Watch dwell as Dominic Raab faces questions on international help cuts
Labour is demanding a probe into Boris Johnson’s conduct as the most recent cronyism scandal enveloped Whitehall final evening after reviews the prime minister exchanged textual content messages with Sir James Dyson over the tax standing of his staff.
Mr Johnson promised the entrepreneur he would “repair” the problem after private lobbying from Sir James as he sought to construct ventilators early within the coronavirus disaster.
At PMQs on Wednesday Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer recommended it was “one rule for those who have gotten the Prime Minister’s telephone quantity, one other for everyone else”.
However Mr Johnson advised the Commons that he was “blissful to share all the main points” of the exchanges as there’s “nothing to hide”.
It comes as Dominic Raab has been condemned for “hiding” the dimensions of abroad help cuts, with lots of the poorest international locations anticipated to lose as much as half their funding.
European Parliament set to ‘ratify UK-EU commerce deal’
RTE Europe editor Tony Connelly has this morning tweeted that the European Parliament will vote subsequent Tuesday to ratify the UK-EU commerce deal.
Simply final week The Unbiased reported that social gathering group leaders had nonetheless not set a date amid considerations the deal was not being correctly applied by the UK.
The choice by the parliament’s convention of presidents represented the second time ratification has been delayed – the primary time was in March.
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 09:49
‘Attainable corruption’ in 20% of Covid contracts awarded, campaigners warn
Round 20 per cent of the worth of Covid-19 contracts awarded – a complete of £3.7bn – raises “crimson flags for doable corruption”, anti-sleaze investigators are warning.
The detailed research of almost 1,000 offers struck when the pandemic struck concludes they had been “systemically biased” in favour of companies with political connections.
The Unbiased’s deputy political editor Rob Merrick reviews
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 09:35
Conservative Andy Avenue has nine-point lead in West Midlands mayoral race, ballot exhibits
Tory Andy Avenue has moved forward of Labour’s Liam Byrne within the race to be the following mayor for the West Midlands, new polling exhibits.
The Instances Pink Field Editor Patrick Maguire tweeted out the contemporary knowledge this morning that has Mr Avenue on 46 per cent, trailed by Mr Byrne on 37 per cent.
The most recent polling will make glum studying for Mr Byrne who just lately appeared assured in having the ability to overturn the incumbent mayor.
When requested on Sky’s Ridge on Sunday if he was anticipating a cushty victory, he mentioned: “Sure. We’ve discovered door-knocking has gone very well. We’ll do effectively.”
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 09:23
Labour calls for probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson textual content messages
Labour has referred to as for a parliamentary investigation Boris Johnson’s “conduct” after he personally textual content messaged Sir James Dyson, telling him he would “repair” a tax difficulty for his staff in the course of the peak of the pandemic.
Rachel Reeves, the shadow Cupboard Workplace minister, referred to as on the influential Commons Liaison Committee to summon Mr Johnson to offer proof to MPs on the problem and publish his correspondence with the entrepreneur.
The Unbiased’s political correspondent Ashley Cowburn reviews
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 09:08
Kwasi Kwarteng ‘doesn’t recognise’ Mercer authorities criticism
Yesterday Johnny Mercer blasted the Authorities as “probably the most distrustful, terrible setting” the place “nearly no one tells the reality” after departing as veterans minister.
This morning enterprise secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was requested concerning the feedback on Sky Information and mentioned he “didn’t recognise” Mr Mercer’s description of presidency.
He mentioned: “Johnny has his personal points referring to what he feels concerning the authorities, I believe he was very pissed off round explicit points associated to veterans.
“And I believe you’ll be finest to direct these inquiries to Johnny, I believe he was an excellent minister, an excellent colleague.
“I don’t recognise his description of presidency and I settle for there are frustrations inside authorities, however that occurs in numerous completely different walks of life, individuals really feel pissed off.”
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 08:52
Ousted No 10 aide complains of sophistication bias in Westminster
No10’s former director of communications Lee Cain has hit out at Whitehall officers and complained of sophistication discrimination.
Cain mentioned his northern accent and modest background led to him being branded an “oik” within the corridors of energy.
Nonetheless he claimed the problem was not with authorities ministers however as an alternative pointed the finger at senior Whitehall officers, who he mentioned behaved as if he must be grateful to have gotten so far as Downing Avenue.
The Unbiased’s political editor Andrew Woodcock has the main points
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 08:38
SNP set to overlook out on majority, new ballot reveals
The SNP might miss out on a majority on the Holyrood election, in accordance with a brand new ballot.
The Savanta ComRes survey for The Scotsman predicts that the social gathering will return 63 MSPs in whole – two in need of a majority – the identical quantity as in 2016.
Nonetheless there would nonetheless be a pro-independence majority at Holyrood, with the Scottish Greens forecast to return eight MSPs, two greater than 2016, and the social gathering predicted to safe 7 per cent of the listing vote in 2021.
Only one per cent of voters mentioned they plan to vote for Alex Salmond’s Alba Social gathering, which would go away it and not using a single MSP elected.
The ballot initiatives that the SNP will return a constituency vote of 46 per cent and a listing vote of 38 per cent within the Might 6 election.
It predicts that the Scottish Conservatives will obtain 25 per cent of the constituency vote and 23 per cent of the regional listing, which might see it return 32 MSPs – yet another than in 2016.
Scottish Labour is forecast to return 20 per cent on the constituency and 17 per cent on the listing vote and is predicted to return 21 MSPs, three fewer than in 2016.
The ballot of 1,001 Scottish adults additionally discovered that help for Scottish independence is break up, although help for No has elevated since a survey in the beginning of April.
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 08:23
Authorities plans ‘specific’ launch of vaccine certificates for summer season holidays
The federal government is reportedly aiming to offer official proof of vaccination for tens of millions of British holidaymakers this summer season.
In accordance with a report within the Telegraph, a authorities official advised journey bosses on the Tourism Trade Emergency Response Group: “We intention to offer individuals the power to show their vaccine standing by the point worldwide journey restarts the place different international locations require it.”
The Unbiased’s journey correspondent Simon Calder has the main points
Joe Middleton22 April 2021 08:12
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Joe Middleton22 April 2021 08:09