Boris Johnson news – live: Latest news on oil crisis at start of Conservative conference
Target your business ‘the normal way’, Boris Johnson tells motorists in fuel crisis
The oil crisis is a “good lesson” on the need to end the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels and speed up the transition to electric vehicles, an environment minister said.
Zac Goldsmith said The independent that the shortages had underscored how Britain and the world needed to ‘break free’ from dependence on these fuels in the fight against climate change.
His comments came as the crisis threatened to overshadow the Tories’ annual conference, which begins today in Manchester.
Boris Johnson pledged to “change and improve” the economy and insisted the UK can no longer rely on “low-wage immigration” as the military has been called in to help deliver gasoline this weekend.
Motorists have been hit by long lines at gas stations amid shortages this week, while concerns are also expressed about food shortages in stores this winter.
Boris Johnson told the BBC Andrew Marr Show that people should “trust the police” despite concerns over the murder of Sarah Everard by a Met police officer who used her position to kidnap her.
However, the prime minister added that members of the public should “ask for help” if they are suspicious of the way they are being treated by an officer.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 9:44 AM
People will be able to get turkeys for Christmas, Dowden insists
Conservative President Oliver Dowden has insisted that people will be able to get turkeys for Christmas amid concerns about shortages this winter.
Mr Dowden told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips Sunday that there were supply chain issues around the world due to truck driver shortages, but turkey production issues were being resolved.
“We will make sure that people have their turkeys for Christmas,” he said. “I know Environment Secretary George Eustice is absolutely at the top of his list.”
He added that ministers were “working tirelessly” to address fuel shortages, with the problems greater in the south than in the north of England.
“For example, here in Manchester, I was out yesterday and didn’t see any issues with petrol stations, you can get fuel quite easily,” Mr Dowden said.
“There is clearly still a problem in London and the South East and people are feeling deeply frustrated and I share their anger and frustration at not being able to access petrol.
“This is why the government is working tirelessly to resolve this situation.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 9:31 AM
Oliver Dowden also told Sky News this morning that he believes the Metropolitan Police have “very serious questions” to answer about the Sarah Everard murder, but that he believes Commissioner Cressida Dick should be given the option to stay. at his post.
You can find his comments below:
“Very serious questions” for Cressida Dick after the murder of Sarah Everard, declares the minister.mp4
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 9:16 AM
Conservative Party Co-Chair Asked About 2023 Election Plans
Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden declined to say whether Boris Johnson plans an early general election in 2023, arguing the government is focused on “helping the British people”.
“At the moment we are absolutely focused on getting the job done, on making sure we deliver for the people of Britain,” Mr Dowden said.
“I can assure you that the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, the Home Secretary, they are not speculating on the elections, day in and day out, their sleeves are rolled up, they are focusing on what matters to the people.”
When asked again if there would be an early election, the Minister added: “It is not my job to call an election, but we know full well that the usual electoral cycle would take us until 2024. , but it depends entirely on the Prime Minister. . “
You can find all of his comments below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 9:12 AM
Conservative Party co-chair Oliver Dowden said he and Boris Johnson “strongly disagreed” with a Conservative police commissioner’s comments on the murder of Sarah Everard.
North Yorkshire Commissioner Philip Allott is the subject of calls for resignation after suggesting Ms Everard should exercise caution when approached by a police officer who kidnapped and murdered her.
You can find Mr. Dowden’s full comments below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 8:56 AM
Boris Johnson went jogging this morning ahead of his BBC appearance Andrew Marr Show in what appears to be a work shirt …
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 8:48 AM
Public anger over oil crisis threatens to eclipse Conservative conference
More than half of Britons believe Boris Johnson is doing a poor job of securing essential supplies, such as gasoline, and keeping the cost of living low after Brexit, according to a new poll.
Savanta ComRes research for The independent found that 54 percent of voters thought the prime minister had done wrong, compared to just over a third (36 percent) who thought he had done right.
Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 8:40 AM
Less than one in five supports Johnson’s universal credit cut, poll finds
Fewer than one in five voters support Boris Johnson’s planned £ 20-a-week cut to universal credit, new poll shows The independent.
Savanta ComRes research showed only 19% of voters supported the proposal, while 35% said they thought the £ 20 increase should stay and 24% said it should stay and be returned more generous – a total of 59% in favor of the elevation.
Even among conservative voters, only 34% felt it was right to reduce the advantage, while 43% said it should be maintained or increased and 13% said it should be maintained but at a reduced rate.
Our political editor, Andrew Woodcock, has more details on the opposition to the planned cut below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 8:26 AM
Leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warn of cutting universal credit
Leaders from the UK’s three decentralized nations have come together to call on the Westminster government to drop the planned £ 20 per week cut in universal credit (UC) payments.
Leaders from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have warned that cutting benefits would leave millions across the UK facing an “unprecedented squeeze” in household budgets.
The temporary increase in UC, announced last year at the start of the pandemic, began to slow down towards the end of September and will end this week.
In a joint letter to Boris Johnson, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, Welshman Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland’s Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill said there was still time to change their mind.
“Your government is withdrawing this lifeline as the country faces a major cost of living crisis,” they said.
“This winter, millions of people face an untenable combination of rising food and energy costs, rising inflation, the end of the holiday scheme and an impending increase in contributions to national insurance.
“There is no reason to cut such crucial support at a time when people across the UK are facing unprecedented cuts to their family budgets.”
Leaders also warned that a £ 500million fund announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to prove discretionary payments to the most vulnerable was a “wholly inadequate” replacement for the £ 6 billion provided by the uprising.
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 8:11 AM
The fuel crisis is a “good lesson” on the need to act on the climate, according to the minister
The oil crisis is a “good lesson” on the need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, according to Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith.
As drivers line up to refuel and many garages run dry, Lord Goldsmith dismissed fears the crisis would make it harder to gain public support for a deal to tackle the emergency climate at the Cop26 summit next month.
Our Deputy Political Editor, Rob merrick, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanOctober 3, 2021 7:57 AM