07.08.2022
Super-loyal Dorries: Furious Boris supporters MUST back Truss for PM

Ms Dorries described the removal of Mr Johnson as Conservative leader as “treacherous” and “absolutely wrong” but said only Ms Truss could unite the party and defeat Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer. She had a simple message for supporters of the Prime Minister: “I feel their pain and I share their anger.

But she urged voters who delivered Mr Johnson a landslide party to stick with the party.She said: “Obviously, I am very angry about what happened to Boris Johnson. We have to look to the future because the danger is a Labour Government.”Adamant that Labour does not have a plan for the biggest challenges facing Britain, she said: “Labour really would be bad for your family. My message is: Think about the things you care about, and think about what Boris achieved.”Long considered one of Mr Johnson’s strongest supporters, Ms Dorries came under fire last month for sharing a mocked up image of former Chancellor and leadership candidate Rishi Sunak as a knife-wielding Brutus standing behind Mr Johnson’s Julius Caesar.A defiant Ms Dorries said: “I’ll take no lectures from Tory MPs about blue on blue attacks. Those MPs and ministers who removed our most electorally successful PM in a decade, the one who gave us an 80 seat majority, need to look in the mirror; they are the ones guilty of the worst act of blue on blue, not me.”Urging fellow supporters of the present Prime Minister to swing behind the Foreign Secretary, she said: “[Boris] is now gone. We don’t want him to be, but he is.“He has been brutally removed and it’s been treacherous what has happened, but we must unite behind Liz.”The Mid Bedfordshire MP still believes that the “leadership election should not be taking place” but argues that the “only one thing that is more important than our anger” is “keeping Starmer out of power”.

She is confident that Mr Johnson will not abandon politics when he leaves No 10 next month.“Boris absolutely will say in politics,” she said. “You won’t get rid of Boris.”And she insists he has no interest in making a post-prime ministerial fortune outside Downing St.“I have never met anybody in my entire life less interested in his own personal wealth or earning money,” she said. “He is completely disinterested.“Honestly, you just can’t get him to have a flicker of interest. As long as his food arrives on the table and he’s got something to wear, that’s all he asks from life.“He could go off now and earn £10million to £20million a year in a heartbeat, but those of us who are close to him and know him, we know he won’t. The only thing that gets him up in the morning and drives him is making the country a better place.”Ms Dorries argues that the same qualities which won over voters in 2019 were exploited by his foes.She said: “He is loyal and some would say too loyal. He is an optimist, and some would say too optimistic. “But the kindness, the loyalty and the optimism, I think, are what everybody recognised in him and the reason why he won that 80-seat majority.

“But I think they are also the qualities which people felt were easy to get him on and attack him on. They used his kindness and his loyalty and his optimism to attack him, which is quite sad.”She fears that the upcoming investigation by the Commons’ privileges committee – which is chaired by former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman – into whether Mr Johnson misled the MPs in his comments about Covid-era rule-breaking will become an “absolute witch hunt” and a “kangaroo court”.

“I actually don’t know how Boris is going to deal with that,” she said.A House of Commons spokesman said: “The House of Commons as a whole approved a motion to appoint Harriet Harman to the committee. The other six members of the Committee, which has a Government party majority, then elected Harriet Harman as chair unanimously.”Ms Dorries became Culture Secretary in September last year and counts securing a two year freeze in the television licence fee in a bid to help with living costs among her proudest achievements.“It was a difficult thing to do,” she said. “You’ve got the forces of the establishment against you and people questioning whether or not I was damaging the BBC…

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  • 4 часа, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    Truss ‘ready on Day 1’ to scrap EU rules ‘that don’t work’ for Brexit UK ‘Look at record!’

    Ms Mordaunt, who was eliminated in the final round of parliamentary voting of the Tory leadership contest, threw her support behind Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to become the next Prime Minister. The Portsmouth North MP was questioned over Ms Truss’ pledge to deliver a “bonfire of EU regulations”, insisting the prospective PM is committed to removing any remaining European Union rule to help Brexit Britain achieve its full potential.

    Asked if the pledge would mean a complete removal of all EU-inspired regulation, including long-established diktats ensuring labour protections, Ms Mordaunt told LBC: “If you look at her track record, when she’s been, for example, in trade, she’s been doing from-scratch trade agreements, she’s done a huge amount to protect those particular things.

