Boris Johnson latest news: ‘neck and neck’ by-election in Tory stronghold

Boris Johnson fails to deny that he offered Carrie Symonds a senior position

According to the Liberal Democrats, the crucial by-election in the Conservative strongholds of Tiverton and Honiton is “neck and neck.”

As voters prepare to head to the polls on Thursday in two by-elections, Sir Ed Davey suggested his party “might be on the verge of a historic victory”.

The second ballot will be held in Wakefield, the “red wall” seat Sir Keir Starmer hopes to restore to Labor after falling to the Conservatives in the 2019 election for the first time since the constituency was created in 1932.

Conservative MPs said independent That a double defeat in a by-election would be a “disaster” for embattled Boris Johnson, who narrowly escaped a no-confidence vote two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of revealing a Brexit “gimmick” – a quarterly dashboard of reformed EU laws – that “will do nothing to address the real challenges the public faces today”.

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US raises concerns about ‘multiple levels’ protocol bill

The US has raised concerns on “multiple levels” with the UK over its plan to bypass parts of the Northern Ireland Brexit Protocol, it has been reported.

A senior Biden administration official told the Irish Times that its overarching view was that any changes to the protocol “must be the product of a negotiated agreement with Brussels being adopted into UK law”.

London recently published a bill to scrap post-Brexit trade arrangements, which critics say would violate international law.

Matt MathersJune 23, 2022 10:33

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Julian Assange searched and moved to a bare cell the day the handover was announced, says the wife

Stella Assange said the WikiLeaks founder was told he was moved to a bare cell for “protection”.

Matt MathersJune 23, 2022 10:18

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“What an exciting time to be here in Rwanda”

Boris Johnson exchanged pleasantries with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

As mentioned earlier, the Prime Minister is attending the Commonwealth Leaders Summit in Kigali.

Johnson arrived at Mr. Kagame’s office by car and then climbed the red-carpeted stairs to meet the Rwandan leader.

Upstairs, the two men met with a comfortable handshake.

Boris Johnson (left) and his wife, Carrie Johnson, disembark from the plane before heading to the President’s office

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Then they went to the President’s conference room where they sat in white armchairs in front of the Union and Rwandan flag.

“How are you?” said Mr. Johnson. “Very good to see you. What an exciting time to be here in Rwanda. Congratulations on taking office as head of office. That would be very nice.”

“It’s my pleasure,” said Mr. Kagami. “Thank you.”

Then the media was asked to leave the room.

Matt MathersJun 23 2022 09:45

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Gears – Putin uses hunger as a weapon

The foreign minister said that Vladimir Putin was “arming hunger”, and also criticized the Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain.

Liz Truss was speaking at a press conference alongside her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara.

She said the UK and Turkey were working “closely together”, particularly to get “the grain out of Ukraine”.

She said, “(Vladimir) Putin is armed with hunger. He is using food security as a cruel tool of war. He has closed Ukrainian ports, halted the export of 20 million tons of grain worldwide, forcing the world to ransom.” .

“I am here in Turkey to discuss the plan to take out the grain, with the support of the United Nations. We are clear that merchant ships need safe passage to be able to leave Ukrainian ports, and that Ukrainian ports must be protected from Russian attacks.

“We support the UN talks, but Russia cannot be allowed to delay and evade. It is necessary to take action within the next month before the new harvest. We are determined to work with our allies to make this happen.”

Our political reporter Ashley Cowburn He has the full report:

Matt MathersJun 23 2022 09:06

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Rwanda ready to receive ‘thousands’ of asylum seekers

A spokeswoman for the Kigali government said Rwanda is “ready to receive thousands” of asylum seekers who have been deported from the UK.

Yolande Makolo made the comments last night on ITV’s piston turns out.

When asked how much the UK government will pay Rwanda to each asylum-seeker, she said: “These numbers are still being worked out.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has arrived over the past few hours in Kigali, which he is visiting to attend the Commonwealth Leaders Summit alongside Prince Charles.

Matt MathersJune 23, 2022 08:50

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Martin Lewis says he was rejected by the House of Lords because he was “honest” in the interview

Consumer expert Martin Lewis revealed that he was turned down after being submitted to become a member of the House of Lords.

Mr. Lewis, founder and president of MoneySavingExpert.com, said he believed his offer to get Gents across the bench was turned down because he was “honest” about the limited time he could commit to the role.

In an interview with the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Lewis expressed his desire for “more consensual and collaborative politics”.

Mr. Lewis has become increasingly vocal in recent months on behalf of financially stressed consumers and families, amid rising inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, he writes. Dominic McGrath.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 08:22

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Government borrowing hit record high in May as inflation soared

Government borrowing reached a higher-than-expected 14 billion pounds last month, as rising inflation accelerated interest on debt to a record high in May, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said government borrowing was 4 billion pounds less than in May last year, but still the third highest in May since monthly records began in 1993 and 8.5 billion pounds more than in May 2019 , before the epidemic. hit.

Data revealed that rising inflation levels pushed interest payments on government debt to a record £7.6 billion – £3.1 billion higher than the previous year.

The Office for National Statistics said the jump in UK debt interest payments was due to the recent rise in the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation, which determines payments for index-linked securities.

The Office for National Statistics said that so far this financial year, debt interest payments totaled 14.1 billion pounds, up 4.7 billion pounds year-on-year.

The June figures are expected to show the worst impact of inflation on government debt interest payments, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasting £19.7 billion – the largest ever.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 08:07

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Six problems about Brexit, six years after the EU referendum

Six years have passed since the 2016 EU referendum, and Brexit was delivered. But everything is not necessary well.

The survey conducted by Savanta Comris in October found that only 36 percent believed the project was a success, while 52 percent considered it a failure, John Stone Writes.

Here are six of the biggest ongoing problems that Brexit has caused to mark six years since the big vote.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 07:51

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Voting begins in by-elections

Voting has begun in Tiverton, Honiton and Wakefield for crucial by-elections that may see Tories uprooted from the cities.

The competition at Tiverton and Honton is “neck and neck,” according to the Liberal Democrats, who aim to cause major political turmoil in the Devon seat.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer is hoping to get Wakefield back for Labor after falling to the Conservatives in 2019 for the first time since 1932.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJun 23 2022 07:28

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Study finds Brexit left ‘permanent scars’ on EU citizens living in the UK

Six years after the EU referendum, Brexit has left “permanent scars” on European citizens living in the UK, according to a new study.

Two-thirds of EU and EEA citizens residing in the UK who participated in the survey said Brexit had “significantly – and often negative – affected their feelings about Britain,” said researchers from the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University.

Many of the 364 people questioned said Brexit had prompted them to reconsider their future in the UK and had undermined their confidence in British institutions and politicians.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock Reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJun 23 2022 07:17

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