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Boris Johnson’s government is under pressure following the launch of two official investigations, including one into the use of private emails for government work.
Health Minister Lord Bethell, alongside former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, has reportedly used private email accounts on a regular basis to conduct official business, raising concerns about transparency and security.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham announced on Tuesday that she was conducting a formal investigation into the use of private correspondence channels at the Department of Health and Social Affairs.
At the same time, the Lords Commissioner for Standards is investigating a complaint that Lord Bethell sponsored a parliamentary pass for Mr Hancock’s former assistant Gina Coladangelo – whom he was caught kissing on leaked CCTV footage.
Two written ministerial statements are due to be made in the House of Commons today: Chancellor Rishi Sunak on the L-Day update of the 2021-2022 finance bill and Health Secretary Sajid Javid on the “vision of life sciences ”from the government.
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 9:45 AM
MEPs worry about flaw in Hong Kong visa system
Gaps in the new visa regime for British nationals in Hong Kong mean young people vulnerable to political targeting under new safety laws may not be eligible for the road even if their parents are, MPs have warned .
The Commons Home Affairs Committee said it welcomed the introduction of the UK national (overseas) visa route allowing Hong Kong people to come to Britain from its former territory.
However, the all-party group of MPs warned that there was a gap in the arrangement for a group of young people aged 18 to 24.
People born after the July 1, 1997 remission may not be eligible for the program even if their parents have BN (O) status and ministers should expand the program to allow young people to apply separately, according to the committee.
“This is an important and welcome program, but the committee is concerned that there is a loophole for 18-24 year olds, which means vulnerable young Hong Kongers who have participated in pro-democracy protests will be at risk because they may not be eligible for the program, ”said committee chair Yvette Cooper.
“The government should close this loophole to ensure young people have a path to safety here in the UK. “
Between 123,000 and 153,700 BN (O) status holders and their dependents are expected to use the route to the UK in the first year, increasing to between 258,000 and 322,400 over five years.
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 09:33
Risk of major Covid epidemic from Euro 2020 semi-final in England, government admits
A Cabinet minister has admitted that there is a risk of a significant outbreak in Covid cases during England’s Euro 2020 semi-final match at Wembley tonight.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said this morning that the government could not “guarantee” that the match would not result in a peak in transmission as thousands of supporters are present to support the national team.
Our journalist, Adam forrest, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 09:11
Labor Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Lisa Nandy has warned that the UK should not ‘roll out the red carpet’ for China by sending UK ministers and royals to the Olympic Games. Beijing winter.
Ms Nandy told Sky News that the government should use all leverage at its disposal to prevent alleged human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province.
You can find all of his comments below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:58 AM
Greensill has access to Covid loans without detailed checks, according to National Audit Office
A failure to conduct verifications before scandal-stricken Greensill Capital joined a government-backed loan program has been heavily criticized by a watchdog.
The National Audit Office said the accelerated accreditation due to the Covid pandemic failed to “identify the risks” laid bare when the lender collapsed in May this year.
Our Deputy Political Editor, Rob merrick, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:42 AM
Below is the letter from Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy calling for a political boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics next year:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:23 AM
British ministers and royals set to boycott Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Labor says
British royals and ministers are set to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics unless China allows UN investigators to investigate allegations of human rights violations in Xinjiang province , said the Labor Party.
The Chinese government has strongly denied allegations regarding the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang, despite reports that more than one million people have been arbitrarily detained and allegations of torture and forced sterilization.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy and Shadow Culture Secretary Jo Stevens wrote to their counterparts, Dominic Raab and Oliver Dowden, stressing the need for a political response to deny the Chinese government a PR victory.
“We have constantly pressured the government to take stronger measures to deal with this appalling situation, including broader sanctions against the senior officials responsible for what is happening in Xinjiang and stricter measures against the government. forced labor, “Labor MPs said.
“We now call on you to take the opportunity of the Games to advocate for unhindered UN access to Xinjiang in order to conduct a full, transparent and independent investigation. This has been repeatedly requested by the UK and other governments, but has yet to be achieved.
“If this is not granted, the UK government should not send ministers, royals or high officials to participate in official functions or ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics.”
However, Labor did not call for a sports boycott, arguing it would not be fair to competitors who trained for four years for the event.
A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said “no decision” has yet been taken on the British government’s participation in the Winter Olympics.
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:20 AM
Johnson “lobbies UEFA to bring 2030 World Cup to UK and Ireland”
Boris Johnson is reportedly stepping up Britain’s bid to host the World Cup in 2030 by putting pressure on top UEFA officials during the Euro.
The Prime Minister met with UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin at No 10 on Tuesday to advocate for a joint British and Irish bid to host the competition, according to reports.
Our journalist, Adam forrest, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:07 AM
Conservative MPs vote for influential 1922 committee chair
Conservative MPs are voting today on who should chair the powerful 1922 committee of backbenchers following a challenge against the party leader and current chairman, Sir Graham Brady.
Sir Graham, who has held the post since 2010, faces a re-election battle with former government minister Heather Wheeler, with voting due to end at noon today.
The voting process is only open to Conservative MPs who are not in the pay of the government.
The contest comes amid reported discontent in Downing Street with Sir Graham, who has openly criticized the lockdown restrictions and voted against the government on several occasions.
Ms Wheeler, a former whip and deputy minister at the Foreign Office, is seen as No.10’s favorite candidate.
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 7:56 AM
Watchdog launches investigation into ministers’ use of private messaging
The Information Commissioner has launched an investigation into “relevant” suggestions that private email accounts have been used by ministers of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
Reports have claimed that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and current Minister Lord Bethell often use their private emails when discussing government business, sparking fears of transparency.
Our journalist, Eleanor sly, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021, 7:46 AM