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Boris Johnson refuses to resign in today’s PMQs



With the inquiry and police investigation looming, Boris Johnson faced a rowdy PMQs this afternoon.

Johnson faced further calls for his resignation from Labour, as his premiership hangs in the balance ahead of the publication of Sue Gray’s report.

The PM insisted his government “gets all the big calls right” and rejected any demands for his resignation.

Labour leader Keir Starmer kickstarted his questions off by asking whether the PM believes ministerial code applies to him, referring to the section which states ministers must resign if they knowingly mislead Parliament.

Johnson responded “of course,” which was met by the PMQs first call for the Prime Minister’s resignation. Starmer claimed it was confirmation he must, as he told MPs last year that guidance was completely adhered to and there was no party.

Starmer stressed the magnitude of the police investigation, saying they’d only investigate “the most serious and flagrant type of breaches.”

He added in a comment directed at the PM: “If you do not understand the significance of what happened yesterday, I really do despair.”

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle had to repeatedly ask for quiet during Starmer’s questions, with shouting and laughter erupting from both sides throughout. In the end, Hoyle threatened: “The next person that stops me hearing will not be continuing in this debate.”

In his fourth question, Starmer asked whether the PM still intended to publish the inquiry report in full. The PM responded that he will do “exactly what he said.”

Before finishing off his questions, Starmer announced that the PMs police investigation was a “shameful spectacle.” He accused Johnson’s cabinet of becoming “more and more complicit” the longer they stayed quiet.

Many Conservative MPs are awaiting the inquiry report before making a decision on the PMs future, reports the BBC.

Boris Johnson refuses to resign in today’s PMQs

Johnson disagreed repeatedly with Starmer over his resignation, backing himself as PM and criticizing the Labour leader for being “relentlessly opportunistic.”

The PM labelled Starmer as “Captain Hindsight,” saying because the government didn’t listen to Labour wanting to impose lockdowns the UK now have the “fastest growing economy” in the Group of Seven.

Johnson reiterated during the PMQs he can’t comment on the ongoing police investigation.

Further calls for the PM to resign came from SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, as he states the only way to restore the public’s trust is to “show the prime minister the door.”

Blackford accuses the PM of “dragging out the agony of families” who followed the Covid rules.

The PM said he had no intention of doing what Blackford suggested, stating he was wrong when he made the point last week and still is now.

Labour MPs continued to fire further criticism at Johnson throughout the PMQs.

Lloyd Russel Moyle said, “I would prefer to be led by a lawyer than a liar,” referencing Johnson’s earlier description of Starmer as “a lawyer not a leader,” whilst Rushanara Ali claimed “threats and intimidation, bribery and blackmail, racism and Islamophobia” characterise the Conservative’s government.

Richard Burgon spoke about a nurse who received a £10,000 fine for organising a protest against government cuts, stating the public are “sick to the back teeth of one rule for the Tories and another for everyone else.”

Conservative MPs avoided the topic of the inquiry and police investigation during the PMQs.

Sue Gray’s report is expected to be published soon.


Sunderland suspend Jack Diamond after player is charged with rape and sexual assault



A Sunderland football player on loan to Lincoln FC has had his loan terminated after he was charged with rape.

Jack Diamond, 23, had been arrested after a sexual assault in Washington, Tyne and Wear, last year.

Northumbria Police launched an investigation, but have now charged him with one count of rape and one count of sexual assault.

Lincoln City FC said the player’s loan contract had been terminated “with immediate effect”.

His home club, Sunderland AFC, said he had been suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings.

In a statement, it said: “Sunderland AFC has been notified that criminal charges have been brought against Jack Diamond by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

“As this matter is subject to a legal process, the club will not be making any further statement at this time”.

The incident is alleged to have happened in May last year.

Mr Diamond, of Fatfield, also Washington, is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in May.

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Paul O’Grady Dies Aged 67, Just Weeks After Newcastle Theatre Performance



TV presenter and comedian Paul O’Grady has died at the age of 67,  just weeks after starring in a Newcastle theatre production.

The TV star, who was from Birkenhead on Merseyside, died “unexpectedly but peacefully” on Tuesday evening, a statement said.

His partner Andre Portasio made this statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.”

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

“I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”

The TV star, starred in a theatre prodution of Annie just weeks ago in Newcastle as it returned to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from March 7-11.

O’Grady starred as the role of Miss Hannigan, the head of the orphanage who hates children. He had been due to perform the show across the UK up until November this year.

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Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!



Karens Diner on Tour Newcastle upon Tyne

Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’


Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets


We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!

At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….

Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins

*We cater for all allergens

You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.

Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!

See our two below YouTube videos from the last time they were in the toon to see what to expect…

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