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John Bercow Says David Cameron 'Thinks People Like Him Are Born To Rule'

By PA Media

A woman takes a selfie with Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, on Westminster Bridge in London this morning on his last day as Speaker of the House of Commons, after 10 years in the chair.

John Bercow has claimed David Cameron “thinks people like him are born to rule” as he criticised the former prime minister’s “enormous” self-confidence.

The ex-Commons speaker accused the former Tory PM of calling the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union for selfish political reasons.

“David is relentlessly tactical rather than strategic. Let’s face it, he chose to call the referendum. Was there a clamour for it? There was not,” he told the Observer.

“There was chuntering in his own party, but the public wasn’t demanding one. He just thought it would work for him.”

Bercow, who attended a comprehensive school, said Eton-educated Cameron has the “most enormous, probably public-school-instilled, self-confidence”.

“He thinks people like him are born to rule, that the natural order is that people like him run things, and that he is in a superior position.”

Bercow refused to say how he would vote at the election – despite representing the Tories before he became speaker.

He stood down as MP for Buckingham at the end of last month after more than two decades in parliament.

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UK Weather Forecast: Flood Warnings Remain In Place As First Snow Of The Season Is Recorded

By Chris York

Annie Hall, who died after being swept away by flood water.

Flood warnings remain in place across parts of the country as police named a woman who was swept to her death amid heavy rainfall in Derbyshire.

Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire Annie Hall died after being caught in floodwater in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

Her body was pulled from the River Derwent in the early hours of Friday as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month’s worth of rain in one day.

Some communities were braced for rising waters on Saturday, while other deluged areas were given some respite by sunny weather.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited a flood-hit community in South Yorkshire and warned the UK could expect more extreme weather due to climate change.

“Obviously we need much better flood management and prevention schemes,” he said.

“It also means properly funding our fire and rescue services and properly funding our Environment Agency to deal with this.

“The Environment Agency has lost a fifth of its staff, the fire services have lost more than a fifth of their staff. They’re struggling to cope with this.”

Corbyn visited a street in Conisbrough which is still cut off by floodwater.

Residents told him how water from the nearby River Don rose quickly on Thursday night, inundating a number of their homes in the cul-de-sac.

Alison and James Merritt showed the Labour leader around their drenched home before he headed off to Doncaster to talk to firefighters involved in the response to the flooding in the area.

Following nearly a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, river flooding is ongoing in parts of central, north & east England. There are 7 severe flood warnings on the River Don. Follow advice from emergency services. Keep yourself & your family safe. For more https://t.co/BpUpnj1mddpic.twitter.com/WekHS4VSgh

— Environment Agency (@EnvAgency) November 9, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock in Derbyshire on Friday, where he said the widespread flooding across the UK “is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency”.

Johnson said the government would “certainly stand by ready to help” after the country was hit by a deluge of water described as “almost biblical” by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the areas worst affected by the heavy downpours on Thursday and Friday.

Sheffield in South Yorkshire received 84mm of rain over 36 hours, which is almost the average monthly rainfall for Yorkshire, the Met Office said.

The flood-hit areas received some respite on Saturday with dry and sunny conditions across eastern England.

There were still seven severe flood warnings in place for England, however, which suggested there was a “danger to life”.

The Environment Agency warnings were in place for the River Don at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

Another 54 warnings, urging people to take immediate action due to expected flooding, were also in place – along with 74 alerts urging residents to be prepared.

Residents in the small village of Fishlake, South Yorkshire, were advised to evacuate, while police were continuing to monitor rising river levels in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

There are #rain warnings in force this afternoon #WeatherAware, although for the north and east plenty of fine #weather is expected pic.twitter.com/htaj6793O9

— Met Office (@metoffice) November 9, 2019

The first snowfall of the season was also recorded on Saturday in Wales.

Sunday is forecast to be a dry and sunny day across most the UK, with a frosty start expected in some places.

