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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

Downing Street

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 […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson (right) and former defence minister Johnny Mercer (centre) during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day in 2019 - Credit: PA

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Ex-minister says Boris Johnson’s government is a ‘cesspit’ where ‘almost nobody’ tells the truth

A former defence minister has described Boris Johnson’s government as a “cesspit” and the “most distrustful, awful environment” that he has ever worked in. A day after quitting his job, Johnny Mercer launched an extraordinary attack on Johnson and fellow ministers, accusing them of being “cowards” for backtracking on promises to end “vexatious historical investigations” of veterans who […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson at a media briefing - Credit: PA

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Scathing report accuses Boris Johnson of ‘only caring for England’

A scathing new report has accused Boris Johnson of “speaking for England alone” and having “considerable indifference” to the devolved nations. Research from the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy accuses Westminster of treating devolved administrations with contempt and handling the maintaining of the Union as “someone else’s problem”. The “Union at the Crossroads” document comes […]
Former prime minister David Cameron - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Tory minister claims David Cameron did ‘nothing wrong’ dealing with Greensill Capital

David Cameron “did absolutely nothing wrong” in his dealings with Greensill Capital, according to a senior government minister. Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng indicated his belief that “everything was above board” with the former prime minister’s connection to the financial services company which collapsed earlier this month. Speaking on Sky News, Kwarteng said that, with Cameron […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19) - Credit: PA

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MPs call for investigation into Boris Johnson’s alleged ‘breach of ministerial code’ over Covid contracts

MPs have called for an investigation into whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code in remarks he made about the procurement of Covid contracts. Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, Greens MP Caroline Lucas and Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran have written to the cabinet secretary Simon Case demanding an investigation into the prime minister’s comments. Johnson falsely […]
Pro-Brexit supporters gather in George Square, Glasgow, as the UK prepared to leave the European Union on January 31 last year - Credit: PA

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British weather and ‘grow-your-own food’ to be celebrated at £120m Brexit Festival

British weather and “grow-your-own food” will be among the themes celebrated during the Festival of Brexit, organisers have announced. A total 10 teams have been chosen to host events which includes showcasing the largest home-made vegetable patch project in modern times. The carnival remains a contentious issue among the public who say it is ‘politically motivated’ and a waste of £120million […]
First minister Mark Drakeford speaking at a Covid press conference in Cardiff, Wales - Credit: PA

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Welsh first minister says UK ‘is over’ in blistering attacks on No 10’s handling of devolution

Mark Drakeford has told a Welsh Affairs Committee that the union “is over” and a new one was needed to reflect a “voluntary association of four nations”. The first minister also condemned Downing Street’s approach of bypassing the devolved administrations through levelling up funds. He stated: “For the first time since devolution, we are dealing with a UK government […]
Education secretary Gavin Williamson - Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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No 10 accused of ‘growing catalogue of cronyism’ after appointment of Gavin Williamson’s friend James Wharton

Labour’s shadow education minister has called on Tory peer James Wharton to resign his party’s whip after being appointed chair of the universities watchdog. Kate Green said Wharton’s appointment to the Office for Students (OfS) was the latest in a “growing catalogue of cronyism” committed by the government. The Tory peer was confirmed as chair on Tuesday afternoon, despite the Commons […]
Ex-EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (left) arriving from the Eurostar with then EU Ambassador to the UK, Portuguese diplomat Joao Vale de Almeida at St Pancras International railway station, London - Credit: PA

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First inaugural EU-UK meeting since Brexit ‘postponed’ after bloc’s diplomatic status is downgraded

The first inaugural meeting between the UK’s new diplomatic team in Brussels and senior EU officials since Brexit has been “postponed” in response to a spat over the bloc’s diplomatic status. Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, formally appointed this month to represent the UK in Brussels, was due to meet the chief aide to the European council president, Charles Michel, […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street, London, after leaving a Cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). - Credit: PA

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No 10 seeks help of social media influencers to improve government’s image in latest job advert

Downing Street is seeking to hire someone to help improve its image through engagements with social media influencers. The Cabinet Office is currently advertising for a Relationship Manager – Influencers and Civil Society to sell Britain’s “climate action” efforts and role in the COP26 – the UN’s annual climate change summit meeting – to “high profile influencers […]
LBC presenter James O'Brien - Credit: Twitter

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James O’Brien lashes out at companies in charge of ‘disgraceful’ school meal parcels

James O’Brien has accused companies distributing free school meals of ‘profiteering’ after pictures emerged of parents receiving meagre packages surfaced online. Downing Street has pushed for an investigation after parents began sharing pictures online of what they have been given to feed their children for ten days. Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said she would “urgently” look into the matter after one […]
New Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves on the steps of 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

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Civil servants’ union warns there are ‘serious doubts’ over Downing Street’s Covid safety rules

The country’s biggest civil servants’ union said there were “serious doubts” about No 10’s coronavirus safety measures after it emerged Boris Johnson and 10 MPs were forced to self-isolate after a meeting. Johnson and six other MPs were forced to quarantine on Monday after being told they had come into contact with an infected Tory backbencher. Nottinghamshire MP Lee Anderson developed Covid-19 […]