Boris Johnson speech: Latest updates as Raab suggests men may be victims of misogyny, think tanks call for vote on UC cuts

Boris Johnson refuses to make misogyny a hate crime in the wake of the Everard affair

Dominic Raab sparked outrage on Wednesday morning when he suggested live on television that misogyny can be “woman against man”, while questioning whether the government is taking the issue seriously enough.

The Justice Secretary was explaining why he agreed with Boris Johnson that misogyny should not be considered a hate crime after the deaths of Sarah Everard and Sebina Nessa, when he made this report. bizarre assertion.

“So I think the slurs and of course the misogyny are absolutely unacceptable – whether it’s a man against a woman or a woman against a man,” he said. BBC breakfast. Presenter Sally Nugent reminded the Deputy Prime Minister that misogyny is hatred directed against women and not against men, sparking the ire of Members of the public on social networks.

It comes a day after Mr Raab gave a speech at the Conservatives’ conference, in which he claimed that making women and girls feel safe was his “number one priority”.

Meanwhile, the Legatum Institute think tank has called for a House of Lords vote on universal credit (UC) cuts to take effect from today. Baroness Philippa Stroud, chief executive of the group, said it was unacceptable that “at the moment MPs have not voted on this at all”.

“We have researched and based on our calculations, today’s decision to remove this [£20-a-week] the uprising will push 840,000 people into poverty, 290,000 of whom are children, ”she told BBC Radio 4 Today program.

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In pictures: last morning of the conservative conference

Boris Johnson runs a morning run before giving his opening speech at the Conservative Party conference


Delegates wait in a queue before the PM address


Placards are placed on the seats, ready to be mounted on stage by the PM


Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 10:34 AM


Lammy reacts to Raab’s ‘heartbreaking’ comments about misogyny

Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy has lashed out at his Tory counterpart, Dominic Raab, saying his ignorance of the definition of ‘misogyny’ explains why ‘Tories are desperate to tackle domestic violence. for women and girls “.

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 10:23 AM


When is Johnson’s speech at the Conservative Party conference?

Boris Johnson is due to speak today at the Conservative Party conference, in Manchester, where he will discuss everything from ‘leveling’ to minimum wage and which Tories have the ‘guts’ to tackle problems “Other governments don’t do it.”

Want to know where you can watch it, when it is and what it will cover? Furvah shah has all the details.

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 10:16 AM


Take a closer look: Raab suggests misogyny is bad even if it’s “a woman against a man”

Following my message earlier (8:32), our political journalist Adam forrest looks at what Dominic Raab has said about the misogyny affecting both men and women.

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 9:36 AM


Government threat to invoke Article 16 tagged “hard discussion”

Simon Coveney, the Irish Foreign Secretary, has said he does not think the UK government is likely to trigger Article 16 in the near future as fury over the Northern Ireland protocol rages on.

Describing it as the “nuclear option”, Mr Coveney insisted on Wednesday that Boris Johnson’s government would not follow through on repeated threats made by the Prime Minister and Brexit Minister Lord Frost.

It comes after Lord Frost said at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that action could be taken by Christmas on the Brexit deal in Northern Ireland, as he called for “short and long-term talks. intensive ”with the EU to start quickly.

If the UK and the EU fail to strike a deal, Lord Frost has once again said Britain will consider using Article 16.

The move would effectively tear up parts of the deal to avoid a hard border with Ireland, which it negotiated with the EU last December.

Mr Coveney told RTE radio there had been a lot of ‘tough talk’ this week from Lord Frost, but insisted he didn’t believe the government would move forward .

“I understand the UK government is not likely to trigger Article 16 anytime soon,” he said.

Coveney suggested Lord Frost’s threats were empty


Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 9:30 AM


Deputy Prime Minister warns of UK return to ‘cheap and unskilled labor from abroad’

Last tracks from Dominic Raab now. The Deputy Prime Minister warned against returning to “dependence” on “cheap and unskilled labor from abroad”.

He told BBC Radio 4 Today program: “Our view of the economy as we bounce back from this terrible pandemic, rising employment, falling youth unemployment, is also to ensure that wages rise.

“Now real wages are going up on the latest quarterly figures, but we have to support that and we cannot go back in the long run to relying on, if you will, on cheap and unskilled labor. abroad. “

Mr Raab added: “It is quite true that if we are, over a long period of time, too dependent on cheap and unskilled labor from abroad, we avoid some of the big productivity issues that we need to solve. “

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 9:15 AM


Full clip of Raab’s remarks on misogyny on BBC Breakast

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 8:57 AM


Watch: Sabina Nessa vigil held in Eastbourne amid calls for misogyny to become a hate crime

Sabina Nessa’s vigil in Eastbourne

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 8:56 AM


Government ‘committed’ to ensuring cost of living can be met – Raab

Dominic Raab’s last track BBC breakfast interview now.

The Justice Secretary insisted the government was “absolutely determined” to ensure that people could meet the cost of living by raising wages.

“Our rate of increase in the number of jobs is incredible, youth unemployment is going down, we have a million job vacancies posted,” he said, before appearing to sweep inflation issues under. the carpet.

“There must be a question for workers in this country – especially those of low and middle income – of ‘do they have the wages they need to meet the cost of living?’ We are absolutely determined to make sure they do, ”he added.

Mr Raab said the national living wage, increasing income tax thresholds and ending “easy dependence” on cheap labor from abroad were among the of the response: “We want a highly skilled economy, with a high employment rate and high wages”.

Asked about the risk of inflation from rising wages fueling price hikes, Mr Raab said: “Inflation is rising and there are all kinds of reasons for that, but it is also expected to come down after this year. and the Bank of England targets it very carefully, with all of these economic judgments, it’s a balance.

It comes after Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that there was ‘no alternative’ to inflation and that the UK economy’s woes were a sign it was ‘waking up’ after Covid and Brexit .

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab at the Conservative Party Conference


Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 8:49 AM


Twitter reacts to Raab’s apparent misunderstanding of ‘misogyny’

Sam hancockOctober 6, 2021 8:37 AM

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