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Tory MP Christian Wakeford defects to Labour

The Bury South MP has called on Boris Johnson to quit as prime minister over Downing Street parties.
Tags: UK, News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Christian Wakeford


What is the 'pork pie plot' and what does it mean for Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson is in trouble. Large chunks of the British public are furious about reports of boozy summer garden evenings and Christmas parties at his Downing Street office. Here's what may come next for the UK Prime Minister.
Tags: UK, Cnn, Boris Johnson, Downing Street


Zerbanoo Gifford: Remembering Bishop Desmond Tutu

Our dear friend and mentor Zerbanoo Gifford pays tribute to the great humanitarian of our times, Bishop Desmond Tutu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work fighting the inhuman apartheid regime. This iconic figure dedicated his life to the fearless and relentless fight against all forms of injustice… The death of Bishop Desmond Tutu at the age of 90 was received with great sorrow by Zerbanoo Gifford and her team at the ASHA Cen- tre, the interfaith, intercul- tural educationa...
Tags: UK, England, London, News, Life, Israel, West, South Africa, Margaret Thatcher, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Mandela, Myanmar, Parliament


Can Boris Johnson’s linguistic manoeuvring keep him in Downing Street?

‘Implicitly’ has cropped up time and again in discussions of PM’s alleged lockdown-flouting – what’s going on? For anyone who has been closely following ministerial media rounds this week, the same slightly anomalous-sounding word has cropped up time and again in discussions of Boris Johnson’s alleged lockdown-flouting social activities: “implicitly”.The same word has also been used by Johnson’s official spokesperson and, most crucially, the prime minister himself when apologising in the Commons...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Coronavirus


Downing Street parties: What Covid rules were broken?

There is pressure on the government after more revelations of Downing St lockdown drinks.
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Boris Johnson: nobody warned me No 10 party was against the rules

Prime minister refuses to rule out resigning should he be censured by Sue Gray’s inquiry into rule-breakingToday’s politics news – live updatesBoris Johnson has claimed “nobody warned me it was against the rules” for a drinks party to be hosted in Downing Street during the first lockdown, but also refused to deny the possibility he could resign should he be censured by the inquiry into rule-breaking.The prime minister, speaking publicly for the first time in almost a week, said he “hoped people ...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Coronavirus, Sue Gray


Scotland's papers: Call to end Covid curbs and Cummings says 'PM lied'

Fresh claims over Downing Street parties from Dominic Cummings make the front of Scotland's papers.
Tags: News, Scotland, Downing Street, Cummings, Dominic Cummings


Scotland's papers: Calls to end Covid curbs and Cummings says 'PM lied'

Fresh claims over Downing Street parties from Dominic Cummings make the front of Scotland's papers.
Tags: News, Scotland, Downing Street, Cummings, Dominic Cummings


‘Operation Rinka’: rebel Tories raise pressure on Boris Johnson to resign

Nicknamed after dog shot in Thorpe affair, plan afoot to oust PM over Downing Street parties scandalRebel Tories are upping pressure on Boris Johnson to quit over the Downing Street parties scandal, with one naming the plan “Operation Rinka” in reference to the dog killed in the Jeremy Thorpe affair in the 1970s.While Downing Street insiders have reportedly devised a plan to sack officials and save Johnson, referred to as “Operation Save Big Dog”, some Tory MPs are stepping up pressure on collea...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Conservative Leadership, Thorpe, Jeremy Thorpe


‘Operation Rinka’: rebel Tories up pressure on Boris Johnson to resign

Nicknamed after dog shot in Thorpe affair, plan afoot to oust PM over Downing Street parties scandalRebel Tories are upping pressure on Boris Johnson to quit over the Downing Street parties scandal, with one naming the plan “Operation Rinka” in reference to the dog killed in the Jeremy Thorpe affair in the 1970s.While Downing Street insiders have reportedly devised a plan to sack officials and save Johnson, referred to as “Operation Save Big Dog”, some Tory MPs are stepping up pressure on collea...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Conservative Leadership, Thorpe, Jeremy Thorpe