“It’s going to be a bright, sunny, nice, autumnal day,” said Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/uk-weather-forecast_uk_5dc72e9ae4b02bf57940f795

      

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Labour Candidate's Daughter Bridges Political Divide With 'Pockets For Women' Manifesto

By PA Media

Jonathan Reynolds MP, with Labradoodles Clinton (right) and Kennedy is announced as the winners of the 24th Westminster Dog of the Year competition.

A Labour candidate’s daughter has won fans on both sides of the political divide with her own manifesto which includes pockets for women’s clothing.

Jonathan Reynolds is running to represent the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency after nine years as MP for the area, during which time he has also worked as shadow economic secretary among other roles.

And while the election remains many weeks away, Reynolds’ daughter Bess, aged nine, looks to have given him some fresh ideas already.

“My daughter has written her manifesto. Some strong ideas here,” Reynolds wrote on Twitter.

My daughter has written her manifesto. Some strong ideas here #ge2019pic.twitter.com/A9fWi49KNT

— Jonathan Reynolds (@jreynoldsMP) November 9, 2019

Bess’s manifesto, titled “My manifesto for when I become prime minister” leads with a pockets-for-women rallying cry, a problem all too many women are aware of when shopping for clothes.

“Ensure all women’s clothes have medium size pockets,” the manifesto read. “It’s awful having to carry around handbags all the time!”

Honestly this pockets issue could be the decisive factor in the election https://t.co/ve5mKfqcTL

— Jonathan Reynolds (@jreynoldsMP) November 9, 2019

Very much hope this is an idea we will steal. I’m on to CCHQ https://t.co/tPbe4un5r6

— Gary Streeter (@garystreeterSWD) November 9, 2019

So well-received was the pledge, that Conservative candidate and MP of almost 30 years Sir Gary Streeter replied “Very much hope this is an idea we will steal. I’m on to CCHQ”.

Bess also tackled education, promising “More money given to schools. Some teaching assistants can’t stay at my school because we don’t have the money to pay them, which is shocking in the 21st century”.

But Reynolds was not on board with all of his daughter’s ideas, it seems.

After Bess suggested the nationalisation of newspapers to combat paper waste, the Labour candidate tweeted: “I’m going to talk to her about why that wouldn’t work out well.”

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/labour-candidates-daughter-pockets_uk_5dc71f1be4b0fcfb7f675415

      

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Donald Trump Endorsed A 'Maga Challenge' And The Results Are Erm... Interesting

By Chris York

The rapping talents of Donald Trump supporters has been thrust into the spotlight after the president endorsed a viral campaign called the ‘MAGA Challenge’.

On Friday, Trump retweeted a video from a fan named Bryson Gray in which he rapped – with some skill – about all the reasons he loves his Commander-in-Chief but can’t stand “liberals”.

I will be announcing the winners of the #MAGACHALLENGE and inviting them to the @WhiteHouse to meet with me and perform. Good luck! https://t.co/3PYzOvYz17

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2019

Bryson also called on the president’s supporters to rap over his beat and “make liberals cry”.

Trump even announced it would become an official competition of sorts and the winner would be invited to the White House.

But since the hashtag #MagaChallenge received the presidential endorsement, the standard of the entries has been mixed to say the least.

If you only watch one, then make it this entry in which a young Trump fan sings about ending vaccinations in schools and “warriors of God” who don’t like Greta Thunberg.

The real #MAGACHALLENGE is making it through this 45 second video without losing your mind. pic.twitter.com/5ilkVCOIK2

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 9, 2019

Another entry comes from musician James McCoy Taylor who claims he’s lost over 70,000 followers since recording this little ditty.

Mr. President,

Please accept my #MAGACHALLENGE submission.

I’ve lost over 70K followers since coming out with this song but GAINED support from true friends and true patriots.

Thank you for Making America Great Again and let’s #KAG in 2020 !!! @realDonaldTrump

Please RT! pic.twitter.com/Vpgjfq4F4p

— James McCoy Taylor (@james_mccoy_t) November 8, 2019

Then there’s Matty.

