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Boris Johnson’s Conservatives win Hartlepool From “International: Top News And Analysis”



LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 06, 2021: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds walk to a polling station at Methodist Central Hall in London to cast their votes in the local elections, on 06 May, 2021 in London, England.Barcroft Media | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesLONDON — Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has convincingly won a byelection in the northern English town of Hartlepool, cementing its strong footing across working class areas of the country that once belonged to the rival Labour party.Jill Mortimer beat Labour’s Paul Williams by nearly 7,000 votes, according to the count announced on Friday morning, and became the first Conservative to win the seat since the constituency was formed in 1974.By-elections happen in Britain when a seat in the House of Commons becomes vacant in between general elections. The win will be seen as a barometer for the current mood in the country as it slowly reopens after strict coronavirus lockdown measures. Johnson was heavily criticized for the initial response to the pandemic, and with over 127,000 reported fatalities, Britain has one of the worst death rates in Europe and the world.But Johnson has also been at the forefront of a successful vaccination campaign, with over 50% of the country’s population now having received at least one dose of a vaccine. Political pundits have noted that the prime minister might be enjoying a “vaccine bounce,” but the result in Hartlepool does underline the trend seen at the last general election in 2019.The result will be a huge blow to Labour and its new moderate leader Keir Starmer. Other elections this week for local council seats also look to be a disappointment for the opposition party.Steve Reed, a shadow communities secretary for Labour, told BBC Radio on Friday: “There’s no hiding from the fact this is a shattering result for Labour.”







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Queen and Boris Johnson lead tributes to Northern Ireland on centenary | Northern Ireland From “World news | The Guardian”



Northern Ireland has marked its centenary with low-key commemorations, reflecting a mixed mood of pride, resentment and post-Brexit uncertainty.The Queen and Boris Johnson led tributes to the region on its 100th birthday on Monday with carefully worded statements that praised its people while acknowledging a troubled history and polarised society.Advocates of a united Ireland made their own statement by draping a giant banner over a tower block in west Belfast urging the region to leave the UK. “A united Ireland is for everyone. Let’s talk about it,” said the banner, which had a Sinn Féin logo. It was later removed.Several band parades, church services and other small-scale events, operating under pandemic restrictions, were held across the region.Northern Ireland was created on 3 May 1921 when the Government of Ireland Act came into effect and partitioned the island, leaving its six north-eastern counties under British rule and dominated by a Protestant majority that discriminated against the Catholic minority.The Queen said the anniversary was a reminder of a complex history that invited reflection on togetherness and diversity. “In Northern Ireland today, there is, perhaps, more than ever, a rich mix of identities, backgrounds and aspirations, and an outward-looking and optimistic mindset,” said her statement.“The political progress in Northern Ireland and the peace process is rightly credited to a generation of leaders who had the vision and courage to put reconciliation before division. But above all, the continued peace is a credit to its people, upon whose shoulders the future rests.”The prime minister said centenary events in the coming months would exhibit the region’s accomplishments. “The government will continue to showcase all the brilliant things Northern Ireland contributes to the rest of the UK and the world, from its world-class fintech industry and research capabilities to its inspiring young people and its vibrant culture of arts and sport.”Johnson’s statement added: “It is also important that we pause to reflect on the complex history of the last 100 years. People from all parts of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and across the globe will approach this anniversary in different ways, with differing perspectives.”Gerry Adams, the former Sinn Féin leader, published an essay recalling violence against Catholics in the early years of Northern Ireland, calling it a “pogrom” that launched decades of state-sanctioned violence against nationalists and Catholics. Adams also tweeted what has become a Sinn Féin rallying cry: “Time4unity.”The SDLP leader, Colum Eastwood, said Northern Ireland had reached a fork in the road. “It’s time we had a meaningful conversation about where we go next.”Ireland’s president, Michael D Higgins, said that instead of calling for a united Ireland it was better to call for a united vision against violence and “false differences”.The UK government has set aside £3m for centenary events in the coming months, including tree-planting, an online concert, a business conference, a postmark and a church service.Efforts to forge a united political front to mark the anniversary foundered. Sinn Féin and the SDLP boycotted a panel coordinating the commemorations. Sinn Féin also blocked the erection of a stone in the shape of Northern Ireland at the Stormont assembly.Unionists have expressed pride in Northern Ireland’s contribution to the UK, singling out arts, culture, sport and industry, but political developments along with Covid-19 dampened any festive spirit.Unionist leaders fear the post-Brexit Irish Sea trade border will untether the region from the UK just as Catholics seem poised to outnumber Protestants for the first time. A party revolt last week toppled Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist party leader and first minister. The possibility of Scotland seceding from the union has also fuelled anxiety and focused attention on this week’s Scottish election.







