Tag Archives: Tories

BRITAIN: Boris Johnson Under New Corruption Probe

CNN reports: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been referred to a police watchdog over his alleged relationship with an American businesswoman when he was mayor of London. On Friday, the Greater London Authority (GLA) said in a statement that it has asked the Independent Office for Police Conduct to assess whether it is necessary to investigate Johnson for the …

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BREXIT: British Companies Stockpile Holiday Booze

The Guardian reports: Companies across Britain have begun stockpiling beer, wine and spirits to keep the alcohol flowing at Christmas as concerns grow that Brexit could disrupt supplies over the festive period. Rushing to bring forward their imports, firms warn that the Brexit deadline on 31 October stands to clash with the run-up to Christmas, when import volumes rise, temporary …

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Boris Johnson Compares Himself To The Incredible Hulk

The Associated Press reports: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared himself to the Incredible Hulk in a newspaper interview emphasizing his determination to take Britain out of the European Union next month. The prime minister faces considerable legal and political hurdles but told the Mail on Sunday he will meet the Oct. 31 deadline no matter what. “The madder …

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BRITAIN: Johnson Cabinet Member Quits Over Brexit

The BBC reports: Amber Rudd has quit Boris Johnson’s cabinet, with an outspoken attack on the government’s approach to Brexit. The ex-work and pensions secretary said the government was having no “formal negotiations” with the EU about a new deal, only “conversations”. Instead, 80-90% of Brexit work was spent preparing for an “inferior” no-deal option, she said. In her resignation …

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Johnson Calls For Snap Election After Major Brexit Loss

The Associated Press reports: Boris Johnson has launched a bid for an early general election after he suffered a humiliating defeat in the Commons today as MPs voted for a bill that could allow them to block a no-deal Brexit. Mr Johnson accused Parliament of being “on the brink of wrecking any deal” with Brussels after MPs handed control of …

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Johnson Loses Majority After Mid-Speech Defection

The Metro reports: Boris Johnson has lost his majority of one after Tory MP Philip Lee defected to the Lib Dems by sitting on their bench. He made the move while Boris Johnson was mid way through delivering a speech in the House of Commons. The surprise move means there is now no parliamentary majority. In a letter of explanation, …

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BRITAIN: Pound Hits 34-Year Low Over Brexit Fears

The Scotland Herald reports: The pound has slumped to its lowest level against the US dollar since 1985, surpassing a previous 2017 low to be worth less than 1.20 dollars. The present weakness has been caused by jittery markets as MPs return from summer recess and the chances of a general election rising, causing more Brexit uncertainty and angst. Rebel …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson To Sack Anti-Brexit Tory MPs

The BBC reports: Tory MPs who vote against the government in the Commons this week will be chucked out of the party and banned from standing for the Conservatives at the next election. Senior sources in government are confirming that plan was agreed by the prime minister and his enforcers – the party whips – in the splendour of his …

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Queen Approves Tory Request To Suspend Parliament

Sky News reports: The Queen has approved Boris Johnson’s request to suspend parliament from the middle of next month, which will restrict MPs’ ability to block a no-deal Brexit. In a move prompting a furious political row, parliament will be prorogued in the week beginning 9 September until 14 October. This is the date on which a new Queen’s Speech …

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BRITAIN: Pound Continues Slide Over No-Deal Brexit

The Independent reports: The pound fell again on Friday after shock figures revealed UK economy shrunk for the first time since 2012 as the country lurches closer to recession and a calamitous no-deal Brexit. Sterling was down 0.3 per cent against both the dollar and the euro on the back of news that GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2 per cent in …

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BRITAIN: Tories Now Cling To Majority By One Seat

The New York Times reports: Boris Johnson has been British prime minister for barely a week, and the honeymoon appears to be over. His Conservative Party lost a special election, cutting his working majority in Parliament to just one seat at a critical moment for the country. The narrow defeat in a previously Conservative-held district, the Brecon and Radnorshire area …

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Boris Johnson Promises “New Golden Age” For Britain

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson has promised the “beginning of a new golden age”, as he made his first Commons statement as PM. Speaking to MPs, Mr Johnson said his government would throw itself into Brexit negotiations with energy, while Michael Gove would lead on no-deal planning as a “top priority”. He also said EU citizens living in the UK …

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Queen Elizabeth Makes It Official For Boris Johnson

CBS News reports: The outgoing PM said she looked forward to returning to Parliament as a lawmaker, to “play my part in making our United Kingdom a great country with a great future, a country that truly works for everyone.” May then made the short trip to Buckingham Palace and formally tendered her resignation to Queen Elizabeth II, and recommend …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson Wins Battle To Be Next PM

USA Today reports: Boris Johnson succeeded Theresa May as Britain’s new prime minister on Tuesday and the incoming leader faces a bumpy ride amid pressure to get the nation’s stalled exit from the European Union – known as Brexit – over the line. Britain’s 77th prime minister will also have to deal with an escalating crisis with Iran. American-born Johnson, …

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Cops Called To Altercation At Boris Johnson’s Home

The Guardian reports: Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging. The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press. …

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BRITAIN: Tory Minister Suspended For Roughing Up Female Climate Activist, Theresa May “Very Concerned”

The BBC reports: Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner. The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond. But he said he had been “genuinely worried” she may have been armed. Ms Barker …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson Tightens Grip On PM Battle

NBC News reports: The United Kingdom came one step closer to finding out who its next prime minister will be on Tuesday after the ruling Conservative Party chose its final five front-runners in the fight to replace Theresa May. Boris Johnson, the New York-born former mayor of London, remains the overwhelming favorite to succeed May. He secured the votes of …

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Boris Johnson Takes Big Lead In Bid To Become PM

The Associated Press reports: The flamboyant, divisive Boris Johnson took a commanding lead Thursday in the contest to become Britain’s next prime minister, winning by far the largest share of support in the first round of voting by Conservative Party lawmakers. Johnson, a former foreign secretary and leading Brexit campaigner, secured 114 of the 313 votes cast by Conservatives in …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson Ordered To Court Over Claims He Lied About UK Paying £350 Million Weekly To EU

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson has been ordered to appear in court over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week. The Tory leadership candidate has been accused of misconduct in public office after making the claim during the 2016 EU referendum campaign. It is a private prosecution launched by campaigner Marcus Ball, who crowdfunded …

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BRITAIN: Boris Johnson To Run For Prime Minister

The BBC reports: Boris Johnson has said he will run for the Conservative Party leadership after Theresa May stands down. Asked at a business event in Manchester if he would be a candidate, the former foreign secretary replied: “Of course I’m going to go for it.” Mrs May has said she will resign once MPs back her Brexit deal. A …

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