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Boris Johnson sets out tougher tier system to replace England lockdown

Boris Johnson has confirmed that England’s “stay at home” national lockdown will end on December 2, but the prime minister’s new toughened “tier system” of regional restrictions has been strongly criticised by the hospitality sector. Mr Johnson set out his new “winter plan” for dealing with Covid-19 to MPs on Monday, setting out a regime… Continue reading Boris Johnson sets out tougher tier system to replace England lockdown

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Business groups urge Johnson to rethink overseas aid cuts

Business groups, including the CBI and International Chambers of Commerce, have joined growing calls for the government to maintain its overseas aid target of 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product ahead of the chancellor’s spending review announcement on Wednesday.  In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, seven organisations including the Ethical Trading Initiative… Continue reading Business groups urge Johnson to rethink overseas aid cuts

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Boris Johnson to outline Christmas Covid rules

Boris Johnson will on Sunday outline plans for families to see each other at Christmas alongside a tougher three-tiered regional coronavirus strategy for England, which will come into effect after the national lockdown ends on December 2.  Cabinet ministers are expected to discuss and sign off on the Covid Winter Plan on Sunday, and Mr… Continue reading Boris Johnson to outline Christmas Covid rules

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Boris Johnson proposes shift of Scottish powers from Edinburgh to councils

Boris Johnson told Scottish Conservatives on Saturday that he wants to shift powers from the devolved Edinburgh parliament to “councils and communities across Scotland”, raising questions over the UK prime minister’s commitment to the constitutional settlement. In a brief video speech to the virtual Scottish Conservative party conference, Mr Johnson sought to play down remarks… Continue reading Boris Johnson proposes shift of Scottish powers from Edinburgh to councils

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Johnson is the wrong kind Englishman to fight for the union

The writer is director of Reform Scotland, a think-tank Boris Johnson and Scotland do not get along. To the meritocratic, straight-talking Scots, Britain’s prime minister is a Wodehousian throwback who represents the worst aspects of the English toff: entitled, faithless, capricious and fundamentally unserious. Think Prince Andrew, with a parliamentary majority.  As a consequence, Mr… Continue reading Johnson is the wrong kind Englishman to fight for the union

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‘I don’t think the PM knows’: Boris Johnson and the Brexit endgame

At 9 p.m. on Wednesday 11 November, a gray-faced Boris Johnson rushed past staff at 10 Downing Street and into the office of David Frost, the man he entrusted to try to strike a trade deal with the EU. “The Prime Minister knew David was unhappy – he thought he might resign,” said one of… Continue reading ‘I don’t think the PM knows’: Boris Johnson and the Brexit endgame

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Charities urge Johnson not to cut UK aid budget

Almost 200 charities on Friday called on Boris Johnson to reverse his plan to cut the UK’s overseas aid budget, warning that the move would damage Britain’s standing in the world. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to suspend the UK’s target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product on development, even though the… Continue reading Charities urge Johnson not to cut UK aid budget

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Boris Johnson expected to warn UK home secretary over bullying claims

Senior government officials expect Boris Johnson to issue Priti Patel with a warning over allegations that she bullied civil servants, but say he will not dismiss the home secretary from the cabinet. Ms Patel has been under investigation for nine months over her conduct at the Home Office and other departments. The inquiry was prompted… Continue reading Boris Johnson expected to warn UK home secretary over bullying claims

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Johnson seeks Downing St reset with ‘green industrial revolution’

Boris Johnson will set out details on Wednesday of a £12bn “green industrial revolution”, insisting to Conservative critics that a new environmental focus will not cost the party votes in former Labour heartlands. Mr Johnson, writing in the Financial Times, said the push for nuclear, hydrogen, electric cars and offshore wind power amounted to “one… Continue reading Johnson seeks Downing St reset with ‘green industrial revolution’