MP for Wealden reveals she spoke to Johnson directly on Sunday night
Boris Johnson has claimed he is taking Islamophobia “extremely seriously” after launching a probe into allegations that a minister lost her job because of her religion.
Nusrat Ghani, the Tory MP for Wealden, says a government whip told her in 2020 that she was being fired from her role as junior transport minister due to her “Muslimness”. Mark Spencer, Le secrétaire à la Santé, Sajid Javid, a déclaré qu'il "soutiendrait fermement, denied the suggestion, branding it “defamatory”.
Le dimanche, it emerged the PM met Ms Ghani two years ago to discuss what happened and encouraged her to submit a formal complaint to the Conservative Party, but she declined. Insisting Mr Johnson should face a grilling, Lib Dem MP Layla Moran accused the PM of “only acting now [because] the issue has surfaced in the media”.
pendant ce temps, Tory MPs are keenly awaiting senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report into the partygate scandal, expected this week. Ex-Brexit secretary David Davis told the BBC this morning he would wait “three or four days” after its publication before encouraging the PM to resign.
Cummings claims Downing St staff keeping evidence from Sue Gray
Dominic Cummings has claimed evidence was being kept from Sue Gray’s investigation into drinks parties at No 10 and Whitehall because staff fear it would be seen by Boris Johnson.
The former Downing Street adviser also suggested that the fear meant that further evidence – including photos – will keep leaking after the top civil servant publishes her report, rapports Adam Forrest.
In a warning to Tory backbenchers, Mr Cummings also tweeted: “Expect the parties story to roll on after report cos photos etc will not be given to the Cabinet Office. MPs must scrap [Monsieur Johnson] if they want the nightmare to end.”
Staff worried because they ‘know the PM will see everything’, says ex-adviser
Non 10 giving as little info about Ghani inquiry as possible
As our deputy political editor Rob Merrick rapports:
Regarder: PM refuses to discuss chief whip’s future amid Islamophobia claims
As I mentioned earlier, the PM has been silent on whether chief whip Mark Spencer could lose his job over claims of Islamophobia within the Conservative party.
Here’s the clip from earlier today:
Cummings submitted evidence to partygate inquiry ‘in writing’
Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has refused to meet the partygate investigator Sue Gray in person, saying it is better if their communication is all in writing.
Explaining the decision on his blog, Mr Cummings wrote: “When SG (Sue Gray) asked to speak to me I emailed to the effect: if we speak the PM will invent nonsense and spin it to the media and you and I will both have problems, let’s keep everything in writing, therefore he cannot invent things I’ve supposedly said to you, there is only a written record, this makes both our lives easier.
“She agreed. So I have answered questions in writing and will answer further questions in writing if she wants.
“But I will not speak and therefore provide the PM with more chances to lie and confuse everybody.”
His words come as the prime minister continues to face calls to resign over a series of lockdown-breaching parties at Downing Street.
National insurance rising going ahead, dit PM
The government will go ahead with an unpopular national insurance hike later this year, the prime minister has said.
This comes despite opposition from senior Tories like former minister David Davis, who say the proposed1.25 per cent jump will make the cost-of-living crisis worse.
On a trip to Milton Keynes, Boris Johnson said the rise was necessary to fund the NHS properly.
“What I’m telling people is, if you want to fund our fantastic NHS, we have to pay for it – and this government is determined to do so," il a dit.
Boris Johnson warns Russia invasion of Ukraine would be ‘painful, violent, bloody business’
Invading Ukraine would be a “painful, violent and bloody business” , Boris Johnson has warned Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The British prime minister urged the Kremlin, which has amassed more than 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine, not to attack its neighbour.
M. Johnson a dit: “The intelligence is very clear that there are 60 Russian battle groups on the borders of Ukraine, the plan for a lightning war that could take out Kyiv is one that everybody can see.
“We need to make it very clear to the Kremlin, to Russia, that that would be a disastrous step.”
PM warns Kremlin of ‘new Chechnya’
More ‘damaging stories’ on PM to follow, says Cummings
Dominic Cummings has warned that more “damaging stories” will be released about Boris Johnson.
The prime minister’s former aide, who was sacked in late 2020, Raconté Le soleil: “Other damaging stories will come out until he is gone. It’s clear talking to people in No10 and 70 Whitehall that many officials are desperate to shove the kunlangeta off the ice this week.”
Kunlangeta is an Inuit word meaning a man who repeatedly lies.
PM silent on chief whip’s future amid Islamophobia claim
Boris Johnson has refused to say whether the chief whip Mark Spencer will keep his job amid claims a minister was sacked in 2020 because of her “Muslimness”.
When asked about Mr Spencer’s future, le premier ministre a dit: “This is something I take personally extremely seriously….we must wait and see what the investigation produces.”
Boris Johnson refuse de dire si le whip en chef conservera son emploi après le « limogeage de l'islamisme »
Boris Johnson has refused to say his chief whip Mark Spencer will survive in his job, after No 10 was rocked by the claim that a minister was sacked because of her “Muslimness”.
Johnson says he’s taking Islamophobia claims ‘extremely seriously’
Boris Johnson has spoken out for the first time about claims made by one of his MPs about Islamophobia at the top of the party.
Speaking to reporters on a visit today to Milton Keynes University Hospital, Mr Johnson insisted he was taking Nusrat Ghani’s claims “extremely seriously”.
“I took them very seriously when they were raised with me 18 il y a des mois … very glad there’s an investigation taking place now," il a dit, ajouter: “I can’t say more, vraiment, about it.”
Asked if chief whip Mark Spencer could stay in post while the investigation was conducted, the PM dodged the question, en disant: “This is something I take personally extremely seriously, I took it very seriously 18 il y a des mois, we must wait and see what the investigation produces.”
Next Tory leader odds: Favourites to replace Boris Johnson
Bookmakers have shortened the odds on Boris Johnson being replaced as prime minister following outrage over his attendance at a “bring your own booze” event at the height of lockdown.
Several Tory MPs have broken rank to say the No 10 garden gathering on 20 Mai 2020 may be resigning matter – warning that Mr Johnson’s position could soon be “untenable” — his position made ever-more perilous by the steady stream of damaging allegations continuing to come forward in the press.
Mr Johnson is now odds-on to be replaced in 2022, according to one leading betting firm. “Our betting indicates the PM is unlikely to see out the year in No 10,” said Coral’s John Hill. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the favourite to replace Mr Johnson if there is a leadership contest, narrowly ahead of foreign secretary Liz Truss.
Who else is in the running? Adam Forrest takes a closer look.
PM now odds-on to be replaced in 2022