Boris Johnson news – live: MPs back PM for fine endorsing dishonesty and breaking the law, says Ed Davey

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Partygate: Boris Johnson claims ‘it didn’t occur to him’ that he was breaking the rules#

Tory MPs backing Boris Johnson after he was fined by police for breaking Covid laws are endorsing dishonesty and breaking the law, Ed Davey has suggested.

The Liberal Democrat leader says the Prime Minister should resign as a ‘matter of principle’, after he and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, received fixed fines for attending a birthday meeting for Mr Johnson in the room of the cabinet in June 2020.

‘Tory MPs who are on programs like this and support the Prime Minister are basically tying the whole party together with this breaking of the law, this dishonesty,’ Mr Davey told Sky News.

“They are all now guilty,” he added. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor refuse to resign because of the Partygate scandal.

Earlier, backbench MP Nigel Mills became the first Tory MP to call for Mr Johnson’s resignation.

“I don’t think the Prime Minister can survive or should survive breaking the rules he put in place… He’s been fined, I don’t think his position is tenable.”

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Douglas Ross: PM is a truthful man

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said the Prime Minister was a truthful man, but stressed he had to explain the circumstances surrounding his recent police fine in the House of Commons.

Previously one of the main Conservative Party voices calling for the resignation of Boris Johnson, Mr Ross now says he should say the situation in Ukraine needs a stable government in the UK.

On BBC Radio Scotland on Wednesday, the Scottish leader was asked if he thought the Prime Minister was a truthful man.

“Yes, and he is dealing with the situation in Ukraine and he is dealing with the situation at home here,” Mr Ross said.

Matt MatherApril 13, 2022 2:25 p.m.

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Bring my father home, Morad Tahbaz’s daughter urges government

The daughter of a British-American national detained by Iran staged a protest outside the Foreign Office to urge the British government to bring her father home.

Wildlife defender Morad Tahbaz, 66, was released from custody after being released last month, the day charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and retired civil engineer Anoosheh Ashoori were released.

His daughter Roxanne said her family had been led to believe he would be included in any deal negotiated at the time, alongside the two dual nationals.

But she said they felt abandoned by the UK government, with her father now back in jail.

Ms Tahbaz said her mother had also been placed under a travel ban by Iranian authorities.

Speaking at her protest outside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on Wednesday morning, she told the Palestinian Authority news agency: “We are here today because it It’s been a month since Nazanin and Anoosheh came home, and my father is still sitting in jail and my mother is still under a travel ban.

“So we hope the press and the media will help us to ask the government and Foreign Secretary (Liz) Truss to keep his promise and bring him home, so that we can be reunited as a family.”

Matt MatherApril 13, 2022 2:10 p.m.

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All the times the UK changed prime minister during a war

From the War of Spanish Succession of 1701 – 1714 to the Afghan War of 2001 – 2021, Britain has changed leaders 18 times. Jon Stone looks at how they all went:

Jane DaltonApril 13, 2022 1:55 p.m.

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PM ‘not at boozy events,’ says Rees-Mogg

Priti Patel’s fellow minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, also defended Mr Johnson, telling TalkRadio it was in the ‘national interest’ for him to stay at No 10 and would be ‘bad for the world” that he resign.

“The idea of ​​constant parties at No 10 is just plain wrong,” Mr Rees-Mogg said. “The Prime Minister was at a few events that were highlighted – he was not at boozy events.”

He played down the Prime Minister’s breach of the rules, describing it as ‘a mistake’, and denied the Tory leader was a ‘proven liar and hypocrite’.

He accused TalkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer, a lockdown skeptic, of wanting Mr Johnson replaced because he ‘didn’t follow your policy on Covid’.

Jane DaltonApril 13, 2022 1:35 p.m.

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Opinion: Party fines mean nothing to wealthy men like Sunak and Johnson

Wealthy people may view financial penalties as a minor inconvenience and expense, but many working-class people facing fines are seriously affected by emotional distress and financial stress, writes Beth Ashley:

Jane DaltonApril 13, 2022 1:20 p.m.

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Truss announces new round of sanctions against wealthy Russians

The UK and EU have imposed sanctions on 178 Russian separatists in the Donbass region who supported the illegal invasion of Ukraine – vowing to crack down on those who ‘aid and abet’ Vladimir Putin’s war machine .

Boris Johnson’s government has also announced a series of new sanctions targeting family members, associates and employees of Russian oligarchs, including Putin’s own aide.

Our political journalist Adam Forest to the story:

Jane DaltonApril 13, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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Patel gives ‘full support’ to Johnson

A Home Office source said Boris Johnson had the ‘full backing’ of Home Secretary Priti Patel after he was fined for lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, adding that his support is extended to Rishi Sunak.

She was the last cabinet member to voice her support. The source said it was difficult for Home Office ministers to comment on police investigations.

Jane DaltonApril 13, 2022 12:50 p.m.

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DUP’s Donaldson not joining calls for PM to resign

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has refused to join calls for the Prime Minister to resign over his fine for breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules.

Sir Jeffrey said he personally faced difficult times when his father died at the start of the pandemic in 2020.

He also welcomed an apology from Boris Johnson, who he said went further than former Deputy Prime Minister Michelle O’Neill, who attended the funeral of top Republican Bobby Storey during the lockdown.

The Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service has taken the decision not to prosecute anyone for attending Storey’s funeral.

Sir Jeffrey told the media in Bangor, Co Down on Wednesday: “It was a very difficult time for all of us and when I think back to the restrictions we were facing at that time – I couldn’t wake up, only 10 people at the funeral and we obeyed all the rules.

“Therefore, I understand the anger people feel about this when those who make the rules are then seen breaking them.”

“I welcome the Prime Minister’s apology, which I have to say went further than, for example, our Deputy Prime Minister, who said she would not apologize for having attended a funeral, which we believe broke many of the rules around the Covid regulations.”

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson added: “As for the Prime Minister’s future, that is a matter for him and the Conservative Party.

“I’m not going to join in a chorus because I can’t ultimately influence the decision the Prime Minister has to make.

“He has to make that decision, but what we need in the UK right now is a stable government. We need leadership.

Matt MatherApril 13, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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Northern Ireland Police investigating attack on local election candidate

Police are investigating an attack on an SDLP election candidate in Belfast as a hate crime.

Elsie Trainor, candidate in the Belfast South constituency, said she was attacked by two youths who also tried to snatch her mobile phone.

She was pushed against a fence and subjected to sectarian abuse, police said, after pursuing the couple who they believe were removing their election posters.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has requested information and asked any potential witnesses to come forward.

Matt MatherApril 13, 2022 12:30 p.m.

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Liz Truss new favorite to succeed Johnson as punters desert Sunak

Liz Truss is the new favorite of some bookmakers to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party.

BetFair has the Foreign Secretary at 11/2 to take the reins if MPs decide to oust Johnson over his Partygate fine.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the penalties were severe (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

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Rishi Sunak, who was also hit with a fixed penalty notice yesterday, was the long-time favorite to replace Johnson but is now 12/1 having recently been 3/1.

He is now below Tom Tugendhat (8/1) Jeremy Hunt (9/1) Ben Wallace (9/1) and Penny Mordaunt (11/1).

Matt MatherApril 13, 2022 12:15 p.m.

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