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The equality watchdog accused the authors of the controversial Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report of creating a “false dichotomy” about the underlying reasons for racial disparity before it was published, my colleague Aubrey Allegretti reports.
The emails released by the Bank of England (see 3.54pm) show how David Cameron’s tone changed considerably as it became clear that his firm, Greensill Capital, would not get access to the Covid corporate financing facility (CCFF).
When he first contacted the Bank of England, on 5 March, he pitched his approach in terms of “how can we help”. This is what he wrote in an email to Jon Cunliffe, the bank’s deputy governor.
Cunliffe was the EU adviser in No 10 when Cameron became PM and later worked as the UK’s ambassador to the EU before joining the bank. In his email Cameron invites Cunliffe to call “on my old number”.
But in April, after Greensill has been turned down, Cameron starts sounding more aggrieved. This is what he wrote to Cunliffe on 3 April.
The Bank of England has released details of the calls and emails it had from David Cameron, the former prime minister, when he was lobbying it on behalf of Greensill Capital last year.The Bank of England has released details of the calls and emails it had from David Cameron, the former prime minister, when he was lobbying it on behalf of Greensill Capital last year.
In a statement summarising the contacts, the bank says Cameron contacted it twice in March last year to set up a meeting with Lex Greensill, the Greensill Capital boss. A call then took place on 17 March involving Greensill, Cameron and bank officials. In a statement summarising the contacts, the Bank says Cameron contacted it twice in March last year to set up a meeting with Lex Greensill, the Greensill Capital boss. A call then took place on 17 March involving Greensill, Cameron and Bank officials.
After Greensill Capital was told it was not eligible for the Covid corporate financing facility (CCFF), Cameron contacted the bank again twice in April “asking for clarity” on why Greensill did not qualify and pushing further meeting with Greensill. That led to the bank having a further conversation with Greensill on 24 April. After Greensill Capital was told it was not eligible for the Covid corporate financing facility (CCFF), Cameron contacted the Bank again twice in April “asking for clarity” on why Greensill did not qualify and pushing further meeting with Greensill. That led to the Bank having a further conversation with Greensill on 24 April.
After this the Treasury launched a consultation, after discussions with the bank, on broadening the scope of the CCFF so that supply chain finance firms like Greensill Capital might be included. Greensill had several meetings with the bank and the Treasury as part of this process. But ultimately no changes were made to the CCFF scheme. After this the Treasury launched a consultation, after discussions with the Bank, on broadening the scope of the CCFF so that supply chain finance firms like Greensill Capital might be included. Greensill had several meetings with the Bank and the Treasury as part of this process. But ultimately no changes were made to the CCFF scheme.
A 24-page file with copies of the relevant emails and letters is here (pdf).A 24-page file with copies of the relevant emails and letters is here (pdf).
In the Commons MPs are debating a backbench motion tabled by the Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani saying that the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang in China are “suffering crimes against humanity and genocide”. Addressing a Uyghur protest in Parliament Square to coincide with the debate, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and a supporter of Ghani’s campaign, said: In the Commons MPs are debating a backbench motion tabled by the Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani saying that the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, China are “suffering crimes against humanity and genocide”. Addressing a Uyghur protest in Parliament Square to coincide with the debate, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader and a supporter of Ghani’s campaign, said:
Sir Keir Starmer has praised Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, for his leadership on a joint election visit in north Wales today. Starmer said:Sir Keir Starmer has praised Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, for his leadership on a joint election visit in north Wales today. Starmer said:
Andy Street, the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands, has a nine-point lead over his Labour rival, Liam Byrne, ahead of next month’s election, according to a poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies. Four years ago Street had a margin of less than 1% over his Labour rival when he won after the second round of counting.Andy Street, the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands, has a nine-point lead over his Labour rival, Liam Byrne, ahead of next month’s election, according to a poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies. Four years ago Street had a margin of less than 1% over his Labour rival when he won after the second round of counting.
Kate Garraway has said there have been “lots of little positives” since her husband, Derek Draper, returned home recently after a year in hospital where he was very seriously ill with Covid-19. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said:Kate Garraway has said there have been “lots of little positives” since her husband, Derek Draper, returned home recently after a year in hospital where he was very seriously ill with Covid-19. Speaking on Good Morning Britain, she said:
Garraway said it was unclear whether the “positives” were because being at home was “genuinely helping his cognition” or “because I’m there to see the little things”.Garraway said it was unclear whether the “positives” were because being at home was “genuinely helping his cognition” or “because I’m there to see the little things”.
As PM Media reports, Draper has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but receives care at home, which Garraway adapted in his absence to make it more accessible. Last month ITV broadcast Finding Derek, a documentary exploring his illness and its effect on their two children. One scene saw Garraway recall being told by Mr Draper’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive. As PM Media reports, Draper has been taken off all machines and breathing apparatus but receives care at home, which Garraway adapted in his absence to make it more accessible. Last month ITV broadcast Finding Derek, a documentary exploring his illness and its effect on their two children. One scene saw Garraway recall being told by Draper’s doctors that he was the most seriously ill person they had seen who remained alive.
Here is my colleague Rajeev Syal’s story about the public accounts committee hearing on Greensill Capital earlier.Here is my colleague Rajeev Syal’s story about the public accounts committee hearing on Greensill Capital earlier.
A total of 37,238,073 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and April 21, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 432,476 on the previous day.A total of 37,238,073 Covid-19 vaccinations took place in England between December 8 and April 21, according to NHS England data, including first and second doses, which is a rise of 432,476 on the previous day.
A PA Media reports, NHS England said 27,891,208 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 92,703 on the previous day, while 9,346,865 were a second dose, an increase of 339,773. As PA Media reports, NHS England said 27,891,208 were the first dose of a vaccine, a rise of 92,703 on the previous day, while 9,346,865 were a second dose, an increase of 339,773.
In an article for the Spectator Lee Cain, who was Boris Johnson’s director of communications until he left last year after losing out in a No 10 power struggle, says “class-based bias” is still prevalent in Westminster. Cain, who grew up in Ormskirk in Lancashire in a family where no one had been to university, praises Boris Johnson for his commitment to a levelling up agenda, but suggests others in government made him feel unwelcome. He says: In an article for the Spectator, Lee Cain, who was Boris Johnson’s director of communications until he left last year after losing out in a No 10 power struggle, says “class-based bias” is still prevalent in Westminster. Cain, who grew up in Ormskirk in Lancashire in a family where no one had been to university, praises Boris Johnson for his commitment to a “levelling up” agenda, but suggests others in government made him feel unwelcome. He says:
Asked about Cain’s comments, the PM’s spokesman told journalists at the lobby briefing:Asked about Cain’s comments, the PM’s spokesman told journalists at the lobby briefing:
It has emerged today that Sir James Dyson has moved his primary residency back to the UK from Singapore.It has emerged today that Sir James Dyson has moved his primary residency back to the UK from Singapore.
The Evening Standard’s Joe Murphy has a theory as to why.The Evening Standard’s Joe Murphy has a theory as to why.