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Boris Johnson news live: PM acted ‘unwisely’ over flat refurb but did not break rules, adviser rules

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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser has mentioned the PM acted “unwisely” within the dealing with of his flat refurbishment and located a “important failing” in his strategy – but judged there was no breach of the ministerial code.

Matt Hancock’s shares in his sister’s agency – which provided the NHS – ought to have been declared, the ethics adviser Lord Geidt additionally discovered. The failure was judged to be “a minor breach of the ministerial code”.

Pressure is mounting on Mr Hancock following a brand new declare that Dominic Cummings has “documentary proof” that Mr Johnson summoned the well being secretary to elucidate why hospital sufferers had been discharged into care properties with out Covid exams.

Mr Cummings has paperwork to again up his allegation that Mr Johnson felt “misled” and feared his well being secretary was responsible of “negligence”, in response to ITV News.

It comes as Mr Johnson welcomes far-right Hungarian chief Viktor Orban to No 10, with ministers insisting it might be “irresponsible” not to construct relations with the authoritarian authorities.

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What is the purpose of Boris Johnson’s assembly with Viktor Orban?

Our affiliate editor Sean O’Grady writes:

“It could be amusing to suppose that there was a refrain of liberal voices in Budapest objecting to their prime minister, admittedly a little bit of a populist himself, collaborating so overtly with Boris Johnson – somebody who has voiced extremist views on Muslims, is militantly anti-European, and has been liable for a lot democratic backsliding in his time in energy, in his makes an attempt to droop parliament and to restrict the liberty of the published media and the courts.

“And but, as far as may be judged, Viktor Orban’s populist summit with Johnson appears to have attracted, in his dwelling nation, little of the outrage that it has ignited in London.”

Read his full evaluation with Independent Premium:

Andy Gregory28 May 2021 16:36

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PM raised ‘important issues’ about human rights throughout Orban go to, No 10 says

With Viktor Orban’s Downing Street go to having sparked criticism from Labour and the Lib Dems, No 10 has mentioned that Boris Johnson raised “important issues” about human rights in Hungary throughout his assembly with the Hungarian prime minister

“The leaders mentioned the significance of the UK and Hungary working collectively bilaterally to extend safety and prosperity in our nations, and to handle world challenges akin to local weather change,” a Downing Street spokesperson mentioned.

“Hungary will tackle the presidency of the Visegrad Group of Central European nations in July and the Prime Minister seemed ahead to the UK working extra intently with the group in future.

“The Prime Minister raised his important issues about human rights in Hungary, together with gender equality, LGBT rights and media freedom.

“The leaders additionally mentioned a lot of overseas coverage points together with Russia, Belarus and China. The Prime Minister inspired Hungary to make use of their affect to advertise democracy and stability.”

Andy Gregory28 May 2021 16:17

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Hancock made ‘minor breach of ministerial code’ over shares

Matt Hancock’s shares in his sister’s agency authorised as an NHS provider ought to have been declared, an ethics watchdog has mentioned.

The failure was discovered to be “a results of his lack of awareness and by no means deliberate, and subsequently, in technical phrases, a minor breach of the ministerial code”.

Lord Geidt, the No 10 adviser on ministerial pursuits, concluded: “In coming to this discovering, I recognise that Mr Hancock has acted with integrity.”

Hancock’s entry within the Commons register did not reveal that his sister, Emily Gilruth, is a director and owns a bigger portion of the shares – or that it had hyperlinks to the NHS.

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 15:49

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PM acted ‘unwisely’ over flat refurb, ethics adviser rules

Boris Johnson’s unbiased ethics adviser has mentioned the PM acted “unwisely” within the dealing with of his flat refurbishment and located a “important failing” in his strategy – but there was no breach of the ministerial code.

Christopher Geidt launched the findings of his inquiry into the five-figure renovation of the 11 Downing Street flat.

He mentioned: “I’ve thought of the character of that assist and am content material that no battle (or fairly perceived battle) arises because of these pursuits.”

