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Fine Gael politician Neale Richmond in the Dáil Éireann - Credit: Twitter

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Fine Gael politician claims Leave.EU is ‘a threat to democracy’ and should not be welcomed into Ireland

Fine Gael politician Neale Richmond has claimed Leave.EU is “a threat to democracy” and should not be welcomed into the Republic of Ireland. Richmond warned members of the Irish parliament that the Brexit lobby group was a “politically subversive organisation” that was allowed “a foothold in our democracy, [and there] will be an absolutely detrimental effect”. Leave.EU, the domain […]
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Tory minister denies Boris Johnson broke Covid regulations during Olympic Park cycle trip

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has denied Boris Johnson broke coronavirus restrictions over the weekend by exercising at Stratford Olympic Park. Johnson was spotted cycling at Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, which is located seven miles away from Downing Street, prompting accusations he broke government guidance. Current official government advice says exercise should be limited to once a day […]
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Nigel Farage backs Tony Blair to lead Britain’s vaccination programme during dig at ‘low grade’ government

Nigel Farage has said Tony Blair should lead the UK’s vaccination programme, adding the former Labour prime minister “commands respect” and is “seriously bright”. Expressing his frustration with Boris Johnson’s latest lockdown announcement, Farage took to Twitter with a suggestion on how to speed up Britain’s vaccination drive. Describing the current cabinet as the “most low grade […]
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Wetherspoon pub boss says Boris Johnson is ‘incapable’ of securing a Brexit deal

Whetherspoon boss Tim Martin has come to the “rapid conclusion” that Boris Johnson and his government have been “incapable of making good decisions” over Brexit.  Tim Martin, a Brexiteer, suggested Johnson would “tie up the country for decades” in agreement he would not fully understand. Discussing the prospect on talkRADIO, Martin said: “I’m rapidly forming the conclusion that Boris […]
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Liz Truss criticised after describing gender and race equalities debate as ‘fashionable’

Liz Truss has been berated for suggesting that the debate surrounding gender and race equality issues had been dominated by “fashion” and not “facts”. The equalities minister today announced a change to government policy around systemic discrimination issues, promising a move away from “identity politics” in favour of a focus on people’s social class and individual “character”. She […]
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Department run by women and equalities minister has ‘significantly widening’ gender pay gap problem, new figures reveal

The gender pay gap has significantly widened at the Department for International Trade (DIT) run by women and equalities minister Liz Truss, new figures reveal. Labour said the growing divide “raises serious questions” about the government’s commitment to close the gender pay gap when Truss’s department is “clearly going backwards”. The gap in the DIT, […]
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Political commentator sums up Remainer frustrations with Brexit in brilliant one-liner

A political commentator has brilliantly summed up the frustrations Remainers have with Brexit using an age-old analogy. The New Statesman‘s Philip Collins said Brexiteers compared the concerns of Remainers to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” having completely ignored the moral of the story. In the fable, which dates back to the Middle Ages, a young shepherd boy repeatedly trick nearby villagers into thinking […]
Health secretary Matt Hancock delivers a ministerial statement on COVID-19 in the House Of Commons, London. - Credit: PA

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Matt Hancock reignites ‘chumocracy’ row after ex-neighbour is handed Covid work following WhatsApp message

The company of a former neighbour of Matt Hancock’s has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply medical equipment to Covid testing centres despite having no previous experience. Alex Bourne, who ran a pub close to Hancock’s former constituency in Suffolk, said he offered his company’s services to the health secretary in a WhatsApp message. Hinpack, Bourne’s company, was […]
Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell speaks during an emergency debate on international action to protect civilians in Aleppo, Syria, in the House of Commons, London. - Credit: PA

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Tory MP calls Rishi Sunak’s foreign aid cut a ‘shameful mistake’ that will make Britain ‘less safe’

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has criticised Rishi Sunak’s cut in Britain’s foreign aid budget, arguing the move makes the UK “less safe and less prosperous”. Mitchell, who served in David Cameron’s cabinet between 2010 and 2012, said the chancellor’s decision to cut foreign aid was a “shameful mistake” that would hurt Britain’s world […]
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Brexiteer sparks row after suggesting outrage over Priti Patel bullying allegations should be ‘taken with pinch of salt’

