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Culture Secretary says Queen’s funeral was taxpayers’ ‘money well spent’

The failure to strike a UK-US free trade deal is an “embarrassment” to Liz Truss, Labor has said.

The Prime Minister acknowledged negotiations for a post-Brexit free trade deal with the United States will not resume for years as she flew to New York ahead of a meeting with Joe Biden.

The conservative leader will attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York on her first trip abroad as prime minister.

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy said: “After being snubbed by the Biden administration in her first weeks in office, Liz Truss must urgently wake up to the damage her reckless approach to foreign policy cause to the national interest of the United Kingdom.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman added that Ms Truss’ ‘clumsy diplomacy’ was to blame for the failure to strike a deal.

Ms Truss will also have talks with Emmanuel Macron, the first since she questioned whether he was a “friend or foe” of the UK.


UK increases funding for repression in Gulf states guilty of human rights abuses

The UK is quietly increasing funding to help Gulf countries convicted of human rights abuses improve ‘law and order’ and implement crackdowns, including against children.

Saudi Arabia, which executed 81 men in a single day in March, is receiving money for “counter-terrorism” as well as “strategic communications” and “influencer engagement”, according to a document.

The Riyadh regime also caused outrage by sentencing a Saudi student and mother of two at Leeds University to 34 years in prison for retweeting messages from dissidents.

Read the full report from our Deputy Political Editor here, Rob Merrick.


Watch: Shadow Labor Treasury minister says ‘longer-term plan’ needed to deal with energy crisis

Shadow Treasury minister says ‘longer term plan’ needed to deal with energy crisis


Flags on UK government buildings fly at full mast again

The Royal Family are observing another week of mourning for the Queen after an emotional and ceremonial state funeral as the world watched.

King Charles III decreed on September 9, the day after the Queen died after her 70-year reign, that a period of mourning would be observed for up to seven days after the funeral.

Members of the royal family are not expected to carry out official engagements and flags at royal residences will remain at half mast until 8am after the final day of royal mourning.

However, flags on British government buildings around the world are once again flying at full speed, as the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II draws to a close.


No King Charles coronation plans, says culture secretary

No plans have yet been made for the king’s coronation, the new culture secretary has said.

Michelle Donelan told LBC: “We have to look at the plans on this and obviously the palace and the king will have a lot to say on this.

“We’ve only just finished our period of national mourning, so we haven’t done that yet, as you’d expect. And of course we’ll consider everything, but we haven’t made those decisions yet.

“We want to give the nation a moment. When we think back to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, it was a remarkable event where the country truly came together.

“If you look back at the Jubilee, how much we did for it and how the country came together. And it can also boost the economy in many ways.

“Bringing a community together, bringing it together, is never a bad thing,” she added.

No date has yet been set for Charles’ coronation.



Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said the “incredible” coverage of the Queen’s funeral showed what happened when people at the BBC “kept their heads down and put public service first”.

Ms Donelan, skeptical of the license fee funding model, said: “It just showed the true value of the BBC, but to me it means it’s even more important to make sure the BBC is sustainable. long-term.”

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “When you look at platforms like Amazon, like Netflix and stuff, it makes you wonder whether – in the long run, in a modern age when the media landscape is changing so remarkably – so is it sustainable?I think we have to ask ourselves this question.


BREAKING: Labor MP Rosie Cooper resigns to take on role as NHS chief

Labor MP Rosie Cooper has resigned to accept the post of chair of the Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The West Lancashire MP said it had been “an incredible privilege and honour” to serve her constituents for 17 years.

“I loved every minute, even in the most difficult times,” Ms Cooper said.

She added: “I understand this will come as a surprise to many people who have recently been re-selected as the West Lancashire Labor Party candidate at the next general election. This was before the recruitment process for the Mersey Care post.

“The decision to apply for the role was made after a long period of introspection and reflection. The events I have faced over the past few years are well documented and have undoubtedly taken their toll.

Ms Cooper was the victim of a plot by neo-Nazi pedophile Jack Renshaw to kill the MP with a machete.


Channel 4 sale could be scrapped, says new culture secretary, after protests

The new culture secretary has cast doubt on the future of the government’s plans to sell Channel 4, saying he is reviewing the ‘business case’ to ensure ‘we are still on board with this decision’.

The decision to remove Channel 4 from public ownership was announced during the tenure of Michelle Donelan’s predecessor, Nadine Dorries, who led the controversial move during her tenure under Boris Johnson.

Ms Dorries announced she was stepping down as Culture Secretary following Mr Johnson’s departure earlier this month, with his successor as Prime Minister Liz Truss appointing Ms Donelan as the new Digital Secretary, to Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS).

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that Ms Truss’ government was reviewing the “business case” of selling Channel 4.

“We’re looking in particular at the business case for selling Channel 4 and making sure we’re still on board with that decision, and that’s what I’m doing,” she said.

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Liz Truss ‘clumsy diplomacy’ behind ‘snubbed’ US free trade deal

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who was also attending Unga, said: “After being snubbed by the Biden administration during her first weeks in office, Liz Truss must in all urgently realize the damage his reckless approach to foreign policy is doing to the UK’s national interest.

“The Prime Minister must use the UN General Assembly to bring the UK back from the cold and begin to rebuild our country’s diplomatic influence.”

The Liberal Democrats blamed Ms Truss’ “clumsy diplomacy” for the failure to strike a trade deal.

“Any competent political party would have made sure that the Minister of Commerce and then of Foreign Affairs responsible for this series of failures was held accountable. Instead, the Tories named her prime minister,” Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran said.


Main government meetings and announcements this week

  • Tuesday: Liz Truss will meet French President Emmanuel Macron at 4:15 p.m. at the UN.
  • Wednesday: On Wednesday, the British Prime Minister will meet US President Joe Biden at the UN.
  • Wednesday: Domestically, the government is expected to announce new measures to support businesses affected by the energy crisis.
  • Thursday: New Health Secretary Therese Coffey is set to announce measures to support the NHS, in particular regarding support to tackle treatment backlogs.
  • Friday: Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will announce the government’s mini-budget to tackle the cost of living crisis.

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Liz Truss doesn’t need to apologize to Emmanuel Macron, says culture secretary

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said Liz Truss didn’t need to apologize to French President Emmanuel Macron when she met him at a United Nations summit in New York.

Ms Truss sparked a diplomatic row during the Tory leadership race when she refused to give a straight answer when asked if the Allied nation’s president was a ‘friend or foe’.

“The Prime Minister has the right to comment on any topic she sees fit, so I don’t think she needs to apologize,” Michelle Donelan told Times Radio.

Ms Donelan added that it was important not to “overburden” the Prime Minister’s previous comments regarding Emmanuel Macron.

The culture secretary described France to LBC as an “important ally and an important relationship that we have with France”. Pressed on how the UK could break the deadlock over the Northern Ireland protocol, she said: “It is something we are obviously committed to.

“Northern Ireland is an integral part of the United Kingdom and it is this Prime Minister who has been very outspoken about this and determined to ensure that we act and we will see more work on this in the weeks to come. come.”

“We are back to business in a public forum and the work continues behind the scenes, I can assure you.”


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