Boris Johnson news – PM to give press conference as Macron warns threat to block Christmas shipments could cost billions

BORIS Johnson will give a press conference tomorrow as he dashes back to Glasgow to COP26 to try and seal a deal.

The PM will address the nation tomorrow afternoon as he tries to shift the dial from the ongoing sleaze scandal back onto the landmark summit.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron has been warned his threat to block Christmas shipments as a “political lever” in Brexit fish talks could cost France billions.

A source told The Sun: “The ideal would always be that the Short Straits route between Dover and Calais runs smoothly, clear of political interference.

“But the Government has a responsibility to ensure supply chain resilience, not only for Christmas but in the long term.

“France is one of our oldest and closest allies but we cannot have Dover-Calais forever used as a political lever, which can be pulled during some periodic spat.

“If that is the case then we must look for more robust alternatives in direct routes to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.”

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  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: What is lobbying?

    Lobbying is a major part of politics, with some MPs being approached by lobbyists hundreds of times a week.

    But what exactly is lobbying and how can Brits lobby their MP? Here's all you need to know…

    Simply put, lobbying is any attempt by individuals, charities, organisations, pressure groups and businesses to influence the decisions of government.

    According to the UK Public Affairs Council it is: “In a professional capacity, attempting to influence, or advising those who wish to influence, the UK Government, Parliament, the devolved legislatures or administrations, regional or local government or other public bodies on any matter within their competence.”

    To prevent corruption, and people using Government ties for personal gain there are rules and codes of conduct for lobbying.

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    The 12 MPs making a fortune from outside earnings

    Amid the furore over second jobs, The Sun can reveal 12 MPs have made more than £3.5million in outside earnings in just two years.

    Yesterday, top earner Sir Geoffrey Cox unveiled a new £400,000 a year gig with a law firm, while Health Secretary Sajid Javid raked in £366,000 during a brief spell on the backbenches.

    Ex-PM Theresa May has earned £760,000 from after-dinner speeches since quitting No10.

    The Sun probe revealed 11 of the dirty dozen are Tories, with Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey in 12th spot.

    MPs’ outside earnings have been thrust into the spotlight after Boris’s attempt to save Mr Paterson from a 30-day suspension after he lobbied for private companies that paid him more than £100,000.

    Raging Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the PM of leading his party “through the sewers and the stench lingers”.

    He added: “Enough is enough. We will not stand by while he trashes our democracy.”

    Read more here.

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    Firms 'spooked'

    Mr Macron has threatened to snarl up traffic by ordering extra checks on lorries if he isn't granted more fishing licences.

    That would rip up the "green lane" system in the Brexit trade deal under which trucks just transiting France shouldn't be stopped.

    His posturing threatens France's long-held status as the continent's £120bn a year trade gateway to Britain.

    One industry insider said of the threats: "It spooks hauliers. They’ve got to provide security and efficiency for their customers.

    "If they can’t guarantee that in one place, they’ll follow the easiest routes where they can."

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    Macron warned threat to block Christmas shipments to Britain

    EMMANUEL Macron has been warned his threat to block Christmas shipments as a "political lever" in Brexit fish talks could cost France billions.

    Ministers are drawing up plans to divert huge chunks of trade away from Calais to stop the French President holding us to ransom in future.

    Last night Government insiders warned Paris they won't stand by and let it use the threat of trade disruption as a weapon in every cross-Channel spat.

    A source told The Sun: "The ideal would always be that the Short Straits route between Dover and Calais runs smoothly, clear of political interference.

    "But the Government has a responsibility to ensure supply chain resilience, not only for Christmas but in the long term.

    "France is one of our oldest and closest allies but we cannot have Dover-Calais forever used as a political lever, which can be pulled during some periodic spat.

    "If that is the case then we must look for more robust alternatives in direct routes to Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia."

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    BREAKING: Boris Johnson to give press conference tomorrow

    BORIS Johnson will give a press conference tomorrow as he dashes back to Glasgow to COP26 to try and seal a deal.

    The PM will address the nation tomorrow afternoon as he tries to shift the dial from the ongoing sleaze scandal back onto the landmark summit.

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    Javid confirms

    FRONTLINE NHS staff WILL be forced to get both doses of the Covid vaccine by next spring, Sajid Javid confirmed today

    The Health Secretary announced a "no jab, no job" crackdown for hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses from April 1.

    About 103,000 of more than 1.4million healthcare workers in NHS England have not yet had their first Covid jab.

