Boris Johnson refuses to rule out future tax hikes
Boris Johnson has argued that it would be “inappropriate” to maintain the £ 20 per week increase for universal credit (UC) as the Covid-19 pandemic now wears off, despite warnings from charities and activists regarding an increase in poverty as a result of the planned reduction.
The Prime Minister faces widespread opposition to his proposal to cut benefits, with some senior Conservative MPs calling for the increase to stay in place as the UK faces a rise in the cost of living.
There is also unease among conservatives over the government’s attitude to taxes and spending, with poorer households expected to be disproportionately affected by ministers’ plans.
It came as the prime minister was also dodging whether his party would raise taxes again following a controversial increase in national insurance to pay for changes in social protection.
Mr Johnson said there was “no opponent more fierce and more zealous than him for unnecessary tax increases”, but declined to rule out further increases as the UK recovers from the pandemic.
Johnson promises more ‘safer street areas’
Boris Johnson has said the Conservative Party will invest in 300 “safer streets areas” across the UK.
It means putting more police on the streets and investing in education and youth clubs like the HideOut Center, which the Prime Minister visited on his trip to Manchester for the Conservative Party conference, he says. .
Joanna taylor3 October 2021 17:30
Conservatives promise six-month prison sentences for climate activists who block roads
Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to crack down on climate change protests by handing down six-month prison sentences to activists blocking UK highways.
Home Secretary Priti Patel to use speech at Conservative Party conference to warn those who use “guerrilla tactics” to block highways could face unlimited fines as well as six months in prison .
The move follows days of protests from the Insulate Britain group, which has staged protests on a series of key arteries around London, including the M25, M1 and M4.
Joanna taylorOctober 3, 2021 5:10 PM
Collapse of Northern Ireland protocol would be ‘bizarre’, Alliance MP says
Triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which allows either the UK or the EU to intervene drastically if “economic, societal or environmental difficulties likely to persist” would result ” weird, ”said an Alliance MP. noted.
Stephen Farry said: “His outbreak is not the silver bullet that his supporters think. It does not remove or remove the protocol. It is only after a period of new structured negotiations that an element of the protocol can even be suspended. “
His comments come as the government warns the EU that it will not hesitate to trigger Article 16 at the end of the grace periods.
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Joanna taylorOctober 3, 2021 4:50 PM
Government is not responsible for preventing Christmas shortages, says Truss
The UK government is not responsible for making sure there is no shortage in shops over Christmas, a senior cabinet minister said.
Speaking on the first day of the Conservatives’ conference in Manchester, Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, said the UK was a “free enterprise economy” and suggested the government was not in control .
It comes after Labor leader Keir Starmer claimed the UK shortages were a “downing street crisis” which was “created by the incompetence of this prime minister”.
Joanna taylorOctober 3, 2021 4:35 PM
Liz Truss castigates “identity politics and cancels culture”
Foreign Minister Liz Truss said she rejects identity politics and cancels culture in her main party conference speech, while suggesting that freer, richer countries are less likely to harbor terrorists and more likely to be environmentally friendly.
Ms Truss told the conference that “we must win the fight for freedom here in Britain”, including by defending freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
“The freer a country, the richer it is, the safer it is, the greener it is,” she said.
“It is less likely to harbor terrorists and radical fundamentalists, it is less likely to have huge migratory flows, and less likely to go to war.”
She later added: “We reject the zero-sum game of identity politics, we reject the illiberalism of culture cancellation, and we reject the soft bigotry of low expectations that holds so many people back. “
Joanna taylorOctober 3, 2021 4:22 PM
Conservative Party chairman criticizes so-called ‘awakened aggression’ by Labor
Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden has criticized what he called the “awakened aggression” of the Labor Party, which he says has led many voters to turn to the Tories.
Speaking at the party’s conference in Manchester, Mr Dowden said Labor had ‘woken up walking through it like a rock stick from Brighton’.
“Previous generations of Labor leaders, activists and voters would be appalled at what has become of Labor,” he said.
Mr Dowden added: ‘If you want to know why Labor lost so badly in the last general election, it is because so many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of people like Harry Dowden [Mr Dowden’s grandfather] in communities up and down the country believe the Labor Party has turned its back on them. “
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 4:05 PM
Our journalist, Adam forrest, has more details below on the government’s plans to introduce six-month prison terms for protesters who block highways:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 3:57 PM
Conservatives risk losing reputation as low-tax party, senior MP says
The Conservatives must develop a plan to cut taxes “well in advance” of the next general election if they are to have a “credible reputation” as a low-tax party, a senior Conservative MP said.
Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Conservative backbench committee, told the Conservative Party conference that the government needed to deliver a “clear and plausible message” for the next election.
“One of the difficulties we have faced this year is of course that if the Conservatives do not like to raise taxes, neither do the Conservatives like to borrow more and more money and leave it to future generations. reimburse either, “said Sir Graham.
“I think some fiscal adjustment recognizing the consequences of what has happened over the past year and a half is understandable.
“The question, I guess, is how to turn the tide and make sure there is a clear and plausible message for the next general election.”
He added: “If we want to participate in the next general election with a credible reputation as a party that believes in the lowest taxes that can be achieved under the circumstances, then we cannot, to quote Lynton Crosby, you can ‘ t fatten a cow or pig on market day.
“You have to start earlier than that. You have to define something long before that, that’s how we’re going to hit that lower tax future again, and work to try to get people to believe it.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 3:47 PM
Liz Truss says she wants to build ‘freedom network’ as foreign minister
Foreign Minister Liz Truss has said she wants to create a “freedom network” as part of her new role in Cabinet, with a focus on expanding trade routes and supporting global development.
“My vision is to strengthen our economic and security ties in order to build a network of freedom in the world,” Ms. Truss said at the Conservative Party conference.
“We will have a positive, proactive and patriotic foreign policy that will expand trade routes, strengthen security partnerships and support development around the world.
“We want to trade and invest in more countries for our mutual benefit – which leads to freer and richer societies aligned with the cause of freedom, spreading human rights and the values we believe in.”
She added that the UK was in talks with Japan over better military access and operational support, with ministers also seeking “close security ties” with key allies such as the United Kingdom. ‘India.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 3:36 PM
Johnson accused of being ‘out of touch’ with pig farmers
Boris Johnson has been accused of being “out of touch” with the plight of pig farmers who risk having to slaughter tens of thousands of healthy animals due to a severe shortage of butcher and slaughterhouse workers.
Farmers have warned that up to 120,000 growing animals will need to be slaughtered on farms and then incinerated as they cannot go to slaughterhouses and there is no place to house them anymore.
Mr Johnson appeared to ignore the issue on Saturday when questioned by the BBC’s Andrew Marr and simply replied that the UK food processing industry “involved the killing of many animals”.
Labor Party Environment Secretary Luke Pollard responded by accusing the government of being “out of touch” on the issue.
“The Prime Minister must take this seriously. Government incompetence and chaotic lack of planning are poised to lead to the biggest peacetime pig slaughter. This slaughter is a disaster for pig farmers and endangers Britain’s food security, ”Pollard said.
Meanwhile, Nick Allen, managing director of the British Meat Processors Association, said while the industry worked hard to avoid such a large slaughter, farmers faced “extremely difficult circumstances”.
“You do your best to take care of the animals even though they are growing up, you run out of pens, you run out of space and you have a huge cash flow problem. It’s a nightmare scenario, ”Allen said.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 3:27 PM