Broadland Conservatives have confirmed that they are fielding a candidate, Tony Adams, who said this week that Theresa May is the “worst ever Conservative Prime Minister”.
Standing for local elections, Adams added about the Prime Minister and Brexit:
“I think they’ve made a right hash of it, she said she was going to take us out on March 29 and she has not done it. It’s amazing how her popularity has plummeted, I’m not surprised. She’s absolutely lost it”.
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has found against Boris Johnson and the Daily Telegraph after the former Foreign Secretary claimed that no deal was the public’s preferred Brexit option. The Daily Telegraph has now apologised for the inaccurate claim and published an apology.
The Daily Telegraph had defended Johnson and said:
“The article was clearly an opinion piece, and readers would understand that the statement was not invoking specific polling – no specific dates or polls were referenced.”
The IPSO conclusion said:
“Columnists are free under the Code to campaign, be partisan, and express strong opinions using hyperbole, melodrama and humour. However, there remains an obligation under the Code to take care over the accuracy of any claims of fact. In this case, the article made a factual claim; in considering whether this claim had a basis in fact, the Committee first turned to the content of the five polls. The publication had not provided any data which supported the author’s claim either that a no-deal Brexit was the option preferred “by some margin” over the three options listed, or that these represented “…all of the options suggested by pollsters”. Instead it had construed the polls as signalling support for a no deal, when in fact, this was the result of the publication either amalgamating several findings together, or interpreting an option beyond what was set out by the poll as being a finding in support of a no deal Brexit. This represented a failure to take care over the accuracy of the article in breach of Clause 1 (i). The reference to the polling was not material to the author’s polemical argument. However, it was a significant inaccuracy, because it misrepresented polling information. The publication had not offered to publish any correction and this meant there was also a breach of 1(ii).”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today met with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, in Berlin to discuss a possible delay to Article 50. A one-year extension to Article 50 is currently being looked as the most likely outcome, although it is thought that numerous countries have opposed such a delay. The extension will also mean that elections to the European Parliament may need to be fought in the UK.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:
“The Prime Minister met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin this afternoon for a working lunch.
Ahead of EU Council tomorrow, the leaders discussed the UK’s request for an extension of Article 50 to June 30th with the option to bring this forward if a deal is ratified earlier.
The Prime Minister outlined the steps the government is taking to bring the Brexit process to a successful conclusion, and updated Chancellor Merkel on the ongoing discussions with the Opposition.
The leaders agreed on the importance of ensuring Britain’s orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
The leaders also discussed the ongoing situations in Yemen and Libya.”
Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, has been criticised by the Commons Standards watchdog after another breach of the House’s rules. Johnson was also previously warned by the committee for failing to disclose earnings he had made outside of the Commons.
The report said about Johnson’s breach:
“We conclude with concern that these two investigations by the Commissioner in rapid succession demonstrate a pattern of behaviour by Mr Johnson. While there is no suggestion that he has at any time tried deliberately to conceal the extent of his interests, this latest breach reinforces the view which we expressed in our previous Report, that he has displayed “an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the House”, in conjunction with “a lack of effective organisation within [his] office”. We find it particularly regrettable that Mr Johnson gave an assurance to the Commissioner that his registration of financial interests was up to date, and within a very short period it proved not to be.”
The Jewish Labour Movement organisation have passed a vote of no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party. There were speeches made by Labour MPs Margaret Hodge, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman before the members of the movement almost unanimously agreed with the motion of no confidence.
Tom Watson, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“I hear the message the Jewish Labour Movement and the Jewish community are sending our party. We have utterly failed to deal with antisemitism in our ranks. It’s unacceptable and shameful. I reiterate my personal commitment as deputy leader to use all my powers to rid our party of this scourge.”
Labour have won a by-election in Newport West, called after the death of Labour MP Paul Flynn. There was a turnout of 37% and Labour’s Ruth Jones won with a majority of 1,951.
The results were:
Ruth Jones Labour 9,308
Matthew Evans Conservative 7,357
Neil Hamilton UKIP 2,023
Jonathan Clark Plaid Cymru 1,185
Ryan Jones Lib Dem 1,088
Amelia Womack Green 924
June Davies Renew 879
Richard Suchorzewski Abolish The Welsh Assembly 205
Ian McLean Social Democrat 202
Phillip Taylor Democrats and Veterans 185
Hugh Nicklin For Britain 159
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of Martin Reynolds as the new Ambassador to Libya. He will begin his new role in April 2019 and he replaces Frank Baker who is retiring from the Diplomatic Service.
MPs in the House of Commons today have voted with a majority of just one in favour of an extension to Brexit. The bill, which is still subject to Lords approval, was put forwards by Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, although it will also require the support of the European Commission.
The decision of the Commons will now mean that if Theresa May, the Prime Minister, is unable to secure agreement in the House next week for her Brexit deal then Parliament will require her to seek a longer extension to Article 50.
Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford, has resigned the Conservative whip following the failure of the Government to support any of the Brexit options suggested by MPs. Boles had proposed the Common Market 2.0 option in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, but MPs voted against his plan.
Boles posted his decision on Twitter:
“I am resigning the Conservative whip with immediate effect. The Conservative Party has shown itself to be incapable of compromise so I will sit as an Independent Progressive Conservative.”
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of James Sharp as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan. He will begin his new role in July 2019 and he replaces Dr Carole Crofts who is retiring from the Diplomatic Service.