Boris Johnson breaking news: Sue Gray report delay may give PM time to turn findings around

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‘I really don’t know’: Thérèse Coffey MP doesn’t know when Sue Gray’s report will be published

Rebel Conservative MPs are expressing concern that delays in Sue Gray’s partygate report could give the PM time to turn the findings in his favour.

one said the independent: “If they get their hands on it for three days before Boris has to make his statement to the House, there is no doubt that it will filter through like a sieve and there will be an effort to control the narrative and suggest that it is clean. .”

It comes as No. 10 announced this afternoon that the long-awaited report has yet to be sent to them.

“Our intention remains to publish as quickly as possible once we receive the findings and, as you know, the Prime Minister has committed to providing a statement in the House to respond to those findings,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman said.

“It’s always been the case, we’ll try to post as quickly as possible, obviously we’d need to talk to the Speaker.

“We are delving into hypotheses… our intention would be to publish as quickly as possible.”

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‘There wasn’t actually a cake’

Boris Johnson has insisted that he could not have been “ambushed with cake” at a Downing Street birthday party and reportedly told allies that there was no cake present at the time.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Johnson’s wife, Carrie, hosted a surprise gathering for his birthday on June 19 with more than 30 people in attendance.

Conservative MP Colin Burns defended Johnson and told him Channel 4 News in comments for which he was later ridiculed on social media: “From what I can see, in a sense, he was ambushed with a cake. It was not a premeditated party, organized.”

But in the latest development of the Partygate saga, the prime minister’s close ally has now suggested that there was no cake after all.

Mr Burns said the Telegraph Chopper’s Politics podcast: “I was told on some authority of him that there wasn’t actually a cake.”

Katy Clifton27 January 2022 21:49

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‘There wasn’t actually a cake’

Boris Johnson has insisted that he could not have been “ambushed with cake” at a Downing Street birthday party and reportedly told allies that there was no cake present at the time.

Conservative MP Colin Burns defended Johnson and told him Channel 4 News in comments for which he was later ridiculed on social media: “From what I can see, in a sense, he was ambushed with a cake. It was not a premeditated party, organized.”

But in the latest development of the Partygate saga, the prime minister’s close ally has now suggested that there was no cake after all.

Mr Burns said the Telegraph Chopper’s Politics podcast: “I was told on some authority of him that there wasn’t actually a cake.”

Katy Clifton27 January 2022 21:49

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Watch: Liz Truss says government gets ‘value for money’ from flights

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has defended chartering a private jet to Australia after The Independent reported the trip’s flights would have cost taxpayers around £500.00, she writes. adam forrest.

Truss said the private government plane was available “precisely so that government ministers can travel.”

Pressed on whether it would have been better to use commercial flights instead, the minister said: “Every government decision is based on value for money. “We have a government plane specifically for ministers, like me in my role as Foreign Secretary, to go and do work abroad, which is ultimately delivering results for the British people.”

Liz Truss says £500,000 trip to Australia taken on government plane is ‘good use’ of public money

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 20:45

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‘There was actually no cake’ at PM’s birthday party, says close Conservative ally

Suggestions that the prime minister may have been “ambushed” with cake at his lockdown-breaking birthday party have been opposed by one of his close allies, who instead claimed there was no cake present.

NI Minister Conor Burns told The Telegraph’s Chopper Politics Podcast: “I was told on some authority of him that there was actually no cake.”

He said: “I must be the first government minister in history accused of cake-ism without a real cake.”

Mr. Burns later described meeting No 10 as “a meeting”.

Your comment made to Channel 4 News that Johnson was instead the target of a “cake ambush” as he was ridiculed on social media, “was not part of a strategy” to defend the prime minister, he said. “That was definitely a solo operation, for which I paid a price,” he added.

“But listen, when you make a little of yourself, the key is to acknowledge it and not be pompous about it.”

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 20:20

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Partygate ‘twist’ expected tonight, says The Telegraph’s political editor

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 19:51

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Rebels fear Partygate report delays will buy Boris Johnson time to turn it in his favor

Rebel Conservative MPs are expressing concern that delays in Sue Gray’s crucial report on Downing Street parties could give Boris Johnson a chance to turn her findings in his favour.

They worry that if he delivers his report to Number 10 on Friday, when Parliament is all but deserted as MPs visit their constituencies, the PM could delay publication until Monday as allies use the time in between to plant stories in the press. of the weekend putting the best. possible gloss on its content.

One told our political editor, andres woodcock: “If they get their hands on it for three days before Boris has to make his statement to the House, there is no doubt that it will filter through like a sieve and there will be an effort to control the narrative and suggest that it is clean. .”

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 19:45

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Nadhim Zahawi ‘instrumental’ in securing controversial loans from Greensill, says steel tycoon

Steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has written to Chief Minister Nadhim Zahawi to thank him for his “instrumental” role in helping secure controversial loans from Greensill Capital, newly released details have revealed.

Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG) obtained the government-backed emergency Covid loans from Greensill, the failed financial firm at the center of a political scandal over David Cameron’s lobbying activities.

In October 2020, Gupta sent a letter to Zahawi, then a minister in the commercial department, to thank him for his “support” in obtaining the Greensill loans through the British Business Bank, according to a report in the financial times.

adam forrest has the story:

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 19:30

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says the £500,000 trip to Australia was made on a ‘government plane’

Truss has said the government has a plane “precisely so that ministers can travel” after facing criticism for chartering a plane for their trip to Australia.

“I used the government plane, that’s why we have a government plane: to allow government ministers to carry out government business, and on that I flew to Australia,” he told the media.

When asked if he considered his deployment a “good use” of public money, he replied: “We have a government plane precisely so that government ministers can travel.”

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 19:06

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Boris Johnson should fire the ‘awake crowd’ and ‘neo-socialists’ at No. 10, says Lord Frost

Boris Johnson should eliminate the “awakened crowd” and “neo-socialists” at No. 10 if he wants to cling to power, former Brexit minister David Frost has said.

In a stinging attack on the prime minister, the Tory peer said “significant” changes were needed to Downing Street’s policies and staff.

Johnson is fighting to save his prime ministerial position as Conservative MPs await the results of Sue Gray’s inquiry into lockdown-breaking parties before deciding whether to send letters of censure.

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 18:45

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Obtained decrease records in ten specific crime groups in London, but increased the reporting of sexual crimes

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) crime figures released today show that the 12-month rolling statistics to September 2021 have recorded declines across a number of crime groups, including robbery, theft and robbery.

According to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), homicides have decreased by 13 per cent, stab crime by 32 per cent, stab crime with injuries by 20 per cent, stabbing with a knife by 27 percent, crimes with firearms by 35 percent. percent and lethal barrel discharges by 21 percent.

Other crime groups that have seen rates drop are personal robbery by 44%, personal knife robbery with injury by 34%, burglary by 18.1%, vehicle crimes by 13 .3% and theft from people by 10.5%.

However, they also show a 15.6 per cent rise in reporting of sexual offenses in London.

Emily Atkinson27 January 2022 18:25

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