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Boris Johnson latest information: Minister rejects ‘demeaning’ call for all-women shortlist to replace ‘Porn MP’

Neil Parish resigns after admitting to watching pornography within the Commons

A authorities minister has rejected calls for an all-women shortlist to discover a substitute for disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish.

Universities minister Michelle Donelan stated that female-only shortlists for parliamentary candidates are “demeaning” to girls.

She argued it’s higher to encourage feminine candidates to get into parliament “on merit”.

“We don’t do it by putting in quotas which I find quite demeaning to women,” she instructed Sky News. “Women can get there on merit”.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the business secretary, has additionally voiced opposition to quotas.

“I’ve never been a fan, frankly, personally, of quotas and shortlists,” he stated in an interview over the weekend.

It comes after Oliver Dowden, the Tory Party chairman, vowed to guarantee half of Conservative candidates for the Commons are girls amid claims of sexual misconduct and bullying by MPs in parliament.

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Starmer: Cooperation with France wanted to sort out Channel crossings

The UK wants to work nearer with France to remedy the migrant disaster, the Labour chief has stated whereas on the marketing campaign path in Worthing.

Sir Keir Starmer stated: “Nobody wants to see anybody making that perilous journey across the Channel and everybody wants to crack down on the criminal gangs that are driving this.

“The greatest manner to do that’s to have a world co-ordinated prison response.

“I have worked on international criminal organisations before when I was director of public prosecutions.

“I do know what could be finished when you’ve received groups working collectively throughout Europe all the best way alongside these routes completely bearing down on these prison gangs and dealing very carefully with the French authorities as properly.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 12:15

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Starmer: Downing Street ‘most fined workplace in UK’

Downing Street is the most-fined workplace in the whole of the UK, Labour leader Keir Starmer has said.

Sir Keir denied that he had broken Covid-19 lockdown rules while in Durham in April of last year.

“There was no party”, he said.

“There was no breach of the rules. There was nothing really to add to that.

“Contrast that to Downing Street, where we know that there have been 50 fines issued already in Downing Street in relation to goings on.

“That makes Downing Street the most fined workplace in the whole of the UK.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:48

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Starmer: Cost of living crisis keeping people up at night

The rising cost of living is keeping people up at night, Labour leader Keir Starmer has said while on the campaign trail in Worthing.

He arrived at Worthing Lido before walking along the beach with Worthing Council Labour group leader Beccy Cooper.

Sir Keir said: “Everybody is talking about the cost-of-living crisis.

“The thing that has been keeping people up at night is worrying about paying their bills and being whacked with tax by the government.

“From the Labour Party point of view we think that there should be a windfall tax on oil and gas companies in the North Sea, they have made more profit than they are expecting.

“Use that for energy bills, up to £600 for those who need it most.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:32

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Twenty five years on, we can now see that Blairite truths are eternal

A quarter of a century after the landslide of 1997, the Labour Party is coming round to a better understanding of its own achievements, writes John Rentoul.

Read John’s full piece right here:

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 11:10

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Watch: Sturgeon says she ‘adapted how I look to protect myself’ amid sexism row

Speaking to broadcasters earlier, Sturgeon was also asked about the sexism storm hanging over politics.

She said she adapted how “I look to protect myself”.

More comments from the first minister below:

‘I adapted how I look to protect myself’: Nicola Sturgeon talks about sexism in politics

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:50

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Watch: Sturgeon says she’s not planning for Scotland to vote no

Nicola Sturgeon has been out on the broadcast round this morning.

The first minister was asked about a second referendum on Scottish independence.

She says she’s not planning for Scotland to vote no if a vote does take place. Watch the FM’s comments here:

Nicola Sturgeon says she is ‘not planning for Scotland to vote no’ in independence referendum

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:35

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ICYMI: Interest rates are rising this week – should we expect a bumpy road ahead?

At the moment, interest rates are almost absurdly low, and I believe the present crop of central bankers will be judged harshly by history, writes Hamish McRae.

Read Hamish’s full piece here:

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 10:14

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More than 250 people detected in small boats after break in Channel crossings

Some 254 people were detected in small boats crossing the Channel to the UK on Sunday after an 11-day pause in such journeys.

The figure was confirmed by the government as more people thought to be migrants were seen being brought into Dover on Bank Holiday Monday.

There is believed to have been an 11-day break in activity around the Channel from April 20 to 30, when no crossings were recorded amid reports of strong winds and choppy seas.

Updating its figures for Sunday, the Ministry of Defence confirmed 254 migrants were detected in seven small boats.

On Monday morning, more people believed to be migrants were pictured on the Dover Lifeboat following what was thought to be a small boat incident in the Channel.

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:55

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Sturgeon: Sexism in politics getting worse

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes the problems of sexism and misogyny in politics are getting worse – in part due to the impact of social media.

Ms Sturgeon told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I do not thinks there’s a lady alive, not simply in politics however in any stroll of life, who is not going to have skilled someplace on the spectrum of misogyny and sexism behaviour which is unacceptable.

“In some ways I think it is worse today than it was when I was a woman starting out in politics.

“You grow to be a bit inured to it and get used to it whereas I see it way more starkly via the eyes youthful girls.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:30

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Sturgeon: No illegal referendums

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she would not go ahead with a new referendum on independence unless it was legal and constitutional.

“I wouldn’t want to go ahead with a referendum that wasn’t legal,” she said.

“The only referendum worth its salt is one that is democratic, legal and can deliver.

“It would not be in the interests of those who want independence, let alone anybody else’s interest, for a referendum to be anything other than legal and constitutional because that is the only way of delivering independence.”

Matt Mathers2 May 2022 09:10

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