@realDonaldTrump This is my #MAGACHALLENGE for MY president ✊🏻🇺🇸🏳️‍🌈 pic.twitter.com/NWYtf9uaZk

— Matty :* (@omgisthatmatty) November 9, 2019

There’s even an appearance from a couple of Brits.

british qanon version https://t.co/rwtmlHGNlk

— Aric Toler (@AricToler) November 8, 2019

And if you still haven’t had your fill then someone has helpfully collected many of the videos and put them in one handy video.

Meanwhile, Trump has insisted he has not been damaged by impeachment evidence detailing efforts by him and his administration to pressure Ukraine to publicly investigate his political rivals.

Speaking to reporters as he left on a campaign trip to Atlanta, the president said he was “not concerned about anything” that has been disclosed so far.

“It seems that nobody has any first-hand knowledge,” he said, adding: “Every one of those people cancelled themselves out.”

His comments came a day after the release of an impeachment inquiry transcript in which career State Department official George Kent said Mr Trump wanted to hear just three words from the Ukraine president in their July phone call: Investigations, Biden, Clinton, PA Media reports.

Kent told investigators that was his understanding of what Mr Trump wanted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to say to unlock US military aid, as relayed to the official by others, including those in direct contact with the president.

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

By Rowaida Abdelaziz

Flames and smoke billow from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.

When the Notre Dame Cathedral , and far-right conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson, who lives in England, seized on a quickly deleted and inaccurate tweet from a U.S. media commentator to write an InfoWars article suggesting someone deliberately set the blaze.

Other members of the international far-right echoed the InfoWars piece and added an explicitly Islamophobic message. Prominent anti-Muslim extremists such as American Pamela Geller, Canadian Faith Goldy, and England’s Katie Hopkins (who is frequently retweeted by President Donald Trump) pushed misleading or false information about the fire.

In the U.S., Fox News’ Tucker Carlson hosted a segment on his prime-time show that framed the fire as a warning of Christianity’s decline and featured a guest who brought up Islamist extremist attacks and Islam’s role in France. The French far-right tried to turn the tragedy into an attempt to vilify Muslims.

Conspiracy speculation didn’t go away when Paris prosecutors announced that no evidence had surfaced to suggest the fire was an attack ― that spurred some far-right French politicians and pundits to allege without proof that the authorities were hiding the blaze’s real cause. Anti-Muslim writer Eric Zemmour claimed on national television that if the government found out the fire was deliberately set, it would never admit it.

Sinké had expressed admiration for Zemmour on Facebook years before his attack on the mosque in Bayonne.

Human rights advocates contend that the conspiracy theories about the cathedral fire were able to thrive in France due to the deeply rooted anti-Muslim sentiment that has long existed in the country. Yasser Louati, the head of the Justice & Liberties For All Committee, an anti-discrimination group, told HuffPost that the National Rally party and its leader, Marine Le Pen, did little to nothing to squash the rumors that the fire was caused by Muslims.

“What is happening today is the normalization of Islamophobia in France that has been embraced by the whole French political spectrum, from parts of the far-left all the way to the far-right, and has made attacks against Muslims a non-event,” Louati said.

French politicians have been entangled recently in a bitter controversy, once again, over the Islamic headscarf. In September, a French education minister said he didn’t want Muslim women who wore hijabs to volunteer during school outings, igniting a national debate on policing Muslim women’s dress and the country’s anti-Muslim climate.

The situation only escalated when a far-right politician confronted a Muslim woman accompanying her son and other children on a school trip and demanded she remove her headscarf.

“You can’t spend a month demonizing Muslims and portraying them as a threat [to] national security, then be surprised when people take up arms against them,” Louati said.

The Bayonne mosque follows other attacks clearly stemming from Islamophobia. In 2017, the shooter who killed 6 people at a mosque in Quebec, Canada, constantly consumed Islamophobic media and told investigators he believed refugees from largely Muslim countries would kill his family.

Multiple violent extremists also have embraced the racist conspiracy that white people are being “replaced” as motivation for carrying out mass murder, including a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 51 people at two mosques earlier this year.”

