06.08.2022
Rishi Sunak leaked video gaffe threatens No10 ambitions ‘Always going to be a problem!’

Conservative Home assistant editor William Atkinson has sugged that Rishi Sunak “completely misspoke” when he proudly told Tory members in Eastbourne he had removed a Labour Party initiative channelling funding to deprived areas. Mr Atkinson went on to argue the gaffe highlighted a major optics problem for the former Chancellor over how his personal wealth comes across to the voting public.

Mr Atkinson told GB News: “The fact that as ever, it’s always going to be an optics problem for Rishi Sunak to be talking about people who aren’t as well off as he is, because he’s an incredibly wealthy man himself.

“I mean, his supporters keep coming out saying, well, the poll says more to the general public is more electable as you know, for come the next general election than less trust? Well, not after that, surely,” suggested GB News presenter Stephen Dixon.

“I’d say what we can tell from the polling is that the general message of the public votes give is that they’re not overly bothered about Rishi Sunak’s wealth. Things like this, as I say, are very embarrassing. They’re not very good for optics, but I do think they’ve fundamentally changed people’s voting intentions,” replied Mr Atkinson.

“What people have found her interest is their own taxes, their own incomes, and especially at the moment, is that squeezed by inflation actually, by reducing access to National Insurance rise, but also by the ongoing energy prices, etc.

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“That’s the thing that people really want us to see that to be talking about, and gaffes like these just detract from his overall economic message.”

A supporter of Tory leadership contender Rishi Sunak has defended the former chancellor’s remarks on working to divert funding from deprived urban areas towards more prosperous towns, saying they were “misunderstood”.

Conservative former minister Andrew Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, told Times Radio: “I think it’s been misunderstood because, first of all, Rishi, when in Government, produced significant sums as Chancellor of the Exchequer to help with the levelling-up agenda and to address funding needs specifically in Red Wall seats in our poorest areas, but also in areas like mine, which are not part of the Red Wall and are not one of the poorest areas in the country.

“Indeed, Sutton Coldfield is one of the most affluent.

“Now, I’m not saying for a moment that the needs aren’t far greater elsewhere, but we will not be able to rejuvenate our high street infrastructure, the town centre infrastructure, which has suffered so grievously from economic change over the last 10 years.

“We won’t be able to do that without some, admittedly smaller, but some Government taxpayer support and what Rishi was saying, I think, was that he had adapted the rules to ensure that both the Red Wall and the poorer seats can receive the help they need, but also where it’s needed on a wider front, which of course affects the Red Wall seats, such funding can be made available.”

The two candidates vying to become prime minster were put to the test of party members once again at a Tory hustings in Eastbourne, Sussex, on Friday.

The event, which lasted for almost two hours, started with a bang for Ms Truss, who received the backing of Conservative former minister and vice-chairwoman of the 1922 Committee Nus Ghani.

The MP for Wealden in East Sussex introduced the “fair and honest” Foreign Secretary on stage.

Despite Ms Truss’s opening speech being disrupted by shouting climate activists, who were quickly removed from the studio, the hustings continued business as usual.

The economy and the cost of living were once again central to the debate, particularly given the Bank of England’s stark warning on Thursday that the UK faces an outright recession and 13 percent inflation.

Former chancellor Mr Sunak said that unless inflation gets under control, there is “no hope” the Tories will win the next election, while Ms Truss said the UK must not talk itself into a recession.

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  • 20 минут назад 09.08.2022Politics
    POLL: Should Cabinet members be on holiday during national crises?

    Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has criticised outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi for not cutting their holidays short to address inflation and the cost of living crisis. Mr Brown suggested that Parliament should be recalled to deal with the financial crisis and forecast of recession.

    He told Good Morning Britain earlier this week: “There’s got to be someone in charge. And it’s not just that they’re asleep at the wheel – there’s nobody at the wheel at the moment.

    “You’ve got Boris and his Chancellor who have been on holiday, and then you’ve got the two leadership candidates [Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss] on the campaign trail.

    “What’s happening at the centre of Government is there is a vacuum and it’s got to be filled immediately if we’re going to protect people by October.

    “I know from my own experience, you’ve got to act quickly to deal with the benefits and tax issues if you’re going to get the changes in by the time you want them to be in.”

    The Scottish National Party (SNP)’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Mr Johnson was “missing in action”.

