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Boris Johnson news stay: Latest updates as Merkel and PM hold talks

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Boris Johnson is holding talks with Angela Merkel at Chequers amid considerations over plans to limit journey to the EU.

The prime minister smiled and tried fist and elbow bumps as he welcomed the German chief on the entrance to his nation residence in Buckinghamshire on Friday. The pair are anticipated to debate Covid journey restrictions and post-Brexit relations.

Earlier within the day, Labour was unexpectedly declared the profitable get together within the Batley and Spen by-election in West Yorkshire – a outcome which eases the stress on get together chief Sir Keir Starmer.

“Labour is back – Labour is coming home,” Sir Keir declared after Kim Leadbeater took the seat with 13,296 votes – a majority of simply 323 over Tory candidate Ryan Stephenson.

Conservative chair Amanda Milling prompt Matt Hancock’s rule-breaking affair was an element within the loss. “It was something that came up on the doorstep – I have to be honest about that.”

UK to announce creation of educational medal in Merkel’s honour

Angela Merkel is predicted to handle a digital meeting of the Cabinet on Friday, the primary overseas chief to take action since Bill Clinton in 1997, whereas the 2 leaders are set to debate relations between London and Berlin.

Travel preparations are more likely to be raised, as Ms Merkel has been urgent EU leaders to impose stringent quarantine necessities on arrivals to the bloc from Britain, no matter whether or not they have been vaccinated.

The two leaders, who met on the G7 summit in Cornwall final month, are additionally anticipated to debate post-Brexit relations between the UK and Germany.

As a part of Friday’s go to, Mr Johnson will even announce the creation of a brand new educational medal within the German Chancellor’s honour.

An award of £10,000 will probably be given every year to a British or German lady in science, an space the German Chancellor beforehand labored in, in accordance with Downing Street.

It will probably be named after Caroline Herschel, a German-born British astrophysicist who was a pioneer within the subject, with the primary medal anticipated to be awarded in early 2022.

The leaders are additionally anticipated to announce annual joint conferences of the UK and German cupboards, beginning subsequent year, as properly as an intention to extend future funding to a bilateral programme for younger folks in each nations.

Merkel arrives at Chequers for Johnson meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived at Chequers, Boris Johnson’s nation residence, for a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister as a part of her remaining UK go to earlier than stepping down later this year.

Mr Johnson semi-jogged out of the doorway to the Buckinghamshire property simply as Ms Merkel’s convoy crunched up the gravel driveway.

He stated: “Angela, how are you? Welcome.”

Mr Johnson then requested: “You’ve been here many times before?”

Ms Merkel replied: “Twice.”

The pair, each sporting blue, bumped elbows and fists earlier than going inside for talks earlier than a televised press convention later.

The pair will dine on English asparagus and Oxfordshire beef throughout a working lunch.

The menu offered by No 10 learn:

– Starter: Tart of English asparagus, backyard peas and feta, with salad

– Main: Oxfordshire beef fillet with sluggish braised beef cheek, rosti, creamed leeks, shallots, wild mushroom and mustard jus

– Desert: Baked custard tart with blackberry ice cream.

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Labour vote was cut up and we nonetheless gained – Starmer

More feedback from Sir Keir Starmer on Labour’s victory. Speaking on Friday morning after the shock outcome, he stated: “I was elected into Parliament on the same day as Jo Cox.

“She was a friend of mine and she’s missed every single day by our Labour movement

“She’ll be incredibly proud to see this victory of Kim this morning, incredibly proud.”

He added: “Kim has won this because former Tory voters voted for her.

“The left vote, if you like, the Labour vote, was split, but we won. The Tories had a clean hit, nobody was going against them, and they didn’t win.

“They expected to win this, make no mistake about that.”

Starmer: ‘Labour’s coming dwelling’

Labour’s “coming home,” claims get together chief Keir Starmer after dashing as much as Batley and Spen to fulfill new MP Kim Leadbeater.

“Labour is back … This is just the start – I want many more days like this. Labour is coming home!” he advised get together activists (Tony Blair used the identical line in 1996).

“It took incredible courage for Kim to stand and get through this campaign. Kim epitomises everything I want our Labour Party to be.”

Leadbeater stated: “We’ve all done out bit to get this amazing result … We’ve pulled this community together in the face of adversity.”

‘Labour win doesn’t show a factor’

Our affiliate editor Sean O’Grady will not be satisfied by the arguments a couple of surprisingly good win for Labour. “It doesn’t prove a thing, frankly,” he writes.

“Labour remains in an awful mess, just as it would be if it had lost by 323 votes rather than scraping in by that amount. Everything that was wrong with Labour yesterday is still true today.” Read extra right here:

Sturgeon congratulates Leadbeater after ‘ugly’ contest

SNP chief Nicola Sturgeon says she is “pleased” that Kim Leadbeater gained in Batley and Spen.

“Observing from afar, the campaign looked ugly at times – made so by deliberate tactics from some quarters. It is good to see that defeated.”

Hancock’s lover attended Public Health England conferences

Matt Hancock might have hoped to be out of the headlines by now. Not so. The Tories are muttering about his function within the by-election loss.

And it’s emerged that his former aide Gina Coladangelo – the girl he was caught “embracing” on digital camera – attended Public Health England conferences as the well being division’s consultant, in accordance with the BBC.

Health officers have shared their considerations about Coladangelo missing related “health and clinical” expertise. “It does give great cause for concern to the public,” stated Dr Nigel Carter of the Royal Society of Public Health.

Far-right candidates lose their deposits

Five excessive right-wing and nationalist teams contested the Batley and Spen seat the place former MP Jo Cox was murdered by a neo-Nazi in 2016.

All sank with a hint, shedding their £500 deposits and profitable simply 538 votes mixed. Britain First’s former deputy chief Jayda Fransen gained simply 50 votes.

‘Hope over division – but only just’

Despite all of the rhetoric about hope and unity this morning, our columnist Tom Peck thinks it was a “very strong night for division” – contemplating George Galloway acquired 8,000 votes.

“If division had just fought a slightly better ground campaign, it definitely could have nicked it. Division is going absolutely nowhere,” he writes.

Labour insurance policies want ‘sharpening’ says Diane Abbott

Labour MP Diane Abbott – former shadow dwelling secretary through the Corbyn period – stated Labour’s victory was “great” however that the get together’s insurance policies want ‘sharpening’.

“Above all, it’s a great result for Kim Leadbeater who had to face down a very ugly, homophobic campaign … Of course we need to continue to think about policy, to sharpen and better define policy, but we won and we’re moving forward.”

Andrew Scattergood, co-chair of the Corbynista group Momentum, was extra downbeat. He complained about “a void in policies”.

“Let’s not kid ourselves here, what we’ve seen is the Labour party squeak a victory in a seat which has seen a massive reduction in their vote share.”

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