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The latest Boris Johnson news: PM ‘trembles’ on windfall taxes, says Starmer, as inflation soars

Boris Johnson says a legal solution to the NI protocol is needed

Keir Starmer repeatedly urged Boris Johnson at PMQs to commit to an unexpected tax on energy companies’ massive profits.

The Labor leader said ordinary families were being crippled by the cost of living crisis as inflation rose nearly 11 per cent over the past month and relief was needed.

Meanwhile, a Tory MP who was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault on allegations between 2002 and 2009 has been released on bail, the Metropolitan Police said.

The unnamed MP, in his 50s, has been asked by his party leaders not to attend parliament pending a police inquiry.

Secretary of State Liz Truss said she was “very, very concerned by the reports,” adding that the case was clearly a “police matter.”

The arrest comes just weeks after Westminster was rocked by another round of “Pestminster” allegations against incumbent MPs. They led to the resignation of a Tory MP, Neil Parish, after he admitted to having seen pornography in the House of Commons.

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Starmer brings up the case of a patient with a rare kidney disease who has to be cared for almost constantly by his wife, who works full-time.

Patient Phoenix and his family kept heating up and skipping meals during the cold months, Starmer says.

“People across the country need to act now… Stop the delay and do it for households that can’t afford it and do it for Phoenix that just can’t afford to wait.”

Boris Johnson asks Phoenix details and hits back at Starmer for voting against Government’s NHS plan – ReadSector

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:24 PM

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A third question on Starmer’s windfall tax, this time focusing more on the impact of the cost of living on households.

Starmer: “While he hesitates, UK households are being hit with an extra £53m on their energy bills every day.” He likens this to massive profits for energy companies.

“Doesn’t he realize every day that he’s procrastinating on his inevitable about-face… he’s choosing to let people fight when they don’t have to?”

Boris Johnson responds by saying: “We are already helping people with the cost of living in every way we can.”

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:19 p.m

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Boris Johnson responds to Starmer’s second question on Windfall Tax. He accuses Labor of being too keen on tax hikes.

Brings up the war in Ukraine and the cost of sanctions. “Giving up would be the far greater economic risk.”

House noisy on both sides.

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:15 p.m

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Starmer continues Windfall Tax. Focus on the government’s mixed signals.

“One minute he rules it out, the next he rules it out.

“When will he stop the Hokey Cokey and support Labor’s plan for a windfall tax to lower household bills?”

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:13 p.m

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Starmer asks about Windfall Tax

Sir Keir Starmer’s first question relates to the unexpected tax Labor has asked the government to bolster the huge profits of energy companies.

Boris Johnson replies: “This government is not in principle in favor of higher taxation.

“What we want to do is take a sensible approach, guided by the impact on jobs.

“This is the test of a strong economy. A strong economy means we are able to take care of people like we did in Covid.”

He goes on to cite yesterday’s news about record employment.

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:11

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PMQs is now underway in the Commons. Sir Keir Starmer is up.

Liam JamesMay 18, 2022 12:07 p.m

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Liz Truss promises a “legal explanation” soon to overturn the protocol as she insists the UK isn’t breaking any laws

Boris Johnson’s government will soon publish its legal position on its plan to suspend parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has promised.

The EU has threatened retaliation if the UK goes ahead with legislation to abandon agreed GB-NI controls, as announced on Tuesday – insisting the plan would breach the Brexit deal.

“We are very clear that this is legal under international law and we will shortly be issuing a legal statement setting out the Government’s legal position,” Ms Truss told BBC Radio’s 4’s Today programme.

Eleanor SlyMay 18, 2022 11:50 am

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Inflation is likely to see a ‘hump’ before prices stabilize, Cabinet minister warns

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has warned that inflation will experience another ‘hump’ before prices are likely to stabilise.

Speaking at a question and answer session at Bloomberg’s London headquarters, she said countries around the world are facing a “global battle against inflation”.

She explained: “We have to tackle this across the board.

“And the concern we always have is that inflation tends to have two bumps.”

Adding: “You have the first caused by this energy spike and the immediate global surge, but what may follow is the longer-term impact, and that’s through food production and disruptions in Ukraine in particular.

“So what we know is that we probably have a few bumps to climb before what we hope will see stabilization and reduction as the energy crisis settles.”

Eleanor SlyMay 18, 2022 11:37 am

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Labor calls for emergency budget again

Labor will again call for an emergency budget, Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, told BBC Breakfast.

She said an emergency budget was necessary because the government’s response to the cost-of-living crisis had not been sufficient.

She said: “Today Labor will call another vote in Parliament asking the Government to introduce an emergency budget as it is clear that the measures taken by the Government so far have not matched the scale of the challenge.

“Families and pensioners are really struggling at the moment and the government urgently needs to take additional measures to help people with this incredible increase now.”

Eleanor SlyMay 18, 2022 11:23 am

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Boris Johnson shows support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO

The British Prime Minister tweeted: “This is a historic day for our Alliance and the world. Not long ago, no one would have predicted this move, but (Vladimir) Putin’s dire ambitions have changed the geopolitical contours of our continent.

“I look forward to welcoming Finland and Sweden to the NATO family very soon.”

Eleanor SlyMay 18, 2022 10:53 am

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