Boris Johnson live news: Treasury asked for backing for energy crisis as No 10 backs Kwarteng amid talks
Kwasi Kwarteng did not “tell the pigs” of industry support, says minister
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng today addressed a formal request to the Treasury for support to industries affected by high energy prices.
He made the request on behalf of industries – such as manufacturing – that rely heavily on energy and would be negatively affected by sky-high gas and electricity costs.
A government source confirmed The independent that BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) had submitted a plan to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s department, but the details of the proposals were not immediately clear.
The move comes after an argument in which the Treasury denied it was in discussions with Mr Kwarteng.
A Treasury source told Sky News on Sunday that they “weren’t involved in any discussion” and also accused Kwarteng of “making things up in interviews.”
Today, a source from BEIS told the channel the comment was “appalling”, adding “there was no need for a brutal slap.”
Downing Street has poured cold water on allegations that Mr Kwarteng lied that his services and those of Mr Sunak were in talks.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “As you might expect, BEIS ministers are working across government, including with the Treasury, on this important issue, the challenges the industry is currently facing in light of global gas prices, and it will continue. “
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NI premier refuses to say if all DUP MPs are vaccinated
Northern Ireland’s Prime Minister Paul Givan declined to say whether all DUP MPs (members of the Legislative Assembly) have received the Covid-19 vaccine.
He was challenged by SDLP MP Pat Catney to confirm whether all MPs in his party received both doses of the jab.
Mr Givan said he “regrets this request” in part because “we are not doing it for any other type of disease.”
He added: “I got my vaccination, I took both vaccines, but the way people try to coerce people is actually counterproductive. “
Mr Catney urged him to introduce a compulsory Covid vaccine certificate.
Mr Givan said the “overwhelming majority” of people over 50 have been vaccinated and mandatory vaccine certificates would require consideration of equality impact considerations.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 5:25 PM
Boris statue’s hands covered in oil to protest against the oil field
A fake oil-splattered statue of Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood outside Downing Street.
The statue, created by artist Hugo Farmer, bears a sign that read: “Cambo Oil Field: Boris Johnson’s Monumental Climate Failure.” “
Greenpeace activists have called on the government to end the UK’s dependence on oil and urge Mr Johnson not to sign a new permit to drill at the Cambo oil field, west of the Shetlands.
A number of protesters came to the statue – whose hands were completely covered in black oil – to campaign against a controversial new drilling site.
The protest involved around 40 people, 16 of whom were locked to barrels and the statue, while others held banners reading “Boris: Stop Cambo”.
The government appears poised to move forward with plans which, if approved, would produce 170 million barrels of oil and generate emissions equivalent to the annual carbon pollution of 18 coal-fired power plants – according to the group campaign campaign Stop Cambo.
The Metropolitan Police made seven arrests on suspicion of obstruction of the highway and removed all barrels.
Lamiat SabinOctober 11, 2021 4:50 PM
DUP boycott of north-south meetings “illegal” – High Court
The DUP’s boycott of north-south meetings to protest the Northern Ireland protocol is illegal, a High Court judge has ruled.
Judge Scoffield delivered the statement in Belfast High Court after a Belfast man, Sean Napier, initiated judicial review proceedings over the legality of the DUP movement.
Lamiat Sabin11 October 2021 16:30
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Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 4:10 PM
UK’s biggest port ‘struggles’ 10 weeks before Christmas – report
ITV Joël Collines reports the following:
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 4:00 PM
Ministers urged to consider one-off tax as energy prices soar
Labor MP Darren Jones, chairman of the trade, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) select committee, today urged the government to put in place a one-off tax on companies that make big profits from soaring fuel prices. gas.
He told BBC Radio 4 World in one program:
“One thing I want Rishi Sunak and the Treasury to do is consider a one-off tax on gas producers, who are currently making huge profits due to global gas price fluctuations.
“Everyone is looking for money to help consumers and businesses in these difficult times, and it has to come from somewhere.
“Kwasi Kwarteng told me for my selection [committee] a few weeks ago they were studying the concept of a one-off tax, but it seems to me that the treasury did not bother to do the math and does not want to get involved in this problem.
When asked if the windfall tax would be applied internationally, the Bristol North West MP said: “Frankly, that’s the job of the Treasury.”
Earlier, commenting on the ‘conflict’ between the BEIS and the Treasury, Mr Jones tweeted:
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:50 PM
What is the United Nations climate conference and why is it important?
COP26, the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, will finally begin in Glasgow, Scotland, in late October, a year after it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hosted by the UK under the chairmanship of former Business Secretary Alok Sharma and in partnership with Italy, the summit at the city’s SEC Center will bring together the largest gathering of world leaders ever to meet on British soil during of its 12 days of From Sunday October 31 to Friday November 12.
The 197 signatories or “parties” to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will all be represented in Glasgow, along with tens of thousands of negotiators, government officials, business and activists, hoping all make their voices heard and see a comprehensive plan developed to achieve the goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement and avert the global climate catastrophe our planet is facing.
So what will be discussed at the meeting and why is it so important? Joe Sommerland look more closely.
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:40 PM
No 10 trash allegations made in “quotes from anonymous sources”
Our political correspondent Ashley cowburn reports the following:
When asked if the prime minister had spoken to Sunak / Kwarteng about their extraordinary fall-out, a spokesperson for No 10 said, “This is not how I would qualify according to an anonymous quote.
“As you might expect, BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) ministers are working across government, including with the Treasury on this important issue, the challenges facing industry. is currently facing in light of global gas prices and will continue. “
Emphasizing that Treasury officials have been involved in intergovernmental work, they added: “This is a significant challenge, and there is work across government to alleviate it.”
Pressed to find out if Kwarteng was “making things up,” the spokesperson said, “Again, I am not going into quotes from anonymous sources.”
Asked whether ‘other mitigation measures’ would include financial support, they continued,’ I’m not going to preempt future conversations – it’s just that we continue to listen carefully to what the industry and that we discuss with the whole government to see if any action is necessary to mitigate the challenges.
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:27 PM
Industries are “encouraged” by BEIS in talks with sectors about the energy crisis
Some more expert comments on the energy crisis now.
Andrew Grand, Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries, said:
“We are delighted that there is agreement within BEIS on the need for urgent action.
“Constructive discussions are continuing at a steady pace on a package of measures aimed at offering immediate support during the current crisis, but also addressing longer-term issues related to uncompetitive UK energy prices.
“We will comment in more detail once the outcome of these discussions is known. “
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 3:06 PM
PM “works on vacation” – a week after telling workers to go back to office
The Daily Mirror‘s Pippa crerar reports the following, amid comments from Boris Johnson last week about the need for workers to return to their offices full time.
Sam hancockOctober 11, 2021 2:55 PM