    He called for an urgent return of MPs to Westminster: “Every day people are waking up to warnings that the Tory-made cost of living crisis is spiralling out of control, with each report more worrying than the last. Yet the UK Prime Minister is missing in action.”

    He added: “Boris Johnson might be on his way out, and rightly so, but for now he is still the Prime Minister, with duties to protect the people who live here.

    “He must come out of hiding and recall Parliament immediately so MPs can get around the table to figure out how best to support people through this cost-of-living crisis.”

    Britain is also facing a heatwave with temperatures expected to reach the mid-30s by the end of next week

    A health warning for heat has been extended across the UK until Sunday evening, August 14.

    The Met Office has said temperatures are likely to affect vulnerable people’s health and the wider population could also face heat-related illnesses.

    Several hosepipe bans have been issued across the south of England with Thames Water planning to introduce restrictions “in weeks”.

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  • 20 минут назад 09.08.2022Politics
    Sturgeon’s Scottish indy bid faces stumbling block as No10 sends argument to Supreme Court

    The Advocate General has submitted the UK Government’s argument that constitutional matters are reserved for Westminster and a referendum on Scotland’s future cannot be held without the consent of Westminster.

    It comes after the SNP-led Holyrood Government claimed last month that its plans for IndyRef2 fall within the scope of its powers as the ballot would be “advisory” and have no legal effect on the union. A full hearing on the case is set to be heard by the Supreme Court in October.

    UK law officers have argued that the constitution is reserved to Westminster.

    Last month, the Scottish government published its case, stating the referendum is “advisory” and would have no legal effect on the union.

    “On the question of legislative competence, the UK government’s clear view remains that a Bill legislating for a referendum on independence would be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish parliament.”

    Scotland’s law officer Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC referred a prospective referendum Bill to the Supreme Court last month to ascertain if it was within the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

    It is understood the UK government has asked for the Court’s permission to publish the submission by the Advocate General for Scotland Lord Stewart QC.

    The hearing is set to take place on October 11 and 12 in London.

    In the submission last month, the Scottish government said any referendum would not be “self-executing”, meaning it would be advisory and only used as a way to discover the views of the Scottish people.

    The SNP have also attempted to intervene, arguing that it would be “fair, just and reasonable” for the party to make arguments to the court.

    The 15-page submission was presented by lawyers Claire Mitchell QC and David Welsh.

    The rules of the court, the submission says, allow for “any official body or non-governmental organisation seeking to make submissions in the public interest” to apply to intervene.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hopes to hold an independence vote on October 19 2023.

    She is currently pushing for an agreement with the UK government to allow this.

    But with UK minister opposed to this, she wants the Supreme Court to rule on whether Holyrood alone has the power to hold a vote.

    The Supreme Court want to hear both sides before making a decision.

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  • 20 минут назад 09.08.2022Politics
    Top Trump ally claims FBI raid aimed at stopping fresh White House bid by former President

    Jason Miller, the chief executive of GETTR social media company and Mr Trump’s chief communications strategist in the 2020 election, has hit out at the raid which is reportedly linked to the alleged mishandling of White House records. The warrant to serve former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was served at 2pm British time yesterday in what is an unprecedented move by the justice authorities.

    Investigations are ongoing into the former President over his handling of White House documents and involvement in the January 6 protests where his supporters stormed the Capital Building in Washington DC.

    Congress has now twice tried to impeach Mr Trump and is in the process of attempting to do so for a third time.

    But supporters, including Mr Miller, claimed that the former US President is the subject of a witch hunt with the purpose of trying to prevent him from running for office again.

    Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Miller said: “The raid against President Trump occurred for one reason, and one reason only – to prevent his return to the White House in 2024.

    “But the even bigger transgression here is the attack on the American people and our very Constitution.

    “Once a government begins to weaponize its judicial system against political opponents, it is difficult to ever recover.”

    Polling suggests that Mr Trump would easily win a Presidential election in 2024 against anyone the Democrats may wish to put up against him.

    According to the exclusive polling for Express.co.uk by the Democracy Institute of 1,500 likely voters in the US, 56 percent now believe Trump was a better President than Joe Biden.

    In a run off with Biden the poll suggests Trump would win by 48 to 42 with the gap increasing with other potential candidates.

    He beats Hillary Clinton 49 to 42, Vice President Kamala Harris 49 to 38 and Meghan Markle 49 to 39.

