Boris Johnson News Live: Breaking news as Gove suggests poverty behind Rayner’s ‘scum’ jibe and ‘assaulted’ former Tory leader
Michael Gove ironically attacks Starmer’s speech at Conservative Party conference
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove has hinted that Deputy Labor chief Angela Rayner called the Tories “scum” last month because of her childhood in a poor family.
“If you consider the circumstances in which she must have grown up and what she has accomplished, then anyone can make a mistake,” Mr Gove said at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
Ms Rayner has previously spoken of her childhood struggles and said if she had grown up in “modern times” she “certainly” would have been taken away by social services.
It came as five people were arrested after former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly assaulted by being hit on the head with a traffic cone.
Sir Iain said he was being chased by a group as he traveled to a Brexit interview on the sidelines of the conference on Monday afternoon.
Jacob Rees-Mogg: “Thanks to Corbyn for allowing Brexit”
Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘stubbornness’ and lack of appeal to pro-Remainer Tories meant an interim prime minister could not be installed to stop Brexit, said Jacob Rees-Mogg .
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, the Commons Leader said: ‘It’s amazing how bad it has come to us not to get Brexit, that the British establishment wanted to stop it and did great efforts.
“And you know who we have to thank, weirdly?” Let’s see if the conservative public can deal with this: we should thank Jeremy Corbyn. “
Mr. Rees-Mogg added, “I’ll tell you why. Because our side that hated Brexit would have accepted any other Labor leader as interim prime minister to stop Brexit and hold a second referendum, etc.
“And any other Labor leader could have accepted that one of our sides was acting Prime Minister to stop Brexit.”
He said Mr Corbyn was “unacceptable” to most Tories despite his stance on holding a second referendum, leading to the 2019 general election which saw Boris Johnson win a large majority.
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 7:11 PM
Liquidation of the left is “a joy,” says Jacob Rees-Mogg
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Conservative Conference that “one of the joys of political life is to liquidate the left” after Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Angela Rayner called the Tories ” scum “.
Asked about Ms Rayner’s comments, the Tory MP said: “Why should we care?”
“Here we are all together – we are great people because we have been rubbish in the eyes of the socialists, but we are getting there. As the scum always does, we seem to be reaching the top, ”added Mr. Rees-Mogg.
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 6:51 PM
Angela Rayner called Tories “scum” because she grew up in poverty, suggests Gove
Angela Rayner of the Labor Party has called the Tories “scum” because of her difficult upbringing in a poverty-stricken family, suggested Michael Gove.
The Cabinet minister also hinted on Monday that Ms Rayner, who is the deputy leader of the Labor Party, called the Tories “homophobic. [and] misogynist ”because she had been drinking.
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Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 6:44 PM
Transportation Secretary defends HS2 despite changes to train travel after pandemic
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps has defended the HS2 rail network project against suggestions that the project’s business case has been altered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Shapps was asked on Monday whether the possibility of fewer travelers had made the rail network less attractive to the government.
He replied: “When the Victorians built the West Coast Main Line and the East Coast Main Line over 150 years ago, they didn’t know about the Spanish Flu… they didn’t know about World War I. , the Second World War. , the Depression, they were not aware of several recessions.
“My point is that we don’t build railroads now for the next two years, the next five years or even the next 10 years, not least because they take a long time to build, we build it for 100 years, and who doesn’t think we’re going to want to travel over the next 100 years?
“Of course we’re going to want it. Let’s have a long-term vision.
Mr Shapps added that the UK “would not regret” expanding the country’s rail network and believed future generations would be grateful for the project.
“I think it’s a great way to travel, and I think we’ll be happy 100 years from now, 150 years from now people will say ‘oh those second Elizabethans’ – if that’s what we are -‘ you know. , they did for us what the Victorians did for our generation, ”he said.
“I sincerely believe that in the end, we’ll be glad we did. “
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 6:32 PM
Five people arrested after former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith allegedly assaulted
Five people have been arrested in Manchester after former Conservative Party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith was allegedly assaulted by being hit on the head with a traffic cone.
“Police responded to an incident on Portland Street following reports of an assault around 4pm today,” Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
“The officers were on the scene within minutes. Serious injuries are not believed to be, and following a short foot chase, three men and two women were arrested in connection with this and remain in detention for questioning.
“The investigations are ongoing. “
Our journalist, Daniel Keane, has more details below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 6:12 PM
Woman “violently assaulted” at Conservative Party conference in Manchester
A woman claimed to have been “severely assaulted” while attending the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Sunday evening.
Conservatives said Monday that the man involved in the incident had his conference pass revoked because of his “totally unacceptable” behavior.
Our journalist, Andy Gregory, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 6:00 PM
Conservative lead over Labor reduced to three points, poll finds
The Conservatives’ lead over Labor has been cut in half to three percentage points, according to a new poll.
Research by Redfield & Wilton Strategies showed the Tories still held the support of 40 percent of voters, down 1 percent, while Labor had 37 percent support, up 2 percent.
The poll follows the Labor Party’s annual conference last week and lingering concerns over food and fuel shortages in the UK.
You can find the full results below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 5:52 PM
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that officers responded to an incident at the Midland Hotel in connection with the Conservative Party conference, where a woman was allegedly assaulted by a party activist.
“Police responded to an incident at the Midland Hotel around 12:30 am this morning (Monday) following reports of an assault on a 33-year-old woman,” a force spokesperson said in a statement. .
“The officers arrived quickly, no injuries were reported and no arrests were made.
“However, a man has been identified [and] his accreditation was withdrawn for the remainder of the Conservative Party conference.
“Our investigation into what happened is ongoing.”
The spokesperson added: “BPF is there to protect. Women’s safety is a top priority, and something we continue to take very seriously.
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 5:40 PM
Senior Tory warns Red Wall families will be least able to afford Johnson’s green agenda
Boris Johnson has been warned his green program “will not work” if the government imposes significant additional costs on low-income households in order to go to net zero emissions by 2050.
Jake Berry, chairman of the Northern Research Group of Conservative MPs, said Monday that ministers must “confess that it will be many Red Wall communities that will be least able to afford” the changes needed to tackle climate change. cash.
Our political correspondent, Ashley cowburn, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 5:33 PM
Labor accuses Johnson’s government of wasting £ 3.5bn on ‘risky’ contracts
Labor has accused Boris Johnson’s government of showing ‘utter disregard’ for workers by wasting £ 3.5bn of taxpayer money on ‘questionable’ contracts.
A new analysis of the party’s Tussell government procurement data suggests that £ 3.5bn of Covid contracts have been awarded to companies linked to the Tories – more than triple the original tally of £ 1bn from work revealed in October 2020.
“The Conservatives have shown utter contempt for workers by wasting taxpayer money on questionable contracts,” Deputy Labor chief Angela Rayner said in a statement.
“Whether it’s unnecessary PPE or the billions that have passed on Test and Trace, they have shown that they are alone and cannot be trusted to stand up for workers.
“Even as the government hits working families with an unfair tax hike and household bills skyrocket, the Conservatives continue to give billions of pounds to friends and donors.”
Ms Rayner added: “The government should have long ago ended the emergency rules that gave ‘VIP access’ to public markets and they now have to say how they will recover the public money that was handed over to their buddies for PPE unusable or not delivered for services. “
In her conference speech in Brighton last week, fictitious party chancellor Rachel Reeves said a Labor government would recoup ‘every penny’ possible from failed Covid contracts given to friends of the Tories.
Conrad DuncanOctober 4, 2021 5:22 PM