Boris Johnson lied about lockdown party, Dominic Cummings claims

Johnson told MPs he did not realise 20 May 2020 event was social gathering but ex-aide says PM was advised not to allow itCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDominic Cummings has accused Boris Johnson of lying after No 10 denied the prime minister was warned against allowing a “bring your own booze” party during the first lockdown.Johnson admitted to parliament last week that he attended drinks in the Downing Street garden on 20 May 2020 but claimed he had not realised it...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Downing Street, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus


Downing Street party: My constituents are 60 to one against Boris Johnson, says Conservative

Conservatives have been hearing local opinion on the ongoing row about No 10 parties during lockdown.
Tags: UK, News, Boris Johnson, Downing Street


‘Massive anger’: 40% of grassroots Tories want Boris Johnson to quit

Survey finds widespread discontent as MPs inundated with emails about Downing Street parties scandalThere is “massive anger” among grassroots Conservative party supporters over the Downing Street parties scandal, the head of a leading group has said as its survey found 40% thought Boris Johnson should resign.Ed Costelloe, chairman of Grassroots Conservatives, said it had been years since the group last polled its supporters and followers but it felt compelled by the “unique” nature of the public...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Ed Costelloe


No 10 denies reports Boris Johnson was warned in advance that party on 20 May 2020 was mistake – UK politics live

Latest updates: No 10 has again denied that Boris Johnson was warned in advance of the party in the Downing Street garden on 20 May 2020Zahawi denies government is launching policy push to save JohnsonAnalysis: Boris Johnson prepares a populist offensive to save his skin‘Kill the bill’ protests: new legislation is proportionate, says BucklandCoronavirus – latest global updatesAt the end of last week the government announced that it plans to relax the “double jobbing” ban for Northern Ireland par...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Conservative Leadership, MLA, DUP, Jeffrey Donaldson, Coronavirus, United Kingdom Let


Downing Street parties: MPs James Grundy and Andrew Gwynne clash

MPs have a heated exchange over the reported lockdown breaching drinks in Downing Street
Tags: UK, News, Downing Street, Andrew Gwynne, James Grundy


Sky News host recalls daughter’s death during Tory ‘partygate’ interview

Trevor Phillips holds back tears as he asks Tory chair Oliver Dowden if PM understands why people are angryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Sky News presenter Trevor Phillips held back tears recalling his daughter’s death in lockdown as he quizzed a senior Conservative MP about “partygate”.The broadcaster could be seen trying to restrain his emotions as he challenged Oliver Dowden, one of the party’s co-chairs, over whether the prime minister understood public ange...
Tags: Politics, Media, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, TV News, Health policy, Sky News, Tory, Downing Street, Trevor Phillips, Coronavirus, Oliver Dowden


While Boris Johnson partied in the sun, I sweated in PPE, saving lives

Downing Street’s lockdown parties were a world away from life as a frontline doctor in the pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageForget Annabel’s – the place to be for the professional “partygoer” is Downing Street, especially during a pandemic. But it is invitation-only for the “in crowd” of government advisers, civil servants and elected politicians prepared to bring their own booze.With every revelation, the nation recalls what it was doing on those nights that...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Annabel, Coronavirus


Newspaper headlines: PM 'prepares mass clearout' to 'dodge' blame

Fallout from the Downing Street parties during Covid restrictions continue to dominates the front pages.
Tags: UK, News, Downing Street


Newspaper headlines: PM 'prepares mass clearout' to 'dodge' blame

Fallout from the Downing Street parties during Covid restrictions continue to dominates the front pages.
Tags: UK, News, Downing Street


The Papers: PM 'prepares mass clearout' to 'dodge' blame

Fallout from the Downing Street parties during Covid restrictions continue to dominates the front pages.
Tags: News, Downing Street


Covid live news: Iran reports first deaths from Omicron; UK records 81,713 cases and 287 deaths