    The FBI has not publicly commented on the raid at Trump’s Florida home.

    However, an unnamed law enforcement official told CBS News that the Secret Service was notified shortly before the warrant was served around 10:00 local time (14:00 GMT), and that agents protecting Mr Trump helped the FBI investigators.

    The source claimed that several boxes were removed by agenda containing documents.

    This is the first time that such a warrant has been issued by a US court.

    Already there has been a backlash from Republicans.

    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has vowed to investigate the Justice Department should Republicans take back control of Congress this Autumn as expected.

    “I’ve seen enough,” Mr McCarthy Tweeted shortly after Trump confirmed that his Florida resort was searched.

    Republican Governor of Florida Ron de Santos likened the action to that of a “banana republic.”

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    Patrick Basham, Director of the Washington DC based democrcy Institute, said: “The Trump base of the party is so large now, it’s no long just part of it is the main part of the [Republican] party.

    On the question of which politician they would prefer to have at a summer BBQ, he said: “Of course Trump jumps out.

    “He’s a larger than life figure, there’s a reason he still dominates ratings on TV and all of that.

    “You don’t know what he is going to say next.

    “He’s that larger than life personality.

    “It shows you the shadow he has cast over all of his political peers of both parties.

    “Of all the well known figures Trump is still the giant, there’s no question, there’s noone like him in all senses in American politics.”

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  • 2 часа, 20 минут назад 09.08.2022Politics
    ‘How do you explain this?’ Europhile shut down after bitter Brexit attack on UK Brexiteers

    Mujtaba Rahman, director of Eurasia Group, lashed out against Brexiteers in the Conservative Party, accusing them of being “obsessed” with the EU in a bitter attack on Twitter.

    He wrote: “Six years on from Brexit, why is the Tory party still so obsessed with the EU?

    “Literally every EU member state has moved on

    “The Tories/Eurosceptics got the Brexit they wanted. Why can’t they?”

    But the europhile was quickly shut down by Twitter user Nigel J Walley who dismantled the accusation with a tweet by arch-Retainer Lord Adonis.

    Retweeting Lord Adonis’ comments, Mr Walley told Mr Rahman: “Really? The Tories are the Govt so have to deal with the EU. But how do you explain this?”

    It comes as Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak vowed to use his first 100 days if elected prime minister to “review or repeal post-Brexit EU laws”.

    With a video that was criticised as “pointless posturing”, Mr Sunak tweeted: “A new Brexit delivery unit. Reviewing every EU law on our statute book. Starting in my first 100 days. Let’s keep Brexit safe”.

    The video opens with a close-up of a folded piece of paper stuck to a door, which reads “Brexit Delivery Department”. A man enters, brining in a shredder and stacks and boxes of paper, with the top sheets reading “EU Legislation”, “EU Red Tape”, and “EU Bureaucracy”.

    “Hmm,” the man says, with his hands on his hips, surveying the scene.

    A message reads: “In his first 100 days as prime minister, Rishi Sunak will review or repeal post-Brexit EU laws…

    “All 2,400 of them.”

    Paper reading “EU Legislation” is then put through the shredder, leaving a pile of shredded paper, with the campaign slogan saying: “Keep Brexit Safe.”

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    Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which is also used as the anthem of the European Union, is played as the documents are shredded.

    Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran said: “This is more pointless posturing over Europe, when people are crying out for help with soaring energy bills.

    “Hard-working families want the Government to deliver a plan to get this country through the cost of living emergency and NHS crisis, not spending taxpayer money combing through retained EU legislation.”

    Some Twitter users criticised it for being “embarrassing”, “abysmally executed”, “cringe”, and “the worst campaign video ever created”.

    Author and TV presenter Richard Osman said on Twitter: “And this video, with every respect in the world, is why it would be useful to have an arts graduate on your team.”

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    BBC presenter Gary Lineker also mocked the video, tweeting: “Love these political parody accounts.”

    Labour MSP Paul Sweeney said: “This guy has ‘failed BBC Apprentice candidate on Team Agility’ energy.”

    The Sunak campaign said the video was meant to portray a key pledge to members in a fun way.

    A campaign source said the Lib Dem opposition was “understandable” given the party’s Brexit stance. They added: “We’re glad so many more people now know Rishi’s commitment to create a Brexit Delivery Department following the release of this video.”

