‘The work starts right away’, says new Conservative chair Greg Hands following cabinet reshuffle
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by Politics.co.uk staff
23h ago
Rishi Sunak has appointed Greg Hands as the new chairman of the Conservative party as the prime minister conducted a reshuffle of his top team. Mr Hands, who had been serving in the Government as an international trade minister, will replace Nadhim Zahawi who was sacked as party chair over a scandal relating to his tax affairs.  Other movers include Grant Shapps who becomes the new energy security and net zero secretary, Michelle Donelan who is the new science, innovation and technology secretary and Kemi Badenoch who takes on a bolstered role as business and trade secretary. The reshuffl ..read more
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What did Sunak know and when about Dominic Raab’s bullying allegations?
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by Josh Self
23h ago
Dominic Raab’s position as deputy prime minister and justice secretary is in jeopardy following allegations of bullying and intimidating behaviour from at least 24 officials. The mood music in Westminster is ominous, with Conservative MPs like perennial rebel Jake Berry now openly briefing against his party’s number two. Questions abound over the nature of the deputy PM’s conduct and, crucially, what Rishi Sunak knew of potential allegations in October when he restored Raab to government. The allegations, which Raab vehemently denies, relate to his previous conduct during his time as justice s ..read more
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Cabinet meeting ‘delayed by one hour’ as mini reshuffle expected imminently
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by Politics.co.uk staff
1d ago
Rishi Sunak is widely expected to conduct a small cabinet reshuffle this morning. It comes after Nadhim Zahawi was sacked as party chair, with the prime minister thought to be using the opportunity to rework his top team more widely.  No 10 has not confirmed a reshuffle is taking place, but reporting last night by The Sun and The Times, who had heard from Whitehall insiders, suggested one was imminent. The fact that the weekly cabinet meeting has reportedly been pushed back by an hour to 10.30 am has been seen as further evidence of an impending rejig.  Describing plans for ..read more
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Government will not look at ‘current years’ pay award’ for nurses, says minister amid further NHS disruption
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by Politics.co.uk staff
2d ago
The NHS is facing huge disruption today as tens of thousands of nurses and ambulance staff in England walk out. Nurses are beginning a two-day strike today as part of a long-running dispute over pay. They want a new pay offer for the current year amid soaring inflation.  The government has insisted that a higher offer would not be affordable, and is only willing to talk about the award for the next financial year. Ambulance workers are also striking in the West Midlands, the North East, the East Midlands and the North West. Further action will be taking place in London, Yorkshire, the Sou ..read more
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The Westminster Round Up: NHS Recovery | Boris’s Legal Fees | Israeli Government | Independence Pursuit
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by Alicia Fitzgerald
5d ago
What has happened in parliament this week? This is a short, summary video, compiling the best of our Commons Today clips and bringing you the highlights from the week in Parliament. This week, the video features Steve Barclay’s NHS recovery statement on emergency services, the Minimum Service Bill, Boris Johnson’s taxpayer-funded legal fees, Scotland’s multi-faceted approach to promoting independence and Kim Johnson’s misuse of the word ‘fascist’. Alicia Fitzgerald – Political Correspondent The post The Westminster Round Up: NHS Recovery | Boris’s Legal Fees | Israeli Government | Independe ..read more
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Week-in-Review: Johnson and Truss fuel comeback rumours as they fly visions to the US
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by Josh Self
5d ago
Mr Johnson went to Washington this week to press Republican lawmakers on the need to sustain aid to Ukraine as Russia’s assault rolls on. The former prime minister, who was born in the States and could technically run for the presidency, sashayed into the offices of high-profile Congressional Republicans to lobby on behalf of the war-torn nation. But it wouldn’t be a Johnson away day without a high-profile bust-up. And, duly, the former foreign secretary clashed with Fox News anchor and Ukraine aid critic-in-chief Tucker Carlson after reneging on an interview request.  “We knew that Johns ..read more
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Rail union boss warns not to ‘demonise’ train drivers as another day of strike action begins
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by Politics.co.uk staff
5d ago
Train drivers walk out again today as the Aslef union stage their second 24-hour strike this week. Drivers will strike as part of the long-running pay dispute over pay and conditions at 14 train operating companies, leaving passengers facing disruption around Britain. Most of the biggest operators have said they will be unable to run any trains throughout the day, with trains that do run due to start later and finish much earlier than usual — typically between 7.30 am and 6.30 pm. Saturday morning services are also expected to be affected. A spokesperson for the Rail Delivery Group said: “To m ..read more
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The Dutch government is looking to ban flat-faced dogs – here’s why the UK must follow suit
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by Elisa Allen
5d ago
Go to any park in the UK and you’re likely to come across a pug panting, grunting, rasping, or gasping. Because of their flat faces and short airways, many breathing-impaired breeds (BIBs), such as such as pugs, bulldogs, and Cavalier King Charles spaniels, struggle to do the very things that render a dog’s life joyful and fulfilling. Going for a walk, chasing a ball, running, and playing are nearly impossible for many of these dogs. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Comparative Pathology notes that “affected dogs may have little or almost no activity b ..read more
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Brexit hitting economy ‘faster’ than expected, says Bank of England boss as rates hiked
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by Politics.co.uk staff
6d ago
The Bank of England announced at noon that it was hiking interest rates for the tenth time in a row. Decision makers on the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) opted to increase the bank rate from 3.5% to 4%, in a bid to bring down persistent double-digit inflation. The Bank also outlined that while the UK is still headed for a recession, the economic downturn may yet be shallower and shorter than previously expected. Speaking after the Bank’s announcement, chancellor Jeremy Hunt said he supported the decision to raise rates. He said: “Inflation is a stealth tax that is the biggest thr ..read more
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What the irresistible rise of Anas Sarwar reveals about the state of Scottish politics
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by Josh Self
6d ago
The winds of change are blowing through Scottish politics. After over a decade of domination, both at Holyrood and in Scottish seats at Westminster, a feeling of unease is creeping into the ranks of the Scottish National Party (SNP). If the Supreme Court’s ruling on a second independence referendum was an expected, if difficult, setback — then the recent row over a transgender prisoner has proved both unexpected and deeply politically fraught. Internal critics argue the battle has scuppered momentum for Scotland’s latest independence push.  All this is coupled with persistent whispers abo ..read more
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