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What have been hoped to be “teething” issues with post-Brexit commerce are in peril of turning into “everlasting, systemic ones”, a number one UK companies group has warned.

With companies nonetheless grappling with new forms and new prices, the Federation of Small Businesses mentioned that multiple in 4 exporters had quickly suspended commerce with the EU or ceased it completely.

Meanwhile, Len McCluskey – normal secretary of Labour monetary backers’ Unite – has warned that the social gathering beneath Keir Starmer is affected by a “lack of authenticity”, writing in The Independent: “Focus teams present that at greatest his Labour Party is seen as boring, absent of convictions.”

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Exclusive: Britain has a major problem with racism, say voters in new survey

An unique survey suggests {that a} vital proportion of the British public imagine the UK has but to resist its drawback with racism, an unique survey suggests, our race correspondent Nadine White stories.

From the federal government and police to the media and royal household, many citizens imagine these establishments are racist and the quantity will increase markedly amongst Black, Asian and minority ethnic respondents, based on a ballot by BMG Research for The Independent.

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 14:58


Keir Starmer says shadow chancellor has his ‘full confidence’

Following stories that Sir Keir Starmer was contemplating shifting his shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds in a reshuffle, the Labour chief mentioned: “Anneliese Dodds has my confidence, she has my full confidence, she is doing a incredible job.

“And we’re one crew, and we’ve got acquired actually essential elections in May.”

The Sunday Times reported that Sir Keir was getting ready to demote underperforming shadow cupboard ministers after the native elections in May, with Ms Dodds set to be the very best profile casualty.

Speaking on an area election marketing campaign go to in Milton Keynes, Sir Keir informed reporters that “the entire crew” was campaigning throughout the nation and was “completely centered on these May elections”.

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 14:46


PM’s press secretary ‘repeats misattributed quote 9 occasions’

The Mirror’s Dan Bloom stories that, whereas defending the prime minister towards allegations of misconduct in his alleged relationship with Jennifer Arcuri, Boris Johnson’s press secretary referred 9 occasions to a report by the police watchdog, which she mentioned had discovered allegations of impropriety towards the previous London mayor to be “unfaithful and unfounded”.

However, as our political editor Andrew Woodcock additionally notes, these phrases don’t seem within the IOPC report, however have been as an alternative utilized by the PM’s spokesman to summarise its findings on the time of its publication.

You can learn Allegra Stratton’s feedback, and the context, right here.

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 14:37


‘Door shouldn’t be shut’ on worldwide journey this summer time, well being secretary says

Amid calls from Labour to strengthen the resort quarantine system to guard the UK from a resurgence of the virus at present hitting the continent, Matt Hancock has refused to rule out international holidays this summer time.

“The door shouldn’t be shut, it’s simply too early to say,” he informed ITV’s This Morning.

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 14:26


Alex Salmond tries to draw feminine voters with women-only convention

Alex Salmond’s new political social gathering is making an audacious bid to enchantment to feminine voters in Scotland, in an effort to distance the previous SNP chief from the saga over sexual misconduct complaints.

The new, pro-independence Alba Party is to stage a women-only convention on 10 April, and has pledged to place girls on the “entrance and centre” of key selections.

Adam Forrest has the report:

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 14:09


Starmer requires tighter border measures

The chief of the opposition seems to be having a busy day.

Sir Keir Starmer has reiterated his name for a “complete scheme” of resort quarantine for all arrivals into the nation, in a bid to guard towards the third wave of the virus at present in pressure on the continent.

Urging warning as he welcomed the lifting of restrictions, the Labour chief informed reporters: “One of my main considerations is that, beneath the federal government’s scheme, only one per cent of these coming from overseas is quarantining. That appears flawed.

“We ought to have a complete scheme of quarantine as a result of that, it appears to me, is the one largest menace to the progress that we’re making.”

Andy Gregory29 March 2021 13:58


Starmer requires pressing inquiry into ‘rape tradition’ in colleges

The authorities ought to maintain an pressing inquiry into claims of a “rape tradition” in some colleges, Labour has mentioned.

It comes after the chair of parliament’s schooling committee mentioned the federal government want to noticeably look into claims made about greater than 100 establishments.

Labour chief Keir Starmer backed a name by the chair of the schooling choose committee for an investigation into the allegations.

“I’m actually apprehensive about what we’re seeing over latest days and I do know many mother and father will likely be, many faculty academics and employees and, after all, younger folks,” Sir Keir informed reporters at lunchtime on Monday.

“There’s acquired to be an inquiry and it’s got to get going very quick, that is severe.”

Adam Forrest29 March 2021 13:30


No 10 refuses to say if PM will give proof to Arcuri inquiry

Boris Johnson’s press secretary has refused to say if the PM will give proof to a Greater London Authority (GLA) inquiry into whether or not he acted with “honesty and integrity” in his relations with Jennifer Arcuri throughout his time as London mayor.

Press secretary Allegra Stratton insisted that Johnson does conduct himself in step with the Nolan Principles (which require public office-holders to behave with honesty and integrity).

But requested if he could be prepared to supply proof in individual or in writing to the GLA inquiry into whether or not he had breached the rules, she mentioned the query was “hypothetical”, including: “Let’s cross all these bridges after they come.”

Arcuri has alleged had a four-year affair with Johnson between 2012 and 2016, making recent claims in The Mirror on Monday that she slept with him at his household residence.

Adam Forrest29 March 2021 13:24


‘You won’t ever be English,’ Lammy informed on LBC

Labour MP David Lammy has gained reward for his dealing with of a LBC radio caller who informed him: “You won’t ever be English”.

“How are you able to be African-Caribbean and English?” requested Jean – who claimed she was “Anglo-Saxon” as a result of she had “appeared my title proper the way in which again to the Middle Ages.”

The shadow justice secretary calmly replied: “Here I’m, having grown up within the nation, having been born on this nation, and truly, the reality is it’s a fable there’s one English ethnicity – there’s not … all kinds of individuals have handed by means of.”

He added: “For me, the very fact I used to be born right here, and the truth that my sensibilities are English, imply that I need to declare that heritage as nicely.”

Journalist Andrew Quinn mentioned it confirmed why Lammy was “wasted” in opposition. “The man is doubtless one of the crucial succesful MPs I’ve ever encountered.”

Adam Forrest29 March 2021 13:17


SNP to double Scottish youngster profit top-up

Staying with Scottish politics for a bit, Nicola Sturgeon has promised that the SNP would double Scotland’s youngster profit top-up funds whether it is re-elected.

Scotland’s minister mentioned ending youngster poverty could be a “driving mission” for her social gathering within the subsequent parliament.

The profit is at present value £10 every week to lower-income households with youngsters as much as the age of six – and it’s set to be scaled as much as youngsters beneath 16 by the top of subsequent yr.

But Ms Sturgeon mentioned in a speech on Monday that the cost would even be doubled from £10 to £20. “The message is that this: if you wish to put youngsters’s rights earlier than nuclear weapons – vote SNP.”

Adam Forrest29 March 2021 13:00

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