Boris Johnson fails to deny that he offered Carrie Symonds a senior position
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of revealing a Brexit “gimmick” – a quarterly dashboard of reformed EU laws – which “will do nothing to address the real challenges the public faces today”.
The Brexit Opportunities Minister sought to claim that the new digital publication would lead to a “British-style revolution”, citing regulations around vacuum cleaners as he spoke of the need to “ultimately grow the economy and lower the cost of living”.
Labor leader Stephen Doughty called it “extremely unusual” for the government to present what “simply looks like a cocky project” on a day when inflation surpassed its 40-year high of 9.1 per cent.
Earlier in the PMQs, Boris Johnson failed to deny that he had offered his then-sweetheart Carrie Symonds a top job while the foreign secretary sidestepped the question when challenged in the House of Commons.
Shortly thereafter, Justice Minister Dominic Raab proposed a new bill of rights that would allow the government to ignore temporary rulings of a European court and possibly facilitate the deportation of foreign criminals.
MPs set up new body to explore reforms to help rebuild parliament’s reputation
Attempts to rebuild the House of Commons’ reputation received a boost after MPs agreed to create a new body to scrutinize reforms.
The speaker’s conference will take the form of a committee that will have the authority to request witnesses, papers and records.
It will also make recommendations on contractual arrangements for MPs’ staff and release its first report before the end of October.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, called MPs to meet to discuss the changes after a series of scandals, which then led Tory Neil Parrish admitting he had seen pornography twice in the House of Commons.
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 20:27
Exclusive: New asylum seekers still in jail for deportation to Rwanda
New asylum seekers are being locked up for deportation to Rwanda even after judicial appeals have raised questions about whether controversial expulsions will ever begin.
Ministers’ activists have accused ministers of being “out of any moral or legitimate sense” after it emerged that people seeking asylum in Britain had been placed in detention after a planned trip was halted last week.
Rwanda’s policy will undergo a judicial review session on July 18, when a High Court judge will assess whether it is legal.
Our Social Correspondent My Pullman He has the full exclusive report here:
Andy GregoryJun 22 2022 20:06
Conservative party chief says ‘the jury’s out’ on Raab’s new Bill of Rights
Asked if he would vote in favor of the British Bill of Rights legislation introduced by Dominic Raab, the chair of the select committee for justice said: “The jury is out.”
Conservative MP Sir Bob Neal told BBC Radio 4 evening Program: “I want to read the thing correctly.
“As I said, there is benefit in that, but I do have areas of concern, and I certainly consider that we have to be very careful about undermining the fundamental principles, which the government says it does not want.
“So the devil will be in the details on this and that applies in a number of areas.
“So at this moment, the jury is out.”
Andy GregoryJun 22 2022 19:48
Sajid Javid says NHS workers deserve ‘fair’ wages
Sajid Javid said NHS workers deserved “fair” salaries in the face of rising prices.
“Of course, part of showing the value we attach to whether they are nurses or other health workers is, of course, the pay, and so, along with the thanks, we have to make sure that we are fair in pay,” the health minister told BBC Radio 4 .
Which is why for example last year, while there was a freeze on all public sector wages, there was no NHS wage freeze; It rose 3 percent despite the challenges at the time.
“Now this year’s salary increase, I can’t tell you now what it will be like, but what I can say is that we will listen carefully to the independent wage review body, which incidentally, and rightly so, as well as inflation, takes into account retention and many other reasonable factors.
He will report to me as Secretary of State, we will take that into account and we will respond.”
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 19:30
SNP MP says Ian Blackford should ‘get some proper HR advice’
One of his SNP colleagues, Patrick Grady, said Ian Blackford should “get some proper HR advice” to understand what went wrong in handling a complaint against the North Glasgow MP.
Mr Grady was suspended from the House of Commons for two days and the Scottish National Party for a week after an independent investigation found that he had acted inappropriately towards a party staff member in 2016. He apologized in the House of Commons for the incident.
But the recording that emerged on Friday of the SNP group meeting sparked criticism of Mr Blackford, who can be heard saying Mr Grady deserved the group’s support upon his return, even though the complainant said his life had become “a living hell” and had not been supported by this process.
The man who complained, who still works for the party, said he was considering legal action against the SNP.
