Boris Johnson news – live: Sunak urged to put ex-PM’s resignation honours list ‘through shredder’

The list of Boris Johnson’s resignation honors should go “through the shredder,” the Liberal Democrats have said.

Daisy Cooper, the party’s deputy leader, accused Rishi Sunak of rewarding “failure” after reportedly wanting to go through his predecessor’s controversial 50-strong list.

“The responsibility lies with Sunak – he has to make sure that Johnson’s roll of honor goes into the shredder,” she said.

Elsewhere, current Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will later hold talks with US President Joe Biden during his first visit to the White House since taking office.

Leaders’ talks in the Oval Office are expected to cover the war in Ukraine, China, economic security, international cooperation to regulate the growing field of artificial intelligence, and more.


Liberal Democrats: Throw Johnson’s roll of honor ‘in the shredder’

The list of Boris Johnson’s resignation honors should “go through the shredder,” the Liberal Democrats have said.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper accused the Prime Minister of rewarding “failure” by allegedly giving the list the green light.

“The fact that one of the most scandal-ridden Prime Ministers is now allowed to put his cronies in the Lords after a failed prime ministerial job tells the British public everything they need to know about this Conservative Party,” she said.

“Boris Johnson has caused crisis after crisis in this country – when Rishi Sunak rewards his failures it is just proof that it is one rule for Conservatives and another for everyone else.”

“The responsibility lies with Sunak – he has to ensure that Johnson’s roll of honor goes into the shredder.”


Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 11:00 am


ICYMI: Could NHS Weight Loss Vaccine Reduce Your Tax Burden, Too?

Curbing sickness could give chancellor leeway for pre-election gifts, says Andrew Grice.

Read Andrew’s full analysis here:

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 4:00 p.m


Washington update: Sunak says UK is ‘well positioned’ to push ahead with AI regulation

As we previously reported, Rishi Sunak is in Washington to speak with President Joe Biden about the war in Ukraine, the global economy, AI and other topics.

Speaking to broadcasters there, the Prime Minister stressed that the UK is “well placed” to take the lead in regulating AI.

He also slammed claims that his failure to strike a trade deal with the US was a “broken promise”. The 2019 Conservative Party Manifesto said Britain would strike a deal with Washington within three years.

“I think the UK is well placed to take a leadership role in shaping the discussion of how we regulate AI so that we can reap its benefits, of which there are obviously many, but do so in a way that will.” protects our countries and citizens.” and make sure it is used safely and securely,” he said.

“Britain is research-based, (has the) business – everything points to us.”

“Our ability to act quickly and introduce regulations is really important in an industry and technology that is itself changing very rapidly.

“I’m going to discuss that with President Biden today. I am pleased that the US is supporting our summit. I also discussed this with the companies involved when I convened them in Downing Street a few weeks ago.”

“I think they are also interested in helping the UK develop what ultimately needs to be a global regulatory architecture.”

On the trade deal, Mr Sunak said: “Since then we have a pandemic, we have a war in Ukraine and that has changed the macroeconomic situation. The right response to this is to ensure that we focus our efforts economically on the things that will make the biggest difference.

He added: “Actually, today I’m going to be speaking to President Biden about how the UK and US can work together to keep our citizens safe? I think that’s what we should focus on now.”

Rishi Sunak was the guest of honor at a Major League Baseball game celebrating US-UK relations. (Niall Carson, PA)

(PA cable)

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 3:40 p.m


The United Kingdom bans the import of gold from Belarus as part of a new wave of sanctions

The UK bans gold imports from Belarus as part of a new wave of sanctions aimed at increasing economic pressure on the Kremlin-backed regime.

ISPs will also be forced to restrict access in the UK to websites spreading propaganda from the country, the government said.

The import of gold, cement, timber and rubber – all sources of income for the regime of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko – into the UK will be banned.

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 3:20 p.m


Tory donor Crispin Odey faces sexual assault charges

The Tory donor, a leading figure in London’s financial world, has faced shocking allegations that he groped female employees and masturbated a businesswoman.

A law firm representing Mr Odey said he “vigorously” denies the allegations.

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 3:00 p.m


Sadiq Khan rejects government offer to build asylum barge in east London

Permission to dock a barge to house asylum seekers at an east London port has been refused, according to a letter from Sadiq Khan to the Home Secretary.

The Labor Mayor of London told Suella Braverman: “I am writing to you following the recent decision by the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA) to refuse the use of King George V Dock as a berth for asylum seekers.”

“Firstly, I would like to express my support for this decision and secondly, I would like to express my absolute opposition to the government’s policy of accommodating asylum seekers on ships.”

“The capital has a proud history of providing shelter to people seeking refuge, including during World War II and in our recent efforts to assist people fleeing conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine. Our city’s hospitable attitude and diverse communities are what make London great.”

“I am deeply concerned by the government’s plans to house asylum seekers and refugees on ships.

“It is unclear how ministers intend to ensure that people housed on such vessels, some fleeing the direst of circumstances, have access to the assistance they need, both on arrival and in rebuilding their lives.”


Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 2:45 p.m


Four Just Stop Oil protesters arrested in central London

Four Just Stop Oil protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave the street during a demonstration in central London.

Slow-moving protesters were ordered to leave the road in Trafalgar Square just after 12.30pm on Thursday. Most obeyed, but three men and one woman stayed on the road.

The police removed her from the street and arrested her.

The protest was attended by Dale Vince, the clean energy entrepreneur who has donated more than £1million to the Labor Party.

He said: “I’m here to support the incredibly brave people at Just Stop Oil. They are putting themselves and their freedom at risk.

“I support them in other ways, in the media and with donations, but I thought I would do more.”

Just Stop Oil disrupted traffic and sporting events (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

(PA cable)

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 2:20 p.m


Starmer: Labor would ‘seize the opportunity’ to revitalize Britain’s steel industry

Labor will seize opportunities for British steel, said Sir Keir Starmer, vowing to protect the ailing industry.

The Labor leader visited British Steel’s Scunthorpe site on Thursday and accused the Conservatives of leaving the industry and its workers in a “cycle of crisis and bailouts”.

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 2:11 p.m


Sunak is distracted by Boris’ roll of honor, Starmer says

Sir Keir Starmer said that Rishi Sunak was only focusing on the “administration” of the Conservative Party after the Prime Minister reportedly accepted Boris Johnson’s recommendations on nobility. Adam Forest reports.

The Labor leader said: “The Conservative Party is, as always, talking about the Conservative Party and how they are placating different parts of their own party. Whether it’s Boris Johnson’s WhatsApp messages or Boris Johnson’s peerage, the Prime Minister is just running his own party rather than running the country.”

He said that anyone worried about the cost of living “will see a government that puts the party first, not the country.”


Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 2:05 p.m


Sunak will snub Trump during his trip to the US

Rishi Sunak is set to snub Donald Trump during his visit to the US, saying he is too busy to meet with the former president.

The PM later holds talks with President Joe Biden but has no plans to meet Mr Trump.

“I’ve got quite a busy schedule,” he told reporters yesterday when asked if he would hold talks with Mr Trump, who has announced another candidacy in the White House next year.

“I’m meeting with key congressional leaders from both sides and of course the President,” he continued. “These are the most important engagements I have.”

Matt MathersJune 8, 2023 1:55 p.m

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