Rishi Sunak news latest: Liz Truss and Boris Johnson join Tory backbench rebellion over windfarms in England

Related: Keir Starmer says Tories ‘always clobber working people’ during PMQs

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have joined Tory backbenchers in a rebellion against a defacto ban on new onshore windfarms in a blow to Rishi Sunak’s authority.

The former prime minister’s have put their name to an amendment to allow windfarm development on land – the pair’s first major parliamentary interventions since departing Downing Street.

Ms Truss moved to relax planning rules during her short tenure at No 10, but Mr Johnson did not seek to overturn the effective moratorium on onshore wind, in place since 2015, when he was in office.

In other news, Mr Sunak is considering a crackdown on foreign students bringing dependents and studying “low-quality” degrees after net migration to the UK climbed to a record half a million.

Around 504,000 more people are estimated to have moved to the UK than left in the 12 months to June 2022, up sharply from 173,000 in the year to June 2021.


Health secretary on nursing strike

In other news, here is the health secretary tweeting about the planned nursing strike:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 08:00


Government fees to keep identity of MI5 agent who abused partner secret

The government has spent £376,775 in legal fees to keep secret the identity of an MI5 agent who abused his former partner before moving abroad to carry out work for a foreign intelligence agency, it can be revealed.

Labour said that ministers had lost “any chance” of recovering the money spent to protect the agent, who had a background in rightwing extremism, the “moment somebody put the case into the public domain”.

Matt Mathers has the exclusive story:

Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 07:48


National highways projects costing billions more than planned

Enhancements to England’s motorways and major A roads will cost billions of pounds more than planned, a report has found.

Public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) said delays and inflation mean government-owned company National Highways will not be able to deliver dozens of projects within budget.

The report warned it will cost an estimated £3.3bn more than planned to complete projects due to take place in the second road investment strategy (RIS2) between April 2020 and March 2025.

Namita Singh25 November 2022 07:30


Matt Hancock better at bushtucker trials than clinical trials, says Burnham

The mayor of Greater Manchester said Matt Hancock is “better at bushtucker trials, than clinical trials” as the former health secretary continued his run on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

Andy Burnham said he did not think Mr Hancock was a “bad person” but that his decision to appear on the ITV reality show demonstrated “bad judgement”.

It comes as the West Suffolk MP avoided elimination for the sixth time, after radio DJ Chris Moyles was voted off on yesterday’s show.

Speaking on BBC’s Question Time about Mr Hancock’s time in the jungle, Mr Burnham said: “He’s clearly better at showbiz than he is at politics…better at Bushtucker trials than clinical trials, for sure.”

Matt Hancock will have to face trials of a different kind when he returns to Westminster following his stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

(PA Wire)

He’s not, in my view, a bad person, but it is a bad judgement because politicians should be about we – what’s good for us.

Andy Burnham

He continued: “But this is all about me, isn’t it, me, me and my situation and a cost-of-living crisis for his constituents.

“(There) are things that he should be here answering for, not in the jungle trying to curry favour with other celebrities and the British public.”

Mr Hancock held the post of health secretary during the majority of the coronavirus crisis, during which time the vaccine was developed and tested.

Namita Singh25 November 2022 07:15


Government to criminalise ‘downblousing’ and sharing of pornographic deepfakes

Sharing “downblouse” images and pornographic “deepfakes” without consent will be made crimes, the government has announced.

An amendment to the Online Safety Bill means police and prosecutors will be given more power to bring the “vile” abusers to justice.

Those who share “deepfakes” – explicit images or videos which have been manipulated to look like someone without their consent- could be jailed under the proposed changes.

Read more about the amended bill in this report:

Namita Singh25 November 2022 07:00


Nurses to strike next month over pay after talks offer is rejected

Nurses are to hold two days of strike action next month in a dramatic escalation of the pay row raging across the NHS.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) announced its members will stage their first ever national walk out on 15 and 20 December.

The RCN said it was calling strikes after the UK government turned down its offer of formal, detailed negotiations as an alternative to industrial action.

Namita Singh25 November 2022 06:50


Nearly half of people ‘concerned about how their family will afford Christmas’

Two-thirds (66 per cent) of people would rather go without a Christmas present this year if the gift-giver is worried about money, a survey has found.

Just over a fifth (21 per cent) said they would encourage people to buy a cheaper gift, research by credit provider Vanquis said.

More than seven in 10 (72 per cent) women surveyed said they would rather go without a Christmas present this year if they know the person giving it to them is worried about money, as would six in 10 (60 per cent) men.

Read more about how the cost of living crisis is expected to impact the festive season in this report:

Namita Singh25 November 2022 06:40


Cleverly pledges more ambulances for Ukraine during visit to country

James Cleverly has announced a package of “hands-on” support to help Ukraine through the winter while on a visit to the war-torn nation.

The foreign fecretary was due to meet president Volodymyr Zelensky during his visit, which comes days after prime minister Rishi Sunak travelled to Kyiv.

Mr Cleverly announced the practical support as Ukraine’s power grid and other critical infrastructure has been pounded by Russian strikes, causing blackouts and leaving millions without heat, power or water as temperatures plummet.

Read the details in this report:

Namita Singh25 November 2022 06:30


Hunt fails to deny he was source for ‘UK seeking Swiss-style deal’ claim

But Mr Hunt failed, repeatedly, to deny he or an aide in the Treasury briefed journalists ahead of last weekend’s story which has reignited the Conservative wars over Europe.

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick reports:

Namita Singh25 November 2022 06:15


Ban on Chinese security cameras in ‘sensitive’ government sites

Government departments have been ordered to stop installing surveillance cameras made by Chinese firms on “sensitive sites” due to security concerns.

The order applies to “visual surveillance systems” made by firms subject to China’s national security law, which requires companies to cooperate with Beijing’s security services.

Whitehall ministries have been told existing equipment should not be connected to departmental core networks and consideration should be given to removing it entirely.

Namita Singh25 November 2022 06:00

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