Rishi Sunak shelves ‘big bang’ childcare reforms

Mr Sunak put less emphasis on childcare provision reform than Ms Truss during the Tory leadership campaign last summer, and has talked little about the area since taking office. But allies pointed to his record as chancellor, including £1 billion extra put into supporting vulnerable children, partly via the family hubs scheme last spring, as … Read more

Boris Johnson regarded as ‘most competent’ prime minister of 2022, poll reveals

Prof Matt Goodwin, who carried out the poll, said: “The Boris brand may be damaged but he remains voters’ top choice when they are asked which of the three prime ministers they preferred. This is especially true among Conservative voters who clearly still have a soft spot for Johnson.” Earlier this month, Sir Jake Berry, … Read more

‘Traces of cocaine’ found in Liz Truss’s former grace-and-favour home after summer parties

Traces of a suspected Class A drug were found at the grace-and-favour home of Liz Truss when she was foreign secretary, according to The Guardian. The newspaper reported that staff found a “white powder” after summer parties at Chevening House which were attended by her political allies. A spokesperson for Ms Truss said the claims … Read more

Nurses’ 19pc pay demand ‘obviously unaffordable’, says Rishi Sunak – The Telegraph

Nurses’ 19pc pay demand ‘obviously unaffordable’, says Rishi SunakThe Telegraph The December strike by NHS nurses is the biggest in their historyBBC Rishi Sunak says nurses’ pay rise is ‘unaffordable’Guardian News Nurses to join series of strikes amid escalating industrial actionEvening Standard Nurses’ strike: Biggest nurses’ strike in NHS history announcedBBC View full coverage on … Read more

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss in planning rebellion challenge to Rishi Sunak

The latest rebellion looks set to be even more serious – not only because it has attracted the support of two former prime ministers, but because it is considered more likely that Labor would back measures to promote onshore wind. By Thursday night, a total of 18 Conservative MPs had signed the amendment. It demands … Read more

Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop Indyref2 ‘wrangling’ – live updates – The Telegraph

Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to stop Indyref2 ‘wrangling’ – live updatesThe Telegraph Scotland ‘will find another way to independence’, says Sturgeon after Supreme Court defeatChannel 4 News Independence referendum: Scottish government loses indyref2 court caseBBC Supreme Court independence referendum ruling: How the Scottish Government’s case was dismantled – Alistair CarmichaelThe Scotsman Readers’ Letters: It’s … Read more

The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … 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

Britain’s Big Swing Back to Austerity Isn’t Market-Friendly – The Wall Street Journal

Britain’s Big Swing Back to Austerity Isn’t Market-FriendlyThe Wall Street Journal

A bankers’ bromance – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. LONDON — After years — some might say centuries — of bitter feuding, love may finally be blossoming across the English Channel. It’s still early days in the courting process, but senior officials in both Britain and France are daring to hope that a … Read more