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Britains NEW PM Liz Truss: 'We Can Ride Out The Storm'

Liz Truss’ First Speech as The New Prime Minister

BBC News 6 Sept 2022







Liz Truss has addresses the nation for the first time as The new UK prime minister at Downing Street after being appointed by the Queen at Balmoral Castle earlier in the day.



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Liz Truss Meeta Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle.

Liz Truss Culls Cabinet on First Day as Loyalists and Allies Get Top Jobs

NEW Cabinet a near-total purge of Sunak backers

New PM also pledges to urgently tackle energy crisis with plans to freeze bills at about £2,500 a year expected within days


The Guardian 7 SEP 2022.





Queen Elizabeth is seen holding a cane as she prepares to meet with Truss at Balmoral Castle.




Queen Elizabeth pictured meeting with Liz Truss on Tuesday.



Liz Truss insisted the UK will “ride out the storm” of the worst cost of living crisis in a generation as she launched her premiership with a brutal cabinet clear-out.

In her first address as prime minister in Downing Street, she pledged to be “hands on” in urgently tackling the energy crisis with plans to freeze bills expected within days, as her survival in No 10 depends on them.

Truss is expected to announce plans to freeze energy bills at about £2,500 a year until 2024 in the first major act of her premiership – but is unlikely to claw back the cost through customers’ future bills, leaving the taxpayer to pick it up instead.






Liz Truss Cabinet: Who's in and Who's Out -Top Team









Deputy Prime Minister - Therese Coffey
Health secretary - Coffey, who is a close ally of Truss, also takes this role



  • Kwasi Kwarteng
  • Chancellor - Kwasi Kwarteng. He was previously business secretary.




Suella Braverman Home Secretary
Suella Braverman is one of the big winners in Liz Truss’s first cabinet, replacing Priti Patel as home secretary.







James Cleverly Foreign Secretary
James Cleverly has become foreign secretary, taking over the new prime minister’s former department.







Ben Wallace Defence Secretary
Ben Wallace remains defence secretary, a post he has held since July 2019 and in which he has earned praise for his response to the Ukraine crisis.








Nadhim Zahawi Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Nadhim Zahawi has been named chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - responsible for running the Cabinet Office, the department that supports the prime minister.






Jacob Rees-Mogg Business Secretary
Jacob Rees-Mogg has been given the role of business secretary after being one of the first MPs to back Liz Truss for the leadership.






Kemi Badenoch International Trade Secretary
Kemi Badenoch has entered the cabinet as international trade secretary after surprising many by reaching the last four in the leadership contest.






Chris Heaton-Harris Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Chris Heaton-Harris has been promoted to the cabinet as Northern Ireland secretary, replacing Shailesh Vara who only took on the role in July.

Alister Jack Secretary of State for Scotland
Alister Jack remains secretary of state for Scotland in Liz Truss’s first cabinet, a role he has held since Boris Johnson became prime minister in 2019.

Robert Buckland Secretary of State for Wales

Robert Buckland remains secretary of state for Wales, continuing in the role he took on after Simon Hart’s resignation in July.



Michael Ellis Attorney General
Michael Ellis has been appointed attorney general - the chief legal adviser to the government - and can attend cabinet.



James Heappey Minister for the Armed Forces and Veterans
James Heappey will be minister for the armed forces and veterans in the Ministry of Defence.



Chloe Smith Work & Pensions Secretary
Chloe Smith replaces new Health Secretary Thérèse Coffey as work and pensions secretary.

Brandon Lewis Justice Secretary

Brandon Lewis is in the cabinet for a third time, this time in the role of justice secretary, replacing Dominic Raab.

Kit Malthouse Education Secretary

Kit Malthouse replaces new Foreign Secretary James Cleverly as education secretary.

Ranil Jayawardena Environment Secretary

Ranil Jayawardena has become environment secretary, taking over from George Eustice.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan Transport Secretary

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has become transport secretary

Penny Mordaunt Leader of the Commons

Penny Mordaunt has returned to the cabinet as leader of the House of Commons, responsible for delivery of the government’s legislative programme, replacing Mark Spencer.

Lord True Leader of the Lords

Lord True has been named leader of the House of Lords, responsible for delivery of the government’s legislative programme in the Upper House.

Chris Philp Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Chris Philp has been appointed chief secretary to the Treasury, attending cabinet, and takes over from new Levelling Up Secretary Simon Clarke.

Graham Stuart Minister for Climate

Graham Stuart has become climate minister in the business department and will also attend cabinet.


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Red Arrow PM Liz Truss: Is Dead Woman Walking & May be Gone by Christmas

PM Liz Truss: Is Dead Woman Walking Who May be Gone by Christmas, Ex-Cabinet Minister Says

The senior figure warned The Prime Minister will not survive until Christmas unless she U-turns on her plan to give Brits earning over £150,000 a tax cut

Daily Mirror UK 3 OCT 2022






Liz Truss is a “dead woman walking” who will not survive until Christmas unless she ditches her plan to hand tax cuts to the rich, a former Cabinet minister warned last night.





Liz Truss with chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng on the first day of the Tories' conference

In an extraordinary attack, the senior figure urged the Prime Minister to not unpack her boxes in No10 as she will be booted out within weeks.


The PM’s first Tory conference as leader got off to a disastrous start yesterday as she was mauled by her own party over her botched handling of the economy.

In an awkward television interview, Ms Truss eight times refused to say if she is preparing to slash benefits and spending on public services, such as hospitals and schools.


And she was accused of throwing her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng under the bus, as she blamed him for the £10,000-a-year Tory tax cut for Britain’s 660,000 highest earners.

Liz Truss refuses 8 times to rule out slashing benefits and state to fund tax cuts for rich


A former Cabinet minister last night said they were “ashamed that we have a party that is having tax cuts for people at the top end, which are going to be funded by cuts in benefits”.

“She should have the good sense to realise she has lost all credibility and cannot do anything to recover,” they told the Mirror. “She is a dead woman walking.

“The idea that Tory MPs in the Red Wall will stick with Liz who is guaranteed to lose their seats is not feasible. They will do something to get rid of her.

Liz Truss refused to U-turn on tax cut for richest Brits during BBC interview

“We cannot hobble along like this for the next 18 months. There will be a trigger point.

“The advice I would give her is ‘don’t unpack the boxes the removal men have delivered to No 10 as you might need to be taking them out again very soon.’

The senior figure said Tory MPs would re-write the party’s rules so Ms Truss can be ousted within her first year in office.
Liz Truss admits she should have done a 'better job' over Budget disaster

“If she does not say ‘I am terribly sorry this was a mistake’ or throw Kwasi to the wolves, she is fatally damaged. If she carries on in this way she will be gone before Christmas,” they continued.

Michael Gove, another former Cabinet minister, said he was "profoundly" concerned about the tax cuts, which he suggested he could vote against.

In her interview on the BBC ’s Laura Kuennsberg programme yesterday, Ms Truss acknowledged she had made mistakes in the preparations for the mini-Budget.

"I do accept we should have laid the ground better... I have learnt from that and I will make sure that in future we do a better job of laying the ground,” the PM said.

But Mr Gove who was in the same television studio as Ms Truss said she displayed an "inadequate realisation" of the scale of the problem.

He said cutting the 45p top rate of income tax for the highest earners was a "display of the wrong values".

When pressed if he could vote against the mini-Budget, the former minister replied: “I don't believe it's right”.