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  • 2 часа, 20 минут назад 09.08.2022Politics
    Labour MP issues brutal four-word slap down of Corbyn’s ‘irresponsible’ Ukraine stance

    Mr Corbyn appeared on Al Mayadeen, a Middle East television station which backs Syria’s President Bashar Assad, last week to rail against Western nations sending weapons to the country, which was invaded by Russia on February 24. The MP for Islington North is likely to return to the subject when he takes to the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe today, along with Len McCluskey general secretary of Unite the Union, for an event entitled Politics and Poetry with Corbyn and McCluskey.

    John Spellar, MP for Warley in the West Midlands, said Mr Corbyn’s attitude was “worse than naive – it’s irresponsible”.

    He added: “Basically, if we weren’t supporting Ukraine, then the Putin regime would have crushed them and liberty in Ukraine months ago, and would have posed a massive threat to security and democracy in Europe.

    “Once again, Jeremy Corbyn has taken the wrong side of history.

    “This is a simplistic view of the world that he’s had all the way through.

    “Whilst enjoying all the benefits of living in a western democracy, the United States and the West are wrong, whoever is opposed to them must be right.

    “Otherwise, why would he be appearing on some of these radio and TV stations of the dictators from the Middle East, and let alone those from Russia?”

    Labour withdrew the whip from Mr Corbyn, 73, who led the party to a crushing defeat in the 2019 general election, in October 2020 after he claimed anti-Semitism in the party had been overstated for political reasons.

    Mr Spellar was parliamentary under-secretary for Defence from 1997 to 199, and Armed Forces Minister from 1999 to 2001, and is currently a member of Parliament’s Defence Committee.

    Asked about the massive gulf between Mr Corbyn and himself even though they were for many years in the same political outfit, he said: “When you have two parties, there will always be a huge spread of opinion within those within those parties – that’s absolutely inevitable.

    “The question then is, whether the policy programmes they’re pushing forward are acceptable, particularly to the centre ground in the British electorate clearly and obviously, Jeremy Corbyn’s view of the world when it temporarily took over the Labour Party was not acceptable to the sort of public in Britain.

    “But also, within parties, it’s a question of balance, and most of the time, and certainly the periods where we are able to get into Government, is when the mainstream of the Labour Party and progressive opinion in Britain is in charge.

    “And where the extremist takeover whether with Tony Benn or, with Jeremy Corbyn, then it’s rejected by the public. That’s the lesson that Labour MPs Labour Party members, and indeed Labour voters have to have to remember.”

    Looking to the future under current leader Sir Keir Starmer, Mr Spellar said: “We’ve made huge progress and that is why we’ve been ahead almost continuously in the opinion polls for well over a year.

    “The public understands there’s been a change of management and therefore, many of the people whom they would not trust with defending their country and also securing a decent standard of living for them are no longer in charge.

    “This applies to Jeremy Corbyn and also those who seek not a Parliamentary road for progress but a revolutionary route. They have been rejected at the ballot box and rejected in the Labour Party.”

    Speaking last week, Mr Corbyn said the international community should force a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia, with the help of the African Union and Arab League, including Syria.

    He also said “Ukrainians are dying… and Russian soldiers are dying” and appeared to blame the conflict on NATO, suggesting the alliance’s expansion had caused “greater strain and greater stress”.

    A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn has always condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including in Parliament, at public meetings and a large peace rally attended by thousands in Trafalgar Square in March.

    He has a long record as a staunch critic of Vladimir Putin and was one of the few MPs to speak out against his state visit to the UK in protest at Russia’s prosecution of the Chechen war.”

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  • 3 часа, 32 минуты назад 09.08.2022Politics
    Trump world takes stock of which Republicans back him against the FBI

    Donald Trump’s team and allies are moving swiftly to draw political benefit from an unannounced search by FBI agents at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. And they’re keeping tabs of Republicans who aren’t, in their view, sufficiently rushing to his defense.

    For hours, word of the search was kept to a close group of aides, lawyers, and Trump family members as it was taking place in real time. Then, Trump confirmed the news in a lengthy statement, only after it leaked out late in the afternoon that agents had left Mar-a-Lago. The bombshell set off frantic, hasty-arranged calls among Trump allies to discuss how to calibrate a response. And, soon enough, a clear narrative emerged from them: The search represented a deliberate political targeting, one that underscored the Democrat’s perception of Trump as a political threat.

