News Corp owner was the only media baron the prime minister saw in his first three monthsBoris Johnson saw Rupert Murdoch for a “social meeting” on the day he signalled his intention to seek a general election last year, according to new transparency disclosures.Johnson saw the media billionaire on 2 September, the day when Downing Street briefed that he would be seeking an autumn election if his Brexit plans were thwarted. In the event the election was pushed back to December. Continue reading...
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Brexit: Boris Johnson threatening to deselect Tory rebels to provoke early election, claims Gauke - live news
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to Boris Johnson’s threat...Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to Boris Johnson’s threat to remove whip from Tory MPs who vote against him on Brexit 9.13am BST The Tory rebels who are planning to vote for legislation intended to block a no-deal Brexit on 31 October don’t actually have a leader - Philip Hammond, Sir Oliver Letwin and Rory Stewart are all key players - but they do have a nickname, the Gaukeward squad, making David Gauke, the former justice secretary, at least their eponymous figurehead.On the Today programme this morning Gauke said he thought Boris Johnson was trying to orchestrate an early election. (See 8.52am.) Here are some other lines from his interview.Frankly, there’s not a credible plan coming from the government to be able to leave with a deal on October 31. I would say it’s a 95% chance, to be honest, that if parliament does not act this week that we will leave without a deal on October 31.The rule of law is hugely important to this country and I am concerned by some of the briefings that have been put out by the government suggesting that they won’t comply with the law, and I think Michael was equivocal on that question yesterday. I think it would be very helpful if the government could clarify that they believe in the rule of law. 8.52am BST Good morning. With MPs returning to the House of Commons tomorrow, and the Brexit confrontation between Boris Johnson’s government and parliament set to climax in MPs trying to pass legislation this week to rule out a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, last night Johnson escalated hostilities by, as Jessica Elgot puts it in the Guardian’s splash, threatening to “blow up his own parliamentary majority and withdraw the whip from dozens of Conservative MPs if they back plans to stop no-deal Brexit”. Here is the full story. Related: Johnson could sacrifice majority by withdrawing whip from rebel MPs If true, this would be staggeringly hypocritical: 8 members of the current cabinet have defied the party whip this year. I want to honour our 2017 manifesto which promised a “smooth and orderly” exit and a “deep and special partnership” with the EU. Not an undemocratic No Deal. https://t.co/045od2lsvDHe’s all you say. But he’s not alone. https://t.co/VXrhV1PWK8And me too I hopeIt’s a very odd way [of trying to win round rebel MPs]. Normally there would be plenty of cajoling, friends in the cabinet would be phoning up saying, ‘Come on, why won’t you support the government, give them a bit more time.’ None of that is happening. The usual operational isn’t particularly happening. It does seem to me that they’re almost goading people into voting against the government because I think their strategy, to be honest, is to lose this week and then seek a general election having removed those of use who are not against Brexit, not against leaving the European Union, but believe we should do so with a deal. Continue reading...