Watchdog considering review into Boris Johnson’s 40 ‘new hospitals’ pledge

B oris Johnson’s election pledge to build 40 new hospitals by 2030 is facing a review by the Government’s official spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) is planning a “value for money review” that could consider increasing costs due to spiralling inflation and whether the hospitals will in fact be new. The investigation emerged … Read more

Boris Johnson aiming to stay in Downing Street until 2030s

B oris Johnson has said he is planning to be Prime Minister into the 2030s despite Conservative critics plotting to oust him after voters rejected the Tories in a double by-election defeat. The Prime Minister insisted he was “thinking actively” about fighting the next two general elections to become the longest-serving post-war leader. He urged … Read more

New Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood says Labour is ‘rebuilding the red wall’

N ew Wakefield MP Simon Lightwood has said Labour is “rebuilding the red wall” as the party reclaimed the West Yorkshire seat from the Conservatives. Mr Lightwood was elected with a majority of 4,925 on a swing of 12.7% from the Tories to Labour. Wakefield had been a Labour seat continuously from 1932 until 2019, … Read more

Tories braced for trouble as votes counted in crunch by-elections

B oris Johnson faces the potential loss of two Tory seats as votes are counted in by-elections which could lead to further questions about his leadership. Ballots were cast in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton after contests triggered by Conservative MPs resigning in disgrace. With Labour challenging in the red wall seat in West Yorkshire … Read more

A tale of two byelections

After the resignations in disgrace of two Conservative MPs, voters in the constituencies of Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield will go to the polls on Thursday in byelections that could hold clues to the outcome of the next general election. Our political correspondent Peter Walker has been in Tiverton where, despite the Tories defending a … Read more

Duke of York and ‘dubious’ peers ‘could be stripped of their titles’

T he Duke of York and peers could be stripped of their titles under a proposed law tabled in Parliament. There is currently no mechanism for such a title to be removed, but calls have been growing for action against Andrew since he paid millions to settle a US civil sexual assault case with his … Read more

80% of Britain’s train services expected to be cancelled by strike action

R ail strikes are expected to cause the cancellation of about 80% of train services across Britain today. From Tuesday, train passengers will face chaos with only a fifth of services running and half of lines closed, due to the biggest strike by rail workers for a generation. According to reports in the Guardian and … Read more

Armed forces anti-bullying line receives 660 calls in 20 months

A n anti-bullying helpline for armed forces personnel has been contacted the equivalent of more than once a day since it was set up in 2020, figures show. Labour shadow defence minister Stephanie Peacock welcomed the helpline being used, but said “personnel should not be experiencing such levels of bullying, harassment and discrimination”. According to … Read more