Boris Johnson news – live: Tributes to James Brokenshire as ex-minister passes away
Keir Starmer accuses Conservatives of ‘turning the poorest on’ over cut in universal credit
Boris Johnson paid tribute to ex-minister James Brokenshire as “the nicest, kindest and most modest politician” after his death at the age of 53.
Mr Brokenshire, who was previously Secretary and Minister of Security for Northern Ireland, suffered from lung cancer and died on Thursday evening, according to a statement from his family.
The Prime Minister said he was “hopelessly sad” to hear the news, and Sir Keir Starmer joined those who paid tribute to him as a minister “effective in all the files he has kept” .
Former Prime Minister Theresa May called Mr Brokenshire “talented”, and David Cameron and Sir Keir said he had been “quite decent”.
Earlier, the Labor leader accused the government of alienating ‘the poorest’ in Britain, saying the decision to go ahead with the elimination of universal credit marked the end of the care people are getting. testified during the pandemic.
The Labor leader said Boris Johnson‘s government “is effectively attacking the poorest in our society” by choosing to end the £ 20 a week increase.
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Ministers warned of a 34% increase in the energy price cap in the spring
Ministers have been privately warned that millions of consumers will face a massive increase of more than a third in energy prices next spring, The independent can reveal.
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A 34% increase in the maximum legal fuel charge would result in an increase in bills of around £ 434 per year on average for customers on default rates paying by direct debit, and even more for those with prepaid meters .
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Sam hancockOctober 8, 2021 2:02 PM
Ex-health minister cleared of Hancock aid pass
A former health minister has been cleared after sponsoring a parliamentary pass for aide Matt Hancock who was caught kissing on leaked CCTV footage.
Lord Bethell, who was sacked as health minister in the September reshuffle, sponsored a pass for Gina Coladangelo between March and December 2020 using her married name, Gina Tress, giving her free access in Parliament.
Following the revelation that the peer sponsored Ms Coladangelo’s pass in June 2021 and claims she played ‘no role’ in her squad, Labor Party chairwoman Anneliese Dodds asked the Lords Commissioner for Standards to investigate.
On Friday, the commissioner cleared the ex-minister, believing that Ms Coladangelo “worked for Lord Bethell during the period from March to December 2020 and that the work she did for him rightly falls under the category of research or secretariat “.
Lord Bethell said he “thought the whole complaint was a waste of time,” adding: “I am so sorry that Anneliese Dodds brought the complaint.”
Lord Bethell is still under investigation by the Information Commissioner for his alleged use of personal emails to conduct government business. The peer denies the allegations.
Sam hancockOctober 8, 2021 1:52 PM
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Marcus Rashford denounces the reduction in the increase in universal credit
Sam hancockOctober 8, 2021 1:40 PM
“Special K”: Starmer reveals his nickname during Kellog factory tour
A little more of Sir Keir Starmer when he visited a Kellogg’s factory in Greater Manchester, where he revealed a long-standing nickname: “Special K”.
“I’ve been nicknamed Special K since I was born, K for Keir,” the Labor leader said as he met with business leaders, apprentices and union representatives to discuss distribution issues, shortages and supply chains.
Before the visit, he criticized the prime minister for “refusing to take responsibility” for the shortages and “for offering only jokes and slogans”.
During a visit to the northwest, Sir Keir was asked if Cabinet Minister Michael Gove was the right man to ‘upgrade’ the region – but the Labor leader said he it was not about “if he was the right man”.
“How on earth can the government claim to be up to the task as it hits six million families who need it most with a £ 1,000 cut?” ” he said. “If you can’t upgrade those who need it most, you’re not interested in leveling up.”
Sam hancockOctober 8, 2021 1:31 PM
Prime Minister rules in ‘chaos’, says Starmer on visit to Manchester
Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson’s party of governing “in chaos”, saying he had not planned because energy prices continued to rise.
He told reporters on Friday:
“This is a government that tries to rule with slogans but finds that the failure of planning is hitting workers from top to bottom of the country.
“What we have here is universal credit reduced by £ 1,000 a year, £ 1,000 a year for families who desperately need it.
“As the prices go up, you are hit on both sides by a government that claims there is no problem there.”
He added that Labor would raise the minimum wage to £ 10 an hour and “work with business, not treat business like the enemy”.
Sam hancockOctober 8, 2021 1:26 PM
Home Ministry bought hundreds of pizzas for arriving migrants
The Home Office spent thousands of pounds in a month on Domino’s pizzas to feed migrants arriving in the UK after crossing the Channel from France, figures show.
Hundreds of pizzas were purchased from the Dover branch of the fast food chain in July, according to the ministry’s spending analysis by the PA news agency.
A Home Office acquisition card transaction disclosure log costing over £ 500 for the four week period contained five separate UK Immigration Enforcement entries for such food orders, for a total of 6 £ 757.52.
Take-out was provided while the migrants were at Tug Haven – a short-term detention center in Dover where they are first taken from the beach or the sea.
The most expensive entry – £ 1,824 – said: “This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants who had been in the grounds of Tug Haven in Dover for more than 12 hours and were likely to stay more than 24 hours due to problems blocking their movement with resources and the IRC domain (immigration removal center).
Jane daltonOctober 8, 2021 1:04 PM
Death was a “real tragedy”, says Angela Rayner
Labor deputy chief Angela Rayner tweeted her “deepest condolences” to the family, friends and relatives of James Brokenshire.
“He was taken far too young, a real tragedy. James was unfailingly professional and kind, and it was clear that he cared deeply for his job and his public service. Rest in peace, James, “she wrote.
SNP Westminster chief Ian Blackford tweeted: ‘My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of James Brokenshire on the devastating news of his death.
“James was appreciated by all parties and respected as a sincere and hardworking public servant. “
Former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: “I am so shocked and saddened by the death of James – one of the good guys in politics who treated his diagnosis with such grace.
Jane daltonOctober 8, 2021 1:00 PM
Raab praises a “brilliant politician and a great guy”
Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab joined in tributes to Mr Brokenshire, saying: ‘I got to know James from 2006 and worked with him at ( government). A smart, brilliant politician, and just a great guy. We will miss him so much. “
Interior Minister Priti Patel said he “embodies the value of public service and serves his constituents, our party and our country with great dignity.”
Foreign Minister Liz Truss described Brokenshire as “honest, decent and courageous”.
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg tweeted a prayer, adding: “James was a good and kind man, his family will be sadly missed.
“Grant him eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace. “
Jane daltonOctober 8, 2021 12:56 PM
Starmer “incredibly sad” after the death of the ex-minister “devoted”
Keir Starmer paid tribute to the “utterly decent” former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, as did other Labor figures.
“James Brokenshire was quite a decent, dedicated and efficient man in all the files he kept,” Sir Keir tweeted.
“He fought his illness with dignity and bravery. I am incredibly sad to learn of his passing and extend my condolences to his wife and children.
Ian Jones, a Labor adviser from Wiltshire, agreed, saying: “He was not just the best of them, but the best of all of us. Incredibly sad news. Such a dedicated public servant.
MP Jess Phillips wrote: “He was a very nice man who always tried to resolve your cases with kindness. Much love to his family, friends and colleagues.
Jane daltonOctober 8, 2021 12:25 PM
David Cameron “devastated” by the death of the deputy
Former Prime Minister and Tory Leader David Cameron wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear the heartbreaking news of the death of James Brokenshire, well before its time.
“He was a hardworking and dedicated member of Parliament, but more than that, he was quite a decent and lovable man, and devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all today.
Jane daltonOctober 8, 2021 12:15 PM