At a separate event later, Mr Gove added: "It's going to be very, very, very difficult to argue that it’s right to reduce welfare when we're also reducing taxes for the wealthiest."

More than a dozen Tory MPs have now publicly criticised the tax cut for the richest. Backbencher James Cartlidge said: “Cutting tax for top earners whilst reducing benefits in a cost of living crisis is unacceptable.”
Kwasi Kwarteng admits markets meltdown after mini-Budget ‘really ruined my sleep’

Fellow Tory Steve Brine described the cut as “tin-eared and extremely politically naive”, Richard Graham said it should be pushed “into the long grass”, while Martin Vickers said it was a “political own goal”.

Former chief whip Julian Smith added: "We cannot clap for carers one month and cut tax for millionaires months later."

But Tory chairman Jake Berry last night attempted to quell the rebellion as he warned that MPs who rebelled in a Commons vote on the plans would be kicked out of the party.

In a further row, former culture secretary Nadine Dorries accused Ms Truss of throwing Mr Kwarteng "under a bus" by saying the decision to cut income tax for the richest was made by the Chancellor and not Cabinet.

Asked if the policy had been approved by ministers, the PM told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg programme: "No, no, we didn't. It was a decision the Chancellor made”.

Mrs Dorries responded by tweeting that "one of" Boris Johnson's "faults was that he could sometimes be too loyal".

"However, there is a balance and throwing your Chancellor under a bus on the first day of conference really isn't it," she said.
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Benefits: Poorest Families Would Lose £400 a Year Under Liz Truss Plan

REBELLION: Linking with pay rather than inflation would leave households worse off – but ministers must get measure past their own MPs

The Guardian UK 9 OCT 2022






Tory Minister Conor Burns sacked with 'immediate effect'

Trade Minister Conor Burns has been sacked "with immediate effect" following an allegation of serious misconduct.






Liz Truss will say to Tory MPs that unless they get behind her economic plans and unite as a party Keir Starmer will be in No 10. It comes as ministers attempted to deflect blame for the fallout of the announcement of the mini-Budget, saying the Government is being unfairly held responsible for rising mortgage rates.



Benefits: Poorest Families Would Lose £400 a Year Under Liz Truss Plan





A volunteer at a food bank unpacks donations for distribution to those in need.

Low-income households will be almost £400 a year worse off under No 10’s plans to increase benefits at a lower rate than inflation, new analysis for the Observer has revealed.


Liz Truss and her government are considering uprating welfare in line with earnings rather than inflation. It would mean increasing them by 5.5% rather than about 10%, according to the most recent official data, saving about £5bn.

The move would effectively leave poorer households £395 a year worse off on average. According to estimates by the Policy in Practice consultancy, households will be £32.91 a month worse off. Uprating by just 5.5% will result in a 7.7% loss in disposable income on average, as prices for energy and housing continue to rise.

The cut is even larger for some groups. In-work households lose out by £458. Couples with children are £640 worse off. Deven Ghelani, the director of Policy in Practice who worked on universal credit from its creation, said: “Low income households will be worse off next year – the only question is how much. Cuts have consequences and politics is about choices. Uprating benefits by inflation will show that this government is capable of making the right ones.”



REBELLION:

A cut to benefits would batter millions of households – even Tory MPs can’t stomach it


No decision has yet been taken by ministers, but with Truss and chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng facing pressure to bring spending under control after their tax-cutting mini-budget, welfare is seen as an area where savings can be made. Opposition is already growing among Tory MPs over the idea of not increasing benefits in line with inflation, as previous chancellor Rishi Sunak had promised to do.

Disability benefits are likely to be increased in full, with universal credit the area that ministers will probably look at to make savings. However, there are also reports that the Treasury is searching for savings far greater than the £5bn it could secure by uprating welfare in line with wages.

According to ITV News, measures being considered include bringing forward rises in the state pension age, means testing benefits that are universal, or cutting housing benefit. The Treasury has dismissed as speculation any discussion of measures linked to November’s fiscal plan.




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Concern about TRUSSonomics at IMF: British economic policy faced some thinly-veiled criticism by other G7 finance ministers at the crucial meeting of major economies at the IMF yesterday, the BBC understands.

The government may have to rethink its tax-cutting plans to reassure financial markets and stabilise the economy, some senior Conservative MPs have said.


BBC News 13 Oct 2022









UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has been urged to change course after his mini-budget spooked financial markets with its package of tax cuts and increased borrowing.

In an extraordinary statement, the International Monetary Fund said it was “closely monitoring” developments and urged the chancellor to “re-evaluate the tax measures”.


It said the current plans, including the abolition of the 45p ($0.47) rate of income tax for people on more than £150,000 ($159,800), are likely to increase inequality.

The pound dipped 0.95 per cent overnight against the dollar to $1.06, reversing a marginal 0.4 per cent gain it made on Tuesday.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday, Adnan Mazarei, a former deputy director for the IMF, said the fund usually reserves such criticism for “emerging market countries with problematic policies … not often about G7 countries”, which are the seven richest nations in the world.

He said there was a fear the tax cuts are permanent.

White House economic adviser, Brian Deese said he was not surprised by the markets’ negative reaction to the tax-cutting mini-budget, adding it was important to focus on "fiscal prudence, fiscal discipline".

He said introducing tax cuts at a time of monetary tightening, when interest rates were being raised, means monetary policy may have to be tightened even further.

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer said the criticism of the UK government's plan for tax cuts was "very serious".

"This was a step they didn't have to take," he told LBC radio.

"Quite often when the markets are jittery, when the pound falls, it's because of some international event — conflict in Ukraine, a cost-of-living crisis, energy crisis. This is self-inflicted by the government."

He said people were "very, very worried this morning".

"Their mortgages are going up. Some people who thought they had a mortgage arrangement last week now haven't got one."

The intervention came as the Bank of England signalled it was ready to ramp up interest rates to shore up the pound and guard against increased inflation.

The chancellor insisted he was “confident” his tax-cutting strategy would deliver the promised economic growth.

After a day of turmoil in the markets on Monday, during which sterling slumped to a record low against the dollar, the chancellor sought to reassure City investors that he has a “credible plan” to start reducing the UK’s debt mountain.

But the IMF said: “We understand that the sizeable fiscal package announced aims at helping families and businesses deal with the energy shock and at boosting growth via tax cuts and supply measures.

“However, given elevated inflation pressures in many countries, including the UK, we do not recommend large and untargeted fiscal packages at this juncture, as it is important that fiscal policy does not work at cross purposes to monetary policy.

“Furthermore, the nature of the UK measures will likely increase inequality.”





The International Monetary Fund says tax-cutting plans are likely to increase inequality in the UK.






Veiled Concern About Trussonomics at IMF






While the UK was not identified by name, multiple participants at the round table, the debut of UK Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, raised their concerns about countries making unfunded tax cuts that threatened financial stability, at a delicate time, a clear reference to Britain.



One G7 minister said privately that the concern was really about how the UK had "doubled down" even after the clear financial stability implication, and that explanations would be sought.

The US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen had already said publicly on the sidelines of the IMF conference that she was "watching UK developments closely".

While she didn't want to comment on UK policy, she said: "I am going to try to understand what the impact of those policies and their rationale is."

Secretary Yellen, a former Federal Reserve Chair told CNBC when asked if UK fiscal credibility problems were making global markets more volatile said "at a time when monetary policy is tightening, fiscal policy should have a stance that complements that that central banks play the lead, but fiscal policy should be complementary. We've tried to do that in the United States."