A conservative commentator has sparked a row after suggesting reactions to allegations of bullying against Priti Patel should be taken with a “pinch of salt”. Vote Leave activist Darren Grimes provoked a tense exchange of opinions online after he claimed the “Left” were unfairly targeting Patel.  Allies of the home secretary have denied the allegations which were leaked in […]
The SNP's Angus Brendan MacNeil (L) and Britain newest trade envoy Tony Abbott - Credit: Parliamentlive.tv

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SNP politician schools former Australian PM and trade envoy on Brexit ‘prosperity’

An SNP politician has schooled Britain’s trade envoy about the UK’s prospect of becoming prosperous after Brexit. Angus Brendan MacNeil, who chairs the Commons committee on trade that met on Wednesday, said the UK faced years of “poverty” after it permanently leaves the EU on January 1. Probing Tony Abbott, Britain’s newly-appointed trade envoy, on his opinions of Brexit, the newly-minted diplomat […]
Former health secretary Stephen Dorrell speaking during a People's Vote press conference at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London - Credit: PA

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Ex-Tory minister challenges claim there’ll be a ‘different’ Boris Johnson without Dominic Cummings

A former Tory minister has challenged claims Boris Johnson will be ‘different’ without Dominic Cummings.  Stephen Dorrell, who served as a health secretary under John Major’s government, said it was unlikely that the prime minister would change tact now that his most senior and controversial adviser has resigned. Speaking with the LBC’s Nick Ferrari, the former cabinet […]
George Pascoe-Watson advised a Tory minister of health for six months without publicly declaring it - Credit: YouTube

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Paid lobbyist given unfettered access to sensitive Covid-19 meetings

A lobbyist who secretly advised a health minister for six months was given unfettered access to private coronavirus meetings and later leaked sensitive information to clients. George Pascoe-Watson, who chairs the PR firm Portland Communications, advised Lord Bethell on Test and Trace strategy while still a Westminster lobbyist, a Sunday Times investigation has revealed. Portland Communications represents pharmaceutical companies, weapons […]
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Donald Trump supporters duped into thanking ‘Satan’ for backing president’s re-election campaign

A number of high-profile Republicans and Trump supporters have been fooled into thanking Satan for supporting the president’s re-election bid. Fox News commentator Corey Lewandowski, former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, Conservative political pundit Tomi Lahren, and outspoken Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio were among people duped into thanking someone called “Iblis” for campaigning on behalf of […]
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 […]
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Piers Morgan calls Boris Johnson a ‘blustering buffoon’ in attack on PM’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Piers Morgan has ripped into Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, describing his approach as “catastrophically wrong” and calling him a “blustering buffoon” on Australian television. The Good Morning Britain presenter said the virus had been a “nightmare” for may across the world, but particularly so in the UK. Appearing on Australian chat show Today, Morgan […]
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‘You’ll have to look on the website’: Minister behind Greater Manchester negotiations doesn’t know if gyms will remain open

The minister behind coronavirus negotiations with Andy Burnham and other Greater Manchester leaders was unable to say whether gyms would remain open under the region’s new restrictions. Communities and housing minister Robert Jenrick appeared to have no idea if gyms would remain open under Tier-3 restrictions coming into force on Friday, despite being involved in lockdown […]
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Minister criticised by TV presenter for saying ‘absolutely nothing’ in interview

A television presenter has criticised a government minister for appearing on BBC Breakfast to say “absolutely nothing”. Charlie Stayt was interviewing Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, about newspaper headlines suggesting large-scale coronavirus restrictions are about to hit the north of England. But rather than explaining what the reports mean and defending the restrictions, Jenrick was […]
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Laurence Fox accused of hypocrisy after boycotting Sainsbury’s over its support for Black History Month

Laurence Fox has been labelled a hypocrite after vowing to boycott Sainsbury’s because of its support for Black History Month. The 42-year-old actor accused the supermarket of promoting “racial segregation and discrimination” during a Twitter rant on Sunday. Fox’s post came after the supermarket chain announced it would be marking Black History Month, an annual observance of black […]
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross in the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh. - Credit: PA

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Douglas Ross criticises SNP handling of universities – but ducks criticising Tory response

Scotland’s Tory Party leader, Douglas Ross, was caught out supporting Westminster’s handling of the coronavirus crisis on university campuses while berating Scotland for taking the same action. Appearing on Good Morning Scotland, Ross criticised the Scottish government for allowing students back at university as a second coronavirus wave took hold. He said Holyrood should have given students “crystal clear” […]