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Week-in-Review: Keir Starmer is winning the battle of the bean counters

Who will win the battle of the bean counters? In the pessimistic, fiscally conscientious corner we have Rishi Sunak, former chancellor and prime minister. His opponent, desperate to assume the mantle of economic credibility, is Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer. Both refuse to concede ground on Britain’s finances as they extol,  » Read More

Gillian Keegan urges junior doctors to take pay offer ‘seriously’ and stop ‘heartbreaking’ strikes

Junior doctors must stop their “heartbreaking” strikes, the education secretary has said. Gillian Keegan said this morning that the offer given to NHS staff of a pay rise of 6 per cent, in line with the public pay review bodies’ recommendations, along with an additional consolidated £1,250 increase,  » Read More

Liz Truss learning to play the long game is bad news for ‘Treasury orthodoxy’ — and Rishi Sunak

Just days after Liz Truss announced her resignation outside No 10 under a cloud of crisis, she reportedly told allies: “I lost a battle, but I haven’t lost the war”. In the months since, the former prime minister has sought to revive the principles that informed her ill-fated fiscal project with relative regularity,  » Read More

Government ‘seeking further’ legal advice over Nadine Dorries’ messages to civil servants after peerage blocked

The government is “seeking further” legal advice over messages allegedly sent by Nadine Dorries to civil servants promising to get to the bottom of why she was not granted a peerage, the cabinet secretary said today.  Simon Case, who is the UK’s top civil servant, this morning attended a hearing of the Public Administration and

Small boats bill: Braverman bows to pressure on key amendments to ensure ‘swift’ passage

The government has agreed to alter its illegal migration bill to limit detentions for unaccompanied children in a key concession ahead of the flagship legislation’s return to the commons today.  The Home Office has said it has introduced “safeguards” following “scrutiny” in the House of Lords. It comes after peers inflicted 20 defeats against the

Investigation underway into how ‘Chinese spy’ entered private parliamentary event

The House of Commons is said to investigating an event held last week which reports suggest was attended by a Chinese “spy”. A man, claiming to be a tourist, reportedly tried to enter an invitation-only talk on July 5 which was being addressed by Hong Kong freedom activists.  » Read More

Home Office minister: cartoon murals at children’s asylum centre were not ‘requisite decoration’

The cartoon murals which appeared at a reception centre for small boats arrivals in Kent were not the “requisite decoration”, a Home Office minister has said.  Minister for migration and borders Lord Murray of Blidworth said the cartoons, which were painted over at the facility in Dover on the order of immigration minister Robert Jenrick

BBC’s handling of allegations ‘may need to be investigated’, says justice secretary

The justice secretary has said there may need to be an investigation into how the BBC has handled the allegations into one of its high profile presenters. The unnamed male presenter reportedly remained on air after the teenager’s mother first made a complaint to the BBC in May.  » Read More

Four in 10 voters think Labour wants to take UK back into EU

Four in 10 voters think the Labour party’s Brexit policy is to rejoin the European Union, according to a new poll. A Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll found that 41 per cent of those surveyed believe Labour wants to take the UK back into the bloc. The numbers,  » Read More

Rishi Sunak accuses Keir Starmer of ‘slavishly supporting’ Just Stop Oil

The prime minister has accused Sir Keir Starmer of “slavishly supporting” Just Stop Oil ahead of an emergency summit with major sporting bodies and police which he and his home secretary Suella Braverman are set to attend.  The accusation, which came in an op-ed for The Sun newspaper,  » Read More

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