The President of the Eurogroup, which represents the Eurozone, the Irish Finance minister Paschal Donohoe, told the BBC: "The United Kingdom is a G7 economy with their own currency.

"And it's absolutely obvious in all of the public statements that have been made by the Bank of England and by the government of the United Kingdom, that they're aware of developments that are taking place and have every confidence in their ability to be able to manage these kinds of developments."

But he stressed that Ireland had taken a "different approach" by deciding "not to borrow" to fund energy crisis help, because he wanted to make sure it was affordable and "the need to ensure financial market confidence".

The former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, when asked about the message being sent by markets to the UK, said, "whether it's in monetary policy or fiscal policy, or climate policy, credibility comes from commitment, clear commitment, it comes from transparency, and it's buttressed by institutions".

Mr Carney said he had "full confidence in the Bank of England" to get inflation back down and to safeguard the financial system and "as a consequence of both of those markets, will settle and they will price risk accordingly. And I'm sure the government is aware of that seized of that and working to ensure that it has the right budget policy".










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Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng has been fired from his job on Friday as prime minister Liz Truss waters down her proposals to cut taxes aggressively, according to both the Times and the BBC.


Truss is expected to make a statement at 9AM Eastern Time Friday announcing that she's making a U-turn on her government's tax-slashing proposals.

Chief finance minister Kwarteng's pledges to carry on cutting income and corporation tax have rattled markets in recent weeks, with yields on gilts – UK government bonds – soaring.

10-year gilt yields fell 23 basis points to 3.962% Friday as investors waited for Truss's statement.

The British pound slumped 1.18% against the dollar to trade at $1.1197 at last check, having rallied Thursday as markets started anticipating a policy U-turn. The pound is down more than 17% against the dollar since the start of the year.

"Kwarteng's removal as chancellor, making him one of the shortest holders of that office, hasn't done much to boost the pound, given that it has already rallied yesterday on hopes of a u-turn on the budget," IG Group's chief market analyst Chris Beauchamp said. "Now the market will wait to see what is actually decided, and only then will it take a view on giving the government some support in terms of another bounce in the pound or a drop in gilt yields."

"Liz Truss certainly isn't out of the woods yet," he added.


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Liz Truss's position as Prime Minister appears in danger as some Tory MPs called for her to resign after a disastrous start to her premiership.

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Jeremy Hunt has ripped up most of Liz Truss’s disastrous mini-budget, scrapping nearly all of her planned tax cuts and drastically scaling back the government’s flagship plan to cap rising energy prices.

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Braverman Hits Out at Tumultuous’ Liz Truss as She Exits as Home Secretary

Home secretary slams Liz Truss in scathing resignation letter


BBC News 19 OCT 2022.







Suella Braverman has criticised Liz Truss’s “tumultuous” premiership as she quit as home secretary, further imperilling the embattled Prime Minister’s grip on power.



The popular figure among the Tory right said she had made a “technical infringement” of the rules by sending an official document from a personal email and was now taking responsibility.

“I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility; I resign,” she wrote in a barely coded dig at the Prime Minister whose disastrous mini-budget sparked financial turmoil.

Farcical scenes erupted in the House of Commons as the Government appeared to U-turn on a threat to strip the whip from Conservative MPs if they backed a fracking ban after a series of Tory MPs signalled they would not take part in the vote.

Allegations of bullying were also levelled against Government whips, with Labour former minister Chris Bryant saying some MPs had been “physically manhandled into another lobby and being bullied”.

Conservative deputy chief whip Craig Whittaker had issued a “100% hard” three-line whip, meaning any Tory MP that rebelled could be thrown out of the parliamentary party, but climate minister Graham Stuart caused confusion by telling the Commons minutes before the vote that “quite clearly this is not a confidence vote”.



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Further Turmoil For Truss as Braverman Quits and Votes Turn Into Chaos

Home Secretary Savages & Slams Liz Truss in Scathing BRUTAL Resignation Letter


A chaotic day in Parliament has left Liz Truss's survival even more uncertain after the sudden resignation of her home secretary and angry scenes during a fracking vote in the Commons.


Government faces fresh chaos after 'manhandling' and 'bullying' claims

BBC News 20 OCT 2022.



Another Key Cabinet Minister is OUT.

Suella Braverman resigning as home secretary– apparently over sending an official email from her personal account, but declaring in her departing letter “pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see we have made them, and hoping things will magically come right, is not serious politics”.





Suella Braverman's Resignation Letter in FULL;

Dear Prime Minister,

It is with the greatest regret that I am choosing to tender my resignation.

Earlier today, I sent an official document from my personal email to a trusted parliamentary colleague as part of policy engagement, and with the aim of garnering support for government policy on migration. This constitutes a technical infringement of the rules. As you know, the document was a draft Written Ministerial Statement about migration, due for publication imminently. Much of it had already been briefed to MPs. Nevertheless it is right for me to go.

As soon as I realised my mistake, I rapidly reported this on official channels, and informed the Cabinet Secretary. As Home Secretary I hold myself to the highest standards and my resignation is the right thing to do. The business of government relies upon people accepting responsibility for their mistakes. Pretending we haven't made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can't see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious polities. I have made a mistake; I accept responsibility: I resign.

It is obvious to every one that we are going through a tumultuous time. I have concerns about the direction of this government. Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this Government's commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous small boats crossings.

It has been a great honour to serve at the Home Office. In even the brief time that I have been here, it has been very clear that there is much to do, in terms of delivering on the priorities of the British people. They deserve policing they can respect, an immigration policy they want and voted for in such unambiguous numbers at the last election, and laws which serve the public good, and not the interests of selfish protesters.

I am very grateful to all of my officials, special advisers and ministerial team for all of their help during my time as Home Secretary. I especially would like to pay tribute to the heroic policemen and women and all those who work at Border Force and in our security services. To oversee Operation Bridges - the largest policing operation in a generation - was a great honour and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.

I wish my successor good luck.

Yours sincerely,
Rt Hon Suella Braverman KC MP




The pressure on Liz Truss herself to go is rapidly gaining pace – a prime minister who told MPs earlier, “I am a fighter, not a quitter”.
But hours later, was forced to reshuffle her Cabinet AGAIN

Opposition MPs alleged some Tories were bullied and manhandled into voting with the government on fracking.

A minister denied the claim, but many Tory MPs ended the day feeling angry and let down by their own party.

Conservative MP Charles Walker said the situation was a "shambles".

Visibly furious, he told the BBC there was "no coming back" for the government.

Later he added: "I expect the prime minister to resign very soon because she's not up to her job."

Shapps replaces Braverman as home secretary
MPs allege bullying during chaotic fracking vote


Downing Street started Wednesday believing the prime minister was on a more solid footing after the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as chancellor - and his decision to reverse much of Ms Truss's mini-Budget - appeared to have calmed the markets.

She also survived Prime Minister's Questions - the weekly question session with MPs - relatively unscathed.

However, things began to unravel for Ms Truss shortly afterwards.




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The British Prime Minister Liz Truss has announced her resignation after weeks of chaos in her government.

Who Will Be The Next Prime Minister?: PM's exit kicks off another Tory leadership race


BBC News 20 OCT 2022.






Liz Truss has resigned as prime minister after 45 days in office marked by turmoil, triggering the second Tory leadership election in four months.



