Emmanuel Macron came under heavy fire on Thursday over his lockdown U-turn as opposition groups pledged to boycott a parliamentary vote on tougher restrictions saying they would not rubber-stamp the whims of “a monarch”.
Modelling by Sage presented to Downing Street and leaked to The Times predicts hospital admissions and deaths will more than halve over the next month.
Patients battling coronavirus in hospital currently number around 24,000, but this figure is expected to be slashed to around 9,000 by mid-March.
Yesterday 1,908 patients were taken to hospital in the UK, a massive drop in admission rates since the peak in January when around 4,500 were admitted on a single day.
But hopes the world-beating vaccine roll-out will mean lockdown curbs can be significantly eased any time soon were shot down today by Mr Hancock, who unveiled the latest suite of border curbs and warned they could last until the Autumn when booster vaccines will be available.
BORIS JOHNSON has come under scrutiny for how he has handled the coronavirus pandemic with some backbench MPs warning he must end the lockdown or face a party revolt.
Among the 18 Tories who signed the pledge that „All schools should open full-time to all pupils from Feb 22 to March 8 are former Cabinet minister Esther McVey, ex-ministers Steve Baker, Tim Loughton and Harriet Baldwin, and chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs Sir Graham Brady.
The new rebellion mushroomed after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set the pace by announcing a phased return of Scottish schools from February 22.
Tory MPs also pointed to falling case rates and evidence to Parliament from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jenny Harries that schools are not considered one of the major vectors of infection transmission.
Boris Johnson has ordered ministers to ramp up preparations for reopening schools after being told the UK is now past the peak of the current wave of coronavirus.
The Prime Minister has made it clear that the Government’s immediate focus must be on education and is expected to announce further measures to help children catch up after almost a year of disruption.
Last summer Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to opt-out of the EU’s jabs rollout last summer, describing the decision as „dumb and dumber“. Remainers accused Mr Johnson of putting lives at risk and placing Brexit before the pandemic with the decision not to participate in the scheme.
The group includes the former Cabinet minister Esther McVey and Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, according to the Telegraph
And Mr Williams faced yet more opposition from Conservative colleagues last night, in the form of Education Select Committee Chairman Robert Halfon.
The former Minister of State for Skills revealed he had asked for an Urgent Question in the House of Commons in which he would demand to know the route-map for getting children back to school.
„We locked down the country and shut down our schools on the basis of a forecast, so why can’t we open it up on the basis of one too? It is not sustainable to leave the public and British businesses languishing any longer,“ Mr Baker told The Telegraph.
Last week Steve Baker, the deputy chair of the Tory backbench Covid Recovery Group (CRG), wrote to MPs calling on them to write to the Government chief whip and make clear an exit strategy was needed.
He told them „inevitably the Prime Minister’s leadership will be on the table“ unless Mr Johnson outlined the return to freedom.
The revolution starts tomorrow.
– Tory MPs have urged Boris Johnson to publish draft lockdown exit plan this week
– They said that the gradual easing of draconian curbs must start from March 8
– The Covid Recovery Group warned the PM ‚there cannot be any more excuses‘
The hope in Downing Street is that the Oxford vaccine will get the green light by the end of the year. This would allow the Prime Minister to start laying out plans for restrictions to be lifted.
The real villains of the piece are us, the politicians, with our cavalier approach to the trashing of our constituents’ civil liberties. For the past eight months, we have removed these liberties almost without a second thought, relying on the overstretched police to enforce our panoply of new and wretched laws.
I did not vote for these appalling laws but accept that I am part of the political collective that has forced them on our constituents. Merely to suggest that we may be ‘over-cooking the goose’ is to invite the wrath of the ‘high-ups’ in Parliament. It is tantamount to heresy to point out that criminalising parents for seeing their children strikes many as grotesque.
