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Boris Johnson has been told he is ‘pretty toast’ if fined by Partygate, as the Prime Minister faces a grilling from senior MPs on the Commons Liaison Committee.

At PMQs hours earlier, SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford accused the Tories of ‘partying through the cost of living emergency’ by attending a ‘champagne party’ on Tuesday night, a few days before rising energy prices hit millions of families.

The bereaved families of Covid victims chanted ‘shame on you’ as Tory MPs walked into dinner at the Park Plaza Hotel, which came as the Metropolitan Police upheld an initial fine of £20 Partygate, prompting new calls for the resignation of Boris Johnson.

Dominic Raab insisted Mr Johnson acted in ‘good faith’ and did not intentionally mislead Parliament when he told MPs no rules had been broken, but admitted that the prime minister may have said things that “turned out to be wrong”.

Mr Johnson has not yet been told whether he will be fined, his official spokesman said, but is ‘undertaking’ to ensure the public is informed if he does.

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UK to ‘step up a gear’ in military support for Ukraine, says Boris Johnson

UK to ‘step up a gear’ in military support for Ukraine, says Boris Johnson

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 7:25 p.m.

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Government plan to tackle domestic violence ‘does not go far enough’

The government’s new plan to tackle domestic violence has been widely welcomed by charities – but critics say it “goes nowhere near far enough”.

It aims to prevent domestic violence and help victims and survivors. As part of the measures to tackle the perpetrators, Ms Patel is exploring options for a new register of perpetrators of domestic violence.

Labor Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called for ‘a much stronger plan’.

“Domestic violence action is getting worse as far fewer domestic abusers are being prosecuted under the Home Secretary’s watch, with more victims being left behind,” she said.

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Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 7:06 p.m.

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Tory minister endorses creation of national ‘Margaret Thatcher Day’

Tory MPs are pushing for the creation of a Margaret Thatcher Day to celebrate the former Tory Prime Minister.

On Wednesday, Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch endorsed the idea in the Commons.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 6:47 p.m.

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MPs vote to permanently allow early medical abortions at home in England

MPs voted to keep early medical abortions at home in England.

The move follows a long campaign to make the measures introduced during the pandemic permanent.

In March 2020 ministers authorized the posting of abortion pills so that they could be taken at home after a telephone consultation.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 6:28 p.m.

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Tory MP praises wealthy Qataris as ‘good’ kind of immigrant, not refugees ‘in dinghies’

Bill Wiggin said: “We want Qataris. We don’t want people in dinghies.

The MP for North Herefordshire recently declared a £2,740 Qatar-funded trip to the country in the Commons Register.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 6:09 p.m.

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Tory MP praises wealthy Qataris as ‘good’ kind of immigrant, not refugees ‘in dinghies’

Tory MP Bill Wiggin praises wealthy Qataris as ‘good’ kind of immigrant, not refugees ‘in dinghies’

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 5:59 p.m.

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PM hints at preference for offshore wind over new inland turbines

Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind offshore wind in a bid to generate more electricity in the UK.

The Prime Minister told MPs he believed offshore wind had “huge potential” but made no mention of turbines located inland.

The Prime Minister’s promised energy strategy has been delayed due to reports of internal Cabinet wrangling, including a row over the end of the effective moratorium on onshore wind farms.

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Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 5:40 p.m.

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Ed Miliband: PM ‘not on side of families facing cost of living crisis’

Ed Miliband says the Prime Minister “is not on the side of families facing the cost of living crisis”.

The shadow secretary of state for climate and net zero has said Boris Johnson ‘refuses to give real support to people’.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 5:19 p.m.

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Grant Shapps calls on regulator to disqualify ‘unfit to lead’ P&O Ferries boss

Grant Shapps calls on regulator to disqualify ‘unfit to lead’ P&O Ferries boss

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 5:15 p.m.

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Prime Minister says failure to mention child poverty in Leveling Up document is ‘purely formal accident’

Boris Johnson said it was a ‘purely formal accident’ that there was no mention of child poverty in the government’s Leveling Up white paper.

He was told during a meeting of the Liaison Committee that the term is not referenced and does not appear in the document.

The Prime Minister said: “If this is the case, it is purely a formal accident, because the whole purpose of upgrading is to ensure that children growing up everywhere have opportunities.

“And they don’t. And that’s what it’s all about.

Laurie ChurchmanMarch 30, 2022 4:56 p.m.

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