Far left to blame for Labour defeats, suggests Tony Blair
The scale of injury to UK commerce with the EU inflicted by Brexit has been laid naked in official figures which confirmed items exports to the bloc within the first quarter of 2021 down by 18 per cent in contrast to the final three months of 2020.
Trade with the EU continued to recuperate from the precipitous collapse in January – when UK exports fell by 42 per cent – with gross sales to the continent in March up 8.6 per cent (£1bn) and imports up 4.5 per cent (£800m) in contrast to February.
But Thomas Sampson of the London School of Economics stated that at the moment’s figures counsel that the “incomplete bounceback” seen in February has now stalled.
Elsewhere, Gordon Brown stated Boris Johnson can be remembered as the prime minister who oversaw the break-up of the United Kingdom if Scotland presses forward with an independence referendum and votes to go away.
The former prime minister accused Mr Johnson of failing to perceive the union, and criticised his authorities for failing to make it a precedence in yesterday’s Queen’s speech.
In an interview with Times Radio on Wednesday, the ex-Labour chief stated: “I don’t think he’s thought about it, I don’t think he understands it, I think he’s got to start beginning to understand it.”
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Matt Mathers12 May 2021 08:21
‘Thin’ authorities agenda lacks payments on safety of employees and social care funding
Boris Johnson sparked anger with a Queen’s Speech which lacked promised laws on employees’ rights, reform of care funding and safety for veterans of the Northern Ireland Troubles.
Our politics editor Andrew Woodcock studies:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 08:46
Johnson’s voter ID ‘nothing to do with party interests’, minister claims
Boris Johnson’s plan to make ID mandatory for people voting in elections has “nothing to do with party interests”, a Cabinet minister has claimed.
The prime minister set out plans in yesterday’s Queen’s speech to reform electoral laws, which campaigners argue will disenfranchise the young and those in ethnic minority and working-class communities.
Critics say the measures are a cynical attempt by the Conservative Party to suppress voting. Appearing on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, George Eustice, secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, denied the government was using the power of the state for political purposes:
My colleague Adam Forrest has more details on this story:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 09:02
Labour Party needs ‘total deconstruction and reconstruction’ to revive, Tony Blair says
Labour wants “total deconstruction and reconstruction” so as to revive as a celebration amid the “major setback” of final week’s poor electoral efficiency, former chief Tony Blair has warned.
Our politics correspondent Ashley Cowburn studies:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 09:24
ICYMI: Voters don’t know what Stamer stands for, says Angela Rayner
Keir’s Starmer’s deputy has stated voters didn’t know what the Labour chief stood for within the current election marketing campaign.
Angela Rayner additionally admitted she had “frank” and “robust” conversations with Sir Keir, days after she emerged from a reshuffle with a clutch of latest roles.
Our Whitehall editor Kate Devlin studies:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 09:45
PM ought to be specializing in social care and work insecurity – not ‘dangerous’ voter ID plan, Miliband says
Boris Johnson ought to be specializing in reforming social care and ending work insecurity as a substitute of introducing “dangerous” plans for obligatory voter ID.
He informed LBC: “What this shows is that we have got a voter ID plan which the Conservative Party think will benefit them by putting people off from voting and absolutely shouldn’t be in the Queen’s speech.
“We have got desperately needed measures like dealing with the insecurity at work and dealing with social care which are not in this Queen’s Speech.
“I think it suggests the wrong priorities.”
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 10:00
Covid hotspots imply native restrictions can’t be dominated out, says minister
Boris Johnson’s authorities is not going to rule out re-introducing more durable restrictions for coronavirus “hotspot” areas, a cupboard minister has stated.
My colleague Adam Forrest studies:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 10:36
Boris Johnson urges Israel and Palestinians to ‘step back from brink’ as tensions rise
Boris Johnson has urged Israel and the Palestinians to “step back from the brink” and for either side to present restraint, amid rising tensions and violence.
Our coverage correspondent Jon Stone could have extra on this story as it develops:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 11:00
Gordon Brown: If Johnson loses Scotland, that’s all he’ll be remembered for
If Scotland turns into unbiased throughout Boris Johnson’s premiership, that can be his lasting legacy, former prime minister Gordon Brown has stated.
The argument over Scottish independence has intensified in current days after the SNP’s landslide victory within the Holyrood election, which additionally produced the biggest pro-independence majority within the parliament within the historical past of devolution.
Speaking on Times Radio on Wednesday, Mr Brown claimed Mr Johnson’s lasting legacy could be dropping Scotland if the nation turns into unbiased, including he believes the PM doesn’t “perceive” the union.
He stated: “The downside for Boris Johnson is, I feel he had one sentence in his speech yesterday, the Queen’s Speech, in regards to the union itself.
“I do not assume he is thought of it, I do not assume he understands it, I feel he is obtained to begin starting to perceive it.
“He’s a historian, he should keep in mind that Lord North was the prime minister who misplaced America and that is all he is remembered for, if Boris Johnson turns into the Prime Minister who loses Scotland and sees the tip of the United Kingdom, that is all he can be remembered for.
“We want to give some consideration to this situation, and we’d like to do it fairly urgently.”
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 11:10
PM going through court docket judgement over unpaid debt
Boris Johnson is going through a court docket judgement over an unpaid debt of £535, it has been revealed.
Listings of county court docket judgements for final October embody a discovering towards “Boris Johnson, 10 Downing Street”.
The document, uncovered by Private Eye journal and seen by The Independent, confirmed that the debt remains to be “unsatisfied” greater than six months later.
Our politics editor Andrew Woodcock has extra particulars under:
Matt Mathers12 May 2021 11:22