Lord Geidt mentioned that plans for a belief to fund the PM’s share of refurb had been “not subjected to a scheme of rigorous mission administration by officers” – calling it “a big failing”.

“Instead, the prime minister – unwisely, for my part – allowed the refurbishment of the house at No 11 Downing Street to proceed with out extra rigorous regard for a way this might be funded.”

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 15:38

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Why is Orban’s journey to No 10 so controversial?

Boris Johnson’s determination to “roll out the purple carpet” for Hungarian prime minister Viktor has sparked severe concern from opposition events. So why is he so controversial?

Orban and his Fidesz occasion cling to a fierce Euroscepticism, making Hungary an outlier throughout the EU throughout his 11-year premiership. His imaginative and prescient of so-called “intolerant democracy” doesn’t sit simply with the bloc’s values of freedom, equality and democracy.

Orban has spoken of “Muslim invaders” and described migrants as “a poison”, whereas his authorities has been accused of working antisemitic and Islamophobic hate campaigns.

Orban has additionally attacked the liberty of the press and stacked the judiciary with allies, whereas limiting its energy and forcing many current judges into early retirement.

Andy Gregory has taken a better take a look at Orban’s authoritarian authorities:

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 15:26

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New DUP chief insists occasion ‘united’ after stormy assembly

The new DUP chief Edwin Poots has denied his occasion is split. The Stormont minister was ratified by his occasion following a stormy assembly at a Belfast lodge on Thursday night time.

Outgoing chief Arlene Foster and several other senior figures – together with Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, Gavin Robinson and Diane Dodds – left the constructing earlier than Poots rose to provide his speech.

Poots later addressed the media alongside the newly ratified deputy chief Paula Bradley, describing the assembly as “good,” including: “We will transfer ahead in a united means.”

DUP chief Edwin Poots (R) with deputy Paula Bradley (L)

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Adam Forrest28 May 2021 15:11

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Progress and frustrations in UK-EU protocol talks

There’s been some motion in UK-EU talks on protocol preparations, in response to the RTE’s Tony Connelly.

There’s mentioned to be “broad progress” in negotiations between the EU Commission and UK officers at a technical degree – but Brussels has “registered its issues” with the fixed criticisms with protocol in Britain, then amplified by unionists in Northern Ireland.

The two sides are mentioned to be near an settlement on UK medicines transferring into NI, but stay far aside on the query of meals security and animal well being.

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 14:51

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Follow Glasgow rules, says Sturgeon – after Green chief caught breaking rules

Nicola Sturgeon has instructed folks in Glasgow not to eat and drink in pubs or eating places outdoors town even when they’re allowed to journey to different components of the nation.

The first minister mentioned residents ought to nonetheless comply with the extent 3 restrictions on hospitality even when making permitted visits out of town.

It comes after Scottish Greens co-leader and Glasgow resident Patrick Harvie was caught consuming in an Edinburgh bar with colleagues.

{A photograph} of the gathering additionally appeared to point out the MSPs breaching rules about not more than three households assembly indoors. “The Greens have accepted this week that they breached the laws and so they’ve apologised,” mentioned Sturgeon.

“I’ve bought – not the identical, but some – expertise of that earlier than Christmas after I had the incident of briefly forgetting to place my face masking on.”

First minister Nicola Sturgeon

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Adam Forrest28 May 2021 14:27

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Johnson says Johnson & Johnson vaccine approval ‘welcome news’

Boris Johnson is joyful that Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Janssen coronavirus vaccine has been authorised to be used within the UK.

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 13:26

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Hancock hails approval of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot Janssen coronavirus vaccine has been authorised to be used within the UK.

Describing it as a “additional increase” to the UK’s vaccination programme, Matt Hancock mentioned it means “we now have 4 protected and efficient vaccines authorised to assist shield folks from this terrible virus”.

The well being secretary added: “As Janssen is a single-dose vaccine, it’s going to play an necessary function within the months to return as we redouble our efforts to encourage everybody to get their jabs and probably start a booster programme later this 12 months.”

Adam Forrest28 May 2021 12:51