Like those acts of extremism, the shooting and arson in Bayonne followed a similar pattern of divisive misinformation being spread against a backdrop of Islamophobia that typically goes unchecked. While victims mourn the aftermath of violence, those who have propagated these divisive campaigns are rarely held accountable and are often already moving onto the next conspiracy theory.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/notre-dame-cathedral-conspiracy-theory_uk_5dc6e266e4b0fcfb7f672c5a

      

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How A Conspiracy Theory About The Notre Dame Cathedral Led To A Mosque Shooting

By Rowaida Abdelaziz

Flames and smoke billow from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019.

When the Notre Dame Cathedral , and far-right conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson, who lives in England, seized on a quickly deleted and inaccurate tweet from a U.S. media commentator to write an InfoWars article suggesting someone deliberately set the blaze.

Other members of the international far-right echoed the InfoWars piece and added an explicitly Islamophobic message. Prominent anti-Muslim extremists such as American Pamela Geller, Canadian Faith Goldy, and England’s Katie Hopkins (who is frequently retweeted by President Donald Trump) pushed misleading or false information about the fire.

In the U.S., Fox News’ Tucker Carlson hosted a segment on his prime-time show that framed the fire as a warning of Christianity’s decline and featured a guest who brought up Islamist extremist attacks and Islam’s role in France. The French far-right tried to turn the tragedy into an attempt to vilify Muslims.

Conspiracy speculation didn’t go away when Paris prosecutors announced that no evidence had surfaced to suggest the fire was an attack ― that spurred some far-right French politicians and pundits to allege without proof that the authorities were hiding the blaze’s real cause. Anti-Muslim writer Eric Zemmour claimed on national television that if the government found out the fire was deliberately set, it would never admit it.

Sinké had expressed admiration for Zemmour on Facebook years before his attack on the mosque in Bayonne.

Human rights advocates contend that the conspiracy theories about the cathedral fire were able to thrive in France due to the deeply rooted anti-Muslim sentiment that has long existed in the country. Yasser Louati, the head of the Justice & Liberties For All Committee, an anti-discrimination group, told HuffPost that the National Rally party and its leader, Marine Le Pen, did little to nothing to squash the rumors that the fire was caused by Muslims.

“What is happening today is the normalization of Islamophobia in France that has been embraced by the whole French political spectrum, from parts of the far-left all the way to the far-right, and has made attacks against Muslims a non-event,” Louati said.

French politicians have been entangled recently in a bitter controversy, once again, over the Islamic headscarf. In September, a French education minister said he didn’t want Muslim women who wore hijabs to volunteer during school outings, igniting a national debate on policing Muslim women’s dress and the country’s anti-Muslim climate.

The situation only escalated when a far-right politician confronted a Muslim woman accompanying her son and other children on a school trip and demanded she remove her headscarf.

“You can’t spend a month demonizing Muslims and portraying them as a threat [to] national security, then be surprised when people take up arms against them,” Louati said.

The Bayonne mosque follows other attacks clearly stemming from Islamophobia. In 2017, the shooter who killed 6 people at a mosque in Quebec, Canada, constantly consumed Islamophobic media and told investigators he believed refugees from largely Muslim countries would kill his family.

Multiple violent extremists also have embraced the racist conspiracy that white people are being “replaced” as motivation for carrying out mass murder, including a white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, who killed 51 people at two mosques earlier this year.”

Like those acts of extremism, the shooting and arson in Bayonne followed a similar pattern of divisive misinformation being spread against a backdrop of Islamophobia that typically goes unchecked. While victims mourn the aftermath of violence, those who have propagated these divisive campaigns are rarely held accountable and are often already moving onto the next conspiracy theory.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/notre-dame-cathedral-conspiracy-theory_uk_5dc6e266e4b0fcfb7f672c5a

      

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UK Weather: Britain To Bask In Heatwave - But Only After Thunderstorms Pass

By Graeme Demianyk

Thunderstorms will bring a wet start to the week for some parts of the UK, but sun-worshippers can expect to see the hottest temperatures of the year so far by the weekend.

