Defence and security

The prime minister said the £16.5 billion boost to defence spending will restore the UK as Europe’s top maritime power with massive investment in cyber-warfare, drones, laser weapons and space programmes. It also signals a marked threat to the UK’s overseas aid budget – a major part of which is to prevent and avoid conflicts - given Boris Johnson repeatedly...

PM puts army on notice and says Covid restrictions could last...

The British army has been put on notice to deploy on British streets by the prime minister who today announced a tightening of restrictions to try and curb the spread of Covid-19. Boris Johnson said the country is at a...

Gov’t calls in army to help hit coronavirus test target

The government has called in the military to test essential workers for coronavirus in a bid to hit their 100,000 tests a day target by Thursday. Military mobile units are...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80...

London terror attack – PM promises ‘fundamental changes’

Boris Johnson has promised “fundamental changes to the system for dealing with those convicted of terrorism offences” following the latest terror attack on London’s streets by a known and...

‘High risk vendor’ Huawei gets role in UK’s 5G network

The government’s decision to permit Huawei to build part of the UK’s 5G network has been immediately attacked as a major security risk. Politicians in the UK have been joined by leading US counterparts in...

‘Madness’ to let Huawei provide UK’s 5G – PM asks ‘what’s the alternative?’

The prime minister has asked “what's the alternative?” after the UK government was warned by the US it would be “madness” to let Huawei develop the nation’s 5G network. Boris Johnson insisted he will not...

PM ‘sunning himself, drinking martinis’ as UK takes ‘major lurch towards war’ with Iran

The prime minister has been criticised for his “deafening silence” following the assassination of Iran’s top general Qassem Suleimani by the United States that has seen the West take a ‘major lurch towards war’. The...

Government’s ‘cynical timing’ of £4bn sale of UK defence company ‘to avoid scrutiny’

The government has been accused of “cynically timing” the announcement of the £4 billion sale of a UK defence and aerospace company to a US private equity firm “to avoid scrutiny”. The deal had been...

Tories fear Trump visit could cost PM election

Donald Trump arrives in London tonight (Monday) and senior Tories are alarmed the visit could turn into “a train wreck” for Boris Johnson with just ten days left before the general election. The US president...