‘Criminal’: Boris Johnson ravaged by Commons MPs
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be forced to resign once the “condemnatory” results of Sue Gray’s review of lockdown-violating parties in Whitehall are revealed, according to a report.
“Sue’s report is arousing,” an unnamed official was quoted as saying The times as to say. “It will make things incredibly difficult for the Prime Minister … her report may be enough to finish him off.”
Ms Gray, a senior official, was forced to delay the publication of her investigation into alleged parties held in Downing Street and Whitehall during the UK’s coronavirus-induced lockdowns after police launched their own investigation.
The Prime Minister was present at at least 12 events at No. 10 and was fined for celebrating his 56th birthday in the Cabinet Room.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson was forced to condemn “misogyny” from his own party after Labor deputy Angela Rayner accused Tory MPs of using anonymous briefings to spread “desperate, perverted smears”.
The prime minister said in a show of support for the deputy Labor leader that he “lamented misogyny directed at her anonymously” in a Mail report accusing her of “Urinary instinct tactics ”in the House of Commons.
Minister ‘horrified’ by Mail’s ‘misogynistic’ article about Rayner
Technology Minister Chris Philp says he was “shaken” by it Mail on Sunday‘s article on Labor Vice President Angela Rayner adding that it was “offensive and misogynistic”.
It comes after the newspaper claimed that an unnamed Tory MP said Mrs Rayner crossed and loosened her legs on Labour’s front bench during the Prime Minister’s question in an attempt to distract Boris Johnson.
The newspaper compared the allegations to a scene from the 1992 erotic thriller Urinary instinct and said she was trying to put the prime minister “off his crotch”.
On Sunday, Mrs. Rayner called the story “desperate” and “perverted” and quickly received solidarity from across the House of Commons for the “smear.”
Asked how he felt about the article, Mr Philp said: “I was shaken, it was misogynistic … I have never heard anyone say anything like it or even suggest it. If I did, I would be disgusted and shaken.”
Sam HancockApril 25, 2022 7:36 AM
Covid travel rules ‘disproportionate and damaged industry’, MPs say
Travel restrictions that were “disproportionate to the risks to public health” caused serious damage to the UK aviation industry, the Transport Select Committee has said.
In a comprehensive and highly critical report, MPs say the government’s frequently amended Covid-19 rules “were not based on scientific consensus”.
The measures caused “a severe economic shock to the sector” without significant health benefits. But the government insists that the travel restrictions “were not in place for longer than absolutely necessary”, writes our travel correspondent Simon Calder.
Sam HancockApril 25, 2022 7:23 AM
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Emmanuel Macron wins second term as French president after Marine Le Pen conceded defeat
Sam HancockApril 25, 2022 7:17 AM
The Prime Minister’s chances of political survival ’50 / 50 ‘, says Tory commentator
Andrew Pierce, of the Daily Mail, has said Boris Johnson’s future could go both ways amid reports that Sue Grays’ Partygate review could end his career.
“If you had asked me three weeks ago, I would have said he’s fine, he’s safe. I think now it’s 50/50,” he told ITV’s Good morning Great Britain earlier.
Pierce also claimed that the British cared more about issues such as the cost-of-living crisis than they do at Partygate, but acknowledged that Tory MPs have a great “survival instinct” and are likely to begin to question whether the Prime Minister will “lose their seat” in Fælleden.
Sam HancockApril 25, 2022 7:16 AM
Labor is committed to scrapping non-judgment tax breaks
Labor would scrap the non-judgmental status used by wealthy individuals to cut their tax bills when they voted for power, the party said.
Labor’s shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, said: “As the Tories raise taxes on working people, it is simply not right for the top echelons to benefit from outdated non-judgmental tax benefits. With Labor, people who make Britain their home will contribute to this country by paying taxes on their global income. “
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 06:59
The Prime Minister warned against dropping the “net zero” commitment
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being warned that diluting his commitment to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions will cost the Tories almost 1.3 million votes.
An opinion poll conducted by Onward, a think tank close to the party, has found much stronger support for sticking to 2050 politics than giving it up, even when economic clouds are darkening.
It comes as a powerful group of Tories on the back table, including former ministers Steve Baker and Esther McVey, are putting pressure on Mr Johnson to accept that the cost of losing those who support net zero policies is too high.
Last month, Conservative President Oliver Dowden attacked “net-zero dogma” when he insisted that new oil and gas drilling in the North Sea should continue.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 06:47
ICYMI | MPs allow the President to call the PM a ‘liar’ in Parliament
The Speaker of the House of Commons allowed MPs to call Prime Minister Boris Johnson a “liar” during a parliamentary debate.
MPs are prohibited from using an unparliamentary language in the Chamber, which usually involves referring to other MPs as liars.
The unusual move comes as Parliament debates whether the Prime Minister should face a standard inquiry into his behavior during the Partygate scandal – and whether he misled Parliament.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 06:13
Sue Grays partygate report could “end” Johnson’s premiere period
A Whitehall report on parties that broke the Covid-19 lockdown is so “excoratory” that it would force Boris Johnson to resign, officials claimed.
In a preliminary report published in January, the Cabinet Office official said there had been “failure in leadership and judgment” in No. 10 over the so-called partygate saga.
The timesreferring to an official whom it described as being aware of the contents of the complete report, Mrs Gray’s full results were even more personally critical of the Prime Minister and could end his Prime Ministerial term.
“Sue’s report is exciting. It will make things incredibly difficult for the Prime Minister. There is a huge amount of pressure on her – her report may be enough to end him. No official has ever been in a position like this before,” the source said.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 06:05
The Prime Minister congratulates Macron on his re-election to the French Presidency
“Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on your re-election as President of France,” Mr Johnson wrote on Sunday.
The Prime Minister added: “France is one of our closest and most important allies. I look forward to continuing to work together on the issues that matter most to our two countries and to the world.”
Macron has won another term of the French presidency by securing 58.55 percent of the vote and defeating his right-wing extremist rival Marine Le Pen.
His victory, in the midst of Russia’s war in Ukraine, became crucial for the European allies after Mrs Le Pen said there should be a “strategic rapprochement” between NATO and Russia after the end of the conflict.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 5:51 AM
PM writes to Rayner to insist that the “Basic Instinct” claim was not in his name
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to Labor leader Angela Rayner to insist that the “misogynistic” allegations allegedly made about her by an unidentified Tory MP were not in his name.
Johnson sent a letter to the Labor leader in response to a report in the Mail on Sunday that has been condemned by both Tory and Labor MPs, The Daily Telegraph reported.
In his letter, Mr Johnson moved to reassure Mrs Rayner that the comments “were not in his name”, expressing his sympathy for the anonymous attack.
Alisha Rahaman SarkarApril 25, 2022 5:38 AM