BORIS JOHNSON is set to be crowned the new leader of the Conservative Party today in a landslide victory that will give him a mandate to strike a new Brexit deal with the EU. After a month of hustings, the winner of the Tory leadership contest will be revealed at 11.45am this morning. The winner will then enter No10 tomorrow after Theresa May is given a final send off in the Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Boris Johnson will today appeal to his warring party to unite behind him after an extraordinary attempt by one of his own MPs to prevent him becoming Prime Minister. Barring a last-minute shock, Mr Johnson is set to be named as the Conservative Party’s new leader this morning following a six-week contest that has been dominated by Brexit. Sources in Mr Johnson’s camp last night predicted he would secure more than 60 per cent of the vote, giving him a ‘free hand’ to sack his enemies and steer the Tories on a new course.
Britain will learn who its next prime minister will be today as the result of a Tory leadership contest dominated by Boris Johnson is announced. Mr Johnson is clear favourite to take the crown over his run-off rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, an outcome that could spark more Government resignations. Ministers opposed to his “do or die” pledge to pull the UK out of the EU on October 31, even if there is no deal in place, could exit before Theresa May formally gives up the premiership on Wednesday afternoon.
A cross-party group of MPs and peers is taking legal action to ensure the UK’s likely next prime minister Boris Johnson cannot suspend parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. The group is seeking a ruling in Scotland’s Court of Session that the prime minister cannot lawfully advise the Queen to use a mechanism called prorogation to suspend sittings of the House of Commons in the run-up to the 31 October deadline for Brexit.
THE QUEEN could be forced into the Brexit melee when a new Prime Minister is installed, as those on both sides of the debate turn to the monarch as a final hope. Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race, is widely expected to take over as Prime Minister this week. Mr Johnson and his team have caused alarm among some Tories over the potential to prorogue Parliament and force through a no deal Brexit, which has been blocked in a vote of MPs.
PANICKING EU countries have been secretly trying to woo Boris Johnson in a bid to thrash out a new Brexit plan that would avoid a no-deal outcome, it emerged yesterday. Senior Irish politicians and diplomats have held peace talks with two of Mr Johnson’s Cabinet allies. German and French figures, as well as the Dutch and Belgian governments, have also established contacts with Mr Johnson’s team and signalled an intention to do a deal.
The Economic Voice
If recent reports are to be believed, then the EU looks to be getting more and more alarmed at the prospect of a no deal Brexit. According to a report from The Times, five EU member states have been secretly talking with the Boris Johnson team to try and prevent what they see as a no deal disaster. According to the report, senior politicians from the Irish Republic have had talks with two of the Boris team, while the German, French, Dutch and Belgian governments have also indicated the willingness to come to some sort of arrangement.
Boris Johnson is prepared to turn on the spending taps by borrowing money to help the squeezed middle classes if he is confirmed as the new Tory leader on Tuesday. The former foreign secretary is in favour of a policy of “fiscal loosening” that would reverse the tight controls on public spending imposed by Philip Hammond. He is determined to honour promises to give tax breaks to everyone who earns less than £80,000, and is ready to pause the current policy of bringing down the deficit.
Boris Johnson has held secret meetings with Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart as part of a charm offensive amid concerns that they will prove to be a “nightmare” on the back benches. The former foreign secretary organised the meetings as part of a bid to unite the party amid opposition to his “do or die” approach to leaving the EU with or without a deal on October 31.
Boris Johnson has been put on notice by rebel Conservatives that he will not survive long as prime minister unless he drops his no-deal Brexit agenda, as he stands on the brink of entering Downing Street. Johnson is expected to be announced as the choice of the Conservative party to be the next prime minister on Tuesday morning after running a campaign against Jeremy Hunt that promised to take the UK out of the EU by the end of October “do or die”.
SUPPORT for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has plummeted after a new poll has shown a shocking loss of backing from his own party members. The YouGov poll found that 43 percent of 1,100 members surveyed said Mr Corbyn was doing a bad job as party leader, a considerable increase on the 19 per cent recorded in March 2018. Just 56 per cent those surveyed found that he was doing a good job which is massively down on the 80 percent surge of support he saw last year after a successful 2017 General Election which brought the Tory majority to an end.
Jeremy Corbyn’s new proposals for dealing with anti-Semitism were condemned as a “cop-out” by Labour MPs on Monday night, as the party confirmed it had only expelled eight members in the past six months. In an attempt to end a long-running row, Mr Corbyn has unveiled plans which hand one of his closest allies a role in disciplining members accused of anti-Jewish racism. Under his proposals, Jennie Formby, Labour’s general secretary, would join a special panel to rule on serious cases.
