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Boris Johnson latest news: Minister rejects ‘degrading’ call for all women’s shortlist to replace ‘Porn MP’

Neil Parish resigns after admitting to seeing pornography in Commons

A government minister has rejected calls for a shortlist for all women to find a replacement for the disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish.

University Secretary Michelle Donelan said candidate lists for women only for parliamentary candidates are “degrading” for women.

She argued that it is better to encourage female candidates to enter parliament “on merit”.

“We are not doing this by inserting quotas, which I find quite degrading for women,” she told Sky News. “Women can get there on profit”.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, has also expressed opposition to quotas.

“I’ve never been a fan, honestly, personally, of quotas and shortlists,” he said in an interview over the weekend.

This comes after Oliver Dowden, the Tory party’s chairman, promised to ensure that half of the Conservative candidates for the Commons are women amid allegations of sexual misconduct and bullying from MPs in parliament.

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Starmer: Cooperation with France was necessary to tackle canal crossings

Britain needs to work more closely with France to resolve the migrant crisis, the Labor leader has said while on the campaign trail in Worthing.

Sir Keir Starmer said: “Nobody wants to see anyone take the perilous journey across the canal and everyone wants to crack down on the criminal gangs that run this.

“The best way to do that is to have an internationally coordinated criminal effort.

“I have worked in international criminal organizations before, when I was director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

“I know what can be done if you have teams working together across Europe all the way along the routes that have definitely been suppressed by these criminal gangs and also working very closely with the French authorities.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 12:15

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Starmer: Downing Street ‘most fined workplace in UK’

Downing Street is the finest workplace in the whole of the UK, Labor leader Keir Starmer has said.

Sir Keir denied that he had broken the Covid-19 lockdown rules while in Durham last April.

“There was no party,” he said.

“There was no breach of the rules. There was not really anything to add to it.

“Compare that to Downing Street, where we know 50 fines have already been issued in Downing Street for what’s going on.

“It makes Downing Street the best place to work in the whole of Britain.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:48

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Starmer: Cost of living crisis keeps people awake at night

The rising cost of living is keeping people awake at night, Labor leader Keir Starmer has said while on the campaign trail in Worthing.

He arrived at Worthing Lido before walking along the beach with Worthing Council Labor group leader Beccy Cooper.

Sir Keir said: “Everyone is talking about the cost of living crisis.

“What has kept people awake at night is worrying about paying their bills and being taxed by the government.

“From the Labor Party’s point of view, we think that there should be an unexpected tax on oil and gas companies in the North Sea, they have made more profit than they expect.

“Use it for energy bills, up to £ 600 for those who need it most.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:32

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Twenty-five years later, we can now see that Blairite truths are eternal

A quarter of a century after the landslide in 1997, the Labor Party is on its way to a better understanding of its own achievements, writes John Rentoul.

Read John’s entire post here:

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:10

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Watch: Sturgeon says she ‘adapted how I look to protect myself’ in the midst of sexism

When he spoke to TV companies earlier, Sturgeon was also asked about the storm of sexism that hangs over politics.

She said she adapted how “I look to protect myself”.

More comments from the Prime Minister below:

‘I adapted how I look to protect myself’: Nicola Sturgeon talks about sexism in politics

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:50

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See: Sturgeon says she has no plans for Scotland to vote no

Nicola Sturgeon has been out in the broadcast round this morning.

The first minister was asked about a second referendum on Scottish independence.

She says she has no plans for Scotland to vote no if a vote takes place. See FM’s comments here:

Nicola Sturgeon says she ‘does not plan for Scotland to vote no’ in the independence vote

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:35

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ICYMI: Interest rates are rising this week – should we expect an uneven road ahead?

At the moment, interest rates are almost absurdly low, and I think the current harvest of central bankers will be judged harshly by history, writes Hamish McRae.

Read the entire Hamish piece here:

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:14

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More than 250 people discovered in small boats after break in canal crossings

About 254 people were spotted in small boats crossing the canal to Britain on Sunday after an 11-day break in such voyages.

The figure was confirmed by the government when several people believed to be migrants were seen being brought to Dover on bank holidays on Monday.

There is believed to have been an 11-day break in activity around the Channel from April 20 to 30, where no crossings were recorded due to reports of strong winds and choppy seas.

By updating its figures for Sunday, the Ministry of Defense confirmed that 254 migrants were detected in seven small boats.

Monday morning, several people believed to be migrants were pictured on the Dover lifeboat after what is believed to be an incident with a small boat in the Channel.

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:55

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Big: Sexism in politics is getting worse

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes the problems of sexism and misogyny in politics are getting worse – in part because of the impact of social media.

That’s what Mrs Sturgeon told ITV’s Good morning Great Britain: “I do not think there is a woman alive, not only in politics, but in any stratum of society who will not have experienced a place on the spectrum of misogyny and sexism that is unacceptable.

“In some ways, I think it’s worse today than it was when I was a woman who started in politics.

“You get a little comfortable with it and get used to it, while I see it much more sharply through the eyes of younger women.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:30

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Sturgeon: No illegal referendums

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she would not proceed with a new referendum on independence unless it was legal and constitutional.

“I do not want to go ahead with a referendum that was not legal,” she said.

“The only referendum worth the salt is one that is democratic, legal and capable of delivering.

“It would not be in the interest of those who want independence, let alone the interest of others, that a referendum be anything other than legal and constitutional, because that is the only way to deliver independence.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:10

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