    “What she said is that we need to look at what works for us, and what we want to retain.

    “And the things that don’t, and are being a barrier to investment, for example, some of the regulations that prevent pension funds making particular investments, we should hurry up and do something about.”

    Ms Mordaunt continued: “She has a very methodical plan, and I think she’ll be ready Day 1 to push these things forward.

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    What she said is the things that don’t work for us need to go. What she has committed to is doing the work.

    “We haven’t been idle despite the pandemic, there has been work going on on retained law, on making reforms but what she recognises is we need to work faster.”

    Ms Truss vowed to scratch all remaining EU regulations from the UK statute by the end of 2023.

    In a statement released in July, the Foreign Secretary said: “EU regulations hinder our businesses and this has to change.

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    “In Downing Street, I will seize the chance to diverge from outdated EU law and frameworks and capitalise on the opportunities we have ahead of us.”

    She reiterated throughout her campaign her focus on “taking advantage of our post-Brexit freedom” by “unleashing investment, changing things like the procurement rules and doing things differently”.

    Ms Truss is also believed to be considering accelerating by six months her plan to reverse this year’s increase in social security contributions which had been pencilled in for April 2023.

    Advisors to the leadership frontrunner believed the cut could be introduced within days of an emergency budget that her government would deliver in September, if she wins the ruling Conservative Party’s leadership race that is due to end on September 5.

    Ms Truss’s rival, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, said cutting taxes now would add more fuel to Britain’s soaring inflation rate which is set to surpass 13% in October, according to the Bank of England’s latest forecasts.

    The BoE has also said Britain is due to enter a 15-month recession starting later this year, something Truss says adds urgency to her plan to cut taxes.

    Truss, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said she wanted to “immediately tackle the cost of living crisis by cutting taxes, reversing the rise on National Insurance and suspending the green levy on energy bills.”

    Ms Truss’s rival, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, said cutting taxes now would add more fuel to Britain’s soaring inflation rate which is set to surpass 13 percent in October, according to the Bank of England’s latest forecasts.

    The BoE last Thursday warned Britain is due to enter a 15-month recession starting later this year, something Ms Truss says adds urgency to her plan to cut taxes.

    Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Ms Truss said she wanted to “immediately tackle the cost of living crisis by cutting taxes, reversing the rise on National Insurance and suspending the green levy on energy bills.”

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  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    Truss’s day out: Liz all smiles at Commonwealth Games with family after brutal week

    The Foreign Secretary was seen watching on at the Alexander Stadium alongside her teenage daughters as they took in the action on the athletics track. Ms Truss’ husband Hugh O’Leary, who she married in 2000, was spotted while Andy Street, a Conservative party politician and West Midlands Mayor, also joined them.

    Last month, she revealed her two teenage daughters are currently involved in managing her social media campaign.

    Ms Truss told the Daily Telegraph: “My oldest daughter’s working on the digital team.

    “She’s done a computing GCSE so she’s helping out on that. And my younger daughter was there as well, giving general political advice.”

    Later on Saturday, the Foreign Secretary called on the Tories to “unite” to take on Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party as she continues to gain support from current and former Cabinet ministers.

    On Thursday, Kay Burley slammed the Tory leadership candidate for her constant U-turning on policies, asking her if the “real Liz Truss will please stand up”.

    The Sky News host brought up the Foreign Secretary’s apparent U-turns on a number of areas – including Brexit, Ukraine, the green belt, civil servant’s pay, the abolition of the monarchy, and whether or not to arm Taiwan.

    Ms Burley said: “Final question for you. You were a Remainer and now you are not. You supported Brits to fight in Ukraine and then you did not.

    “You wanted to build on the green belt and now you do not. You wanted to abolish the monarchy and now you do not.

    “You wanted to arm Taiwan and now I am not sure whether you are saying you do or you do not. You wanted to cut civil servants’ pay in the regions and then you said you did not.”

    Ms Burley then paused, before continuing: “Will the real Liz Truss please stand up.”

    The question sparked applause among the audience as Ms Truss looked sheepish before responding.

    On Friday, the Foreign Secretary promised to clamp down on “unfair protests” after a small group of climate activists disrupted her speech at a Tory leadership hustings.

