SIR KEIR STARMER is due to set out his plan to “make Brexit work” but the Labour leader is expected to promise not to take the UK back into the European Union, a report has claimed.
Sir Keir Starmer has been hesitant to discuss Brexit in the past over concerns Labour could further alienate Eurosceptic voters. The Leader of the Opposition is set to give a behind-closed-doors speech on Monday at the Centre for European Reform think tank during which he will use the ailing economy to criticise Boris Johnson.
According to the Financial Times, Starmer will vow to “invest in our people and our places, and deliver on the promise our country has”.
He will also pledge to “deliver on the opportunities Britain has, sort out the poor deal Boris Johnson signed, and end the Brexit divisions once and for all”.
However, the Remain-supporting former Shadow Brexit Secretary will also take aim at the Prime Minister over the Northern Ireland Protocol and the poor relationship between the UK and the European Union.
The Labour leader will say: “We will get the Protocol working and we will make it the springboard to securing a better deal for the British people.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will vow not to take the UK back into the single market or restore freedom of movement as he sets out his plan to “make Brexit work”.
He will use a speech on Monday to say a government under his leadership would not join a customs union with the EU, in maintaining the hard Brexit deal brokered by Boris Johnson.
Instead the opposition leader will pledge to make the existing “poor deal” work by first fixing the Northern Ireland Protocol, which the Prime Minister is threatening to override.
In a behind-closed-doors speech for the Centre for European Reform think tank, Sir Keir will pledge to “eliminate most border checks” under the current deal.
He would work for a new veterinary agreement for agricultural products moving between the UK and EU and improve trust to allow low-risk goods to enter Northern Ireland without unnecessary checks.
LESS than one in five people recognise the main members of Sir Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet in a crisis for Labour with their leader on the brink of resigning.
An exclusive Techne UK poll for Express.co.uk has revealed that even less than half of Labour’s own voters knew who people like Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting or former leadership candidate Yvette Cooper are. The crisis of “invisibility” of Labour’s top team comes as Durham Police prepare to announce whether Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner are fined for breaching lockdown rules. Both have pledged to quit if they are fined.
According to the survey of 1,632 people last week, Ms Reeves is the most recognised, scoring 19 percent among all voters and 44 percent of Labour voters.
But the bookies favourite to succeed Starmer if he has to go is Mr Streeting who only has name recognition among a mere 10 percent of voters surveyed and just 38 percent of Labour supporters.
Sir Keir Starmer could have as little as two hours to prepare a resignation speech if he is fined over Beergate, it has been revealed.
Durham Police have indicated they will publicly announce the outcome of their investigation very soon after telling Labour lawyers.
It is understood investigators have reached the end of their six-week inquiry into whether Starmer breached lockdown rules in April 2021, The Telegraph reports.
On the day in question, the Labour leader and his deputy Angela Rayner had a beer and takeaway with activists in Durham after a day of campaigning with local MP Mary Foy.
Unlike Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Starmer has vowed to step down from his position as Labour leader is he is handed a fixed penalty notice.
A Durham Police source said: ‘It is important to be fair to Sir Keir and the others under investigation and give them time to digest the findings.
‘But equally this is a matter of real public interest and so there is a determination to inform the public as soon as is reasonably possible.’
It is anticipated that officers could contact Starmer as early as today with the outcome of the investigation.
More than 22,000 crime suspects are on the loose after failing to appear in court, the Daily Mail can reveal today.
Fugitives accused of assault, rape and even murder remain at large, sometimes decades after their alleged offences.
Many are thought to be at their given addresses but police are too stretched to arrest them. The Mail investigation even managed to locate two suspects at their own homes.
According to a former minister our findings ‘lay bare how shambolic our justice system has become’.
Legal experts said the punishments for failing to attend court were too light to act as a deterrent.
Freedom of information requests to 35 of the 43 forces in England and Wales showed there were 22,345 failure to appear warrants for offences including homicide, rape and serious assault.
Some date back as far as 1980 and more than 2,000 relate to violent crimes.
Among the outstanding warrants was one for a defendant accused of assaulting four police officers and destroying a police car in Slough, Berkshire. However a Mail reporter found him in plain sight at his home in west London. The freedom of information data shows that more than 406 alleged sexual offenders are on the loose along with at least 11 murder suspects.
Police forces said the alleged killers were not bailed after being charged with murder. Instead they fled after being arrested over a lesser offence that was later upgraded.
Ministry of Justice data from the ten years before the pandemic show that between 70,000 and 77,000 failure to appear warrants are issued each year.
The Metropolitan Police has been substantially under-recording crimes including rape, stalking and violence compared with other big police forces, raising concerns about the potential manipulation of statistics.
The Met is recording nearly half as many rapes, one third the number of stalking offences and hundreds fewer violent incidents than West Midlands police, one of its closest counterparts.
