Sajid Javid recently resigned as chancellor claiming that “no self-respecting minister” could ever agree to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s demands.
However, the newly formed cabinet converged for the first time. And in a show of self-respect, were led in a call and response by the prime minister. “How many hospitals are we going to build?” the Prime Minister asked. “40,” the ministers replied in unison. “Well done,” Boris Johnson replied.
The Ministers also agreed with the Prime Minister that 20,000 police would be recruited. The number of serving Police have fallen by around 20,000 since the Conservatives party took over power in 2010.
One other striking news about the meeting was that the new ministers agreed to implement a points-based immigration system from the beginning of next year.
The communities secretary Robert Jenrick denied Rishi Sunak, the new chancellor, was Johnson’s “puppet” for accepting the job. Sunak addressed Treasury staff before the cabinet met. Javid attended a pensions fair in his constituency which had the “best turnout ever!”
While on a visit at a local school, ousted Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith was approached by a child who asked if he knew the prime minister and how his last meeting went. “Er, er, er… great, it was just great,” Smith replied.
Ballot papers in the Labour leadership contest will be sent out soon. But the race still has a long way to go. The result will not be announced until April 4. which is seven weeks away.
Rebecca Long-Bailey used a speech in Salford to argue she started the campaign from “behind”. The shadow business secretary added “Jeremy [Corbyn], John [McDonnell] and Diane [Abbott]” had now “done their bit” and she was ready to “take up the mantle of socialist leadership”. The Guardian’s Kate Proctor has a good write up.
For Lisa Nandy, her campaign received a boost when she won the support of the Jewish Labour Movement. A clip of her speech at the group’s hustings has been attracting a lot of attention.
Emily Thornberry time to secure the nomination of three more constituency Labour parties (CLPs) extends until midnight if she is to make onto the ballot. She is close to the threshold of 33 and has so far won the backing of 30.
Keir Starmer plans to hold a rally at the Roundhouse in Camden on Sunday. He has won the support of the TSSA. You may also recall the transport union housed Momentum’s first headquarters in Euston during the 2015 and 2016 leadership contests.
Quote Of The Day
“I think my future plans are things like going to the pub”
– Julian Smith tells Sky News what he will do now he is no longer in the cabinet. Same Julian. Same.
Alex Sobel, the MP for Leeds North West, has revealed he will be tested for coronavirus. “Just to be clear I’m not exhibiting any systems,” he tweeted.
It has been claimed that the UK negotiators have met over trade talks in total secrecy with at least one unknown country. As Rachel states, the news came up during a tribunal in central London, where campaign group Global Justice Now is challenging the information watchdog to order ministers to publish data about government trade operations for the public to see.
Anti-racism protesters are advising the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to suspend a Tory MP and launch an “urgent investigation” as leaked pictures revealed Dehenna Davison, the new MP for Bishop Auckland, with two far-right activists. Davison said she “in no way whatsoever” condones “the views highlighted of the individuals concerned”.