    Mr Javid told MPs: "Having considered the consultation responses, the advice of my officials and NHS leaders including the chief executive of the NHS, I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated.

    "We must avoid preventable harm and protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and of course protect the NHS itself."

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    'No jab, no job’

    BORIS Johnson was yesterday urged to delay his “no jab, no job” policy amid fears it could spark a mass closure of care homes.

    The new rules, set to be introduced on Thursday, will make the vaccine compulsory for all residential staff.

    Bosses say up to 60,000 workers could be sacked from already under-staffed homes, leading to catastrophe.

    Nadra Ahmed, of the National Care Association, warned: “We are at the 11th hour, and it is a ticking timebomb.

    “The damage will be far reaching, but ­halting this now will help us get through the winter.”

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    Dominic Raab accuses Labour of ‘politicisation’

    Dominic Raab accused Labour of “politicisation” after the opposition accused Boris Johnson of running scared for not turning up to a Commons debate on standards on Monday.

    Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister said: “I don’t think the politicisation by the Labour Party, given how much money that they take from the unions, is a particularly attractive look for Keir Starmer.

    “I think we ought to actually be coming together to make sure that there’s public confidence in our institutions, including how we do our job as MPs, and that we’ve got a robust system for complaints or impropriety, but also a fair system. That’s what we should all be working towards.”

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    Labour accuses PM of 'running scared' by skipping debate

    During the three-hour emergency debate yesterday, Mr Johnson was accused of "running scared" after deciding to follow through with his visit to an NHS hospital trust in Northumberland on Monday rather than be present to hear MPs' criticisms of his Government's handling of the Paterson affair.

    Reports suggested the Conservative leader arrived back in London by about 5pm but opted not to return to Westminster for the debate, which went on until 7pm.

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of failing to have the "decency" to address the Commons in person.

    "Rather than repairing the damage that he's done, the Prime Minister is running scared," said Sir Keir.

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    Keir Starmer meets Nazanin Ratcliffe's hunger strike husband

    Sir Keir Starmer has visited the husband of Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Whitehall, saying there must be a "resolution" to the case.

    Richard Ratcliffe is on the 17th day of his hunger strike camping outside the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national, has been illegally detained in Iran since 2016.

    She had been taking the couple's daughter, Gabriella, to see her family when she was arrested and was sentenced to five years in jail shortly afterwards, spending four years in Evin prison and one under house arrest.

    Sir Keir was joined by Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner who told Mr Ratcliffe: "I'm really sorry that you are having to do this." Labour leader Sir Keir told him "there has to be a resolution to this", adding: "I feel that there is more support now than last time."

    Mr Ratcliffe told the Labour leader he was "glad" he had visited him during his hunger strike.

    Sir Keir replied: "I hope that we meet again in different circumstances. There is cross-party support to get you through this."

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    Care worker weeps as she's sacked for not having jab

    A care worker wept after she was sacked for not having the Covid jab.

    Louise Akester, 36, filmed an emotional video after she was fired from Alderson House in Hull.

    She sobbed: “I just can’t believe what the bloody government is doing to us.”

    Louise declined the vaccine until “we know more about potential long-term side effects”.

    But she said she was tested three times a week and wore protective gear.

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    'No jab no job' policy could see 60,000 care workers out of work

    Bosses say up to 60,000 workers could be sacked from already under-staffed homes under the PM's plan to make it cpmpulsry for care home staff to have been jabbed.

    This would leading to a catastrophe among care homes across the country, according to one industry figure.

    Nadra Ahmed, of the National Care Association, warned: “We are at the 11th hour, and it is a ticking timebomb.

    “The damage will be far reaching, but ­halting this now will help us get through the winter.”

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    Marcus Rashford vows to continue helping kids & dedicates MBE to mum

    Football star Marcus Rashford dedicated his MBE to his mother as he vowed there is more to come in his campaign to help disadvantaged children.

    The England and Manchester United striker said his motivation was to give the nation's youngsters the things he did not have when growing up and stressed every child deserves an "opportunity".

    Rashford waged a high-profile campaign last year to persuade the Government to provide free meals to vulnerable youngsters in England throughout the school holidays during the coronavirus pandemic, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson into a U-turn.

    Speaking after a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony, the striker said he would be giving his MBE to his mother Melanie who raised him and his four brothers and sisters.

