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Inquiry into Raab bullying allegations expanded to incorporate criticism referring to his time as Brexit secretary, No 10 says

Downing Road has confirmed that the inquiry into bullying allegations about Dominic Raab, the justice secretary and deputy prime minister, is being expaned to cowl claims referring to his interval as Brexit secretary, my colleague Pippa Crerar reviews.

NEW: No 10 confirms deputy PM Dominic Raab is being investigated over third bullying allegation, this one referring to time as Brexit Secretary.

Different complaints already submitted are from MoJ and Overseas Workplace. I used to be advised this week that extra formal complaints are to come back.

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) November 25, 2022

The inquiry was initially set as much as take into account two complaints, referring to his time as justice secretary and international secretary. However on the Downing Road foyer briefing a No 10 spokesperson mentioned:

I can affirm that the prime minister has now requested the investigator so as to add an extra formal criticism referring to conduct on the Division for Exiting the European Union and to ascertain the information according to the present phrases of reference.

The third formal criticism was acquired by the Cupboard Workplace on 23 November, the spokesperson mentioned. She confirmed that Rishi Sunak nonetheless has confidence in Raab.

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Enterprise organisations and different knowledgeable our bodies condemn authorities plans to abolish retained EU legal guidelines

Lisa O'Carroll

Lisa O’Carroll

Dozens of organisations starting from the Nationwide Belief to CityUK and medical and engineering our bodies have slated the federal government’s plans to axe as much as 4,000 EU legal guidelines with out due parliamentary course of, it has emerged.

The Institute for Physics and Engineering in Drugs warned that removing of EU legislation in relation to medical radiation utilized in X-rays and most cancers remedy is “probably very harmful”.

The retained EU legislation (revocation and reform) invoice committee has immediately printed proof submitted by 92 organisations together with letters from Fb proprietor Meta and the unbiased assessor, the regulatory coverage committee, which has mentioned the invoice is “not match for objective”.

Metropolis UK has criticised the failure to present a 90-day session course of to enterprise. It mentioned:

It’s regular good follow, in implementing or revising laws, to seek the advice of stakeholders (certainly that is generally highlighted as one of many points of interest of the UK authorized system.)

The British Chambers of Commerce voiced comparable issues that there was no session on the potential affect on enterprise, with a survey of its members exhibiting 30% weren’t even conscious of REUL.

The Welsh Senedd mentioned it might be “insupportable” to sundown laws made by the devolved authorities, whereas the Nationwide Belief mentioned it welcomed a evaluation of EU legislation however the REUL was not a “credible path to reaching optimistic change”.

10 issues we have discovered from Sebastian Payne’s ebook in regards to the downfall of Boris Johnson

In his Telegraph story in regards to the Boris Johnson/Liz Truss alliance on onshore windfarms (see 11.03am), Daniel Martin says that Truss and Johnson briefly mentioned him being international secretary in her authorities earlier than she grew to become prime minister. As Martin says, that is without doubt one of the revelations in The Fall of Boris Johnson, a brand new ebook in regards to the occasions main as much as Johnson’s resignation by the Monetary Instances journalist, Sebastian Payne. It’s out this week and, though the explanations for Johnson’s resignation are effectively understood, Payne turns it right into a gripping story, with copious, insider element that has not been reported earlier than. I loved it loads. Listed below are 10 issues I learnt from it.

1) The institution drew up a plan to cease Boris Johnson calling a snap election as a way of seeing off a management problem. Payne says that as Johnson was clinging on to energy, within the interval shortly earlier than he introduced his resignation, his interior circle did take into account the snap election choice. However Payne says officers at Buckingham Palace and in Downing Road had a plan to guard the Queen from being put within the place the place she must resolve whether or not or to not grant Johnson’s request for an election that was wholly pointless and completely about his private survival. A “magic circle” of Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee, Simon Case, the cupboard secretary, and Sir Edward Younger, the Queen’s non-public secretary, agreed they might cease Johnson being allowed to request a dissolution, Payne says:

As Johnson’s grip on energy grew to become extra precarious, one senior Whitehall insider mentioned of the second: “If there was an effort to name an election, Tory MPs would have anticipated Brady to speak to the palace that we might be holding a vote of confidence within the very close to future and that it’d make sense for Her Majesty to be unavailable for a day.” One other senior official confirmed it might be politely communicated to Downing Road that Her Majesty “couldn’t come to the cellphone” had Johnson requested a name with the intention of dissolving parliament.

