Boris Johnson News Live: Local elections are not a referendum on PM, minister insists

Neil Parish resigns after admitting watching porn in the Commons

A Tory minister has insisted the next local election will not be a referendum on the prime minister, despite his recent fine for breaking the law during lockdown.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan dismissed the idea that Boris Johnson’s position would be more at risk when the election results come in.

Ms Trevelyan said ‘sometimes you get a protest vote’ but denied that people would use their vote to protest Partygate.

“There are places where there is close combat… We will win some and we will lose some.”

When asked if the election would be a referendum on the Prime Minister, she replied: “No. It’s not a general election in most places.

She said the prime minister ‘continues to do his job, standing up for democracy and freedom in a way we haven’t seen in Europe for a decade’.

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

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Prime Minister – attacks on British diplomats in Ukraine ‘totally unimaginable’

Boris Johnson has said any threats or attacks on British diplomats in Ukraine are “completely unacceptable”.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain about the UK ambassador, the Prime Minister said: “I am proud of our diplomats in Ukraine and of Melinda Simmons, who is coming back to open the embassy and she did an amazing job.”

Mr Johnson added that threats to British diplomats are ‘completely unacceptable’ and that there is ‘no justification for it’.

He said the UK had “led the world in helping Ukrainians protect themselves against wanton attacks, barbaric attacks” and later added that the UK had also “brought the world together by delivering a package of very severe economic sanctions”.

“We’re not saying we’re doing this to bring about geopolitical change or to have a result in Moscow,” he said.

“What matters to us is the Ukrainian people and their suffering. It is completely unjustifiable that a free country like Ukraine should be overwhelmed and destroyed as it has been.”

Matt MatherMay 3, 2022 8:56 a.m.

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PM – I’m honest

Boris Johnson tells interviewer Susanna Reid he is ‘honest’ when asked about his statements to the Commons on Partygate.

The Prime Minister has been accused of misleading the House when he told MPs that all the rules had been followed during the lockdown.

Accepting that what he said in the Commons was ‘inadvertently’ wrong, he said: ‘I do my best to represent faithfully and accurately what I believe, and sometimes it’s controversial and sometimes it offends people, but that’s what I do.”

Matt MatherMay 3, 2022 8:44 a.m.

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Prime Minister questioned ahead of local elections

Boris Johnson is interviewed by ITV ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

Stay tuned as the Prime Minister is asked about Partygate, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.

Later, he would become the first Western leader to address the Ukrainian parliament.

Matt MatherMay 3, 2022 8:38 a.m.

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Tories on track for worst local election results since 1990s

Boris Johnson’s Tories are on course for their worst local election results since the 1990s, according to a new survey.

Labor is expected to win over 800 seats while the Conservatives are expected to lose almost 550 seats, according to a survey by Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now.

The vote share projected by pollsters – 39% for Labor and 24% for the Conservatives – would be the biggest gap between parties in local elections since the mid-1990s, writes Adam Forest.

The Electoral Calculation and Find Out Now also say that if the projected results are replicated this week, it would be the first time since 1996 that Labor has taken more than three times as many council seats as the Conservatives.

Martin Baxter, chief executive of Electoral Calculus, which carried out the survey with Find Out Now, said: ‘Renewed interest in the party has made the Tories’ bad situation worse by persuading even more Tory supporters not to stand for local elections.

“The results could now be bad for Boris Johnson, especially if the Tories lose several hundred council seats and key flagship councils like Wandsworth or Westminster.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 8:25 a.m.

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Decision to overturn US abortion law is ‘a matter of great concern’, says UK trade secretary

UK International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has described a leaked document that the US Supreme Court may be set to overturn the Roe v Wade decision allowing legalized abortion nationwide as “a matter of great concern”.

“It’s a matter of great concern, I think, for all women in the United States if it’s about reversing a 50-year-old state of affairs, but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s true or no,” she said. News from heaven.

“This acceptance that women should be in control of their bodies was something that set a standard for the rest of the world and allowed women to be empowered in this very, very critical way.”

Ms Trevelyan added: ‘We will wait to see if this is a truthful document or not, but I think there will be a lot of anxiety if it appears to be true.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 8:13 a.m.

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Local elections and not a referendum on the Prime Minister, according to the minister

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan dismissed the idea that local election results would further endanger Boris Johnson’s position.

When asked if the election would be a referendum on the Prime Minister, she replied: “No. It’s not a general election in most places.

Ms Trevelyan said ‘sometimes you get a protest vote’ but denied that people would use their vote to protest Partygate.

“There are places where there is close combat… We will win some and we will lose some.”

She said the prime minister ‘continues to do his job, standing up for democracy and freedom in a way we haven’t seen in Europe for a decade’.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 7:50 a.m.

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Tory MP says Tories won’t see referendum on Prime Minister

MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said the Tories will not see a referendum on the Prime Minister, despite the recent controversy over Boris Johnson’s Partygate fine.

When asked if her party was about to lose seats in Parliament, the Tory MP replied: “I would expect us to win some and lose some”.

Watch the full clip here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 7:43 a.m.

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ICYMI – Labor demands answers from Rishi Sunak on 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 reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 7:30 a.m.

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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.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 6:12 a.m.

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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

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