Boris Johnson news – live: Latest updates as Kwarteng “certain” on winter gas supply as UK pays France “nothing” for migrants


Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said he was as “certain” as possible that the gas supply would remain this winter.

Speaking on television this morning, he also ruled out accepting requests from energy suppliers to lift the cap on energy prices in the spring.

Mr Kwarteng said there would be no prospect of imposing a new green tax on heating bills for at least a year during the energy crisis which has seen gas and electricity prices soar. record.

Meanwhile, none of the £ 54million the UK has pledged France to support efforts to stop migrant crossings has been paid, according to the French government.

Home Secretary Gerald Darmanin said “not a euro has been paid” from the fund, which was pledged earlier this year following his visit to Dunkirk yesterday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold funding unless more people are prevented from reaching the UK.

At least 1,100 people crossed the Channel to the UK on small boats on Friday and Saturday, according to official Home Office figures.

More than 17,000 people made the dangerous journey in 2021, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.


Downing Street Police deprive PM Pizza for security reasons

Much to the chagrin of Boris Johnson and his hunger, his fast food deliveries are often refused by police at the gates of Downing Street – according to a report.

Sunday Times reported that the pizza delivery “nightmare” occurs even when agents are told to pass deliveries.

The source said: “It doesn’t matter how many times [Mr Johnson] says, “Please, please, please, can you pass this pizza”, they say “No”.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 12:10 PM


Boris and his “obviously out of control” government – a conservative peer

While a poll shows a majority of Tory members are happy with the state of their party, a peer described Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “moving from crisis to crisis”.

Michael Heseltine, who is a former Deputy Prime Minister who served under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, said the current government is “clearly not in control”.

He told Sky News that Mr Johnson’s promises to “upgrade” the country and “take back control” after Brexit ringed hollow.

Lord Heseltine said: “Can you show me an area where you think this government has in fact achieved a greater degree of control?

“It goes from crisis to crisis and it is clearly out of control.”

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 11:50 AM


Conservative members optimistic about election chances – poll

Most Conservative MPs are optimistic that their party will win in the next election, poll shows.

Majority of people surveyed by website Conservative house said they believed the Conservatives would take office.

About 20% of the 839 members polled said they believed Labor would win a majority or rule in a coalition in the next general election currently scheduled for 2024.

It appears most Tory members have full confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ministers following a series of crises highlighted by the pandemic, Brexit and the government’s own failings.

But the Conservative Home blog – independent from the party and owned by former party chairman Lord Ashcroft – gives no details on when the investigation was to be carried out.

The optimism could have been supported by the party conference held earlier this month.

Lamiat Sabin10 October 2021 11:30


Irish minister accuses UK of destroying relations with EU

Simon Coveney questioned whether the UK wanted “a break in relations” with the EU in a heated late-night Twitter row with Brexit negotiator Lord Frost.

The Irish Foreign Minister was responding to reports of a speech the peer is about to deliver in Lisbon on Tuesday.

Lord Frost will make the abolition of the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Northern Ireland a critical issue.

Mr Coveney accused him of making demands, knowing that the EU would not agree to cause a breakdown in relations.

Our political correspondent Jon stone to the whole story

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 11:10 AM


At least 1,100 migrants crossed the Channel on Friday and Saturday

More than 1,100 people crossed the Channel to the UK on small boats on Friday and Saturday, official figures show.

Figures released by the Home Office this morning show at least 624 people reached the UK on Friday on 23 boats, with 491 people crossing on Saturday on 17 boats.

The trips were made over a period of 10 days when bad weather made crossings impossible.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 10:32 AM


“The end of the sausage war by the EU will not solve the NI Brexit protocol” – Frost

The EU has been urged to go further than removing its ban on British sausages to resolve a dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Brexit Minister Lord Frost is due to deliver a speech in Lisbon on Tuesday in which he will call for “significant” changes to the post-Brexit deal he negotiated, including on the role of the European Court of Justice ( CEJ) in Northern Ireland.

His warning will come a day before the EU presents plans to address the protocol issues, which has led to economic barriers between Northern Ireland and Britain.

Brussels is likely to propose that chilled meats can continue to cross the Irish Sea from Britain after the current grace periods end, in a bid to end the so-called sausage wars.

But Lord Frost will use his speech to warn that compromises must go much further and that the EU “must show ambition and will to tackle head-on the fundamental issues at the heart of the protocol”.

Lord Frost will also share a new legal text with the European Commission to propose the “foundation” of a new protocol to support the Good Friday agreement.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 10:15 AM


Kwarteng suggests Brits warm up amid energy crisis

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng suggested finishing warmer this winter could help people during the energy crisis.

He was asked on Sky News if he advises people to wear another woolen sweater and a pair of socks instead of turning up the heat in their thermostats.

Mr. Kwarteng replied, “It depends on the people – it’s amazing how very different the cold thresholds of different people can be.

“Some people feel comfortable wrapped up in a lot of different clothes, others wear relatively little – I think people should be reasonable. I think people should do whatever they feel comfortable doing.

In a hurry if he told people to turn down their thermostats and warm up, he said: “My job as Minister of Energy is not to tell people how many layers of clothes to wear, it’s not. it’s not really my job. “

Mr Kwarteng was unable to guarantee that there would be no disruption in the gas supply this winter, but said he was “as certain as I could get” that it would go on unhindered.

He told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “I am very committed and confident that we will have a full energy supply.”

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 09:50


France says UK paid ‘not a euro’ to stop level crossings

None of the £ 54million the UK has pledged France to support efforts to stop migrant crossings has been paid.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin declared that “not a euro has been paid” following his visit to Dunkirk yesterday.

Home Secretary Priti Patel recently threatened to withhold funding unless more people are prevented from reaching the UK.

The call came as a charity that watches migrants arriving in small boats across the Channel said the consequences of using controversial pushback tactics could be “gruesome.”

Kim Bryan of Channel Rescue said that over the past two weeks his group had spotted border force officials from the Cliffs of Dover doing push-back with the help of jet skis.

She told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: “These boats are incredibly fragile. Just washing the jet skis that go around them in the first place could capsize them. “

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft said last month that only a “small proportion” of boats could legally be turned back to France using this tactic.

It comes after a large number of people reportedly managed to reach the UK on Friday by small boats.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 9:30 AM


House prices rise to triple the local average wage

Houses earn more than the people who live in them in large swathes of England, according to new Labor Party analysis seen by The independent find.

In 40 percent of the country, the average annual growth in domestic property prices last year exceeded the average total wage in the region by up to two or three times.

Labor spokeswoman for housing Lucy Powell said the numbers were proof the link between hard work and stable housing had been broken, after 11 years of a Tory government claiming to support accession to the property.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 9:10 AM


Pharmacists will have the right to prescribe drugs

Pharmacists will have the right to write prescriptions under plans that would be considered by Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

Last month, he pledged the government “would do a lot more” to ensure that GPs see more patients face to face following complaints from the public.

The proposals would see more prescriptions provided by pharmacies and hospitals for routine illnesses to give doctors more time to see patients in person, according to Sunday Times.

General practitioners would also be able to bypass bureaucratic processes such as providing medical evidence in support of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on a patient’s fitness to drive.

The plans should include penalties for doctors who do not increase the number of face-to-face appointments with patients, the newspaper added.

Lamiat SabinOctober 10, 2021 8:50 AM


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