Jeremy Corbyn has proposed changes to Labour’s complaints system to speed up the expulsion of members over anti-Semitism. He told his frontbench team he wanted to “confront this poison”, but the process sometimes took too long. A statement from shadow cabinet said they supported the proposals, but still backed “independent oversight” as well. Labour said eight party members were expelled in the first six months of 2019 over anti-Semitism allegations.
Jeremy Corbyn set out plans yesterday to expel antisemites from Labour more swiftly after the party admitted that as few as eight had been removed in the past six months. Mr Corbyn wants Labour’s internal disciplinary panels to be able to eject those accused in the most extreme cases without having to go to a second committee. The plans fall short of calls by Tom Watson, the deputy leader, for an independent process to handle complaints.
Jeremy Corbyn has outlined proposals to accelerate the expulsion of antisemites from Labour‘s ranks, as he vowed to “confront this poison” at an emergency meeting of the shadow cabinet. Following weeks of damaging internal rows over the party’s handling of antisemitism allegations, the Labour leader told his top team he would propose a “new way of dealing with the most extreme cases”. His remarks came ahead of a meeting of Labour’s governing body – the National Executive Committee (NEC) – on Tuesday to discuss options geared at improving disciplinary procedures already in place.
Jeremy Corbyn has set out new plans to ramp up the expulsion of antisemites from the Labour party at an emergency shadow cabinet meeting, though MPs later angrily questioned why the proposal did not have detail on independent oversight as demanded by senior MPs. The proposals, which were backed by the shadow cabinet, came before a restive meeting of MPs on Monday night, where MPs including Yvette Cooper and Peter Kyle called on the Labour leader to reflect on why antisemites might be attracted to join the party.
Boris Johnson risks losing millions of Tory voters to the Liberal Democrats under their new leader Jo Swinson because of his no-deal Brexit strategy, a cabinet minister has warned. David Gauke, the justice secretary who will resign tomorrow, told The Times that no-deal will “play into the hands” of the Lib Dems, who now have an “energetic and passionate” leader. Ms Swinson, 39, yesterday became the first woman to lead the Liberal Democrats as she was elected with nearly two thirds of the votes cast by party members.
JO SWINSON could win millions of Tory voters to the Liberal Democrats according to a sensational claim by outgoing Justice Secretary David Gauke. Ms Swinson was elected as new Liberal Democrat leader ahead of today’s conclusion of the Tory leadership race. The new leader was previously a minister in the coalition Government and has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to stop Brexit. Mr Gauke is set to resign tomorrow, and says no deal which both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have said they would be prepared to push forward with, would “play into the hands” of the new “energetic and passionate” leader.
Jo Swinson promised yesterday to do “whatever it takes” to stop Brexit as she became the first female leader of the Liberal Democrats. The MP for East Dunbartonshire was announced the winner of the party’s leadership contest, beating the former cabinet minister Sir Ed Davey, 53, by 47,997 votes to 28,021 in a ballot of party members. She said she was delighted to have been given the task of leading the most avidly pro-remain of the main parties, adding that she was “ready for the fight of our lives”.
Jo Swinson has been elected as the first ever female leader of the Liberal Democrats after she inflicted a crushing defeat on her challenger Sir Ed Davey. The 39-year-old mother-of-two will succeed Sir Vince Cable after she secured more than 47,000 votes in the contest with Sir Ed trailing far behind with just over 28,000. Politicians such as justice secretary David Gauke, who will resign tomorrow, have now stepped in and said the Tory party could lose voters to the ‘energetic and passionate leader’.
Britain’s Liberal Democrat party elected a new leader Monday, with the successful candidate using her first messages to party members to promise that she would be doing everything in her power to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union. Jo Swinson became the first female leader of the Liberal Democrats Monday, when she took 62 per cent of 76,429 members’ votes cast in the leadership ballot against Sir Ed Davey.
The number of migrants arriving in Britain so far this year having crossed the Channel is more than double the figure for the whole of last year, the home secretary said yesterday. Sajid Javid told the Commons home affairs select committee that 1,150 people had tried to cross the Channel so far this year, of whom 750 arrived in the UK. The remainder were intercepted by the French authorities. In the whole of last year, 297 migrants arrived in the country after making the journey on small boats from France.
Fourteen member countries of the European Union have agreed to a new “solidarity mechanism” proposed by Germany and France to allocate migrants across the bloc, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. Foreign affairs and Interior ministers of the EU had earlier gathered in Paris to discuss immigration and security issues following a first gathering in Finland last week.
Britain will seek to create a European-led maritime mission to protect commercial shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, Jeremy Hunt announced yesterday as he resisted pressure from Washington to join a US-led task force against Iran. Calling Iran’s capture of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, “an act of state piracy”, Mr Hunt said: “If Iran continues on this dangerous path they must accept the price will be a larger western military presence in the waters along their coastline
The Foreign Office is starting to look more like a department in Donald Trump’s administration – with top officials having resigned, been suspended or been busy trying to become prime minister. All of which is not very helpful in the middle of a major crisis with Iran. The secretary of state, Jeremy Hunt, is unsure if he will have a job once he probably loses to Boris Johnson in the PM race.
