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Rishi Sunak brought an abrupt end to an interview after he was asked if he fully supported Boris Johnson. (Watch the interview above). The Chancellor was giving an interview to Sky News over the future of the prime minister, who has been accused by his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings of lying to Parliament over allegations of lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street. Johnson rejected the claim in an interview on Tuesday afternoon, insisting he did not know in advance about the event in May 2020, adding that "no one told him" it was against the rules. Asked whether he backed his boss, Sunak replied: “Of course I do. The prime minister set out his understanding of this matter in parliament last week and I’d refer you to his words. Sue Gray is conducting an inquiry into this matter and I fully support the prime minister’s request for patience while that inquiry concludes. Sunak then refused to comment on whether Johnson should quit following Cummings’ bombshell allegations. “I’m not going to get into hypotheticals. The Ministerial Code is clear on these matters.” Pressed on whether he supported the PM unequivocally, Sunak promptly stood up, took off his microphone abruptly and walked off while his adviser stood in front of the journalist. Sunak is the bookies’ favourite to replace Johnson and has tried to distance himself from the scandal in recent days. He told Yahoo News UK last week that he had not attended the garden party. And he was noticeably absent from the House of Commons last Wednesday during the prime minister's apology for the anger sparked by the revelations. The Ministerial Code states that ministers who lie to Parliament and do not correct the record should resign. If Johnson is found to have lied, his position would become untenable.
Boris Johnson is fighting for his political life after being accused of lying to parliament about whether he knew the Downing Street party broke the rules.
MPs debated Nadine Dorries’ announcement that the BBC licence fee would be frozen at £159 for two years.
Man United's interim manager Ralf Rangnick gives status updates on Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba ahead of his side's game against Brentford. Ronaldo and Rashford were pictured in training on Monday with Paul Pogba, who was not expected to return to the group until the end of the month. “Paul Pogba had his first day of training with the whole group yesterday and in the first training session he showed what kind of an extraordinary player he could be,” the interim United boss said.
The Duke of York has been stripped of his remaining patronages and honorary military roles.
The aurora borealis made a rare appearance over Stockholm, Sweden, on the night of January 14-15.Timelapse video taken by Nathalie Ek shows the shimmering light display. “After living in Stockholm for 10 years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen it with my own eyes,” Ek told Storyful. Credit: Nathalie Ek via Storyful
The man was among several others travelling in a vehicle which fell into a river on a farm in Lancashire.
Don’t let No 10 chaos distract us from damage to public services. The danger is that we won’t notice how institutions such as the NHS and BBC are being meddled with, writes Yvonne Williams
Britain's payments regulator on Tuesday fined five payments companies including Mastercard a total of 33 million pounds ($45.01 million) for cartel behaviour involving prepaid cards issued to vulnerable people on welfare benefits. Mastercard received the largest fine of 31.56 million pounds ($43.04 million). The other companies fined were allpay, Advanced Payment Solution, Prepaid Financial Services and Sulion.
She's the second member of the Dancing On Ice cast who'll be absent from the studio on Sunday night.
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant, combined with the roll-out of up to 20 billion doses of vaccine, means the COVID-19 pandemic could be over this year, according to one of the world's leading public health experts. "I wouldn't lift everything at the end of January," said Sir Jeremy, "when the NHS is still under pressure, and we're still in the middle, of course, of winter." Right now, the rest of the world remains in a "pretty dire situation", according to Sir Jeremy, due to low vaccination rates and the incredibly rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Officials said they planned to “explore” how they could make the century-old name “clearer” and avoid any unwanted connection with the disgraced Duke.
Boris Johnson’s former senior adviser Dominic Cummings appeared before reporters outside his home on Wednesday morning. He spoke only to ask the assembled media to move away from his house while his wife and son walked to school. Regarding lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street, Mr Cummings said, “If I say anything, I’ll say it later on.”.
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The investiture is to take place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.
The trial of former Manchester United soccer player Ryan Giggs has been delayed to August 8 due to a lack of court space, the BBC reported after a hearing on Tuesday. The trial at Manchester Crown Court had been due to start on Jan. 24. Giggs, 48, has pleaded not guilty to all charges and remains on bail.
Security guard Steve Bouquet was jailed last year in relation to the deaths of nine cats and injuries to seven more.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said on Tuesday that the Serbian government would not make any decisions without consulting the local communities first.View on euronews
‘He leaves it everywhere,’ she said of habit
Annual inflation was up at 5.4% in December, the highest value for almost 30 years.