Boris Johnson news live: PM admits he was wrong on Partygate

Neil Parish resigns after admitting to watching pornography in the Commons

Boris Johnson has admitted that the financial support offered by his government is not enough to “help cover everybody” through the cost of living crisis in the months ahead.

The prime minister again rejected Labour’s call for a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas giants despite BP recording record £5bn profits – insisting that fossil firms “have to invest”.

In the same interview, the PM insisted he was an “honest” politician as he was quizzed about the Partygate scandal ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

Earlier Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the international trade secretary, rejected the idea that the PM’s position would be at greater risk when the election results come in.

Reports say that some rebel MPs who have been trying to remove him from office over the Partygate scandal could renew their efforts as early as Friday.

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Home secretary could face legal action over Ukraine visa delays

Would-be sponsors under the Homes for Ukraine visa scheme are threatening home secretary Priti Patel with legal action on behalf of hundreds of Ukrainian refugees who have spent weeks waiting to come to the UK.

A class action lawsuit is being prepared over “inordinate and unreasonable delays” in processing hundreds of visa applications made in March.

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 10:35

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Full report: Boris Johnson insists he is honest person and truth ‘matters very much to me’

In his GMB interview earlier, Boris Johnson insisted that he is an “honest” person who does his best to tell the truth, despite admitting he was “inadvertently” wrong to say all Covid rules had been followed in Downing Street.

Our politics reporter Adam Forrest has the full story:

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 10:19

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Ukraine refugees stranded as Home Office acceptance letters ‘delayed or sent to spam folder’

Ukrainians accepted by the government’s refugee scheme are being stranded outside the UK because of problems sending them confirmation letters, The Independent has learned.

Our policy correspondent Jon Stone reports:

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 10:05

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Starmer repeats call for windfall tax on oil and gas giants

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has repeated his call for a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas giants to help with the cost of living crisis, which he said is the “number one issue” for voters.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s the single most pressing issue keeping people up at night, and political parties have to have an answer to that problem because not only have bills gone up but the government has chosen to impose more tax on people in the middle of a cost of living crisis.”

He added: “Our answer on the energy bills crisis is that we should have a windfall tax on oil and gas companies in the North Sea in relation to the profits they didn’t expect to make because the global prices have been so high.”

He went on: “Of course there needs to be investment for renewables, of course we need a much stronger energy security strategy, but what we’re talking about here is the profit that the companies didn’t expect to make.”

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 09:50

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Cost of living support ‘isn’t enough’ to help everyone, admits Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has admitted that the financial support offered by his government is not enough to “help cover everybody” through the cost of living crisis in the months ahead.

Our politics reporter Adam Forrest has the story:

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 09:43

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PM – we’re doing ‘everything we can’ on cost of living

Boris Johnson has insisted the government is doing “everything we can” to help with the cost of living crisis.

In an interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the PM warned that increasing state support beyond its current levels could drive inflation even higher.

There is a “global context” caused by a surge in energy prices which is hitting all aspects of the economy including food, he said, adding: “The cost of chickens is crazy.”

On energy, Mr Johnson said: “This country is in the insane position of having to take in, pipe in, electricity from France and elsewhere because we haven’t done enough to invest in our own security of energy and electricity.”

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 09:35

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PM – UK could have reacted faster on Ukraine refugees

Boris Johnson has admitted the UK could have reacted faster in helping Ukrainian refugees.

The PM said “large numbers” of those fleeing the war are now coming to Britain.

In an interview with Susanna Reid on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he defended current efforts to take in refugees.

“Well, we have done a huge amount to help Ukrainian women and children in the area but we’re now seeing large numbers come to the UK,” he said.

“So far 86,000 visas have been issued and 27,000 are already here and I want to say ‘thank you’ – 27,000 is a lot and it’s growing fast and I want to pay tribute to all those who are helping to look after Ukrainians.

“Could we have done it faster? Yes, perhaps we could.”

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 09:23

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PM – attacks on British diplomats in Ukraine ‘totally beyond the pale’

Boris Johnson has said any threat or attack on British diplomats in Ukraine is “totally beyond the pale”.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain about the UK’s ambassador, the PM said: “I’m proud of our diplomats in Ukraine and Melinda Simmons, who is going back to open the embassy and she has done an amazing job.”

Mr Johnson added that threats toward British diplomats are “totally beyond the pale” and that there is “no justification for it”.

He said the UK has “led the world in helping the Ukrainians to protect themselves against wanton aggression, barbaric aggression” and later added that the UK has also “marshalled the world in delivering a very tough package of economic sanctions”.

“We are not saying we are doing this to drive some geopolitical change or have some outcome in Moscow,” he said.

“What we care about is Ukrainian people and their suffering. It is totally unjustifiable to have a free country like Ukraine to be overwhelmed and obliterated like it has been.”

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 08:56

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PM – I am honest

Boris Johnson tells interviewer Susanna Reid he is “honest” when asked about his statements to the Commons on Partygate.

The PM has faced accusations that he misled the house when he told MPs all rules were followed during lockdown.

Accepting that what he told the Commons was “inadvertently” wrong, he said: “I do my best to represent faithfully and accurately what I believe, and sometimes it’s controversial and sometimes it offends people, but that’s what I do.”

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 08:44

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PM interviewed ahead of local elections

Boris Johnson is being interviewed by ITV ahead of the local elections on Thursday.

Stay tuned as the PM is questioned about Partygate, the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine.

Later he will become the first western leader to address Ukraine’s parliament.

Matt Mathers3 May 2022 08:38

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