David Lammy urges Boris Johnson to quit amid partygate furor

D Avid Lammy has accused the government of ‘laughing’ at the public after a bottle of the Tory president’s champagne was auctioned off as a ‘partygate memento’. Speaking at a protest opposite Downing Street on a wet Sunday afternoon, the Shadow Foreign Secretary called Boris Johnson a ‘travesty’ and called on him to quit. ‘Just … Read more

Passport Office boss under pressure to return to full-time HQ as backlog threatens holiday chaos

Ms Tierney was appointed Chief Executive of the UK Passport and Visa and Immigration Office in March 2020 when the pandemic began. She previously worked for Serco, the private contractor for many public services, and has a PhD from Oxford University. Since her appointment to the £160,000-a-year job as head of the Passport Office, she … Read more

Chancellor set to consider proposals for permanent ‘thank you holiday’

J The Chancellor will consider proposals to create a new public holiday in honor of the Queen. Brits are already set for an extra day off on June 3, 2022 to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee. But campaigners have called for the holidays to be made permanent from 2023 – with backing from the Confederation … Read more

Prime Minister urges Cabinet to find ‘innovative’ solutions to cost of living crisis

B Oris Johnson is set to urge her cabinet to ‘double down’ to explore ‘innovative’ ways to tackle the cost of living crisis. The PM wants ministers to use creative ways to ease the strain on household finances, not relying solely on new government spending, Downing Street said. At Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Mr Johnson will … Read more

Boris Johnson tells Downing Street Tories that ‘Abba party’ was a business event

Prime Minister allies reportedly told MPs before the police investigation began that he had taken his closest aides to the flat to decide what to do after Mr Cummings and Lee Cain left, then director of communications. Mr Cummings claimed there were photographs of the flat rally. He called it a “party” and said the … Read more

What the papers say – April 20

W ednesday’s front pages are dominated by Boris Johnson’s lockdown law-breaking as MPs consider a Labor motion that would trigger an investigation with significant implications. “A man without shame”, The Guardian says, quoting Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer who accused the Prime Minister of dishonesty during a furious exchange on Tuesday. Tea I and The … Read more

Who is Graham Phillips, the ex-Whitehall civil servant now pushing Russian propaganda?

In subsequent years, his work shifted away from the battlefield. His YouTube videos since 2016 have involved a mixture of “reportage” from Crimea – involving interviews with bystanders and lingering shots of women in bikinis apparently unaware of his presence – attempts to “debunk” Western reporting on Russia and eastern Europe, and videos focusing on … Read more

MPs to vote on whether Boris Johnson misled Parliament over partygate

M Ps will get the chance to vote on whether Boris Johnson misled Parliament over his assurances Covid rules were followed in Downing Street, the Commons Speaker has announced. Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he had approved an application from Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and other opposition MPs allowing them to table a motion for … Read more

Boris Johnson accused of ‘instigating’ Downing Street lockdown party

“This wasn’t a leaving drinks – until the Prime Minister arrived,” a source told The Sunday Times. “This was the usual press office Friday evening wash-up drinks. “Boris came fumbling over, red box in tow, and he gathered the staff around the press office table, which did have bottles of alcohol on it. “He said … Read more

Those in public life should act with integrity, Archbishop of York suggests

T he Archbishop of York has asked the people of Britain to consider what kind of the country it should be as he suggested those in public life need to “live to the highest standards” and act with integrity. In his Easter sermon at York Minster, Stephen Cottrell asked whether the UK wants “to be … Read more