The mercury could rise to 33C in the south east of England by Friday, while overnight highs of 19C throughout the week will mean muggy conditions for many.

High humidity on Monday and Tuesday will spark thunderstorms and weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, Scotland and much of England.

The best of the weather will be in western Wales and the south west of England, Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said.

He said: “Thunderstorms will be fairly well scattered and not everyone will see them but again if you do catch one they’re likely to be pretty hefty downpours.

“Overall through much of England and Wales tomorrow generally speaking it’s a reasonably dry day with some bright sunny spells but there’s that risk of thundery showers which can break out anywhere in those areas.

“The most reliable places to stay dry and see the best of the sunshine really is western Wales and south-west England on Monday.”

As much as 80mm of rain could fall in Scotland, while 40mm is forecast to fall in parts of Northern Ireland and most of England.

Temperatures are likely to reach 28C in London and 21C in Wales and Northern Ireland, but will be lower in Scotland with a high of around 14C on Monday.

The highest temperature of the year so far was 28.8C in Norfolk on June 2.

The June record is 35.6C, which occurred in Southampton in 1978.

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Essex Firefighters Smash Car Window To Rescue Toddler Left In Dangerously Hot Car

By Graeme Demianyk

Firefighters were forced to smash the window of a car to rescue a toddler left in a dangerously hot car at the weekend.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a passerby dialled 999 just after 4pm on Saturday after hearing the boy crying in Saffron Walden, Essex.

Crews arrived at the vehicle 10 minutes later at Common Hill, next to Saffron Walden Common where a musical picnic was taking place.

Reports suggest the child’s mother returned with another child shortly after firefighters broke into the car.

The temperature reached 20C (68F) on Saturday, according to the Met Office.

The fire service said it has “been called to animals locked in cars while the owners go shopping but never a child”.

Essex Police said “a referral has been made to social care”.

Yesterday afternoon our crews rescued a small child who had been left unattended in a car in Saffron Walden.

It is incredibly dangerous to leave a child, pet or anyone vulnerable in a vehicle… particularly in this heat. Please don’t run the risk! #StaySafepic.twitter.com/irSeFfZu09

— Essex Fire Service (@ECFRS) June 23, 2019

Essex Fire and Rescue Service tweeted: “It is incredibly dangerous to leave a child, pet or anyone vulnerable in a vehicle, particularly in this heat.”

Saffron Walden fire station posted a picture of the smashed window on social media and said: “Well a first for us! We have been called to animals locked in cars while the owners go shopping but never a child.

“We cannot stress enough how dangerous it is to leave any person, child or animal locked in a car in this heat.

“The child was rescued by our crew who smashed a window to gain entry.

“The incident has now been handed over to Essex Police for further investigation.

“First aid was given by St John Ambulance crew.”

Essex Police said: “We were called by colleagues at Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to reports of a toddler locked in a car in Common Hill, Saffron Walden, just after 4.20pm on Saturday, 22 June.

“Officers attended as firefighters broke into the car and were joined shortly after by the child’s relatives. A referral has been made to social care.”

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Liverpool Homophobic Attack: Three Boys Wanted Over 'Appalling' Knife Assault On Two Men

By Press Association

Two men have been targeted in a homophobic attack in Liverpool which has left one of them with serious injuries.

The men, both in their 30s, were walking down Manningham Road in the Anfield area at 9.20pm on Saturday when they were approached by three male youths, Merseyside Police said.

The youths made homophobic insults towards them before one of them produced a knife and assaulted the men.

One of the victims sustained injuries to his head and neck described as serious but non-life threatening while the second sustained a minor hand injury.

They have both been taken to hospital for treatment and were left incredibly shaken by the incident.

The offenders are described as between 12 and 15, with one wearing a dark bubble coat and one riding a bike.

A scene remains in place on Manningham Road and extensive enquiries are ongoing in the area. Detectives are urging any witnesses to come forward.

