Newslink for Thursday 11 November 2021


Johnson warns COP26 deal “hangs in the balance”

“Boris Johnson today warned that a COP26 deal to keep global warming in check” hangs in the balance “and begged world leaders to do whatever it takes to get one.” The prime minister made a final rush to Glasgow to try to urge bosses to strike a deal, but warned that “extra time” may need to be entered. The Prime Minister warned weary negotiators that progress would not be easy, despite a huge push forward. He insisted that “we moved the ball a long way down the field” but warned that they were now “stuck in a rolling maul”. Within hours of the conclusion of the summit on Friday evening, he called on leaders to quickly close the gap on plans to reduce greenhouse gases before it is too late. ” The sun

  • UK withdraws from Danish alliance to end oil and gas – Times
  • US-China Emissions Deal Welcomed by Global Figures and Climate Experts – The Guardian

> Yesterday: Liam Fox MP in commentary: The free market is not the problem of climate change, but it can be the solution

Tory anger when whip boss admits he approved Cox’s proxy vote

Boris Johnson’s group leader admitted yesterday that he approved Sir Geoffrey Cox’s decision to vote by proxy in the House of Commons while working as a lawyer in the Caribbean. Mark Spencer is facing new anger from Conservative MPs amid questions about the work done outside parliament by Cox and other leading figures. It emerged this week that in May Cox used mail-order voting rules introduced as a public health measure during the coronavirus pandemic to vote from the British Virgin Islands (BVI), where he was conducting legal work in an investigation ordered by the Ministry of Foreign. In a provocative statement Cox, a former Attorney General, said it was an agreement signed by Spencer, the head of government. “He consulted the group leader specifically on this issue and was advised that it was appropriate,” the statement said. – Times

  • MP “rent house financed by taxpayers” – The sun
  • Cox denies breaking rules after using MP office to do legal business – Daily mail
  • Job applications investigate Cox’s use of the Commons office – FT

> Yesterday: Daniel Hannan’s column: Proposals to limit the outside work of parliamentarians run into the same problem. What are the good and bad jobs?

MPs will have the option to “remove” Johnson’s offer to save Paterson from suspension next week

“Boris Johnson is not ready to apologize for his unsuccessful handling of the Owen Paterson scandal, indicated yesterday by no. 10. A spokesperson has repeatedly avoided questions about whether the Prime Minister is sorry for sparking the discussion that has led to a wave of sordid allegations. But MPs will be asked next week to ‘remove’ the prime minister’s offer to save the former environment secretary from suspension for a ‘blatant’ violation of lobbying rules. They will be asked to vote to eliminate a planned committee that was supposed to develop new rules of conduct. The party leaders had approved that change with 250 votes to 232, but more than 50 Conservative MPs rebelled and the plan was abandoned the next day following a public protest ”. – Daily mail

  • The prime minister denies that Britain is corrupt but is not sorry … Times
  • Conservative vice president resigns after being “cut off” with defending government – Daily Telegraph


  • Starmer paid thousands of dollars for legal jobs as a second job … Times
  • Speaker hits commons passes of former MPs – Daily mail
  • Former Defense Minister Did Not Reveal Aerospace Work – Times
  • Bryant: former Labor priest tries to clean up Parliament – FT
  • Cairns took work at Covid company weeks before £ 75 million contract – Times

> Today: Interview: Tobias Ellwood: Johnson lacks “serious experience, people with political acumen, in machine number 10”

Iain Martin: Anxious conservatives can smell decay in the air

“The system broke last week. After being teased by the prime minister for Paterson’s vote, Tory MPs are on high alert. “I have spoken to three groups of colleagues who are saying that they now want to control everything,” says one MP. This could take hold, points out a veteran Conservative MP who is appalled by how weak parliament has become during the executive’s scrutiny. The collapse of confidence has all sorts of implications for the stability or otherwise of the government and its pursuit of politics. A majority of 80 should be more than enough for anything, but only if the parliamentary and party machine is working well and the economy is humming. Margaret Thatcher found out when she was removed in 1990 despite having obtained a majority of 102 three years earlier ”. – Times

  • He may be a scoundrel, but Johnson is in a good position to overcome this crisis – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
  • We ban MPs from lobbying consultant – Paul Bristow MP, Times
  • Sleaze shambles contains a warning for Johnson’s upcoming Brexit battle – Robert Shrimsley, FT
  • Britain is only clean if it abides by the rules – David Aaronovitch, Times

> Yesterday: ToryDiary: Can it ever be right to take “Mosley money”?

