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Boris Johnson News: Prime Minister acted ‘recklessly’ on flat renovation but did not break the rules

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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser said the PM had acted “recklessly” in handling the renovation of his apartment and found a “significant failure” in his approach – but ruled there was no violation of the ministerial code.

Mr Johnson continued the costly renovation of 11 Downing Street without knowing how it would be paid and remained in the dark about its funding until controversy erupted in the press, Christopher Geidt has discovered.

The Labor Party has asked the Prime Minister to reveal all other donor-funded projects. “We know this is not the only aspect of the Prime Minister’s lifestyle that can be funded by Conservative donors. No 10 must now make it clear how far that goes, ”said Angela Rayner, deputy leader.

Separately, Matt Hancock was found guilty of committing a ‘minor breach’ of the ministerial code by failing to declare that he owned shares in his sister’s company, which was approved for a contract with the NHS.

Downing Street was also on the defensive over Mr Johnson’s meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

After being criticized for hosting Mr Orban, a populist under whose leadership human rights and media freedom have been threatened, the prime minister’s spokesperson said he raised the issues with his guest.

And elsewhere, Rishi Sunak was engaged in preparations for the meeting of G7 finance ministers. He urged his counterparts in other wealthy countries to put climate change at the forefront of their economic recovery from the coronavirus.


Johnson still has ‘full faith’ in Hancock, says No.10

Boris Johnson still has “full confidence” in Matt Hancock, according to a statement released by Downing Street last night.

The Prime Minister initially declined to answer when asked if he supports the Health Secretary to continue in this role, but Downing Street has made it clear that Hancock still enjoys full support.

The Health Secretary denied Dominic Cummings’ claims that he repeatedly lied to his colleagues as “unfounded”, adding, “I have always been frank with people in public and in private.”

He also denied having angered the prime minister by promising that hospital patients would be tested for Covid before being sent back to nursing homes.

“I remember the events that I got involved in providing testing to people who go to nursing homes, when we could.” Without enormous capacity, “it was not possible” to test everyone, he said.

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 8:45 AM


Cummings ‘has documentary evidence on Hancock’

Dominic Cummings has “documentary evidence” to back up his claim that Boris Johnson felt “misled” and feared his health secretary was guilty of “negligence,” according to ITV News.

Robert Peston claims documents show Hancock was called to a meeting at No.10 on May 4 last year over potentially infected Covid patients sent from hospitals to nursing homes.

Citing sources, the ITV presenter says the documents show senior officials at No.10 feared Hancock’s “negligence” (and the word “negligence” is said to be in the documents).

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 8:50 AM


Prime Minister’s meeting with Orban ‘absolutely fair’, minister says

Cabinet Minister Kwasi Kwarteng insisted it would be “irresponsible” not to establish relations with far-right leader Viktor Orban and the Hungarian government.

The Labor Party has exposed Orban’s scapegoat for minorities, including decrying “Muslim invaders”, using anti-Semitic tropes in political campaigns and undermining democracy.

“We have to talk to all kinds of people, all kinds of leaders around the world whose values ​​we don’t necessarily share,” he told Sky News on Friday morning.

“I think Viktor Orban’s views on migrants are things I would not agree with in any way. Having said that, I think we have to engage with the EU, it is an EU leader, Hungary is an EU country, we are part of the EU ”.

He added: “In this post-Brexit world, I think it is quite right for us to build bilateral relations with the countries of the old EU, I think it is quite reasonable to do so. make.”

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 8:54 AM


Minister defends ‘excellent’ Hancock on nursing homes

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was asked if Matt Hancock was wrong to say that a protective ring was thrown around nursing homes when there was not enough testing capacity to do so.

He told Times Radio: “I think Matt was very clear that he would try to build the capacity, the testing capacity, and he did very well.

“He was also a key figure in the vaccine rollout, which was also successful. So I think Matt’s contribution has been excellent.

