The Mirror’s Political Editor Pippa Crerar made an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to discuss the likely contents of the hotly anticipated Sue Gray report into alleged Covid parties at Downing Street. With the Prime Minister's political future hanging in the balance, Pippa chatted to co-hosts Susanna Reid and Adil Ray to discuss the aftermath of No10's 'party gate' scandal. Pippa previously reported that Downing Street officials have handed over photos of parties , including images of Mr Johnson and wine bottles, to Sue Gray’s investigators. She said on the ITV programme: "The bottom line is there's been much speculation about what may be in or what may not be in Sue Gray's report that she's due to hand to No 10 imminently - possibly as soon as today. "But none of us actually know - apart from Sue Gray and a very small number of cabinet office officials. They discussed the hotly anticipated Sue Gray report into Downing Street parties ( Image: ITV) … [Read more...] about Pippa Crerar tells GMB Sue Gray has seen texts, emails and photos from No 10 parties
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Downing Street parties investigator Sue Gray has seen a crucial e-mail warning against a ‘BYOB’ bash in May 2020, it is understood. Ex-aide Dominic Cummings claimed this week that a “very senior official” replied to top aide Martin Reynolds’ e-mail inviting 100 staff to "bring your own booze" to the No10 garden, “saying the invite broke the rules”. It is understood Ms Gray has now been handed this e-mail reply to Mr Reynolds, a move first confirmed by ITV’s Robert Peston. There is no suggestion Boris Johnson saw or was sent theto Mr Reynolds, and No10 have denied he saw or was sent the original invitation. But Mr Cummings has separately claimed he personally warned the PM about the “drinks party” and his concerns were “waved aside”. He also claimed Mr Reynolds himself promised to speak to Boris Johnson about concerns ahead of the event. Sue Gray attends a parliamentary hearing (file photo) ( Image: Parliament TV) The revelations add to the pressure on … [Read more...] about Downing Street party investigator Sue Gray finds e-mail ‘warning BYOB bash broke rules’
Jacob Rees-Mogg has fired off a warning to mutinous Tories that an election could be needed if Boris Johnson was ousted from Government. The Commons Leader claimed a new Tory leader would need to go to the polls to get a fresh mandate from the public as Mr Johnson's future hangs in the balance. There is no rule forcing a new Prime Minister to send voters to the ballot box if they have taken over between elections. Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as PM in 2007 but didn't go to the polls until 2010, while Mr Johnson himself took over from Theresa May in July 2019 but he didn't hold election until December that year. But Mr Rees-Mogg's comments will be perceived as a warning shot to angry Conservative MPs who are waiting for Sue Gray to publish her 'partygate' report before they move against the PM. Allies of the PM have made increasingly bizarre attempts to support him, with one saying he had been "ambushed by cake" at a surprise birthday celebration - and another … [Read more...] about Jacob Rees-Mogg warns Tory rebels election needed if Boris Johnson toppled
The prime minister is facing calls to resign from his own backbenchers as fury over the Partygate scandal and his handling of it. On Tuesday, January 18, over a dozen Tory MPs are thought to have met to conspire over Boris Johnson ’s future in a gathering dubbed as the ‘ pork pie plot .’ While some MPs have publicly urged Johnson to quit over the Downing Street parties held during the 2020 lockdown, several MPs have reportedly already submitted their no confidence letters to the 1922 Committee chaired by Sir Graham Brady. Here’s what you need to know about a no confidence vote and what will happen next. How is a vote of no confidence triggered? If 54 no confidence letters are sent to the 1922 Committee, it will trigger a confidence vote ( Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images) A vote of no confidence would be triggered if 15% of Tory MPs write to Sir Brady saying they no longer have confidence in Boris Johnson. There were 360 Tory MPs - prior to Christian … [Read more...] about How many letters are needed for Boris’ no confidence vote and what happens next?
Children with pre-existing mental health issues are likely to struggle during the coronavirus lockdown, a psychiatrist says. Following the closure of schools across the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic, children have seen their usual daily routines disrupted and have become separated from their peer groups. While the changes could have a negative impact on many children, Dr Elaine Lockhart, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in Scotland, said young people who are already struggling with their mental health will be more likely to suffer and will need additional support and planning for returning to school. “Children and young people with existing anxiety disorders, eating disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and psychosis are more likely to be adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Dr Lockhart said. Recommended When can we really expect coronavirus to end? Everything you need to know on supermarket … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Children with mental health issues more likely to be ‘adversely affected’ by lockdown, says psychiatrist
The next of kin of four bravehearts who had made the supreme sacrifice of laying down their lives during various wars were honouredat their residences in Tiruchi and neighbouringdistricts on the occasion of Republic Day on Wednesday by the NCC Group Headquarters, Tiruchi. The next of kins of the bravehearts - Sepoy I Ayub Khan of 18th Maratha Light Infantry, Sepoy S. Natarajan, 19 Madras Regiment, Naik S. Sankar Lal, 11 Madras Regiment and Gunner Packirisamy Nathan of 195 Mountain Regiment - were honouredas part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav Shaheedo Ko Sat Sat Naman’ programme in the presence of locals. Teams from various units of the the NCC Group Headquarters, Tiruchi, visited the residence of the next of kins of the four bravehearts at Tiruchi, Keela Easnai in Ariyalur district, Pudukottai and Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district and felicitated them. A wreath was placed to the portraitof the bravehearts at the four places and floral tributes were paid to them on the occasion. … [Read more...] about Kin of four bravehearts honoured on Republic Day
Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher This morning, the House of Representatives begins public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Before those hearings get underway, we sat down with someone who’s unafraid to ask all the questions we’ve been too embarrassed to say out loud. On today’s episode: Michael S. Schmidt , who covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times. Bianca Giaever, a producer for “The Daily,” who spoke with Leo, a third grader, about his questions regarding the impeachment inquiry. Background reading: In the first nationally televised hearings of the impeachment inquiry, Democrats will look to make the case that Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine constitute high crimes and misdemeanors. These will be the first presidential impeachment hearings in more than two … [Read more...] about A Third Grader’s Guide to the Impeachment Hearings