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Irish deputy PM criticises Mordaunt's troop amnesty remarks

Defence secretary upbraided for ‘loose comments’ about prosecutions from Troubles era Ireland’s deputy prime minister has criticised Britain’s new defence secretary for making “loose comments” about introducing an amnesty against prosecution for British soldiers relating to incidents during the Troubles.Simon Coveney was responding to Penny Mordaunt, who said on Wednesday that she thought her proposals to introduce a statutory presumption against prosecution for veterans for alleged offences com...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Britain, Military, Ireland, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, British Army, Defence, Penny Mordaunt, Simon Coveney, Mordaunt


Trump declares national emergency 'over Huawei' amid accusations he is risking 'devastating' conflict with Iran

Donald Trump has been accused of “playing a very dangerous game” with Iran and risking dragging the US into a new war in the Middle East that could have “devastating” consequences.The warning came from Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the UK, with the acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan tabling plans to send 120,000 troops to the region if needed as tensions soar between the two nations over economic sanctions and an increased American military presence in the Persian Gulf.A comm...
Tags: UK, News, Washington, Mexico, White House, China, US, Iran, Dhs, Beijing, Washington Dc, Middle East, Defence, Tsa, Donald Trump, Huawei


Amnesty should be given to Troubles soldiers, says Mordaunt

Defence secretary would extend veterans’ amnesty to Northern IrelandThe defence secretary has said she believes soldiers who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland should be covered by a proposed amnesty from historic prosecutions, a declaration that risks inflaming nationalist sentiment in the region.Penny Mordaunt said she wanted to implement “a wider solution for the veterans’ community” the morning after she announced plans for a 10-year veterans’ amnesty covering Iraq, Afghanistan a...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern IrelandThe defence


Mordaunt to give veterans amnesty for battle crimes

Defence secretary to consult on proposals for offences committed over 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans to opt out of the European convention on ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


Mordaunt vows to introduce amnesty for military veterans

Under proposed measures, no prosecutions will be brought for offences alleged to have been committed more than 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


Brexit talks with Labour are blind alley, senior Tories tell May

Prime minister under pressure from 14 senior party figures to abandon cross-party pactFollow all the latest Brexit news – politics liveTheresa May’s Brexit talks with Labour have been criticised as a “blind alley” as she came under intense pressure from 14 senior party figures to abandon the idea of a cross-party pact.The former defence secretary Michael Fallon said the talks should be stopped, after he joined 12 other former cabinet ministers and Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committe...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Michael Fallon, Defence, Brexit, Graham Brady


Mordaunt hints at amnesty for historical actions by UK soldiers

Defence secretary wants to stop ‘unfair pursuit’ of army veterans after recent casesThe new defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, declared that army veterans should not be “pursued unfairly for events that took place decades ago” hinting that she favoured an amnesty for British soldiers from historical prosecutions.The minister was hoping to defuse a protest from Conservative backbencher Johnny Mercer who had said on Wednesday night that he would refuse to support the government in the Commons unti...
Tags: Politics, UK, Crime, Police, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Military, Northern Ireland, Defence, Sinn Féin, Johnny Mercer, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Gavin Williamson, Mordaunt


Gavin Williamson sacking: police say no criminal offence in Huawei leak

Met assistant commissioner says leak did not contain information that would breach Official Secrets ActA leak from a secret meeting of the National Security Council regarding the Chinese tech firm Huawei “did not contain information that would breach the Official Secrets Act” and did not amount to a criminal offence, a senior police officer has said.This week the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, was sacked over the leak about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network. There have been calls...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Defence, National Security Council, Huawei, Gavin Williamson


