Latest from Boris Johnson UK: Prime Minister ‘creating a culture where it’s okay to break the rules’, says Margaret Hodge

The minister denies the culture of misogyny in Parliament

Boris Johnson’s ‘anti-awakening agenda’ has helped fuel rising misogynistic behavior in Parliament, one of Labor’s most influential women has claimed.

Dame Margaret Hodge’s comments came after Tory MP Neil Parish resigned for viewing pornography in the House of Commons, and amid a flood of complaints about women in Westminster being groped, objectified and belittled because of their sex.

The MP for Barking told BBC Radio 4 the Prime Minister was ‘creating a culture in which it’s okay to break the rules and we have a top-down driven ‘anti-revival’ culture.

Mr Parish quit after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons in what he described as a ‘moment of madness’.

The MP for Tiverton and Honiton claimed he viewed adult material twice, the first time coming across a pornography website while searching for tractors online, but deliberately returning on the second occasion.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has called for a ‘radical’ reform of working practices in parliament, suggesting staff should no longer be employed by the parliamentarians they work for.


The former Tory minister has warned the new MP of men to avoid in parliament

A former Tory minister has warned a newly elected Scottish MP of ‘predatory’ men to avoid in parliament.

It comes after Tory MP Neil Parish resigned after admitting he had watched pornography in the Commons.

Anum Qaisar, who was elected SNP MP for Airdrie and Shotts in May 2021, said she was told by opposition MPs which politicians to avoid.

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 8:45 p.m.


Watch: Keir Starmer denies breaking lockdown in Durham

Keir Starmer denies breaking lockdown in Durham

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 8:15 p.m.


Local elections 2022: Greens win hearts in the North East as party eyes ‘tectonic shift’ among voters

Standing on his doorstep in the former mining town of South Shields, Paul Ahmed, a retired firefighter and lifelong Labor voter, explained why he would go green in this year’s local election.

“It’s the only party you ever see around here,” he said. “The job is taken [this town] for granted for years, and I would rather kill mesen than vote Conservative.

He appreciated the Greens’ founding commitment to the environment. “The planet is dying on its ass, man,” the 62-year-old said. “They were saying that before anyone else.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 7:44 p.m.


More than 200 people arrive in Dover after an alleged 11-day break, reports say

Reports emerged suggesting more than 200 people crossed the English Channel to Dover after an apparent 11-day break.

According to BBC News, witnesses saw large groups of people being brought ashore by British Border Force officials on Sunday.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is believed to be aware of a number of events still ongoing in the English Channel, but would not comment on the specific number of people arriving.

The Ministry of Defense took control of migrant operations in April, when the government also announced controversial plans to send some of those making the cross-Channel journey to Rwanda.

There is believed to have been an 11-day break in activity around the English Channel from April 20-30, when no crossings were recorded amid reports of strong winds and rough seas.

Two longer intervals of 16 and 13 days without passage were recorded earlier this year, before the announcement of the agreement with Rwanda.

The Department of Defense retrospectively publishes data on the daily number of border crossings detected, so Sunday’s official figures will be confirmed on Monday.

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 7:22 p.m.


Sunday political tally: Minister denies culture of misogyny in parliament amid porn scandal

Sunday political tally: Minister denies culture of misogyny in parliament amid porn scandal

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 7:04 p.m.


Exclusive: Job demands HMRC investigation into ministers’ tax affairs

Labor is calling for an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs into whether a government minister responsible for tax policy has ever benefited from undeclared tax arrangements as a result.

In a letter to HMRC, seen by The IndependentLabor Treasury spokesman James Murray called for an inquiry to provide “full clarity that no incumbent government minister who has been involved in any way in shaping the tax policy has only benefited from these policies through personal and previously unreported tax arrangements related to offshore tax havens”.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse to this exclusive story:

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 6:43 p.m.


Opinion: Interest rates are rising this week – should we expect a bumpy road?

Right now, interest rates are almost absurdly low, and I believe the current crop of central bankers will be judged harshly by history, writing Hamish McRae.

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 6:22 p.m.


Independent watchdog gives MPs ‘exceptional’ update on number of MPs under investigation

An independent watchdog has written to MPs to give an ‘exceptional’ preliminary update after it emerged that around 15 MPs are set to be investigated over possible allegations of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct in the past year.

The message from Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance System (ICGS) this week said: ‘We are seeing a similar trend in disclosure so far this year.

The final figure will be published in the ICGS annual report in the coming months, but that alone does not detail the number of parliamentarians who have been the subject of complaints.

Three Cabinet ministers and two shadow cabinet members are among 56 MPs to have been referred to the ICGS over around 70 separate complaints, according to a Sunday Times report.

But there may have been a higher number of complaints that did not result in cases, with 113 people contacting the ICGS helpline about their experiences.

Some cases may be carried over from previous years.

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 5:50 p.m.


Watch: Chris Bryant claims he was ‘touched up’ by male MPs

Chris Bryant claims he was ‘touched up’ by male MPs

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 5:32 p.m.


Neil Parish Googled Information About Tractor Called ‘Dominant’, Adviser Says

Friends of incumbent Tory MP Neil Parish said he was looking for ‘Dominator’ farm vehicles when he ended up viewing pornographic material in the House of Commons.

A Devon county councilor reportedly told The Telegraph that Mr Parish was thought to be looking for Dominator combines – once Europe’s best-selling model.

Colin Slade said he ‘could see’ how the search could have led Mr Parish to inappropriate web pages due to the ‘pun’.

The newspaper says a Claas Dominator 76 combine was also seen in the barn of Mr Parish’s family farm in North Somerset, near Bridgwater.

Emily AtkinsonMay 1, 2022 5:18 p.m.

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