PM resists calls to activate plan B as daily Covid cases top 50,000

Boris Johnson says numbers of infections are high but ‘within the parameters’ of the predictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Daily Covid-19 cases have risen above 50,000 in the UK for the first time since July, as the prime minister resists calls for the government to activate its backup plan. Official […]

Government ‘rows back’ on PM’s pledge to sanction tech bosses

Boris Johnson appeared to back idea at PMQs but sources say online harms bill may not include it Government sources have rowed back on Boris Johnson’s apparent commitment to criminal sanctions for tech company bosses who fail to tackle harmful or illegal content. However, the Guardian understands that the new culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, who […]

PM urged to enact ‘David’s law’ against social media abuse after Amess’s death

Calls for crackdown on threats to public figures and an end to online anonymity Boris Johnson is facing calls to enact “David’s law” to crack down on social media abuse of public figures and end online anonymity in the wake of the killing of Sir David Amess. Dozens of MPs paid tribute in the House […]

PM to lead Commons tributes to David Amess as family call for unity

Home secretary says MPs’ surgeries could get police protection but some raise concerns about deterring public Boris Johnson will lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons on Monday as debate rages about how drastically to step up security in the wake of the fatal attack on the Southend MP at his […]

Czech president in hospital after shock election defeat for PM

Fears of a political crisis as Miloš Zeman, an ally of Andrej Babiš, is admitted to intensive care unit The Czech Republic is facing political upheaval and a possible power vacuum after its billionaire prime minister, Andrej Babiš, suffered a surprise general election defeat and then saw his most powerful backer and sole potential saviour, […]

Coronavirus live news: US has given over 400m jabs; Protesters in Rome try to break into PM’s office

CDC says 187 million people in US are fully vaccinated; About 10,000 people join protest against mandatory Covid certificates Unions call for tighter Covid safety measures in schools Russia reports record daily death toll as Kremlin shrugs off lockdown Anti-vaccine chiropractors sowing misinformation See all our coronavirus coverage Russia reported 968 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, […]

‘Economically illiterate’: PM’s Tory conference speech gets frosty reception

Next boss, thinktanks and unions criticise Boris Johnson, saying ‘shortages cannot be blustered away’ Business leaders rounded on Boris Johnson for lacking a coherent economic plan after he delivered a boosterish conference speech that made barely a mention of the supply chain crisis. The address was condemned as “bombastic but vacuous and economically illiterate” by […]

Tory conference bubble rises to applaud PM’s light entertainment | John Crace

Any hint of reality is accidental in Boris Johnson’s Telegraph column-style conference speech Not so much a conference speech, more an extended Daily Telegraph column. One knocked off in a hurry at the last minute. This was politics as light entertainment, with any collision with the real world entirely accidental. Plenty of jokes – one […]

You can’t level up by raising taxes on the poor, Tories tell PM

Top MPs warn No 10 over plans for equality as Conservative conference gets under way in Manchester A group of senior Conservative MPs has broken ranks to openly question how Boris Johnson can deliver on his promise to increase prosperity in poorer parts of the UK while at the same time raising taxes for working […]

Mark Drakeford attacks Westminster ‘failure’ over fuel crisis

Welsh first minister also says universal credit cut ‘disgraceful’ and he has not spoken to PM since June The Welsh first minister has launched a strong attack on the UK government, claiming that a combination of ideology, incompetence and malevolence had resulted in the fuel crisis and is leaving the most vulnerable people facing one […]

Fumio Kishida set to be new Japanese PM after winning party election

Former foreign minister to become PM following face off against vaccination minister Taro Kono Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister with a reputation as a consensus builder, is set to become Japan’s prime minister after winning the ruling Liberal Democratic party’s presidential election in a runoff against the vaccination minister, Taro Kono. The LDP-led coalition […]

Boris Johnson puts army on standby amid fuel supply crisis

Keir Starmer and industry leaders call on PM to do more as ministers decide against immediate deployment of troops Boris Johnson has ordered the army to remain on standby to help fuel reach petrol stations hit by panic buying, as Keir Starmer and businesses called on him to get a grip on the shortages rippling […]

Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster’

More than 100m doses could be discarded by December if global leaders do not share jabs with poorest countries, warns former PM More than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned. The “staggering” number […]

‘Russia should go away and shut up’: Gavin Williamson’s biggest blunders

Sacking as education secretary in PM’s reshuffle comes after a cabinet career littered with gaffes Follow the latest developments – politics live Gavin Williamson’s career in the cabinet has been so littered with gaffes that likening him to the hapless 1970s sitcom character Frank Spencer has almost become a cliche. Here are his five most […]

Unison chief warns this could be year of industrial action

Christina McAnea points to rise in national insurance and says PM is pushing social care sector towards collapse The general secretary of the UK’s biggest union has warned this could be the year of industrial action over pay as workers “feel they have had enough” with low wages, a national insurance rise and universal credit […]