    The five protesters heckled Ms Truss over climate change and energy bills, and could be heard shouting “shame on you” and calling for a Green New Deal.

    Later on, another protester was escorted out as she was in the middle of a question and answer session with Conservative Party members.

    Ms Truss joked: “I take it as a compliment that I’m so popular with Extinction Rebellion.”

    She said after they left the studio: “Can I just say a few words on the militant people who try and disrupt our country and who try and disrupt our democratic process and try and disrupt our essential services.

    “I would legislate immediately to make sure that we are standing up to militant trade unions who stop ordinary commuters getting into work. And I would legislate to protect our essential services.”

    She added: “And I will make sure that militant activists such as Extinction Rebellion are not able to disrupt ordinary people who work hard and do the right thing and go into work.

    “I will never ever, ever allow our democracy to be disrupted by unfair protests.”

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  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    ‘Playing a dangerous game!’ Labour MP slammed after defending Sturgeon against Truss swipe

    Labour’s Ms Duffield sparked a social media backlash after appearing to defend Nicola Sturgeon over comments directed at her by Conservative leadership hopeful Liz Truss. Ms Duffield argued that Foreign Secretary was wrong to have labelled the First Minister an “attention-seeker” and added that the SNP leader “can’t be ignored.”

    Ms Duffield told GB News: “I mean, probably lots of people would secretly want to ignore Nicola Sturgeon for lots of reasons.

    “But you can’t say that as a Prime Ministerial candidate. She’s in charge of Scotland it’s fairly important.

    “We can’t ignore her and she’s adamant that there’s going to be that second referendum.

    “We’re led to believe that the majority of the country is behind that as an idea, that’s something a prime minister is going to have to get to grips with from the off.”

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    A clip of the exchange was shared by GB News on Twitter, where the user reacted angrily to Ms Duffield’s defence of the SNP leader.

    “Liz Truss ain’t wrong,” argued @TheJoPublic.

    It comes after Ms Truss and her allies have launched personal attacks on Nicola Sturgeon, something which could further strain the relationship between Westminster and Holyrood if the Tory leadership hopeful becomes the next prime minister.

    The Foreign Secretary labelled the First Minister an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored, while Ms Truss’s ally, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said the Scottish National Party leader is “always moaning”.

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the attack on Ms Sturgeon from someone hoping to be the next occupant of No 10 is “completely and utterly unacceptable”.

    Ms Truss, who spent time in Paisley as a youngster, described herself as a “child of the Union” and has claimed that “some Scots love me”.

    At Monday night’s leadership hustings she took aim at Ms Sturgeon and her push for another independence referendum in October 2023.

    “She’s an attention-seeker, that’s what she is,” Ms Truss said as she rejected the idea of another plebiscite if she becomes prime minister.

    “What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.”

    Brexit Opportunities Minister Mr Rees-Mogg doubled down on the attack, telling Sky News on Tuesday: “When she’s waffling on endlessly about having a referendum and going to the Supreme Court and all of this, we need to be saying ‘Hold on – you’re doing this because you’re failing to deliver for the people of Scotland, and the United Kingdom Government will have to deliver for the people of Scotland as well’.”

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  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    Sturgeon breaks silence to mock ‘wannabe’ Sunak’s pledge to ‘stop SNP in their tracks’

    On Friday, the former Chancellor said Scotland’s First Minister and her ruling political party “pose an existential threat to our cherished Union”. Rishi Sunak’s comments came just days after fellow Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss said she would “ignore” Ms Sturgeon if she became Prime Minister, describing the SNP leader as an “attention seeker”. But Nicola Sturgeon has broken her silence on the statement from the former Chancellor to claim this is nothing she hasn’t heard already.

    She tweeted a picture of the front page of the Scottish Daily Express, and wrote: “Wondering how many opposition leaders/wannabes I’ve now heard this from.”

    Ms Sturgeon is pressing ahead with attempts to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence in October 2023 – despite continued and strong opposition from the Conservative Party Government.

    On Friday, Mr Sunak warned ignoring the SNP would be “dangerously complacent” and warned they need to be “stopped in their tracks”.

    The Tory leadership candidate detailed his plans for Scotland if he were to become Prime Minister, and said his Government would be the most active in Scotland in decades.

    This would be achieved by sending ministers to Scotland more frequently and reforming the union unit within 10 Downing Street.

