Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups

In a letter to the PM campaigners say forced marriage law fails to protect young people A legal loophole that allows 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited and used to coerce young people into child marriage, campaigners have warned. More than 20 organisations have signed a […]

Boris Johnson wrongly cleared over Covid contracts, say MPs

Cross-party group calls for action against PM for misleading Commons over multibillion-pound deals Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A cross-party group of MPs has pushed for formal action against Boris Johnson for allegedly misleading the Commons over the transparency of Covid contracts, saying the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, incorrectly cleared the […]

Accusations of lying pile up against Boris Johnson. Does it matter?

Analysis: MPs and broadcasters are losing their reluctance to openly call out the PM’s deceit It was a jaw-dropping moment. This week the SNP Commons leader, Ian Blackford, asked Boris Johnson a question in parliament that was unsurprising and yet somehow extraordinary. “I can’t possibly call the PM a liar in this house,” Blackford said, […]

Carrie Symonds’ influence at No 10 extends much further than the decor

Analysis: Boris Johnson’s fiancee has no official role, but has helped shape the personnel and vision of the PM’s office “She’s buying gold wallpaper,” Boris Johnson is said to have told panicked aides last February of his fiancee Carrie Symonds’ interior decorating plans for their No 11 flat. The costs far exceeded the £30,000 allowance […]

Senior Tories urge PM to come clean on funding of Downing Street refurb

Johnson faces growing disquiet after allegations he was loaned £58,000 from party funds while being seen to personally foot the bill Boris Johnson is being urged by senior Tories to come clean about the funding of his flat refurbishment as it emerged that a former Labour chancellor refused to join a trust overseeing Downing Street […]

Rishi Sunak defends delay in England’s autumn lockdown

Comments come as No 10 refuses to deny PM said he would rather ‘let the virus rip’ than impose strict curbs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Rishi Sunak has spoken out to defend the government’s delay in implementing a second national lockdown in England, with allies suggesting he was not prepared […]

PM can be challenged in court over Priti Patel bullying decision, hearing rules

High court says FDA union can launch judicial review of Boris Johnson’s backing of home secretary Boris Johnson’s decision to back Priti Patel and disregard the findings of his adviser on ministerial standards that the home secretary had bullied staff can be challenged in court, a hearing has ruled. The FDA union has been granted […]

Labour calls for Electoral Commission inquiry into PM’s flat refurbishment

Party says Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings must be summoned to give evidence on how works were paid for The Electoral Commission must legally summon Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and Conservative officials to give evidence on how the prime minister paid for refurbishments to his Downing Street flat, Labour has said. Calling on the commission […]

Tories are wrong to think that they will never face a day of reckoning for sleaze | Andrew Rawnsley

Dominic Cummings is dangerous to Number 10 because few have had a better perch for observing the way the PM behaves when he thinks the world can’t see what he’s up to Dominic Cummings offering a lecture on integrity in government is like a cannibal telling you how to be a good vegan. When his […]

Hoping both sides lose in Johnson-Cummings war | Letters

Readers react to the war of words between Boris Johnson and his former adviser Dominic Cummings Dominic Cummings has stated in his defensive blog that “It is sad to see the PM and his office fall so far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves” (‘Mad and totally unethical’: Dominic Cummings hits […]

Key Boris Johnson aide Lord Udny-Lister leaves No 10

Eddie Lister leaves post at PM’s special envoy to the Gulf, Downing Street says One of Boris Johnson’s closest aides, Lord Udny-Lister, is leaving his post as the prime minister’s special envoy to the Gulf, Downing Street has said. The 71-year-old peer served in City Hall as Johnson’s chief of staff when he was mayor […]

‘Mad and totally unethical’: Dominic Cummings hits out at Boris Johnson

Ex-aide alleges PM tried to quash leak inquiry that implicated ally and wanted donors to fund work on flat Dominic Cummings has launched an unprecedented and extraordinary attack on Boris Johnson, alleging that the prime minister tried to quash a leak inquiry as it implicated an ally, and hatched a “possibly illegal” plan for donors […]

Greensill expected £22bn flotation that could have meant Cameron windfall

Exclusive: Bankers predicted huge valuation that implied potential nine-figure pay day for former PM Greensill Capital was considering a £22bn stock market flotation – a figure that dwarfs previous estimates and implied a potential nine-figure windfall for its adviser David Cameron – only weeks before the former prime minister’s intensive government lobbying. The new figure […]

Cameron and Greensill: a timeline of events in the lobbying scandal

Roundup of key developments since former PM became finance firm’s ‘part-time’ special adviser in 2018 David Cameron is at the centre the UK’s largest lobbying scandal in a decade. Through emails, text messages and meetings, the former prime minister relentlessly pushed government and central bank officials on behalf of Greensill Capital – even as the […]

PM ‘deeply troubled’ by failures to honour black and Asian war dead

Defence secretary Ben Wallace says he will explore ‘decolonising’ schools’ teaching of first world war The prime minister has apologised for Britain’s failure to properly commemorate tens of thousands of black and Asian soldiers who died serving the country, as the defence secretary pledged to explore “decolonising” schools’ teaching of the first world war. Boris […]