2) Johnson’s interior circle additionally thought-about taking the 1922 Committee to courtroom to cease it altering the principles to permit a second management problem inside 12 months, Payne reviews. However this concept was dominated out on the idea of authorized opinion saying the Conservative social gathering isn’t accountable for how the 1922 Committee operates.

3) Johnson managed to win spherical a few of the cupboard ministers who went to see him in Downing Road on the evening of Wednesday 6 July to induce him to stop. Johnson did announce his resignation the next day, and so it has been assumed that the interventions from Nadhim Zahawi, Michelle Donelan, Equipment Malthouse and Brandon Lewis helped to push him out. However Payne says Johnson managed to show them spherical. Zahawi started by telling Johnson he ought to go, however ended their assembly discussing a future joint speech on the economic system. Donelan went in saying she would resign, however was persuaded to not. (She did resign the next morning.) Malthouse was additionally quickly received spherical, Payne reviews. And Lewis arrived as a critic, however left pondering that he was going to be promoted to be chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster (changing Zahawi, how was made chancellor on the Tuesday).

4) However Johnson lastly realised it might be unimaginable to remain round 10.30pm that evening, after Simon Clarke, the chief secretary to the Treasury, refused a promotion to interchange Michael Gove as levelling up secretary. “At this second, Johnson lastly reasied it was over,” Payne reviews.

5) Johnson advised his interior circle that he needed to stop becaue it might be unfair on Britain to present it a “D-list authorities”. Payne reviews:

When [Simon] Clarke refused to take levelling up secretary, different names had been mooted within the examine, together with one shut Johnson ally who had served him loyally as a minister a number of occasions. After listening to the title of the minister being significantly urged, Johnson advised the room, ‘It’s not truthful on the nation to present them a D-list authorities.’

Sadly, Payne has not been in a position to set up whether or not or this was Johnson’s means of conceding that his earlier administrations had been simply C-list.

6) Johnson’s interior circle additionally took recommendation on what number of ministers they really wanted to run a functioning authorities at round this level, Payne reviews. He quotes a senior official saying: ‘We may have most likely fudged it, it’s not like some exhausting and quick factor. If in case you have an legal professional basic, you’re okay, principally.’ Apparently in 1834 the Duke of Wellington ran the federal government roughly single-handedly for a month.

7) No 10 officers knew their Partygate conduct was questionable from the very begin, regardless that they had been insisting that Covid guidelines had been adopted. Payne says that when the Every day Mirror approached No 10 final 12 months earlier than working its first Partygate story, Dan Rosenfield, the then chief of employees, requested senior individuals within the press workplace what had truly occurred. Payne goes on:

The sentiment of their dialogue was that some issues had gone on and that ‘with hindsight, it’s not one thing we should always have accomplished’ however nobody argued restrictions weren’t noticed. The aides then went to see Johnson, who wanted no second invitation to get right into a scrap with the left-leaning paper and take a agency line.

No 10 responded to the Mirror story by saying: “Covid guidelines have been adopted always.” It then caught to this line, even when it grew to become clear it was unfaithful. Payne says it was Jack Doyle, the communications director, who advised Johnson and Rosenfield that he thought all Covid guidelines had been adopted within the press workplace. However Payne additionally suggests Johnon was at fault for taking this assurance at face worth.

8) Johnson agreed the plan to get Tory MPs to shelve the advice for Owen Paterson to be suspended from the Commons for breaking the principles on paid lobbying with out even studying the requirements committee report into what truly occurred, Payne reveals. Doyle and Rosenfield needed to insist that he did learn the report. However at that time Johnson was dedicated to the plan to attempt to save Paterson.

9) No 10 thought it got here “very shut” to dropping the help of Chris Whitty within the run as much as Christmas 2021, Payne says. At that time Whitty, the chief medical officer, was pushing for tighter Covid restriction, however Johnson was below strain from Tory MPs to withstand. On the time it was clear from what was mentioned in public that ministers and scientists weren’t absolutely in settlement, however Whitty by no means formally disowned authorities coverage.

10) Boris Johnson wasn’t “Large Canine”. Within the months earlier than he resigned, it was reported that his allies had been working Operation Large Canine to safe his management. Key figures on this unofficial whipping operation had been Nigel Adams, the Cupboard Workplace minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, the chief whip, and Grant Shapps, the transport secretary. On the time it was assumed that “Large Canine” referred to Johnnson, however Payne says it was an ironic nickname for Adams himself (who’s on the quick facet). In keeping with different reviews, Adams will quickly turn out to be Lord Large Canine.