This is Manningham Road in Anfield where two men were knifed during a homophobic attack last night… their attackers were aged between 12 and 15 #CapitalReportspic.twitter.com/UJPzFp1zv3

— CapitalLivNews (@CapitalLivNews) June 23, 2019

Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: “This was an appalling and unprovoked attack on two men simply making their way home and we are working tirelessly to locate those responsible.

“Two men have been left with significant injuries tonight and the hate and violence that has been inflicted on them is simply unacceptable and won’t be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside.

“I would ask anyone in Manningham Road or the surrounding areas this evening to please come forward with any information.

“You may have witnessed the incident or youths making off from the scene, or even have CCTV or dashcam footage, and I would urge you to please get in touch with police.

“Likewise, if you know who is responsible for this crime, please do the right thing and let us know.

“There is absolutely no place for hate crime in society and we know how much of a massive impact it has on victims. I want to reach out to the LBGT community, who I know will be deeply saddened by this news, and reassure you that we stand with you and if you report such incidents to the police, we will do our utmost to support and protect you and bring those responsible to justice.

“We are passionate about maintaining the right of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and by working closely with our partners will continue to work to eradicate hate crime of all forms.

“Victims can report directly to the police where experienced hate crime officers will treat them with sensitivity and compassion, or via third party reporting centres in fire stations, citizen advice bureaus and hospitals where the information will be passed on.”

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Sunday Shows Round-Up: Boris Johnson's Domestic Row, Brexit, And Labour's Second Referendum Problem

By Arj Singh

Boris Johnson’s row with partner Carrie Symonds, which ended with the police visiting her flat in the early hours of Friday morning dominated the Sunday newspapers and shows.

With Johnson refusing to answer questions on the issue, his proxies, critics and supporters of rival Jeremy Hunt filled the space on the airwaves, and the story is showing no sign of going away.

The ex-foreign secretary’s EU withdrawal plan also came under tough scrutiny, while Jeremy Corbyn will have heard Labour voices from both sides of the second referendum divide set out their cases ahead of what is looking like a crunch week for the leader on Brexit.

The Johnson/Symonds row

Liam Fox piled pressure on Johnson by suggesting he should answer questions on what happened with Symonds, having dodged the issue at the first hustings of the Tory leadership run-off in Birmingham on Saturday.

The Brexit-backing international trade secretary, who is supporting Hunt, suggested the story was becoming a “distraction” from the big issues in the Tory leadership race.

He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “It’s always easier to just give an explanation and move on.”

Hunt later tightened the squeeze on Johnson, telling Sky News that “someone who wants to be prime minister should answer questions on everything”.

.@Jeremy_Hunt says “we need to know basic answers” and @BorisJohnson has been refusing questions.

He adds that Mr Johnson’s prime ministership won’t be one that lasts if he is going to “disappoint people very quickly”.

More here: https://t.co/g63M43U5jbpic.twitter.com/1U0LTEicOA

— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) June 23, 2019

However, the leadership frontrunner was nowhere to be seen, with his backers Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak instead sent out to defend him.

Truss told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics: “There’s no point in asking me, I believe it’s a private matter, I don’t think the public are concerned about that and I think that Boris is somebody who served for eight years as mayor of London – did a brilliant job, he served as foreign secretary, people know what he’s like in office and that’s what’s important.”

But Labour’s shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said Johnson was “completely unsuitable” to be PM.

He told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “In one sense, of course, it is a private matter, but when you’re running for public office, when you are wanting to be the prime minister of the UK, then these matters are in the public interest.

“I’ve long held the view that Boris Johnson is unsuitable to be prime minister of this country. I’ve had my run-ins with Boris – I, infamously, was almost tackled to the ground in the 2017 general election by this man.”

Brexit

Johnson’s Brexit strategy also came under heavy scrutiny, with Fox joining cabinet ministers who overnight warned that the frontrunner’s claims that the UK could have tariff-free trade with the EU without ratifying a withdrawal deal was wrong.

