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Neil Parish resigns after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons

A Tory minister has insisted the upcoming local election will not be a referendum on the prime minister, despite his recent fine for breaking the law during the lockdown.

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan dismissed the idea that Boris Johnson’s position would be at greater risk once the election results came in.

Ms Trevelyan said “sometimes you get a protest vote” but denied people would use her voice to protest Partygate.

“There are some places where there are close fights… We’re going to win some and lose some.”

Asked if the election will be a referendum on the prime minister, she said: “No. In most places it’s not pure elections.”

She said the prime minister “gets on with his work and defends democracy and freedom in a way we haven’t seen in Europe for ten years”.

Meanwhile, government proposals to sell housing cooperative properties have been branded “insane” amid warnings they would exacerbate housing shortages for more than a million people on affordable housing waiting lists.

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PM – I’m honest

Boris Johnson tells interviewer Susanna Reid he is “honest” when asked about his statements to the House of Commons on Partygate.

The Prime Minister has been accused of misleading the House when he told MPs all rules would be respected during lockdown.

Accepting that what he told the Commons was “accidentally” wrong, he said: “I do my best to represent faithfully and accurately what I believe, and sometimes it’s controversial and sometimes it offends people, but that’s what I do.”

Matt MathersMay 3, 2022 8:44 am

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PM interviewed ahead of local elections

Boris Johnson is interviewed by ITV ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

Stay tuned in as the Prime Minister is questioned about Partygate, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.

Later he will be the first western head of state to address the Ukrainian parliament.

Matt MathersMay 3, 2022 8:38 am

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Tories on course for worst local election result since 1990s

Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are on course for their worst results in local elections since the 1990s, a new poll shows.

According to a poll by Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now, Labor will win more than 800 seats while the Tories will lose nearly 550 seats.

The vote share forecast by pollsters — 39 percent for Labor and 24 percent for the Tories — would be the widest disparity between the parties in local elections since the mid-1990s, he writes adam woods.

Electoral Calculus and Find Out Now also says that if the projected results are replicated this week, it would be the first time since 1996 that Labor would take more than three times as many council seats as the Conservatives.

Martin Baxter, chief executive of Electoral Calculus, which conducted the poll with Find Out Now, said: “The renewed focus on Partygate has made a bad situation for the Conservatives worse by convincing even more Conservative supporters not to vote in local elections.

“The results could now be bad for Boris Johnson, especially if the Conservatives lose many hundreds of council seats and key flagships like Wandsworth or Westminster.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 8:25 am

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The attempt to overturn the US abortion law “is a cause for great concern,” says the British trade secretary

UK International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan has described a leaked document that the US Supreme Court may be ready to overturn the Roe v Wade decision allowing abortion to be legalized nationwide as “a matter of great importance Concern”.

“I think it’s very concerning for all women in the US if this is a rollback to a 50 year old way of doing things, but we’ll have to wait and see if it’s true or not,” she said Sky news.

“This acceptance that women should be in control of their bodies was something that set a standard for the rest of the world and allowed women to be empowered in this very, very critical way.”

Ms Trevelyan added: “We will wait and see whether or not this is a true document, but I think there will be great concern if that appears to be true.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 08:13

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Local elections no referendum on prime minister, minister says

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has dismissed the idea that the local election results would put Boris Johnson’s position at greater risk.

Asked if the election will be a referendum on the prime minister, she said: “No. In most places it’s not pure elections.”

Ms Trevelyan said “sometimes you get a protest vote” but denied people would use her voice to protest Partygate.

“There are some places where there are close fights… We’re going to win some and lose some.”

She said the prime minister “gets on with his work and defends democracy and freedom in a way we haven’t seen in Europe for ten years”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 07:50

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Tory MP says Conservatives would not see PM referendum

MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said Conservatives would not see a referendum on Prime Minister despite the recent controversy over Boris Johnson’s Partygate fine.

Asked if her party is preparing to lose seats in Parliament, the Tory MP replied: “I would expect us to win some and lose some”.

Watch the whole clip here:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 07:43

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ICYMI – Labor are demanding answers from Rishi Sunak on the Russian presence of a company in which his wife has a £400million stake

Labor wrote Rishi Sunak knowing if he or his family will benefit from a company’s continued presence Russia in which his wife holds a £400m stake.

Reports on Monday indicated that the India-based IT giant Infosys – founded by the father of Mr. Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty – is still operating in Moscow, although a month ago it promised to leave.

underground secretary Tulip Siddiq urged the Chancellor to clarify when the company’s Russian office will close and whether he or his immediate family will benefit from continuing operations.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock Reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 07:30

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Asylum seekers in Calais will not be discouraged from crossing the Channel by the UK’s Rwanda plans

Most asylum seekers in Calais still hope to make it to the UK despite plans to send them after Rwandaaccording to a new poll.

A charity surveyed those waiting in migrant camps in northern France in the days since the UK government passed legislation making it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the country without a permit.

Care4Calais noted that most had heard of the deal with Rwanda, under which people who arrive ‘illegally’ in the UK under new immigration rules will be sent to the east African country to seek asylum there instead.

Three-quarters of those polled said the plans would not deter them from crossing the Channel, the charity said.

my colleague Zoe Tidman reports.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 3, 2022 6:12 am

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Tory squabbles over call to find female candidate to replace Porn Shame MP

Universities Secretary Michelle Donelan said shortlists for female-only parliamentary candidates were “degrading” to women.

Boris Johnson is facing calls from his own party to ensure a woman is chosen to fight the by-elections in the seat of Tiverton and Honiton in east Devon, sparked by Parish’s resignation after she was caught watching pornography in the Commons chamber had been caught.

Namita SinghMay 3, 2022 5:13 am

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Working question Rishi Sunak on the Russian presence of a company in which his wife has a £400m stake

Labor wrote Rishi Sunak knowing if he or his family will benefit from a company’s continued presence Russia in which his wife holds a £400m stake.

Reports on Monday indicated that the India-based IT giant Infosys – founded by the father of Mr. Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty – is still operating in Moscow, although a month ago it promised to leave.

underground secretary Tulip Siddiq urged the Chancellor to clarify when the company’s Russian office will close and whether he or his immediate family will benefit from continuing operations.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the details.

Namita SinghMay 3, 2022 4:54 am

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