Ms Truss said her successor would be elected by next week after a rebellion by Tory MPs forced her to quit.

Boris Johnson is among MPs said to be considering bids but Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has ruled himself out.

Tory MPs revolted against Ms Truss after a series of U-turns on her economic plan sapped her of authority.

In a brief speech outside Downing Street, Ms Truss said the Conservative Party had elected her on a mandate to cut taxes and boost economic growth.

But given the situation, Ms Truss said: "I recognise that I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and other opposition parties called for an immediate general election following Ms Truss's resignation speech.

Ms Truss said she would remain in post until a successor formally takes over as party leader and is appointed prime minister by King Charles.

While Mr Hunt - who was appointed chancellor last week - will not challenge for the leadership, none of the candidates who stood against Ms Truss in the previous contest have indicated whether they would stand.

Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs, said a new leader could be chosen by next Friday.

Under party rules, leadership hopefuls will need to secure the support of 100 MPs in order to enter the contest - this means a maximum of three candidates can stand.

A first ballot will be held among MPs and the person with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated, if there are three candidates.

If a second ballot is needed, MPs will be able to signal who they prefer through an indicative vote.

And if both candidates opt to stay in the race, the final decision will go to party members via an online vote.

Ms Truss will become the shortest-serving PM in British history when she stands down.

Leaders of allied nations thanked Ms Truss for her co-operation, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he wanted "stability" from the next UK prime minister.

In her speech, Ms Truss said she entered "office at a time of great economic and international instability", as war rages in Ukraine and living costs skyrocket.

The prime minister said her government delivered on providing support for energy bills and reversing a rise in National Insurance, a tax on workers and companies.

But Ms Truss's resignation comes after a period of political and economic turbulence, which forced her government to ditch tax cuts that sent financial markets into a tailspin.

The prime minister sacked close political ally Kwasi Kwarteng as chancellor and appointed Mr Hunt as his successor as she attempted to calm the markets.

At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, Ms Truss insisted she was a "fighter, not a quitter" after Labour's leader asked her why she had not resigned.

But more instability followed, when Suella Braverman quit as home secretary and a vote on fracking fell into disarray, with some Tory MPs accused of bullying.

Ms Truss's resignation sets off a scramble to find a successor to lead a deeply divided party, which is lagging behind Labour in the polls after 12 years in power.

Candidates who contested the last leadership election earlier this year included Ms Braverman, International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt, and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Their supporters are talking them up as potential candidates in the contest to succeed Ms Truss, but none have confirmed their position on standing.

Nor has former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose supporters have not denied reports that he is considering standing again for the Conservative leadership.

A source close to Mr Johnson told the BBC they were "not saying anything either way" at the moment.

In a tweet, another former prime minister, Theresa May said "MPs must now be prepared to compromise.

"It is our duty to provide sensible, competent government at this critical moment for our country," she wrote.

As Tories assessed their chances of winning the leadership, opposition parties poured scorn on the idea of another prime minister taking office without having a general election.

Sir Keir said the Conservative Party "no longer has a mandate to govern", saying "the British people deserve so much better than this revolving door of chaos".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a general election was a "democratic imperative" following Ms Truss's resignation.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said his party would be willing to work with Labour to "get the general election our country needs to let the British people have their say".

The next general election is not due to take place until at least 2024, after the Conservatives won a landslide majority in the last one in 2019.

The Liberal Democrats has also urged Ms Truss to turn down an allowance, worth up to the £115,000 per year, to which former prime ministers are entitled.


The money, called the Public Duty Costs Allowance, is to help with "necessary office costs and secretarial costs arising from their special position in public life".

The Liberal Democrat's cabinet office spokesperson Christine Jardine said: "Liz Truss will forever be known as the 50-day prime minister - there is no way that she should be permitted to access the same £115,000-a-year for life fund as her recent predecessors - all of whom served for well over two years."




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Boris Johnson Expected to Stand in Contest to Replace UK PM Truss


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Former British prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to stand in the Conservative Party leadership contest to replace Liz Truss, who said earlier on Thursday she would resign, the Times reported.

"He's taking soundings but is said to believe it is a matter of national interest," Times Political Editor Steven Swinford said on Twitter.



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21 Oct 2022 Sky News


Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says Liz Truss should not get the £115,000 annual payment handed to departing prime ministers.

"No, she shouldn't take that entitlement after 44 days. She should turn it down," he said.

Sir Keir also said there needed to be a general election to halt "the revolving door of chaos" under the Conservatives.


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Boris Johnson Has Announced He Will Step Down From The Conservative Leadership Race

Former PM Boris Johnson has pulled out of the Tory leadership race, saying he had the support needed to stand but it would not be "the right thing to do".


BBC News 24 Oct






Boris Johnson: Standing in the leadership race not the right thing to do

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak and cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt remain in the contest - with Mr Sunak way ahead on declared support from MPs.




Mr Johnson said there was a "very good chance" he would have been successful, and "back in Downing Street on Friday".

But he said there needed to be "a united party in Parliament".

The race began on Thursday after Liz Truss resigned as prime minister after 45 days in the job.

Nominations for the ballot close on Monday afternoon, and candidates need the support of at least 100 Conservative MPs to go forward.

The BBC's latest tally of publicly declared backers puts Mr Sunak on 155 and Ms Mordaunt on 25.

Mr Johnson had 54, according to this tally - although he said he had 102. Not all of the 357 MPs have gone public with whom they are backing.

It is possible Mr Sunak could become prime minister by Monday, and there will definitely be a new prime minister by the end of the week.

Mr Johnson said he had been attracted by the race because "I led our party into a massive election victory less than three years ago - and I believe I am therefore uniquely placed to avert a general election now.

"A general election would be a further disastrous distraction just when the government must focus on the economic pressures faced by families across the country."

He added: "I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024 - and tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow.

"There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members - and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.

"But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do.

"You can't govern effectively unless you have a united party in Parliament."

He said he had reached out to both Mr Sunak and Ms Mordaunt because he had "hoped that we could come together in the national interest - we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this.

"Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds.

"I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time."





Analysis by Nick Eardley, Political Correspondent

This is a huge development. I've been on the phone tonight to Boris Johnson backers and they were convinced he'd stand. Tonight, confirmation he won't.



In his statement, Mr Johnson says he thinks he could have won the membership and been in Downing Street by Friday. But he concedes he would struggle to unite his party in Parliament.

The former prime minister says he got 102 backers. We can't verify this, the public number is lower and we may never know for sure. It's safe to say many MPs are sceptical he had the number his campaign says.

This all makes Rishi Sunak the firm favourite. But Penny Mordaunt will be trying over the next few hours to win over Mr Johnson's backers and show she has a significant chunk of Tory MPs behind her.

Expect opposition parties to pounce on the fact Johnson said he was "uniquely placed to avert a general election now".

Mr Sunak tweeted that "we will always be grateful" for Mr Johnson's work in office, including the delivery of Brexit and the vaccine rollout.

"Although he has decided not to run for PM again, I truly hope he continues to contribute to public life at home and abroad," he wrote.

And while Mr Sunak forges ahead as the frontrunner, sources close to the ex-chancellor said "we are not taking anything for granted".

"Rishi will be continuing to talk to colleagues tomorrow morning before nomination papers go in, and discussing how best to unite the party and take the country forward," they told the BBC.

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner repeated Labour's call for an immediate general election.

She said: "The Tories are about to hand Rishi Sunak the keys to the country without him saying a single word about how he would govern. No-one voted for this.

