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British Politics

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and former special advisor Dominic Cummings leave from the rear of Downing Street - Credit: AFP via Getty Images

British Politics

Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ risks being a ‘side door to sleaze in science’

A new £800 million research agency – which was originally described as Dominic Cummings’ ‘pet project’ – risks being a “side door to sleaze in science”, the opposition has warned. Ministers want the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (Aria) to focus on “high-risk, high-reward” research to explore new ideas while having “strategic and cultural” independence and […]
Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside 10 Downing Street in London - Credit: PA

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Anti-Muslim sentiment ‘remains a problem’ in the Tory party, investigation finds

Boris Johnson’s comments about women wearing the burka have given an impression that the Tories are “insensitive to Muslim communities”, an independent review into alleged Islamophobia and discrimination in the Conservative Party has said. The inquiry found anti-Muslim sentiment was seen at local association and individual levels but claims of “institutional racism” were not borne […]
Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour should become more radical following setbacks in recent elections - Credit: PA

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Former shadow chancellor says Labour shouldn’t be a ‘Blairite tribute band’

Sir Keir Starmer should avoid turning Labour into a “Blairite tribute band”, former shadow chancellor John McDonnell has warned. He told BBC Two’s Newsnight the party should become more radical following setbacks in recent elections. McDonnell, who stood down from the shadow cabinet in 2019, claimed there was “disillusionment” with Labour, “particularly among younger people”. A […]
Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and the UK's most senior civil servant, (front right) giving evidence on the work of the Cabinet Office to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) in April - Credit: PA

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Vote Leave officials to face MPs’ questioning over conduct during Brexit referendum

MPs are set to examine the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission at the time of the Brexit and Scottish independence referendums.  The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) will be hearing from senior officials of both campaigns on the Commission’s role of enforcing compliance with rules governing spending and donations during both votes. The meeting on Tuesday comes […]
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove in the House of Commons - Credit: PA

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UK ministers ‘have shocking lack of knowledge about Northern Ireland Protocol’

UK ministers have a “shocking” lack of knowledge about the unique circumstances of Northern Ireland following Brexit, MPs have heard. The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee joined together with the Northern Ireland, Scottish and Welsh affairs committees to hear evidence on the Government’s union capability. Appearing as witnesses were Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove […]
Home secretary Priti Patel - Credit: PA

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Cross-party of MPs slam Priti Patel’s ‘shameful’ detention of EU nationals

https://www.bestforbritain.org/citizendetentionA cross-party group of MPs have slammed Priti Patel’s detention of EU nationals at British airports following Brexit as “yet another shameful action by the Home Office in a long string of mistreatment of migrants and asylum seekers”. Last week reports surfaced of European citizens being handcuffed at airports, made to sleep in parked vans or prevented from […]
Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair launched a stinging attack on his party - Credit: PA

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Tony Blair warns Labour Party could die without ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’

Tony Blair has launched a scathing attack on the “woke left” and warned the Labour Party faced electoral oblivion if it did not start ‘cutting through’ to voters.   Blair, a former Labour prime minister, said May’s dismal election results showed the party needed a “total deconstruction and reconstruction. Nothing less will do.” Writing in the New Statesman, Blair […]
EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier walks back to his hotel in Westminster after leaving meetings on Victoria Street, London, during a break in talks as efforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal in October last year - Credit: PA

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Brexit talks with Britain were plagued by ‘Tory quarrels and low blows’, says Michel Barnier

Britain’s Brexit trade deal with the EU was determined by “quarrels, low blows, [and] multiple betrayals” by self-aggrandizing Tory MPs, Michel Barnier has written in his long-awaited memoirs. The UK’s problem, writes Barnier in The Great Illusion, was that it began negotiations by “talking to themselves,” leading its negotiating team to “underestimate the legal complexity of this divorce, […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson listens to Labour leader Keir Starmer during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London - Credit: PA

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PMQs: Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ‘sleaze, cronyism and scandal’ over Downing Street refurb

Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “sleaze, cronyism and scandal” after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation into the refurb of the prime minister’s Downing Street flat. Sir Keir used Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) to grill Johnson over the Commission’s announcement. “Who initially, and prime minister, initially is the key word here, who initially […]
Work and pension minister Therese Coffey said the public was not interested in 'some wallpaper or sofas' in Boris Johnson's flat - Credit: Sky News

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Minister downplays concerns surrounding PM’s flat refurb claiming public ‘aren’t interested in wallpaper or sofas’

A cabinet minister has downplayed concerns over the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s official residency by Tory Party donors, declaring the public was not interested in “some wallpaper or sofas”. Work and pensions minister Therese Coffey also said “the right declarations will be made” in due course showing the prime minister is personally paying for the £200,000 refurbishment. Questions have […]