Volodymyr Zelensky addresses UK MPs in the House of Commons – Live

Zelensky echoes Churchill in Commons: ‘We will fight for our land, whatever the cost’

Volodymyr Zelensky addressed MPs in the Commons via video link on Tuesday evening, with a historic speech that echoed former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In his address, Mr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, thanked Boris Johnson for the UK’s help so far, but called for more to be done. He said: “Please increase the sanctions pressure on this country [Russia] and please recognize this country as a terrorist country.

Meanwhile Priti Patel was earlier condemned by MPs from all parties for telling the Commons the day before that a visa center had been set up in Calais to help Ukrainian refugees trying to enter the UK United – a claim now known to be false.

Roger Gale, a senior MP from the Home Secretary’s own party, went so far as to suggest she should resign over it. “The Minister of the Interior said yesterday that a visa center had already been set up in Calais,” he said. “That was wrong and under any normal administration it would be a matter of resignation.”


Interior Ministry criticized for ‘appalling’ treatment of Ukrainian refugees

Frustration and confusion over the UK’s response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis continued on Tuesday as Priti Patel was accused of misleading Parliament over arrangements for those trying to reach the Kingdom United via Calais.

No 10 announced that hundreds of refugees who have traveled to the French city in the hope of reaching their relatives in Britain are expected to travel 70 miles to Lille to apply for visas, despite the previous suggestions that there would be a visa center closer to the port.

The Home Office says Ukrainian refugees can take free tickets offered by Eurostar to travel from Calais to Lille – but there are no routes available on the Eurostar website between these two places , reports our social affairs correspondent. May Bulman.

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Watch: Bercow banned from having parliamentary pass over bullying allegations

‘Liar’ John Bercow banned from having parliamentary pass amid bullying allegations

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Tory peer calls for Starmer to be included in wartime coalition government

Elsewhere in Westminster, a Tory peer has called for Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer to be included in a wartime coalition government to help Britain through the Ukraine crisis.

Lord Patrick Cormack said the Russian invasion was the ‘most pivotal moment’ since World War II – when the UK had a national government made up of ministers from both main parties, writes Adam Forest.

“I think the time has come for a national government,” the conservative peer told ITV News after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s historic speech in parliament.

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Bercow accused of ‘hysterical petulance’

Our political journalist Adam Forest to this :

Lord Lisvane – one of John Bercow’s accusers – said the former Commons speaker displayed “hysterical petulance” after being found out to be a serial bully.

The former Commons Clerk told Channel 4 News: ‘His statement today is one of hysterical petulance.

“It’s a phenomenon that you often see when someone is really right, there’s an awful lot of moaning and moaning, ‘Well, that was a seam, that wasn’t fair, I don’t ‘did not do’.

“But I fear the panel, with its judgment on serial lying, which does not occur in one place but occurs in relation to all three sets of complaints, has hit that for six.”

sam hancockMarch 8, 2022 8:02 p.m.


Labor calls on PM to scrap National Insurance tax hike – again

More from the Commons now, with Boris Johnson under renewed pressure to reverse the National Insurance hike after MPs backed a parliamentary motion demanding action.

Labor wants the 1.25 percentage point rise, due to come into force on April 6, scrapped to ‘avoid making the cost of living crisis even worse than it already is’ . They warned it would cost families an average of £500 a year.

The National Insurance increase is set to deliver £12billion a year to health and social care services, but it breaches the Prime Minister’s 2019 election manifesto pledge not to raise taxes.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves told the Commons: “The government should have acted when the cost of living crisis started to escalate last September, and long before it spiraled out of control in December, with costs soaring and inflation accelerating.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine is devastating lives and livelihoods. And we must do everything we can to stop (Vladimir) Putin’s aggression. And what happens in Ukraine will also have an effect on the cost of living here. When the facts change, so do your policies. People cannot afford the ministers to continue despite the worsening circumstances.

And she added: “Today is an opportunity for the Conservatives to show they understand, they don’t want to make the cost of living crisis worse than it already is.”

The Labor motion calling on the government to reverse the hike passed without a split.

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Bercow refuses to give ‘fake excuses’ after bullying investigation

An update on John Bercow now. The former Speaker of the House of Commons has refused to apologize despite being banned for life from holding a parliamentary pass after being branded a ‘serial bully’ and liar.

An independent inquiry said on Tuesday he would have been kicked out of the House if he was still a sitting MP after confirming 21 separate allegations.

Mr Bercow described the inquiry as a ‘travesty of justice’ before refusing to make a ‘fake apology’, insisting he had nothing to say sorry.

He had appealed the findings of Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone to the Independent Panel of Experts (IEP), which determines penalties for intimidation. But experts confirmed his verdicts on the allegations of three complainants, who served on staff during the period 2009 to 2014, without exception.

The panel, chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Stephen Irwin, said: “The findings of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, which we have upheld, show that the respondent has been a serial bully.. his behavior fell far short of what the public has a right to expect of any MP.

And in an interview with the PA news agency this evening, Mr Bercow disputed the findings and insisted there was no reason to apologise.

“I don’t believe in fake excuses, I don’t believe in excuses when I think I have nothing to apologize for,” he said, adding:

“It’s a travesty of justice and puts the House of Commons to shame.”

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Watch: Zelensky receives a standing ovation from MPs in the Commons

Ukrainian President Zelensky receives a standing ovation from the House of Commons

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Health service reform needed, says Sajid Javid

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said the case for health service reform was clear, pointing out that the UK’s health budget is “now bigger than GDP of Greece”.

He highlighted the need for more personalized care for patients, better performance and a strong focus on preventive care.

Mr Javid also called on people to harness the “power of families” to make a difference to the health of their loved ones, mentioning that his father quit smoking at the request of his mother.

“When I was about five, my dad was a smoker,” he said.

“I remember standing at the top of the stairs and overhearing a conversation my mum was having with my dad, she said ‘if you die your boys won’t have a father’ and he didn’t never smoked again.

“This type of intervention is more powerful than most of us can imagine.

“We need to recognize the power of families to make a difference in health care, whether it’s stopping addiction or fighting depression, there’s no more powerful motivating force than family.”

Eleanor SlyMarch 8, 2022 7:10 p.m.


Ukrainian refugees seeking UK visas ‘forced to queue for hours in freezing cold’ in Poland

Refugees fleeing war in Ukraine have had to queue in freezing conditions outside Poland as they try to get British visas.

Footage shows elderly people and children apparently having to wait outside for several hours to be admitted to the treatment center in Rzezsow, where temperatures are below zero. Many people fleeing the fighting made the perilous journey from Ukraine for many hours.

The visa center is reportedly no longer accepting walk-in appointments and people are forced to wait in the cold outside.

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John Bercow suspended by Labor after report slams him as ‘serial bully’

Former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has been suspended from the Labor Party after a highly critical independent inquiry branded him a ‘serial bully’.

The former Tory MP, who left the Commons in 2019, announced last year that he had joined Sir Keir Starmer’s party, calling the Tories “reactionary, populist, nationalist and sometimes even xenophobic”.

Corn The Independent understands that Mr Bercow’s membership has now been suspended – pending the outcome of an internal Labor inquiry – after a damning investigation by Parliament’s Independent Panel of Experts (IEP) into allegations of bullying.

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