Boris Johnson news: Latest updates as Macron “marks the PM clown”


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Parliament has been hit by a major security breach after an intruder breached a barrier to gain access to the Palace of Westminster.

Armed police chased the male suspect and pinned him to the ground inside New Palace Yard before taking him away.

An officer said The independent the man entered the courtyard by “jumping” a security barrier at the entrance to the car gate used by Boris Johnson and other ministers.

Previously, the French media had reported that Emmanuel Macron had called Boris Johnson “a clown” in private conversations with advisers. The magazine The chained Duck quoted the French president as saying he was able to have serious conversations with the prime minister in private, only to find him “giving us a hard time” in public later.

The comments come amid an ongoing feud between London and Paris over the Channel crisis, with both sides accusing the other of failing to stem the flow of refugees and migrants making the treacherous journey from the Great -Brittany and France.



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Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 11:34 AM


Break: Cabinet minister to be probed by standards commissioner

It is understood that the investigation relates to a series of loans totaling £ 6million from Rees-Mogg’s Saliston Limited company between 2018 and 2020.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock will have more on this developing story soon:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 11:36 AM


ICYMI: Channel boat pushbacks illegal and will endanger lives, government says

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) said the push-backs authorized by Priti Patel “would create a situation in which state actors actively place individuals in situations that would increase the risk” of drowning.

Our home affairs and security correspondent Lizzie dearden to the story:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 11:38 AM


ICYMI: PM and # 10 senior staff accused of breaking Covid lockdown rules last Christmas

Boris Johnson and his senior Downing Street executives have been accused of flouting Covid restrictions by hosting parties at No 10 last Christmas.

It has been alleged that the Prime Minister witnessed a crowded departure for a top aide in November 2020 and even gave a speech as the rest of the country was on lockdown.

My colleague Tom ambrose has more below:

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 11:48 AM


Why is Rees-Mogg under investigation?

It appears that Stone’s announcement today relates to a complaint filed by the Labor Party earlier this month.

The party denounced the leader of the House of Commons to the standards commissioner for claiming he had broken financial rules for MPs.

Labor said Rees-Mogg failed to declare £ 6million in cheap loans from one of his own companies, Saliston.

Parliamentary records showed Rees-Mogg did not report he received director loans from Saliston between 2018 and 2020.


Saliston’s accounts showed that the loans attracted an interest rate of around 0.8%, which was below market rates.

The code of conduct for MPs, which Rees-Mogg is under investigation, does not specifically cover directors’ loans, but states: financial interest.

They should always be open and frank in calling attention to any relevant interest in any proceedings of the House or its committees, and in any communication with ministers, members, public officials or public office holders. “

Matt Mathers1 December 2021 12:00


Watch: PM takes on Starmer at PMQ

Watch live Boris Johnson takes on Keir Starmer at PMQ

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 12:02 PM


“All advice has been followed”

Starmer kicks off the session by asking Johnson about allegations he hosted or attended parties before Christmas last year during the lockdown.

Johnson responds by saying “all guidelines have been followed” but does not deny rallies have taken place.

He recommends that Starmer do “the same with his own party,” to which he claims Deputy Leader Angela is not invited.

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 12:06 PM


“The defense appears to be that no rule has been broken”

Starmer responds by saying that “the defense seems to be that no rule has been broken.”

He holds up a document that he says displays the Covid rules of the time.

“They are very clear, Mr. Speaker. “You must not have lunch or Christmas party” “.

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 12:08 PM


‘I said what I said’

PM is once again trying to push back against allegations that he broke the rules, which first appeared in the Daily Mirror.

“I said what I said,” he says.

Johnson is trying to shift the conversation to what’s going on this year with the Covid rules.

“The important thing to do, Mr. President, is not only to follow the guidelines that we have set out, but also to make sure that you wear a mask.”

He also encourages the British to receive their booster shots,

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 12:11 PM


“These two things cannot be true”

Starmer says what we’re doing is asking the country to follow the rules, which he says is why his questions matter.

The Labor leader points out that the Prime Minister has not denied the parties have taken place, but says no rules have been broken.

“Those two things cannot be true,” he says.

Matt MathersDecember 1, 2021 12:14 PM


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