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Bullying allegations against Sir Gavin Williamson continue to mount, with reports that he told a senior official to “cut his throat” while he was serving as Defense Secretary.
Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure over his decision to give his ally a seat in the cabinet afterwards The guard reported new incendiary devices about his behavior.
A Ministry of Defense official told the outlet that Sir Gavin made the remarks in front of colleagues in a meeting and on another occasion told them to “jump out the window.”
Sir Gavin, who is now Mr Sunak’s Cabinet Secretary, said he “strongly” rejects the allegation and insisted he has “good working relationships” with officials.
But the allegations, including that Sir Gavin regularly “deliberately humiliated and intimidated” the officer, will only fuel opposition parties’ calls for his sacking.
Earlier, the Prime Minister had expressed “complete confidence” in his minister, although he called the explosive-laden messages he sent to former Chief Whip Wendy Morton “unacceptable”.
Sturgeon unveils £5million fund for loss and damage caused by climate change
Scotland’s First Minister has announced £5 million in funding to tackle the losses and damage caused by climate change in developing countries.
Ahead of a panel at Cop27 in Egypt, Nicola Sturgeon announced an increase in funding from Scotland after the £2million pledged at last year’s summit in Glasgow.
Following a conference on loss and damage held in Scotland this year, the Scottish Government has announced that it will offer the money in the form of grants rather than loans so as not to exacerbate existing financial difficulties in countries affected by climate change.
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 6:35 am
ICYMI: UK in talks with France to tackle ‘final stage’ small boat crossing, says No10
Britain and France are in the “final stages” of talks over an agreement to tackle unauthorized crossings of the English Channel by migrants in small boats, Downing Street has said.
Shortly after a meeting between Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the Cop27 summit in Egypt, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “A deal is being discussed and I think it is in the final stages.”
Spokesman No. 10 said the potential deal relates to “joint enforcement operations” but the two leaders have yet to agree on a timetable for implementation.
adam woods and Andrew Woodcock Have more:
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 6:30 am
‘More than half’ of English schools are planning ‘catastrophic’ layoffs
The largest ever survey of school leaders has found that more than half of schools in England are considering redundancies due to underfunding and rising costs, the school leaders’ union has warned.
In a snapshot of the survey, which received responses from more than 11,000 school leaders in England, two-thirds (66 per cent) of school leaders said they needed to make teaching assistants redundant or reduce their hours.
Half (50 percent) of those surveyed said they would consider reducing the number of teachers or hours of instruction.
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 6:25 am
Sunak is considering increasing the state pension in line with inflation
Rishi Sunak is considering raising state pensions and benefits in line with inflation in a move that would likely lead to deeper public spending cuts elsewhere and higher tax hikes.
Prime Minister and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt are considering pushing through up to £60 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts in the November 17 autumn budget.
Treasury Department sources insisted no decisions had been made but did not deny a Times report that said they would avoid real cuts to pensions and welfare.
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 6:10 am
Who is Gavin Williamson? Government minister charged with bullying who has been sacked twice
Sir Gavin Williamson’s behavior has come under the spotlight again as it is alleged he broached the private life of a female colleague during a conversation, allegedly to get her to vote with the government of the day.
It came just a day after a separate report surfaced showing that Sir Gavin, who was knighted by ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this year, was sending explosives-laden texts to the former Conservative Party leader Obtain tickets for the funeral of the late Queen. raise allegations of bullying.
Rishi Sunak appointed Sir Gavin to his government during last month’s reshuffle, raising the eyebrows of opposition MPs – as well as some of those on the government benches.
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 5:55 am
Sunak expresses “complete confidence” in Williamson despite “unacceptable” lyrics
Sir Gavin has expressed his “regret” over the explosive-laden texts to Wendy Morton and complained about his exclusion from the Queen’s funeral assembly.
But Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said today he was “clearly unsuitable” for his job in the Cabinet Office, calling his appointment a sign of how “weak” Mr Sunak was.
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has more:
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 5:40 am
A blow to vulnerable states as Rishi Sunak shuns calls for climate compensation
Rishi Sunak has dealt a blow to the developing world most affected by climate change by shunning calls for the UK to help compensate for the natural disasters caused by centuries of industrial pollution.
Thirty-year-old calls for a fund to cover the permanent losses and damage caused by extreme weather were discussed for the first time on the floor of the Cop27 climate conference in Egypt, with Britain and other wealthy nations urging to join Belgium, Denmark and Scotland the commitment of funds.
But the prime minister did not mention the issue in his five-minute speech in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, instead re-committing a pledge of 11.6 billion to contribute to measures to strengthen resilience against future disasters.
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Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 5:25 am
Insulating social housing would save renters £700m a year
Rishi Sunak’s government has been urged to retrofit the stock of social housing in England as a new report found energy efficiency measures would save renters £700m a year.
If council and housing association homes in England were insulated and protected from drafts, energy bills would be reduced by 42 per cent and residents would save an average of £567 a year, she noted.
Research from the National Housing Federation (NHF) said a comprehensive retrofit program to repair some of the country’s leakiest homes would benefit the environment and ease the cost of living crisis.
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 5:10 am
Conservative Party accused of “denying” Islamophobia within its own ranks.
The Conservative Party is again accused of failing to fight Islamophobia – both in society and within its own ranks.
Latest figures show hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise in Britain and an inquiry into alleged Islamophobia by a Tory MP continues.
Read the details in this exclusive Aus Matt Mathers:
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 4:55 am
The workers try to force Sunak into revealing what he knew about Braverman
Labor will seek to use a vote in the House of Commons to force Rishi Sunak to reveal what he knew about Suella Braverman’s security flaws when he reappointed her home secretary.
The Prime Minister is facing questions over his ruling after welcoming her into his cabinet just days after she was forced to resign for breaching the Ministerial Code.
Since then, she has admitted to sending official government documents to her private email address on six separate occasions.
my colleague Kate Devlin Reports:
Namita SinghNov 8, 2022 4:40 am