(LONDON) PMQ’s Report: Boris Johnson’s position under threat as another senior MP tells him to resign BBC News Interview last night #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.13: William Wragg, chairman of the Public Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Committee, said his position is ‘untenable’ following revelations about the May 2020 event.

#AceDailyNews says according to UK Media News Report: Another senior Conservative MP has called on Boris Johnson to resign over the Downing Street parties scandal: The prime minister is under intense pressure after admitting he attended a ‘bring your own booze’ gathering at Number 10 while the country was in lockdown:

Boris Johnson and William Wragg
The PM’s political future is in serious doubt after another disastrous day (Picture: UK Parliament)

PMQ’s – Wednesday 12 Jan 2022 5:24 pm

He joins Scottish Tory leader Douglass Ross in calling for Mr Johnson to fall on his sword.

The Hazel Grove MP told Radio 4’s PM programme that: ‘A series of unforced errors are deeply damaging to the perception of the party.’

Mr Wragg, who is also the vice-chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs, added it was ‘a tragedy things have come to pass in this way’.

The powerful backbench body, which would play a key role in facilitating any leadership election, is due to meet tonight for a pre-planned meeting.

Keir Starmer calls for PM to resign after lockdown party leak

Downing Street email
ITV revealed an email showing a Number 10 aide organising drinks, rubbishing Mr Johnson’s previous claims he knew nothing about the gatherings (Picture: Paul Brand/Twitter)

He added: ‘Unfortunately, I wasn’t reassured. I fear this is simply going to be a continuing distraction to the good governance of the country.’

Mr Ross earlier said ‘I don’t think [Mr Johnson] can continue as leader of the Conservatives.

He told STV he had spoken to the PM on Wednesday afternoon ‘and I set down my reasons and I explained to him my position’.

Another Tory MP, Sir Roger Gale, said it was already clear that Mr Johnson had misled Parliament and was politically a ‘dead man walking’.

The North Thanet MP said ‘you don’t have bring-a-bottle work events in Downing Street, so far as I’m aware’ and ‘I think the time has come for either the prime minister to go with dignity as his choice, or for the 1922 Committee to intervene’. 

Mr Johnson has attempted to head off savage criticism from within his own ranks and the public at large by apologising but refusing to comment further while an ongoing investigation is allowed to be completed.

Boris Johnson
Mr Johnson faced one of the toughest Commons sessions of his parliamentary career today, with opposition MPs lining up to tell him to resign (Picture: Reuters)

Following a session in the Commons which saw a visibly shaken Mr Johnson face calls for his resignation, Downing Street could not confirm or deny whether the PM had himself turned up to the event with his own booze.

Earlier today in the Commons, Mr Johnson said that he attended the gathering for around 25 minutes to ‘thank groups of staff’ but ‘with hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside’.

The PM continued: ‘I know the rage they feel with me and with the government I lead when they think in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ‘the party is over’ and called on him to resign.

He said: ‘That code says ministers who knowingly mislead parliament will be expected to offer their resignation.

‘The party’s over, prime minister. The only question is will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he do the decent thing and resign?’

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Jan.13: 2022:

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(SCOTLAND) LATEST: Leader of Conservatives says PM might have to resign while others say rule-breaking is ‘humiliating’ for the party #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan13: Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure from Conservative MPs to publicly admit if he attended a rule-breaking garden party in Downing Street.

#AceDailyNews says according to a Guardian News LIVE Parliament Report: About 100 staff were invited by the PM’s principal private secretary to bring a bottle and “make the most of the lovely weather”. But Johnson has declined to say whether he attended the event. These are just some of the responses from MPs to the furore.

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View:

It’s humiliating, and does not reflect the majority of my colleagues who at least try and lead by example.

I am appalled and shocked at the reports of further gatherings in May last year that are now coming to light this week … It is vital, if we are to maintain public trust, that government employees, politicians and officials follow the same rules as the rest of the country.

How do you defend the indefensible? You can’t! It’s embarrassing and what’s worse is it further erodes trust in politics when it’s already low. We need openness, trust and honesty in our politics now more than ever and that starts from the top.

I have no words that can adequately express how angry I am at the ‘don’t do as I do, do as I say’ attitude that appears to have prevailed in Downing Street.

These are serious allegations. The prime minister will be in the House of Commons [on Wednesday] … and I await his explanation with interest.

I’m in no doubt that any member – whether the PM or otherwise – who deliberately misleads parliament cannot continue. They would have to resign.

It is clearly unacceptable for anyone in government to be flouting the laws that they had imposed on everyone else. For some of the people who imposed those damaging laws to have been ignoring them will be a bitter pill to swallow for those who faithfully followed them even at huge personal cost, and is impossible to justify and defend.” (Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

I am deeply angered by the thought of any illegal gatherings, parties or social events which took place at Downing Street whilst the rest of the country was in lockdown and following the rules … If any event took place that was in breach of the rules, the strongest disciplinary action must be taken, and I will continue to follow any revelations on this closely.”

