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Tory MPs think the 'Rishi rehabiliation' is now underway.
😇 Geidt clears him re conflicts of interest
🎂 Partygate fine seen as unfair
🛢️@MumsnetTowers warning of windfall tax shows new political nous
📈Firm line against spending that wd fuel inflation
inews.co.uk/opinion/dont-c…
.@RishiSunak was missing from #PMQs cos he was chairing Treasury’s new 'Efficiencies and Value for Money Committee', which overran.
Tho he dropped to bottom of the @ConHome league table after the non-dom row, that wasn't as big a fall as after the Spring Statement after tax hikes.

“The only way is up now, isn’t it?” one MP joked to me.
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🚨🚨 Boris Johnson @ #PMQs ‘Employment is going up by record amounts. 500k more people in paid employment now than before the pandemic

FACT CHECK

➡️ This is false. The total number of people in employment 600k LOWER than before the pandemic ❌❌

He is misleading the house ❌
The data on employment comes from the ONS where there was an estimated 32.5 million people in employment in the 3 months to Feb 22. It was 33.1 million in the 3 months to Feb 20.

ons.gov.uk/employmentandl…
The number of employees has risen since before the pandemic (those are people who work for someone else). But the number of people who are self-employed has fallen dramatically 800k - as Government policies of lockdowns hit these workers.
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.@Ianblackford_MP: "Last night the Prime Minister might have convinced his backbenchers - and the spineless Scottish Tories - to keep him in place for another few weeks – but the public aren’t so easily fooled." #PMQs
.@Ianblackford_MP: "82% of people in Scotland said they believe the Prime Minister lied to this Parliament and to the public about his lawbreaking Covid parties.

Are they right... or should they not believe their lying eyes?" #PMQs
.@Ianblackford_MP: "No government can be led by a Prime Minister who is in a constant crisis to save his own skin." #PMQs
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Starmer continuing his good form at #PMQs. Cites resignations of Allegra Stratton, Neil Ferguson, Matt Hancock. ‘Why does the prime minister think everyone else’s actions have consequences except his own?’
Johnson’s responses are dismal even by his standards. Refuses to answer question or even confirm he accepts he broke the law. Basically tells Starmer he should be asking him about any subject that isn’t uncomfortable for him.
Johnson calls Starmer a ‘Corbynista in an Islington suit’, which is literally risible to anyone with a brain on either the left or right - and, once again, the person who lived in Islington was, in fact, Johnson
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The Institute of Economic Affairs are on #PoliticsLive AGAIN?

The IEA is a dodgy free-market fundamentalist think tank which refuses to say who funds them, & represents the interests of billionaires who want to reduce taxes & remove worker, consumer, & environmental protections.
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The far-right are fond of calling moderate liberals "McCarthyite" for daring to criticise them when, of course, the originsl McCarthyism was about driving stars & producers on the left out of popular culture. As it stands, I don't think British democracy can survive...
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any more right wingers perpetuating their own power networks across film & broadcasting. In Britain the fact these networks exists means the political right not only enjoy corporate support & that of the national press, but that of every mainstream British media outlet
2/6
This essentially means the left, Labour & Greens have no national media platform from which to challenge govt besides the thin gruel of #PMQs on a Wednesday & social media, which is also dominated by RW voices with paid amplification. So, right now, Britain is more or less... 3/6
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"It looks to me Mr. Speaker as though the company concerned has broken the law."

Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson clash over the fire-and-rehire policy used by P&O.

Follow this thread for video updates from #PMQs
"The government had advanced warning of these mass sackings" - @Keir_Starmer in #PMQs.

Read an analysis on fire-and-rehire policies by @BNHWalker here:
newstatesman.com/chart-of-the-d…
"Why does the Prime Minister think that they will take a crumb of comfort from his half-arsed bluster and waffle today?"

Keir Starmer targets Boris Johnson over a lack of action on the issue of fire and rehire in #PMQs.

Listen to more here: pod.fo/e/114bc3
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EXCLUSIVE: UK government spent 34 years suppressing its own study which found servicemen at nuclear weapons tests were 3.5x more likely to die from leukaemia.

mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/s…
It took 20 years for the govt to admit *some* of it, and another 14 for nuclear veterans to be told that 140 pages of data on their risks of cancer, suicide and heart disease even existed.
In 2008, government lawyers told the High Court that 159 men on high-risk missions 'may' have been exposed.

