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Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops
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Boris Johnson demands Taliban guarantee of safe passage for people fleeing Afghanistan after 31 August pullout of US troops

Boris Johnson demanded a guarantee from the Taliban of safe passage for those wanting to leave Afghanistan, after US president Joe Biden resisted pressure at a virtual G7 summit to extend the deadline for the withdrawal of American troops beyond 31 August. The prime minister was speaking shortly after chairing a virtual summit of the G7 at which he and allies including Emmanuel...

Tory MPs worried party conference could be cancelled due to Covid restrictions
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Tory MPs worried party conference could be cancelled due to Covid restrictions

Conservative MPs are growing concerned that their party conference will be cancelled this year due to Covid, with tickets for the get-together still yet to become available. Raising a point of order in the Commons William Wragg said it was “a little strange” that Tory head office was unable to say with “certainty” that the event...

Labour Party needs ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’ to revive, Tony Blair says
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Labour Party needs ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’ to revive, Tony Blair says

Labour needs “total deconstruction and reconstruction” in order to revive as a party amid the “major setback” of last week’s poor electoral performance, former leader Tony Blair has warned. In a frank assessment of the party’s new leadership, Mr Blair also said that Sir Keir Starmer lacked a compelling economic message, was “struggling to break through with the public”, and...

‘Possible corruption’ in 20% of Covid contracts awarded, campaigners warn
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‘Possible corruption’ in 20% of Covid contracts awarded, campaigners warn

Around 20 per cent of the value of Covid-19 contracts awarded – a total of £3.7bn – raises “red flags for possible corruption”, anti-sleaze investigators are warning. The detailed study of nearly 1,000 deals struck when the pandemic struck concludes they were “systemically biased” in favour of firms with political connections. Ministers are accused of undermining public confidence...

Labour demands probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson text messages
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Labour demands probe into Boris Johnson’s ‘conduct’ after Dyson text messages

Labour has demanded a parliamentary investigation Boris Johnson’s “conduct” after he personally messaged the billionaire inventor Sir James Dyson, telling him he would “fix” a tax issue for his employees during the height of the pandemic. Rachel Reeves, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, called on the influential Commons Liaison Committee to summon Mr Johnson to give evidence to...

Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when
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Government to publish results of Whitehall second jobs probe but refuses to say when

The results of an official investigation into the second jobs of senior civil servants, triggered by the Greensill lobbying scandal, will be made public, No 10 has confirmed. Downing Street would not be drawn on when the findings would be released, however. They will be given to an investigation into the Greensill affair ordered by Boris Johnson earlier this...

How Prince Philip’s death will affect UK politics
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How Prince Philip’s death will affect UK politics

The machinery of the British government spun into action to facilitate formal arrangements following the death of the Prince Philip, but a period of mourning will mean a major pause in politics at Westminster and beyond. All political campaigning for the Scottish, Welsh and English local elections in May has ceased, while ministers will no longer...

More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show
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More than 420,000 Irish passports issued in Britain since Brexit vote, official figures show

The number of Irish passports issued in Britain surged following the Brexit vote, official figures suggest. Data shared by Ireland’s foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney – which he said showed “the number of passports issued to applicants resident in Great Britain” – suggested that figure exceeded 422,000 between 2016 and 2020. Some 46,400 and 63,500 Irish passports were issued to...

Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry
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Downing Street refuses to say if Boris Johnson will give evidence to Jennifer Arcuri inquiry

Boris Johnson’s press secretary has refused to say if the prime minister will give evidence to a Greater London Authority inquiry into whether he acted with “honesty and integrity” in his relations with businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri during his time as London Mayor. Press secretary Allegra Stratton insisted that Mr Johnson does conduct himself in line with the Nolan Principles,...