Over 65s without Covid boosters could be banned from public spaces, Javid suggests

“Sajid Javid said he could not rule out the possibility that those over 65 who did not have a Covid booster vaccine could be prevented from taking trains or entering restaurants at some point. Javid’s comments came during an interview with Sky News on Wednesday when he was asked to react to the introduction of such a policy in France. The health minister said the government is not examining the idea “yet” but has refused to rule out that it would ever be adopted. A Downing Street source later said the policy was not actively pursued, but added that the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic meant that few potential measures could be ruled out. The comments come amid a brawl between ministers and Tory bankers over the possibility of introducing Covid passports “. – Daily Telegraph

  • Social welfare in England is doomed to suffer as Covid jab deadline for workers looms – FT

> Yesterday: ToryDiary: Forcing doctors to work in disadvantaged places – and the intellectual breakdown of leveling up

Brexit minister tells EU to “stay calm” over Northern Ireland’s threats

British Brexit Minister Lord David Frost called on Brussels to “keep calm and keep things proportionate” should the UK proceed with threats to suspend parts of the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland. The UK is seeking to rewrite the Protocol to the Northern Ireland Agreement, which left the region in the EU single market for goods to prevent the return of a north-south trade border to the island of Ireland. The two sides have been in a stalemate for months over post-Brexit trade rules for the region, with the UK threatening to trigger Article 16, the safeguard clause that either side can use if they believe the agreement caused “serious or environmental difficulties” or “trade diversion”. ” FT

  • The Tory frontbecher addressed his colleagues in the House of Lords today: Daily mail
  • Biden supports Brussels on the Protocol – Daily express

Patel supports the police investigation into the LSE protest against the Israeli ambassador

“Priti Patel, the UK’s interior minister, supported a police investigation into protests outside the London School of Economics on Tuesday evening that resulted in the Israeli ambassador being taken away with strong police protection after he dealt with a meeting with students. A large group of protesters gathered outside the building where Tzipi Hotovely spoke. Video of the scene showed security guards rushing Hotovely, who was clutching a bouquet of flowers, in a vehicle, while others tried to repel a group of mocking and whistling activists, chanting, “Shame on you!” At least one protester tried to run towards her. Patel tweeted that she was “disgusted” by the Israeli ambassador’s treatment and that anti-Semitism had no place in Great Britain … “- The Guardian

  • “I will NOT be silenced”: Israeli envoy who was barricaded by a crowd of far-left students calls them “shameful” – Daily mail

> Today: ToryDiary: To ensure the rehabilitation of prisoners, Rahab needs the same thing as any other minister. A little help from Downing Street.

Dressing up for MPs “who got drunk” in flight to visit troops

“Three MPs were accused by the Defense Secretary of” disrespecting “the armed forces by getting drunk on a flight to visit troops in Gibraltar. Ben Wallace is writing to Labor and the SNP to express his “disappointment” at the behavior of MPs, who said he “put military personnel in a difficult position.” One Labor MP, whom the Times does not name, is said to have been “incapacitated by alcohol” to the point of having to be helped from the airport in a wheelchair, according to a report released in the Defense Ministry. She was taken to her hotel and was unable to attend a “welcome event” organized by the military for parliamentarians. It is understood that he was returning to the UK today – two days earlier – after talking to Labor “. – Times

  • Wallace said the conduct risked “undermining respect” – Daily mail
  • Labor MP needed a wheelchair after “drinking a lot” in flight to visit troops – Daily Telegraph

News in letter:

  • Putting Muscle Behind the Union – Henry Hill, The critic
  • Johnson’s style of governance doesn’t work for him – or his country – Fraser Nelson, The spectator
  • A second job ban would mean poorer politics – Henry Hill, CapX
  • What Poppy Really Means – Mary Harrington, UnHard


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