– King’s College London said cases were now ‚plateauing‘ and there was a ’slight fall‘ in infections across UK
– Oxford’s Carl Heneghan said told how coronavirus hospital admissions, cases and ‚in effect‘ deaths in retreat
– It comes as Sir Patrick Vallance and Prof Chris Whitty face questions from MPs over the 4,000 deaths figure
An Afghan parliamentary delegation, headed by Rahmani, arrived in Pakistan on Friday to discuss relations between the two parliaments and Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, and also to boost economic ties.
Conservative MPs and local leaders in the North have been venting fury about the government’s stance, with former minister Jake Berry accusing the premier of being ‚London-centric‘ and enjoying his sweeping emergency powers ‚a little bit too much‘.
Politicians in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield raged at ‚diktats announced without notice‘ and said ministers were treating the North like a ‚petri dish for experimentation‘ while the South gets off lightly.
1. Bob Neil
2. Geoffrey Cox
3. Simon Hoare
4. George Freeman
5. Tobias Ellwood
6. Damian Green
7. Damian Collins
8. Sir Oliver Heald
9. Sir Roger Gale
10. Gary Streeter
11. Rehman Chishti
12. Jack Lopresti
13. Sajid Javid
14. Charles Walker
15. Jeremy Wright
16. Andrew Mitchell
But when the Zoom call attended by 256 MPs suddenly broke off after twenty minutes, the online forum descended into chaos as MP Michael Fabricant started singing Rule Britannia, clutching a piece of paper with the words already printed out.
The bill is expected to pass through Parliament in time to meet Boris Johnson’s promise for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January.
Zwei Wochen vor der Parlamentswahl in Großbritannien liegt die Konservative Partei von Premierminister Boris Johnson deutlich in Führung. Die Tories können sich sogar Hoffnung machen, zukünftig wieder alleine zu regieren.
„Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories,“ the MPs continued, adding that this could not „be allowed to go unchallenged.“
They added that they shared „an understanding of the abuse and intimidation“ used against women in public-facing positions.
Why, for the fourth time in almost as many years, is the country being invited to go out and vote again? Because, to put it bluntly, the MPs we elected back in 2017 refuse to enact the result of the EU referendum.
Following a week where the prime minister was accused of using“violent“ language, the charity set up in honour of murdered Labour MP Mrs Cox said it had been working with the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) to develop a Joint Standard of Conduct to help protect election candidates.
Former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, former Chancellor Philip Hammond and ex-Attorney General Dominic Grieve are all suspected of being assisted by members of the European Commission, it was reported.
Another source added: “The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities.
Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the ‚Surrender Act‘ which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union.
Maverick Labour MP Kate Hoey joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the left-wing case for Leave, Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit betrayal and Labour’s disconnect from its working-class heartlands.
For three years the UK Parliament has been unable to act on the 2016 referendum result. It was never clear what they were hoping to achieve if they got an extra three days, weeks or months.
But the Parliament that reassembled yesterday managed to live down to even what low expectations there might have been.
The South Shields MP, who was sacked from the Labour frontbench for voting against a second EU referendum, was offered a choice between the Brexit Party and Lib Dems as coalition partners during an interview for ITV’s ‚Acting Prime Minister‘ podcast.
She said: „I will be vilified for this, but the Brexit Party.
„Even though I despise everything they stand for, I could not go into league with somebody who wants to revoke Article 50.
„It makes me feel sick saying that, but looking at it, yeah.“
Mrs May has raised the issue directly with Party chairman James Cleverly and Chief Whip Mark Spencer on behalf of the group that includes former Chancellor Philip Hammond, ex-Justice Secretary David Gauke and Tory grandee Ken Clarke.
She approached Mr Cleverly behind the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening to raise concerns about the legality of blocking any of the rebels from being candidates at the next Election.
Under the plan, if the rebels are not allowed back into the party, the Liberals and the Greens would not put up a candidate against MPs Rory Stewart, Sam Gyimah, Margot James and Dominic Grieve.
In return, if they were to beat the official Tory candidates and win election to the Commons, they would agree to take a ’soft whip‘ from the Liberals, meaning they would vote with Ms Swinson’s party on selected issues.