    He said: "It seems like there's a lot going on but for me to put it in the simplest way – I'm trying to give children the things I didn't have when I was kid. If I did have, I would have been much better off and had many more options in my life.

    "I'm just giving them the opportunity and I think they deserve the opportunity what child doesn't. For me it's a punishment for them not to be getting things like meals or supplies of books.

    "And if we can all come together to make these small change – they are small changes but they become big changes once you see the rewards of it – I see a generation that's coming after me as a very special generation. They just need a bit of guidance and pointing in the right direction and what I'm doing is giving them that."

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    Geoffrey Cox earning thousands as adviser in Caribbean corruption probe

    It was “legitimate” for former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds advising the British Virgin Islands in a corruption probe launched by the Foreign Office, the Cabinet minister who set up the inquiry has said.

    Dominic Raab, who as foreign secretary launched the commission of inquiry into what he called “very serious” allegations in the governance of the islands, said it was useful for Parliament to have some knowledge of what was going on in the overseas territory.

    But Mr Raab, who is now Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, said it is for voters to decide whether they feel Sir Geoffrey is dedicating enough time to being an MP.

    The most recent register of financial interests showed that Sir Geoffrey will earn more than £800,000 from Withers, an international law firm appointed by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government in January.

    In the latest update, the Torridge and West Devon Conservative MP disclosed that, from September 28 this year until further notice, he will be paid £400,000 a year by Withers for up to 41 hours of work a month.

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    PM did follow rules on face masks in hospital says Raab

    Boris Johnson followed NHS rules on face coverings despite being photographed without a mask during a hospital visit, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has insisted.

    The Prime Minister was pictured with his face uncovered during a visit to Hexham General Hospital on Monday.

    However, Mr Raab said Mr Johnson had followed "all the protocols and procedures" while he was on the premises.

    During an interview with BBC Breakfast, Mr Raab was read the guidance from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital.

    He was told that it stated: "Anyone attending our hospitals and community settings must continue to wear a face covering at all times to protect patients, visitors and staff."

    Mr Raab responded: "I know the Prime Minister took the advice on the clinical setting that he was in and followed all the protocols and procedures that were applied there, and that's what everyone should do."

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    UK's Frost and France's Beaune agree to talk further this week on fishing and Brexit trade

    British Brexit minister David Frost and French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune spoke on Tuesday about issues including fishing and post-Brexit trade.

    They have agreed to talk again this week, Boris Johnson's spokesman said.

    "They covered various issues in the relationship with France and the EU including fisheries and on the Northern Ireland Protocol and they agreed to speak again later this week," the spokesman added.

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    Lib Dems call for recess to be cancelled amid ongoing sleaze accusations

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the parliamentary recess due to start on Tuesday to be cancelled amid ongoing sleaze accusations.

    Writing to Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg, the party said Boris Johnson should face questions from MPs at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

    Liberal Democrat chief whip Wendy Chamberlain said: "Boris Johnson must not run and hide from this sleaze scandal. The Conservatives are hoping that they will be saved by the bell, so they don't have to answer questions on these allegations. It is utterly unacceptable.

    "Any upstanding Prime Minister would show leadership and cancel Parliament's recess. Boris Johnson's attempts to avoid accountability tell you all you need to know about this Prime Minister who is taking voters for granted.

    "It is vital that Johnson faces Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow. He must not be allowed to get off scot-free. It's time for the Prime Minister to finally come out of hiding and answer questions from MPs about the sleaze scandal."

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    Labour calls for investigation into Geoffrey Cox's Caribbean corruption probe

    Labour is calling for an urgent investigation after a Cabinet minister deemed it was "legitimate" for former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds advising the British Virgin Islands in a corruption probe launched by the Foreign Office.

    Dominic Raab, who as foreign secretary launched the commission of inquiry into what he called "very serious" allegations in the governance of the islands, said it was useful for Parliament to have some knowledge of what was going on in the overseas territory.

    But Mr Raab, who is now Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, said it is for voters to decide whether they feel Sir Geoffrey is dedicating enough time to being an MP.

    The most recent register of financial interests showed that Torridge and West Devon Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey will earn more than £800,000 from Withers, an international law firm appointed by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government in January.

    But Labour's chair Anneliese Dodds, in a letter to the Prime Minister, said: "The people of Torridge and West Devon must be wondering if Geoffrey Cox is a Caribbean-based barrister or a Conservative MP."

