Boris Johnson news – live: ‘Silly’ to help families better cope with cost of living crisis now, says Sunak

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Keir Starmer calls Boris Johnson the ‘Comical Ali’ of the cost of living crisis

Rishi Sunak said it would be “stupid” for the government to consider more help for families who are feeling the cost of living at the moment despite skyrocketing energy bills.

Britons face an average £700 rise in their gas and electricity bills after the energy price cap was raised in April – with another 50% spike expected in October.

Speaking to Mumsnet, the Chancellor dismissed the idea of ​​further aid in the coming months, saying he was ready to make himself unpopular by sticking to his spending plans.

Asked by a disabled user if he could do more on energy bills, the Chancellor said he had already provided support through his £200 ‘energy rebate’ loan and £150 £ council tax refund.

Mr Sunak said: “We said we will see what happens with the price cap in the fall. I know people are worried about this and wondering if they will increase further.

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Watch: Dominic Raab condemns Labour’s plan for windfall tax on energy companies

Dominic Raab condemns Labour’s proposed windfall tax on energy companies

Emily AtkinsonApril 28, 2022 02:30

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Rishi Sunak says cost-of-living assistance would let ‘our children’ foot the bill

Emily AtkinsonApril 28, 2022 1:30 a.m.

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Watch: Soviet Union behaved more rationally than Putin’s Russia, says Truss

Soviet Union behaved more rationally than Putin’s Russia, says Truss

Emily AtkinsonApril 28, 2022 12:30 a.m.

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Liz Truss calls for a ‘freedom network’ at Mansion House

Just a year after her government completed the process of pulling the UK out of its partnership with close EU allies, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she wanted to build stronger alliances with states like-minded people in what she called a “freedom network”.

Speaking in a high-profile speech at the Lord Mayor of London’s Easter Banquet, Ms Truss said: ‘My vision is of a world where free nations assert themselves and gain ascendancy.

“Where freedom and democracy are strengthened by a network of economic and security partnerships.

“Where abusers are contained and forced to take a better path.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 11:42 p.m.

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Watch: Dominic Raab smiles as he discusses solutions to the cost of living crisis

Dominic Raab smiles as he discusses solutions to the cost of living crisis

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 11:22 p.m.

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In confrontational message to Beijing, Truss warns of economic retaliation if China fails to ‘play by the rules’

The G7 group of major world powers should act as “an economic NATO”, with all members ready to defend each other if their economies are targeted by an aggressive regime like Russia or China, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said. Foreign Affairs Liz Truss.

In a highly divisive message to Beijing, the foreign minister warned that China could face Russian-style sanctions under an “affirmative” G7 if it threatens the safety of others, adding: “They won’t keep going up if they don’t play by the rules.” .”

And she spoke of the prospect of a “global NATO” able and willing to project its influence deep into China’s Indo-Pacific backyard, and ensure that “the Pacific is protected (and) democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves”.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse reports:

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 11:02 p.m.

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Tory advisers reprimanded for ‘negative’ election campaign accused of sparking anti-Semitic abuse against rival

Tory advisers have been reprimanded for a ‘negative and vindictive’ election campaign that allegedly sparked online anti-Semitic abuse against a rival candidate, following a QC-led independent investigation ordered by Tory headquarters.

The allegation was also included in official Tory leaflets distributed in the neighborhood – which has a large Jewish population and is in MP Oliver Dowden’s constituency – in the days before the poll.

Dr Ozarow, who is Jewish, said he felt “terrified” by a flood of anti-Semitic slurs and death threats directed at him and his family on social media as the campaign reached its peak.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse see you:

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 10:45 p.m.

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Truss calls for an overhaul of approach to international security

The crisis in Ukraine must be the catalyst for an overhaul of the Western approach to international security, said Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

In a keynote address on foreign policy, Ms Truss said the UK needed to strengthen its military while forging alliances with free nations around the world, using their economic might to deter aggressors who “do not respect the rules”.

She said the G7 group of major industrialized nations should act as an “economic NATO” championing collective prosperity, while the Western military alliance must be ready to open its doors to countries like Finland and Sweden.

Speaking at the Mansion House in the City of London, Ms Truss pointed the finger at China, which refused to condemn the invasion of Ukraine, while increasing imports from Russia and commenting “who should or should not be a member of NATO”.

“China is not impervious. They won’t keep going up if they don’t play by the rules,” she said.

“China needs to trade with the G7. We represent about half of the global economy. And we have choices.

“We have shown with Russia the kind of choices we are prepared to make when international rules are violated.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 10:30 p.m.

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Politics explained: Care homes decision shows politicians are not immune to the long effects of Covid

For the struggling ministers of this Tory government, ‘living with Covid’ means forgetting it and, in particular, forgetting some of the most obvious policy failures during the crisis, writes Sean O’Grady.

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 10:14 p.m.

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UK government fully responsible for NI protocol, says former senior official

A Stormont official, who played a central role in the UK government’s brokering of the Brexit deal, says responsibility for the Northern Ireland protocol lies “fairly and squarely” with Boris Johnson and his colleagues. ministers.

“It’s hard to imagine anything (other than Brexit itself) with greater democratic legitimacy under the British constitution than something that was at the very center of the manifesto on which a government won a majority clear in a general election,” says Dr Andrew McCormick.

“There is little credibility in any argument that the UK government either failed to anticipate the implications of what it agreed, or was forced and unable to choose another option.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 27, 2022 9:59 p.m.

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