"Perhaps it's not surprising he's avoiding scrutiny: after all, he was so bad that just a few weeks ago he was trounced by Liz Truss."

Mr Johnson became prime minister after winning the election in 2019 but resigned in July after a revolt by cabinet ministers over his leadership.

Liz Truss succeeded him as the UK's 56th prime minister, claiming victory over Mr Sunak in a leadership contest over the summer.

But her short-lived premiership lasted just 45 days.

She resigned on Thursday following her mini-Budget on 23 September, subsequent economic turmoil and successive government U-turns, triggering the second leadership contest in three months.



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Rishi Sunak to Become First British Asian PM as Penny Mordaunt Bows Out

Rishi Sunak will become the UK's first British Asian prime minister after his only remaining rival pulled out of the Tory leadership contest.

BBC News 24 Oct 2022








Nearly 200 Conservative MPs publicly backed the former chancellor ahead of the nomination deadline on Monday.

Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt dropped out after failing to secure enough support among MPs.

It means Mr Sunak will succeed Liz Truss and become the youngest PM for more than 200 years.



Mr Sunak - a 42-year-old practising Hindu - is expected to take office in the coming days now the result of the Tory leadership contest is known.

Mr Sunak has addressed Tory MPs after the result was announced by Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservatives.

In the speech - which took place behind closed doors - Mr Sunak told them this was going to be a tough period and ruled out an early general election, MP Simon Hoare said.

The King will appoint Mr Sunak, who will take over from Ms Truss following her resignation just 45 days into her tumultuous premiership last week.

Mr Sunak's coronation, in effect, as Tory leader caps a rapid political comeback by the former chancellor after he lost out to Ms Truss in the last leadership contest during the summer.

Ms Truss - whose tax-cutting agenda Mr Sunak dismissed as "fairytale economics" - tweeted to congratulate him and offer her "full support".

Her successor will take office at a time of economic crisis and pressure on public finances, exacerbated by Ms Truss's mini-budget, which has been mostly scrapped.

Conservative Party Chairman Jake Berry said it was time for the party to "unite four-square behind Rishi" after a period of intense political turmoil under Ms Truss's premiership.

Ms Mordaunt withdrew from the latest contest minutes before the result was announced, admitting it was "clear that colleagues feel we need certainty today".

"This decision is an historic one and shows, once again, the diversity and talent of our party," Ms Mordaunt wrote in a tweet. "Rishi has my full support."

Ms Mordaunt took the leadership race to the wire but came under pressure to unite behind Mr Sunak after former Prime Minister Boris Johnson withdrew from the contest on Sunday.

Mr Johnson - who resigned as prime minister only seven weeks ago - claimed he had enough support to stand but acknowledged now was "not the right time".

Sources told the BBC that Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson met on Saturday as Tory MPs decided who to back in the second Tory leadership contest in four months.


Rishi Sunak: The Basics

Age: 42

Place of birth: Southampton
Home: London and Yorkshire
Education: Winchester College, Oxford University, Stanford University
Family: Married to businesswoman Akshata Murty with two daughters

Parliamentary constituency: Richmond (Yorkshire)


Opposition parties have been clamouring for a general election, arguing that Mr Sunak does not have a democratic mandate to become prime minister.

Mr Sunak will be the fourth consecutive prime minister - after Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Ms Truss - to take power without a general election.

The next general election is not due to take place until at least 2024, after the Conservatives won a landslide majority in the last one in 2019.

Mr Sunak is under no obligation to call an early election under the UK's parliamentary political system.

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Sunak had been crowned prime minister "without him saying a single word about how he would run the country and without anyone having the chance to vote".

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said Tory MPs had "installed another out-of-touch prime minister with no plan to repair the damage and without giving the British people a say".

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Sunak should call an early general election and must not "unleash another round of austerity".

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King Charles III Meets With New UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in Historic Moment

PM Rishi Sunak Forms His New Cabinet

Rishi Sunaks’ cabinet: Who is in the prime minister’s top team?

BBC News 25 Oct 2022






Tuesday marks a historic day in the United Kingdom. King Charles III received the new British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Buckingham Palace in London, England, to make the formal request that Sunak form a new administration in his name.

"Mr. Sunak accepted His Majesty's offer and kissed hands upon his appointment as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury," Buckingham Palace shared in a statement.


Rishi Sunak makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting King Charles III and accepting his invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Picture date: Tuesday October 25, 2022.
Rishi Sunak has started appointing his new cabinet. (PA)

Rishi Sunak has begun announcing his cabinet after culling nearly a dozen of Liz Truss's senior ministers on the day he was officially appointed prime minister.

Sunak's first move was to keep Jeremy Hunt as chancellor after he was parachuted in to replace Kwasi Kwarteng following the disastrous mini-budget.

Suella Braverman, a key figure on the right of the Tory party, was brought back as home secretary just days after she was removed by Truss for breaking the ministerial code.

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson allies James Cleverly and Ben Wallace have kept their jobs as foreign secretary and defence secretary.

Sunak's appointments of Johnson supporters and prominent right-wingers suggests he is attempting to unify the party, rather than packing the cabinet with his most loyal allies.

And Michael Gove has returned as levelling up secretary after being sacked from the role by Johnson as his government collapsed in July.

In his first speech as PM outside Number 10 Downing Street, Sunak said he would "fix the mistakes" of Truss's government and bring “integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level”.


Full list of Rishi Sunak's New Cabinet so Far:

Chancellor: Jeremy Hunt

Home Secretary: Suella Braverman

Foreign Secretary: James Cleverly

Health Secretary: Steve Barclay

Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace

Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Sinister: Dominic Raab

Levelling up Secretary: Michael Gove

Environment Secretary: Therese Coffey

Education Secretary: Gillian Keegan

Business Secretary: Grant Shapps

Work and Pensions Secretary: Mel Stride

Culture Secretary: Michelle Donelan

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Oliver Dowden

International Trade Secretary: Kemi Badenoch

Scotland Secretary: Alister Jack

Northern Ireland Secretary: Chris Heaton-Harris

Wales Secretary: David TC Davies

Leader of the House of Commons: Penny Mordaunt

Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords: Lord True






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Liz Truss’s Personal Phone Was Hacked For Top-Secret Information by Suspected Russian Agents

Liz Truss Phone Hack Claim Prompts Calls For Investigation


The government has been urged to open an investigation into claims former prime minister Liz Truss's phone was hacked while she was foreign secretary.


BBC 30 Oct 2022






The Mail on Sunday reported private messages between Ms Truss and foreign officials, including about the Ukraine war, fell into foreign hands.


The hack was discovered during the summer Tory leadership campaign but the news was suppressed, the paper said.

The government said it had "robust" cyber-threat protection in place.

The spokesperson added that the government "did not comment on individuals' security arrangements".

Details about the hack were suppressed by then-prime minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, The Mail on Sunday claimed, citing what it said amounted to a "news blackout" imposed by Mr Case.

The newspaper also said private messages exchanged between Ms Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng, her close friend whom she made chancellor when she became prime minister, were also uncovered by the alleged hack.

It is not clear how any hack happened, but opposition parties have seized on the issue.

"There are immensely important national security issues raised by an attack like this by a hostile state which will have been taken extremely seriously by our intelligence and security agencies," said shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper.

"There are also serious security questions around why and how this information has been leaked or released right now which must also be urgently investigated."

