UK businesses cutting China ties en masse amid tension with West, says CBI boss

B ritish firms are scrambling to severe economic ties with China in the wake of increased political and security tensions between Beijing and the West, an industry leader has said. The sudden restructuring of supply chains from China could also exacerbate the cost-of-living crisis, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) director-general Tony Danker warned. Speaking to … Read more

Sunak and Truss to battle for votes as Tory leadership campaign heats up

R ishi Sunak and Liz Truss are poised to go head to head in the latest Tory leadership hustings as the race for the top job intensifies. Tax and spending are likely to be key points of contention as the hopefuls embark on their summer tour of the country, taking questions from party members who … Read more

Labour would prioritise ‘growth, growth, growth’, Starmer to declare

S ir Keir Starmer will use a speech in Liverpool on Monday to say that the priorities for the next Labour government will be “growth, growth, growth”. Revealing plans for an Industrial Strategy Council as part of a wider speech on the economy, the Labour leader is expected to say that under his party, growth … Read more

Sunak set for speech in Thatcher’s hometown as Truss promises EU ‘red tape bonfire’

B oth Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak’s campaign for Number 10 continues this weekend, with the leadership rivals offering eye-catching policy proposals to entice Tory party members. The Foreign Secretary has vowed to review all EU laws retained after Brexit by the end of next year in a “red tape bonfire” if she becomes prime … Read more

Another Tory hopeful to be eliminated in race for No 10

C ontenders for the Conservative leadership will be whittled down to just four on Monday as MPs cast their votes in the third round of the contest to find a successor to Boris Johnson. The remaining candidates were involved in series of bad-tempered exchanges in the latest TV debate – staged by ITV – on … Read more

Penny Mordaunt shutsdown claims she supported gender self-ID

T ory leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt has fired back at claims she supported gender self-identification when she was a government equalities minister. Under attack in the first TV debate, former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss took aim at Ms Mordaunt claiming she had backed self-ID for those who wanted to transition … Read more

Kemi Badenoch to do ‘whatever it takes’ to deal with illegal Channel crossings

K emi Badenoch has promised to do “whatever it takes to deal with the small boats issue” as she pitched controlling immigration at the centre of her campaign for the Tory leadership. It came with the former equalities minister in fourth place but many MPs believing she is well-placed to pick up votes in the … Read more

Rishi Sunak tops latest poll after pledging to maximise Brexit

R ishi Sunak has topped a recent poll as the former Chancellor pledged to “make Brexit sing” on Saturday. In a poll of 4,500 people conducted by JL Partners, Mr Sunak had the highest net “good PM” rating in 76 per cent of the seats won by the Tories in 2019. In terms of 2019 … Read more

Tory leadership: Truss gains right-wing votes as Sunak and Mordaunt are on top

L iz Truss was picking up support from the Tory right after Suella Braverman was eliminated from an increasingly bitter leadership race that saw Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt bolster their positions as frontrunners. Mr Sunak, the former chancellor, came out on top of Thursday’s voting, and in second was Ms Mordaunt, who was bearing … Read more

Ministers ‘spoiling for fight’ with agency workers plan, TUC claims

U nions have accused the Government of “spoiling for a fight” by pressing ahead with controversial moves to allow agency workers to replace strikers. The TUC called on MPs to reject “pernicious anti-union measures” which it believes threatens public safety. Ahead of debates and votes on planned legislation, the TUC said new laws will worsen … Read more