Downing Road performs down report claiming international college students may very well be banned from non-elite universities

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Richard Adams

Downing Road has performed down reviews that the federal government may ban international college students from attending non-elite universities.

Requested in regards to the story in immediately’s Instances (see 11.35am), Downing Road insisted that the federal government backed the college sector. Nevertheless it did affirm that ministers are taking a look at whethe too many low-quality levels are being awarded, and whether or not the principles on what number of depedendent international college students can carry with them needs to be modified.

On the foyer briefing a No 10 spokesperson advised journalists:

In fact we help our universities. They’re a few of the highest on the earth. And naturally will all the time act in the very best curiosity of the UK.

We’re trying on the subject of scholar dependants and and the standard of levels and we’re doing that following the figures launched yesterday.

The spokesperson mentioned she couldn’t “pre-empt” any coverage and he or she declined to outline what constitutes a “low-quality” diploma.

Earlier, in response to the Instances’s story, Vivienne Stern, the chief government of Universities UK which represents vice-chancellors, mentioned banning international college students from non-elite universities could be “an act of financial self-harm”. She mentioned:

Chopping worldwide scholar numbers would run instantly counter to the federal government’s technique to rebuild the economic system – given the massive monetary contribution they make to each a part of the nation.

Worldwide college students make a web optimistic contribution of at the least £26bn per 12 months to the UK economic system and are the supply of just about 70% of our training export earnings. They maintain jobs in cities and cities up and down the nation. Additionally they carry monumental advantages to school campuses. The monetary contribution they make has been important, given the long run decline in funding for instructing UK undergraduate college students, and balancing the books on analysis.

Limiting worldwide college students could be an act of financial self-harm that might harm many elements of the nation the federal government goals to make extra affluent.

Inquiry into Raab bullying allegations expanded to incorporate criticism referring to his time as Brexit secretary, No 10 says

Downing Road has confirmed that the inquiry into bullying allegations about Dominic Raab, the justice secretary and deputy prime minister, is being expaned to cowl claims referring to his interval as Brexit secretary, my colleague Pippa Crerar reviews.

NEW: No 10 confirms deputy PM Dominic Raab is being investigated over third bullying allegation, this one referring to time as Brexit Secretary.

Different complaints already submitted are from MoJ and Overseas Workplace. I used to be advised this week that extra formal complaints are to come back.

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) November 25, 2022

The inquiry was initially set as much as take into account two complaints, referring to his time as justice secretary and international secretary. However on the Downing Road foyer briefing a No 10 spokesperson mentioned:

I can affirm that the prime minister has now requested the investigator so as to add an extra formal criticism referring to conduct on the Division for Exiting the European Union and to ascertain the information according to the present phrases of reference.

The third formal criticism was acquired by the Cupboard Workplace on 23 November, the spokesperson mentioned. She confirmed that Rishi Sunak nonetheless has confidence in Raab.

In keeping with the Instances’s splash by Matt Dathan and Nicola Woodcock, ministers are contemplating stopping international college students from attending non-elite universities as one technique of curbing immigration. Dathan and Woodcock report:

One of many concepts being thought-about is barring international college students until they’ve a spot at an elite college. The colleges that take probably the most international college students at current embrace Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, College Faculty London, King’s Faculty London and Imperial.

A crackdown on low-quality levels was promised by Nadhim Zahawi when he was training secretary. His measures, lately launched by the Workplace for College students, will penalise universities with excessive drop-out charges and low graduate earnings.

Dathan and Woodcock say international college students may even face new limits on the variety of dependents they’ll carry with them.

The SNP has described the proposal as ‘ludicrous’. Stuart McDonald MP, the SNP’s residence affairs spokesperson, mentioned:

The Tories trashed the economic system with Brexit – and now they’re proposing an absurd ban on worldwide college students that might deal one other hammer blow to Scotland’s financial pursuits.

Independence is the one solution to maintain Scotland protected from these reckless Tory insurance policies, that are harming our economic system and driving away the expertise and funding wanted to safe development.

If Westminster imposes this ludicrous and completely counterproductive coverage – it is going to be doing so in opposition to Scotland’s needs and within the face of sturdy opposition from the Scottish authorities.

