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Starmer says Boris Johnson’s social care plans are a ‘complete betrayal’ of north of England – UK politics live Starmer says Boris Johnson’s social care plans are a ‘complete betrayal’ of north of England – UK politics live
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Labour leader intensifies attack on the government’s social care plan, calling it the latest in a ‘string of broken promises’ from ToriesLabour leader intensifies attack on the government’s social care plan, calling it the latest in a ‘string of broken promises’ from Tories
Two columns around this morning are particularly worth reading for what they say about the problems the Conservative party is facing. They both make the argument that Tories are not sure what their government stands for anymore.
This is from James Forsyth in the Spectator.
And this is from Robert Shrimsley in the FT.
A Cabinet Office minister has denied that a recent comment by Boris Johnson came close to an admission that the Conservative party has been selling peerages.
During questions in the Commons, the SNP’s Brendan O’Hara highlighted the Johnson comment, which involved the PM telling MPs: “Until you get rid of this system by which trade union barons fund other parties we need to continue with this system by which public-spirited people give donations.”
O’Hara went on:
O’Hara said the government should either launch an investigation itself, or refer the matter to the Metropolitan police.
But Nigel Adams, a Cabinet Office minister, said there was no need for an investigation. In a comment that provoked laughter from the opposition, he said:
The Met has already ruled out an investigation into this, saying there was “insufficient information” to justify one.
Yesterday we reported on growing frustration in the Treasury at Boris Johnson’s botched handling of important government announcements.
Rishi Sunak’s allies could have chosen to deny the rift, but instead a briefing to the Times has, if anything, gone a bit further. In a story (paywall) on the front page of the Times this morning, Steven Swinford quotes a Sunak “ally” as describing the situation at No 10 as “chaotic”. Swinford writes:
The UK government remains firmly committed to the equality and human rights safeguards within the Northern Ireland protocol, Lord Frost has insisted. As PA Media reports, the Brexit minister made this point in a letter to Amnesty International. PA reports:The UK government remains firmly committed to the equality and human rights safeguards within the Northern Ireland protocol, Lord Frost has insisted. As PA Media reports, the Brexit minister made this point in a letter to Amnesty International. PA reports:
London Underground drivers are to launch strike action tomorrow, which will hit the planned resumption of night tube services, PA Media reports.London Underground drivers are to launch strike action tomorrow, which will hit the planned resumption of night tube services, PA Media reports.
The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said:The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said:
And Nick Dent, director of London Underground customer operations, said:And Nick Dent, director of London Underground customer operations, said:
We have just had the updated list of statements and UQs in the Commons today.We have just had the updated list of statements and UQs in the Commons today.
10.30am: Jo Stevens, the shadow culture secretary, asks an urgent question on the Tracey Crouch review of English football.10.30am: Jo Stevens, the shadow culture secretary, asks an urgent question on the Tracey Crouch review of English football.
Around 11am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons leader, takes questions on next week’s business.Around 11am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons leader, takes questions on next week’s business.
Around 12pm: Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, makes a Commons statement on the restructuring of the army.Around 12pm: Ben Wallace, the defence secretary, makes a Commons statement on the restructuring of the army.
Around 1pm: Priti Patel, the home secretary, makes a statement to MPs on what is described in the official listing as the “small boats incident in the Channel”.Around 1pm: Priti Patel, the home secretary, makes a statement to MPs on what is described in the official listing as the “small boats incident in the Channel”.
Good morning. The main political focus this morning is the response, in the UK and France, to the death of at least 27 people trying to cross the Channel yesterday on a small boat. But my colleague Damien Gayle is covering all the developments around that story on a separate live blog, and so largely I will be leaving that to him. You can read the blog here.Good morning. The main political focus this morning is the response, in the UK and France, to the death of at least 27 people trying to cross the Channel yesterday on a small boat. But my colleague Damien Gayle is covering all the developments around that story on a separate live blog, and so largely I will be leaving that to him. You can read the blog here.
In other developments, Keir Starmer has instensified his attack on the government’s social care plans. At PMQs yesterday he condemned them as a “working class dementia tax”, but today he has given an interview to the Northern Echo focusing on the idea that they particularly isadvantage people in the north of England. He told the paper:In other developments, Keir Starmer has instensified his attack on the government’s social care plans. At PMQs yesterday he condemned them as a “working class dementia tax”, but today he has given an interview to the Northern Echo focusing on the idea that they particularly isadvantage people in the north of England. He told the paper:
Labour has also produced this graphic to illustrate how the plans disproportionately help the wealthy.Labour has also produced this graphic to illustrate how the plans disproportionately help the wealthy.
Here is the agenda for the day.Here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: Stephen Barclay, the Cabinet Office minister, takes questions in the Commons.9.30am: Stephen Barclay, the Cabinet Office minister, takes questions in the Commons.
9.30am: NHS England publishes figures on GP appointments, and mental health statistics.9.30am: NHS England publishes figures on GP appointments, and mental health statistics.
9.30am: The Home Office publishes quarterly asylum figures.9.30am: The Home Office publishes quarterly asylum figures.
9.30am: The ONS publishes long-term migration figures.9.30am: The ONS publishes long-term migration figures.
After 10.30am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons makes a statement on next week’s Commons business.After 10.30am: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons makes a statement on next week’s Commons business.
11.30am: Downing Street holds its lobby briefing.11.30am: Downing Street holds its lobby briefing.
Afternoon: Peers hold a debate on Channel crossings.Afternoon: Peers hold a debate on Channel crossings.
I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.
If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.
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