So as anticipation builds up over the coming weeks, Guido brings you the comprehensive and continually updating list of MPs who have announced they will be stepping down at the next election. Get in touch with any updates…
When MPs who once vowed to honour the referendum result vote instead to proceed with a dodgy Bill, enabled by their puppet Speaker, surrendering power to the EU to determine a delay of its choosing — to be rubber-stamped by our Remainer-dominated Parliament.
Will three months suit Brussels? Six, maybe? How about ten years?
Remainers will, have no doubt, sign off whatever the EU decides.
– Boris Johnson called for snap election after being defeated by Remainer MPs
– The PM needs to secure a two-thirds vote in the Commons to hold an early poll
– Jeremy Corbyn has said he will block poll unless law is passed against No Deal
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn has said that there is no consent to leave the EU without a deal and no majority for no-deal in the country.
He added that if Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to table a motion for a general election he should „get the bill passed first in order to take no-deal off the table“.
BORIS Johnson tonight demanded a snap general election after rebel MPs pulled off an extraordinary coup to allow a block on Brexit until next year plunging Westminster into outright chaos.
Twenty one Conservative MPs – including NINE ex-Cabinet ministers – were sacked minutes after siding with Labour to seize control of Parliament’s agenda from 3pm tomorrow.
Removing the whip effectively means expelling the MPs from their party.
The list of rebelling MPs included ex-Cabinet ministers Greg Clark, David Gauke, Rory Stewart, Oliver Letwin, Justine Greening as well as Mr Hammond and Father of the House Mr Clarke.
The political class has taken back control – from the people.
The lawmakers who voted in favor of the motion include a number of high-profile rebels in Johnson’s own Conservative Party, who now risk being stripped of their affiliation. Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a bill to force Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the European Union.
But there are a myriad of scenarios that could frustrate the plans of both sides. Read on to find out how.
Section 3, Paragraph 1 has already caught the attention of Brexiteers, as it would mean the EU can choose the length of the extension – without a limit – and the Prime Minister must agree to it.
They are expected to put forward legislation on Tuesday to stop no deal under „SO24“ or Standing Order 24 – the rule allowing MPs to ask for a debate on a „specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration“.
Sources have told the BBC the bill would force the prime minister to seek a three-month extension until 31 January if no withdrawal deal has been passed by 19 October – the day after the next EU leaders‘ summit.
This makes it clear that the Government is working within the legal stipulations set by Dominic Grieve’s political chicanery, and is responding in kind. So there is nothing unconstitutional or improper here. And if the Commons does not like the move, then it is free to pass a motion of no confidence in the Government. As long as a majority of MPs have confidence in the Government, but disapprove of its Brexit policy, they cannot complain about any legal and constitutional means the Government employs to achieve its objectives.
TORY MPs who vote to block a No Deal next week will be sacked from the party, we can reveal.
No10 will bar Remainer rebels from standing at the next general election.
MPs do not vote to prorogue – it’s a power that rests with the Queen, done on the advice of the prime minister.
– Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of plotting a ‚desperate‘ coup
– He pleaded for support in bringing a no confidence vote to prevent No Deal
– Embarrassingly Mr Corbyn’s plans have been rejected by the Lib Dems already
In backing Remain, Corbyn has turned Labour into an authoritarian tool of the establishment.
In a bombshell announcement Jeremy Corbyn said today that his party will back another divisive vote to stop Brexit – as long as the Tories are still in power.
After years of flip-flopping on the issue, he said that no matter what Brexit deal the next PM gets with the EU, they should put it back to the people for another say.
However his message, which came during a day of meetings with senior party figures, raised fresh questions over Labour’s Brexit strategy in a general election.
It comes as attempts to stop the next prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit by Halloween were rejected by the deputy speaker.
Grieve’s plan was less concerned with the meat of the legislation itself than it was with giving MPs opportunities to impose their will on an executive determined to leave the EU without an agreement. Now that is has failed, the legal path to progrogation remains clear to a prime minister sufficiently motivated to take it – though the politics are still tricky.