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss be part of insurgent Tory bid to elevate ban on new onshore windfarms

On Wednesday Simon Clarke, the previous levelling up secretary, tabled an modification to the levelling up invoice that might elevate the ban on new onshore windfarms. The modification didn’t obtain a number of consideration as a result of the federal government’s foremost drawback with the invoice is coming not from pro-development Tories like Clarke, however from the anti-development Tories backing the modification that might abolish obligatory housing targets. Downing Road nonetheless has not determined whether or not to appease these rebels, or face them down.

However the Clarke modification is now trying far more fascinating as a result of it has attracted the help of two high-profile backbenchers – Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.

Clarke amendment
Clarke modification {Photograph}: HoC

Throughout her quick premiership, Truss mentioned she needed to reverse the ban on new onshore wind developments, and so her resolution to again the modification isn’t a surprise.

However Johnson didn’t elevate the ban throughout his three years in No 10, which makes his resolution to signal the modification extra intriguing. Maybe he’s attracted by a marketing campaign which may destabilise Rishi Sunak, whom he blames for serving to to finish his premiership? Or it’d simply be that, as somebody extra dedicated to web zero than most senior Tory, he’s genuinely in favour of extra onshore wind – however simply by no means needed to push this as PM as a result of he knew it might go down badly with the Telegraph-reading wing of the Conservative social gathering (which incorporates a big chunk of its MPs).

Seventeen Tory MPs have signed the modification. Greater than 50 Tories have signed the Theresa Villiers modification to abolish obligatory home constructing targets, however, because the Daniel Martin factors out in his Every day Telegraph splash on this story, the Clarke one is probably extra critical as a result of Labour would possibly vote for the Clarke modification, whereas it won’t vote for the Villiers one.

Belief leaders will do “every thing of their energy to minimise disruption for sufferers” in the course of the nursing strike, a well being chief mentioned. Saffron Cordery, interim chief government of NHS Suppliers, which represents hospitals and different NHS trusts, mentioned:

Trusts up and down the nation have been planning for industrial motion. Not all of them might be affected instantly however these which might be will do every thing of their energy to minimise disruption for sufferers.

Belief leaders’ priorities are guaranteeing the protected supply of care and supporting the wellbeing of employees who proceed to work flat out within the face of below-inflation pay awards, extreme employees shortages and ever-increasing workloads.

Anneliese Dodds, the Labour social gathering chair, was on Sky Information this morning speaking in regards to the nurses’ strike. The truth that it was taking place was an indication of “gross negligence” by the federal government, she mentioned. She advised the programme:

I’ve to say that immediately is a really, very unhappy day as a result of it actually signifies that for the primary time in its 100-year historical past, the Royal Faculty of Nursing is now participating in industrial motion. This can be a signal of gross negligence on the a part of the Conservative authorities.

I don’t blame nurses for saying a state of affairs the place they’re understaffed, overworked and burnt out isn’t acceptable. However that is going to be vastly disruptive for sufferers.

If Labour had been in authorities, we wouldn’t be ignoring the nurses as Conservatives appear to have accomplished for therefore lengthy now. We might be sitting down with them. We’d even be checking out these monumental staffing points as effectively. And we might try this by strapping that non-dom tax loophole and getting the cash into the NHS, in order that we’re relieving the strain.

However Dodds refused to say whether or not a Labour authorities would give nurses the pay enhance they’re demanding, saying “it’s not affordable for a politician to sit down and hold forth about 1% up, 1% down”. And when requested if Labour backed nurses happening strike, she replied:

Look, nobody helps strikes. Strikes point out that negotiations haven’t taken place, that they haven’t been critical.

That is going to be unhealthy for nurses as a result of they’ll be dropping a day’s pay, clearly, and it’s going to have that affect on sufferers.

So it’s incorrect that nurses have been pushed to this stage and it’s incorrect that the Conservative Authorities has not been sitting down with these nurses to avert this.

James Cleverly, the international secretary, is in Kyiv, the place he has been assembly the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The Overseas Workplace says he has introduced “an extra £3m of help to the Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine to rebuild very important native infrastructure”. It says:

By way of this fund the UK is supporting the federal government of Ukraine, native officers and Ukrainian communities to rebuild very important native infrastructure. That is enabling individuals to return to regular life by clearing particles from Russian assaults, making areas protected and safe, and rebuilding colleges and shelters in cities and villages. This new funding might be focused to areas lately liberated from Russian management in southern Ukraine, together with Kherson oblast.

Phrases usually are not sufficient.

Phrases will not maintain the lights on this winter. Phrases will not defend in opposition to Russian missiles.

The UK is not simply speaking about Ukraine, we’re offering concrete help for the defence of Ukraine.

