Boris Johnson news – live: Government buy-in right scheme plans slammed as ‘insane’

Neil Parish resigns after admitting watching porn in the Commons

Government proposals to sell housing association properties have been branded ‘senseless’ amid warnings they will worsen housing shortages for more than a million people on waiting lists for affordable housing .

Boris Johnson would like to grant tenants of England’s 2.5 million housing associations the right to buy their homes at a huge discount, echoing Margaret Thatcher’s popular ‘right to buy’ policy in the 1960s. 1980, which saw much of the country’s population. stock of social housing sold.

Labor called the plan “desperate”, pointing out that it repeats a policy from David Cameron’s 2015 Tory manifesto which resulted in no sales.

And the chief executive of homeless charity Shelter said the ‘wacky idea’ was ‘the opposite of what the country needs’.

Earlier, a minister rejected calls for a shortlist of women to find a replacement for disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish. Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has said women-only shortlists for legislative candidates are “demeaning” to women.


Asylum seekers in Calais not deterred from crossing the Channel by UK plans for Rwanda

Most asylum seekers in Calais still hope to make it to the UK despite plans that could see them sent to Rwanda, a new survey has found.

A charity has interviewed people who have been waiting in migrant camps in northern France since the UK government passed a law making it a criminal offense to knowingly arrive without permission.

Care4Calais found most had heard of the deal with Rwanda, which will see people who arrive ‘illegally’ in the UK under new immigration rules sent to the East African country to seek asylum there instead.

Three-quarters of those polled said the plans would not prevent them from crossing the English Channel, the charity said.

My colleague Zoe Tidman reports.

Namita Sing |May 3, 2022 6:12 a.m.


Tories split from call to find female candidate to replace porn shame MP

Universities minister Michelle Donelan has said women-only shortlists for parliamentary candidates are “demeaning” to women.

Boris Johnson faces calls from within his own party to ensure a woman is chosen to fight the by-election in the East Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton triggered by Parish’s resignation after he was caught watching pornography in the House of Commons.

Namita Sing |May 3, 2022 05:13


Labor asks Rishi Sunak about the Russian presence of a company in which his wife has a £400m stake

Labor has written to Rishi Sunak asking if he or his family are benefiting from the continued presence of a company in Russia in which his wife has a £400m stake.

Reports on Monday suggest Indian IT giant Infosys – founded by the father of Mr Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty – is still operating in Moscow despite promising a month ago that it was leaving.

Shadow Economy Secretary Tulip Siddiq has called on the Chancellor to clarify when the company’s Russian office will be closed and whether he or anyone close to him will benefit from its continued operations.

Our political editor Andre Bécasse has the details.

Namita Sing |May 3, 2022 4:54 a.m.


Johnson to bring up Churchill as he tells Ukrainian parliament it’s ‘the finest hour’ in the country

The prime minister will be the first Western leader to address the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv via video link, nearly two months after President Volodymyr Zelensky gave his own message to the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson will say the UK is ‘proud to be among Ukraine’s friends’ and announce a new £300million defensive military aid package, including an electronic warfare kit, a counter-battery radar, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night vision devices. devices.

More information on his address to the Ukrainian parliament in this report by Andrew Woodcock.

Namita Sing |May 3, 2022 4:35 a.m.


Welcome back to The Independents liveblog where we resume UK policy updates for 3rd May 2022.

Namita Sing |May 3, 2022 4:19 a.m.


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Andy GregoireMay 2, 2022 8:31 p.m.


Reviews | Will the Northern Ireland election finally put an end to a fierce tug-of-war game?

“In Northern Ireland, we live in a perpetual game of tug of war”, my colleague Caolan Magee written for Independent Voices.

“On one side of the rope are Nationalists and Republicans who are pulling in the direction of closer ties with the Republic of Ireland, with the ultimate goal of a united Ireland. Unionists and Loyalists stand by the other side of the rope, pulling in the direction of Britain, to solidify Northern Ireland’s status in the United Kingdom.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is because political decisions are made in the context of the constitutional question, regardless of whether those decisions will materially improve people’s lives.

“An inch is given, a mile is taken, before the rope can withstand the tension and it snaps. Republicans and Loyalists fall in the mud and splash the onlookers with sectarian spectacle. Historically, this has happened in the form of bombings and murders.Today it comes in the form of assembly meltdowns.

He adds: “For this election, Sinn Fein has lowered the rope and joined the crowd of spectators watching the DUP tangle in the knots. A new generation of voters wants to free themselves from a rope that has opposed the two communities for a century.

You can read his analysis in full here:

Andy GregoireMay 2, 2022 8:14 p.m.


Starmer’s lead over Johnson as voters’ favorite PM shrinks, poll finds

Sir Keir Starmer’s lead over Boris Johnson as voters’ favorite prime minister narrowed significantly in the past week, according to a poll, with the two leaders now seemingly almost neck and neck in the public eye.

Asked who would make a better prime minister on Sunday, 35% of 2,000 people polled by Redfield & Wilton Strategies chose the Labor leader – marking a 5% drop from the previous week.

By contrast, 33% chose Mr Johnson, while 31% said they didn’t know.

Andy GregoireMay 2, 2022 7:50 p.m.


Nadine Dorries defends her decision to share a Daily Mail article about Keir Starmer

The Culture Secretary offered an additional defense of her decision to share a Daily Mail article about Sir Keir Starmer’s attendance at a Durham campaign event during lockdown.

The article, which includes claims relating to a takeaway curry delivery, sparked outrage from some due to the inclusion of a file image of the Labor leader eating a curry alongside the late MP Frank Dobson, who died in 2019 and was cropped. of photography.

Nadine Dorries tweeted: “I linked to an article and am not responsible for the photographs they use. The substance is in the story and the absurdity that we’re supposed to believe Starmer drank beers and curries with others at 10 p.m. and then went back to work? Is that what he told the police?

Andy GregoireMay 2, 2022 7:32 p.m.


Protests in the British Virgin Islands against UK plans to impose direct control over the territory

Protests have taken place in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) against UK plans to take direct control of the territory after the arrest of its elected leader, our racing correspondent Nadine White reports.

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Government House in Tortola, the residence of Governor-General John Rankin, on Monday after a corruption inquiry by British judge Sir Gary Hickinbottom recommended that the islands be governed from London for two years .

However, many residents of the British Virgin Islands resist this suggestion which has been called ‘colonial’, particularly in the context of the area’s history as a former colony of British slaves, and undemocratic as it does not There are no plans to take the case to the public.

Britain’s Overseas Territories Minister Amanda Milling arrived in the British Virgin Islands on Sunday for a three-day trip during which discussions will take place over the region’s future leadership. However, the content of those talks has been shrouded in ambiguity, protesters said, as they called on Ms Mulling to include BVI residents in conversations about the country’s future.

Andy GregoireMay 2, 2022 6:55 p.m.

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