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UK’s Boris Johnson faces more questions over personal spending From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced more allegations on Sunday about his expenditure on the refurbishment of his apartment and on childcare for his young son. AP PhotoLONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced more allegations on Sunday about his expenditure on the refurbishment of his apartment and on childcare for his young son, which his foreign minister dismissed as baseless gossip. Johnson has repeatedly weathered gaffes, crises over Brexit and disclosures of his adultery, but the revelation that he and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, spent lavishly to redecorate their residence with a designer feted by royalty has touched a nerve. One of the leaders of the 2016 campaign to leave the European Union, Johnson is grappling with a stream of allegations about both his expenditure and the management of his core team at the centre of the British government that opponents say show he is unfit for office. Johnson has repeatedly said that he paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street apartment, but the Electoral Commission says it has grounds to suspect an offence has been committed in the funding of the work. The Sunday Times said the total cost of the work was around 200,000 pounds ($276,000) and that one invoice was settled by a Conservative Party donor directly – a benefit-in-kind that would need to be declared to tax authorities. The newspaper also reported that a Conservative Party donor had been asked to pay for a nanny for Johnson’s young son, Wilfred. “I don’t mind paying for leaflets but I resent being asked to pay to literally wipe the prime minister’s baby’s bottom,” the unidentified donor was quoted as saying. The Conservative Party and Johnson’s Downing Street office declined to comment on the report. ‘Tittle tattle’Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declined to answer directly who initially paid for the work and said he had “no idea” if a donor had been asked to pay for Johnson’s childcare. “The last issue you asked about is an example of tittle tattle,” Raab told Sky TV. He said Johnson had been “crystal clear” about the expenditure on the refurbishment of the apartment. Before local elections on Thursday across most of Britain, some opinion surveys show Johnson’s ratings have dipped. His party also faces a parliamentary by-election in Hartlepool, northern England, which the opposition Labour Party has controlled for decades. Such is uproar over the cost of the Downing Street refurbishment that Johnson last week even expressed his “love” for John Lewis, a retailer adored by millions of British voters. Tatler magazine had cited an unidentified source as saying the work had improved the apartment after the “John Lewis furniture nightmare” inherited from former Prime Minister Theresa May. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Senior Tory says UK PM Boris Johnson should quit if rules broken From “World News Headlines, Latest International News, World Breaking News – Times of India”



