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”.
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
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
A labor representative signs a female patient after an “ongoing campaign of mistreatment of women”
A Labor MP has taken some time off work after suffering from a “continued campaign of anti-women harassment and abuse”.
Absana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, posted a statement on Twitter Wednesday night saying she attended the hospital on June 12 and was subsequently signed off on her work by her GP.
She said: “Throughout my time in Parliament, I have been subjected to a constant campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment.
“As a survivor of domestic violence, it has been especially painful and difficult. This abusive campaign has had a huge impact on my mental and physical health.”
Ms Begum, who was part of the group of MPs in 2019, added that her staff and office would remain open to help people in her East London constituency while she was ill.
Alisha Rahman SarkarJune 23, 2022 06:24
Suspended Conservative MP faces new investigation in ‘paid advocacy’ case
David Warburton, who was suspended by the Conservative Party over allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use, faces a new investigation in the House of Commons.
Mr Warburton has been disciplined by his party and is already being investigated by the Independent Complaints and Grievances Parliament (ICGS), it is understood.
Now the MP for Somerton and Frome is also the subject of an investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner into whether he violated the MPs’ code of conduct on three counts.
They are a “paid defence”, non-declaration of interest, and rules relating to the declaration of “gifts, benefits, and hospitality”.
Alisha Rahman SarkarJune 23, 2022 06:10
Harman says the next Labor leader should be a woman
Harriet Harman said it was “absolutely embarrassing” that the Labor Party did not have a woman at its head and that the next leader should be a woman.
“As and when we do in the distant future a leadership election, it has to be a woman next time, because it’s absolutely embarrassing that the Conservatives have two and we haven’t even had a woman leader,” she told GB News.
Ms Harman added: “I think it’s partly because the women in the Labor Party are more disruptive than the women in the Tory party. Women in the Tory party tend to work with men without challenging them the way we do.”
Alisha Rahman SarkarJun 23 2022 05:41
sounds | Boris Johnson stumbled when Keir Starmer won the rhetorical battle
We’ve taken our places as leader of opposition issues, expecting Boris Johnson to ask Keir Starmer six times to condemn the railroad strikes.
But because everyone expected the prime minister to do so, the element of surprise was robbed of him.
The advantage lies with Starmer instead, who began by praising the “courageous” conservative candidate in the Wakefield by-election.
The Labor leader writes that he had no solutions, but looked into the affairs of the Prime Minister this week John Rintoul.
Alisha Rahman SarkarJun 23 2022 05:35
Conservative MP calls striking railway workers ‘friends of Putin’
Conservative top MP Tobias Ellwood described the striking railway workers as “friends” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The only government in Europe that really stands up to it [Vladimir] “Putin is completely distracted that way,” Ellwood said.
“I say to the unions, please don’t be Putin’s friend. Go back to the talks today so we can get the country moving again.”
Alisha Rahman SarkarJune 23, 2022 04:56
Bypoll in the Tory stronghold of Tiverton and Honiton “neck and neck”
The crucial by-election in the stronghold of conservatives Tiverton and Honiton is “neck and neck,” according to the Liberal Democrats, who aim to cause major political turmoil in the Devon seat.
As voters prepare to head to the polls on Thursday in two by-election sessions, Sir Ed Davy suggested his party “may be on the cusp of a historic victory” in the southwest constituency to overturn its 24,000 Tory majority.
The second ballot will take place in Wakefield, a seat on the “red wall” Sir Keir Starmer is hoping to return 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 A double defeat in Thursday’s by-election would be a “disaster” for embattled Boris Johnson, who narrowly escaped a no-confidence vote two weeks ago.
Ashley Cowburn and Rob Merrick report.
Alisha Rahman SarkarJune 23, 2022 04:41
RMT accuses Grant Shapps of ‘destroying’ negotiations
Millions of rail passengers across Britain face fresh disruption on Thursday after the RMT union accused the government of ‘destroying’ negotiations, my colleague Tom Batchelor reports.
Rail services were severely disrupted this week after some 40,000 union members, working for Network Rail and 13 train operators, voted to hold back-to-back strikes over jobs, wages and conditions.
Talks were held on Wednesday between unions and industry leaders in an attempt to break the deadlock but ended without an agreement.
Mick Lynch, General Secretary of RMT, said: “Grant Shapps ruined these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw its threatening message of repetition about our 2,900 members.
“Until the government dismantles the rail network and train operators, it will not be possible to agree on a negotiated settlement.”
He added, “We will continue our industrial campaign until we reach a negotiated settlement that provides job security and an increase in wages for our members that addresses the rising cost of living crisis.”
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 21:30
Boris Johnson holds talks with Charles in Rwanda
Boris Johnson and the Prince of Wales will meet for tea talks in Rwanda after the heir to the throne received criticism of his government’s policy of sending asylum seekers into the country with a one-way ticket.
The Prime Minister will join Charles tomorrow in the country’s capital, Kigali, where they attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
It was understood Mr Johnson would visit Charles for a cup of tea on Friday morning, but the prime minister is not keen on raising asylum policy.
“They are due to meet, and it is clear that they will meet each other during the summit, but they are due to have a bilateral discussion as well,” Johnson’s spokesperson said.
Andy GregoryJun 22 2022 21:08