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Priti Patel accused of throwing good money after bad over Channel migrants

Tory MP criticises home secretary over £55m deal with France to double number of patrols off its coastHanding £55m to French authorities to clamp down on migrants crossing the Channel in small boats is “throwing good money after bad”, the home secretary has been told by a Conservative colleague as she was grilled by MPs.Priti Patel revealed late on Tuesday that she had agreed to pay the sum as part of a deal with the French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, to double the number of officers pat...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Priti Patel, Gérald Darmanin


‘Give it back’: protesters demand Tory MP pays for family’s slave trade past – video

Protesters have demanded that a Conservative MP should hand over his 621-acre sugar plantation to the people of Barbados as compensation for his family’s 200 years of slave-owning and trading on the island. Richard Drax, the MP for Dorset South, has said the role of his ancestors was ‘deeply, deeply regrettable’ but is resisting demands for reparations. Several hundred campaigners attended the 'It’s Time, Mr Drax' rally at the gates of the Drax family estate on 17 July - the hottest day of the y...
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Protesters demand wealthy MP pays up for family’s slave trade past

Rally outside home of Conservative Richard Drax demands reparations for 200 years of trade in BarbadosProtesters demanded yesterday that a Conservative MP should hand over his 621-acre sugar plantation to the people of Barbados as compensation for his family’s 200 years of slave owning and trading on the island. Richard Drax, the MP for Dorset South, has said the role of his ancestors was “deeply, deeply regrettable” but resists demands for reparations.As part of this year’s Tolpuddle Festival, ...
Tags: Americas, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, TUC, Slavery, Frances O'grady, Barbados, Tolpuddle Martyrs, Richard Drax, Dorset South, Racism Dorset


‘Not in this town’: artwork about Britain’s ‘nuclear colonialism’ removed

Tory councillors are accused of censorship over installation on atom bomb tests in Australia in a Southend park An Australian artist has accused a group of Conservative councillors of using “bullying strategies” to silence and censor her work after an installation she created to highlight Britain’s “identity as a colonial nuclear state” was removed from a park in Essex.The councillors threatened to “take action against the work” if it was not removed, according to Metal, the arts organisation th...
Tags: Art, Politics, Australia, Conservative, UK News, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, Essex, Gardens, Southend, Parks and Green Spaces, Gunners Park, Southend Continue


Labour concerned over management of flagship levelling up scheme

Leaders of £24m Stocksbridge fund include local MP, her husband, and others with personal or business links to plansLabour has raised concerns about the management of a flagship levelling up scheme after it emerged that decisions about one local £24m fund were primarily led by a group including the local MP, her husband, and others with personal or business links to some of the plans.Documents also show that the towns fund board for Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire, co-chaired by Conservative MP ...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, UK News, Labour, Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Stocksbridge, Miriam Cates


A UK Cabinet minister endorsed a telecoms firm that gave £21,500 to Conservative MPs

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden. David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images EXCLUSIVE: A firm that gave £21,500 to Tory MPs received support from a senior minister. Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, spoke at the virtual launch of IX Wireless's network. James Wharton, a Conservative peer and donor, is a director of the firm's controlling company. See more stories on Insider's business page. A telecoms company that gave more than £20,000 to Conservative MPs benefitted from the rin...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Trends, Conservative, House Of Lords, Ofcom, Boris Johnson, Parliament, Johnson, Conservative Party, Labour Party, Blackburn, UK Politics, Companies House, State


Gov. Newsom, LA County officials gather to trumpet $262 billion state budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom holds a copy of the California State budget after ceremonially signing it during a rally in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Newsom signed the budget that includes the $100 billion California Comeback Plan on July 12th. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) California Governor Gavin Newsom during a rally in Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) California Governor Gavin Newsom durin...
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Conservative MP Karl McCartney under investigation by Parliament's sleaze watchdog for hiding links to family firm