The rules were clear and unequivocal at that point in time. I don’t think anybody thought you were meant to be having parties.”

If the inquiry or the Metropolitan police find that the alleged activities were illegal and that the PM knew this, or was involved, then I think he should consider his position.”

Why can’t all the dirty linen be washed at once? Why are we getting this drip, drip feed of parties?”

I can’t see how anybody who organised a party or willingly chose to attend one can stay in any position where they’re setting Covid policy.”

Many of my constituents have sacrificed so much – not being able to visit sick or grieving relatives or attend funerals. I am clear that those who set the rules must abide by them or face the consequences.”

If the PM has misled parliament, it’s an extremely serious matter and that, coupled with other investigations that have arisen, places the PM in an untenable situation: Read More: Continue reading…

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Jan.13: 2022:

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(LONDON) MET REPORT: Say they will not pursue an investigation into claims major Conservative donors gifted the party £3million in return for peerages according to MetroUK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.13: Nine of the party’s former treasurers have been elevated to the House of Lords since the Tories returned to power in 2010, an investigation by The Sunday Times and Open Democracy found.

#AceDailyNews says according to a Metro News Report: “Cash For Honours Claims ‘ will go by the board Metropolitan Police say as no investigation into the claims will be initiated……They said its officers had concluded there were ‘not sufficient grounds’ to launch one, after being urged to do so by senior SNP MPs.

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Nine former party treasurers were put in the House of Lords after each donating £3million (Picture: Getty Images)

Each of them had donated more than £3million to the party before their appointments, according to the report. 

It also said that in the past 11 years, 22 of the party’s main financial donors have been given peerages after donating a combined £54 million.

SNP Commons leader Pete Wishart wrote to Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick this week calling for the ‘cash for honours’ allegations to be looked into.

He later confirmed the force had written to inform him that officers would not be taking it any further at this time. 

FILE - In this Saturday, June 10, 2017 file photo, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at New Scotland Yard, in London. London's police force has apologized to the family of two murdered sisters, saying its initial response to the crime fell short of the expected standard. The victims' mother dismissed the apology on Tuesday as too little, too late. She said the police force had not yet taken responsibility for its
Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick was asked to investigate by SNP Commons leader Pete Wishart (Picture: PA)

Wishart said he was ‘disappointed’ by the news but said it ‘was not unexpected’.

In a statement released by his party, he added: ‘If it is not illegal to hand out peerages in return for millions of pounds in donations then it should be illegal – and it is absolute proof that Westminster is institutionally corrupt.

‘The fact that Boris Johnson, and his predecessors, have handed peerages to dozens of millionaire Tory Party donors absolutely stinks and it is an appalling abuse of the system.

‘The independence of the police is paramount and we respect their decision, which is based on the evidence that is immediately available and the law as it stands.

‘However, the fact that the Tories could get away with the shameful practice of dishing out peerages to their wealthy donors proves that the Westminster system is broken beyond repair and will never be fixed.’

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble
Boris Johnson and predecessors have been accused of an ‘appalling abuse’ of the system (Picture: Reuters)

The Met said: ‘Specialist detectives have considered the contents of correspondence received by the MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) relating to recent media reports concerning the awarding of peerages.

‘Taking into account both the information provided in the correspondence and other available information alongside the relevant legislation, officers have concluded that there are not sufficient grounds to initiate an investigation.

‘Should further information regarding these matters be provided to the MPS it will of course be considered.’

SNP MP Angus Brendan MacNeil, who also wrote to the Met this week over the press reports, said he would be considering whether ‘potential legislation’ was needed to tackle political donors being elevated to the Lords.

The Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP said he had written to the Prime Minister, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey asking them to commit to ruling out party donors being given seats in the upper chamber to show they are ‘serious’ about clamping down on cronyism.

He added: ‘There is quite clear corruption going on if you give money and end up in Parliament.’

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.13: 2021:

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‘ David Cameron Military Action at Invitation of Iraq ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRITAIN – September 23 – David Cameron supports the latest air strikes by the US and five other countries from the Gulf and Middle East, Downing Street has said.

The UK prime minister, in New York for a UN General Assembly meeting, will be holding talks about “what more the UK can do to contribute”, No 10 added.

The UK is already providing arms to the Kurds as well as surveillance support.

The BBC’s Nick Robinson said Parliament could be recalled by Friday if Labour and Lib Dems back UK military action.

The involvement of UK forces could be restricted to Iraq, where they would be operating at the invitation of the government in Baghdad.

Nick Robinson said Mr Cameron would only put the issue to a House of Commons vote, if he was confident of support from Labour, the Lib Dems and his own backbenchers.

