Partygate delays are not justified

The public would be forgiven for wondering if the saga known as partygate will ever end. Not only does the Prime Minister now face yet another inquiry – this time by the Commons Privileges Committee into whether he misled Parliament,... Read more

The Tories won’t back Boris Johnson, but they aren’t ready to sack him either

For once, Keir Starmer was right on target. In calling for a vote on whether Parliament was misled over partygate, he exposed an embarrassing fact: the Tories may not be ready to depose Boris Johnson but they won’t protect him,... Read more

Chivalry, review: Steve Coogan stars as sleazeball in smart satire on Hollywood and sexual politics

Steve Coogan is very good at playing a middle-aged man nervously navigating the new “woke” landscape while desperate to sleep with women half his age. In Chivalry (Channel 4), he is Cameron O’Neill, a Hollywood producer facing up to life... Read more

Punchdrunk: The Burnt City, review

Whether you can identify those concerned is another matter. This alt-reality, with sci-fi and film noir elements, is mainly populated by the spectators; there are fleeting, cryptic vignettes by costumed performers, often entailing a lot of movement and meaningful looks.... Read more

Boris Johnson buckles over inquiry into whether he lied about ‘partygate’

The decision to launch a fresh investigation – the third into the “partygate” allegations following inquiries by the Met Police and senior civil servant Sue Gray – begins a torrid few weeks for Mr Johnson. He is expected to face... Read more

Mark Harper: Boris Johnson could face vote of no confidence by July

Fifty-four Tory MPs must submit letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 committee chairman, to trigger a ballot. Mr Harper emailed his letter of no confidence last week. Mr Harper added: “I think my colleagues will have... Read more

Boris Johnson: Rishi Sunak will still be Chancellor for autumn Budget

A reshuffle after the May local elections would allow Mr Johnson to promote recently elected Tory MPs pushing for ministerial jobs but could risk creating new ex-Cabinet critics. Ms Patel has faced speculation that she could be moved from the... Read more

Energy bill green levies won’t be scrapped despite cost-of-living crisis

Green levies on energy bills will not be scrapped to help with the cost-of-living crisis, Boris Johnson indicated as he rebuffed a proposal backed by prominent Tories. Speaking during his visit to India, Mr Johnson said there was “a lot... Read more

Belugas rescued from Chinese aquarium will have whale of a time in ocean ‘halfway house’

Two Beluga whales rescued from a Chinese aquarium will be rehomed in a giant aquatic “half-way house” before their release into an open water sea sanctuary off the coast of Iceland. Little Grey and Little White were transported 6,000 miles... Read more

What Vladimir Putin’s staged appearance tells us about the state of the war

The north is under pressure, particularly on the routes past Kharkiv, though the Russians are inching past the Ukrainian counterattacks. But the west is open and Ukraine can still push troops and supplies towards the Donbas from Dnipro, so Putin... Read more

Marine Le Pen: I can still spare France from Emmanuel Macron’s ‘arrogance without limit’

In Arras, Ms Le Pen urged the French not to heed the “fear merchants” of a “system” desperate to “save Private Macron” and said the game was far from over. In a highly unusual intervention in the domestic politics of... Read more

Who are the Tory MPs that could decide Boris Johnson’s future in ‘partygate’ investigation?

If Mr Johnson were to be found guilty, the privileges committee could suggest sanctions including oral or written apologies, suspension from the House – which would take effect immediately – or even expulsion. For example, in 1999 the committee suspended... Read more

The gig’s up for Boris Johnson, says Steve Baker as he withdraws backing over ‘partygate’

Boris Johnson on Thursday lost the support of one of his most influential backbenchers, who declared that he cannot forgive him over the “partygate” scandal. Steve Baker acknowledged that he had “systematically” helped Mr Johnson to become Conservative leader and... Read more

Sir Keir Starmer retracts claim that Boris Johnson criticised BBC’s Ukraine coverage

Sir Keir Starmer has corrected the parliamentary record after attacking Boris Johnson over reports that he had criticised the BBC’s coverage of the war in Ukraine. The Labour leader withdrew comments made at Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, in which he... Read more

JCB demolition row threatens to bulldoze first day of Boris Johnson’s India trip

Boris Johnson has been embroiled in controversy on the first morning of his long-awaited diplomatic visit to India after inaugurating a new JCB factory, one day after the company’s machines were used to illegally bulldoze Muslim homes and businesses in... Read more

‘Chaos of our own making’: Behind the scenes of the Tory U-turn on ‘partygate’ vote

At about the same time he was trotting out Number 10’s lines, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, confirmed the Government’s decision not to move their amendment. As a result of the volte-face, Labour’s motion, which cites four separate comments... Read more

Credit card use soars after rising costs wipes out pandemic savings

Credit card debt has piled up with more consumers being hit with interest charges as the cost of living crisis wipes out lockdown-induced rainy day funds. Almost £55 for every £100 held on credit cards is now incurring interest –... Read more

‘No-fault’ evictions must be banned to stop profiteering landlords, Airbnb warns

Airbnb has called for the Government to ban “no fault” evictions to stop landlords kicking tenants out of properties so they can be turned into short-term holiday lets.  The lettings website also said it was ready to administer tourist taxes... Read more

Questor: this healthcare trust has taken a pounding but is now turning the corner – buy

Similarly, Worldwide Healthcare itself looks cheap on a 4.3pc discount; it has typically traded at a premium over the past five years. Although performance has disappointed in recent times, its long-term record remains intact: shareholders have benefited from a 332pc... Read more

‘We can’t use less energy – it’s a matter of life and death’

The cost of living crisis means that Marie Cavalier, 41, and her husband are now paying hundreds of pounds more each year to ensure that their daughter Annie, 12, gets the care she needs.  Annie suffers from Sturge Weber syndrome,... Read more

Rising prices and long delays: is it still worth spending big on a Tesla?

Drivers keen to buy a Tesla face huge delays and higher prices to get their hands on a car, after the company said it would not be able to avoid inflation and supply chain pressures.  Higher prices for Tesla vehicles... Read more

How much is your degree worth? The worst value qualifications revealed

A university education used to be a one-way ticket to a better-paying career, but for many graduates this is no longer the case. Graduates still earn more on average than non-graduates, taking home £35,000 a year compared with £25,500 for... Read more

‘£30,000 went missing during my pension switch and no one noticed’

Savers have long been advised to shop around when it comes to investment shops but those who do can occasionally be stung if their money is lost in the process.  One pension saver, Michael Milne from Edinburgh, said almost £30,000... Read more

‘My tenant is refusing to leave because there’s nowhere else to rent’

Tenants are refusing to leave rental properties because the extreme shortage of rental homes has meant they cannot find anywhere else to live. The shortage of rental properties in Britain has become so severe that an increasing number of tenants... Read more

How technology could kill off the family road trip

What no “red car, blue car”? No pub cricket, which even my own nippers, now seven and nine, enjoy playing – cheering as we pass The Bull (four runs) or wildly celebrating the huge score of a Fox and Hounds... Read more