Nicola Sturgeon under scrutiny for using public money and civil servants on independence plans

Mr Jack told MPs that Mr Marks was in close contact with Mr Case and Sue Gray, the second permanent secretary to the Cabinet Office, who leads on the Union and the constitution. The Scottish Secretary said there had been a previous review of the civil service in Scotland following the 2014 referendum. “Following this … Read more

Rishi Sunak is already battling his party on five fronts

Mr Davis has pointed out that countries with a reputation for being more liberal than Britain, such as Sweden, have similar policies in place, and he argues that almost all illegal arrivals from Albania, who now account for around a quarter of all cross-Channel migrants, could be sent straight home. Tory MPs in former Red … Read more

Rishi Sunak and Michael Gove consider watered-down planning bill amid Tory revolt

Rishi Sunak and Michael Gove are considering watering down their flagship planning bill in an attempt to head off a growing Tory revolt, rebels have claimed. Downing Street officials, along with the Levelling Up Secretary and ministers have held a series of discussions with planning rebels in an attempt to reach a compromise, The Telegraph … Read more

Michael Gove’s support for onshore wind farms fuels Tory rebellion

Michael Gove has told allies he supports ending the ban on onshore wind farms, leaving Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet split on the issue and fuelling a growing Tory rebellion. The Levelling Up Secretary is understood to have been joined by Grant Shapps, the Business Secretary; and Graham Stuart, the climate change minister, in privately supporting the … Read more

Labour will cut taxes for ‘working people’, vows Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir added: “We’re in a sort of defensive crouch the whole time, almost lacking the confidence to go forward. We’ve got to break through that. But we have to persuade people to vote Labour again.” Sir Keir said he had good friends who are Conservatives. “Sometimes politics can get far too tribal where we’re … Read more

State pension age set to rise to 68 in Treasury’s ‘big bazooka’ cash grab

However, legislating for a quicker age rise could be tricky, given that pensioners are a key voting bloc for the Tories, MPs are split after a year of in-fighting and the next election is looming. Sir Steve Webb, a partner at LCP who was the pensions secretary under Mr Cameron, said: “It is tempting for … Read more

Dehenna Davison is latest Tory MP to announce she will stand down

Tory rising star Dehenna Davison has become the latest MP to announce she will stand down at the next election. The Levelling-up Minister, who is only 29, made history in 2019 by becoming Bishop Auckland’s first Conservative MP. She is the latest in a steady stream of Tories to detail their exit plans amid a … Read more

Nicola Sturgeon’s plans are ‘simply nuts’ says her former law professor

Nicola Sturgeon’s former law professor has criticised her “simply nuts” plan to use the next general election as a de facto independence referendum as he lamented his ex-student’s “failure to grasp what democracy actually means”. Alistair Bonnington said the First Minister’s attempt to restrict the election to the single issue of breaking up the UK … Read more

Foreign students and their dependents could face curbs as net migration hits half a million

Other options could include a clamp down on students exploiting the two-year graduate visas to remain in the UK doing low-skilled work and increasing the salary threshold for skilled workers, which has not been uprated in line with inflation. Mrs Braverman said the Government remained committed to reducing migration “over time,” acknowledging the current level … Read more

Boris Johnson compares Liz Truss’s mini-budget to farcical Morecambe and Wise sketch

The former prime minister also rejected claims that Brexit had damaged the UK economy as “complete and utter nonsense” and “confirmation bias”. And he said his greatest mistake was not listening to his MPs enough during the Covid pandemic, which he described as a “bummer”. Asked for one thing he would have done differently as … Read more