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Defiant Boris Johnson tells planning critics they’re wrong despite by-election humiliation

A defiant Boris Johnson has told critics of his planning shake-up they have got it wrong, despite his humiliation in the Chesham and Amersham by-election.The prime minister called suggestions that the Conservatives are losing their Southern heartland voters “a bit peculiar, a bit bizarre”.And he insisted: “I think there’s some misunderstanding about the planning reforms – even some wilful misunderstanding on the part of some of our opponents.“What we want is sensible plans to allow development on brownfield sites. We’re not going to build on greenbelt sites, we’re not going to build all over the countryside.”The triumphant Liberal Democrats...
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Boris Johnson criticised for meeting Bahrain’s crown prince

Boris Johnson has been accused of putting trade before torture after he met senior Bahraini officials in Downing Street to discuss a free trade deal with the Gulf states. Neither the Foreign Office nor Downing Street advertised the meeting with the country’s prime minister, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, in advance, with one official citing security concerns.
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Dominic Cummings leaks bombshell WhatsApps claiming Boris Johnson described Hancock as ‘totally hopeless’

Boris Johnson described health secretary Matt Hancock as “totally hopeless”, according to leaked messages spurned former adviser Dominic Cummings has published on his blog. After Cummings and Hancock both performed a thorough ‘he said, she said’ dance at their respective parliamentary hearings aimed at learning lessons from the coronavirus pandemic...
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Boris Johnson news — live: PM tells critics they’re wrong after by-election humiliation by Lib Dems

Boris Johnson has described his party’s defeat in the Chesham and Amersham by-election as “disappointing”. The Lib Dems overturned a huge Tory majority to score an historic win, with Sarah Green wining by 8,000 votes in a seat which had been a safe Conservative stronghold since its creation.Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said the result showed that the “blue wall” of Tory seats in the south could be demolished. One former Tory minister said it showed that some voters in the south considered Boris Johnson to be a “charlatan”.Meanwhile, the DUP is yet looking for another new leader after the short tenure of Edwin Poots – forced out last night after only 20 days in charge of the party.His resignation came after an angry party revolt against his decision to agree a deal with Sinn Fein and nominate a new first minister – leaving power-sharing arrangements at Stormont in disarray.Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is set to strip the Electoral Commission of the power to prosecute law-breaking – just weeks after it launched an investigation into his controversial flat refurb.
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Chesham and Amersham has shaken Tory MPs’ faith in Boris Johnson

The Chesham and Amersham byelection result points to a big problem for Boris Johnson: how to keep traditional Tory supporters in the south happy while leading a government that is focused on its new voters in the so-called red wall. These days, the seats the prime minister most likes to...

Chesham and Amersham: Boris Johnson on Tory by-election defeat

Chesham and Amersham: Boris Johnson on Tory by-election defeat. Boris Johnson insisted the Conservatives are a "great One Nation party" despite losing a previously safe seat in Buckinghamshire. He said there were "particular circumstances" in Chesham and Amersham, after the Liberal Democrats took the seat in a by-election..
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‘Sensible accommodations’ sought for overseas fans at Euro 2020, Boris Johnson claims

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the British Government will see if there are any “sensible accommodations” it can make regarding overseas fans and VIPs at Euro 2020. Sources at tournament organisers Uefa have refused to rule out switching the semi-finals and final from Wembley to Budapest if foreign fans and dignitaries cannot be exempted from the UK’s strict coronavirus quarantine rules.
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Boris Johnson warned over 'alarming' plan to neuter election watchdog

Boris Johnson's 'alarming' plan to strip the Electoral Commission of powers will 'fetter' its abilities, the watchdog has warned. The Tories today announced plans to place constraints on the Commission - which has been investigating the funding of Mr Johnson's flat refurbishment. The agency overseeing election financing stressed the importance...
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Boris Johnson warned ‘dozens of Conservative seats’ will fall after stunning Lib Dem by-election win

The Liberal Democrats have warned Boris Johnson they will snatch “dozens of Conservative seats” in the South if he keeps ignoring its voters, after the party’s stunning by-election win.Ed Davey pointed to anger over top-down planning changes as a key reason for how a 16,000 majority in the true-blue Buckinghamshire constituency of Chesham and Amersham was overturned.That shake-up – which critics say hands too much power to developers, undermining local democracy – may now be dead in the water, with the government fearing the backlash.The Lib Dem leader said the controversy was “symbolic” of the belief that Southern voters...
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Voters think Boris Johnson is a ‘charlatan’, former senior Tory says in wake of shock by-election defeat

Voters think Boris Johnson is a "charlatan", a senior Tory and former minister has said in a withering attack on the prime minister following his party's by-election defeat to the Liberal Democrats.Dominic Grieve, who served as attorney general, spoke out against Mr Johnson after Sarah Green overturned a huge Conservative majority to record a stunning victory at the Chesham and Amersham contest.Mr Grieve, a remainer ousted from his Beaconsfield seat at the last general election, put the Tories defeat down to what he described as a "pretty sophisticated electorate" in the Buckinghamshire seat, which is located about a 35...
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‘Fuelling repression’: Outrage after Boris Johnson meets Bahraini crown prince

Human rights campaigners have accused Boris Johnson of “fuelling repression” by meeting with Bahrain’s crown prince and prime minister amid the Gulf state’s “systematic” use of torture to suppress dissent.The UN high commissioner for human rights said earlier this year that the country was in “violation of international law” over its treatment of prisoners.There have also been allegations of other human rights breaches, including evidence that detained children as young as 13 are beaten and threatened with rape.Jeed Basyouni, from the organisation Reprieve, said: “The UK government often says how proud it is of its partnership with Bahrain. So why...
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Cummings texts show Boris Johnson calling Matt Hancock ‘totally hopeless’

Dominic Cummings launched a new onslaught on Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock on Wednesday, publishing texts from the prime minister calling his health minister “totally fucking hopeless”. In a 7,000-word essay, he also mocked the prime minister, saying he intended to leave office after the next election to “have fun...