As many as 12 Labour MPs are now “willing to countenance” a no-deal Brexit, according to BBC Newsnight Political Editor Nick Watt.
“Just gave Boris Johnson the finger,” she wrote, referring to her greeting for the prospective Tory leader staying at his girlfriend’s flat in the same block as Ms Leigh’s apartment in south east London.
Ms Leigh, an American theatre producer, director and writer, has now deleted her Twitter account – possibly because the influence she and her husband, Tom Penn, have had over the leadership race became immeasurable this weekend.
Is it right to record a couple’s private conversations, through the walls of their home, and then publish their words verbatim in a national newspaper? Most people would say no. Most people would consider that a grotesque invasion of privacy. Most people would think it profoundly morally wrong to spy on a couple’s most intimate moments and then salaciously expose those moments to readers hungry for scandal.
n 2018, PR Week listed her in its top 10 figures in political communications – second only to No10 chief Robbie Gibb.
Prior to the role, Ms Symonds was a special adviser to Sajid Javid during his tenure as Communities Secretary …
Quietly and discreetly, the planning for Boris Johnson’s premiership has begun.
Nächste Wahlrunde bei den Tories, nächster Sieg für Boris Johnson. 143 der 313 Stimmen der Tory-Abgeordneten entfielen auf den ehemaligen britischen Außenminister.
Here’s how the results break down for round three of the Tory leadership contest (round two results in brackets):
Boris Johnson has raced further ahead in the battle for No 10 after another sensational win in the third Tory leadership ballot.
Dominic Raab, who was knocked out on Tuesday, has backed Boris Johnson.
Surviving candidates will face further ballots until only two are left. Members of the Conservative Party will then be able to vote on the final two.
Mr Johnson warned of the “catastrophic loss of confidence in politics” that would come if the government failed to exit the European Union by the current October 31 deadline.
Speaking alongside his fellow candidates on the BBC debate programme on Tuesday night, the former foreign secretary said the public are „getting thoroughly fed up“ with delays to the process.
Tory leadership rivals have clashed in a live BBC TV debate on whether the UK can leave the EU, no matter what, by the 31 October deadline.
Here’s how the results broke down for round two of the Tory leadership contest (round one results in brackets):
MPs are openly speculating about who might be promoted to Mr Johnson’s front bench if – as bookmakers expect – he is crowned Prime Minister next month.
Mr Johnson is expected by MPs to take more of a hands-off „chairmanship“ role as Prime Minister, handing down authority over policy areas to trusted lieutenants.
Several hopefuls vying to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May turned their fire on favourite Boris Johnson on Sunday, questioning his pledge to leave the European Union by the end of October no matter what.
I am willing to bet the farm on Boris Johnson becoming the next leader of the Conservative party because any other outcome is pretty much mathematically impossible. So the drama – such as it is – of the next few weeks is going to be irrelevant soon. I suggest we agree on that and get down to the serious business of playing Fantasy Cabinet.
Boris Johnson has confirmed he will take part in a televised Tory leadership debate on the BBC.
The event will take place after the second round of voting.
Mr Johnson is said to have refused to take part in Sunday’s planned debate on Channel 4, with rival candidates accusing him of avoiding media scrutiny.
UK leadership race frontrunner Boris Johnson insisted Friday he would never raise the „white flag“ of surrender and plead for a further delay of Brexit if no EU deal was ready by October 31.
With Boris Johnson enjoying a seemingly unassailable lead, having won 114 votes in the first round of ballots in the leadership contest to decide our next Prime Minister, his remaining rivals have only one hope: that he will fall, in spectacular fashion, at the final hurdle.
– The first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest took place this morning with No10 as the prize
– Ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson romped to victory with an impressive 114 votes out of the total 313 MPs
– Mr Johnson is now looking increasingly likely to end up as PM with bookmakers slashing their odds again
– Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 but a long way behind as they prepare for the second round on Tuesday
– Three of the hopefuls were knocked out despite pleading for support from MPs as they came to vote today
– Aid Secretary Rory Stewart scraped through and quickly attacked Mr Johnson over threats to force No Deal
The first round of voting has concluded and the results are in. All 313 Tory MPs voted. Candidates with sixteen votes and under are automatically booted out…
The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson comfortably topped the poll as expected, securing the support of 114 of his Tory colleagues – well above the 105 he would need to guarantee a place in the final two.
