What happens when politics ensnares supply chains? – CIPS

What happens when politics ensnares supply chains? – CIPS

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Boris Johnson news – live: Ministerial code at risk of ‘ridicule’, warns PM’s ethics chief

Log in New to The Independent? Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in Please refresh your browser to be logged in Member of powerful 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers asks colleagues to consider which ‘crimes’ PM has ‘actually committed’ A senior Tory has suggested that there is no credible alternative to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister if he is ousted in a potential confidence vote. Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, a member of the powerful 1992 Committee of Tory backbenchers, said his colleagues must consider what “crimes” Mr Johnson has “actually committed” before moving against him. He told BBC Radio 4 Today: “You’ve got to actually work out whether that new prime minister is actually going to be a positive asset to the country, compared to what you’ve got at the moment. “As to what he’s actually committed, the crimes that he’s actually committed, and work out whether we should have a change or not.” Earlier, Dominic Raab dismissed the idea that his boss could face a confidence vote as early as next week – describing the speculation as “Westminster froth”. Jacob Rees-Mogg’s office has listed scrapping EU regulations on vacuum cleaners as one of the “most interesting” ideas it has received for how to capitalise on the UK’s newfound Brexit freedom. Boris Johnson is under pressure to extend the free school meals programme before the summer holidays amid warnings more than a million children face going hungry because of the cost of living crisis. Former education secretaries from both Labour and the Conservatives, as well as the mayor of London, unions and charities have urged the government to act as it did during the Covid pandemic. Exclusive: Former education secretaries from across the political divide have called on the government to act Dominic Raab said the story of a mother skipping meals to feed her son “breaks your heart” – but rejected calls to expand free school meals ahead of the summer holidays. The comments by Ian Murray, shadow Scotland secretary, came after Durham Police confirmed it had issued the Labour leader and deputy leader, Angela Rayner, with questionnaires regarding an event in the city last year. Beer and curry were consumed at the gathering and Starmer was pictured at the event with a bottle in his hand. The number of no confidence letters going in to the 1922 Committee is “definitely rising”, a Tory peer has said. Lord Hayward said he knew of at least one MP who had been in touch with Sir Graham Brady, chair of the Committee, but had not gone public. He suggested a vote would take place but said it was hard to say when the line would be crossed. Dominic Raab has been out defending Boris Johson this morning after the prime minister was criticised by his own ethics advisor over Partyagte. In his annual report published yesterday, Lord Geidt said that the fact Boris Johnson had been fined by the police could constitute a breach of the ministerial code in itself. “There have been examples in the past where similarly, I think Baroness Scotland, I think in 2009, she was a minister (and was fined),” he told Sky News. “The point was, she hadn’t acted deliberately or intentionally, and therefore Gordon Brown took the view that the code hadn’t been broken.” He added: “So I’m just saying there are precedents for this… I think it’s clear from the circumstances of this particular gathering, where he turned up, was there for 10 minutes, was unaware that it was a surprise birthday cake for him, that wasn’t a deliberate breach of the rules, and that’s the key point.” He also claimed there won’t be a no confidence vote in Johnson next week. More comments from Raab below: The treasurer of the 1922 Committee has warned Tory MPs that ousting Mr Johnson would mean a leadership vacuum during a “really serious situation”. Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown claimed a leadership contest would take at least eight weeks because of the lack of an obvious successor.“ I think at the moment for me, we should leave matters as they are,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He also said Conservative MPs need to consider which “crimes” Mr Johnson has “actually committed” before launching a leadership coup. Dominic Raab has dismissed the idea that Boris Johnson could face a confidence vote as early as next week – dismissing the speculation as “Westminster froth”. The deputy prime minister said the mood at the top of government was “fine” despite a growing number of Conservative MPs calling on the PM to resign, Adam Forrest reports: The deputy prime minister has said he believes the number of letters which have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady is “pretty far off” the required amount needed to trigger a confidence vote. Dominic Raab told Times Radio: “First of all, you said that there were 30 MPs who have been public [in their criticism of the prime minister]. There’s of course well over 350-odd Conservative MPs.” Presenter Aasmah Mir responded: “Well you need to get to 54, so it’s not that far off, is it?” Mr Raab said: “Well, if you’re at 30, which is what you’ve just said, I think you’re pretty far off, but my point is even then, in terms of the support for the PM, the overwhelming majority have not been public about these kind of criticisms. MPs being publicly vocal in their criticism of Boris Johnson does not mean they have submitted a letter. Dominic Raab has said he does not believe former Cabinet minister Dame Andrea Leadsom has submitted a letter to the 1922 Committee. Outlining his thoughts on her letter to her constituents shared on social media, which criticised prime minister Boris Johnson following the Sue Gray report, the deputy PM told Times Radio: “I’ve known Andrea a long time, we came in as MPs, I hold her in high esteem. “I think it’s clear that she’s expressing her frustration, she hasn’t put a letter in as far as I understand, she hasn’t said that. “The most important thing is the fact that the Prime Minister has addressed all of these points [and] overhauled the No 10 operation.” By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice. 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Politics latest news: Boris Johnson will not face confidence vote next week, insists Dominic Raab

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