Latest cost of living news: TUC leader warns Boris Johnson not to blame workers for crisis
Protesters gather ahead of a protest over the cost of living in central London
The leader of the TUC, which has organized thousands to rally against the cost of living crisis, has warned the Prime Minister not to blame it on workers.
“Let me say this to Boris Johnson – don’t dare blame the inflation on working people,” she told the crowd.
“Don’t dare, not after a decade of austerity, privatization and wage cuts. Don’t you dare tell working families that we have to endure more pain.
Earlier Mr Johnson said Britain would weather the crisis and ‘move strongly to the other side’ as he said he sympathized with those facing pressure.
The TUC says workers have lost almost £20,000 since 2008 because wages have not kept pace with inflation.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the “absolutely outrageous” decision by the European tribunal which effectively founded the first flight to send asylum seekers to Rwanda was politically motivated.
Mr Johnson said the government would continue with its plan for Rwanda and defended the Home Office’s plans to electronically tag some asylum seekers arriving in the UK.
Judges who blocked Rwanda flight are racist, claims Priti Patel
European judges who stopped deportations from Rwanda on Tuesday are racist, Home Secretary Priti Patel has claimed.
Rwanda has a recent history of genocide and human rights abuses, she said, but it was rebuilding.
“If it was France, if we sent people to Sweden, to New York, to Sydney, would they [the critics] change one’s mind ? ” she asked. “It’s actually about built-in bias and, I’d even go so far as to say, racism,” The temperature reports.
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 5:40 p.m.
Angela Rayner joins London protesters
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner has joined protests in London calling for action on the cost of living crisis.
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 4:50 p.m.
Photos from the London protest
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 4:10 p.m.
Ministers chase headlines while making cuts, says Starmer
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer has accused the government of making headlines over Rwanda’s deportation plan – while planning cuts to the agency that fights human traffickers.
Referring to the government’s actions to try to stem the arrival of migrants in small boats, he said: “What I want is a serious response because nobody wants these Channel crossings to happen, these perilous crossings.
“Everyone wants to suppress the gangs. This requires adult work with the French authorities and upstream work to fight concretely against these gangs.
“You don’t do that if you’re a government asking the National Crime Agency to make cuts.”
Labor has said the Home Office is considering cutting the National Crime Agency by 20%.
Ministers have already cut spending on the International Corruption Unit, which is part of the agency, by 13.5% this year and want to cut 91,000 civil service jobs.
Government ‘stealing headlines’ with plans to tag asylum seekers, says Starmer
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 3:35 p.m.
Rail strikes could cost industry over £1billion, says leisure chief
Next week’s rail strikes could devastate Britain’s post-Covid recovery and cost key industries more than a billion pounds, the government has been told.
Kate Nicholls, chief executive of industry group UK Hospitality, warned that tourism and leisure businesses were already fragile after the pandemic shutdowns and would take a “big hit”.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union confirmed industrial action would continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, although disruption is possible for the rest of the week.
Ms Nicholls told Times Radio: ‘At best, we think it will take a hit to hospitality revenue of over half a billion pounds.
“But that assumes that many people will be traveling on the in-between days when trains and metros will still be disrupted – it could be more important than that.
“And if you look at the whole of the tourism, leisure and theater industries as a whole, you’re certainly looking at an economic hit of over a billion pounds.”
Ms Nicholls said tourism and hospitality businesses had already been damaged by the cost of living crisis and urged the government, rail networks and the RMT to reach a deal.
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 3:10 p.m.
Don’t dare to shift the blame, warns TUC chief
Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, which staged a rally of thousands in London, was greeted with applause and cheers as she delivered a speech to the crowds in Parliament Square.
She said: ‘I saw that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps threatened railway workers with being pulled out of their jobs.
“Well, you are wrong, Mr. Shapps: if you keep stirring, at the next election you will be out of a job.”
Ms O’Grady added: “Let me say this to Boris Johnson: don’t dare blame the blame for inflation on working people.
“Don’t dare, not after a decade of austerity, privatization and wage cuts.
“Don’t you dare tell the working families that we have to bear more pain.
“And the bankers’ bonuses?” What about the boardroom raking it? What about corporate profits?
“It’s time to raise taxes on wealth, not on workers.”
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 2:44 p.m.
Starmer: Wakefield ‘could be birthplace of next Labor government’
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer urged his supporters not to be content with just days before the Wakefield by-election, telling them the town ‘could be the birthplace of the next Labor government’.
His party is now favorite to regain the seat it lost in 2019 as part of the Conservatives’ takeover of “red wall” constituencies in the north of England.
He told a rally in the city: ‘It feels like we can reach out and touch this. It’s positive…
“We know how difficult it is. We lost in 2019. We have to earn every vote.
He added: “If we get it right, this Wakefield by-election could be the birthplace of the next Labor government.
But he warned: “We must remember that we have only won one by-election in the last 25 years.
“So we have to continue these last few days to write history.”
Sir Keir addressed a large crowd of supporters with Labour’s by-election candidate Simon Lightwood and shadow cabinet members Louise Haigh and Jonathan Ashworth.
Wakefield was won by the Tories in 201 after having been a Labor stronghold since the 1930s.
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 2:20 p.m.
Protesters condemn government restriction of demonstrations
Protesters at a rally in London against the rising cost of living have slammed the controversial Policing and Crime Bill which they say could limit such protests in the future.
Ben Robinson, 25, called the bill “draconian”, saying he hoped people would keep protesting if it became law.
He told the PA news agency: ‘The fear for me is that these things won’t happen as often with the new Policing and Crime Bill coming in, so I think it’s important to go out now while we are allowed to .
“Obviously I think people should still be protesting despite this draconian bill, but to see this (the turnout) today is amazing.”
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 2:00 p.m.
UK will come out strong, insists PM
Boris Johnson has said Britain will overcome the cost of living crisis and “come out of it strongly on the other side”.
Communities Secretary Michael Gove warned on Thursday that the country was going through ‘tough times’ after the Bank of England’s inflation forecast was set to hit 11% as it raised interest rates to 1.25 %.
Mr Johnson said: ‘I have great sympathy with anyone who is facing pressures caused by the cost of living. We will get there. We will cross the other side with force.
He rejected suggestions that a £21billion package announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak would only add to inflationary pressures.
“We don’t think this support is inflationary. We believe it will go to people who need it. We think it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” he said.
Chief Treasury Secretary Simon Clarke said on Friday wage demands that seek to match the rate of inflation risk creating a 1970s-style price-wage spiral, pushing prices in shops even higher .
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 1:45 p.m.
Johnson pledges to continue deportations from Rwanda
Boris Johnson has said the government will continue its policy of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, after the first flight was blocked following an 11 a.m. ruling by the European Court of Human Rights .
Speaking at RAF Brize Norton after returning from Kyiv, Mr Johnson said ministers remained confident the policy was legal.
“All the courts in this country said there was no impediment that they could see. No court in this country found the policy illegal – which was very, very encouraging,” he said. he declares.
“There was this strange last-minute setback that we had with Strasbourg. Let’s see where we are. I have read some interesting legal commentary on this.
“But we are very confident in the legality of what we are doing and we will pursue the policy.”
Priti Patel said the judgment was “outrageous”.
Jane DaltonJune 18, 2022 1:33 p.m.