Three people are reported to have died from the variant; the seven-day total for UK deaths was up 45% on the week beforeThousands protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccinationCovid cases have hit plateau in parts of UK, says top medical adviserAs Covid-19 peak seems to near, experts warn against letting guard downTexas scientists’ Covid vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-freeSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime ministe...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Iran, Vienna, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Starmer, Coronavirus, COVID, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Tories will oust Boris Johnson if he tries to dodge ‘partygate’ blame

Conservatives MPs could force PM out within weeks after furious reaction to Downing Street gatheringsTory MPs will be ready in sufficient numbers to force Boris Johnson out of Downing Street within weeks if he tries to dodge responsibility for rule-breaking parties at No 10, the Observer has been told.While most Conservative MPs say they are waiting for a report into so-called “partygate” by the senior civil servant Sue Gray before deciding the prime minister’s fate, large numbers admit privatel...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Observer, Coronavirus


Covid live news: UK coronavirus cases could be plateauing, expert says; Beijing reports first Omicron case

Chief medical adviser says number of infections flattening in south-east and east of England; variant detection comes weeks before Winter OlympicsAs Covid-19 peak seems to near, experts warn against letting guard downTexas scientists’ Covid vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-freeSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime minister fights to save his job, arguing that the stream of explosive allegations of Downing Street parties...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Society, UK News, World news, Beijing, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Starmer, Coronavirus, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Covid live news: UK records 81,713 cases; thousands protest in Vienna against mandatory vaccination

UK reports 287 deaths with the seven-day total up 45% on the week before; parliament due to vote next week on the issue, which has polarised countryCovid cases have hit plateau in parts of UK, says top medical adviserAs Covid-19 peak seems to near, experts warn against letting guard downTexas scientists’ Covid vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-freeSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime minister fights to save his job, arg...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Vienna, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Starmer, Coronavirus, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Covid live news: UK coronavirus cases could be plateauing, expert says; Indonesia reports 1,054 cases

Chief medical adviser says number of infections flattening in south-east and east of England; figure is country’s highest daily tally in three monthsAs Covid-19 peak seems to near, experts warn against letting guard downTexas scientists’ Covid vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-freeSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime minister fights to save his job, arguing that the stream of explosive allegations of Downing Street part...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Indonesia, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Starmer, Coronavirus, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Covid live news: UK coronavirus cases could be plateauing, expert says; Djokovic to spend night in detention

British PM faces fresh allegations that staff held regular drinking sessions when social mixing was prohibited, as Serbian tennis star fights deportation from AustraliaTexas scientists’ Covid vaccine is cheaper, easier to make and patent-freeSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime minister fights to save his job, arguing that the stream of explosive allegations of Downing Street parties has left him “unable to lead”.In a speech to the...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, World news, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Djokovic, Starmer, Coronavirus, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Boris Johnson ‘mired in deceit’ and unable to lead, says Keir Starmer

Labour leader says Conservatives are too preoccupied defending PM’s rule-breaking to govern effectivelyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageKeir Starmer has ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson as the prime minister fights to save his job, arguing that the stream of explosive allegations of Downing Street parties has left him “unable to lead”.In a speech to the Fabian Society conference, the Labour leader accused the Conservatives of running the NHS into the ground beca...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, NHS, Labour, Boris Johnson, Downing Street, Keir Starmer, Starmer, Coronavirus, Fabian Society conference the Labour


Scotland's papers: 'Wine time Fridays' at Downing Street

The latest revelations about parties held at No 10 during lockdown make the front pages of Scotland's papers.
Tags: UK, News, Scotland, Downing Street


Newspaper headlines: PM in 'last chance saloon' as he 'plots fightback'

Fallout from the latest allegations of parties at Downing Street during lockdown dominate the front pages.
Tags: UK, News, Downing Street


Is 'partygate' one scandal too many for Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson is embroiled in a crisis over allegations of numerous parties held in Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in lockdown. Is this the end for the British Prime Minister?
Tags: UK, Cnn, Boris Johnson, Downing Street



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