A senior British Conservative broke ranks to call for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation if it is proven that he broke government rules over the funding of a lavish revamp of his Downing Street flat. AP PhotoLONDON: A senior British Conservative broke ranks on Sunday to call for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation if it is proven that he broke government rules over the funding of a lavish revamp of his Downing Street flat. The call from Douglas Ross, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, came as new opinion polls showed the ruling party’s lead over the main opposition Labour party has been slashed, ahead of British local elections on Thursday. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Conservative party took seriously an investigation by the powerful Electoral Commission into the apartment funding, but dismissed the allegations as “tittle-tattle”. He told Sky News television that Johnson had been “crystal clear” about paying for the redecoration himself, although Labour and others point out that he has failed to answer if the bill was secretly footed by a party donor initially. Raab also said he had “no idea” if the prime minister had sought help from Conservative donors to pay for his childcare and personal trainer, as reported by the Sunday Times. The newspaper quoted one donor as saying: “I don’t mind paying for leaflets, but I resent being asked to pay to literally wipe the prime minister’s baby’s bottom.” The Electoral Commission announced Wednesday it was opening an investigation into the redecoration, which could potentially involve the police, after Johnson and his fiancee reportedly ran up a bill approaching £200,000 ($280,000, 230,000 euros). Ross was asked on BBC television if the prime minister should quit if found to be in breach of the ministerial code. “Of course,” replied the Scottish Conservative, who is trying to shore up the party’s support in Scotland against pro-independence parties in Thursday’s elections. A ‘farrago of nonsense’?”I think people expect the highest standards of those in the highest office of the land, that’s why I think people are looking at the investigations that are currently ongoing and waiting for the answers,” Ross said. The Electoral Commission is looking at whether any party donations were legally declared, and Downing Street has launched two probes itself into the refurbishment. Johnson on Thursday dismissed the row as a “farrago of nonsense”, but the new opinion polls suggested Labour’s repeated attacks on government “sleaze” are starting to pay off. A Focaldata survey for the Sunday Times said the Conservatives’ previous strong lead had been wiped out and their UK-wide support now stood at 40 per cent, just a point above Labour. Another poll by Opinium said the Conservative lead had fallen from 11 points to five, with Johnson’s party registering 42 per cent to Labour’s 37 per cent. Johnson tried to regain the electoral initiative with a comment piece in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, calling for tougher action on drug criminals and on a wave of thefts of dogs. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail







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Keir Starmer attacks ‘Major Sleaze’ Boris Johnson over ‘cash for curtains’ row | Boris Johnson From “World news | The Guardian”



A furious Boris Johnson tried to fight off allegations he broke donation reporting rules, as Sir Keir Starmer branded him “Major Sleaze” in the “cash for curtains” row increasingly engulfing the prime minister.An hour after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation and said there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect payments for renovations to Johnson’s Downing Street flat could constitute several offences, the prime minister was accused of focusing on petty personal issues instead of the pandemic.Starmer said Johnson had been found to be nipping out to choose wallpaper at more than £800 a roll and phoning newspaper editors to “moan” about his former adviser Dominic Cummings, and accused the government of being “mired in sleaze, cronyism and scandal”.In a heated clash at prime minister’s questions, Johnson said Labour’s interest in whether he was given or lent £58,000 to pay for a makeover to his residence was “absolutely bizarre”, and said the “credulity of the public” was “strained to breaking point” with Starmer’s questions.Johnson repeatedly refused to deny that last year he was given the cash – which has not yet been published in any declarations. He insisted he had repaid sums to the Cabinet Office “personally”, but dodged calls to say who had footed the initial bill.Tory MPs have been privately ramping up pressure on Johnson to come clean over whether a Tory peer helped fund the works to the No 11 residence he lives in with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and their son, Wilfred.Starmer asked why Britain’s most senior civil servant, the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, had been asked to look into the source of the payments. “Why doesn’t the prime minister just tell him. That would be the end of the investigation,” the Labour leader inquired.Johnson said: “I have covered the costs, I have met the requirements that have been advised to me in full.” He added: “Any further declaration I have to make, if any, I will be advised upon.”But Starmer said the public would be screaming at their televisions in exasperation at Johnson refusing to directly answer the questions. He added that the Conservatives had been found to be handing out “dodgy contracts”, “jobs for their mates” and “cash for access”.He labelled Johnson “Major Sleaze” – a retort to the prime minister’s moniker for him of Captain Hindsight – and said the public deserved a prime minister they could trust.Raising his voice so the sound from the microphone in front of him became distorted, Johnson insisted he was “getting on with delivering on people’s priorities”, and lamented: “He goes on and on about wallpaper.”Johnson also repeated his denial that he said just before deciding to order England’s second national lockdown: “Let the bodies pile high in their thousands.” He called on Starmer – and the Scottish National party’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, who asked if he was a “liar” – to publish the identities of the multiple sources, to substantiate the claim.The “cash for curtains” row – as it has been labelled by some in Westminster – exploded over the weekend, when Cummings published an incendiary blogpost that made several claims of impropriety against Johnson.Cummings said he had told the prime minister “his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended”.A Conservative party spokesperson insisted, after the Electoral Commission inquiry was launched, that “all reportable donations have been transparently and correctly declared and published”, and said they would “work constructively” with the watchdog.Johnson’s press secretary said the prime minister would cooperate fully with the inquiry but that he had not been contacted for information thus far and added the inquiry is into the party’s actions.She declined to comment on whether Johnson or his fiancee would hand over evidence, including phone messages, if asked. “It’s a matter for Conservative party as a political party … they will provide all necessary information to assist the commission,” she said.Also investigating the issue will be the government’s new adviser on ministerial standards, Christopher Geidt. His post had been vacant for months, following the resignation of Alex Allan, who quit when Johnson overrode his finding that the home secretary, Priti Patel, broke the ministerial code by bullying staff.Lord Geidt, who was private secretary to the Queen for a decade until 2017, will begin an immediate inquiry into the flat refurbishment payments.







