Kwasi Kwarteng did not “speak” of support for industry, minister says
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng today addressed a formal request to the Treasury for support to industries affected by high energy prices.
He made the request on behalf of industries – such as manufacturing – that rely heavily on energy and would be negatively affected by sky-high gas and electricity costs.
A government source confirmed The independent that BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) had submitted a plan to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s department, but the details of the proposals were not immediately clear.
The move comes after an argument in which the Treasury denied it was in discussions with Mr Kwarteng.
A Treasury source told Sky News on Sunday that they “weren’t involved in any discussion” and also accused Kwarteng of “making things up in interviews.”
Today, a source from BEIS told the channel the comment was “appalling”, adding “there was no need for a brutal slap.”
Downing Street has poured cold water on allegations that Mr Kwarteng lied that his services and those of Mr Sunak were in talks.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “As you might expect, BEIS ministers are working across government, including with the Treasury, on this important issue, the challenges the industry is currently facing in light of global gas prices, and it will continue. “
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Ministers refuse to comment on claim Russia ‘stole’ vaccine
The government continues to decline to comment on a report that Russian spies “stole” the UK-made Covid-19 vaccine to create its own jab.
Home Secretary Damian Hinds told LBC he “would not comment” on allegations from “security service” sources. The sun that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine design was used to create Russia’s Sputnik V jab.
Instead, he said more generally that “state activity” was involved in “industrial espionage” which is now “more sophisticated” and “more extensive than ever”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson declined to comment on the specific allegations, saying: “As you would expect, I will not comment on intelligence matters.”
The Russian Direct Investment Fund denied that the Sputnik V design was stolen.
“British media reports that Russia’s Sputnik V is based on research on the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is further fake news and a blatant lie based on anonymous sources,” the statement said.
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Lamiat Sabin11 October 2021 18:30
Peer blames Kremlin for rush to nationalize energy
Treasury Minister Lord Agnew of Oulton blamed the Russian government for the soaring cost of natural gas which has led to an energy price crisis.
In the House of Lords, he was in a hurry over the possibility of the government nationalizing the energy sector.
Lord Agnew said that “public ownership of our own utilities would make no difference” as the soaring energy costs were due to a “geopolitical decision” by Russia to put pressure on Europe.
It follows that Russia had capped gas supplies in a bid to get European regulators to approve Russia’s controversial new Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Last week, a suggestion by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country could increase gas supplies to Europe caused prices to drop.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 6:10 PM
Health and care tax “totally upside down” and “unfair” – peers
The government’s £ 12 billion tax hike plans to pay for health and social care “are poorly thought out, are unfair and have potentially serious macroeconomic consequences,” a Labor counterpart warned.
Lord Eatwell spoke during the second reading debate of the Health and Social Care Levy Bill in the House of Lords.
The levy will lead to a 1.25% increase in many national insurance contributions from next April, which was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in September.
Lord Eatwell said the bill was “rushed through Parliament to avoid the political embarrassment of the Prime Minister,” adding: “If this was a plan ready more than two years ago, why the need for accelerated legislation? “
Lib Dem colleague Baroness Brinton warned the plan was “totally upside down and upside down” as she called on the government to “urgently engage in multi-party talks on the wider future of social care “.
Treasury Minister Lord Agnew of Oulton said Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan was “responsible and fair”.
He added that the higher tax would “resolve the NHS backlog, put the adult welfare system on a long-term sustainable basis and end the situation in which those who need help in their old age risk to lose everything to pay the price ”.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 5:50 PM
NI premier refuses to say if all DUP MPs are vaccinated
Northern Ireland’s Prime Minister Paul Givan declined to say whether all DUP MPs (members of the Legislative Assembly) have received the Covid-19 vaccine.
He was challenged by SDLP MP Pat Catney to confirm whether all MPs in his party received both doses of the jab.
Mr Givan said he “regrets this request” in part because “we are not doing it for any other type of disease.”
He added: “I got my vaccination, I took both vaccines, but the way people try to coerce people is actually counterproductive. “
Mr Catney urged him to introduce a compulsory Covid vaccine certificate.
Mr Givan said the “overwhelming majority” of people over 50 have been vaccinated and mandatory vaccine certificates would require consideration of equality impact considerations.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 5:25 PM
Boris statue’s hands covered in oil to protest against the oil field
A fake oil-splattered statue of Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood outside Downing Street.
The statue, created by artist Hugo Farmer, carries a sign reading: “Cambo Oil Field: Boris Johnson’s Monumental Climate Failure.” “
Greenpeace activists have called on the government to end the UK’s dependence on oil and urge Mr Johnson not to sign a new drilling permit at the Cambo oil field, west of the Shetlands.
A number of protesters came to the statue – whose hands were completely covered in black oil – to campaign against a controversial new drilling site.
The protest involved around 40 people, 16 of whom were locked to barrels and the statue, while others held banners that read “Boris: Stop Cambo”.
The government appears ready to move forward with plans which, if approved, would produce 170 million barrels of oil and generate emissions equivalent to the annual carbon pollution of 18 coal-fired power plants – according to the group campaign campaign Stop Cambo.
The Metropolitan Police made seven arrests on suspicion of obstruction of the highway and removed all barrels.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 4:50 PM
DUP boycott of north-south meetings “illegal” – High Court
The DUP’s boycott of north-south meetings to protest the Northern Ireland protocol is illegal, a High Court judge has said.
Judge Scoffield delivered the statement in Belfast High Court after a man from Belfast, Sean Napier, initiated judicial review proceedings over the legality of the DUP movement.
Lamiat Sabin11 October 2021 16:30
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“I totally understand the frustration” of the climate protesters, says Prince Charles
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 4:10 PM
UK’s biggest port ‘struggles’ 10 weeks before Christmas – report
ITV Joël Collines reports the following:
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 4:00 PM
Ministers urged to consider one-off tax as energy prices soar
Labor MP Darren Jones, chairman of the trade, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee, today urged the government to put in place a one-off tax on companies that make big profits from soaring fuel prices. gas.
He told BBC Radio 4 World in one program:
“One thing I want Rishi Sunak and the Treasury to do is consider a one-off tax on gas producers, who are currently making huge profits due to global gas price fluctuations.
“Everyone is looking for money to help consumers and businesses in these tough times, and it has to come from somewhere.
“Kwasi Kwarteng told me for my selection [committee] a few weeks ago they were studying the concept of an exceptional tax but it seems to me that the treasury did not bother to do the math and does not want to get involved in this problem.
When asked if the windfall tax would be applied internationally, the Bristol North West MP said: “Frankly, that’s the job of the Treasury.”
Earlier, commenting on the ‘conflict’ between the BEIS and the Treasury, Mr Jones tweeted:
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:50 PM
What is the United Nations climate conference and why is it important?
COP26, the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, will finally begin in Glasgow, Scotland, in late October, a year after it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosted by the UK under the chairmanship of former Business Secretary Alok Sharma and in partnership with Italy, the summit at the city’s SEC Center will bring together the largest gathering of world leaders ever to meet on British soil during of its 12 days of From Sunday October 31 to Friday November 12.
The 197 signatories or “parties” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will all be represented in Glasgow, along with tens of thousands of negotiators, government officials, business and activists, hoping all make their voices heard and see a comprehensive plan developed to achieve the goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement and avert the global climate catastrophe our planet is facing.
So what will be discussed at the meeting and why is it so important? Joe Sommerland look more closely.
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:40 PM