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‘The navy can’t prioritise saving life and stopping migrants at the same time’

The former director general of the border force warned a defence committee hearing this morning that ‘The navy can’t prioritise saving life and stopping migrants at the same time’. Sir Charles Montgomery, who is also a retired royal navy officer, made the comments during an evidence session on the use of the military in countering…

Rayner questions Paymaster General on Downing Street parties

Labour’s Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, described the Met Police’s investigation into alleged Downing Street parties as “a truly damning reflection on this nation’s highest office”. Rayner told Michale Ellis, the paymaster general, that “the country have made up their minds”, and asked him “when will his party catch up?” Ellis responded by saying the details…

Hislop condemns ‘depressing’ conduct of MPs in spiky committee session

Ian Hislop says standards in British public life are “very depressing”, as he denounced the lobbying culture of MPs in a standards committee session this afternoon. Asked by the standards committee chair, Chris Bryant, how MPs were doing on standards in British public life, Hislop complained they were “not good”. The editor of Private Eye…

Knight tells Graves to ‘put up or shut up’ in Yorkshire cricket racism row

Julian Knight has told Colin Graves to ‘put up or shut up’ as he accused the former Yorkshire Country Cricket (YCCC) chair of interfering in the running of the club. The chair of the digital, culture, media and sport, committee read out a letter from the club’s former chairman, Roger Hutton, accusing Graves of “substantial…

‘Leaseholders are blameless’ – Gove tells developers to pay for Cladding scandal

The housing secretary Michael Gove has argued that developers should “pay the price” for the cladding scandal, as he set out the government’s plans to fix the crisis in the House of Commons this afternoon. Gove told the Commons “it is morally wrong that they [leaseholders] should be the ones asked to pay the price.”…

Parliament’s funniest moments 2021

While the Palace of Westminster is usually a serious place discussing important issues, occasionally a few jokes and mistakes slip into the debates.   With work from home issues, a football tournament and several high-profile gaffes, 2021 threw up plenty of comedic moments.   From Rayner to Rees-Mogg, relive some of the quirkiest and funniest moments…

‘Where is the chancellor?’ asks Labour MP

Labour MP Pat McFadden asked ‘where is the chancellor?’ today in an urgent question to the House of Commons. ​Querying why Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the exchequer, was in California, the MP for ​Wolverhampton South East​ said: “Why did he decide to proceed with a trip to California on Tuesday, when it was already…

Omicron ‘the most significant threat since the start of the pandemic’

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said the Omicron variant poses “the most significant threat we’ve had since the start of the pandemic”. Appearing in front of a transport committee on the threat of Omicron to international travel, Dr Harries warned the new numbers behind the spread of the…

Human rights reform ‘a dead cat distraction’

Labour’s shadow justice secretary Steve Reed has labelled the government’s proposed changes to the Human Rights Act as ‘a dead cat distraction’. Speaking to the Commons, Reed said: “It’s a dead cat distraction tactic by a government that doesn’t know how to fix the criminal justice system that they’ve broken and is desperate to divert…

‘The consultant told us we’d better call a priest’ – Labour MP delivers passionate speech on medical cannabis

Labour MP Andy McDonald gave an emotional speech today during a Private Members’ Bill debate on access to medical cannabis. Speaking in the House of Commons, the MP for Middlesborough said: “We were confronted with our beloved Rory locked in status. And I recall so vividly calling the ambulance and having him whisked off to…

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