Im Rennen um das Amt des Parteichefs der britischen Konservativen und Premierministers ist Boris Johnson in einer ersten Wahlrunde als Favorit bestätigt worden. Der frühere Außenminister erhielt 114 Stimmen.
Voting will take place by secret ballot in the Commons, with a result expected some time after 13.00 BST.
Any of the 10 candidates who fails to secure at least 17 votes will be eliminated from the contest.
Conservative leadership candidates including Boris Johnson hoping to force a “deal or no deal” Brexit in October have been handed a boost after MPs defeated a Labour-led attempt to tie the next prime minister’s hands.
Johnson said someone with a mild Irish accent had called him claiming to be from the Downing Street switchboard, saying they would put him through to the White House situation room.
The Tory frontrunner said: ‚Thinking quickly as I do, I said, „To all our listeners on Radio Kilkenny, I was not fooled for an instant“.‘
BORIS Johnson launches his pitch for power today by revealing he will hold EU chiefs to ransom to clinch a better Brexit deal.
The Tory leadership favourite vowed to hold on to the £39billion payoff demanded by Brussels until they agree more favourable terms.
The leadership campaign front-runner said he would refuse to pay the promised £39 billion to the European Union unless better Brexit terms are on offer. Mr Johnson also said he would step up preparations to counter no-deal „disruption“.
He told the Daily Mail: ‘I took drugs on several occasions at social events more than 20 years ago. At the time I was a young journalist. It was a mistake. I look back and I think, I wish I hadn’t done that.’
Mr Gove, 51, insisted his past mistakes should not be held against him as he battles to replace Theresa May as prime minister. She stepped down as Tory leader yesterday.
The Prime Minister handed her resignation letter to Charles Walker and Dame Cheryl Gillan, the acting chairs of the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, this afternoon.
It means Mrs May is now the acting leader of the Conservative party, under Electoral Commission rules, and remains as Prime Minister until a replacement is found.
The BBC has confirmed details of its first TV debate between Tory hopefuls vying to be the next party leader – and the country’s new PM.
Our Next Prime Minister will take place on Tuesday 18 June at 20:00 BST, broadcast on BBC One.
Estimating around 70% of his support is coming from Conservative voters angry at Theresa May’s failure to deliver Brexit, however, Greene says: “They are standing up and saying ‘I support Brexit’ and it’s a bit of an ‘I Am Spartacus’ moment. The fears that have been pushed on them by the media and institutions are dropping away and it’s like ‘I Am Spartacus, I vote Brexit’.”
UPDATE: Official Statement:
Following meetings of the 1922 Executive Committee and the Conservative Party Board today, the rules on how the Conservative Party leadership contest will proceed have been agreed.
The frontrunner told „One Nation“ moderate Tory MPs the party had to realise the “depth of problems we face”.
And in the first hustings of the contest, the former Foreign Secretary said: “Unless we get on and do this thing, we will be punished for a very long time.
“There is a very real choice between getting Brexit done – and the potential extinction of this great party.”
Out of view of the press – who were barred on the decidedly flimsy grounds that „job interviews aren’t usually made public“ – Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart, Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom made their cases to a sizeable chunk of the parliamentary party in conversation with the Spectator’s Katy Balls. Barring any further drop-outs, or, indeed, new entrants, four more will follow on Wednesday evening, with the remainder taking the mic next Monday.
Change UK has spit with six of its 11 MPs quitting the party.
Interim leader Heidi Allen has left the party, alongside Sarah Wollaston, Luciana Berger, Gavin Shuker, Angela Smith and Chuka Umunna.
Anna Soubry has been appointed the party’s new leader.
Boris Johnson stunned Westminster today by turning down a one-to-one meeting with Donald Trump.
