Boris Johnson latest: Prime Minister knew ‘first-hand account’ of allegations against Chris Pincher before promoting him

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Chris Pincher allegations do ‘huge damage’ to trust in Parliament, says Tory minister

Boris Johnson received a ‘first-hand account’ of the allegations against Chris Pincher before he was promoted to Deputy Chief Whip, The Independent has learned.

The Prime Minister has been made aware of the allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior against the Tory MP on at least two occasions, according to a senior Downing Street source.

“The Prime Minister was made directly aware of a first-hand account of inappropriate sexual touching. He was told in early February and also in May, ”said a member of staff at No 10.

More than 1,000 parliamentary workers – representing two unions – have now written to House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle urging Parliament to take action on the Chris Pincher scandal.

Sir Keir Starmer has accused the Prime Minister of showing ‘poor judgement’ in appointing Mr Pincher to the office of whips.

He told Sky News: “I have no sympathy for a prime minister who repeatedly makes bad judgements.

“We lived with a version of this story month after month after month. Bad judgment from a man who puts himself above everything. I have no sympathy for him.”

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Boris Johnson says Ukraine ‘must win’ against Russian invasion

Boris Johnson has said Ukraine “must prevail” in a declaration of unity with allied countries against the Russian invasion.

He said during his speech in the Commons on Monday afternoon after returning from the Commonwealth, G7 and NATO summits last week that the summits “exceeded all expectations in the unity and resolute determination of the alliance to support Ukraine for as long as it takes”.

He added: “We all understand that if [Vladimir] Putin is not arrested in Ukraine, he will find new targets for his revenge attacks and we are not upholding an abstract ideal but the first principle of a peaceful world, which is that large and powerful countries cannot be allowed to dismember their neighbors and if that were ever allowed, then no nation anywhere would be safe.

The Prime Minister said that Ukraine “must have the strength to end this war under the conditions described by President Zelensky”. Meanwhile, Mr Johnson told MPs the G7 had also pledged ‘nearly $30 billion in financial support to Ukraine this year’.

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 06:50

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Tory MP quizzes Johnson on defense spending pledge

A former Tory whip has questioned Boris Johnson’s pledge to raise defense spending to 2.5% of GDP by the end of this decade.

Mark Harper said: “When the Prime Minister’s remarks at the NATO summit were reported last week, the 2.5% commitment to spend on defense really looked pretty solid. His words today are less so. So assuming this is a commitment, can I just ask him, is this a commitment? And second, how are we going to pay for it? »

Mr Johnson replied: “This is a simple extension – prediction – based on what we currently commit to spend under the Aukus program and FCAS. [Future Combat Air System] program as well. These are gigantic commitments. I think they are the right thing for the UK.

He continued, “They will take us to that threshold. Of course, a lot depends on the size of our GDP at the time. Everything depends on the growth of the economy. I think we will pay for it through steady and sustained economic growth.

Earlier, the Prime Minister said: “If you follow the trajectory of our modernization programs for our armed forces, you will draw the logical conclusion that the UK is likely to spend 2.5% of its GDP on defense by now. the end of this decade.”

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 06:30

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Unions urge president to act as they say political parties cannot be trusted

More than 1,000 parliamentary workers – representing two unions – have written to House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle urging Parliament to take action on the Chris Pincher scandal.

Unions have jointly branded parliament a dangerous workspace and union general secretaries have said political parties cannot be trusted to deal with the misbehavior of their own MPs.

The FDA and Prospect have called on Parliament to act to end the “seemingly endless” allegations of sexual misconduct by MPs. Unions have said politicians have repeatedly failed to “properly address the sexual misconduct of one of their own”.

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 06:10

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Starmer rules out joining EU or single market

Sir Keir Starmer has ruled out joining the EU or the single market if the party comes to power.

In a speech on Monday evening, Mr Starmer pledged to tackle what he called a ‘fatberg of red tape and bureaucracy’ caused by Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal.

He insisted joining the EU would create more division in Britain. And added that Labor intended to grow the economy – details of which he will reveal later – but insisted the first step was to successfully leave the EU.

He said, “We will be the honest broker our countries need. We will make the protocol work and we will make it the stepping stone to a better deal for the British people. »

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 05:50

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No 10 rejects Diane Abbott’s claims about Johnson

After Labor MP Diane Abbott said on a BBC Radio 4 program that Boris Johnson was ‘rumored to be he enjoys attacking women’, No 10 responded by saying ‘the claim is false’.

Ms Abbott also accused the Prime Minister of hypocrisy when answering a question about the allegations about Chris Pincher.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “Obviously this claim is false. But I’m not going to engage on political points beyond that.

During the show’s segment, host Paddy O’Connell questioned her claim and added, “Diane, you need to answer my questions rather than raise new claims.”

The spokesperson also said the BBC had temporarily removed the program from its catch-up service to edit the segment.

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 05:30

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Carrie Johnson has openly questioned Chris Pincher’s suitability as government whip, report says

Carrie Johnson had openly questioned Chris Pincher’s suitability as government whip five years ago, according to a report.

Sky News said Ms Johnson asked how Mr Pincher ended up in the whip’s office.

Last week was the second time that Mr. Pincher resigned from the whip’s office. He first quit in 2017 after a Tory candidate accused him of making an inappropriate lead.

The Independentmeanwhile, learned that Boris Johnson received a ‘first-hand account’ of the allegations against Mr Pincher before he was promoted to deputy chief whip.

Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 05:10

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Johnson received a ‘first-hand account’ of the allegations against Pincher before promoting him

Boris Johnson received a ‘first-hand account’ of Chris Pincher’s inappropriate sexual behavior before his appointment as Deputy Chief Whip, The Independent has learned.

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Maroosha MuzaffarJuly 5, 2022 4:45 a.m.

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