Fallout from Gavin Williamson sacking | Letters

Readers respond to the sacking of the defence secretary Gavin Williamson over accusations of leakingWhile I am delighted that Gavin Williamson (May tells defence secretary: ‘You leaked, you are fired’, 2 May) has been removed from the government – remember he said that all British jihadists should be hunted down and killed in the Middle East rather than returned for trial here – I am sorry that as a result Rory Stewart no longer has responsibility for prisons. His is a deserved promotion, but as...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Ministry Of Defence, Middle East, UK security and counter-terrorism, Data and computer security, Data Protection, Defence, National Security Council, Huawei


May faces Tory backlash over Williamson sacking as No 10 seeks to rule out police inquiry – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenGavin Williamson: ‘I was tried by kangaroo court – then sacked’Hunt undermines PM’s attempt to draw line under Williamson firingThe Williamson inquiry was a Whitehall rarity: quick and decisive 12.47pm BST Earlier I quoted the Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn giving away tricks of the trade about how lobby journalists get ministers to “leak” information to them. (See 10.35am.) My colleague Gaby Hinsliff, a former politi...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Defence, National Security Council, Whitehall, Cabinet Office, Williamson, Steven Swinford, Gaby Hinsliff, Observer, David Lidington, Tom Newton Dunn, Gavin Williamson, Mark Sedwill


The Guardian view on the Gavin Williamson sacking: a man who leaked ambition | Editorial

There are good reasons for leaking in the public interest. But the desire to be prime minister is not one of themThe chaos of Brexit has provided a number of political shocks which have seen parliamentary institutions lose their credibility with the voters. Yet none have been quite as dramatic as tonight’s sacking from the cabinet by the prime minister of defence secretary Gavin Williamson. An investigation had found “compelling evidence” that Mr Williamson was behind the leak of a controversial...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Theresa May, Defence policy, Philip Hammond, Defence, National Security Council, Huawei, Pacific, Brexit, Williamson


Gavin Williamson: 'I was tried by kangaroo court – then sacked'

Defence secretary was fired by prime minister after investigation into Huawei leak Follow all the latest political news on our live blogGavin Williamson has claimed that he is the victim of a “kangaroo court” after being dramatically sacked by Theresa May over the leak from the National Security Council of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network.May was told of what she called “compelling” evidence of Williamson’s involvement before she was due to face a grilling from the backbench liaison c...
Tags: Politics, UK, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Defence policy, House Of Commons, Defence, Huawei, Conservative Leadership, Williamson, May, Gavin Williamson, National Security Council of Huawei


RAF Typhoon warplanes scrambled to intercept Russian bombers heading for UK

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the incident showed RAF pilots "are ready to respond to any threat to the UK" [Author: Ben Glaze]
Tags: Politics, UK, Raf, Defence, Gavin Williamson, Ben Glaze


Pentagon authorises $1bn transfer of funding for US-Mexico border wall

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan has authorised $1 billion (£757 million) to build part of the wall sought by Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border, the first funds designated for the project under the president's emergency declaration. The Department of Homeland Security asked the Pentagon to build 57 miles (92 kilometres) of 18-foot (5.5-metre) fencing, construct and improve roads, and install lighting to support Mr Trump's emergency declaration. Mr Shanahan "authorized the com...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, US, United States, Pentagon, Defence, Customs, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, Trump, US Army Corps of Engineers, Shanahan, Patrick Shanahan, Acting Pentagon


Donald Trump 'ready to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria'

The US is preparing to leave nearly 1,000 troops in Syria, it was reported last night. Mr Trump announced a complete withdrawal in December, ending the US involvement in Syria, a country he described as little more than “sand and death”. It was an announcement which triggered the resignation of James Mattis, the Defence Secretary. Within weeks Mr Trump backtracked, amid pleas from both Republican and Democrats in Washington, who feared that pulling out all US forces could allow the defeated Isla...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Islamic State, US, Syria, Defence, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, James Mattis