“David Cameron will not risk a repeat of the Commons defeat he faced last summer over air strikes in response to President Assad’s use of chemical weapons.”

Fair wind’ for action:

Former Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw said under the right circumstances there could be support for Britain joining air strikes in Iraq.

He said the situation was different from when the Commons voted against intervention in Syria last year.

“If Mr Cameron comes to Labour and there’s a clear proposition I think he’ll get a fair wind,” he said.

Several Conservative MPs who opposed air strikes in Syria last summer have told the BBC they would now support military action.

Crispin Blunt, a former minister and one of the Tory rebels at the time, said there was “no great controversy” about the UK’s military involvement – short of a significant ground commitment – and there was no need to recall Parliament.

“Any military strategy against ISIS, which is necessary, must involve taking them on in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

Another of last year’s Tory rebels, Sarah Wollaston, said if Syrian strikes were the only way to hit IS effectively she would support them.

She has explained her position in an open letter to constituents on her website.

Conservative Julian Lewis said he “would be in favour” of military action if there was “a coherent and sensible plan”.

Another backbencher who rebelled last year, Charles Walker, said he would support action against IS with or without the recall of Parliament.

Other Conservatives have privately confirmed they would support strikes.

#ANS2014

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‘ David Cameron Behind Closed Doors Discusses Political Fall-Out of Scottish Referendum ‘

#AceNewsServices – LONDON – September 22 – British Prime Minister David Cameron sought Monday to limit the divisive political fallout following the Scottish referendum, gathering senior Conservatives at his official country retreat to placate anger over promises made to Scotland to keep it in the United Kingdom.

Here is a guide to the issues being discussed:

' What is the English Question '

‘ What is the English Question ‘

' What does this mean for Scotland '

‘ What does this mean for Scotland ‘

' Who loses !!!

‘ Who loses !!!

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#UKGOVNEWS : ” Tories Hand Out Plum Contracts to `Private Firms’ in NHS”

#AceNewsServices says `Tories want to Privatise NHS’ as cuts fund profits for `Fat-Cats’ while `Front Line Staff’ struggle to cope.

Health not WealthIn an article today by the `Daily Mirror’  Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says huge payments to private agencies to cover understaffed wards is symptomatic of the Conservatives‘ long-term aims.

Before the 2010 election, the Tories promised “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS”. They were lying. They were secretly planning the biggest ever.

The shake-up, signed off by the Lib Dems, has cost £3billion and rising.

To pay for it, the PM took cash off the NHS front line he promised not to cut.

The result? Six-figure payoffs for hundreds of managers and P45s for thousands of nurses. It stinks.

Cameron’s reorganisation has left the NHS weakened, confused and short of staff.

And now the vultures are circling. Agencies are profiteering off the problems of the NHS by charging it exorbitant fees to fill a single shift.

And it only gets worse. Government cuts to NHS community services, mental health and social care are pushing more people to A&E, who in turn need more staff to cope. So our hospitals are trapped in a vicious circle as agencies keep raking in the cash.

Cameron’s reorganisation is giving private firms the green light to cherry-pick services.

 

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#UK : " If `David Cameron' is `Prime Minister' after next `Election' there will be an `EU Membership' Referendum"

#AceUKNews says the British Foreign Secretary William Hague' has said there will be a referendum onEU Membership’ if the Tories win the next general election in 2015.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday morning Andrew Marr show, Hague said, “If David Cameron is Prime Minister after the next election there will be a referendum.”

The Labour Party is currently well ahead of the Conservatives in virtually all opinion polls.

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Sunday Trading Not For Families

Sunday Morning

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that some leading Conservatives have called for an extension to retail opening hours on Sundays. Trading restrictions on bigger stores have been dropped for six weeks this summer to coincide with the Olympics. The ministers are said to be keen to use this as a springboard for longer hours to be allowed permanently. However, Liberal Democrats oppose such a move, which would also likely be fought by unions, small businesses and the Church.

For many a year and way back to The Sunday Trading Act 1994 has been an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom governing the right of shops in England and Wales to trade on a Sunday. Buying and selling on Sunday had previously been illegal, with exceptions, under the Shops Act 1950.

On many occasions successive governments have tried for a change to enable retail outlets to open on Sunday! This will if allowed to happen under this government l can see many a family unit suffering! We already have lost the time when families would sit around the dinner table to share a meal, has gone by the way of the dodo! So this leaves the only day when all the family can spend time together with their children.

It has always seemed that shop keepers and now certain retail outlets have expected their workers to turn in come rain or shine, whilst managers and directors are languishing by their pools!

So l say a resounding NO! to Sunday opening not on religious grounds, not on be a kill-joy but for the good of harmony in households!

Sunday should be a family day to break bread and share together!

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