    Mr Sunak said the latter would ensure “every single” Government department operates UK-wide.

    This would be despite key policy areas like education and health having been in the control of the Scottish Parliament since devolution took place in 1999.

    The plan also includes boosting the Tories north of the border, providing a campaign manager in every seat at parliamentary elections and conducting a review on how the central party can support Douglas Ross’ group.

    Mr Sunak said: “Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP pose an existential threat to our cherished union.

    “Arguing that we should ignore them is dangerously complacent.

    “We can’t just bury our heads in the sand and pretend they aren’t there – we need to stop them in their tracks.

    “That’s exactly what I would do as prime minister – holding the SNP to account for its failings and personally ensuring that the UK Government has a laser focus on delivering for every part of our United Kingdom.”

    But SNP MP Mhairi Black reacted furiously to the comments from the former Chancellor and raged he does not have “the faintest idea” what ordinary people are dealing with.

    She said: “Rishi Sunak is the same man who has slashed Universal Credit by over £1,000 for millions, hiked National Insurance payments and has now just admitted he wants to take public money from the areas that need it most and hand it over to the wealthier towns.

    “He has made it crystal clear that he stands for just one thing, making the rich richer and the poor poorer, and people across Scotland know this.

    “As the richest MP in Westminster, he doesn’t have the faintest idea what ordinary people in Scotland, and elsewhere, are facing daily during this Tory-made cost-of-living crisis as bills and food prices sky-rocket.

    “Scotland hasn’t voted for the Tories for more than 50 years, yet we keep getting saddled with Tory governments and Tory Prime Ministers who will only ever work to widen the inequalities gap and try to block Scotland’s democratic right to choose its own future.”

    Last week, Ms Truss and some of her closest allies launched furious attacks against Ms Sturgeon as relations between the UK and Scottish Governments become increasingly strained.

    The Foreign Secretary labelled the First Minister an “attention-seeker” who should be ignored as she took aim at Ms Sturgeon and her push for another independence referendum in October 2023.

    She rejected the idea of IndyRef2, and said of Ms Sturgeon at a Tory leadership hustings event: “She’s an attention-seeker, that’s what she is.

    “What we need to do is show the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales what we’re delivering for them and making sure that all of our Government policies apply right across the United Kingdom.”

    Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney said “people in Scotland, whatever their politics, will be absolutely horrified by the obnoxious remarks that Liz Truss has made”.

    He told BBC’s Good Morning Scotland: “Nicola Sturgeon has far more democratic legitimacy than Liz Truss is going to have if she becomes the prime minister, and I think Liz Truss has absolutely no right or foundation to make these remarks.”

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  • 6 часов, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    ‘Are you having a laugh!? Richard Tice on future of Starmer ‘ British people had enough!’

    The Reform UK party leader noted Sir Keir Starmer struggled to organise his own party as he dismissed questions about the efficacy of a Labour Party-led Government in resolving Britain’s immigration crisis. Richard Tice ridiculed the suggestion as he also took a swipe at the Conservative Party for talking a “good game” but failing themselves to create a successful immigration policy. Asked about Sir Keir’s chances of taking back control of the UK’s borders, Mr Tice told GB News: “Are you having me on? Are you having a laugh?

    He can’t even organise his own administration, his own declarations to Parliament, let alone sort out this crisis.

    “No chance. Nobody thinks that the Labour Party will stop this.

    “The Tories, they talk a good game but we hear that about so many things – how we’re going to grow the economy, how we’re going to cut taxes.

    “And then they raise them. I think the British people have had enough.”

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    In the 2019 electoral manifesto, Labour pledged to review border control to make the policy “more effective.”

    The manifesto also pledged to scrap the Immigration Act 2014, which gave authorities more powers to enter the homes of illegal migrants and to end indefinite detention.

    Labour MPs have also been heavily critical of Priti Patel’s agreement with Rwanda to send new arrivals into the country to the central African nation for processing and relocation.

    Sir Keir branded the Rwanda scheme a “chaotic diversion” from the Home Office’s decade-long failure.

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    He said: “Course, we don’t want people making that dangerous crossing. Of course, we want to clamp down on the people smugglers.

    “The way to do that is to have a proper plan with the French authorities and a proper plan for upstream operations to intercept these groups before they even arrive on the north coast of France.”