Johnson has been suggesting that Britain could use something called Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to leave the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms – essentially a no-deal Brexit – and not see duties imposed on goods crossing the border.

Fox said this would not work unless the EU agreed. Brussels has made clear that the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May is the only exit deal available.

Liam Fox on Boris Johnson’s ‘GATT 24′ #Brexit claims: “It isn’t true, that’s the problem”

The trade secretary tells #Marr that the argument from Boris Johnson, that we can use world trade rules to avoid tariffs after Brexit, “isn’t true”https://t.co/oSrxvtgkHapic.twitter.com/a5LfXyritH

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 23, 2019

Fox said: “It isn’t true. That’s the problem.

“Article 24, sub section five it is, allows countries to deviate from what’s called the most-favoured nation principle.

“And that is we have to treat one and other the same, give the same access to markets.

“There are two exceptions under that part of the trade law. One says if you are going to be in a customs union. The other says if you have got a free trade agreement

“But you have to have the agreement to benefit from any temporary relaxation.”

Labour’s second referendum problem

Corbyn is facing increasing pressure to unequivocally back a second referendum and to campaign for staying in the EU and is currently consulting with unions on the way forward, with a potentially significant policy pivot coming later this week.

Senior Labour figures from both sides of the party’s deep divide over Brexit used the Sunday shows to try and sway the leader.

Former minister Caroline Flint, who represents Brexit-backing Don Valley, suggested the 26 Labour MPs who last week wrote to Corbyn to oppose another referendum vote could end up backing a Tory withdrawal deal.

Labour’s Caroline Flint tells #Marr that the number of Labour MPs prepared to back the government’s #Brexit deal “will go up” in the future https://t.co/Li6THooaUVpic.twitter.com/4IZbwYcyXz

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 23, 2019

Only a handful of Labour MPs have previously backed the deal May negotiated with the EU but Flint said: “I think it will go up but I’ve been through this situation many times before.

“I believe that the only way to stop no deal is to support a deal.”

Flint also said she would rather support a no-deal Brexit than stay in the EU.

“I won’t be voting to revoke Article 50,” she said.

Labour former foreign secretary David Miliband meanwhile made the case for staying in the EU, telling Marr: “The politicians are honour-bound to stop playing with the unicorns, there isn’t a jobs-first Brexit, just as there isn’t a GATT 24 option for the Tories.”

He went on: “The arguments that you’re making against a second referendum that it will prolong the agony, that it will fuel the far right, that it will divide the country, those are precisely the arguments against the deals that are on offer now.”

Shadow international development secretary Dan Carden said he would vote to stay in the EU in a second referendum if no deal was the other option.

He told Pienaar: “If there was a referendum and no deal was an option and remain was an option, then I would be voting to stay in the EU.”

And Gwynne made clear Corbyn’s position was unchanged, for now.

“Is this really the Brexit you want?”

Labour’s @GwynneMP tells @SophyRidgeSky that Labour’s Brexit deal will not be presented by Johnson or Hunt as PM, so their final deal will have to be voted on by the public.

Follow #Ridge live here:https://t.co/2UHrk8F7tZpic.twitter.com/kUVhcj8JiC

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 23, 2019

He told Ridge: “Jeremy’s said that and that is because we face the risk of no deal, so that any Brexit deal that is brought to parliament, including a no-deal scenario, we will say, as the Labour party, that there should be a second referendum on those prospects, because it’s looking increasingly likely that we’re heading to no deal, that was not on the ballot paper in 2016.”

No confidence

Pro-EU Tory MPs were said to be spying an opportunity to block a no-deal Brexit by joining Labour in backing a vote of no confidence in Johnson’s government as soon as the new PM takes office next month.

It is likely this would trigger a general election and Truss said she did not believe her colleagues “would seek to bring a Tory government down and let in Jeremy Corbyn and his Marxist agenda”.

