PM ‘was aware’ of Chris Pincher allegations, Nei 10 admits – follow live

PM ‘was aware’ of Chris Pincher allegations, Nei 10 admits – follow live
Government should be led ‘by a person of integrity’, Sir Roger Gale says

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Minister cannot imagine PM saying ‘Pincher by name, pincher by nature

Boris Johnson “was aware” of past allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Pincher when promoting him to deputy chief whip, Downing gate has admitted.

The prime minister’s spokesman also did not deny that Mr Johnson used the phrase “Pincher by name, Pincher by nature” against the suspended MP now being investigated for alleged groping.

Calling the claim about the PM’s use of the phrase – made by his former chief political aide Dominic Cummings – “unsubstantiated”, sa talspersonen: “I’m simply not going to comment on content of what was or wasn’t said in private conversations.”

Issuing a fresh call for Mr Johnson to resign over questions about his judgement in appointing Mr Pincher, senior Tory MP Sir Roger Gale warned the Conservative Party “cannot go on like this”, legge til: “There has to be a change at the top.”

Mr Pincher, who was hit with a string of other misconduct claims over the weekend, previously resigned from the whips’ office in 2017 amid claims he made an appropriate pass at a Conservative Party candidate.

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ICYMI: Tory warnings of a ‘coalition of chaos’ in a hung parliament may be absurd – but effective

Boris Johnson is preparing to re-run David Cameron’s campaign against Ed Miliband in 2015, writes John Rentoul.

Read John’s full piece here:

Tory warnings of a ‘coalition of chaos’ may be absurd – but effective | John Rentoul

Boris Johnson is preparing to re-run David Cameron’s campaign against Ed Miliband in 2015

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 13:11
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Boris Johnson ‘was aware’ of allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Pincher, Nei 10 innrømmer

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has this breaking update:

Boris Johnson “was aware” of previous allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Pincher when promoting him this year, Nei 10 has admitted.

The prime minister spokesman also did not deny he used the phrase “Pincher by name, pincher by nature” against the former deputy chief whip – who quit and is now being investigated for alleged groping.

Forrige uke, Nei 10 insisted Mr Johnson was unaware of any specific allegations against the MP – but its story has shifted, deepening the latest scandal to engulf Mr Johnson.

The spokesman acknowledged he “was aware of media reports” and of “allegations that were either resolved or did not progress to a formal complaint”, when Mr Pincher was appointed in February.

derimot, he continued to insist that – in the absence of any formal complaint against him – it would not have been “appropriate” to block him from a role with responsibility for MPs’ welfare.

PM ‘was aware’ of sexual misconduct allegations against Chris Pincher, Nei 10 innrømmer

Prime minister’s spokesman does not deny he used phrase ’Pincher by name, pincher by nature’ about ex-deputy chief whip

Andy Gregory4 juli 2022 12:59
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Mening: Tax the childless? There’s a dark side to this debate

Surely no one takes on the responsibility of parenthood just for the tax breaks? If they do, I doubt that they’d make very good parents, writes Sean O’Grady.

Read Sean’s full piece here:

Mening | Tax the childless? There’s a dark side to this debate

Surely no one takes on the responsibility of parenthood just for the tax breaks? If they do, I doubt that they’d make very good parents

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 12:45
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Childcare plan won’t ‘significantly’ cut costs for parents, admits minister

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of offering only “pathetic” changes to barnepass in a bid to bring down costs for parents and boost availability.

Our politics correspondent Adam Forrest has the story:

Childcare plan won’t ‘significantly’ cut costs for parents, admits minister

Government proposals to change staff-to-child ratios branded ‘pathetic’ and ‘frustrating’

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 12:30
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Pincher allegations do ‘huge damage’ to trust in parliament

Allegations against Chris Pincher do “huge damage” to trust in parliament, a government minister has said.

Will Quince, the children and families minister, spoke to Sky News earlier.

Mr Pincher resigned as deputy chief whip last week after being accused of drunkenly groping two men at a private members club for Tories in central London.

He is now facing a string of other misconduct allegations, all of which he denies. Mr Quince described the claims as “appaling”:

Chris Pincher allegations do ‘huge damageto trust in parliament, says Tory minister
Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 12:15
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Neil Parish: Wife chased me with scissors after porn revelation

Neil Parish says his wife chased him around the kitchen with scissors after it was revealed he watched porn in front of female colleagues in the Commons chamber.

Den tidligere MP, who was forced to stand down as the MP for Tiverton and Honiton, said his wife “knows I’m no angel.

Watch part of his interview with ITV’s Lorraine under:

Neil Parish says wife chased after him around the kitchen with scissors after watching porn in commons
Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 11:59
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Holyrood and Westminster need to cooperate

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar called forcooperation and not conflictto be put at the heart of government as he unveiled the first in a series of papers on reform of Scotland and the UK.

In a speech hosted by the Fabian Society at Westminster, he called fora legal duty to cooperatebetween governments in Holyrood and Westminster, new joint governance councils, and a new Senate of the Nations and Regions to replace the House of Lords.

Han sa: “The political game-playing of recent years has wounded the devolution settlement.

We need these new rules of engagement to heal it.

The new governance councils wouldbring together the leaders of the UK and the nations on an equal footing”, han sa.

On the House of Lords, he said it isunacceptableto have unelected representatives wielding such power and called for somethingmore reflective of modern Britainand gives Scotland a greater say.

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 11:29
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PM cannot act on ‘rumour or gossip’, minister says

Boris Johnson cannot “act on rumour or gossip” when appointing people to government roles, junior minister Will Quince has said, Adam Forrest, our politics correspondent, rapporter.

The prime minister is under growing pressure to reveal what he knew of claims about Chris Pincher before he was made deputy chief whip in February.

“If I had a pound for every rumour that I’d heard about another MP, then I’d be a very wealthy man,"Sa han til BBC Radio 4's I dag program.

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 11:17
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ICYMI: Chris Pincher scandal bolsters Tory rebel plot to oust Boris Johnson

Conservative party rebels have said Boris Johnson’s handling of allegations that MP Chris Pincher groped two men has made it more likely he will face a fresh confidence vote in the months ahead.

Our politics correspondent Adam Forrest rapporter:

Chris Pincher scandal bolsters Tory rebel plot to oust Boris Johnson

Backbenchers discussing rule change requiring 90 letters for fresh confidence vote

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 11:04
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No one deserves special treatment, ex-cabinet minister says

Former cabinet minister Liam Fox has said thatno-one deserves special treatmentor to bepilloriedbecause they are a friend of the prime minister, after reports questioned whether Boris Johnson was aware of allegations against Chris Pincher of inappropriate sexual behaviour before appointing him deputy chief whip.

When asked about Mr Pincher’s appointment, the former defence secretary told Times Radio: “Vi vil, over helgen, I’ve seen a great deal of hearsay‘sources close to somebody close to said’ – du vet, I think we need to be above tittle tattle and gossip at Westminster.

All I would say is that no-one deserves special treatment because they’re a friend of the prime minister and no-one deserves to be pilloried just because they’re a friend of the prime minister. We cannot have our politics operated by proxy in this way.

Matt Mathers4 juli 2022 10:42

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