    Figures from the Ministry of Defence on Sunday showed the total number of migrants crossing the Channel in 2022 so far has passed 18,000.

    The busiest week for crossings so far in 2022 was the week to April 19 when 2,076 people made the dangerous journey.

    The findings follow the release of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the British Red Cross finding critical gaps in the UK asylum system.

    The report suggests the gaps are leaving people seeking safety, including those fleeing modern slavery, at risk of potential exploitation.

    The research found that inadequate support is exposing people in need of protection to potential harm.

    It cites examples of vulnerable asylum seekers forced into modern slavery, including domestic servitude, sexual and labour exploitation, and forced criminality.

    The report concludes: “Straightforward changes to the asylum process would reduce these risks of exploitation by putting safety at the heart of the asylum system.”

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  • 8 часов, 8 минут назад 07.08.2022Politics
    Dominic Grieve rips apart Liz Truss on economic plan as Brown says recall parliament now!

    Mr Grieve took aim at Liz Truss’s plans to cut taxes on Sunday, describing the Foreign Secretary’s economic policy as not a “sound approach.” The former Attorney General suggest that cutting taxes while failing to balance the UK’s budget could end up undermining confidence in Britain’s international credibility. Mr Grieve spoke out after former Prime Minister Gordon Brown called for Boris Johnson, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Ms Truss to agree on a strategy to fix the economy or recall Parliament to vote on an emergency budget.

    Mr Grieve told Sky News: “Listening to Liz Truss, she appears to be very enthusiastic for tax cuts. Well, that goes down very well with conservative members but the truth is that it’s not a sound approach unless you can balance the budget, and she’s not in a position to do that.

    “So she is talking of increasing borrowing in a way that may well undermine confidence in the United Kingdom’s international credibility for economic sound management.

    “Rishi Sunak, on the other hand, is being much more moderate in his approach by suggesting that there should be targeted handouts to help people through this crisis. That is an alternative approach.

    “Of course, in itself, it doesn’t solve the underlying economic issues, which are how are we going to revive our economy? How are we going to manage our way through this intense problem and take people out on the other side to a better future?

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    I have to say on that, I don’t really think either candidate is really focusing because it doesn’t appear to be of great interest to the conservative membership, but it jolly well ought to be but they are rather fixated on short-term issues.”

    It comes as former prime minister Gordon Brown demands the Government come up with an emergency budget before a “financial timebomb” in October “pushes millions over the edge”.

    After a new report commissioned by Mr Brown suggested Government help has failed to address households’ needs, he said the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss must agree to emergency measures “this week”.

    Writing in The Observer, he said: “A financial timebomb will explode for families in October as a second round of fuel price rises in six months sends shockwaves through every household and pushes millions over the edge.

    “A few months ago, Jonathan Bradshaw and Antonia Keung at York University estimated that April’s 54 percent increase in fuel prices would trap 27 million people in 10m households in fuel poverty.

    “Now, 35 million people in 13m households – an unprecedented 49.6 percent of the population of the United Kingdom – are under threat of fuel poverty in October.”

    Mr Brown said if an agreement was not drawn up by Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak and Ms Truss then “parliament should be recalled to force them to do so”.

    Responding to Mr Brown’s latest intervention, Mr Grieve told Sky News: “I’m not sure I wouldn’t necessarily go quite points for saying Parliament should be recorded at once. But the extensive this crisis is very deep.

    “And it’s been growing over the last six months and in fact, some of the elements of it will present even before the Ukraine war started. So it is going to need to be addressed and whoever addresses it, whether it’s Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss, they’re going to have to build trust with the public to say there are going to have to be some painful decisions made.”

    “That’s I think what worries me the tone of this debate is not about painful decisions. It’s about quick solutions, either through handouts or through massive tax cuts, and neither is going to solve the problem at the depths of a problem that we’re currently facing,” continued the Conservative MP.

    “So whoever gets becomes prime minister is going very quickly. If they succeed, to have to refocus away from the Conservative Party towards the wider electorate and tell some harsh truths and be trusted, so that people aren’t prepared to accept some of the difficult decisions that are going to take place.

    “If that doesn’t happen, then the conservative party’s reputation will be undermined.

    “So it’s very important that that wider debate takes place.”

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