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Yvette Cooper promoted and Lisa Nandy to shadow Gove on levelling up brief in Labour reshuffle

Yvette Cooper promoted and Lisa Nandy to shadow Gove on levelling up brief in Labour reshuffle

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Yvette Cooper is elevated to shadow home secretary while Lisa Nandy will move from shadow foreign secretary to the levelling up brief as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer reshuffles his cabinet.Ms Cooper, who held the home affairs brief previously from 2011 to 2015 under former Labour leader Ed Miliband, will depart her current role as chair of the influential Commons home affairs select committee in returning to the shadow cabinet. She will go head to head with Home Secretary Priti Patel on the issue of migrant crossings.Ms Nandy will now shadow Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, while David Lammy has been promoted into her former shadow foreign secretary role from the justice brief.New shadow cabinet roles revealed in Starmer's surprise Labour shake-up - live updates Advertisement ...
Who’s in and who’s out? Starmer shaking up top team as shadow cabinet reshuffle begins

Who’s in and who’s out? Starmer shaking up top team as shadow cabinet reshuffle begins

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is carrying out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet - and Sky News understands a senior member of his top team is being demoted.Sky News understands Nick Thomas-Symonds is being demoted from his position as shadow home secretary. 'It's all happening - big names being moved - live updates as Starmer carries out surprise reshuffle Meanwhile, two sources have told Sky News that Kate Green has been dismissed as shadow education secretary.Officially confirmed moves so far have seen Jo Stevens moved from the digital, culture, media and sport brief to become shadow Wales secretary. Advertisement After a morning of reports and speculation about a reshuffle, Cat Smith revealed she is departing as shadow minister for young people and democracy. She tw...
PM has ‘polluted our democracy’ with ‘corruption’ – Labour

PM has ‘polluted our democracy’ with ‘corruption’ – Labour

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Labour would "act to stamp out the corruption that Boris Johnson and his government has polluted our democracy with" if it wins power at the next general election, the party's deputy leader has said.Unveiling the party's plans to fix the "broken" system for upholding ministers' standards, Angela Rayner said the prime minister had been "shameless" in his disregard for the rules. Under Labour's reforms, ex-ministers would be banned from carrying out any lobbying, consultancy or paid work relating to their old jobs for at least five years. Image: Ms Rayner highlighted the PM's handling of the case involving Priti Patel in making her argument for reform A new "integrity and ethics commission" would also have the power to hit former ministers with financial sanctions for breaking the ru...

Have the last few wobbly weeks seen a turning point for Johnson as PM?

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Have the last few weeks seen a turning point in Boris Johnson's premiership? Dozens of Tories have refused to follow the prime minister's orders in the voting lobbies on issues as diverse as sleaze and social care. Meanwhile a handful of Tory MPs have gone public with demands for change, with many more complaining in Westminster's cafes and bars. At times, it has felt like Mr Johnson was losing his political agility."There are too many issues at the moment in which the government is shooting itself in the foot with issues and problems which as I say colleagues are warning and warning and warning about and that are visible from Venus, Mars even maybe visible from Pluto," northern Tory and ex minister Andrew Percy told Sky News."And that has got to stop because we owe the people of this...
Dutch and UK govts agree migrants need to be returned to first country ahead of meeting UK excluded from

Dutch and UK govts agree migrants need to be returned to first country ahead of meeting UK excluded from

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The Dutch and UK governments have agreed migrants need to be returned to the first safe country they arrive in during a meeting ahead of European talks the UK is excluded from.A Home Office statement said Home Secretary Priti Patel spoke to the Netherlands minister for migration, Ankie Broekers-Knol, this morning about people crossing the Channel in small boats after 27 died doing so on Wednesday. This afternoon, Ms Brokers-Knol is attending a meeting organised by France with Germany, Belgium and the European Commission but Ms Patel was disinvited after Boris Johnson tweeted out a letter with suggestions for the crisis he sent to French President Emmanuel Macron. Image: More people have been taking the dangerous Channel crossing after 27 died this week The Home Office statement sai...
‘It’s going to be a great Christmas’: Defiant Javid defends not imposing stricter restrictions to combat new variant

‘It’s going to be a great Christmas’: Defiant Javid defends not imposing stricter restrictions to combat new variant

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The health secretary has said it is going to be a "great Christmas" as he defended not imposing stricter restrictions to combat the new COVID variant.Sajid Javid told Sky News' Trevor Phillips On Sunday it would be "irresponsible to make guarantees" but the measures announced this week in reaction to the Omicron variant will "buy us time" to enable scientists to assess it. "People should continue with their plans as normal for Christmas, I think it's going to be a great Christmas," he said.Live COVID updates from UK and around the world Image: People arriving from South Africa and nine other southern African countries have to go into hotel quarantine Mr Javid said he did not think stricter measures needed to be imposed just yet as social distancing and work from home directives "ca...
Govt minister says she ‘doesn’t believe’ Stanley Johnson inappropriately touched MP

Govt minister says she ‘doesn’t believe’ Stanley Johnson inappropriately touched MP

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A government minister has defended Stanley Johnson, calling him "a gentleman" after a fellow Conservative Party MP accused the prime minister's father of inappropriately touching her.Nadine Dorries, the culture secretary, said she "didn't believe" what Caroline Nokes had accused the former MEP of. In response to the remarks, Ms Nokes said she was "sorry" the member of the government had "denounced" her - and hoped the remarks would not deter other women from coming forward with "experiences of public sexual harassment". Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:58 MP's touching claim against Stanley Johnson Ms Nokes had previously told Sky News that Stanley Johnson had smacked her "about as hard as he could" on her backside at the Conservative Party Confer...
Questions arise over Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £2bn youth jobs scheme

Questions arise over Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £2bn youth jobs scheme

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There is limited evidence that Rishi Sunak's £2bn jobs programme for young people is working, according to a new report.The National Audit Office (NAO) watchdog warned that the government has “limited assurance” over whether the Kickstart scheme, aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds, is having any positive effect or creating high quality jobs. The government says that some 100,000 jobs have been created through the scheme, but it is unclear if these roles would have been created anyway, said the NAO.The Kickstart scheme was designed to create six-month work placements for young people claiming benefits following a sharp rise in unemployment following the pandemic last year.But the NAO has also cautioned that more could be done to ensure that the jobs created are "targeted at those who need them the...

New COVID variant officially named and Javid warns of ‘huge international concern’ as first case found in Europe

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A worrying new variant of COVID-19 has been classified by the World Health Organisation as a "variant of concern" - its most serious level - and officially given the Greek name Omicron.The WHO said the variant, first detected in South Africa and previously known as B.1.1.529, "has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning" and early evidence suggested an increased risk of reinfection compared to other strains. "This variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage," the organisation added.It comes as Europe has detected its first case of Omicron - in Belgium - and the UK's health secretary warned there was "huge international concern" over the strain. Image: A healthcare worker collect...
Shadow health secretary self-isolating after testing positive for COVID

Shadow health secretary self-isolating after testing positive for COVID

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.The leading Labour MP said he will be "out of action for a bit" after announcing he had tested positive on Friday morning. He did not say whether his family or members of his staff have also tested positive for COVID or are self-isolating. I’ve tested positive for covid, am now self isolating & out of action for a bit.While huge strides have been made, still a lot of virus circulating.So get your jab and booster, do routine lateral flow tests, wear masks in crowded places & govt fix sick pay & ventilation!— Jonathan Ashworth (@JonAshworth) November 26, 2021 The MP used his situation to warn that although "huge strides have been made" there is "still a lot of virus circulating"...