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    More than 75,000 extra deaths at home in England & wales since pandemic began

    More than 75,000 extra deaths have taken place in private homes in England and Wales since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, new analysis shows.

    Extra deaths – known as "excess deaths" – are the number of deaths above the average for the non-pandemic years of 2015-19.

    A total of 75,474 excess deaths in homes in England and Wales were registered between March 7 2020 and October 29 2021, according to PA news agency analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    Of this number, just 8,824 – or 12% – were deaths that involved Covid-19.

    Deaths in private homes have been consistently well above the 2015-19 average since April 2020.

    Even during recent months, when almost all lockdown restrictions have been eased across the country, the figure has typically been between 700 and 900 a week.

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    Boris Johnson warns Britain 'faces a tough winter'

    Boris Johnson today expressed fears there were "too many elderly people" in hospital with Covid.

    He urged Brits to come forward and snap up booster jabs as he warned Britain faces a "tough winter".

    The PM urged the UK has "got to get those numbers up" to avoid "excessive" pressure on the NHS.

    Speaking during a visit to Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland, he said the top up shot rollout is the "single most important" task for ministers.

    He said: "Unfortunately what you’ve got at the moment is a situation in which the waning of the original two jabs is starting to see too many elderly people getting into hospital.

    "Sadly the jabs do wane, we’ve done 10 million booster jabs already and it’s a very effective thing, it’s a wonderful thing people, get 95% more protection.

    "The most important thing we can do for our country today if we want to protect our NHS, if we want to make sure we don’t have excessive pressures on A&E over what promises to be a tough winter, is to all get our booster jabs when we’re called."

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    More than 11,600 people DIED after ‘catching Covid in NHS hospitals'

    Data shows 11,6888 people who died on wards after testing positive for the virus were likely to  have caught it there.

    The shocking figure accounts for one in eight Covid deaths in hospital.

    MPs branded the numbers a “scandal” as they sparked fresh calls for compulsory jabs for NHS staff amid fears of a winter surge.

    Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP, now chairman of the health and social care select committee, told The Telegraph: “These numbers are truly shocking.

    "Hospital infections have been the deadliest silent killer of the pandemic.

    “It surely strengthens the case for mandatory vaccination for front-line health care staff."

    Read more here.

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    Labour leader Keir Starmer says 'enough is enough'

    Raging Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the PM of leading his party “through the sewers and the stench lingers”.

    He added: “Enough is enough. We will not stand by while he trashes our democracy.”

    It came as Labour nudged ahead in one opinion poll yesterday, the first time the party has taken the lead since the vaccine rollout.

    On a visit to Hexham hospital, Northumberland, yesterday, Mr Johnson refused to apologise for attempting to save Mr Paterson.

    Asked why he was dodging the debate, he said: “Unfortunately I can’t be there because I had a long-standing engagement here.”

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    More on what MPs are raking in on the side

    Yesterday, top earner Sir Geoffrey Cox unveiled a new £400,000 a year gig with a law firm, while Health Secretary Sajid Javid raked in £366,000 during a brief spell on the backbenches.

    Ex-PM Theresa May has earned £760,000 from after-dinner speeches since quitting No10.

    The Sun probe revealed 11 of the dirty dozen are Tories, with Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey in 12th spot.

    MPs’ outside earnings have been thrust into the spotlight after Boris’s attempt to save Mr Paterson from a 30-day suspension after he lobbied for private companies that paid him more than £100,000.

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    Pictured: Twelve MPs rake in whopping £3.5million in just two years 

    PARLIAMENT’S top dozen earners have raked in more than £3.5million in just two years on top of their £81,932 salaries, The Sun can reveal.

    As the row over MPs’ extra earnings exploded in the wake of the Owen Paterson scandal, Boris Johnson was mocked for swerving a Commons showdown.

    The PM fled to Northumberland as MPs slammed his efforts to save the ex-Cabinet minister.

    Boris was brutally mocked by MPs, with cries of “run, Boris, run”, after he ducked the emergency session triggered in the wake of the Owen Paterson scandal.

    Amid the furore over second jobs, The Sun can reveal 12 MPs have made more than £3.5million in outside earnings in just two years.

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    Cases falling

    The PM's remarks come after Britain recorded its lowest lowest daily figure for new infections in five weeks.

    A further 30,305 people tested positive on Sunday – the lowest since October 2, when 30,301 cases were recorded.

    Meanwhile, a further 62 people died, the smallest figure recorded all week.

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