Rishi Sunak ‘is acting like he’s already Prime Minister’

‘We are working on the basis that we need to be ready for power within a year.’ The words – spoken by a close ally of Rishi Sunak earlier this month – are likely to add to the unease in No 10 over the growing muscle-flexing by the Treasury as Boris Johnson battles the gravest … Read more Rishi Sunak ‘is acting like he’s already Prime Minister’

UK mounts ‘covert attacks’ on Russia’s leaders, former cabinet secretary reveals 

Britain has carried a series of covert attacks on Russia‘s leaders and their allies, the former cabinet secretary has disclosed. Lord Sedwill said the UK Government had launched cyber attacks to punish President Vladimir Putin and his senior allies. He said the aim of such actions had been to ‘impose a price greater than one they … Read more UK mounts ‘covert attacks’ on Russia’s leaders, former cabinet secretary reveals 

Coronavirus UK: £4bn of furlough cash was fraudulently claimed

British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to £4 billion intended for furloughed workers – with £2 billion being taken by organised criminals – a damning report has found. The National Audit Office (NAO) estimated that fraud and error on the furlough scheme could have ranged from five to 10 per cent on claims totalling £39.3 billion. … Read more Coronavirus UK: £4bn of furlough cash was fraudulently claimed

Boris Johnson ‘HAD to call grandstanding Andy Burnham’s bluff’

When Boris Johnson threatened to abandon talks with Andy Burnham on a Covid rescue package, Manchester’s mayor figured he was bluffing. Having come to power on a pledge to ‘level up’ the North, the Prime Minister wouldn’t dare face him down over a £5million gap in their positions, would he? Johnson, who craves being loved … Read more Boris Johnson ‘HAD to call grandstanding Andy Burnham’s bluff’

Government borrows more than a billion pounds PER DAY during coronavirus crisis

Government has borrowed more than a billion pounds PER DAY and £208BILLION in just six months – during coronavirus crisis with £2TRILLION debt pile the worst since 1960 Government borrowing has hit £208billion in six months of coroanvirus crisis Debt pile has topped £2trillion and at 103.3% of GDP is the highest since 1960  September … Read more Government borrows more than a billion pounds PER DAY during coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus UK: Could Tees Valley and Tyneside AVOID Tier Three?

What is the row over Tier Three bailouts?   The government has been engaged in brutal haggling with local leaders across swathes of England about the financial package linked to entering Tier Three restrictions. The funding is on top of the government’s wider job support scheme for workers put on hold due to lockdown, and business … Read more Coronavirus UK: Could Tees Valley and Tyneside AVOID Tier Three?

UK Government slammed for proposed £7m Highways England rebrand

Highways England is being rebranded as National Highways in a £7 million Government-led move that has sparked outrage. The switch comes just five years after the government-owned company was renamed from Highways Agency on 1 April 2015 – a rebranding exercise that was completed not long ago. The timing of the decision has been heavily … Read more UK Government slammed for proposed £7m Highways England rebrand

South Yorkshire could enter Tier 3 TODAY after ‘successful’ talks

South Yorkshire is being upgraded to Tier Three with a £41million bailout package, it was announced today after Greater Manchester was forced into the brutal lockdown. The news was confirmed after ministers hailed ‘very successful’ discussions with local leaders overnight, while talks with Nottinghamshire are still ongoing.  Sheffield’s Labour mayor Dan Jarvis said he had … Read more South Yorkshire could enter Tier 3 TODAY after ‘successful’ talks

Government borrowing hit £36BILLION in September the third-highest in any month since records began

Government borrowing hit £36BILLION in September the third-highest in any month since records began By Dan Sales For Mailonline Published: 07:17 BST, 21 October 2020 | Updated: 07:17 BST, 21 October 2020 UK government borrowing has topped £36.1bn in September as heavy spending continued to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. It is £28.4bn … Read more Government borrowing hit £36BILLION in September the third-highest in any month since records began

Coronavirus UK: Van-Tam says nationwide lockdown ‘inappropriate’

England’s deputy chief medical officer has slapped down calls for a national ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown to wrestle down the surge in coronavirus cases. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said imposing harsh restrictions in low-infection areas would not curb spread of the disease in hotspots such as the North West.   Flanking Boris Johnson at a Downing Street press briefing … Read more Coronavirus UK: Van-Tam says nationwide lockdown ‘inappropriate’