The Mail on Sunday reported agents suspected of working for Russia had been responsible for the alleged hacking, citing unnamed sources, but the BBC has not been able to verify this.

The Mail on Sunday claims private messages were accessed in the hack (archive photo)

The Liberal Democrats foreign affairs spokesperson Layla Moran MP raised concerns about why the alleged hack had not been made public earlier.

"We need an urgent independent investigation to uncover the truth," Ms Moran said. "If it turns out this information was withheld from the public to protect Liz Truss's leadership bid, that would be unforgivable."

The government has refused to comment on any of the details reported by the Mail on Sunday.

"The government has robust systems in place to protect against cyber threats," a spokesman said. "That includes regular security briefings for ministers, and advice on protecting their personal data and mitigating cyber threats."

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Gavin Williamson denies fresh bullying allegations

Sir Gavin Williamson has denied further accusations of using bullying language against officials.


BBC News 8 NOV 2022




According to the Guardian, the Cabinet Office minister told a senior civil servant to "slit your throat" and "jump out of the window" when he was defence secretary.



The unnamed official claimed Sir Gavin "deliberately demeaned and intimidated" them.

Sir Gavin said he "strongly" rejected allegations of bullying.

The newspaper said the official raised concerns to the Ministry of Defence's human resources department but made no formal complaint.

In a statement, Sir Gavin said: "I strongly reject this allegation and have enjoyed good working relationships with the many brilliant officials I have worked with across government. No specific allegations have ever been brought to my attention."

Mr Williamson does not deny using the language.

A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, where Mr Williamson now serves as a minister, said the department had "not received notice of any formal complaints about Gavin Williamson's behaviour from his time at the Ministry of Defence or any other department."

Labour's party chair Anneliese Dodds said the allegations were "extremely serious" adding they "speak to the toxic culture at the top of the Conservative Party".

This fresh claim puts further pressure on Sir Gavin who is already facing an investigation for allegedly bullying Wendy Morton when she was chief whip.

Ms Morton complained to the Conservative Party after reportedly receiving a series of expletive-laden WhatsApp messages from Sir Gavin in which he accused the government of excluding certain MPs from the Queen's funeral service at Westminster Abbey.

In the texts, published by the Sunday Times, Sir Gavin is said to have warned Ms Morton "not to push him about" and that "there is a price for everything".

Sir Gavin told the paper: "I of course regret getting frustrated about the way colleagues and I felt we were being treated."

Speaking from the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the language was not acceptable.

Asked if it amounted to bullying, he said "an independent complaints process" was under way and it would be "right to let that process conclude".

Downing Street has said the prime minister has "full confidence" in Sir Gavin, who was first elected to Parliament as MP for South Staffordshire in 2010.

The former architectural design firm director, 46, had served as defence secretary under Theresa May and education secretary under Boris Johnson, and was sacked from both roles.

Mr Sunak, who replaced Liz Truss as prime minister last month, brought Sir Gavin back into government.

The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Daisy Cooper, has said his return raised "yet more serious questions about Rishi Sunak's judgement".

"If the prime minister was serious about restoring integrity he would sack Gavin Williamson."


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Sir Gavin Williamson resigns after bullying claims

Resignation letter concedes claims about his conduct had become a ‘distraction’ but Williamson vows to clear his name


BBC News 9 NOV 2022





Sir Gavin Williamson has resigned as a government minister after allegations of bullying, saying he aims to clear himself of "any wrongdoing”.

The MP had been accused of sending abusive messages to a fellow Tory MP last month and of bullying a senior civil servant as defence secretary.






Wendy Morton was chief whip during Liz Truss's short-lived premiership



Sir Gavin said he "refuted" how his conduct had been characterised.

However, he added that the claims were becoming a "distraction" from the government's "good work".

In his resignation letter, he said he was leaving government with "real sadness" but offered Prime Minister Rishi Sunak his "full and total support from the backbenches".

He later tweeted he would not be taking any severance pay, adding that the money should go towards the government's priorities such as "reducing the NHS's waiting lists".

In reply, Mr Sunak said he accepted his resignation "with great sadness" and thanked Sir Gavin for his "personal support and loyalty".

"Your commitment to successive Conservative governments and the party over the years has been unwavering."

Sir Gavin had come under increasing pressure since a series of expletive-laden text messages sent by him to Tory colleague and then-Chief Whip Wendy Morton were published in the Sunday Times.

On Monday a senior civil servant told the Guardian Sir Gavin had bullied them and told them to "slit your throat".

And on Tuesday, Anne Milton, who worked as deputy chief whip between 2015 and 2017, told Channel 4 News that Sir Gavin's behaviour had been "threatening" and "intimidating".

Earlier, Downing Street said it had been seeking to establish the facts about the reported comments to the civil servant.

Sir Gavin had also been reported to the MPs' bullying watchdog - the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) - over his WhatsApps to Ms Morton.

The Guardian has reported that the senior civil servant who worked at the Ministry of Defence has also referred the MP to the watchdog.

In his resignation letter, Sir Gavin said he would comply with "an ongoing complaints process concerning texts he sent to a colleague" and added that he had "apologised to the recipient for those messages".

In the texts, he appears to complain MPs not "favoured" by then-Prime Minister Liz Truss were being excluded from attending the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey.

He apparently accused Ms Morton of "rigging" the ticket allocation to punish people - including himself - who were not supportive enough of Ms Truss.

Sir Gavin reportedly warned Ms Morton "not to push him about" and that "there is a price for everything".

Speaking on Monday, Mr Sunak said the language was "not acceptable" but asked if it amounted to bullying, he said it was "right" to let an independent complaints process conclude.

This is the third time Sir Gavin has left government. In 2019 he was sacked as defence secretary after details of Huawei's potential involvement in the UK's 5G network were leaked.

He was brought back to the cabinet, as education secretary by Boris Johnson, in 2019, but lost the job in 2021 following turmoil over A-Level exam results.

During the summer Sir Gavin helped run Mr Sunak's first campaign to become prime minister.

Following Mr Sunak's second, and this time successful, bid to become PM, Sir Gavin was given a job as a Cabinet Office minister.

Ex-Conservative Party Chair Jake Berry has said he told Mr Sunak about Ms Morton's complaint on 24 October - the day before Sir Gavin's appointment.

No 10 has said the prime minister "knew there was a disagreement" but he didn't know "the substance" of messages until they were published in the Sunday Times.

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner said: "This is yet another example of Rishi Sunak's poor judgement and weak leadership.

"As families struggle during a cost-of-living crisis made in Downing Street, yet another Tory government has descended into chaos."

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper MP said: "Rishi Sunak has serious questions to answer about why he appointed Gavin Williamson, then stood by him instead of sacking him.

"His promise to lead a government of integrity has now been left in tatters."

The SNP's deputy leader at Westminster Kirsten Oswald said: "As the Westminster chaos continues to unfurl, there can be no doubt that independence is the only way to escape this dysfunctional system for good."
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Rishi Sunak is Registered With Private GP Practice Offering £250 Consultations

Campaigners say poorest people will suffer most as NHS is ‘neglected and private practice becomes the norm’


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The Guardian UK 22 NOV 2022.





Rishi Sunak is registered with a private GP practice that guarantees that all patients with urgent concerns about their health will be seen “on the day”.


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The west London clinic used by the prime minister charges £250 for a half-hour consultation and, unlike most NHS GPs across the country, offers appointments in the evenings and at weekends, as well as consultations by email or phone that cost up to £150.