Labour may tax wealth more heavily to fund social care, says Starmer

Party under pressure to set out alternative after condemning PM’s plan to increase NI contributions Labour is considering taxing wealth more heavily to raise funds in order to tackle the social care crisis, Keir Starmer has confirmed, as his party comes under pressure to set out its own costed plan. Labour has condemned the prime […]

Boris Johnson’s care victory shows he can get away with sham policies – for now | Polly Toynbee

For all the PM’s talk of big spending, more austerity lies ahead. This is no real end to small-state, low-tax Conservatism He does it again, he pulls it off. The figure David Cameron once called the “greased piglet” has slipped from the grasp of his angry party and the Tory press, all incensed by this […]

Boris Johnson stakes reputation on £12bn fix for health and social care

MPs likely to pass PM’s healthcare levy on Wednesday, pushing tax burden to record peacetime level MPs are set to usher in a historic £12bn healthcare levy on Wednesday, pushing the tax burden to a record peacetime level as Boris Johnson stakes his political reputation on attempting to fix the creaking health and care systems. […]

Italy could soon make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, says PM

Mario Draghi’s announcement sparks row in country where protests and violence from anti-vaxxers are on the rise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy’s prime minister has announced his government could make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, sparking a row in the country that has seen a recent rise in protests and violence from […]

If he wasn’t Johnson’s fall guy, Raab would be up the creek without a paddleboard | Marina Hyde

With questions mounting about the PM’s grip, he’ll be holding the hapless foreign secretary close this autumn According to the movies, a dead body can be used as a pretty much bulletproof human shield. You know the kind of scene. Under heavy attack, a character grabs the nearest corpse to hand and holds it in […]

Boris Johnson’s West Country visit not a holiday, No 10 says

Spokesman says PM ‘continuing to work’ after he was criticised for earlier break during Afghan crisis Afghanistan latest news – live Boris Johnson returned to the West Country on Sunday to spend several days with his family but Downing Street has said it is not a holiday and that he is “continuing to work”. In […]

‘Scrooge’ Sunak could spoil the party for Boris Johnson

The prime minister’s expansive vision for Britain faces many hurdles, the most awkward of which is his chancellor Boris Johnson must wish he owned a time machine to transport him beyond what is shaping up to be one of the most difficult autumns faced by any prime minister. Events in October and November are about […]

Samoa’s former PM accuses Jacinda Ardern of plot to replace him with a woman

Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi lost the recent election and was succeeded by the country’s first female leader, an outcome he is blaming on the New Zealand PM The former prime minister of Samoa has accused Jacinda Ardern of being behind the recent political crisis in Samoa, suggesting she had wanted to install a female prime minister. […]

Tony Blair damns the Afghan withdrawal but he would do better to show remorse | Simon Jenkins

The former PM has some nerve to say the west should stay on in Afghanistan to protect the ‘gains’ of his 2001 invasion Imbecilic, tragic, dangerous and unnecessary are the words used by Tony Blair to describe the US withdrawal from Afghanistan – and Britain’s as well. The former British prime minister believes the west […]

Dominic Raab ‘persuaded PM he could stay on holiday’ in Afghanistan crisis

Report raises further questions over foreign secretary as Tory ex-minister says UK should have stood up to US over withdrawal A former defence minister has said the UK failed to “stand up” to the US over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, amid more questions about Dominic Raab’s holiday-induced absence last weekend. Raab, the foreign secretary, […]

Stefan Löfven steps down as Sweden’s PM after seven years

Leader of Social Democratic party recently became first Swedish leader ever to lose a motion in parliament Stefan Löfven said on Sunday that he will step down as Swedish prime minister and head of the Social Democratic party in November, after seven years in power. The unexpected announcement – made during his annual summer speech […]

PM urges international unity over Taliban as he recalls parliament

Boris Johnson calls on nations not to give individual recognition as MPs summoned to discuss Afghanistan • Taliban enter Kabul – live updates Boris Johnson has called on countries not to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate government without international agreement, as he announced parliament would be recalled on Wednesday to discuss the situation in […]

‘It’s offensive’: Wakefield residents on PM’s pit closures joke

Boris Johnson’s comments come as ex-miners fight to save their ‘raided’ pension fund In a neatly decorated terraced house in the old mining village of Stanley on the outskirts of Wakefield, 64-year-old ex-miner Ian Hoggan pulled out a banner showing a miner crucified on a colliery wheel, with the words “Save our pensions.” Hoggan, who […]

Tunisia unions call for president to form new government

UGTT union body urges president, Kais Saied, to form government, nearly two weeks after he sacked PM Tunisia’s powerful UGTT trade union body has urged the country’s president, Kais Saied, to form a new government, nearly two weeks after he assumed executive power and sacked the prime minister. Saied also suspended parliament for 30 days […]

Diesel car suits me better than electric, says PM’s climate spokesperson

Allegra Stratton cites time taken to recharge on long journeys, despite average electric vehicle now having range of over 200 miles Boris Johnson’s climate spokesperson has criticised the infrastructure that she says is putting people like her off switching to an electric car. Allegra Stratton, the prime minister’s former press secretary, revealed she drove a […]