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Michael Gove: Labour energy policy would ‘give jobs to Russian workers’

Labour’s policy of not granting licenses for viable oil and gas fields in the North Sea would mean the UK “would be reliant on countries like Russia” for energy, Michael Gove has claimed.  The levelling up secretary said that “the Just Stop Oil policy”, which he also called “the Labour policy”,  » Read More

Bishop of Durham: ‘We must act urgently to abolish cruel two-child benefit cap’

Unlike policies, a childhood cannot be reversed, nor revised at a later date. Each of us only have one childhood, and the experiences we have in these formative years shape the rest of our lives. Every child matters equally whether they are the first, or the third or later born in a family.  » Read More

2030 ban on new petrol cars ‘will remain in place’ amid government row on net zero

A Foreign Office minister has today insisted that the ban on new petrol cars which is due to come into effect in 2030 “will remain in place”. Andrew Mitchell, minister of state for development, confirmed the ban on the sale of new petrol cars from 2030 is still in place after repeatedly being pressed on

‘Got it wrong’: Regretful Ellwood faces no confidence vote over Afghanistan clip

The Conservative chair of the defence select committee is facing a no confidence vote over a tweet which appeared to praise the progress of Afghanistan under Taliban rule.  Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East and a former soldier, deleted the tweet on Wednesday night after telling TalkTV: “I got it wrong”.   » Read More

Can Keir Starmer’s position on the two-child benefit cap hold?

Keir Starmer committed on Sunday to upholding the two-child benefit cap in a move that has triggered cross-factional consternation in Labour ranks.  The Labour leader said on Sunday that he was “not changing [the] policy”, which prevents parents from claiming child tax credit or universal credit for any third or subsequent child born after April

Conservative mayoral candidate: ‘Sadiq Khan does not share Londoners’ values’

Susan Hall has been selected by Conservative members to become the party’s mayoral candidate for London. Pledging to defeat Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, Ms Hall said: “People may sneer and they may underestimate us but we will give everything to the city that has given us so much.  » Read More

Shapps hints at law change to protect ‘free speech’ after Nigel Farage’s Coutts account closure

Grant Shapps has condemned the “absolutely disgraceful” decision by Coutts to close Nigel Farage’s accounts. New documents, provided to The Telegraph newspaper by the former UKIP leader, appear to show the bank opted to close Mr Farage’s account after it was decided his views “do not align with our values”.  » Read More

Scottish Labour leader rebukes Keir Starmer over ‘heinous’ two-child benefits cap

The Scottish Labour leader has come out against what he labelled the “heinous” two-child benefits cap, declaring he will lobby Sir Keir Starmer to scrap it. The two-child limit prevents parents from claiming child tax credit or universal credit for any third or subsequent child born after April 2017.  » Read More

Barge to house migrants arrives in Dorset as local Conservative MP raises safety concerns

A controversial barge that is set to accommodate 500 asylum seekers has arrived in Dorset, despite the concerns raised by the local Conservative MP who argued the vessel may not be safe.  One month behind schedule, the Bibby Stockholm departed Falmouth in Cornwall on Monday after the completion of refurbishment works.  » Read More

Cooper stresses fiscal restraint amid Labour row over two-child benefit cap

Yvette Cooper has this morning insisted Labour must be “clear about what we can fund” as a row grips the party over Sir Keir Starmer’s updated position on the two-child benefit cap. The Labour leader confirmed yesterday that a Labour government would keep the controversial policy, introduced under the Conservatives.   » Read More

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