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Boris Johnson news today: Sturgeon blasts Prime Minister over cost of living crisis ahead of local elections

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Boris Johnson is “unbalanced” over the cost of living crisis, says Keir Starmer

Party leaders will visit key battlefields today on the final day of political campaigning before voters head to the polls for Thursday’s local elections.

Boris Johnson is due to visit Hampshire on Wednesday while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will campaign in Wakefield and Sir Ed Davey of the Lib Dems will visit voters in the South East.

Ahead of his visit to Wakefield, Sir Keir accused the Conservatives of “doing nothing” to help with rising energy and food costs.

Nicola Sturgeon hit them too tories about the cost of living crisis and say they did it “no more excuses for their negligent inaction”.

Sir Ed said the election was an “opportunity to send a shockwave to the heart of the Conservative Party from communities across the country”, adding that the Prime Minister was “unable to lead the country and he had to go “.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson admitted families “feel the pinch when the cost of living goes up”.

But writing in the To express, He accused Labor and Lib Dem councils of focusing on “awakened crusades to change street names and tear down statues”.

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The Environment Minister rejects calls for a windfall tax for energy companies

Environment Secretary George Eustice has insisted oil and gas companies have already paid enough taxes “for now” as he dismissed calls for a levy on their windfall profits.

He said Sky news the situation would be monitored, but “at the moment we are assessing, yes, it is correct that these oil companies are paying more and they are already paying more – the main rate of income or corporate tax is already 10% higher – overall, with all the other taxes and In taxes, they pay twice as much in taxes as most companies.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:53 am

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Environment secretary says pensioners who commute on buses all day to keep warm should ask local council for help

A Cabinet minister has suggested Elsie – the 77-year-old whose case was raised with the Prime Minister on Tuesday – should contact her local council for help.

Boris Johnson has been challenged in an interview on the case of the pensioner who commutes on buses all day to keep her bills down at home.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said Sky news: “What would I advise Elsa (sic) to do?

“Well my advice would be, you know, don’t stay on a bus all day trying to stay warm.

“My advice would be to get support from the local authorities.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 07:44

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Foreign Secretary says UK household food spending is ‘lowest in Europe’

Foreign Secretary George Eustice said household spending on food in the UK was the “lowest in Europe”, although many families had to choose between “eating and heating”.

He said Sky news this morning: “The reality is that food prices don’t necessarily cause poverty, but when people’s energy bills go up very sharply, they do.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:40 am

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ICYMI – Nicola Sturgeon says Tories are “running out of excuses” for cost-of-living “idleness”.

Conservatives are running out of “no excuses for their negligent inaction” on the cost-of-living crisis that is “afflicting families across Scotland,” said Nicola Sturgeon.

Ahead of Thursday’s local elections, the First Minister also claimed that voting for the SNP would “put real pressure on Boris Johnson to act now and help families” as the crisis deepens.

Ms Sturgeon made the comments from the party’s campaign bus which was due to arrive in Edinburgh on Wednesday, the final day of the campaign.

“The only thing that makes the Tories sit up and take notice is when they think their own jobs are at stake – and that’s why this election is so important,” she said.

my colleague Tom Ambrose Reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 07:29

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Local elections: The party leaders introduce themselves on the last day of the campaign

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to visit Hampshire on Wednesday, while Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer is due to be in Wakefield and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey is due to visit areas in the south-east.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, party leaders will campaign in Edinburgh to make their case to voters, while tensions are also running high in Northern Ireland ahead of the Stormont Assembly election as the Brexit protocol remains a divisive issue.

Ahead of his visit to Wakefield, Sir Keir accused the Conservatives of “doing nothing” to help with rising energy and food costs.

He said: “The Conservatives are not doing anything now to help the people. Instead, they’ve made it worse by imposing 15 Tory tax increases – including this month’s increase in Social Security for businessmen and blue-collar workers.

“Labour’s cost-of-living crisis plan will give you money back. Our call for an emergency budget would mean acting now.

“We would not go ahead with this unfair Conservative tax hike on working people, which is the wrong tax at the wrong time.”

He reiterated Labor’s call for an emergency budget and a windfall tax on oil and gas producers.

“On Thursday you can send the Tories a message they cannot ignore. Britain deserves better,” he said.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 4, 2022 7:19 am

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All Covid fines should be overturned after PM defended breaking lockdown rules, lawyer argues

Any Covid fines imposed should be overturned after Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his attendance at a lockdown busting party at Downing Street, a lawyer has argued.

Penalties have been issued for more than 20 companies in the fitness studio industry in the past few months.

Lucinda Nicholls, who successfully represented the 23 firms and is still fighting for seven others, said the evidence presented against her clients was seriously flawed.

The validity of the penalties – which have been imposed on at least 100,000 individuals and some 900 companies – have also been called into question after Mr Johnson claimed in his Partygate defense that he was confused by his own government’s rules, she added.

my colleague Lamiat Sabin report details.

Namita SinghMay 4, 2022 07:01

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Energy suppliers have three weeks to explain “excessive direct debit increases”.

Some utilities have increased customer direct debit payments beyond what is required, the Business Secretary said, giving them a three-week period to explain themselves or face “significant fines”.

Household energy bills have skyrocketed in the UK, according to the regulator Ofgem raised its price cap by 54 per cent in April in response to a record rise in wholesale gas prices – an average rise of £693.

But the regulator warned a fortnight later that it had seen “worrying signs” of “bad practices” by some suppliers, including a potential “increase in direct debit payments by more than necessary,” amid reports some customers have seen their payments twice – or also triple.

Namita SinghMay 4, 2022 07:00

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People should win positions based on merit, Johnson says

Boris Johnson said MPs should be selected “on their merits” as he refused to support exclusively female shortlists ahead of the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections.

Speaking on Times Radio, the prime minister said selection procedures would be left to local associations, adding that Conservatives should be “incredibly proud” of promoting women in politics.

It comes after Neil Parish resigned after being named as an MP caught watching porn in the House of Commons.

Namita SinghMay 4, 2022 6:58 am

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Elsie, 77, ‘disappointed with PM’s response’

ITV presenter Susanna Reid says Elsie, 77, was “disappointed” by Boris Johnson’s response after being told on Good Morning Britain the Londoner was forced to limit himself to one meal a day and travel around on buses to keep them down bills.

Former Mayor of London Mr Johnson said: “The 24-hour Freedom bus pass was something that I actually put in place.”

He said there are “many things that … more that we do,” adding, “We want to make sure we have people who are in special needs and are cared for by their councils, so we’re putting in a lot more.” money to the municipalities.

“We have the special payments to help older people in particular with their heating costs.”

Read more about what Elsie Reid said after her interview with the Prime Minister in this report:

Namita SinghMay 4, 2022 6:36 am

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Johnson admits families are ‘feeling the pinch’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is expected to visit Hampshire today, has admitted that “families across the country are feeling the effects of the rising cost of living”.

“That’s why we’re focused on growing the economy to bring down the cost of living, and that’s why keeping bills down and reducing community waste is more important than ever,” he wrote in the To express.

“That’s why we gave more than 20 million households a £150 non-refundable tax refund this month, paid straight into people’s bank accounts.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks after a video address to the Ukrainian Parliament at Downing Street, London, Britain, 3 May 2022

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He accused Labor and Lib Dem councils of focusing on “awakened crusades to change street names and tear down statues”.

“It’s the conservative councils and aldermen across the country that are providing better local services while managing their money wisely,” he said.

Namita SinghMay 4, 2022 6:08 am

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