In response to the leaked recording, the SNP’s Westminster leader said he “deeply regrets that a member of staff has been subjected to inappropriate behaviour”, adding that he had begun an external review of “the support available to staff, to sit alongside the independent advice service and independent complaints”.
Joanna Sherry, an SNP Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Southwest, called on Mr Blackford today to ensure he takes “appropriate HR advice” on Thursday, and reiterated allegations that the party had problems dealing with complaints.
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 19:13
Rees-Mogg fires an ultimatum to the Brexit plan for sparkling wine in plastic bottles
The UK beverage industry has responded with concern to a suggestion from Jacob Rees-Mogg that deregulation after Brexit could include allowing sparkling wine to be sold in plastic bottles, our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports.
The Brexit Opportunities Minister has identified a rule requiring the sale of fizz in glass bottles as one of Brussels’ regulations that can be struck out from UK law after the EU leaves.
But the Wine and Spirits Trade Association cautioned that any change should not ignore health and safety requirements, with the high pressure generated by bubbles during fermentation making plastic an unlikely and expensive container option.
“WSTA – and the UK’s world-leading wine industry – is very keen to make the most of any post-Brexit opportunities to help the industry recover and grow. This includes removing unnecessary and costly red tape,” said CEO Miles Bell. independent. “But not at the expense of basic health and safety.”
Andy GregoryJun 22 2022 18:52
Consultations begin on a bill to pardon thousands of people convicted of witchcraft
Thousands of Scots legally convicted of witchcraft can be pardoned after nearly 300 years as a member of the social management team launched consultations on a new bill.
Natalie Dunn, SNP MSP in Renfrewshire North and West, launched consultations on a bill for members to “correct the historical wrongness of witchcraft convictions” and grant legal pardon to convicts.
It comes after Nicola Sturgeon posthumously apologized on International Women’s Day, in March, to those who had been convicted, slandered or executed under the Witchcraft Act 1563.
It is estimated that about 4,000 Scots are accused of the crime, which was in force until 1736, with about 85% of those convicted being women. Activists have been trying to obtain legal pardons for nearly 200 years for nearly 2,500 people convicted of breaking the law.
And while the convictions have occurred centuries ago, it is hoped that the pardon will send a message to other countries that still criminalize those accused of witchcraft that the punishment is “unfortunate.”
Boris Johnson and Prince Charles are heading to Rwanda for the Commonwealth Summit
Our political reporter Adam Forrest Reports:
Boris Johnson and Prince Charles are preparing for talks with Commonwealth leaders on trade, climate change and the union’s future at a crucial summit in Rwanda this week.
The prime minister is set to present the economic issue of the remainder of the 54-member club, as prominent Republican figures in both Australia and Jamaica discuss severing ties with the royal family.
The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen, at the head of the group made up mostly of former territories of the British Empire, when prime ministers and presidents meet for the first time since 2018.
But the prince’s and prime minister’s visit was overshadowed by a recent report in The Times alleging that Charles described Johnson’s policy of sending asylum seekers to Rwanda as “appalling”.
The newspaper said a source had heard Charles express his opposition to the policy several times in private, and that he was “very disappointed” with the deportation plan.
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 18:17
Reiss-Mogg plays down the suggestion that EU reforms could lead to new problems with the Brexit protocol
Jacob Rees-Mogg has played down any suggestion that plans to reform EU law retained could lead to further clashes over post-Brexit trade arrangements in Northern Ireland.
“It is very important that the benefits of the divergence feed into Northern Ireland. It cannot be left out in the cold. This would be in line with the protocol reforms,” the Brexit Opportunities Minister said.
He stressed, however, that efforts to catalog and target long-standing EU law had not been a “motivator” for the UK’s unilateral efforts to make changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has sparked significant disagreement with the EU.
Andy GregoryJun 22 2022 18:02
Suspended Conservative MP David Warburton faces new investigation into ‘paid call’
Deputy Speaker of Parliament suspended by the Conservative Party over allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use faces new investigation in the House of Commons, our political deputy editor-in-chief Rob Merrick reports.
David 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 the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner’s investigation into whether he violated 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”.
Andy GregoryJune 22 2022 17:44