The former Mayor of London is said to have declined the offer as he wanted instead to focus on a Tory leadership hustings happening at around the same time.
With 50% of Tory MPs now publicly declared Boris has taken the lead. Of the 4 pack leaders Raab and Gove have previously led, Boris is now ahead for the first time in the public declarations.
The second referendum backing Tory MP has so alienated members of his constituency association that he didn’t even turn up at the Bracknell Conservative Association’s Special General Meeting. Unsurprisingly they voted that they had no confidence in Philip Lee.
BRACKNELL MP Phillip Lee has been deselected after Tory members voted at a meeting of the Bracknell Conservative Association (BCA) on Saturday, June 1.
This comes after a petition with 53 members’ signatures was received by the BCA entitled ‘the Bracknell Conservative Association has no confidence in Dr Phillip Lee MP as the Conservative member of Parliament for the constituency of Bracknell’.
Trying to overturn the referendum result would alienate voters who trust us and end all chance of winning a general election
The question now is whether she will stick around like Ted Heath or move on at the time of a General Election like Margaret Thatcher.
– Theresa May’s plan to bring forward new Brexit Bill is in tatters after repeated attempts to woo Labour MPs
– Her chances of getting the deal through are fading as Tories voice opposition with 65-plus set to rebel
– Michael Gove has refused to guarantee that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill would come to the Commons
– Tory 1922 committee is meeting at 4pm – after PM faces Commons – with members pledging to topple her
Theresa May’s premiership is on the brink amid a full-scale revolt over her new Brexit deal, with Tory MPs calling for a change in the party rules to facilitate a leadership challenge.
As Mrs May faces her final battle:
– Tory grandees threaten to change party rules so the leader can be removed immediately
– Fed-up backbenchers said she should go now and leave Brexit to her successor
– The PM’s DUP allies warned she is leaving Britain at the mercy of the EU
– Even Mrs May’s most loyal MPs said she should scrap the planned vote on her deal
Environment Secretary Michael Gove gave an apparent hint that a big Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, due in the week of June 3, should be pulled.
Sources said several Cabinet ministers agreed with him that the vital Bill should be kept back for a new Tory leader to manage.
A long-standing – but not usually a very public – critic likened me to a spectator at the guillotine as I stalked the commons corridors.
I asked him when he felt the political blade would fall on Theresa May’s premiership.
With a smile, he said: „Soon – very soon.“
I fear we are in for a long, hot summer.
The Labour MP accused the Conservative Party rules of forcing a form of „dictatorship“ on Parliament as nothing can be done to oust the Prime Minister before the end of the year. Ms Hoey urged Theresa May to resign from her post as soon as possible in the best interest of the country and to help find a solution to the Brexit impasse.
She is the first MP ever to be removed by the recall process, introduced by David Cameron in 2015.
Some 19,261 people signed the petition – 27.64% of those eligible to take part and well above the 10% threshold for a recall.
(16. November 1981)
The Prime Minister (Mrs. Margaret Thatcher)
The right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) has spoken for the whole House and for the United Kingdom in expressing our horror and revulsion at the assassination of his hon. Friend, who was killed because he was a Member of this honourable House.
Robert Bradford was well known as a conscientious and devoted constituency Member, yet he was murdered on Saturday morning when he was helping his constituents—helping them so that he could better serve them here in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
We shall pursue with the utmost vigour those who committed this wicked crime and we shall persevere in our duty to rid our country of the evil of terrorism.
It was another horrific day in a blood-spattered year in which 117 people lost their lives in the Troubles – 1981, the year of the hunger strikes.
Today, however, 26 years later, Sunday Life can reveal that neither Rev Bradford nor Mr Campbell should have died in the IRA attack – RUC Special Branch and Army Intelligence had prior knowledge of the incident an incredible THREE DAYS beforehand.
They told neither the Rev Bradford, nor his police protection officer.
Three years ago, a former officer with the shadowy Army intelligence-gathering outfit the Force Research Unit (FRU) contacted me with information on several murders which took place during the Troubles.
