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).”
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 Guardian newspaper has reported that several Conservative MPs may quit the party should Boris Johnson become the new leader in the event of Theresa May standing down or being forced out.
The Guardian noted:
“One minister said she would leave the party if Johnson and his supporters, such as Jacob Rees-Mogg, took over the Conservatives. Another minister said he knew of five or six Conservatives who were openly saying they were so opposed to a Johnson premiership that they could not stay in the party run by him and a group of ‘Brexit ultras’.”
Currently Bet365 have Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid as the most likely to take on the Tory leadership as speculation at Westminster increases about the Prime Minister’s position.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has been criticised following claims he made this week that he didn’t mention Turkey during the Brexit referendum. Answering a question from a journalist, Johnson said:
“I didn’t say anything about Turkey in the referendum campaign. I didn’t say a thing about Turkey”.
He then added:
“Since I made no remarks, I can’t disown them”.
When a journalist queried this Johnson replied:
“I didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate”.
The BBC fact check team said in a post:
“Boris Johnson talked about the issue of Turkey joining the EU several times in the lead-up to 23 June 2016 and was co-signatory of a letter to the prime minister warning about Turkish membership a week before the vote”.
Chuka Umunna, the Labour MP for Streatham, said on Twitter:
“Earlier today, Boris Johnson claimed that he never spoke about Turkey during the 2016 referendum. It’s yet another lie he’s been caught out on. Don’t let him get away with lying again”.
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has today faced growing calls for Boris Johnson, the former Foreign Secretary, to be suspended from the Conservative Party over a newspaper article which has been called islamophobic.
Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, said that he would quit the Conservative Party if Johnson became the party’s leader. Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Party chairman, and Theresa May have both called for Johnson to apologise for his newspaper article, which he has refused to do.
Baroness Warsi, a former Conservative Cabinet Minister, who wrote:
“He set out a liberal position, but he did it in a very “alt-right” way. This allowed him to dog-whistle: to say to particular elements of the party that he’s tough on Muslims. Yet again, he’s trying to have his cake and eat it”.
Brandon Lewis is expected to make a decision later on in the week on what, if any, action should be taken on Johnson.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has expelled disappointment following the announcement of the Venezuelan election results. Nicolás Maduro, the President, was re-elected amidst allegations of electoral fraud. Sanctions are expected to be announced against Venezuela by several countries in response to the results.
Johnson said in a statement:
“I am disappointed, but not surprised, that Maduro pressed ahead with deeply flawed elections to secure his own survival. They were neither free nor fair, and have further eroded Venezuelan democracy. There is an urgent need to restore democratic order, release political prisoners, and respect the National Assembly and political opposition.
The condemnation of the international community is loud and clear. We shall work closely with our EU and regional partners in the coming weeks to determine how we can continue to support a political resolution.
I remain deeply concerned by the man-made humanitarian and economic crisis, which is growing worse by the day. I urge the Venezuelan government to take immediate action, and let the international community deliver essential food and medicines. The suffering of ordinary Venezuelan people cannot be allowed to continue”.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has welcomed news that the North Korean and South Korean Governments have reached agreement to get rid of their nuclear weapons.
Johnson said in a statement:
“I welcome the announcement that the two Koreas will work towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea, improve bilateral ties and reduce border tensions.
This historic summit is not the end in itself. There are still many questions to be answered. Kim Jong Un’s commitment to halt all nuclear and intercontinental and intermediate range ballistic missiles tests is a positive step. We hope this indicates an intention to negotiate in good faith and that Kim has heeded the clear message to North Korea that only a change of course can bring the security and prosperity it claims to seek.
The UK will continue to work with our international partners to strictly enforce existing sanctions until such time that North Korea turns its commitments into concrete steps towards denuclearisation”.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, said on Twitter:
“KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”.
Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has confirmed that he will be visiting the UK on Friday 13 July 2018. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister has said that more details about the visit will be announced in due course.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said on Twitter:
“FANTASTIC news that President @realdonaldtrump will at last come to Britain on 13 July. Looking forward to seeing our closest ally and friend on the GREATest visit ever”.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, also said on Twitter:
“If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear”.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of NneNne Iwuji-Eme as the new High Commissioner to Mozambique. She will begin her new role in July 2018 and she replaces Joanna Kuenssberg. Iwuji-Eme is currently the Deputy Prosperity Consul /Head of Prosperity in San Paulo, a role she has held since 2015.
She said in a statement:
“It is an honour and a privilege to be appointed High Commissioner to Mozambique. I hope my appointment as the first British black female career diplomat to this position will inspire young talent, regardless of race or background, to pursue their ambitions in the Foreign Office. I look forward to forging even stronger connections between Britain and Mozambique two close members of the Commonwealth family”.
Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has confirmed the appointment of Cat Smith as the new Ambassador to Mali. She will begin her new role in April 2018 and she replaces Alice Walpole. Smith was previously the Deputy Head of Mission in Addis Abada, a role she has held since 2015. In addition to her new role, Smith will also be the non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of Niger.