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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 […]
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh. - Credit: PA

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Scottish Tory leader has ‘never received text directly’ from business leader

The Scottish Tories have attempted to distance themselves from the lobbying row engulfing the Westminster party. Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said concerns raised over communications between senior UK government officials and business leaders “cannot be allowed to continue”. Ross said he believes governments should operate in “the most transparent and open way”. He added: “The […]
International trade secretary Liz Truss in the House of Commons - Credit: Parliament Live

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Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch accused of creating ‘hostile environment’ as LGBT advisers resign

Three of the government’s LGBT advisers have resigned as they issued sharp criticism of equalities ministers Liz Truss and Kemi Badenoch. Jayne Ozanne accused Boris Johnson’s government of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBT people and criticised the two ministers as being “ignorant” on key issues. The government’s Equalities Office also confirmed that it had […]
MPs in the House of Commons - Credit: PA

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The Tory MPs who failed to vote against a Universal Credit cut

These are the 356 Tory MPs who failed to vote against a £20-a-week cut in the Universal Credit for families during the coronavirus pandemic. Aaron BellAdam AfriyieAdam HollowayAlan MakAlberto CostaAlec ShelbrookeAlex BurghartAlex ChalkAlexander StaffordAlicia KearnsAlister JackAlok SharmaAlun CairnsAmanda MillingAmanda SollowayAndrea JenkynsAndrea LeadsomAndrew BowieAndrew BridgenAndrew GriffithAndrew JonesAndrew LewerAndrew MitchellAndrew MurrisonAndrew PercyAndrew RosindellAndrew SelousAndrew StephensonAndy CarterAngela RichardsonAnne-Marie […]
Lorries at the entrance to the Port of Dover in Kent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA. - Credit: PA

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Seafood exporter says government has been ‘useless’ at providing help with new Brexit rules

A seafood exporter has said the government has been “useless” at providing information to help businesses deal with new regulations caused by Brexit. Shane Brennan, chief executive of the Cold Chain Federation, which represents chilled transport and storage companies, said hauliers were encountering issues at Britain’s borders despite the amount of cross border traffic still being quite […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson tastes whisky at the Roseisle Distillery in Scotland near Moray with Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party MP (right) - Credit: PA

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Scottish Tory leader says he won’t be ‘bringing up’ Boris Johnson during next year’s elections

Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross has said he has no intention of “bringing up” Boris Johnson on the campaign trail during next year’s Holyrood elections. Consecutive polling has shown Ross’ party faces an up-hill to beat the SNP in next year’s vote, which is tipped to win by a landslide. The SNP has repeatedly described the 2021 election as […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. - Credit: PA

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Boris Johnson faces major Tory backlash after placing 99% of nation under toughest lockdown restrictions

Boris Johnson faces a large-scale backlash from Conservative backbenchers after placing 99% of England into tier two or three lockdown measures. Tory MP Steve Baker described the measures as “authoritarian”, while others demanded the publication of a cost-benefit analysis of the restrictions. The government placed more than 23 million people into tier three restrictions on Thursday, […]
Justice minister Chris Philp (L) and columnist Bonnie Greer on Question Time - Credit: Twitter

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Question Time: Tory minister told ‘diverse’ cabinet doesn’t erase race issues in party

A Tory minister has been told that appointing “people of colour to the Cabinet” does not erase the Conservative Party’s race relation issues. Justice minister Chris Philp was told his party had “housework” to do regarding race relations during a row with The New European writer Bonnie Greer on Question Time. Panellists were discussing the damning findings of an EHRC report into […]