U.K.’s Labour sets out plans for government

U.K.’s Labour sets out plans for government

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks during an event to launch Labour’s election pledges at The Backstage Centre on May 16, 2024 in Purfleet, United Kingdom. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Britain’s main opposition Labour party on May 16 set out its stall for this year’s general election, outlining six key pledges to voters in … Read more

Jaishankar optimistic about Starmer’s commitment to U.K.-India ties

Jaishankar optimistic about Starmer’s commitment to U.K.-India ties

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar with U.K.’s Leader of Opposition Keir Starmer during a meeting. | Photo Credit: PTI External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with Labour Party leader Keir Starmer on Wednesday, during his visit to London, and expressed optimism that the India-U.K. relationship would be furthered by Labour should the party be in … Read more

UK politics: Boris Johnson grilled by MPs at liaison committee – live

UK politics: Boris Johnson grilled by MPs at liaison committee – live

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, is making a statement to MPs now setting out the government’s response to the sacking of 800 workers by P&O Ferries. There are nine measures, he says. First, HM Revenue and Customs will get new resources to check ferry operators are complying with minimum wage law, he says. HMRC will … Read more

Grant Shapps says ban on Russian oil imports will lead to ‘some higher energy prices’ – UK politics live

Grant Shapps says ban on Russian oil imports will lead to ‘some higher energy prices’ – UK politics live

Good morning. “Where are all these mansions [being] seized?”, a Ukrainian activist asked Boris Johnson angrily in Poland last week. The question reflected a concern that the UK has not done enough to directly penalise Russian oligarchs who operate in the UK. But this morning Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, said that he had effectively … Read more

PMQs live: Boris Johnson quizzed by Keir Starmer over lack of sanctions on Roman Abramovich

PMQs live: Boris Johnson quizzed by Keir Starmer over lack of sanctions on Roman Abramovich

12.27pm GMT 12:27 Ruth Edwards (Con) asks about a constituent who collapsed and died during a football game. She asks for VAT to be removed from commerical defibrilators. Johnson offers his condolences to the family of the constituent who died, and says he will meet with Edwards to discuss the VAT point. 12.25pm GMT 12:25 … Read more

UK Covid live: Johnson announces daily priority testing for 100,000 key workers; 218,724 daily cases reported

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Anyone who thinks our battle with Covid is over is, I’m afraid, profoundly wrong. This is a moment for the utmost caution … We can keep our schools and our businesses open, and we can find a way to live with this virus. But the weeks ahead are going to be challenging, both here in … Read more

Boris Johnson apologises for Downing Street video but insists no Christmas party was held – PMQs live

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Apologies are one of the most under-rated devices in politics. It is convention to argue that apologising is a sign of weaknesss, but people don’t expect politicians to get everything right, they know we all make mistakes, and if used sincerely (a big if – we’ll come back to it in a moment) they can … Read more

UK Covid live: Sajid Javid makes statement to MPs on Omicron variant and booster vaccines

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Move comes as more cases of Omicron variant identified in UK Minimum gap for Covid booster jabs to be halved to three months UK science advisers brace for hundreds of confirmed Omicron cases What do new measures to tackle Omicron variant mean for UK travellers? Global coronavirus updates – live Sturgeon stresses that there is … Read more

‘We are sick of double speak’: French government intensifies attack on Johnson over Channel tragedy – live

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[The agreement] entails Plaid Cymru transforming itself from a traditional opposition party in the Westminster sense to something new and refreshingly different, a co-opposition party, co-operating where possible, while continuing to oppose, and to scutinise and criticise where necessary. There is no precedent for what we are about to embark upon in the politics of … Read more

Boris Johnson takes questions at PMQs before Rishi Sunak unveils budget spending plans – live

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A lot of families started receiving universal credit because of the pandemic. It is a massive hit to families’ incomes. We want to see immediate action to deal with the cost-of-living crisis facing families as we are entering a pretty tough winter for lots of people, but also businesses too. We have had a lot … Read more