Latest from Boris Johnson: More than half of Britons ‘think the Tories are wrong to back the Prime Minister’

Boris Johnson is not a good role model for children, says social mobility czar

More than half of Britons believe the Conservative Party made the wrong decision in backing Boris Johnson’s job as Prime Minister in the confidence vote earlier this week, a poll has found.

Mr Johnson called his victory “decisive”, despite winning the ballot by 211 votes to 148.

But critics say the Prime Minister has found himself in the eye of a revolt against his stance, the scale of which has far exceeded the expectations of his allies – failing to sideline questions about his leadership.

On Friday, an Ipsos poll found 51% of Britons think MPs made a mistake retaining the prime minister, a number that includes one in four Conservative voters in 2019.

And, overall, 36% said they made the right decision.

Earlier, the government’s social mobility leader called Mr Johnson ‘not a good role model’ for children.

Katherine Birbalsingh, chair of the Social Mobility Commission, suggested that while she liked the prime minister, his personal life made her “raise her eyebrows”, and wondered if he looked professional enough.

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No 10 slate claims Sunak wasted £11billion

Downing Street has attacked a think tank allegation that Rishi Sunak wasted £11billion of taxpayers’ money by paying too much interest to service the public debt.

A spokesman for No 10 said: ‘This is simply not true, and the proposed measures would have posed huge economic risks and undermined the independence of the Bank of England.

“Specifically, forcing commercial banks to swap reserves for gilts undermines the independence of the Bank of England and would be an act of financial repression.

“And the £11billion figure itself is based on an implausible assumption.

“To arrive at this figure, you need perfect anticipation of market prices. It basically says that two years ago you would have known exactly where the Bank’s interest rates and bond yields would have been today.

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 1:10 p.m.

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Labor to vote against Protocol Bill

Labor will vote against a government bill that would give ministers the power to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Speaking in Belfast after talks with political leaders, the party leader said: “We will vote against legislation that the government brings to parliament. We believe this is the wrong approach.

“I’m not claiming there aren’t issues and challenges with the protocol, of course there are.

“We listened to the political parties here, the communities, the business groups. I think these challenges can be overcome around the negotiating table with political savvy, with a high level of confidence.

“It is that high level of trust that this Prime Minister lacks, and I think he is making a mistake by going down the road of legislation that will breach international law and, in fact, I think, be an obstacle to the negotiations which, in the end, will solve these difficult problems.

Sir Keir has confirmed that, if in power, Labor would drop proposed legislation to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

He also called for “give and take” from EU and UK negotiators.

“We would drop the legislation, and I think there’s been an impasse in the negotiations because we haven’t seen the high levels of trust that we need for negotiations like this, especially from our prime minister.

“But we also have to give and take from both sides. The EU, as well as the UK, must give and take, be flexible in approach.

“I don’t think the remaining protocol issues can’t be resolved with a different approach, with that high level of trust, with an honest broker premier bringing people around the table and negotiating what needs to be negotiated.”

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 1:03 p.m.

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Vast Majority of Peers Will Block Brexit Protocol Bill, Says Tall Tory

The vast majority of peers will support attempts to block a bill to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, according to Conservative Party great Ken Clarke.

The controversial legislation, designed to take unilateral action to stop checks on goods agreed with the EU as part of the Brexit deal, will be released on Monday, writes Adam Forrest:

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 12:59 p.m.

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Prime Minister still hopes first flight of Rwandan migrants will take place

Mr Johnson still hopes the first flight sending migrants to Rwanda will take place on Tuesday, Downing Street said.

A Number 10 spokesperson said: ‘You are aware of the ongoing legal case today but we have set out our position on why we believe this is the right approach.

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 12:50 p.m.

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Rory Stewart follows trends on Twitter and shares parody PM post

Rory Stewart is a hot topic of debate on Twitter, after condemning Boris Johnson on the BBC Question time.

“It wobbles sometimes to the right, sometimes to the left. But always in the direction of his own interest, ”said the deputy who was himself once leader of the party. The comment was widely shared.

And Mr Stewart also retweeted a post by an account parodying Mr Johnson, after attacking the Prime Minister’s latest policy announcements as a distraction.

“What about sending people to Rwanda, imperial measures, benefits for the bricks…all the good sensible policies that are sure to happen,” the parody said.

Mr Stewart was also a popular answer to questions about who would make a good next prime minister.

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 12:38

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Interior ministry cancels deportation from Rwanda for three migrants

The Interior Ministry overturned the removal of three people who had asked the High Court to prevent their deportation to Rwanda, court findings have revealed.

The High Court in London is hearing the case of migrants and charities seeking to prevent the first deportation to Rwanda due to leave on Tuesday June 14.

Raza Husain QC, on behalf of the individuals and groups who filed the complaint, said: “The Secretary of State’s conclusion as to Rwanda’s security was irrational. I will submit that we have a very strong case on this.

Emily AtkinsonJune 10, 2022 12:00

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Minister denies Sunak wasted £11bn of taxpayers’ money

Claims that Rishi Sunak wasted £11billion of taxpayers’ money by paying too much interest to service the public debt are “not true”, Treasury Secretary John Glen has said.

It comes after the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said the losses resulted from the Chancellor’s failure to insure against interest rate hikes on £900billion of reserves created in under the quantitative easing (QE) program.

Posting on Twitter, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury said: “The Treasury has been wrongly accused of wasting billions of pounds.

“This is not true and the proposed measures carry huge economic risks and could undermine the independence of the Bank of England.

“This government has always managed the economy responsibly and prudently, and has fully respected the independence of the Bank of England.

“It always will be.”

Jane DaltonJune 10, 2022 11:47 am

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More than half of Brits ‘believe the Tories made a bad decision keeping the Prime Minister’

More than half of Britons believe the Conservative Party made the wrong decision in backing Boris Johnson’s job as Prime Minister in the confidence vote earlier this week, a poll has found.

Mr Johnson called his victory “decisive”, despite winning the ballot by 211 votes to 148.

But critics say the Prime Minister has found himself in the eye of a revolt against his stance, the scale of which has far exceeded the expectations of his allies – failing to sideline questions about his leadership.

On Friday, an Ipsos poll found 51% of Britons think MPs made a mistake retaining the prime minister, a number that includes one in four Conservative voters in 2019.

And, overall, 36% said they made the right decision.

Emily AtkinsonJune 10, 2022 11:32 am

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Watch: Boris Johnson is not a good role model for children, says social mobility czar

Boris Johnson is not a good role model for children, says social mobility czar

Emily AtkinsonJune 10, 2022 11:00 a.m.

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Keir Starmer meets with NI political leaders in Belfast

The Labor leader traveled to Belfast to meet several Northern Ireland political leaders amid a growing row over the post-Brexit protocol.

Sir Keir Starmer arrived in Stormont on Friday morning for talks with Alliance leader Naomi Long, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and interim Stormont chairman Alan Chambers in Belfast.

He met DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and UUP leader Doug Beattie in London earlier this week and met Sinn Fein chairwoman Mary Lou McDonald on Thursday evening in Belfast.

He is also expected to meet US Consul General Paul Narain and take a walk in Belfast to see the changes in the city since the Good Friday Agreement.

Emily AtkinsonJune 10, 2022 10:45 a.m.


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