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# westminster

This week
22nd January 2023 - 27th January 2023
# westminster
Tearing up Northern Ireland legacy Bill risks five-year delay, UK minister warns
Johnathan Caine holds out the prospect of further changes to the proposed law in a bid to meet the concerns of victims and survivors.
Last week
15th January 2023 - 21st January 2023
# indyref2
Majority of Scottish people in favour of independence, poll finds
Research for The National found 54% in favour of independence when ‘don’t knows’ were excluded.
Last month
December 2022
Voices
Opinion: Are we finally seeing the end of 'Brexit mania' in Britain?
Peter Flanagan asks if the tide is now turning against the great Brexit experiment across the water.
Last year
2022
# oh lord
Keir Starmer plans to abolish House of Lords
The UK Labour leader wants to radically reform constitutional politics with a new elected chamber.
# SDLp
Portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume unveiled at Westminster
Painted by the critically acclaimed artist Colin Davidson, the portrait of the former SDLP leader will hang in Portcullis House.
AS IT HAPPENED
Rishi Sunak confirmed as new UK Prime Minister
The new Prime Minister will appoint a Cabinet this afternoon.
LIVE
PM hopefuls need 100 nominations from Tory MPs to enter race to replace Truss
Truss has been Prime Minister for just 44 days.
# Channel 4
Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy taken off air for swearing at Steve Baker
The broadcaster said the remark followed a ‘robust interview’ with the Tory MP but it was ‘beneath the standards I set myself’.
# Apology
'I will lead the Conservatives into the next election', Truss declares
The British prime minister said her fiscal policies “went too far and too fast”.
# UK
Truss defends vast tax cuts will herald 'decade of dynamism' amid hostile reception
British Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng unveiled the biggest programme of tax cuts for 50 years yesterday.
# London
Heathrow airport cancels flights to reduce noise near queen's funeral procession
More flights are expected to be axed during the queen’s funeral on Monday.
AS IT HAPPENED
Liz Truss rewards allies in cabinet reshuffle following first speech as UK PM
Truss set out the agenda for her premiership in her first speech since taking office earlier today.
# tiked off
UK parliament closes TikTok account after MPs raise China concerns
A pilot scheme aimed at using the app to get young people interested in Parliament has ended early.
# here for keir
Sacked Labour spokesman says he ‘absolutely’ believes Starmer should become UK Prime Minister
Sam Tarry was sacked from the front bench on Wednesday hours after joining strikers at an RMT picket line at Euston station.
# westminster
Call for investigation into claims Johnson lobbied for job for young woman in abuse of power
Eight Tories have so far put themselves forward to replace Johnson as prime minister.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Boris Johnson's damage to Northern Ireland cannot be easily repaired
The former BBC correspondent says the soon-to-be ex-PM has left in Northern Irish politics in chaos.
Voices
Boris Johnson: Four recent polls indicate where the UK crisis is heading
Hannah Bunting and Daniel Devine look at the embattled UK prime minister and why his mandate no longer exists.
Voices
Neale Richmond: Boris' Protocol Bill is an insult to everyone in Northern Ireland and the EU
The Fine Gael TD says the latest Tory moves in Westminster show a blatant disregard for the will of the people.
# Brexit
Westminster pushes forward with NI Protocol Bill after lengthy debate
MPs voted 295 to 221 to give the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill a second reading, clearing the way for more detailed scrutiny in the coming weeks.
# Northern Ireland
Brandon Lewis plans to cut MLA pay ‘soon’ if Stormont does not return
Westminster moved to cut MLA pay in 2017 after the executive collapsed over an energy scheme row.
# Partygate
Johnson dismisses claims he is a ‘habitual liar’, insists he will not quit over partygate

He cited ‘huge pressures’ on the economy, the war in Ukraine and his ‘massive agenda which I was elected to deliver’.

# westminster
British MPs under investigation could be barred from Parliament as Tory accused of rape
Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said discussions are ongoing to decide on the matter.
# westminster
Johnson refuses to withdraw accusation that Labour leader failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile
Keir Starmer said the UK Prime Minister is “parroting the conspiracy theories of violent fascists to try to score cheap political points”.
All time
# sleaze scandal
Boris Johnson endures day of questions over Westminster sleaze rows
The issue dominated politics today in Britain.
# full fat u-turn
Sleaze, dairy lobbying, and Tory MPs: What is the Owen Paterson controversy about?
The former NI Secretary resigned this week, in what has become a huge controversy for Boris Johnson.
# Troubles
Campaigners returning to Westminster to demand end to Troubles ‘amnesty’ plan
The UK Government is proposing a statute of limitations that would protect veterans from future prosecutions.
# House Of Commons
Johnson says idea UK could have prevented Afghan collapse ‘an illusion’
The UK Prime Minister denied the government was unprepared for the Taliban takeover.
# Back to normality
UK Government moves to scrap ten day quarantine for Covid contacts who are fully vaccinated
Under the plan, the ten day quarantine period could be axed in favour of daily lateral flow tests.
# Lifting
Westminster MPs back extension of England's Covid-19 restrictions until 19 July
MPs voted 461 to 60 to approve regulations delaying the easing of the measures.
Voices
Neale Richmond: Unionist push against NI Protocol is the wrong move at the wrong time
Neale Richmond says the legal action by unionists is ill-judged and will further entrench political views.
# impasse
Manchester restrictions row rumbles on as local leaders continue to resist calls for toughest measures
The mayor of Greater Manchester has called on the House of Commons to vote to break the impasse.
# Coronavirus
New Covid-19 restrictions in place for more than a third of the UK from today
Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough are all now under local lockdowns.
# London
British government delay in closing borders 'accelerated' spread of Covid-19, Westminster report finds
The Government was also criticised for treating children ‘as an afterthought’ during the pandemic.
# westminster
Conservative MP arrested over rape and sexual assault allegations
The ex-minister, who has not been named, is alleged to have assaulted a woman and forced her to have sex, the Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday reported.
# Brexit
British government's approach to Northern Ireland protocol condemned by MPs
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said businesses had been left in the dark.
# westminster
Boris Johnson's car involved in collision after protester runs onto road
The demonstrator ran into the road outside the gates to Parliament at around 2.30pm.
# London
Man (28) jailed for 14 days after admitting urinating next to memorial in Westminster
The judge said the incident had caused “public revulsion”.
# black lives matter
Winston Churchill statue boarded up for protection as Boris Johnson hits out at statue toppling movement
The British Prime Minister said on Twitter: ‘We cannot now try to edit or censor our past.’
# House of Chaos
'Insane idea': MPs queue and complain after being forced return to vote in the House of Commons
The government said it expected some ‘teething problems’ to the new voting system.
# Scotland
SNP Westminster leader calls for 'legitimate and legal route' to Scottish independence
It is the latest in a series of calls for a second referendum on independence.