Minister ‘optimistic’

Written by Javed Iqbal

Boris Johnson fails to deny that he offered Carrie Symond’s top job

The votes are counted in two by-elections triggered by the resignation of disgraced Tory MPs.

On Thursday at 10 pm, the polling stations closed for by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton.

In the Wakefield constituency, Imran Ahmad Khan resigned as a Member of Parliament last month after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party in 2008.

Also in May, Neil Parish resigned as MP for Tiverton & Honiton after admitting to watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

PM Boris Johnson said he is “full of optimism and buoyancy” ahead of the results of the midterm elections.

Speaking to broadcasters in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, he said: “I will follow the results with interest, but always full of optimism and buoyancy, but most experienced political observers know that midterm elections are never necessarily easy for anyone. “government.”

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Lib Dem victory in Devon would be ‘historic majority waste’

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said the party that beat the Tories in the Tiverton & Honiton midterm elections would result in “the largest majority ever toppled in British political history.”

The Lib Dems would have to topple a Tory majority of more than 24,000.

The place was vacated by forced resignation of Tory MP Neil Parish, who resigned after admitting to watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

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Voting closes in two English by-elections

At 10pm on Thursday, the by-elections for by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton & Honiton closed.

Both midterm elections are being held to elect a successor to two Tory MPs who had been forced to resign in disgrace.

In Wakefield, Imran Ahmad Khan resigned after being convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party in 2008.

In Tiverton & Honiton, Neil Parish resigned after admitting to watching pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

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Shapps rejects Khan’s claim of bus cuts

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has rejected claims by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a dispute over the closure of bus routes.

He tweeted a letter he wrote to Mr Khan over the latter’s claim that the government has “forced” City Hall to cut 21 routes.

Sir. Shapps claimed it was untrue as the government has provided transport to London “with close to £ 5bn in funding”.

He accused Mr Khan of using a “campaign of intimidation and threats” to “repeatedly [play] policy “.

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The energy sector warns Rishi Sunak against unexpected tax

Energy industry executives warned Chancellor Rishi Sunak that his planned unexpected tax on companies could hurt investment in North Sea oil projects,

Last month, Mr Sunak unveiled the measure under pressure from Labor to impose a 25% one-off surcharge on energy companies.

It is hoped the policy will raise as much as £ 5bn, but energy companies have warned it could be detrimental to the sector.

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In Aberdeen, Offshore Energy UK chief executive Deirdre Michie said she was pushing Mr Sunak on the issue during what she called a “sincere and constructive” round table meeting.

She said: “Both sides have committed to further discussions.

“We will work constructively with the UK Government and do our best to mitigate the damage that this tax will cause, but if the energy companies reduce their investments in UK waters, they will produce less oil and gas.

“That means they will eventually pay less tax and have less money to invest in low-carbon energy.”

A hearing on the policy is due to end on Tuesday.

According to the Treasury, Sunak stressed the importance of the sector for Britain’s transition away from fossil fuels, adding that the tax will provide tax breaks on investments in the sector.

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‘More powerful vacuum cleaners could free Lords from mice’

Fewer mice would run around the House of Lords if British law after Brexit allowed more powerful vacuum cleaners to clean the carpets properly, according to a minister.

The Minister of the Cabinet Office, Lord True, joked that mouse attacks could be eradicated by scrapping EU rules on the devices.

Lord True answered questions from the Liberal Democratic peer Lord Wallace of Saltaire: “Perhaps, gentlemen, if we had more powerful vacuum cleaners in this place, we would not have mice running around the place chatting on all the pieces and pieces of crumbs left. “

Parliament’s houses are infested with mice

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the cabinet minister responsible for Brexit opportunities, has launched a dashboard to show how many changes have been made to the 2,400 pieces of EU legislation preserved after Brexit.

Rees-Mogg announced the initiative to MEPs, saying it highlights “unnecessary and disproportionate” EU rules on consumer goods, including those that “regulate the power of vacuum cleaners”.