In fact, the real number was 2,314. And by this point, the government had known that fact for 20 years.
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Angela Rayner asks "whether the lazy comments of the Prime Minister worsened the situation" in regards to the detainment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Follow this thread for video updates from #PMQs
"Is there any time he overruled or ignored direct advice from the British security services?"

@AngelaRayner replaces Keir Starmer in #PMQs today as she squares off against Dominic Raab.

Read Kate Mossman's interview with Rayner here: newstatesman.com/katemossmanint…
"British intelligence reportedly warned against the granting of peerage to the Prime Minister's close friend and now Lord Lebedev of Hampton and Siberia" - @AngelaRayner in #PMQs

Read an analysis of why Lebedev is a headache for the Conservatives here: newstatesman.com/politics/conse…
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Boris Johnson faces questions from Keir Starmer on UK's response to Ukrainian refugee crisis

Follow #PMQs LIVE here ⬇️ inews.co.uk/news/politics/…
Boris Johnson kicked off the session by praising President Zelensky’s address yesterday as the Prime Minister vowed to do more “in the coming days to protect the people of Ukraine”.

inews.co.uk/news/politics/…
Keir Starmer used his first question to ask the Prime Minister to do more to help UK households facing rising energy bills. ⬇️

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🔴The Ministry of Defence has said service personnel are banned from travelling to Ukraine amid reports British soldiers have gone absent without leave to fight Russia.

Keep up with the latest updates here 👇
telegraph.co.uk/world-news/202…
🔴5,000 residents fled the besieged city of Sumy yesterday, the Ukrainian government has announced, with the humanitarian corridor to stay open today
telegraph.co.uk/world-news/202… CREDIT: ANADOLU AGENCY /ANADOLU
🔴760 visas have been granted so far for Ukrainians to come to the UK, Cabinet minister Grant Shapps has said
telegraph.co.uk/world-news/202… Credit: AFP
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Yesterday in #PMQs @BorisJohnson claims that the UK has done more than anyone else in Europe to support refugees & that the measures to support Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion are very generous, both statements are very far from the truth. 1/
#Refugees #Ukraine
@BorisJohnson Let's start with what @BorisJohnson actually said responding to the excellent questions by @Ianblackford_MP & @LSRPlaid. 2/
#PMQs #Ukraine #Refugees #newplanforimmigration
'Since 2015 the UK is the country in Europe that has taken more #refugees' says @BorisJohnson, let's #FactCheck this. The graph below is based on Eurostat, Home Office and BAMF data.
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Before PMQs, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle says the Ukrainian ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, is in the public gallery. Cue and instant and prolonged standing ovation from MPs, as they turn to the gallery.
Keir Starmer begins #PMQs by noting that Roman Abramovich is not yet facing any UK sanctions, adding: "Why on earth isn't he?"
Johnson replied by saying he cannot comment on individual cases, but defends the extent of UK sanctions.
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NEW-

Boris Johnson announces:

'A further package of military support to Ukraine'

'Lethal aid in the form of defensive weapons, and non lethal aid'

#PMQs
Keir Starmer says 'if not now, when?' for a full package of sanctions vs Russia

#PMQs
Boris Johnson:

'It is absolutely vital that after this first barrage we work in lock-step with friends and allies around the world. We squeeze him <Putin> simultaneously.'

#PMQs
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I'm confused again about govt's position. MPs asked @BorisJohnson yday if further sanctions needed fresh trigger of Putin invasion. Cleverly seemd to say no.
Now @trussliz: "We are very clear there’s a further list of oligarchs" to be imposed *“in the event of a full invasion”*
After both Tory and Labour MPs failed to get straight answer yday from the PM, @JamesCleverly later clarified the position: "We intend to escalate these sanctions, to ratchet up these sanctions, *in response to what has already happened* in order to deter further aggression."
The assumption was that the UK was waiting for other allies to agree strategy on stronger sanctions before going ahead, not that they depended on 'a full invasion'.

Of course, there will be a gradation of sanctions at each stage. But govt position is unclear again. One for #PMQs
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Conservative friends of Russia 🇷🇺 are closely linked to the Brexit campaign - including VoteLeave & fmr Taxpayers Alliance chief Matthew Elliott

#ToryCorruption #ToryTraitors

#r4today #PoliticsLive #PMQs

ICYMI, the Russian govt mouthpiece at the Conservative Friends of Russia summer party clip above is this guy - Aleksandr Yakovenko.