There are serious concerns about the Met’s performance, including its ability to prevent and tackle crime, yet it is also recording far fewer serious offences per head of population than areas such as Manchester and Leeds.
Jacob Rees-Mogg has vowed to ban ‘ridiculous’ diversity training after learning of ‘Check Yo Privilege’ and ‘Japanese gay grandfather empathy’ courses for civil servants.
The minister for efficiency believes that ‘absurd’ courses that teach mandarins about privilege or empathy are examples of ‘wokery’ training, and should be replaced with only ‘intelligent, sensible’ courses.
‘Check Yo Privilege’, which is a course run by the Cabinet Office, teaches civil servants about being aware of their own backgrounds when making statements about British society.
The MP criticised the course, calling it ‘politicised’, and said that it views the world in a way that is not shared by all political parties in Government.
‘I think the course was to explain to people how they’d had an unfair advantage in life and wasn’t that awful? But try and think of the opposite,’ he told the Telegraph.
‘What if you had a course, let’s say: “Celebrate your inner Eurosceptic?”
‘The Civil Service would be outraged. But it’s comparatively a political subject.’
TORY rebels are hatching a plan to sink Priti Patel’s Rwanda deportation policy, The Sun can reveal.
Plotters are seeking an alternative after 3,042 illegal immigrants tried to cross the Channel in small boats last month.
The One Nation supporting rebels aim to rip up the Rwanda plan and see Britain do a deal to let France process would-be migrants.
A plot insider insisted the approach was best because Home Secretary Patel’s deportation policy risked getting bogged down in the courts.
He said: “It’s very risky for the Home Office to put all its eggs in the Rwanda basket.
“We have already seen how it has been delayed in the courts and many expect to be tied up in legal challenges for years.
“We cannot have a situation where before the next election, channel crossings are still a source of frustration for constituents.”
They also want the Home Office to set up shop in countries around Europe so migrants can have their claims looked over on the continent instead of the UK.
The Home Office said it was committed “to removing foreign nationals with no right to be in the UK”.
Britain is spending millions of pounds a year on the human rights body whose judges grounded Priti Patel’s Rwanda asylum flight.
The UK Government is one of the largest financial contributors to the Council of Europe, whose 46 members include the dictatorship of Azerbaijan.
The council, which has received £310million from Britain over the past decade, is aimed at promoting democracy and the rule of law. But its human rights tsar Dunja Mijatovic has criticised Home Secretary Miss Patel over her attempts to stop migrants crossing the Channel.
She has urged British MPs to ‘reject proposals that enable offshoring’ and called for more ‘safe and legal routes’ to claim asylum. Miss Mijatovic has also claimed that the Government’s border policy is ‘repressive’. The council, which receives £400million in funding annually, bankrolls the European Court of Human Rights to the tune of £64million a year.
Officials at the Strasbourg court have repeatedly rejected the Daily Mail’s requests to reveal the identity of the judge who stopped asylum seekers being sent to Africa. They have only confirmed the decision was made either by Hungary’s Peter Paczolay or Carlo Ranzoni, a Swiss jurist representing Liechtenstein.
The injunction, which said deportees faced ‘real risk of irreversible harm’, prevents migrants being sent to Rwanda until three weeks after British judges issue a final decision on the legality of the policy.
Families could save £40 a week under government plans to relax rules around how many youngsters can be looked after by individual childcare providers.
The proposals involve changing staff-to-child ratios from 1:4 to 1:5 for two-year-olds.
Ministers say that this will give providers more flexibility in how they run their businesses while maintaining safety and quality of care.
The Government said this could ‘potentially eventually’ reduce the cost of this form of childcare by up to 15 per cent – or up to £40 per week for a family paying £265 per week for care – if providers adopt the changes and pass all the savings on to parents.
But a charity which is England’s largest early years organisation has criticised the plan.
Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said: ‘The Government is wasting its time consulting on relaxing ratios. It will not only fail to lower the cost of early years places, but… will drive down quality and worsen the sector’s already catastrophic recruitment and retention crisis.’
Rising Covid cases threaten the NHS’s pledge to clear the record-breaking NHS backlog, experts have warned.
The UKHSA said on Sunday that Covid hospitalisations are “quite likely” to exceed the spring peak, likely leading to a 2022 record.
Official data shows there are currently 11 hospitalisations per 100,000 people, up more than a third from the week before. The BA.2 peak was around 20 per 100,000 at the end of March.
Dame Jenny Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “It doesn’t look as though the wave has finished yet, so we would anticipate that hospital cases will rise and it is possible, quite likely, that they will peak over the previous BA.2 wave.”
But Prof Paul Hunter, Professor in Medicine at Norwich Medical School, told The Telegraph that while Covid is “undoubtedly putting more pressure on the health service”, he is more worried about an early flu wave, which the UKHSA predicted this week.