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See: The prime minister could print an early parliamentary election, Cable says

Sir Vince Cable has predicted that Boris Johnson will take the “high-risk move” of printing an early parliamentary election.

Former Lib Dem leader Vince Cable is predicting a parliamentary election in October

The former leader of the Lib Dems said the prime minister is a “gambler” mindset and could print an election this fall to “to avoid an even worse situation” for his government.

Sir Vince said a number of factors are counteracting the Conservative government, such as the “terrible” economic outlook becoming “worse and worse”.

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MEPs say Rwanda’s plan is “unethical” and “racist”

Parliamentarians from across Europe have condemned Boris Johnson’s plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as “unethical” and “racist”.

The comments were made during a debate in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Delegates expressed their concern at the Conservative-led government’s apparent willingness to break international law and to pass a British Bill of Rights, which would allow British judges to overrule decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

Read the full story here Andrew Woodcock and Ashley Cowburn

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‘Labor can get a better protocol agreement from the EU’ – Lammy

Labor’s experience in negotiating the Good Friday deal means it will be able to secure a better solution to the Northern Ireland protocol series, David Lammy has said.

The shadow foreign minister told an event hosted by the British think tank In A Changing Europe on Wednesday that a Labor government would be better received in Brussels.

Shadow Secretary of State David Lammy

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He said: “The EU needs to be less rigid. But I have been honestly told by EU partners that if there was a partner they could trust, they could show more flexibility.

“Instead, they have Boris Johnson lying, breaking the law and never keeping his promises.

“With a change of prime minister and a change of government, Britain can build a stable and mutually beneficial relationship with the EU in the long run.”

Speaking on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit vote, Mr Lammy Labor reiterated his position that it would not seek to re-enter the EU or re-enter the customs union or internal market.

But, he said, the party would look to ensure “practical solutions to reduce any controls to their absolute minimum” by pursuing an agreement on food and agricultural standards, sharing trade data and using a “risk-based approach” for goods entering. in Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.

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Prime Minister criticizes Rwanda’s plan as ‘condescending’

Boris Johnson said critics of the Interior Ministry’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda are “condescending”.

The Prime Minister, speaking from Rwanda’s capital Kigali, said he was ready to stress the “obvious benefits” of asylum policy to the Prince of Wales when they hold talks soon.

Prince Charles had reportedly called the Rwanda plan “shocking” in remarks he made privately.

Prince Charles and Boris Johnson at the opening of a police memorial last year

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But No. 10 later said it was unlikely Mr Johnson would raise the issue with the royals when they meet at the center of the Commonwealth Government Summit (Chogm) summit in Kigali.

It will follow Mr Johnson’s talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in which he failed to raise human rights concerns about his regime.

The government in Kigali said they had already received payments under the £ 120 million economic and migration agreement signed with the UK Home Office two months ago and that they had already spent some of the money.

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Starmer misses Big Meeting at Durham Miners’ Gala

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will miss next month’s trip to the Durham Miners’ Gala – a key event in the socialist calendar.

The traditional union-sponsored event, known as the Big Meeting, attracts about 200,000 people to the historic city center, where crowds watch processions of brass bands and banners.

The gala was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid, and its return is dedicated to the key employees who kept society going during the pandemic – a decision-makers announced last year.

Bands and banners at the traditional Durham Miners’ Gala

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Sir Keir, who is facing the so-called “beergate” police investigation in connection with his trip to Durham in April 2021, is not listed among the speakers at the gala.

A decision on whether he should have a fixed fine for having drunk a bottle of beer at Mary Foy MP’s offices is due in the coming weeks.

Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband both attended the Durham Miners’ Gala as party leaders, watching the processions from a hotel balcony before speaking to large crowds gathered at the Racecourse Ground.

Before Mr. Miliband went to the gala in 2012, the last Labor leader to attend was Neil Kinnock in the 1980s.

It has previously been described as the largest remaining working class demonstration in the country.

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