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Boris Johnson refuses to resign in today’s PMQs

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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.

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United

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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.

 

It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..

 

“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”

 

Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.

 

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Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living

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A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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STACK Newcastle Bosses Scrap Plans For Christmas Pop-Up Venue

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The owners of STACK have confirmed that there won’t be a pop-up version in Newcastle this Christmas, as plans have been shelved.

At the end of September it was reported that STACK’s owner, Danieli Group, were hoping to bring the brand back to the heart of Newcastle after its Pilgrim Street site was demolished earlier this year, after becoming a firm favourite with locals and visitors since 2018. The pop-up, close to the Crowne Plaza hotel in the Stephenson Quarter, looked set to be a massive draw before STACK makes its permanent return to the city next year, was planned to feature a number of shipping container bars, a new take on its famous Hadrian’s Tipi, street food vans, a stage and large screen, all on one level.

But, it has now been announced that the proposed STACK festive pop-up won’t be happening anymore. Confirming the decision, Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group said that while it was sad news that the pop-up would no longer take place, it meant the company can forge ahead with the Worswick Chambers plan.

He commented: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began,” he said.

“Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

In recent weeks it has announced new developments in Lincoln, Durham, Bishop Auckland and Carlisle.

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