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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.
People ‘too quick to forgive Hancock’, Question Time audience member says
In other news, Matt Hancock and his stint on I’m a Celebrity… was mentioned on Question Time last night.
People are ‘too quick’ to forgive Hancock says BBC Question Time audience member
Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 08:55
Public support new wind farms, poll finds
Earlier this month, a poll found the British public overwhelmingly backed the construction of new wind farms, as our policy correspondent Jon Stone reported.
At the same time, Rishi Sunak was indicating he would keep in place the government’s ban on new onshore wind farms – ditching a promise by Liz Truss to allow new green power installations.
Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 08:36
Tory MP ‘delighted’ to get Truss and Johnson backing over onshore wind
Here is the Tory MP leading the backbench rebellion on onshore wind on getting the backing of the two former PMs:
Zoe Tidman25 November 2022 08:19
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.”
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