Boris Johnson news – live: Government Right to Buy scheme plans branded ‘hare-brained’

Neil Parish resigns after admitting to watching pornography in the Commons

Government proposals to sell off housing association properties have been branded “hare-brained” amid warnings they will worsen the shortage of homes for more than a million people on waiting lists for affordable accommodation.

Boris Johnson is reported to want to grant 2.5m housing association tenants in England the right to purchase their homes at a massive discount, in an echo of Margaret Thatcher’s popular “right to buy” policy of the 1980s which saw a huge proportion of the nation’s stock of council homes sold.

Labour branded the plan “desperate”, pointing out that it repeats a policy from David Cameron’s 2015 Conservative manifesto which failed to deliver any sales.

And the chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter said the “hare-brained idea” was “the opposite of what the country needs”.

Earlier, a minister rejected calls for an all-women shortlist to find a replacement for disgraced Tory MP Neil Parish. Universities minister Michelle Donelan said that female-only shortlists for parliamentary candidates are “demeaning” to women.

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Local elections not referendum on PM, says minister

International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has rejected the idea that local election results would put Boris Johnson’s position at greater risk.

Asked if the elections will be a referendum on the PM, she said: “No. They aren’t all-out elections in most places.”

Ms Trevelyan said “sometime you do get a protest vote” but denied people would use their vote to protest against Partygate.

“There are some places where there are close fights … We’ll win some and we’ll lose some.”

She said the prime minister “continues to get on with the job, defending democracy and freedom in way that in Europe we haven’t seen for decade.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain3 May 2022 07:50

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Tory MP says Conservatives will not see a referendum on the prime minister

Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP has said the Conservatives will not see a referendum on the prime minister, despite the recent controversy over Boris Johnson’s Partygate fine.

When questioned if her party are preparing to lose seats in Parliament, the Tory MP replied: “I would expect us to win some and lose some”.

Watch the full clip here:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain3 May 2022 07:43

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ICYMI – Labour demands answers from Rishi Sunak on Russian presence of company in which wife has £400m stake

Labour has written to Rishi Sunak demanding to know whether he or his family benefit from the continued presence of a company in Russia in which his wife holds a £400m stake.

Reports on Monday suggested that Indian-based IT giant Infosys – founded by the father of Mr Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty – is still operating in Moscow despite promising a month ago it was leaving.

Shadow economic secretary Tulip Siddiq called on the chancellor to clarify when the company’s Russian office will be shut down and whether he or any of his immediate family are benefiting from its continued operation.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain3 May 2022 07:30

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Asylum seeks in Calais not deterred from Channel crossings by UK’s Rwanda plans

Most asylum seekers in Calais are still hoping to make it to the UK despite plans that could see them sent to Rwanda, according to a new survey.

A charity polled those waiting in migrant camps in northern France in the days since the British government passed a law making it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive without permission.

Care4Calais found most had heard of the deal with Rwanda, which will see people who arrive “illegally” in the UK under new immigration rules sent to the east African country to apply for asylum there instead.

Three quarters of those polled said the plans would not put them off making the Channel crossing, the charity said.

My colleague Zoe Tidman reports.

Namita Singh3 May 2022 06:12

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Tory rift over call to find female candidate to replace porn shame MP

Universities minister, Michelle Donelan, said that female-only shortlists for parliamentary candidates are “demeaning” to women.

Boris Johnson is facing calls from within his own party to ensure that a woman is chosen to fight the by-election in the east Devon seat of Tiverton and Honiton triggered by Parish’s resignation after being caught watching pornography in the Commons chamber.

Namita Singh3 May 2022 05:13

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Labour question Rishi Sunak on Russian presence of company in which wife £400m stake

Labour has written to Rishi Sunak demanding to know whether he or his family benefit from the continued presence of a company in Russia in which his wife holds a £400m stake.

Reports on Monday suggested that Indian-based IT giant Infosys – founded by the father of Mr Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty – is still operating in Moscow despite promising a month ago it was leaving.

Shadow economic secretary Tulip Siddiq called on the chancellor to clarify when the company’s Russian office will be shut down and whether he or any of his immediate family are benefiting from its continued operation.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the details.

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Johnson to evoke Churchill as he tells Ukrainian parliament this is country’s ‘finest hour’

The prime minister will be the first western leader to address the Verkhovna Rada in Kyiv by video link, almost two months after president Volodymyr Zelensky gave his own message to the House of Commons.

Mr Johnson will say that the UK is “proud to be among Ukraine’s friends” and will announce a new £300m package of defensive military aid, including electronic warfare kit, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night-vision devices.

More about his address to Ukraine’s parliament in this report by Andrew Woodcock.

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Welcome back to The Independent’s liveblog where we are resuming the updates on UK Politics for 3 May 2022.

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Or else keep scrolling to catch up on the day’s political events.

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Opinion | Will the Northern Ireland elections finally end a relentless game of tug of war?

“In Northern Ireland, we live in a perpetual game of tug of war,” my colleague Caolán Magee writes for Independent Voices.

“On one side of the rope stands nationalists and republicans who pull in the direction of closer ties with the Republic of Ireland, with the eventual goal of a united Ireland. Unionists and loyalists stand on the other side of the rope, pulling in the direction of Britain, to solidify Northern Ireland’s status in the United Kingdom.

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is because political decisions are taken in the context of the constitutional question, with little consideration given to whether these decisions will materially improve people’s lives.

“An inch is given, a mile taken, before the rope cannot withstand the tension and it snaps. Republicans and loyalists fall into the mud and splash the onlookers of the sectarian spectacle. Historically, this came in the form of bombings and killings. Today, it comes in the form of assembly collapses.”

He adds: “For this election, Sinn Fein has put down the rope and joined the crowd of onlookers watching the DUP tangle themselves in knots. A new generation of voters wants to unshackle themselves from a rope that has pitted the two communities against each other for a century.”

You can read his analysis in full here:

Andy Gregory2 May 2022 20:14

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