Boris Johnson latest news: Wakefield, Tiverton and Honiton polls near, as PM ‘optimistic’

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The votes are being counted in two by-elections as a result of the infamous resignations of Tory MPs.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, polls closed for by-elections in Wakefield, Tiverton and Honiton.

In the constituency of Wakefield, Imran Ahmed Khan stepped down as MP last month after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party in 2008.

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

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “full of optimism and vitality” ahead of the by-election results.

Speaking to broadcasters in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, he said, “I will be watching the results with interest, but I am always full of optimism and prosperity, but most seasoned political observers know that mid-term by-elections are not necessarily easy for any government.”

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Lib Dem win in Devon would be ‘historic heartbreak for the majority’

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davy said a victory over the Conservatives in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections would “overturn the largest majority ever in British political history”.

The Liberal Democrats will need to overturn the Conservative Party’s 24,000-plus majority.

The seat was vacated due to the forced resignation of Conservative Party member Neil Parrish, who resigned after admitting to viewing pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

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Polls close in two English by-elections

At 10 p.m. Thursday, polls closed for by-elections in Wakefield, Tiverton and Honiton.

Both by-elections are held to elect a successor to two Conservative MPs who were forced to resign in disgrace.

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

At Tiverton & Honiton, Neil Parrish quit after admitting to viewing pornography on his phone in the House of Commons on two separate occasions.

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Shapps rejects Khan’s claim about bus interruptions

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

He tweeted a letter he wrote to Khan regarding the latter’s claim that the government “forced” the city council to cut 21 roads.

Shapps claimed that this was incorrect because the government had provided Transport for London “with nearly £5 billion in funding”.

Mr. Khan was accused of repeatedly using a “campaign of intimidation and threats” [play] Policy”.

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Energy sector warns Rishi Sunak of unexpected taxes

Energy industry chiefs, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, have warned that a planned windfall tax on companies could damage investment in North Sea oil projects,

Last month, Sunak unveiled the measure under pressure from Labor to impose a 25 per cent one-time surcharge on energy companies.

The policy is hoped to raise up to £5 billion, but energy companies have warned it could be harmful to the sector.

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In Aberdeen, Offshore Energy UK chief executive Deirdre Michy said she lobbied Mr Sunak on the issue during a “candid and constructive” round table meeting.

“Both sides are committed to further discussions,” she said.

“We will work constructively with the UK government and do everything we can to mitigate the damage this tax will cause, but if energy companies reduce investment in UK waters, they will produce less oil and gas.

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

Policy consultations are due to end on Tuesday.

According to the Treasury, Mr. Sunak stressed the importance of the sector in the UK’s transition away from fossil fuels, adding that the tax would provide tax relief on investments within the sector.

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The most powerful vacuum cleaners can rid the rat lords

One minister said fewer rats would run around the House of Lords if post-Brexit UK law allowed for more powerful vacuums to clean carpets properly.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord True joked that the rat infestation could be eradicated by abolishing EU regulations for devices.

“Perhaps, gentlemen, if we had more powerful vacuum cleaners in this place, we wouldn’t have rats roaming around devouring all the bits of crumbs left,” said Lord True, in response to questions from Liberal Democrat counterpart Lord Wallace of Saltire.

Mice spread in both houses of parliament

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Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Cabinet Office 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 that have been kept post-Brexit.

Announcing the initiative to MPs, Mr Reese-Mogg said it highlights “unnecessary and disproportionate” EU regulations on consumer goods, including those that “regulate the power of vacuum cleaners”.

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Watch: PM could call an early general election, says Kepel

Sir Vince Cable predicted that Boris Johnson would take the “high-risk” step of calling an early general election.

Former Liberal Democratic Party leader Vince Cable expects a general election in October

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats said the prime minister had a “gambler” mentality and could call the fall elections “to avoid a worse situation” for his government.

Sir Vince said a number of factors were working against the Conservative government, such as the “appalling” economic outlook that was getting worse.

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European MPs say Rwanda’s plan is ‘immoral’ and ‘racist’

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

These comments came in a debate at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Delegates expressed concern about the apparent willingness of the Conservative-led government to breach international law, and the passage of the British Bill of Rights that would allow UK judges to override rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

Read the full story here Andrew Woodcock And the Ashley Cowburn

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“Labour can get a better protocol agreement than the EU” – Lamy

David Lammy said Labor’s experience negotiating the Good Friday Agreement means it will be able to secure a better resolution of the dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The shadow foreign secretary said at an event hosted by UK In A Changing Europe think-tank on Wednesday that the Labor government would be better received in Brussels.

Shadow Secretary of State David Lamy

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He said: “The EU should be less hawkish. But the EU partners have told me frankly that if there is a partner they can trust, they can show more flexibility.

Instead, they have Boris Johnson who lies, breaks the law, and never delivers on his promises.

“With a change of prime minister and a change of government, the UK can build a stable and mutually beneficial relationship with the EU for the long term.”

Speaking on the sixth anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Lamy reiterated Labor’s position that it would not seek to join the European Union or return to a customs union or single market.

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

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PM slams critics of Rwanda plan as ‘transcendent’

Boris Johnson said critics of the Home Office’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda were “condescending”.

The prime minister, speaking from the Rwandan capital Kigali, said he was ready to stress the “obvious advantages” of an asylum policy for the Prince of Wales when they hold talks soon.

Prince Charles has reportedly described the Rwanda plan as “appalling” in comments he made in private.

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

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But Number 10 later said it was unlikely Mr Johnson would raise the issue with the royal family when they meet at the CHOME Leaders Summit Center in Kigali.

This will come after Mr Johnson’s talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, during which he failed to raise human rights concerns about his regime.

The government in Kigali said it had already received payments under the £120m Economy and Migration Agreement signed with Britain’s Home Office two months ago, and had already spent some of the money.

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Starmer will miss a big date at the Durham Miners party

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to miss next month’s trip to the Durham Miners concert – a key event on the Socialist calendar.

The traditional union-backed event, known as the Great Meeting, attracts about 200,000 people to the historic downtown, where crowds watch processions of bands and brass banners.

The concert was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, and its return is for key workers who have kept the community going during the pandemic – a decision the organizers announced last year.

Bands and banners at the traditional Durham Miners party

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Sir Keir, who is facing a so-called Birgit Police investigation into his trip to Durham in April 2021, was not included among the speakers at the ceremony.

A decision on whether he should be given notice of a fixed fine for drinking a bottle of beer is due at Mary Foy MP’s offices in the coming weeks.

Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband attended the Durham Miners party as party leaders, watching the processions from their hotel balcony before speaking to large crowds gathered on the racetrack floors.

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

It was previously described as the largest remaining demonstration of the working class in the country.

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