    “They’re going to drastically use this to rally their allies, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill and juice for his political agenda and run for 2024,” said a person close to the Trump operation. “If there was a 99 percent chance it’s 100 percent now. He makes it part of his platform – going after the FBI.”

    Trump called it not “necessary or appropriate.” His allies called it the weaponization of law enforcement and an escalatory move by a federal government they conspiratorially say is out to destroy Trump ahead of any presidential run. The FBI and DOJ have declined to comment on the search. Biden administration officials said they had no advance notice of it.

    Alongside the anger towards the FBI, the sense among Trump allies was that the search could be a potential political boon for the ex-president.

    Both the person close to Trump and another individual who is in touch with the former president speculated that he would now expedite his decision to announce a presidential bid. Dan Scavino, Trump’s longtime aide and social media guru, tweeted “DO IT — 45! #TRUMP2024.”

    While Trump’s team was bullish about the political benefits of being targeted by the FBI, the situation comes with clear and obvious downsides. Legal experts said that it would be highly unlikely that the agency would have taken such action without clear evidence of wrongdoing — noting the rarity of a former president being targeted so aggressively. The search would require the signoff of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based upon evidence of a potential crime.

    On top of that, Trump is embroiled in a number of legal dramas and headaches, in addition to being the focus and target of the House January 6 committee. Focus groups of Trump 2020 voters have shown that even they have grown wary of the drama that accompanies his political ventures and are ready to move on.

    Trump, who spends his summer in Bedminster, N.J., was working at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan when he was told of the search as it unfolded by his son, Eric Trump. Christina Bobb, an attorney for Trump and former One America News Network host, was present at Mar-a-Lago as the FBI searched through Trump’s items, according to a person familiar with the day’s events. The person noted papers were seized from the home, where Trump has kept his primary residence and set up his post-presidential office.

    In the hours after Trump issued his statement, a slew of prominent Republicans and allies ranging from RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) sent out statements of outrage and support. By the end of the night, the RNC had dashed off a fundraising text: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL: UNPRECEDENTED move Biden’s FBI RAIDS Pres. Trump’s home. Time to take back Congress.”

    The statements from GOP officials became a litmus test for Trump aides and allies, who kept stock of which party members were condemning the FBI — and how strongly they’d done so. Aides said they were pleased with a statement by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who vowed to take action against the Department of Justice over the FBI’s search.

    “I’ve seen enough,” McCarthy said in a statement. “The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization. When Republicans take back the House we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General [Merrick] Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”

    Others, like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), took a more measured approach. “President Trump is likely going to run again in 2024,” Graham wrote. “No one is above the law. The law must be above politics.”

    Trump has, so far, stayed largely out of the limelight in the wake of the search. He eschewed making a media appearance even as Eric Trump took to Fox News, and his daughter-in-law, Lara, did the same. The former president was seen departing Trump Tower for Bedminster wearing a suit and tie, ignoring shouted questions about the search. He later called into two tele-town halls for Senate candidate Leora Levy in Connecticut and congressional candidate Sarah Palin in Alaska. He made only light reference to the day’s events.

    “Another day in paradise. This was a strange day,” Trump cheerfully said in the town hall for Palin.

    The search is the latest development in a months-long investigation into whether the Trump administration mishandled presidential records. The National Archives and Records Administration removed boxes from Trump’s resort in January, and there have been questions about whether the ex-president violated the Presidential Records Act by improperly handling classified documents, notes and mementos from the White House.

    Trump and his attorneys have maintained that they have been cooperative with authorities. CNN reported that earlier this summer, that the ex-president and his legal team met with investigators briefly while they were at Mar-a-Lago to see where the documents were being held. They have raised questions about the declassification process as well. One Trump aide pointed to a Breitbart interview with Kash Patel, a former national security official, who claimed documents at Mar-a-Lago marked as “classified” had already been declassified but their markings had not yet been updated.

    Neal Katyal, a former federal U.S. Solicitor General challenged Trump on MSNBC to release a copy of the search warrant that was left at Mar-a-Lago. “If you believe this is such an abuse, release the warrant and let us decide for ourselves,” Katyal said.

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his office also weren’t given a heads up about the search. In a tweet, the Republican governor called it “another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves.”

    One former adviser to Trump, noting DeSantis’ tweet and referencing the possibility that the governor could mount a presidential bid of his own, said they thought this moment amounted to “the one thing that could unite different factions in the party.”

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