“I fear that influenza, if it does come back this year, and I think the signs are that it will, will kill a lot more people than Covid has killed over the last season,” he said.
“Since January 1st, we’ve had in England just over 18,000 deaths with Covid on the death certificate.
“[Flu] could quite easily, over the course of three or four months, top 20,000 deaths. If we’ve got two waves [with Covid and flu], it would be a perfect storm, potentially.”
The number of people in hospital with Covid is expected to rise further, fuelling concerns about the ability to treat other illnesses, a top health official said today.
Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said that the present wave of infections had not yet peaked and asked people to “go about their normal lives” but in a “precautionary way”.
Meanwhile, an organisation that represents NHS trusts said that hospital bosses were braced “for a bumpy ride” with coronavirus infections expected to add to seasonal flu pressures later this year. A heavy start to Australia’s flu season, which runs ahead of Europe’s, has been read as a potential warning sign for the UK.
Hospital cases with Covid are expected to rise further, according to a health chief who told of her concerns about the ability to treat other illnesses as a result.
It does not look as though the current wave has peaked, Dame Jenny Harries said, and urged people to “go about their normal lives” but in a “precautionary way.”
The UK Health Security Agency chief executive’s comments come days after the latest figures showed Covid-19 infections in the UK had jumped by more than half a million in a week.
Dame Jenny told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “It doesn’t look as though that wave has finished yet, so we would anticipate that hospital cases will rise.
“And it’s possible, quite likely, that they will actually peak over the previous BA.2 wave.
“But I think the overall impact, we won’t know. It’s easy to say in retrospect, it’s not so easy to model forward.”
She said the majority of cases in the UK now are BA.4 and BA.5 and that the latter is “really pushing and driving this current wave.”
She added that people should “go about their normal lives but in that precautionary way”, highlighting handwashing, keeping distance where possible and wearing a face covering in enclosed, poorly ventilated places.
She said she has not been routinely wearing a face mask, but she does routinely carry one and would wear it on the Tube and if she was with someone who was “quite anxious” about Covid.
Speaking about masks, she said: “If I’ve got any respiratory infection it’s a good thing to do and I think it’s a new lesson for the country.”
Health chiefs are braced for a “bumpy ride” over the coming months amid fears that the latest wave of Covid will drive hospitalisations to their highest in more than a year and seasonal flu pressures could hit early.
Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme that hospital cases with Covid were expected to rise in the weeks ahead, with admissions likely to exceed the April peak driven by the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that Covid infections in the UK soared by more than half a million in a week at the end of June in the latest wave driven by even more transmissible variants of Omicron known as BA.4 and BA.5.
“It doesn’t look as though that wave has finished yet, so we would anticipate that hospital cases will rise. And it’s possible, quite likely, that they will actually peak over the previous BA.2 wave,” Harries said. “But I think the overall impact, we won’t know. It’s easy to say in retrospect, it’s not so easy to model forward.”
At its peak in April, the BA.2 wave in England hospitalised more than 2,000 people a day, making it more dangerous than the first Omicron wave in January. The most deadly wave of the pandemic so far came in January 2021 when the Alpha variant pushed daily hospitalisations in England above 4,000 in the early weeks of the vaccination programme.
Britain’s polio outbreak is the price for the “worldwide obsession” with Covid which led to children missing vaccines during lockdown, MPs have warned.
Placing too much focus on the Covid jab for children led to other routine inoculations being de-prioritised, according to the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on pandemic response.
Writing for The Telegraph, Esther McVey, the group’s co-chairman, warns that the pandemic saw “one condition prioritised above all else, including life-saving vaccinations against childhood diseases”.
The former Cabinet minister argued that the return of polio in the UK “could well be the latest example of how this approach created collateral damage that was entirely avoidable”.
She added that it was “time we acknowledged that our cure has been worse than the disease, especially for children”.
Last month, health officials warned that polio was spreading in Britain for the first time in nearly 40 years, as they declared a national incident and urged people to make sure they are vaccinated.
Britain was proclaimed polio-free in 2003, with the last wild case detected in 1984, making the new outbreak the first transmission event since the 1980s.
The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) said that a polio virus had been detected in sewage from North and East London in February.
Although this would not normally be a concern, a mutated version of the same strain was picked up again in April and May, suggesting there has been ongoing spread between individuals over several months, which has allowed the virus to evolve.
Children are routinely vaccinated against polio but official figures show thousands of children across England are not fully protected. Some 14.7 per cent (101,737) of children in England aged five had not received their polio booster by their fifth birthday in 2020-21. Around a third of all these unprotected five-year-olds – 34,105 – were in London.
Around a fifth of Year 10 children in England had not received their teenage booster in the 2020-21 academic year, according to UKHSA data (123,132 of the 625,379 total).