PM to create No 10 unit to push through policy agenda

NHS Covid vaccine chief to run unit from the summer in revival of Tony Blair-era initiative The prime minister is reviving a Tony Blair-era initiative in announcing the creation of a delivery unit to take charge of pushing through his policy agenda after more than a year dominated by dealing with Covid-19. The unit will […]

Labour urges Boris Johnson to cancel trip to India over Covid risk

Steve Reed says PM should ‘set an example’ and conduct his scheduled meetings via Zoom Labour has urged Boris Johnson to “set an example” and cancel his forthcoming trip to India because of the Covid risk. Steve Reed, the shadow communities secretary, said because of the threat posed by new variants of the virus, the […]

In the Thick of It by Alan Duncan review – Johnson is a ‘buffoon’, Gove a ‘freak’

The diaries of the former Tory minister dismiss the PM’s Brexit arguments as ‘puerile junk’, but Britain’s stagnant politics is the real target Serious times call for serious people. If living through a global pandemic had somehow failed to underline that, then the sight of violence returning to the streets of Northern Ireland in recent […]

PM struggles to keep head above water as barbs from Keir Starmer pierce blubber

Boris Johnson appears fearful in latest PMQs that flow of ‘Tory sleaze’ claims may continue It’s a tricky balancing act for Boris Johnson. Because much as he must be loving the mess David Cameron has got himself into with the Greensill lobbying saga – Johnson still hasn’t forgiven Dave for doing better than him at […]

‘It’s his turf’: why London’s mayoral race is personal for Boris Johnson

Analysis: at the root of the PM’s outburst against Sadiq Khan is his anger at the Tories’ expected humbling in May Boris Johnson had almost finished his most recent Downing Street press conference, when his tone suddenly changed. Sadiq Khan had left a “black hole” in Transport for London’s finances, said the energised prime minister, […]

All over-50s and high-risk groups in UK offered vaccine ahead of target date

Achievement hailed by PM as ‘hugely significant milestone’ means people in late 40s should be next to be immunised All over-50s and high risk groups in the UK have been offered a coronavirus vaccine a few days before the mid-April deadline set by the government – meaning the second phase of the rollout to younger […]

Shirley Williams: a politician with a golden voice and deep sincerity

SDP founder had long been tipped to be Britain’s first female PM, but she lacked the cut-throat ambition Full report: Shirley Williams dies aged 90 Obituary: Lady Williams of Crosby Her warmth filled a hall. She was one of the few politicians loved during their political lifetime, a national treasure well before she retired. She […]

Union in peril as PM ‘speaks for England alone’, former civil servant warns

Philip Rycroft says PM’s ‘muscular brand of unionism’ has deepened divisions between four nations The pandemic has seeded the idea of a prime minister “who speaks for England alone” as relations between the four nations of the UK deteriorate amid “deep-rooted complacency”, a senior former civil servant has warned. There is widespread ignorance towards the […]

Enjoy freedoms but stay wary of risks, PM says as England reopens

Boris Johnson says easing of restrictions will be welcome relief for businesses that have been closed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People should enjoy new freedoms but remain wary of the risks, Boris Johnson has said, as beer gardens, alfresco restaurants, shops and salons prepared to reopen across England on Monday […]

PM will allow second referendum if SNP wins, says Sturgeon

Scottish first minister tells Guardian fresh poll impossible to resist should her party land majority next month Nicola Sturgeon: No 10 cannot stand in the way of independence Boris Johnson will not oppose a second independence referendum if the Scottish National party wins a majority in the election next month, Nicola Sturgeon has said, with […]

Boris Johnson pays tribute to Prince Philip’s ‘ethic of service’

Duke of Edinburgh helped to steer royal family so it remains ‘indisputably vital’ to national life, says PM Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, dies aged 99 Tributes to Prince Philip – latest updates Obituary: longest-serving consort of a British monarch Boris Johnson has praised the Duke of Edinburgh’s “ethic of service” as the UK’s political […]

Rishi Sunak told David Cameron he had ‘pushed the team’ over Greensill

Treasury releases messages sent by chancellor to former PM and says Cameron phoned junior ministers Rishi Sunak has been accused of trying to smooth the way for Greensill Capital to gain special access to emergency Covid loans after the release of text messages showing the chancellor told David Cameron he had “pushed the team” to […]

English university asks students to lobby MPs over lockdown easing

Industry group writes to PM as Portsmouth criticises silence on when in-person teaching will resume Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Universities are turning up the pressure on the government after they were excluded from the next phase of lockdown easing, with one asking its students to lobby MPs for campuses to […]

Universities angry at PM’s failure to include reopening plan in Covid roadmap

Boris Johnson has not said how soon campuses in England can fully reopen Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage University leaders said it was deeply unfair that students could get haircuts or work in pubs next week but still had no idea when their campuses would reopen, as the government announced that […]

David Cameron has ghosted Britain over Greensill. At least it’s not the first time | Marina Hyde

First the former PM left us to deal with Brexit. Now he’s not answering calls about a growing access and lobbying scandal Back when David Cameron was a PR for culturicidal London TV franchise Carlton – his sole non-Westminster job before politics – the Guardian’s then media correspondent rang him for a story. Cameron answered […]