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Watch Boris Johnson Face Keir Starmer Live at PMQs

Boris Johnson has been told he’s “virtually toast” if he gets a Partygate fine, as the prime minister had to endure a whim from senior MPs on the House of Commons liaison committee.

On PMQ’s hours earlier, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford accused the Tories of “partying through the cost of living” by attending a “champagne bash” Tuesday night, days before an energy price hike hits millions of families.

Relatives of Covid victims chanted “shame on you” as Conservative MPs entered the diner at the Park Plaza hotel, which came as the Metropolitan Police confirmed an initial 20 Partygate fines, prompting a renewed call for Boris Johnson to withdraw. steps.

Meanwhile, Michael Gove’s Homes for Ukraine scheme has faced scathing criticism. The Home Office has said only 2,700 visas have been issued to people hoping to come to the UK under the initiative – despite applications reaching 28,300.

Robina Qureshi, director of the charity Positive Action in Housing for refugees, said the “goodwill of the British people is being poured down the sewer”.

“We are outraged and ashamed,” she said.


Putin is being lied to by his advisers about war, says British spy

Vladimir Putin’s advisers “are afraid to tell him the truth” about the situation in Ukraine, a British spy chief said.

In his first public speech on the conflict, Sir Jeremy Fleming, head of Britain’s espionage agency GCHQ, said Putin had “massively misjudged the situation” and “overestimated his army’s capabilities to achieve a swift victory”.

“Clearly he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people,” he said during a visit to Australia.

“He underestimated the power of the coalition and his actions would stimulate. He underestimated the economic consequences of the sanctions regime.”

Speaking about demoralization among Russian soldiers, he said: “We have seen Russian soldiers – short of weapons and morale – who refused to carry out orders, sabotaged their own equipment and even accidentally shot down their own plane.

“And while we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, the regime needs to be crystal clear about what’s going on and the extent of these misjudgments.”

He added: “It has become his personal war, with its costs being paid by innocent people in Ukraine and increasingly ordinary Russians too.”

He warned China not to “align too closely” with the Kremlin.

Shweta SharmaMarch 31, 2022 04:36


Labor calls for EU security pact and end to ‘minor diplomatic squabbles’ after Ukraine war

Labor calls on the UK to sign a security pact with the EU following the wake-up call of the invasion of Ukraine.

It is part of the party’s drive to “make Brexit work”.

Boris Johnson must end his “little diplomatic quarrels with our neighbors” and restore relations, Labor says.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 31, 2022 00:59


Tories become English nationalist party, says DUP MP

The Conservative Party is increasingly becoming an “English nationalist party” that does not understand what is happening in the devolved nations, a Northern Ireland MP has said.

In an interview with GB News airing Thursday, DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr. that while his natural allies at Westminster should be the Tories, he felt that Labor gave Northern Ireland a “much better deal”.

Paisley said: “Yes, the Conservatives call themselves the Conservative and Unionist Party, but I believe the Conservative Party is increasingly becoming an English nationalist party these days that don’t really understand what is going on in Scotland, especially in Northern Ireland, and in other regions.”

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 31, 2022 00:02


Families will be £2,620 worse off according to Tories watch, Labor claims

Labor will launch its local election campaign with a focus on the rising cost of living as it publishes new research suggesting families will get poorer at £2,620 under Conservative scrutiny.

Leader Sir Keir Starmer says his party would cut people’s energy bills by up to £600, funded by a windfall on oil and gas companies.

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Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 22:57


Boris Johnson mocks SNP MP’s weight for second time after being accused of ‘body-shaming’

Boris Johnson has publicly mocked the weight of the Westminster leader of the Scottish National Party for the second time in two months, having previously been accused of ‘body-shaming’.

During the Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister invoked Ian Blackford’s size in response to the SNP chief in Westminster’s criticism of the government’s spring statement.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 22:30


Phantom of the Opera brings in Chinese production for EU tour due to Brexit red tape

a production of The Phantom of the Opera has been taken from China to tour the EU because the red tape of Brexit made it too “expensive” for a British one.

It was “easier and cheaper” to bring in production 5,000 miles away, said Jessica Koravos, president of the Really Useful Group, which promotes Andrew Lloyd Webber’s shows around the world.

“Under the current circumstances, I wouldn’t think of sending a British production to Europe,” Ms Koravos told the Commons culture committee, pointing to the mountain of paperwork involved.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 22:11


Ukraine refugee plan: British goodwill is ‘poured down the drain’

The Home Office has said only 2,700 visas have been granted to people hoping to come to the UK under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, despite applications reaching 28,300.

Robina Qureshi, director of the charity Positive Action in Housing for refugees, said the “goodwill of the British people is being poured down the sewer”.

“It was a deliberate ploy to lead goodwill down a dead end, a ruse to trick people into thinking they were helping.

“We are outraged and ashamed,” she said.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 21:52


Credibility of Gove’s Homes for Ukraine scheme ‘ever crumbling’

Michael Gove has met members of a Ukrainian community group in Edinburgh to discuss his Homes for Ukraine plan.

Since its launch more than two weeks ago, it has come under fire for not issuing enough visas and endangering people.

The scheme’s credibility is “steadily crumbling,” said Robina Qureshi, director of the Positive Action in Housing charity for the homeless.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 21:33


What were the new sanctions the UK has imposed on Russia today?

The government previously announced a series of new measures against Russia in light of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The new laws, introduced with immediate effect on Wednesday, include:

  • New legal powers to prevent Russian oligarchs’ access to UK aviation and maritime technical services
  • Sanctions against oligarchs Eugene Shvidler and Oleg Tinkov. sharpened
  • Crimea-related sanctions are extended to non-governmental controlled areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “There is no doubt that Putin and his elite are surprised by the strength of our sanctions.

“We will continue to increase the pressure as long as Russian troops are in Ukraine, targeting not only oligarchs’ businesses but also their assets and international lifestyle.

“Harsh sanctions will help Ukraine get the best possible peace settlement and ultimately make Putin’s invasion fail. That is our focus.”

Emily AtkinsonMarch 30, 2022 21:09


Michael Gove discusses UK refugee settlement with Ukrainian community groups

The Secretary of State for Housing and Communities met members of a Ukrainian community group in Edinburgh today to discuss his Homes for Ukraine plan.

Michael Gove said he has held talks with members of the Edinburgh Ukrainian Club about how to make the plan “even better”.


Speaking outside the club on Wednesday, he said: “I just spoke with some great representatives of the Ukrainian community here in Scotland and we discussed how we can make the Homes for Ukraine program work even better.

“There has been a tremendous outpouring of generosity on behalf of people in Scotland and across the UK, and this UK-wide plan is designed to ensure that the generosity and good-heartedness of the British people is aligned with the need of so many in Ukraine and so many in the countries bordering Ukraine, to provide people with a safe home.”

Emily AtkinsonMarch 30, 2022 8:45 PM

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