London politics latest news : Liz Truss backs Boris Johnson 100% as she says it is ‘time to move on’


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Sir Patrick Vallance says disappointing rules weren’t followed in No 10

When asked about the partygate scandal, Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance said: “It was really important at all stages that everyone stuck to the rules. It works when people stuck to them.

“It is disappointing that that wasn’t the case.”


Scottish Tories leader explains U-Turn on U-Turn

Douglas Ross has said he voted against Boris Johnson “because his actions were unacceptable” and that wanting the Prime Minister to go was his final position.

The leader of the Scottish Tories told BBC Reporting Scotland: “For those who set the rules to then break the rules, I think, is very difficult to come back from.

“So, as I say, it’s not the timing I would have chosen but, ultimately, there was a vote last night and I had to make a decision, and that’s why I went with my original thought that the Prime Minister’s actions were unacceptable and I couldn’t support him.”

Mr Ross has changed his mind on the Prime Minister’s future before, and when asked if it was his final position, he said: “Yes.”

He added: “I understand how political opponents and some journalists want to frame it like that.

“The one thing that changed throughout this several months where I’ve criticised the Prime Minister’s actions was war in Europe.”


Some 19,000 Ukrainians waiting for UK visas amid Rwanda concerns

There are around 19,000 Ukrainians waiting for a UK visa application to be completed, the refugees minister told the House of Lords, as he refused to say if those fleeing that warzone could be sent to Rwanda.

Lord Harrington of Watford told the upper chamber that 65,700 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in the UK since the start of the war in February.

However, he acknowledged some applications are taking longer than the usual two to three days.

He said: “We are now operating at about 5,000 plus applications per week.

“The applications for visas are taking between two and three days, if there are no problems attached to them, 48 hours being what I said actually in my first outing at the despatch box of this House.

“The number of visas awaiting conclusion are about 19,000, which include applications at various stages of the case working process and different levels of complexity.”


Michael Fabricant says no confidence vote went better than expected

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said the result of the no confidence vote went “quite some way better” than he anticipated.

He also said he believes MPs who voted against the Prime Minister will “not knife him in the back” following his win.

Mr Fabricant said: “The result turned out to be quite some way better than I anticipated. It’s never good for a Prime Minister to have a vote of no confidence against him.

“But he won, and he won by sufficient majority. We can, you know, move on from this.”

Asked how the Prime Minister can continue to govern despite over 140 MPs voting against him, he said: “He’s well aware of that, but it’s not like they’re going to knife him in the back.

“Philip Davies was very good, he said this morning on GB News that he voted against the Prime Minister, but we’ve got a result. And now we’ve got to just get on with it.”


Tory MP brands Johnson’s comments on Partygate ‘foolish’

Conservative MP Giles Watling has criticised Boris Johnson for making “foolish” comments about Partygate.

Asked on Monday afternoon about the conduct described in the Sue Gray report, Johnson told MPs: “I’d do it again.”

In reaction to the comments, Mr Watling said: “I think that’s slightly foolish.

“I mean, we all made sacrifices during lockdown. I, for instance, I mean, it’s not a big issue nationally, but sadly I lost one of my sisters during that and I wasn’t able to see her as much as I’d liked because of lockdown.

“Now, I understand the feelings of people out there who went through quite some privation. And it looks like – it’s all to do with perception – that there were parties being held in Number 10.”


Kwarteng: It is right to demand ‘high standards’ of integrity

Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds raised Boris Johnson’s confidence vote, telling Kwasi Kwarteng during business questions in the Commons: “If the Business Secretary believes integrity and honesty are important in all walks of life, he should have voted against the Prime Minister last night”.

Shadow business secretary Mr Reynolds said: “If a chair or chief executive of a FTSE 100 company presided over a culture of rule-breaking, broke the law themselves and then said they’d do it again, would that person have the Business Secretary’s support or would he demand better standards than in public life?

Mr Kwarteng replied it was “right to deserve and to ask actually, to demands the highest standards in any profession, across any position, in any institution.”

Mr Reynolds responded: “I agree, but if the Business Secretary believes integrity and honesty are important in all walks of life, he should have voted against the Prime Minister last night.”


Former minister says he voted for ‘new vision of the party’

Former minister Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, told BBC Radio Shropshire he had voted for “a new vision for the party and a new degree of competence at the heart of government”.

“It’s not going to happen for now, but we’ll have to see what happens in the coming weeks and months. This is not over.”


Govt has ‘drifted away from key policy aims’, says Frost

Lord Frost has claimed the Government has “drifted away” from its key policy aims.

He told the BBC: “I think basically the problem is there isn’t a particularly recognisably Conservative proposition for people to get behind.

“The Government’s economic policy particularly, though not only that, has drifted away from where the core of the supporters and voters and membership want to go and we need to get back to it.”


Streeting attacks Javid’s NHS comments

Wes Streeting has poured scorn on Sajid Javid’s comments that the NHS is a “Blockbuster healthcare system in the age of Netflix”.

Asked about the Health Secretary’s comments on Tuesday, the Labour frontbencher told an audience at the Institute for Government: “So what?”

Mr Streeting said: “I think it’s slightly absurd that 12 years into a Government we have government ministers who talk in the biggest generalities without plans to deliver anything.”

He added: “We have have a Government that is not governing and doesn’t have answers. It just has generalities.”


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