.@trussliz on delaying Brexit again in October:

“It’s the executive’s decision, it was Theresa May’s decision to go back to the EU and ask for an extension – it’s not a matter for parliament, it’s a matter for the executive.” pic.twitter.com/H2qDsOfQNi

— John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) June 23, 2019

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sunday-shows-round-up-boris-johnsons-domestic-row-brexit-and-labours-second-referendum-problem_uk_5d0f838ee4b0a3941863fde0

      

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Telegraph And Mail On Sunday Accused Of 'Rank Hypocrisy' Over Portrayal Of Boris Johnson's Neighbours

By Chris York

The Telegraph and Mail on Sunday have prompted a fierce backlash after both published articles detailing the private lives of the couple who recorded a row between Boris Johnson and his partner last week.

Tom Penn has said he recorded the altercation within his own home and “after a loud scream and banging” agreed with his wife that they should check on their neighbours.

He add: “I knocked three times at their front door, but there was no response. I went back upstairs into my flat, and we agreed that we should call the police.”

After the police told Penn all was well, he then passed the recording to The Guardian.

The Mail on Sunday subsequently published an article describing Penn and his wife as a “Remainer couple” who had tried to “sink Boris”.

Revealed: The Remainer couple who called police on Boris Johnson after are a millionaire’s daughter, who got Brussels funding for pro-EU theatre festival, and her remainer playwright partner: https://t.co/IgIpHAZsCG

— MoS_Politics (@MoS_Politics) June 22, 2019

The Telegraph article described the “left-wing couple” who “admitted” taping the altercation and a columnist for the paper said in a tweet “we really need to name and shame the Boris neighbours”.

We really need to name and shame the #Boris neighbours. Maybe record their blameless, unshouty lives and give the tape to a national newspaper. Anyone know who they are?

— Allison Pearson (@allisonpearson) June 21, 2019

A genuinely quite disturbing front page. pic.twitter.com/QpvXnYLlE7

— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) June 23, 2019

The coverage sparked a fierce debate on social media with many accusing the papers of discouraging people from contacting police when they think someone’s welfare is in danger.

Lesson: ring the cops out of concern for a woman’s welfare in 2019, end up on the front of the MoS.

— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) June 22, 2019

Them being left wing doesn’t magically alter the recording they took you fucking tools. This is the weakest attempt at discrediting someone I’ve ever seen.

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 22, 2019

this is such an unbelievably shitty thing to do. delete yourselves.

— Zoe Gardner (@ZoeJardiniere) June 23, 2019

Labour MP Jess Phillips accused the journalists behind the story of “rank hypocrisy”.

Every single journalist saying that the neighbours shouldn’t have released the story should know that their publication has at some time or another called me and asked for information on abusive MPs. It is rank hypocrisy

— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) June 23, 2019

Tory MP James Cleverly also expressed concern that Penn had passed the recording to The Guardian, saying that was the “big element”, not the actual row itself.

The big element in the Boris story isn’t that there was a heated argument, it’s that the police were called.

The police were called by the same person who recorded Boris and gave the story to the Guardian.

— James Cleverly MP (@JamesCleverly) June 22, 2019

This also provoked outrage from commentators and at least one lawyer.

This is the worst take I’ve ever seen.

Please, if you hear loud arguing, banging & fear someone could be in physical danger, call the police. Every time.

That a minister in the government is telling people they should just leave people to it in those circumstances is abhorrent

— Josh Woolcott (@joshwoolcott) June 22, 2019

I’ve lost count of the number of domestic violence cases I’ve successfully prosecuted which only came to the police attention because of the actions of concerned neighbours. These people are literal life-savers. For MPs to discourage this for political point scoring is shameful. pic.twitter.com/SnZh9gvADu

— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) June 22, 2019

It’s been a rough few days for the Tory leadership hopeful who has refused to answer questions about the incident.

On Sunday it also came to light that previous denials he has no links with controversial far-right figure Steve Bannon have been thrown into doubt, after video emerged of the latter detailing their close relationship.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/boris-johnsons-neighbours_uk_5d0f622ce4b0a3941863d9e1

      

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