Boris Johnson latest: PM ‘good’ after surgery as No 10 admits ‘Carriegate’ claim

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Boris Johnson is ‘feeling fine’ after being placed under general anesthesia for routine surgery on his sinuses this morning, Number 10 has claimed.

Responsibility for “important decisions” facing the government has been transferred to Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab for a period of 24 hours from the start of the operation.

It comes as Downing Street confirmed members of Boris Johnson’s team intervened following the publication of an article about his wife Carrie in The temperaturebut denied that the Prime Minister himself had contacted the newspaper to complain.

Mr Johnson was taken to an NHS hospital in London around 6am on Monday morning and was anesthetized soon after for the operation, which No 10 described as ‘minor’.

The operation – which had been planned for some time and was not an emergency – was described as a success and Mr Johnson returned to Downing Street around 10am, where he is spending the day resting.


Treasury Minister Simon Clarke disputed over railway staff earning £28,000 a year

Treasury Minister Simon Clarke disputed over railway staff earning £28,000 a year

Joe MiddletonJune 21, 2022 12:50 a.m.


‘Total policy failure’: Government less than halfway to meeting annual tree-planting target

The government has been accused of overseeing a “total economic and environmental policy failure” on tree planting, with current rates not even halfway to meeting the targets set in 2019.

Boris Johnson has said the government will plant 30,000 hectares (75,000 acres) of new forest in Britain every year by 2024. But with a year and a half on, official figures reveal planting is still below 14,000 hectares for the year to March 31, 2022.

The Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), which represents more than 1,500 forestry and timber companies across the UK, said the ‘dismal’ rate of progress meant there was now ‘no chance’ to achieve the objectives.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 11:50 p.m.


Rail strikes will cause ‘chaos and misery’ for millions, says Grant Shapps

Rail strikes will cause ‘chaos and misery’ for millions, says Grant Shapps

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 10:50 p.m.


Will Boris Johnson maintain the dispute over the Northern Irish protocol until the next general election?

If the PM decides to call an election next May, a promise to drop protocol checks could be part of a manifesto, writes Adam Forest.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 9:50 p.m.


Army orgies ‘pretty common’ amid women’s ‘bitch-shaming’ culture, whistleblower says

A whistleblower says orgies in the military are quite common as she warns the recent incident at Merlville Baracks points to a wider culture of misogyny in the armed forces that views women as ‘lesser beings’ .

Addressed exclusively to The Independent the woman, who previously worked in recruitment for the British Army, said the institution often felt like a throwback to the 1950s.

It comes after a group of paratroopers were investigated by military police after footage emerged showing they were having an orgy with a civilian woman at Merville Barracks – a military base in Colchester.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 8:50 p.m.


ICYMI: Treasury Minister Simon Clarke says Brexit not to blame for airport chaos

Treasury Minister Simon Clarke says Brexit not to blame for airport chaos

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 7:50 p.m.


Government refuses to rule out another deportation flight from Rwanda

The government has not ruled out trying to send another deportation flight to Rwanda before the outcome of a full review of the policy by the High Court.

The SNP’s Home Affairs spokesman has asked a Home Secretary to confirm that Priti Patel would not ‘bet on another utterly reckless, degrading and costly attempt at these dismissals’ before the judicial review is heard .

Tom Pursglove told Stuart C McDonald “we do not comment on ongoing legal proceedings”.

He went on to note that “every day that this new partnership is not operational is a day that people continue to risk their lives in the English Channel”.

The first deportation flight to Rwanda was due to take place last week, but was blocked at the last minute after late intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). A full judicial review of the policy is expected to take place in July.

However, it is unclear whether the Interior Ministry will attempt to send another flight to Rwanda by then.

Mr McDonald said: “The full hearing on the legality of the Home Secretary’s policy in Rwanda will take place, as the Minister said, in July.

“So while she surely has an iota of respect for UNHCR and the importance of the Refugee Convention, she will now confirm that she will await the outcome of this hearing, instead of betting on another totally reckless, demeaning attempt and costly of these moves?

Mr Pursglove replied: ‘The honorable gentleman will recognize that of course we do not comment on ongoing legal proceedings, but what I would say to him is this, and we have had this debate on several occasions, but every day that this new partnership is not operational is a day that people continue to risk their lives in the English Channel.

“It is not acceptable. It is not sustainable.”

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 6:53 p.m.


Labor to force Commons to vote on new ethics watchdog after Lord Geidt exits

Parliament is set to vote on a Labor plan to grant MPs on a cross-party select committee new powers to hold Boris Johnson and his ministers to account after the departure of his ethics adviser.

Lord Geidt resigned as an independent adviser on ministers’ interests last week – claiming the Prime Minister had placed him in an ‘impossible and abhorrent position’.

Mr Johnson is considering not replacing his ethics watchdog, with No 10 saying there would be a review of how best to handle the ‘vitally important’ job and admitting the post could be deleted.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 6:13 p.m.


Shapps accuses unions of inciting workers to strike ‘under false pretenses’

Transport Secretary Grants Shapps told the Commons the union boss wanted to ‘take us back to the 1970s’ – accusing them of ‘standing in the way of progress’.

In an appeal to railway workers, Shapps said: “Your union bosses made you strike under false pretences. Rather than protecting your jobs, they put them and the future of the railways at risk.

The minister said it was vital for rail companies to build ‘an agile and flexible workforce – and accused Labor of ‘widening the divide’.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 5:25 p.m.


UK military ‘overloaded’ with commitments, says Tory MP

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defense committee, said the government was “overloading our troops with these expanded commitments” without sufficient resources.

The senior Tory, who welcomed the commitment to train Ukrainian troops, said defense funding cuts outlined in the 2021 Integrated Review “must now be reversed”.

He added: “All three [military] services are now too small to handle the growing burden we will now place on them”.

And he claimed Britain was getting “more fit than ever before” to counter Russian aggression.

Boris Johnson announced on Friday that a UK-led program would train up to 10,000 Ukrainian military personnel every three months.

Docherty also said he expected other NATO countries to be involved in training Ukrainian troops, but did not specify which ones.

Joe MiddletonJune 20, 2022 4:50 p.m.

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