Karl McCartney MP Getty EXCLUSIVE: Conservative MP Karl McCartney is under investigation by Parliament's sleaze watchdog. For more than a decade, McCartney has concealed his links to a family firm called Moonlighting Systems. The probe comes following an Insider investigation into McCartney's expenses and registered interests. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Conservative MP Karl McCartney is under investigation by Parliament's sleaze watchdog after an Insid...
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UK agonises after racial abuse of England football stars

London (AFP) – Political leaders and footballing chiefs in Britain expressed disgust on Monday at racial abuse targeting England stars, including three black players who missed penalties in the Euro 2020 final against Italy. But as Facebook vowed yet again to look into abuse on its Instagram platform, Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself came under stinging criticism for earlier refusing to condemn fans who had booed English players’ campaign against racism.  England manager Gareth Southgate sa...
Tags: Facebook, UK, England, London, Instagram, Conservative, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Manchester United, Italy, Raheem Sterling, Fa, Wembley, Prince William, Denmark


Boris Johnson is creating a 'trojan horse' that makes it easier for tax exiles and non-doms to fund UK elections

Boris Johnson Reuters Boris Johnson's government is proposing a new law that would make it easier for non-resident Brits to fund elections in the UK. The law change is being sold as a means to make it easier for British "ex-pats" to vote in the UK. However, campaigners say it is a "Trojan horse" for more foreign money to fund UK elections. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK government is bringing in a new law that will make it much easier for British elections to b...
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Labour demands investigation into whether Conservative MP Karl McCartney hid links to family firm

Karl McCartney MP Getty Labour has asked the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to investigate Conservative MP Karl McCartney. Insider has revealed McCartney made apparently false declarations in his parliamentary register of interests. Labour Party Chair Anneliese Dodds told Insider: "If Karl McCartney is moonlighting, we need to know who for." See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK Labour Party has urged Parliament's sleaze watchdog to investigate Conservative ...
Tags: Politics, News, Trends, Conservative, House, Lincoln, Parliament, Labour Party, Mccartney, Companies House, UK Labour Party, Karl McCartney, Members of Parliament, Dodds, Anneliese Dodds, Kathryn Stone


1/4 of Americans qualify as highly 'right-wing authoritarian,' new poll finds

Former President Trump's supporters gather near his Mar-a-Lago home on Feb. 15, 2021. Joe Raedle/Getty Images More than one-quarter of Americans have right-wing authoritarian political beliefs, according to new polling. The study found that 26% of Americans score high on scale of right-wing authoritarianism. Those who lean to the right and are "high-RWA" scoring have similar views on the 2020 election outcome. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than one quarter of A...
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The UK government asks schoolchildren to sing 'One Nation, One Britain' song as it marks Brexit anniversary

Boris Johnson Getty UK asks schoolchildren to sing "One Nation, One Britain" song as the country marks 5 years since Brexit. The call by the Education department was met with thousands of mostly derisive responses. The UK on Wednesday marked the anniversary of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. See more stories on Insider's business page. The UK government has backed a campaign for schoolchildren to come together and sing a song for "One Nation, One Britain day", as the co...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Education, Trends, Eu, Conservative, European Union, Britain, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Adam Bienkov, Gavin Williamson, Savanta ComRes, Brexit Insider, Boris Johnson Getty


Conservative MP Karl McCartney hid fact he handed £10,000 expenses claim to donor

Getty EXCLUSIVE: Conservative MP Karl McCartney failed to publicly declare £10,000 expenses claim was handed to a donor's firm. Insider can reveal the company described by McCartney as "A" in his expenses claims is actually Anagallis Communications. Anagallis is run by Nigel Szembel, who helped fund his first campaign to become an MP. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Conservative Member of Parliament claimed nearly £10,000 of Parliamentary expenses for work given to ...
Tags: Trends, Conservative, Getty, Parliament, Opposition, Labour Party, Mccartney, Companies House, Karl McCartney, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Ipsa, Anneliese Dodds, Administrative Services, Tom Brake, Henry Dyer, Anagallis Communications, Anagallis


Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries | Petrofac | The Guardian

Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries | Petrofac | The Guardian A multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries.The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac.The firm was headed by Ayman Asfari, who with his wife has donated almost ...
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Oil firm led by Tory donor investigated over alleged bribes in nine countries

