Boris Johnson latest: PM accused of changing ministerial code ‘to save his own skin’

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Rishi Sunak says he will donate his £400 energy discount to charity

Boris Johnson has been accused of watering down rules on ministerial behavior to ‘save his own skin’.

A new government policy statement released said ministers found guilty of breaching the Ministerial Code will no longer automatically be required to resign or be sacked.

Chairman of the House of Commons standards committee, Chris Bryant, criticized the move, saying it took the country into “banana republic territory”.

It comes as veteran Tory MP Sir Bob Neill called on the Prime Minister to resign following Sue Gray’s report on Partygate.

In a statement on his website, Sir Bob said that as these ‘set the rules’ politicians have a ‘particular responsibility to stick to them ourselves’.

Elsewhere, Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s new tax relief on investments in UK oil and gas extraction will cost the taxpayer around £1.9billion a year, it is claimed.

Tax exemption. which has been widely criticized by green groups, opposition politicians and even oil executives also risks hurting the taxpayer later, according to estimates from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) think tank.

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Tory MP Steve Brine submits letter of censure

Tory MP Steve Brine confirmed he had submitted a letter of censure to the Prime Minister.

In a statement on his website, Mr Brine said: ‘There is no doubt in my mind that the events collectively known as ‘party-gate’ have created a sense of great disappointment and mistrust in our government. and the Conservative Party. This is neither sustainable for the country nor fair for the good people (including MPs) who are simply doing their jobs.

‘For me too, further revelations in Sue Gray’s report that staff and cleaners were not treated properly is deeply disappointing and speaks to a culture inside Downing Street which I find unpleasant at least. The Prime Minister was right to apologize to them and I note a number of reforms that Sue Gray praised in her final report. Yes, all of No10’s top executives have changed since these events – except the prime minister – and that’s a problem.

“There is of course a bigger picture here of leadership, honesty and decency. Not if this prime minister can get away with it, but if he should.

“I said some time ago that I thought it was inevitable that the Prime Minister would face a vote of confidence among Tory MPs (it was widely reported) and I have not changed my mind . All I can do as a backbencher is seek to trigger this process and (a while ago in fact) I did.

Steve Brine said he submitted a censorship letter ‘a while ago’

(PA Media)

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Downing Street is solely focused on keeping Boris Johnson’s ‘monstrous ego’ in power, says Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart says the entire Downing Street operation is now focused solely on keeping Boris Johnson’s ‘monstrous ego’ in power, as he warns of eroding trust in British politics and compared the current leadership to that of a convicted cheat and a former Italian. prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

The former Tory minister has joined a chorus of voices criticizing the Prime Minister and his No 10 team after Sue Gray’s damning report laid bare the extent of lockdown-breaking behavior at the heart of government, writing Tom Batchelor.

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ICYMI – SNP leader calls PM a ‘charlatan’ in response to Johnson tearing up ministerial code

SNP leader Ian Blackford has branded Boris Johnson a ‘charlatan’ after a new policy statement was announced yesterday that ministers should not quit if they break the ministerial code.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 10:40 a.m.

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‘They look down on us like we’re the dirt we clean’: Protesters outside Number 10 call for respect for cleaners

The cleaners delivered a scathing rebuke to Boris Johnson’s government during a protest in Downing Street on Friday night, accusing the cabinet of looking down on us ‘as if we were the dirt we are cleaning up’.

The workers said The Independent that compliance issues went beyond No. 10 and raised issues related to insecure, outsourced contracts and low wages.

My colleague Liam James has more details:

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Ex-Cabinet minister says Tories ‘see themselves losing next election’

David Davis said discontent was spreading through Tory ranks as MPs feared the controversy over the Downing Street lockdown parties could cost them their seats.

The former minister told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘Nobody in the world could have said more clearly, I don’t think, that I want the Prime Minister to go – I haven’t changed my mind. opinion on this.”

Asked if discontent was spreading within the Conservative Party, Mr Davis said: ‘There is no doubt about that, for two reasons.

“First, frankly, they see their own seats disappearing in many cases, they see themselves losing the next election because of it.

“Plus, it’s having a bad effect on the country…it’s a distraction to whatever you’re doing and it’s not helping the country’s reputation.”

The former Brexit secretary said party leadership issues traditionally took ‘a long time’ to sort out, pointing to how long Sir John Major and Theresa May stayed at No 10 despite revolting from behind -ban.

He added: “I’m afraid we won’t resolve this until the end of the year.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 9:40 a.m.

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Attorney General says schools not required to accommodate transgender students

Schools do not have to accommodate transgender students by addressing them by their preferred pronouns or allowing them to use gender-appropriate restrooms, the attorney general said.

In an interview with The temperature, Minister Suella Braverman said schools have no legal obligation to allow transgender children to wear their favorite school uniform.

She also criticized schools for their “hard-core approach” to gender reassignment, saying they should take a “much tougher line” when it came to arranging for transgender students.

My colleague Holly Bancroft reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 9:10 a.m.

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Tories would take just three out of 88 battleground seats if election were held now, poll finds

In a blow to the party, the Prime Minister’s own seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip would likely fall under Labor control, with current results suggesting a 5-point lead over the Tories.

According to the latest YouGov modeling, of the 88 seats Boris Johnson’s party won over Labor in 2019 or currently hold with a narrow majority, the Tories would only manage to retain control of Ashfield, Bassetlaw and Dudley North, writing Emily Atkinson.

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Tory MP accuses PM of ‘misleading’ Parliament

Boris Johnson has been accused of misleading Parliament by one of his own MPs as the number of Tories calling on him to quit the 10 lockdown parties continues to rise.

Tory veteran Sir Bob Neill and 2019 entrant Alicia Kearns have both expressed annoyance at the Prime Minister’s insistence he did not break coronavirus rules by witnessing the departures of outgoing civil servants .

Sir Bob, a qualified barrister and chairman of the Commons Justice Committee, has confirmed that he submitted a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson’s job as Prime Minister following the publication of Sue Gray’s report on the Downing Street party.

Ms Kearns said the senior official’s investigation demonstrated that Mr Johnson had been ‘complicit in holding numerous farewell parties for his staff’, which the backbench MP said ‘showed a complete disregard” for the Covid restrictions in place at the time.

The MP for Rutland and Melton said she had come to the conclusion that ‘the Prime Minister’s account of events to Parliament was misleading’.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 28, 2022 8:10 a.m.

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Rishi Sunak’s ‘obscene’ tax break for fossil fuel companies ‘will cost taxpayers £1.9billion a year’

Rishi Sunak’s new tax relief on investments in UK oil and gas extraction will cost the taxpayer around £1.9billion a year, it is claimed.

Rishi Sunak’s latest idea has been criticized

(PA wire)

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Carers ‘face £200 cut in income’ after being left out of Rishi Sunak’s cost of living package

Britain’s one million unpaid carers face a real cut in their income of more than £200 after being left out of Rishi Sunak’s cost of living package, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

With Carer’s Allowance rising by just 3.1% from £67.60 a week to £69.70, soaring inflation means claimants take a combined £193m hit this year, after factoring in 9% inflation, the party said.

He was dismayed on Thursday when it emerged that a one-off payment of £650 to help claimants with living costs was going to recipients of Universal Credit, tax credits and income support, but not to those who received carer’s allowance.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse reports:

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