Patients can request home visits from doctors for which they are charged between £400 and £500, depending on the time of day or night. The clinic, which the Guardian has chosen not to name, also charges up to £80 for prescriptions.

The latest NHS England figures show that most patients have to wait longer for an appointment. Just 41.5% of GP appointments in September took place on the same day, with a further 8% taking place the following day. About 19% of appointments took place between two and seven days after booking, while 13.5% of patients had to wait up to two weeks, and 5% more than a month.

Last week, Sunak’s government recommitted to a promise by Thérèse Coffey, the health secretary under Liz Truss, that no patient would wait longer than two weeks to see a GP. The government also pledged that everyone who needs an urgent appointment would be able to get one on the same day.

Sunak refused to answer questions at the G20 summit in Bali last week about whether he had private healthcare, saying only that it was “not appropriate” to talk “about one’s family’s healthcare”.

At prime minister’s questions earlier this month, he ducked the issue when asked by MPs if he would use a GP or accident and emergency service if he or a family member became unwell – or “pay privately” to see someone more quickly. He responded by praising the team at the NHS Friarage hospital, in Northallerton in his constituency, which he said had provided “excellent care” to his family, but did not fully answer the question.

Sunak was also pressed during the summer leadership campaign on when he and his family last used the health service. He said: “You wouldn’t expect me to talk about my kids’ medical [history], but of course we use the NHS.”

Downing Street declined to comment on the prime minister’s decision to use a private GP practice.

Margaret Thatcher revealed in 1987 that she had private health insurance, saying it was “vital” to “go into hospital on the day I want, at the time I want, and with a doctor I want”. David Cameron made a virtue of using the NHS during his time at No 10, while Boris Johnson claimed it saved his life when he caught Covid.

In last week’s autumn statement, the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced a £3.3bn increase in NHS funding to save the health service from collapse this winter, as well as plans for a major NHS efficiency review.


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Revealed: Tory Peer Michelle Mone Secretly Received £29m From ‘VIP Lane’ PPE Firm

Documents suggest husband passed on money from PPE Medpro, which secured £200m contracts after Mone lobbied ministers

'How Do You Make Michelle Mone? Send Her to Prison For Fraud!'


The Guardian UK 24 NOV 2022.





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The yacht, the wedding and £29m: Michelle Mone’s life during the Covid crisis


The Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her children secretly received £29m originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to ministers, documents seen by the Guardian indicate.




Lady Mone’s support helped the company, PPE Medpro, secure a place in a “VIP lane” the government used during the coronavirus pandemic to prioritise companies that had political connections. It then secured contracts worth more than £200m.

Documents seen by the Guardian indicate tens of millions of pounds of PPE Medpro’s profits were later transferred to a secret offshore trust of which Mone and her adult children were the beneficiaries.

Asked by the Guardian last year why Mone did not include PPE Medpro in her House of Lords register of financial interests, her lawyer replied: “Baroness Mone did not declare any interest as she did not benefit financially and was not connected to PPE Medpro in any capacity.”

The leaked documents, which were produced by the bank HSBC, appear to contradict that statement. They state that Mone’s husband, the Isle of Man-based financier Douglas Barrowman, was paid at least £65m in profits from PPE Medpro, and then distributed the funds through a series of offshore accounts, trusts and companies.

The ultimate recipients of the funds, the documents indicate, include the Isle of Man trust that was set up to benefit Mone, who was Barrowman’s fiancee at the time, and her children. In October 2020, the documents add, Barrowman transferred to the trust £28.8m originating from PPE Medpro profits.

That was just five months after Mone helped PPE Medpro secure contracts to supply masks and sterile gowns for use in the NHS.

Contacted about the new disclosures, HSBC said it was unable to comment, even to confirm if the couple had been clients. A lawyer for Mone said: “There are a number of reasons why our client cannot comment on these issues and she is under no duty to do so.”

A lawyer who represents both Barrowman and PPE Medpro said that a continuing investigation limited what his clients were able to say on these matters. He added: “For the time being we are also instructed to say that there is much inaccuracy in the portrayal of the alleged ‘facts’ and a number of them are completely wrong.”

Mone, 51, and Barrowman, 57, have over the last two years repeatedly insistedthey had no “involvement” in PPE Medpro, and “no role” in the process through which the company was awarded its government contracts. PPE Medpro has repeatedly refused to identify its mystery backers, but denied it was awarded contracts because of “company or personal connections” to the UK government or Conservative party.

The Guardian has previously reported how those claims seem to be at odds with documents appearing to show the couple were secretly involved in PPE Medpro’s business, and emails suggesting Mone repeatedly lobbied the government on its behalf during the nine-month period after she helped secure its place in the VIP lane.
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However, the Guardian’s latest revelation – that the peer and her husband secretly amassed an offshore fortune on the back of PPE Medpro profits – could prove the most consequential for Mone, who has already been placed under investigation by the House of Lords commissioner for standards.

Separately, PPE Medpro has become the subject of a potential fraud investigation by the National Crime Agency. In April this year, NCA officers searched several addresses, including the mansion Mone and Barrowman occupy in the Isle of Man. At the time, lawyers for PPE Medpro declined to comment on the NCA investigation.

The controversy over Mone and PPE Medpro threatens to embroil the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, who has pledged to make “integrity and accountability” pillars of his leadership. David Cameron, who was himself embroiled in a lobbying scandal last year, was the Conservative leader who appointed Mone the baroness of Mayfair in 2015. The former owner of a lingerie business, she has proven to be one of the party’s most high-profile and controversial peers.


Michelle Mone founded the lingerie brand Ultimo.


The leaked documents setting out HSBC’s understanding of the offshore distribution of PPE Medpro’s profits were produced by the bank, which held several accounts linked to the Tory peer, her husband and children.

The Guardian understands that HSBC launched its own investigation following media reports about Mone’s apparent links to PPE Medpro, which raised potential concerns for the bank. A report produced by HSBC on the couple and their links to PPE Medpro stated that it did “not manage to corroborate” those concerns.

In the process of investigating the couple, however, HSBC pieced together a money trail showing that Barrowman had transferred tens of millions in PPE Medpro profits through a network of offshore entities. About £29m ended up in the trust benefiting Mone and her children, the report indicates.

The bank’s investigation noted that “large value inter-account transfers” originating from PPE Medpro were being routed through Barrowman’s offshore accounts, often crediting and debiting within minutes of each other.

The internal bank report described the money flows as “unusual activity”, noting a concern that Barrowman “may be attempting to conceal the true origins of the funds through multiple layers of transactions creating a distance between the receipt of PPE funds and the final beneficiaries”.

Referring to Mone, it concluded that the transfers “suggest a UK peer in the House of Lords has benefited from a contract with the UK government”. Barrowman is understood to have told HSBC that his wife had “no involvement” in the business activities of PPE Medpro, and the onward transfer of its profits via his personal bank account had been made “in his personal capacity”.

HSBC was unable to corroborate any concerns of wrongdoing by the couple, but it did identify a number of “risks” related to retaining Barrowman and Mone as clients – including what it saw as potential reputational damage to the bank. Multiple sources have told the Guardian that HSBC then decided to drop the couple as clients.


Message and money trails


Mone and Barrowman have long denied any involvement in PPE Medpro, or any role in the process through which it was awarded government contracts. However, over the last two years the Guardian has ascertained multiple instances in which the couple appear to have been involved in the business.

