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Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted to go on an all-out strike and victims’ advocates said the historic action is “entirely the government’s fault”. Already log-jammed courts will face even further stress when barristers begin their indefinite, uninterrupted strike on September 5 – the same day the next prime minister will be announced. Barristers have been striking on alternate...

‘Impossible and odious’ to be Johnson’s ethics adviser

Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Christopher Geidt has resigned because the prime minister put him in an “impossible and odious position”. Geidt’s resignation letter states Johnson proposed violating the ministerial code and that he had been on the brink of...

Boris Johnson rewrites ministerial code to ‘save his own skin,’ says Rayner

Boris Johnson has re-written the ministerial code of conduct whilst he is being investigated by MPs over whether he has breached it by lying to the House of Commons. Labour...

Queen’s speech shows government’s ‘time has passed,’ says Starmer

The Queen’s speech, outlining the government’s legislative programme, has been attacked by Labour for lacking any strategy, detail or ideas to deal with the cost of living crisis. While Boris...

Dick’s resignation will not delay ‘partygate’ investigation, says Met

The Metropolitan Police has insisted Dame Cressida Dick’s resignation as commissioner of the force will not delay the investigation into the “partygate” scandal that has engulfed No 10. Dick -...

Johnson cancels Putin call ahead of Ukraine visit because of ‘partygate’ 

Boris Johnson cancelled a call with Vladimir Putin to discuss the escalating crisis in Ukraine because the prime minister was in the Commons, engulfed by the “partygate” scandal. Johnson will fly to the Ukrainian capital...

No 10 denials as Sue Gray report delayed by Met Police intervention

Downing Street has denied speaking to the Metropolitan Police force about the Sue Gray report which faces further delays following police intervention. The Metropolitan Police has told Sue Gray’s inquiry into illegal lockdown parties in...

Criminal inquiry into Downing Street parties will uncover more than Sue Gray

The criminal investigation into alleged lockdown parties in Downing Street will uncover more evidence threatening Boris Johnson’s future as prime minister, according to former staff who worked at Number 10. Civil servant Sue Gray’s highly...

Christmas Eve immigration change for care workers is ‘sneaky admission of govt failure’ says...

The government’s Christmas Eve announcement that it will relax immigration rules for care workers - to bolster a sector double hit by the pandemic and Brexit and left struggling to keep and attract staff...

Sunak ‘missing in action’ as interest rates rise and businesses battle against inflation and...

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is under fire for being “missing in action” in California while British businesses battle against the Omicron variant’s devastating impact on Christmas spending and the UK’s economy. The Bank...