UK-based Petrofac accused of making payments over more than 15 years to secure contractsA multinational oil firm which was led by a major Conservative donor has been under investigation for allegedly paying million-pound bribes to secure contracts in nine countries.The anti-corruption agency the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been examining allegedly suspicious payments made by the UK-based firm Petrofac. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Conservative, UK News, Oil and gas companies, Tory, Petrofac, Serious Fraud Office SFO, Petrofac Continue


John Bercow defects to Labour with withering attack on Johnson

Former Speaker says party has become reactionary and xenophobic under its current leadership• The blue wall: what next for the Tories after shock defeat?John Bercow, the former Tory MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, today delivers an extraordinary broadside against Boris Johnson and the Conservative party as he announces he has switched his political allegiance to Labour.In an explosive interview with the Observer, Bercow says he regards today’s Conservative party as “reactionary, populist...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Liberal Democrats, House Of Commons, John Bercow, Bercow, Ed Davey, Boris Johnson, Tory, Johnson, Keir Starmer


Progressives call on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire amid McConnell's threats to block future Supreme Court nominees

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Progressives are calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire. "For the good of the country, now is the time to step aside," an ad that ran in Politico read. The call comes after Sen. Mitch McConnell said he would block future nominees to the court. See more stories on Insider's business page. Progressives have mounted a p...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Court, Barack Obama, Trends, Conservative, Joe Biden, Cnn, Getty Images


A Conservative Lord has donated £8,000 to the Tories while claiming thousands of pounds in furlough cash

James Wharton Getty EXCLUSIVE: A Conservative peer has donated £8,000 to Boris Johnson's party while his firm claims thousands of pounds in furlough payments. Lord Wharton helped Johnson become Conservative leader and Prime Minister and was made a peer by Johnson in 2020. His company made the donation while claiming up to £10,000 a month in furlough aid from the government. Johnson's government controversially appointed Wharton as chair of the independence universities regulator ba...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Trends, Conservative, House Of Lords, Labour, Stockton, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Customs, Conservative Party, Cabinet, UK Politics, Taxpayers Alliance, Companies House


A disgraced Conservative Lord whose peerage was forced through by Boris Johnson against official advice hands the party £500,000

Conservative Party donor Peter Cruddas is sworn in to the House of Lords at a ceremony of introduction at the House of Lords, London. Picture date: Tuesday February 2, 2021 Getty Disgraced Conservative Lord Peter Cruddas has donated more than £500,000 to Boris Johnson's party after becoming a peer. Cruddas resigned as party co-treasurer in 2012 after offering undercover reporters access to then Prime Minister David Cameron in exchange for £250,000 in donations. He was subsequently nomi...
Tags: Politics, News, Trends, David Cameron, Conservative, House Of Lords, Commission, Cameron, Boris Johnson, Westminster, Johnson, Conservative Party, Downing Street, Sunday Times, UK Politics, Cruddas


Partner of Lord Ashcroft’s son questioned over killing of Belize police officer

Jasmin Hartin was arrested near to location of body with ‘what appeared to be blood on her arms’The partner of the son of Lord Ashcroft, a Conservative party donor and former treasurer, is being questioned in Belize over the killing of a police officer.Jasmine Hartin was arrested on Friday following the discovery of the body of Supt Henry Jemmott on a pier in the resort town of San Pedro. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, Americas, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Belize, Ashcroft, Michael Ashcroft, Jasmine Hartin, Jasmin Hartin, Henry Jemmott, San Pedro Continue


The Conservative Party received tens of thousands of pounds from non-existent companies

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Getty EXCLUSIVE: The Conservative Party accepted tens of thousands of pounds from companies that had been struck off, an investigation by Insider has found. Tory politicians, including one currently serving government ministers, received the donations. Political parties are obliged to carry out checks on any company offering them a donation. Labour is calling for the Electoral Commission to launch an urgent investigation. "This just doesn't pass the smel...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Trends, Conservative, Labour, Westminster, Getty, Parliament, Tory, Conservative Party, Labour Party, Ministry Of Justice, UK Politics, Morton, Foreign Office


