Boris Johnson latest: ‘neck and neck’ by-election in Tory stronghold

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The pivotal by-election in the conservative stronghold of Tiverton and Honiton is “neck and neck,” Liberal Democrats say.

As voters prepare to go to the polls on Thursday in two by-elections, Sir Ed Davey suggested his party could be “on the brink of historic victory”.

The second vote will be held in Wakefield, a “red wall” seat Sir Keir Starmer hopes to reclaim for Labor after falling to the Tories in the 2019 election for the first time since the constituency’s creation in 1932.

Conservative MPs told: the independent that a double election defeat would be a “disaster” for embattled Boris Johnson, who narrowly survived a no-confidence vote two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Jacob Rees-Mogg has been accused of unveiling a Brexit gimmick – a quarterly dashboard of reformed EU laws – that “will do nothing to address the real challenges facing the public today”.

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Martin Lewis says he was rejected by House of Lords for being ‘honest’ in interview

Consumer expert Martin Lewis has revealed he was rejected after applying to join the House of Lords.

Mr. Lewis, founder and chairman of MoneySavingExpert.com, said he believes his offer for a cross-bench peerage was turned down because he was “honest” about the limited time he could devote to the role.

In an interview with the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Mr Lewis expressed his desire for “more consensual, cooperative politics”.

Mr Lewis has become increasingly vocal on behalf of consumers and financially overburdened households in recent months amid rising inflation and a crisis in the cost of living, writes Dominic McGrath

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 08:22

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Government loans hit record highs in May due to rising inflation

Government borrowing came in at a higher-than-expected £14 billion last month as rising inflation pushed debt interest rates up to a record high in May, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said government loans were £4bn less than in May last year, but still the third highest May loan since the monthly records began in 1993 and £8.5bn more then in May 2019, before the pandemic struck.

The data showed that rising inflation led interest payments on the government debt to a record £7.6bn – £3.1bn higher than a year earlier.

The ONS said the jump in UK debt interest payments is due to the recent rise in the inflation measure of the Retail Price Index (RPI), which determines the payouts of index-linked government bonds.

So far, debt interest payments this fiscal year have been £14.1 billion, up £4.7 billion year-on-year, the ONS said.

The June figures are expected to show the biggest impact of inflation on government debt interest payments, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasting £19.7bn – by far the largest ever.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 08:07

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Six Brexit problems six years after the EU referendum

It is six years after the 2016 EU referendum and Brexit has been achieved. But not everything has to be right.

Polls conducted by Savanta ComRes in October found that only 36 percent think the project has been a success, and 52 percent see it as a failure. Jon Stone writes.

Here are six of the biggest lasting problems Brexit has caused on the occasion of six years since the big vote.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 07:51

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Votes open in midterm elections

Votes have been cast in Tiverton, Honiton and Wakefield for the crucial by-elections that could see the uprooting of Conservatives from the cities.

Competition in Tiverton and Honiton is “neck and neck”, according to the Liberals, who are aiming for major political unrest in the Devon seat.

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer is hoping to recover Wakefield for Labor after falling to the Tories in 2019 for the first time since 1932.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 07:28

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Brexit has left ‘lasting scars’ on EU nationals living in the UK, study shows

Six years after the EU referendum, Brexit has left “lasting scars” on European nationals living in the UK, according to a new study.

Two-thirds of EU and EEA citizens living in the UK who took part in the survey said Brexit had “a significant – and mostly negative – impact on their feelings about Britain,” according to researchers from the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University.

And many of the 364 polled said Brexit had prompted them to rethink their future in the UK and undermined their trust in British institutions and politicians.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainJune 23, 2022 07:17

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Labor MP called in sick after ‘ongoing campaign of misogyny’

A Labor MP takes time away from work after suffering “an ongoing campaign of misogynistic harassment and abuse”.

Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, posted a statement on Twitter on Wednesday evening saying that she went to hospital on June 12 and was then signed off by her GP.

She said: “During my time as an MP I have been subject to an ongoing campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment.

“As a survivor of domestic violence, it was extremely painful and difficult. This abusive campaign has had a significant effect on my mental and physical health.”

Ms Begum, who was part of the influx of MPs in 2019, added that her staff and office will still be open to help people in her East London constituency while she is ill.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 23, 2022 06:24

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Suspended Tory MP faces new inquiry into ‘paid advocacy’

David Warburton, who has been suspended by Conservatives over allegations of sexual harassment and cocaine use, faces a new House of Commons inquiry.

Mr Warburton has been disciplined by his party and is already under investigation by Parliament’s Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS).

Now the MP for Somerton and Frome is also the subject of an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into whether he has breached the MPs’ code of conduct on three counts.

This involves “paid advocacy”, non-declaration of an interest and over-rules regarding the declaration of “gifts, benefits and hospitality”.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 23, 2022 06:10

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The next Labor leader should be a woman, says Harman

Harriet Harman has said it was “downright embarrassing” that the Labor Party had never had a woman at the helm and that the next leader should be a woman.

“If and when we have a leadership election in the distant future, the next time it has to be a woman, because it’s downright embarrassing that the Conservatives have had two and we haven’t even had a female leader. in the opposition, let alone a female prime minister,” she told GB News.

Ms Harman added: “I think it’s partly because women in the Labor party are more subversive than women in the Conservative party. The women in the conservative party tend to work with men without challenging them like we do.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 23, 2022 05:41

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Vote | Boris Johnson struggled when Keir Starmer won the rhetorical battle

We took our seats for the Opposition Leader’s Questions, expecting Boris Johnson to ask Keir Starmer six times to condemn the railway strikes.

But because everyone expected the Prime Minister to do it, the element of surprise was taken away from him.

That advantage instead belonged to Starmer, who began by praising the “brave” Conservative candidate in the Wakefield by-election.

The Labor leader had no solutions, but he was in charge of this week’s Prime Minister’s questions, writes John Rentoul

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 23, 2022 05:35

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Tory MP calls striking rail workers ‘friends of Putin’

High Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood has called striking railway workers Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘friends’.

“The only government in Europe that really stands up to… [Vladimir] Putin is completely distracted in this way,” Ellwood said.

“I say to the unions, please don’t be a friend of Putin. Come back to talks today so we can get the country moving again.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 23, 2022 04:56

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