Boris Johnson should not ‘willfully blame’ Downing Street parties, says minister
In Westminster itself, not much – Parliament is in recess this week, meaning we’ll wait until next Monday for any action in the House of Commons or Lords.
It allows Boris Johnson to swap SW1 for Scotland and then the North of England this morning as part of his ‘upgrade tour’, which will see him visit a range of research and development projects – and many sure a manufacturing site, adding to a rather large collection of photos of the Prime Minister in high visibility in recent weeks.
After his phone on BBC Radio Newcastle (see today’s blog posts from 8:38 a.m. to 8:52 p.m.)Sir Keir Starmer is also touring the north this week in the hope of winning back some of Labour’s support in the red wall.
In Sunderland today he will condemn the ‘rise in youth violence under the Tories’ as Labor seeks to distance itself from the Corbyn years on law and order.
So much so that Steve Reed, the Shadow Justice Secretary, told the Mirror that Tony Blair “got it right” with his “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” approach – adding: “I think that when Jeremy Corbyn was in charge, we gave the impression that we were more concerned with the criminals than with their victims.”
The extremely serious situation on the Russian-Ukrainian border is of course the driving force of the day on the foreign news front. This blog will cover you with major developments and the political reaction, while my colleague Marcus Parekh has all the details in our up-to-the-minute coverage.