BRITAIN has announced plans to put together a Europe-led warship mission to help protect tankers after a UK-flagged vessel was seized by Iran. Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the plans in a statement to the House of Commons as tensions rise between Britian and Iran. Britain is to seek to put together a European-led maritime mission to protect ships sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, Hunt said.
Junior defence minister Tobias Ellwood has called on the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to recognise the poor state of the Royal Navy when they take power, in comments that follow a British owned tanker being seized by Iranian gunboats in the Straits of Hormuz. The Royal Navy is too small to do its job, Conservative cabinet member at the Ministry of Defence Tobias Elwood has said, amid an ongoing crisis which has seen a British-flagged oil tanker boarded and captured by gunboats of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
Children are dying because Britain has a ‘second rate’ baby screening programme, a report has warned. The UK lags behind most other developed nations at identifying rare diseases through its screening of infants, commonly known as the heel prick test. The NHS screens babies for just nine genetic conditions – compared with 57 in the United States and 43 in Italy. A report by the charity Genetic Alliance UK said this ‘cruel’ system means children miss out on life-saving treatment because their conditions are not detected until it is too late.
GPs’ receptionists will divert patients to see pharmacists in a bid to relieve pressure on family doctors. The NHS plan aims to prevent 20 million GP appointments, with many of those telephoning for help instead offered a “same day” slot at a local chemist. Health officials said the moves would mean more accessible and convenient access to services. But patients’ groups said the measures were “worrying” – with fears that critical decisions could end up being taken by those with little training in how to assess patients.
Up to 20 million GP appointments a year will be dealt with by pharmacists to cut waiting times. From October patients who phone the NHS 111 helpline with sore throats, headaches, earache and other minor ailments will be offered a same-day appointment with their local pharmacist. Eventually, GPs and A&Es will also refer patients to pharmacies, allowing patients to avoid lengthy waits for medical advice.
A summer of disruption for holidaymakers moved a step closer yesterday after British Airways pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, saying that the airline had refused to change its position despite three days of intense negotiations. Ninety-three per cent of the 4,000 BA pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) backed action on a turnout of 90 per cent over a pay dispute. About 500 BA pilots are not members of the union.
Holidaymakers hoping to jet off to their destination of choice with British Airways this summer have slammed the firm’s pilots as ‘selfish’ for striking during the summer holidays. Those looking forward to their summer getaway face their trips being ruined after British Airways pilots voted to strike in a dispute over pay. After four weeks, BA pilots have voted nine-to-one in favour of industrial action, which would throw UK airports into chaos in the middle of the summer holidays.
Carl Beech, a narcissist, fantasist and now a convicted paedophile, must have been cock-a-hoop. Tom Watson, then a backbench MP and soon to be elected the Labour Party’s deputy leader, had granted Beech an audience. This was Beech’s opportunity to tell Mr Watson of the sexual abuse he had suffered at the hands of a murderous paedophile gang that had operated from the Palace of Westminster. The meeting would set in chain the perfect storm.
Police and politicians who promoted lurid claims of an establishment paedophile ring faced condemnation last night after the man behind them was found guilty of making false allegations. Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, was urged to make a full apology to public figures named by the paedophile Carl Beech, who was convicted of 13 charges of perverting the course of justice and fraud.
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson is facing calls to quit after he championed paedophile Carl Beech’s lies about being abused by a murderous VIP sex abuse ring. Beech – known as ‘Nick’ – made up preposterous tales and ruined the lives and reputations of some of Britain’s most distinguished public servants. Daniel Janner QC branded Watson a ‘paedo-finder general’, slamming the ‘moral panic’ after it included Beech accusing his father, Lord Janner.
Loch Ness Monster
Conspiracy theorists risk hypothermia and drowning if they follow through with a plan to storm Loss Ness in search of its infamous “monster”, the RNLI has warned. Nearly 60,000 people have signalled their interest in “storming” Loch Ness to find the fabled monster, prompted a warning from the local lifeguard crew about the treacherous nature of the loch. The viral event comes after more than a million people pledged to attend a similar gathering at Area 51, the US military base in Nevada linked to alien activity by conspiracy theorists.
THOUSANDS of monster hunters planning to swamp Loch Ness have sparked a safety warning. About 18,000 have signed up to “storm” the Scottish loch to try to find the fabled Nessie. It follows an online move to descend on the Area 51 US military base which conspiracy theorists say holds alien tech. But the RNLI says the 230m-deep loch’s 6C waters could cause cold shock and hypothermia. “With no US Army involved, Loch Ness looks a little less hazardous than storming Area 51, but here we have our own set of problems,” the RNLI team said on Facebook.