Boris Johnson news: Latest updates as No 10 says “no plans imminent” for reshuffle
Boris Johnson dodges question on oilfield development
Downing Street said Boris Johnson had “no imminent plans” to reshuffle his cabinet after rumors spread over the weekend that the prime minister threatened to transfer Rishi Sunak to the post of health secretary.
Mr Johnson has been warned that he risks ending his political career by demoting the Chancellor, who is seen as his most likely successor as Tory leader.
An ally of Mr. Sunak said The telegraph an attempted decision would effectively end Mr Johnson’s tenure at the top of politics, saying: ‘If he demotes him, he’s just signing his death warrant. There is no one else as good as Rishi.
Meanwhile, Downing Street has defended spending nearly £ 100,000 on two sets of artwork after Labor criticized the move to make luxury purchases at a time of a freeze on public sector wages and reduction in social spending.
Downing Street spends nearly £ 100,000 on artwork
Downing Street shelled out nearly £ 100,000 of taxpayer money for two sets of works of art.
Number 10 was unable to say how much public money was spent on art, but a spokesperson said the “majority” of the money came from “philanthropic” donors.
The works of art were purchased through the Government Art Collection fund, The mirror reported.
Neil Coyle, Labor MP for Old Southwark and Bermondsey, criticized the purchases as “disconnected”, saying Boris Johnson had “found more money to heal himself” before universal credit cuts and wage freeze of the public sector.
Lamiat Saban has the details:
Liam jamesAug 9, 2021 8:20 AM
Boris Johnson would sign ‘death warrant’ if he demoted Sunak
Boris Johnson has been warned that he will sign his political “death warrant” if he demotes Rishi Sunak.
Yesterday, Tory MPs sought to dissuade the prime minister from sacking his chancellor, who polls show is the most popular figure among party members.
An ally of the chancellor said The telegraph that Mr Johnson risks ending his political career by demoting Mr Sunak, saying: “If he demotes him, he is only signing his death warrant.” There is no one else as good as Rishi.
A Conservative MP said: “Losing a Chancellor can be seen as a misfortune; losing two sounds like recklessness.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 08:38
Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak: The popularity contest
Polls suggest Rishi Sunak remains more popular than Boris Johnson among Tory members and the British general public.
The Conservatives’ argument against the Chancellor’s demotion is based on his popularity, so let’s take a look at the numbers that this argument is based on.
A recent poll of Conservative members by the Conservative Home website found that the Chancellor had the highest net satisfaction rate among cabinet members. At 74.1, he was behind only Liz Truss.
In the same poll, Mr Johnson scored just 3.4, placing 4th to last of the 27 members listed.
YouGov also puts Mr Sunak ahead of his boss with 42% popularity compared to Mr Johnson’s 34%.
Liam jamesAug 9, 2021 9:02 AM
Kwarteng: the future of Rishi Sunak until the Prime Minister
Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the fate of Rishi Sunak belonged to Boris Johnson.
The Chancellor was doing “a fantastic job,” Kwarteng, who was promoted to the Ministry of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January, told Sky News this morning.
“It’s up to the prime minister to decide, all these kinds of personnel decisions,” he said.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 09:14
Tories share their thoughts on Sunak demotion rumors
Over the weekend, several Tory MPs confidentially shared their thoughts on Boris Johnson’s alleged desire to demote Rishi Sunak.
Speaking to Financial Time, an influential member of the government said that support for the parliamentary conservative party was split “50:50” between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
“Rishi makes it clear that he hates silly spending. He is against blockages and gives priority to economic growth, ”said the Minister.
The minister also said the Chancellor “represents a set of ideas” where “other than Brexit” Mr Johnson does not.
Another MP said the prime minister could be assured of party support even if he demoted Mr. Sunak: “It’s in the prime minister’s gift and Rishi must remember it. Much of the parliamentary party’s loyalty is still to Boris.
A minister also told the FT the prime minister was angered by some of his chancellor’s decisions during the pandemic, “especially since some of the most expensive things done during the pandemic were Rishi’s, like leave at 80% of salary, no doubt that taxes should disappear until they pay for it ”.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 09:36
Ministers ‘mix up messages’ after civil service homework policy reversal
Ministers have been accused of issuing puzzling advice on whether officials should continue to work from home or return to office, Lamiat Sabin reports.
The government reportedly abandoned plans to require Department of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) staff to be based in the office part-time from September.
England’s order to work from home whenever possible, which was put in place in March 2020 as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, was lifted on July 19.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 09:55
Kwarteng says UK is ‘on track’ to meet net zero target
Kwasi Kwarteng said the UK was “on track” to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Asked by Sky News this morning about the government’s progress towards the legal target set by Theresa May’s government, the business secretary said: “I think it’s a challenge, but I think we’re on the right track. lane, I think we’re doing pretty well.
“If you look since 1990, we’ve reduced our emissions by 45 percent and we’ve managed to grow the economy by 80 percent, that’s a number that beats the world. “
He added: “We are in 2021 now, I think there is every chance that we have hit the target. It is a lot of work and I think we can do it … it is a challenge, this is not an easy thing, if it was an easy thing we wouldn’t talk about it.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 10:11 AM
No response from Boris Johnson on Brexit trade issues
A business leader in the North East who wrote to the Prime Minister a fortnight ago asking him to tackle the problems caused by Brexit said he had yet to receive a response.
James Ramsbotham, managing director of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), outlined some of the issues, including the shortage of truck drivers, confusion over customs declarations and delays in transporting goods.
A survey of nearly 2,500 NECC members found that three-quarters of companies had been negatively affected by leaving the EU, he said.
The chamber said this was supported by the government’s own trade statistics which revealed a 37% drop in export and import trade.
The NECC has called for the Brexit SME Support Fund to be expanded to allow companies to train more staff and get the right equipment to deal with new customs responsibilities.
He also wants the government to act to make the training of truck drivers more attractive.
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 10:30 AM
Sunak is heading to the backs before the Ministry of Health, ally says
An ally of Rishi Sunak said Time that the Chancellor would not accept a demotion and would rather resign himself to the backbench.
Boris Johnson has reportedly threatened to move Mr Sunak to the post of health secretary, a post a source told the newspaper the Chancellor would not accept. The move would risk provoking a leadership race against the prime minister, they said.
“If he loses Rishi, he loses his leadership completely,” a source said.
“He would have the most likely candidate to replace him in the backseat. He’s not going to be demoted. It would be ridiculous. “
Liam jamesAugust 9, 2021 10:40 AM
Kwarteng admits “creative tension” between Johnson and Sunak
Kwasi Kwarteng admitted that there were “always disagreements” and “creative tensions” between the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.
The business secretary, however, stressed that Boris Johnson was “100 percent” behind Rishi Sunak and that the couple were working “very closely” together despite allegations of a strained relationship.
More information on this from Ashley Cowburn, political correspondent, here:
Liam jamesAug 9, 2021 11:03 AM