Liz Truss news live: Penny Mordaunt tells PM benefits should rise with inflation

Damian Green, the former work and pensions secretary, said Liz Truss has “probably not” got the support in the House of Commons to prevent an inflation-linked rise to benefits. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “If people are already struggling, and many of these people will be, then making them struggle more is not a … Read more

time has come to take on European court interfering with migrant deportations

Suella Braverman will on Tuesday pledge to prevent human rights laws “interfering” with the UK’s ability to deport illegal migrants by introducing a new law barring anyone who crosses the Channel from claiming asylum in Britain.  The Home Secretary will accuse the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg of “mission creep” by “grossly expanding” … Read more

Bus driver who swerved in front of ‘annoying’ cyclist appeals against being sacked

A bus driver enraged by a cyclist in the middle of the road was sacked after swerving in front of the bike, an employment tribunal heard. Samir William allegedly became incensed because he felt the male cyclist had delayed the bus’s journey by pedalling in front of it. To bypass the cyclist, Mr William swerved … Read more

Royal Navy sends frigate to North Sea after Nord Stream ‘sabotage’

A Royal Navy frigate was on Monday night sent to the North Sea in a show of force after a suspected Russian attack on the Nord Stream pipeline. The Ministry of Defence said it was looking to reassure partners after the pipelines in the Nord Stream network burst in an act of suspected sabotage near … Read more

Liz Truss takes on Tory rebels in battle to rein in benefits

Mel Stride, the Tory Treasury committee chairman, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that more mini-Budget U-turns may be needed. “It may be there will be even yet further requirements to unwind some of those positions,” he said. Esther McVey, the former work and pensions secretary, told a fringe event: “I have to say … Read more

Man charged with murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel appears in court

The parents of Olivia Pratt-Korbel came face to face with the man accused of her murder on Monday when he appeared in court charged with shooting dead the nine-year-old inside her home in August. Cheryl Korbel, 46, who was also injured in the shooting, and John Francis Pratt, 55, sat in the public gallery of … Read more

A New Transformers Game Might Be Coming To Switch Next Year

Image: Nickelodeon After the release of promising but all too easy Transformers: Battlegrounds back in 2020, we have been wondering where those robots in disguise have disappeared to (presumably an industrial estate parking lot just off the M4). However, two years on, Battlegrounds’ publisher Outright Games has announced that the engines are running on a … Read more

Ignore the hyperbolic overreactions to the 45p U-turn

One minute you are cock of the walk, the next a feather duster, as the former tabloid editor Piers Morgan would put it. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will be getting off lightly if this is the worst that is said about him after his rapid about-turn on cutting the 45 per cent top rate of income … Read more

Ireland deserves no apology for Brexit

The comments by Steve Baker at the Tory conference have caused significant angst amongst unionists and loyalists in Northern Ireland, feeding the perception that this Government is continuing the tradition of its predecessors in putting the interests of nationalists and the Irish government above those of unionists. Put simply: unionists must give, nationalists must get.  … Read more

Liz Truss has become another Theresa May

So, it transpires that, unlike her heroine, the lady IS for turning. At the very first opportunity, Liz Truss has folded on a signature policy – reducing the upper rate of income tax from 45 pence to 40 pence. No one can say there weren’t warnings of her flakiness: during the leadership election she similarly … Read more