Boris Johnson news – live: PM refuses to apologize for Archbishop Rwanda ‘blemish’

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Boris Johnson has refused to withdraw his attack on the Church of England after the Archbishop of Canterbury criticized the government’s new immigration policy.

In a private meeting with Tory MPs on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Johnson said plans to send single male asylum seekers to Rwanda were “good policy”, despite some “criticism from the BBC and from senior members of the clergy”.

He added that they were both “less vociferous in their Easter Sunday denunciation of Putin than about our policy on illegal immigrants.”

John Bingham, head of media at the Church of England, said that if the reports from the meeting were true, they were “a disgraceful blot”.

MPs will vote tomorrow on whether the prime minister should be referred to the Commons Privileges Committee over allegations that he was untruthful in assuring the Commons that coronavirus regulations were being followed during the Downing Street pandemic.

Labour, which has tabled the motion, has warned Tory MPs that they will become the focus of the party’s campaign materials and advertising if they do not vote for an inquiry into whether he has misled parliament.

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Opinion: Talking about more ‘safe and legal’ asylum routes is empty words

Current resettlement schemes are of little help to those embarking on dangerous journeys across the Channel: Home Office data shows that just 134 refugees of the top three nationalities who arrived by small boats were brought to the UK via the resettlement route last year, writes. May Bulman:

Jane DaltonApr 20, 2022 19:10

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Sturgeon says her mask ‘wrong’ isn’t the same as No 10’s party gate

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted there is a “very, very clear difference” between the “flaw” of her facemask and the apparent “serious culture of law-breaking” at the lockdown parties in Downing Street.

The Scottish Prime Minister has already apologized after she was filmed wearing no face coverings while campaigning at a barbershop in East Kilbride.

Images shared on social media showed the SNP leader without her mask on after entering Iconic Gents Hair on Saturday.

The incident took place before laws requiring the wearing of face masks in indoor public places were lifted in Scotland on Monday, and the Prime Minister was addressed by Scotland’s police.

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Bank of England governor withdraws from G20 event on Russia

British officials, including Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey, were leaving a G20 event as Russia’s representative began speaking.

The move to protest Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine was coordinated with allies, including the US and Canada, the Treasury said.

File photo of Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey

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The UK is represented at all G20 sessions in Washington by Mr Bailey and Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s finance deputy Lindsey Whyte.

A spokesman said: “We will continue to work with our allies to condemn Russia’s war against Ukraine in the strongest terms and push for stronger international coordination to punish Russia for their unprovoked and unjustified actions, and work closely with partners and the international financial institutions to aid Ukraine in their hour of need.”

Lamiat SabinApril 20, 2022 6:00 PM

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Sturgeon: I could step aside if FM if Scots vote ‘no’

Nicola Sturgeon has said she could resign as Scotland’s first minister if her party loses another independence referendum.

When she appeared on the show Loose Women, the SNP leader was questioned by panelist Carol McGiffin about what it would take to step down as leader.

Ms Sturgeon insisted she has no intention of relinquishing the role as prime minister or leader of the SNP, but admitted she could hand over the reins if the country again votes no to independence.

The Scottish government has said it plans to hold another referendum on Scotland’s place in the Union by 2023, but an official date has yet to be set.

Lamiat SabinApr 20, 2022 5:40 PM

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Boris Johnson called for challenging Modi during visit to India

The prime minister is on his way to India to meet with his counterpart Narendra Modi in a bid to negotiate a trade deal by the fall.

Labor MP Kate Osamor called on Mr Johnson to challenge Mr Modi over his track record of using legislation to persecute Muslims in India, which he has denied.

Ms Osamor tweeted: “Boris Johnson must challenge Prime Minister Modi on his human rights record when he visits India this week.

“Prime Minister Modi has repeatedly fueled religious tensions for his political advantage, thereby endangering India’s Muslim minority. #IndianMuslimsUnderAttack”.

Lamiat SabinApr 20, 2022 5:20 PM

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Boris Johnson boards a plane for a two-day visit to India – photos

Boris Johnson has boarded a plane to Gujarat, where he will begin his two-day visit to India.

The photos show the Prime Minister, dressed in full business attire, holding a small red suitcase as he steps out of a Range Rover at Stansted airport.

(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

His tie flutters in the wind as he climbs the stairs – a few feet from the 4×4 vehicle – to the plane. He is expected to land in India tomorrow morning.

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Johnson will meet his Indian colleague Narendra Modi. He is expected to urge him to support Ukraine and reduce India’s dependence on Russian energy.

The pair will also discuss a potential trade deal between the UK and India that they hope to conclude by the end of this year.

Lamiat SabinApril 20, 2022 17:00

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Rees-Mogg hints UK could ignore EU speed limit rule

The government could scrap plans to require all new cars in the UK to install speed limiters, cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested.

The safety features would reportedly be made mandatory to comply with a European Union ruling on safety standards.

But Mr Rees-Mogg said this regulation can be ignored as ministers do not want to follow the rules of Brussels.

He told MPs: “I don’t care anymore what the EU does… Because the EU does it, there is no argument for doing anything anymore. We want to get rid of that mentality.”

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Corbyn says his continued expulsion from Labor is ‘wrong’

Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly demanded that Sir Keir Starmer reinstate him in the Workers’ Parliamentary Party (PLP) by refusing to rule out running as an independent in the next general election.

The Socialist MP for Islington North, since 1983, told the Evening Standard“What I hope is that the PvdA will recognize that they are in an untenable position.”

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“I think it’s wrong, it’s unfair, and I should be reinstated. Indeed, a lot of people in Islington feel the same way,” he also said.

He urged Sir Keir, the successor to his Labor leader, to return the party whip to him shortly after local elections on 5 May.

Sir Keir has said Mr Corbyn should apologize for comments he made following a report on anti-Semitism in the party in October 2020 before considering rehiring him.

Lamiat SabinApr 20, 2022 4:20 PM

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Tory MP calls for ‘men’s minister’ to fight mental health crisis

Tory MP calls for ‘men’s minister’ to fight mental health crisis

Joe MiddletonApr 20, 2022 15:56

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Boris Johnson ‘not here to lecture us on Ukraine’: what India hopes to get from British Prime Minister’s visit

Russia, trade and respect are high on Delhi’s list as British leader visits, writes Marosha Muzaffar

Joe MiddletonApr 20, 2022 3:47 PM

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