Kwarteng pointed to the “difficult situation” Hancock found himself in when tackling the pandemic.

“I know he worked really hard and very few people – if any – worked as hard as him and he was very determined to save lives,” he told Sky News.

“Now he has said what he said, I fully believe him, but we will have an investigation and that will clear up all those facts.”

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 8:57 AM


Most people think Hancock should quit smoking, poll finds

The latest YouGov poll suggests more people think Matt Hancock should step down.

About 36 percent said he should quit, 31 percent said he should stay – and another third said they didn’t know.

Four in ten people said they followed Dominic Cummings’ claims about Hancock, Boris Johnson and the government.

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 9:18 AM


Protective shield? ‘Absolute garbage,’ says nursing home manager

The head of the National Care Association called Matt Hancock’s claim that the government placed a “protective shield” around nursing homes last year as “absolute waste”.

Nadra Ahmed told the BBC Question time last night: “There was no shield. I think it was a statement that took some form of embarrassment, perhaps, because nothing had been done for social care.

Sam Monaghan, managing director of the UK’s largest charitable care provider, said “all support was taken away” from nursing homes during the first wave of the pandemic.

Monaghan said on Friday that was “not the case” as the government had thrown a shield around nursing homes.

He told Times Radio: “We were saying from the start that we need testing so that we can best isolate residents who may have contracted the virus and to make sure that the staff who contracted the virus are not working. . “

He added, “Rather than having a ring of protection, it felt like all the brackets we needed were just removed.”

Matt Hancock claimed to have put a ‘protective shield’ around nursing homes

(Reuters TV)

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 9:29 AM


‘I stand against Starmer’: Galloway enters byelection

Former Respect Party MP George Galloway has announced he is running in the upcoming Batley and Spen by-elections – with the explicit aim of ousting Keir Starmer as Labor leader.

The troublemaker leftist has said he is running as a candidate for the Workers’ Party of Britain in the July 1 poll.

In a video posted to his social media, filmed at Batley Bus Station, Galloway said: “I’m against Keir Starmer … So if for some reason you think the current leader of the Labor Party needs to be replaced , I am your man. “

Labor insiders fear he may split part of the necessary vote for candidate Kim Leadbeater – Jo Cox’s sister – who was chosen as Labor candidate earlier this week.

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 09:35


Raab welcomes UN investigation into fight against Belarus

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab welcomed an investigation by the United Nations agency to understand what led to the hijacking of the Ryanair flight to Belarus, allowing the arrest of a prominent critic of the Lukashenko regime.

It has emerged that Russia will allow European flights to arrive and depart via routes that bypass Belarusian airspace, according to RBC news outlet. Moscow previously denied access to two carriers that bypassed Belarus on their way to Moscow.

The Labor Party urged Boris Johnson to take “a firm stand against the Lukashenko regime in Belarus and Putin’s Russia” when he meets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban today.

Last year, Orban pushed the EU to lift sanctions against his Belarusian ally.

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 10:04 AM


Conservative MP worries about ‘lack of clarity’ of Ofcom’s resumption of work

Conservative MP Julian Knight – chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee – expressed concern about a “lack of clarity” on why the Ofcom presidential selection process is reviewed.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said he wants a second competition for the post of media regulator.

Former Daily mail Editor-in-chief Paul Dacre would have been Boris Johnson’s preferred choice in early interviews.

But reports claim that the existing interview panel concluded that Dacre was unfit for the role after sharing “solid” views during the interview process.

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 10:10 AM


‘Launch the Covid investigation this summer’

Labor has jumped on Dominic Cummings’ evidence session as a reason to advance the public inquiry into the response to the Covid crisis.

Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy wants the investigation into this summer. “No excuse for a delay,” he tweeted.

Labor leader Keir Starmer said Thursday: “I don’t think Dominic Cummings should have the final say on this. It’s not about taking anyone’s word – it’s about getting to the bottom of it. “

Adam forrestMay 28, 2021 10:28 AM

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