„For the last 11 months, I’ve been asking questions about Reverend Bradford’s murder and the last months of his life. I’ve interviewed dozens of his friends, colleagues and acquaintances as well as ex-security officials, seeking answers
While Reverend Bradford’s wife wrote a fantastic biography on him, the facts around his death have yet to be established. As one former intelligence official remarked to me, Bradford’s killing was one of a number that didn’t have any “logic”. „
To see how cynical and censorious Britain’s political class has become, look no further than its mad response to Nigel Farage’s comments at the launch of his new Brexit Party. Farage raged at the mess the elite has made of Brexit, promised to start an ‘earthquake’ in UK politics, and said it was time to put ‘the fear of God’ into MPs who have stitched up Brexit. Cue hysteria among the political and media classes.
Liam Fox has told Tory MPs that a Customs Union is the „worst of both worlds“ and will leave Britain unable to set its own trade policy in a leaked letter obtained by The Telegraph.
The International Trade Secretary said that the UK will itself be „traded“ by the European Union as it sells access to British markets as part of future deals after Brexit.
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The Brexit pile-up in parliament really is unlike anything we’ve witnessed in modern times. The government and MPs are refusing to implement the biggest democratic mandate in British political history, the clearest and most weighty demand ever issued to them by the public. And yet they are still straining to agree how best to bury it for good.
„It’s really kicking off,“ one Brexiteer told me in the aftermath of Mrs May’s statement.
„This cannot be allowed, that cabinet has to move against May. The 1922 [backbench committee] chairman [Sir Graham Brady] has to go and tell her she has to go.“
The Brexiteers can’t stage of a vote of confidence – she secured a year’s grace after winning the confidence vote last December, but they can try to destabilise her government.
Nick Boles told a shocked House of Commons he was quitting the Tories – seemingly because he was upset that the Government whipped hard against his amendment and in favour of their own policy and manifesto.
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He backs a second referendum and last week said Mrs May’s attack on parliament for blocking her Brexit deal left him „never more ashamed to be Conservative“, adding: „I could have wept.“
The chairman of the Beaconsfield Constituency Conservative Association, Jackson Ng, said the no confidence motion was passed at the association’s annual general meeting on Friday evening.
A taste of things to come for MPs if they vote to extend Brexit – Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party now officially has more MEPs than UKIP. Eight UK MEPs now sit in Farage’s Brexit Party
Theresa May’s pledge to protect workers’ rights after Brexit could persuade up to 70 Labour MPs to back her deal, it was claimed last night.
Labour MP John Mann, who has led talks between his party’s members and the Government, said dozens of colleagues were against Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for a second referendum and could back Mrs May’s plan – if ministers offer enough reassurances.
Asked if that stance would put her on the “same side as Jeremy Corbyn”, Ms Thornberry replied: “Yeah. Of course.
“If there’s a choice between a disastrous Tory Brexit or no deal and Remaining, then that is what we will have to do.”
Labour’s 2017 manifesto says the party “accepts the referendum result” and will fight for “a Brexit deal that delivers for all regions and nations of the UK”.
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
Within minutes, Parliament’s expenses watchdog was understood to be fielding questions from politicians about whether they could claim refunds from the taxpayer for cancelled holidays. Labour asked for compensation for childcare costs.
As a result – despite the precarious state of Brexit negotiations – the Government quickly relented, with Chief Whip Julian Smith emailing all Tory MPs to say that anyone who had booked a trip could still take their holidays.
A planned Commons recess was formally axed so MPs can plough through masses of legislation needed for a smooth EU departure on March 29.
But, after a furious backlash from MPs – which included some asking for taxpayers to reimburse them for cancelled holidays – Conservatives were told they could disappear anyway if they had planned trips.
A country, proud and independent, standing on its own two feet, confident again in our democracy, bold enough to compete by being the best, British workers making high- quality products and delivering high-quality services.
A country that says it will be the best by having better pay, conditions and a healthier environment than anyone else in Europe or worldwide.
Is that not something to be confident in voting for, my fellow MPs? Let’s get on with it.
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