The British government is considering ways to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from jail in Iran.
Simon Stevens will cite the Leave campaign's claim that Brexit will allow £350 million to be spent on the NHS to argue for more funding.
Several MPs say Boris Johnson should resign as foreign secretary following his latest gaffe.
Boris Johnson is a dilettante, trifling with diplomacy. If that were ever in doubt - or if anyone again attempts the ‘intellectual passing himself off as Bertie Wooster’ defence - we need only consider his handling of the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an Anglo-Iranian dual national imprisoned in Tehran. The Foreign Secretary, who should be fighting for her release, has instead risked prolonging her sentence, showing the same level of care when it comes to British citizens detained abroad as he did when he shoulder-barged a ten-year-old in a game of street rugby.
Theresa May has given up any notion of Cabinet discipline. In Priti Patel’s case, this extends to actually holding secret bilateral meetings with the prime ministers of foreign states, alongside lobbyists for their interests. While on ’holiday’ in Israel this summer - she clearly has a very unique notion of what constitutes a holiday - the international development secretary met Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Yuval Rotem, from the Foreign Ministry, Gilad Erdan, minister for Public Security, Information and Strategic Affairs, and Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party.
The Foreign Secretary has come under fire from critics who believe his style is not suited to someone in high office.
Michael Fuchs, deputy chairman of Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU group in the German parliament, said the Foreign Secretary believes the offer Theresa May has made is “too much”.
Theresa May is facing calls to give Boris Johnson the sack in order reassert her authority over a fractured Conservative Party. Speculation is circulating that the Prime Minister is planning a cabinet reshuffle to shore up her position, with the Foreign Secretary in the firing line for a demotion. Supporters of the Foreign Secretary have also said that the PM lacks the authority to push him out of the door after her general election gamble backfired, leaving her without a majority.
The Prime Minister was handed a cough sweet by Chancellor Philip Hammond as she continued to cough while delivering the speech.
The Foreign Secretary made the comments on the fringes of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and he has faced criticism from those in his own party.
The Foreign Secretary is backed by 23 per cent of Tory party members to succeed the current PM.
Theresa May has insisted she will lead the Tories into the next election but Conservative MPs believe Boris Johnson will be the man to eventually take over. The under-fire Foreign Secretary is the man that one third of Tories believe will take over the role as party leader, according to polling company Populus. One fifth think that Brexit Secretary David Davis will lead the party next – whether it is is display as leader or as Prime mInister if Mrs May does quit before another election.
Theresa May has dismissed criticism of her ‘deluded’ vow to fight the next general election, insisting she ‘isn’t a quitter’. Senior Tories have cast doubt on the PM’s vow to take Britain through Brexit in 2019 and into the next election as leader of the Conservative Party. Former ministers Nicky Morgan and Grant Shapp have said it would be difficult for her to continue following the disastrous election this year which saw her lose the Tory majority.
Boris Johnson has come under fire from those working in his own department, who say he is a “liability as Foreign Secretary”. As diplomatic sources criticised the former Mayor of London, sources in the foreign office gave their opinion of their boss to Newsnight’s political editor, Nicholas Watt.
The Times has accused Boris Johnson of making 'a serious error' by aligning himself with Donald Trump.
South Korea has threatened to “exterminate” Kim Jong-un as tensions across East Asia heightened after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the skies of Japan. Japanese officials said the missile took off from Pyongyang and flew above the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific Ocean. There was no damage to ships or anything else reported, while Japan’s NHK TV said the missile separated into three parts.
Boris Johnson appeared to perform a u-turn on previous comments that the EU could ‘go whistle’ over its Brexit divorce bill, telling the BBC that Britain would ‘meet its obligations’ over any money owed. The Foreign Secretary claimed his previous comments were in relation to the sums of money that had been suggested, rather than the concept of paying itself.
Boris Johnson has been dubbed a “blond British wombat” during his visit to Australia. The description was just one of a series of comedy descriptions of the Foreign Secretary by the Australian media during his recent visit. Mr Johnson used the three-day visit, which followed a trip to New Zealand in which he compared a traditional Maori greeting to a ‘Glasgow kiss’, to promote post-Brexit opportunities with Britain.