PMQs: Theresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn as Brussels Brexit talks fail to show progress - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsNo sign of progress after ‘robust’ Brexit talks in BrusselsDUP won’t back Brexit without guarantees on backstopFood fight: doubts grow over post-Brexit standards 12.16pm GMT Corbyn says the police clearly don’t have enough resources. He quotes the former chief prosecutor in Manchester, who lost a relative to knife crime. He said cuts in police numbers meant they did not get the...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Labour, House Of Commons, Manchester, Northern Ireland, Defence, Northern Irish politics, Employment law, Pmqs, Brexit


Brexit: May increasingly likely to accept article 50 extension, minister suggests - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s press conference at the EU-Arab summit in Sharm El Sheikh 9.30am GMT The 11 MPs in the new Independent Group are holding their first private group meeting in Westminster later today. There has been speculation that they could choose a leader. Chuka Umunna, the former Labour MP, said yesterday that he wanted to play “the biggest role” in the group, so by the end of the day he could be a leader - altho...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Theresa May, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Defence, Westminster, Downing Street, Brexit, Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh


The Guardian view on Britain and China: it’s complicated | Editorial

Beijing’s might and ambitions, and the approach of Brexit, make the path ahead more difficult. It’s time for careful thoughtA few years ago, George Osborne announced that Britain’s relations with China were entering a “golden era”. On Thursday, his successor as chancellor gave a more measured assessment: they are “complex”, Philip Hammond said, noting that they “had not been made simpler” by the defence secretary Gavin Williamson’s threat to deploy an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.Brit...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Technology, London, Sweden, China, George Osborne, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Australian politics


Gavin Williamson at centre of row over chancellor’s cancelled China trip

Senior Conservatives call for defence minister to be reined in after upset in Beijing over his commentsThe defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, was at the centre of a growing cabinet row on Saturday night as senior government sources blamed him for offending the Chinese and causing the cancellation of a crucial trade visit to Beijing by the chancellor, Philip Hammond.Senior Conservatives said it was time to rein in Williamson, who has earned the nickname Private Pike in Whitehall after a series ...
Tags: Politics, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Defence, Whitehall, Pacific, South China Sea, Elizabeth, Williamson


Hammond's trip to China scuppered by Williamson's 'gunboat diplomacy'

Beijing reportedly scrapped plans for chancellor’s visit after defence secretary’s remarksPhilip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. It is believed that there is an internal...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, George Osborne, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Defence, Pacific, Hammond


Williamson accused of 'gunboat diplomacy' over China warship threat

Philip Hammond’s planned trip to Beijing reportedly scuppered by defence secretary’s remarksPhilip Hammond is not going to China this weekend for trade talks, following reports that Beijing scuppered advanced preparations for a meeting after the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, threatened to deploy a warship in the Pacific.The UK chancellor was expected to meet the Chinese vice premier, Hu Chunhua, but Treasury sources said the trip was never confirmed. It is believed that there is an intern...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, George Osborne, UK News, World news, Beijing, Military, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Royal Navy, Treasury, Philip Hammond, Defence, Pacific, Hammond


Why Donald Trump is set to declare a national emergency to build his wall - and what will happen next

Donald Trump is poised to declare a national emergency in an attempt to fund his US-Mexico border wall without congressional approval. The White House said the US president would sign a spending bill that would avert a government shutdown, but which only provides $1.375 billion for border barriers or fencing - far from the $5.7 billion Mr Trump wants. "President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a nation...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, California, Mexico, Senate, White House, US, Barack Obama, Cnn, United States, House, House Of Representatives, Bill Clinton, Pentagon, Defence


Brexit: backstop time limit essential, says Boris Johnson - Politics live

The former foreign secretary says UK must have ability to exit Irish backstop unilaterally 10.06am GMT Here are some of the other politics stories making the news this morning: Related: Brexit could boost UK's military standing, says defence secretary Related: No-deal Brexit would make Britain less safe, says police chief Related: Immigration regime after Brexit 'risks new Windrush scandal' Related: Hammond £5bn short of 'austerity is ending' target, says thinktank 9.45am GMT ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Bbc, Britain, Theresa May, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Defence, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Rory Stewart, Hammond, Corbyn


