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Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the UK economy is entering a “new age of optimism” as he delivered a budget that Labour said only benefitted “bankers on short haul flights sipping champagne”. Sunak said the government’s tax and spending plans – details below - are focused on the “post-Covid” era and will pave the way for an “economy of higher wages,...

Johnson unites Irish in opposition to his ‘obscene’ Troubles’ murders amnesty...

Members of all major political parties on the island of Ireland have united to oppose Boris Johnson’s plans to “draw a line under the Troubles” by ending all prosecutions related to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Victims groups joined politicians...

Raab clings on after revelations foreign secretary ‘nobbled’ PM to stay on his luxury...

Dominic Raab’s tenure as foreign secretary is under increasing threat after it emerged he “nobbled” the prime minister into letting him stay in Crete despite being told by advisors...

Johnson should ‘hang his head in shame’ says Major General, accusing the PM of...

Boris Johnson’s decision to go on holiday on Saturday, hours before the fall of Kabul, has been criticised as a “dereliction of duty” by a military commander who said...

Priti Patel fills vacant security minister role responsible for oversight of Covid fraud; Labour...

Home secretary Priti Patel’s permanent appointment as security minister “is a clear sign” the government has little concern for the safety of citizens, claims Labour. Patel fills the vacant security...

Johnson’s fury with Sunak highlights ‘disgraceful’ dysfunction inside Downing Street, says Labour

A furious Boris Johnson threatened to sack Rishi Sunak after a leaked letter from the chancellor calling for travel restrictions to be eased was leaked to the press. Labour have called on the prime minister...

Boris Johnson backs Matt Hancock amid calls for M15 to investigate security breach

The prime minister has backed his health secretary over revelations Matt Hancock breached Covid rules by kissing his aide. Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said the PM “considers the matter closed” after Hancock apologised for breaching social...

England’s ‘shameful’ social care system can be ‘one to be proud of’ for £10bn...

England’s "shameful" social care system can be transformed with 1% extra government spending, according to the architect of Boris Johnson's most favoured plan to reform the system. Sir Andrew Dilnot said we need a social...

Priti Patel delaying Daniel Morgan report to ‘protect friends’ at Murdoch’s News International

Home secretary Priti Patel has been accused of delaying the publication of a report into the murder of Daniel Morgan to protect friends at Rupert Murdoch’s News International. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the...

Easy Sleazy sings Jagger as Greensill inquiries hit eight and counting

In his 59 years as front man of the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger can rarely, if indeed ever, have penned a more aptly named song that coincided so perfectly with political events than...