Fired Conservative radio host: I've lost everything for being anti-Trump

Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman who primaried Donald Trump in the 2020 election, says he was fired from Conservative radio group GAB Radio Network because he is an outspoken critic of the former President. CNN has reached out to GAB Radio Network for comment and has not heard back.
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Conservative Party excuses for not investigating Islamophobia allegations against Zac Goldsmith are 'disingenuous,' says lawyer who filed a police complaint against him

Zac Goldsmith and Boris Johnson Getty A report into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party has revealed just one formal complaint was received into the party's controversial 2016 London mayoral campaign. A lawyer who had complained about the campaign to the Metropolitan Police told Insider she declined to complain directly to the party because it would not be treated "in a serious way". Vasisht's complaint to the Metropolitan Police was not pursued by the force. See more stories on...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, News, Trends, David Cameron, Conservative, Conservatives, House Of Lords, Islam, Tony Blair, Guardian, Congo, Boris Johnson, Party, Khan


Tory Islamophobia report a ‘whitewash’, say Muslims in party

Inquiry deems comments from PM were insensitive but finds no evidence of ‘institutional racism’A long-awaited review into Islamophobia within the Conservative party has been condemned as a whitewash by Muslim Tories despite criticising the language used by Boris Johnson and the mayoral campaign run by Zac Goldsmith for being insensitive to Muslim communities.The prime minister’s comments, in which he compared women wearing the burqa to letterboxes, were singled out in the review headed by Prof S...
Tags: Politics, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Boris Johnson, Islamophobia, Zac Goldsmith, Swaran Singh


Britain's photo ID system undermines the democracy it is trying to preserve

A voter leaves a polling location in the UK. Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images The Queen announced that UK citizens will need photo ID to vote in upcoming elections. In a country where an estimated quarter of voters lack ID, the move undermines democracy and disproportionately harms marginalized citizens. With extraordinarily low levels of electoral fraud conviction in the UK, the scheme will fortify the Conservatives' stronghold and is an expensive distraction from much-needed social reform....
Tags: UK, US, Trends, Conservative, Britain, Netherlands, Athens, Conservative Party, Labour Party, Electoral Commission, Southern Poverty Law Center, Electoral Reform Society, Centrepoint, Voter Fraud, Parisa Hashempour, Sylvia Albert


Liz Cheney's challenger reveals he got a 14-year-old girl pregnant when he was 18 and is 'almost estranged' from his son

Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who is challenging Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the primary race, speaks to supporters after a rally against Cheney on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images One of Liz Cheney's primary challengers revealed that he impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18. "She was a little younger than me, so it's like the Romeo and Juliet story," Wyoming state Sen. Anthony Bouchard said. He added that they got married ...
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A Conservative Lord is under investigation for refusing to attend anti-sexual harassment training because he says it would be an act of 'treason' against the Queen

Lord David James of Blackheath and Queen Elizabeth II. Getty Lord James of Blackheath is under investigation for refusing to take mandatory training to prevent sexual harassment or bullying He told Insider that taking part in the training would be an act of "treason." Over 700 of his colleagues have taken the course. He says they are "wimps". See more stories on Insider's business page. A Conservative member of the House of Lords is under investigation for refusing to take part in man...
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Boris Johnson is using culture wars to cement his grip on power. That's a big risk in angry and divided Britain

Boris Johnson's having a pretty great spring. The success of the UK Prime Minister's coronavirus rollout coupled with the fast-approaching end of lockdown undoubtedly played a significant role in his Conservative party exceeding expectations at local elections last week.
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Liz Cheney's likely replacement, Elise Stefanik, isn't nearly as conservative, but she tells 'MAGA tales about the election with gusto,' expert says

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) addresses the virtual Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020. Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images Donald Trump endorsed New York Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as as House conference chair. Cheney's voting record is more conservative, and more Trumpy, than Stefanik's. But Stefanik promotes Trump's election claims, while Cheney's oppos...
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