British SAS soldiers injured and ally killed by Isil missile in Syria

Two British Special Forces soldiers have been seriously hurt with one suffering a throat injury after a missile attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria. The attack was believed to have happened on Saturday morning near Deir Ezzor in the east of the country.   A Kurdish soldier fighting alongside the British forces was killed in the missile strike and five other British troops were injured. The most serious casualty, understood by the Telegraph to be from Britain’s elit...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Isil, Iraq, Israel, US, America, Turkey, Iran, Syria, West, Britain, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Pentagon


Mitt Romney: Trump's biggest failure is a lack of character in leading 'divided' nation

Incoming Utah senator says president has abandoned allies and failed to lead a ‘divided, resentful and angry’ nationMitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate and incoming US senator, has sharply criticised Donald Trump both personally and professionally, accusing him of deserting the nation’s allies and lacking the character to lead a “divided” nation.In a Washington Post essay published on Tuesday evening, Romney said Trump’s presidency “made a deep descent” in December and blam...
Tags: Utah, Washington Post, White House, US, US news, US politics, Mitt Romney, Defence, Donald Trump, John Kelly, Trump, Romney, Jim Mattis


What resignation letters can teach us. Let's start with Mattis.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis' letter of resignation to President Donald Trump starts ominously, with a frosty disregard for White House form.Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, in his letter resigning his post as national security adviser,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, White House, US, Defence, Donald Trump, Mattis, Lt Gen H R McMaster, James Mattis


Trump’s Syria move pleases dictators and hands initiative to Isis

The president’s surprise decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan has weakened allies and given a fillip to jihadistsDonald Trump’s sudden decision to pull US troops out of Syria, and slash the numbers deployed in Afghanistan, came as a nasty shock to Britain, regional allies such as Israel, and to many in his own administration and Republican party. Although he had threatened such action in the past, his wiser, more experienced advisers had succeeded in restraining him – until ...
Tags: Isis, White House, Islamic State, Israel, US, America, World news, Turkey, US foreign policy, Syria, Afghanistan, Britain, Defence, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Trump


Allies express alarm at Mattis resignation as senior Republicans turn on Trump

America's allies around the world yesterday expressed alarm at the resignation of Jim Mattis, Donald Trump's defence secretary, fearing it signalled a retreat into isolationism by the world's only superpower. Senior Republican allies of Mr Trump in Washington also lambasted the president, accusing him of abdicating the US global leadership role. Mr Mattis resigned on Thursday in protest at Mr Trump's decision to withdraw from Syria and draw down troops from Afghanistan. In a ...
Tags: UK, News, Putin, Congress, Australia, Washington, Senate, White House, Angela Merkel, Isil, Russia, Berlin, US, America, European Union, Syria


Kurds warn British jihadists and other Isil suspects could escape after US withdrawal from Syria

America’s Kurdish allies have warned that thousands of Islamic State group jihadist prisoners - including the surviving Britons known as “The Beatles” - may escape custody once US forces leave Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they could be unable to secure 2,000 suspects they are holding if they have to divert forces to fight a Turkish offensive, after Donald Trump's decision to pull US forces from Syria. The suspected jihadist prisoners include six British men, four British w...
Tags: Isis, News, White House, Islamic State, Iraq, US, America, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Britain, Taliban, Nato, Kabul, Ashraf Ghani, Defence


Donald Trump orders immediate and full withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Donald Trump plunged America’s Middle East policy into chaos on Wednesday as he declared the the Islamic State (Isil) had been “defeated” and ordered a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria. The shock decision to pull out US troops was immediately criticised by his own Republican allies as a “huge” mistake and his declaration of victory over Isil was openly contradicted by the British government.  Republicans warned the withdrawal would jeopardise the fight against Isil and undermine US ho...
Tags: UK, Isis, News, Obama, White House, Isil, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, America, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Britain, United States



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