The Tory peer first approached ministers in May 2020, before PPE Medpro had even been incorporated as a company. She contacted Michael Gove, who was then a Cabinet Office minister, and Theodore Agnew, then a minister for procurement, using their personal email addresses.

Mone told her fellow Conservative politicians that large quantities of PPE could be procured via “my team in Hong Kong”.

Cabinet Office officials then added PPE Medpro to the VIP lane, which was used by the government early in the pandemic to prioritise referrals from politically connected companies.



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Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to strike for two days next month in what is set to be their biggest walkout in the NHS's history.

University Staff in East of England Join National Strike Action

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Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to strike for two days next month in what is set to be their biggest walkout in the NHS's history.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced strikes on 15 and 20 December in its pay dispute with the government.

Nurses will still provide emergency care, but routine services will be hit.

The RCN said it had been given no choice after ministers would not reopen talks, but the government said the 19% pay rise demanded was unaffordable.

RCN general secretary Pat Cullen said: "Ministers have chosen strike action.

"Nursing staff have had enough of being taken for granted, enough of low pay and unsafe staffing levels, enough of not being able to give our patients the care they deserve."


---Record number of nurses quitting the NHS


Under trade union laws, the RCN has to ensure life-preserving care is provided during the strikes, which will last from 8am to 8pm.

This is likely to mean some urgent cancer services, urgent tests and scans and ongoing care for vulnerable patients will be protected alongside A&E and intensive care - although it will be up to local health bosses and union leaders to negotiate exact staffing levels on strike days.

But it seems almost certain the walkout will increase the backlog in non-urgent hospital treatment - a record seven million people are already on the waiting list in England.

Louise Ansari, from the Healthwatch England patient watchdog, said she was "concerned" about the impact on this group of patients.





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Postal Workers and Teachers are on Strike

Royal Mail staff, lecturers at English and Welsh universities and teachers in Scotland are the latest to go on strike. It means most people won't get their usual post deliveries, and there won't be any classes for most affected students and pupils.






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Ambulance Workers Across England Set to Strike Before Christmas

BBC 30 NOV 2022



The risk of an NHS crisis in the run-up to Christmas is worsening, as paramedics and other ambulance workers are now set to go on strike. Unison, which represents hundreds of thousands of health workers, including ambulance staff, as well as porters and cleaners, announced that 80,000 of its members supported taking industrial action.

Today, the GMB – the largest union for ambulance staff – is also expected to declare its members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of walkouts. It would be the first national ambulance strike for more than 30 years. Unions are obliged to give two weeks' notice before taking industrial action, meaning walkouts affecting ambulance services may fall next month.





Up to 100,000 nurses are already set to strike on Dec 15 and 20. Search the full list of NHS trusts affected. Altogether, 200,000 health workers are now understood to be backing strikes. Ministers are working on contingency strategies that could see the military drafted in to drive ambulances.



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Strikes have disrupted everything from train services to postal deliveries and teaching in schools.

More workers are expected to walk out, as demands grow for better working conditions and pay increases to keep up with rising prices.







Border Force - Border Force staff to strike over Christmas

About one thousand Border Force officers, employed by the Home Office, intend to strike for eight days over Christmas and New Year's Eve

Airports in Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, and the port of New Haven will be impacted

Officials checking passports for people arriving into the UK are among those striking

Immigration and customs checks are expected to take longer during peak times

The officers, who are part of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), are striking over pay, pensions and jobs


Ambulance staff


10,000 ambulance workers - including paramedics, control room staff and support workers - will strike across most of England and Wales on 21 and 28 December

The walkout by the three main ambulance unions - Unison, GMB and Unite - will affect non-life threatening calls only. The military are on standby to help out

All the unions have asked for above-inflation pay rises
The governments in England and Wales have given NHS staff an average rise of 4.75%, with a minimum £1,400 rise



PRISON Officers to strike

Nurses


Nurses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to strike on 15 December and 20 December

The Royal College of Nurses wants a rise of 5% above the Retail Price Index (RPI) measure of inflation - currently 14%

The government in England says this year's pay award - a 4.75% average increase - is in line with the independent NHS Pay Review Body recommendation


Rail workers


Rail workers first held strikes in June, with further walkouts planned across December and January
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) wants a pay offer reflecting the rising cost of living - and a guarantee of no compulsory job losses
Rail-industry bosses say changes need to be agreed to afford pay increases and modernise the railway


Royal Mail workers


Postal workers plan strikes on 9, 11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December
Deliveries are affected, with the last days for Christmas post now 12 December for second class and 16 December for first class
Royal Mail has offered a pay deal it says is worth up to 9% over 18 months - but with inflation at 11.1%, the Communication Workers Union wants more

The CWU also objects to proposed changes to working conditions, including compulsory Sunday working


Teachers


Teachers in Scotland walked out on 24 November, with further strikes in December, January and February
A 6.85% increase for the lowest paid was rejected, with teachers arguing for 10%
Teaching unions in England and Wales are balloting members over pay, which could mean further strikes


University staff


Tens of thousands of staff at 150 UK universities walked out on three days in November
The University and College Union wants a pay rise worth either 2% above RPI inflation, or 12%, whichever is higher, pension benefits restored and "excessive workloads" tackled
An increase in pay "puts jobs at risk", the Universities and College Employers Association says


Baggage handlers


Ground-handling staff for Menzies Aviation at Heathrow Airport will strike for 72 hours from 16 December
Airlines likely to be affected are Air Canada, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air Portugal, Austrian Airlines, Qantas, Egypt Air, Aer Lingus and Finnair

The Unite union says cargo workers were offered a backdated 9.5% pay increase and a further 1% from January 2023, but baggage handlers have been offered only a flat-rate increase and face a real-terms pay cut

Heathrow faces pre-Christmas baggage handlers strike




Driving examiners

Driving examiners will hold rolling strikes from 13 December to 16 January

The Public and Commercial Services Union is calling for a 10% pay rise, better pensions, job security and no cuts to redundancy terms

The government says the strike might affect driving tests but not theory tests

Driving examiners across UK to strike over pay



Bus drivers

Bus drivers in south and west London will strike on 9, 10, 16 and 17 December
The Unite Union is calling for a pay rise to reflect higher cost of living
Transport for London has urged Unite and Abellio to work together to avoid disruption for passengers

London bus drivers to strike in run-up to Christmas


Who else is considering industrial action?

About 100,000 civil servants have voted to strike across different government departments

Junior doctors in England, represented by the British Medical Association, are planning to hold a ballot in January, over a pay deal which will give them 2% this year

Three days of strikes, involving 2,000 Metroline bus drivers in London, have been called off while a pay offer is considered


Which workers are allowed to go on strike?

What's the gap between public and private sector pay?
Have any disputes been resolved?

Some workers have settled disputes:

Criminal barristers in England and Wales accepted a 15% pay rise in October

Refuse workers in Eastbourne negotiated a deal worth over 11%
2,000 Arriva bus drivers in London won an 11% pay deal

Union bosses of BT workers agreed a pay deal worth up to 16% for some workers

How many days have been lost to strikes?

In September, 205,000 working days were lost to strikes, according to the Office for National Statistics.


Graph showing an increase number of strike days in since 2017









Does the public support strike action?


A poll at the end of October by Savanta ComRes found that 60% generally support workers taking industrial action, with 33% opposed.

Asked about strikes over pay and conditions, support varied widely between different industries.






















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