Thanks @DmytroKuleba for welcoming me to Kyiv. pic.twitter.com/3LdgnXJKwo

— James Cleverly🇬🇧 (@JamesCleverly) November 25, 2022

Life-preserving and emergency care to be exempt from nurses’ strike, says RCN chief

Pat Cullen, the Royal Faculty of Nursing basic secretary, advised the At this time programme this morning “life-preserving providers” and emergency care wouldn’t be coated by the RCN strikes in December. However she mentioned precise particulars of what could be exempt had been nonetheless being labored out. She advised the programme:

What we’ll proceed to offer is life-preserving providers. And people basically fall into emergency-type care …

We could have very, very detailed and worked-through plans that each single nurse that’s taking strike motion might be anticipated to stick to.

And in every organisation that’s topic to industrial motion, we arrange inside that organisation a neighborhood strike committee, which is headed up by a senior member of my staff, which might be a registered nurse and likewise then plenty of medical specialists that can information and direct all selections that might be made.

Requested if nurses could be on most cancers wards on strike days, she replied:

Providers resembling oncology might be derogated or exempt from any strike motion. We’ve got plenty of providers that we’re working via on the minute that might be derogated on the day of strike, and we’ll launch that listing quickly to employers.

Pressed on scans or most cancers checks resembling colonoscopies, she mentioned:

The entire element is being labored via. These providers that aren’t thought-about life-preserving or emergency providers won’t be derogated. People who do fall into these specific descriptions might be derogated.

Pat Cullen.
Pat Cullen. {Photograph}: Aaron Chown/PA

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish authorities’s cupboard secretary for well being, has confused that the proposed nurses’ strike won’t cowl Scotland.

To be clear the RCN nurses strike covers England, Wales and NI, not Scotland. RCN Scotland are at the moment contemplating the file pay supply we now have placed on the desk. If accepted it’ll give NHS (AfC) employees a pay rise of between £2205-£2751, finest paid NHS employees within the UK. https://t.co/e3V2JDqV0N

— Humza Yousaf (@HumzaYousaf) November 25, 2022

Royal Mail and college lecturers’ strikes proceed

Royal Mail employees and college lecturers are once more on strike immediately in lengthy working disputes over pay, pensions, jobs and circumstances, PA Media reviews. PA says:

Members of the Communication Staff Union (CWU) and College and Faculty Union (UCU) walked out on Thursday for 48 hours, with extra motion deliberate within the coming weeks.

Picket traces had been once more mounted outdoors universities and Royal Mail centres throughout the nation on Black Friday – one of many busiest buying days of the 12 months.

Well being secretary Steve Barclay insists nurses getting ‘truthful’ pay rise as strike dates introduced

Good morning. One other day, one other strike, as a result of in a single day the Royal Faculty of Nursing has set the date for 2 12-hour nursing strikes in December that can have an effect on many of the UK. My colleagues Andrew Gregory and Jamie Grierson have the main points right here.

Pat Cullen, the RCN basic secretary, accused Steve Barclay, the well being secretary, of being intransigent. She mentioned:

If Barclay needs to satisfy with me, get around the desk and cease the spin and begin to converse, he can avert these strikes. My door is extensive open evening and day. I’ll make myself obtainable, as will my staff on behalf of our nursing employees. That choice isn’t obtainable to me presently and consequently he has chosen strikes over talking to me.

However in tweets this morning Barclay insisted that he was obtainable for talks.

Our precedence is conserving sufferers protected. The NHS has tried and examined plans in place to minimise disruption and guarantee emergency providers proceed to function however inevitably strike motion will have an effect on providers.

— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) November 25, 2022

My door stays open to @theRCN in the event that they need to focus on methods we will enhance nurses’ working lives.

— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) November 25, 2022

Nevertheless, he additionally defended the pay supply already on the desk as “truthful”.

We’ve got accepted the suggestions of the unbiased NHS Pay Assessment Physique to present nurses a good pay rise of at the least £1,400 this 12 months. This implies a newly certified nurse will sometimes earn over £31,000 a 12 months

— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) November 25, 2022

I’ll put up extra on this shortly. Right here is the agenda for the day.

9.30am: MPs debate backbench invoice, beginning with Liam Fox’s electrical energy and fuel transmission (compensation) invoice.

10am: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, addresses the Poverty Alliance convention in Glasgow.

11.30am: Downing Road holds a foyer briefing.

Lunchtime: Keir Starmer is doing a go to in Birmingham.

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