#ToryTraitors #Ukraine

#r4today #PoliticsLive #PMQs
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Multiple times now, @BorisJohnson has been asked to implement the Intelligence and Security Committee's 'Russia Report' in full.
Multiple times he's refused to agree to that.

Instead, PM says: "We are going further than the 'Russia Report' in implementing sanctions in Russia…"
Suspect there may be more on 'the Russia Report' in #PMQs, and the slow progress govt has made in carrying out its recommendations.

Ahead of that, more here on sanctions messaging:

inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-…
Margaret Hodge raised risk of muddled messaging in #PMQs, particularly on sanctions on Duma members.
But messaging still unclear re whether new Russian aggression needed to trigger next 'barrage' of sanctions
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.@Ianblackford_MP: "The flurry of changes in Downing Street over the last few days is a sight to behold - it’s amazing how much energy this Prime Minister can summon up when it comes to saving his own skin." #PMQs
.@Ianblackford_MP: "But while he has been busy rearranging the deckchairs - in the real-world people continue to be punished by the Tory cost of living crisis. " #PMQs
.@Ianblackford_MP: "Yesterday, Open Democracy found that as a direct result of the Chancellor’s national insurance hike, nurses will - on average - take a £275-a-year pay cut in April." #PMQs
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Boris Johnson will set out 'living with Covid' plans after February recess is trends continue...
"It is my expectation that we’ll be able to end the last domestic restrictions, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive, a full month early.”
#PMQs
All the details on this from our @danbloom1 mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
For context, Covid cases have been trending steadily downwards since end Jan but remain high (66,183 on Tuesday).

Reported deaths w/in 28 days of positive test yet to fall substantially from Jan peak, currently averaging over 250 a day, with 314 on Tuesday.
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‘This government despises those who defraud people,’ says Johnson, telling his first lie of the day #PMQs
Starmer making a lot of hay from Kwarteng’s obscene claim the other day that fraud somehow doesn’t count as crime
Now moving on to the scam of the energy bill loans. Traditional knockabout here but Starmer doing well with it
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🔴Boris Johnson is set to face Sir Keir Starmer at today's #PMQs and is unlikely to apologise for his remarks over the Labour leader and Jimmy Savile, according to the health minister

Follow live updates below 👇
telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/…
🚨Boris Johnson says it is his intention to return on the first day after the half-term recess to "present our strategy on living with Covid"
telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/…
🗣️Sir Keir Starmer asks if people are being "forced to take out a loan" as they will have to pay back the energy bill payment they will receive in October.

Boris Johnson labels his scheme "faster, generous and more effective" than Labour's alternative
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In advance of #PMQs, I advise the PM to correct two simple matters on which he has misled parliament. In accordance with the Ministerial Code he should correct these at the earliest opportunity.
Today will do.
Crime has not "gone down by 14%", it has gone up by 14%.
The Chair of UK Statistics Authority, @FullFact and Labour have told you this Prime Minister.
Just correct this please.
#PMQs
You claim that there are "420,000 more people in work than before the pandemic"
Employment is 600,000 lower than before*
It is the largest reversal in labour force participation for 30 years
*Official statistics from the Labour Workforce Survey.
Please also use #PMQs to correct
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🚨NEW: Femi Fact Checks #PMQs

"We have got the fastest growth in the G7", Johnson repeats this and many of his other standard lies to distract from #partygate and his failures.

Catch @Femi_Sorry actually take a count this time. How many times you ask? Too many to take.
Prior to the pandemic in February 2020 there were already 4.43 million people on a waiting list for care.

They were 3.31 million in Sep 2015 (already under a Tory government).
bma.org.uk/advice-and-sup… Image
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Opening from Keir Starmer to Tory MPs: “Theirs is the party of a Winston Churchill. Our parties stood together as we defeated fascism...now their leader stands in the House of Commons parroting conspiracy theories of violent fascists to try and score cheap political point.” #PMQs
Starmer knows what he’s doing there. Tapping into deep unease on at least part of the Conservative benches.
Starmer: “He knows exactly what he is doing. It is time to restore some dignity.”
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