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UK PM Boris Johnson Faces Formal Probe Over Downing Street Apartment Renovation Funding From “NDTV News – World-news”



UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his visit to a farm in Wrexham, Wales, Britain.London: Britain’s electoral commission opened a formal investigation into the financing of the refurbishment of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street apartment, saying there were grounds to suspect an offence may have been committed.Eight days before local elections across England, as well as the election of the Welsh and Scottish regional assemblies, Johnson is facing a stream of allegations about everything from his muddled initial handling of the COVID-19 crisis to questions about who leaked what from his office.”We are now satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred,” the electoral commission said. “We will therefore continue this work as a formal investigation to establish whether this is the case.”The commission said it had been in contact with the Conservative party since late March.The investigation will determine whether any transactions relating to the works at 11 Downing Street fall within the regime regulated by the Commission and whether such funding was reported as required.Asked last month about the refurbishment, Johnson’s spokeswoman said all donations, gifts and benefits were properly declared, and that no Conservative Party funds were being used to pay for the refurbishment.Johnson has a taxpayer-funded 30,000 pound ($42,000) allowance each year for maintaining and furnishing his official residence, but anything above that must be met by the prime minister.Ministers have said Johnson has paid for the work himself, but it is unclear when he paid, and whether the refurbishment, reported to have cost 200,000 pounds ($280,000) was initially financed by a loan of some kind. Under political financing rules, Johnson would have been required to declare this.The opposition Labour Party has demanded an explanation.Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner wrote to Simon Case, the head of the civil service, asking him to investigate answers about the affair given by Johnson’s then-press secretary earlier this year. Allegra Stratton, a former BBC journalist, was Johnson’s press secretary from October until last week.Dominic Cummings, who was Johnson’s key adviser on the Brexit campaign and helped him to win an election in 2019 before an acrimonious split last year, said on Friday that Johnson had wanted donors to pay for the renovation secretly.Cummings said he had told the prime minister such plans were “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal”.Asked if Johnson had received a loan from the Conservative Party for the refurbishment, transport minister Grant Shapps told Sky News: “The prime minister has already paid for it.”In a further potentially damaging allegation, the Daily Mail newspaper on Sunday cited unidentified sources as saying that, in October, shortly after agreeing to a second lockdown, Johnson had told a meeting in Downing Street: “No more fucking lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands.”Asked on Monday whether he had made the remark, Johnson told broadcasters: “No, but again, I think the important thing, I think, that people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work, and they have.”(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Senior Tories urge PM to come clean on funding of Downing Street refurb | Boris Johnson From “World news | The Guardian”



Boris Johnson is being urged by senior Tories to come clean about the funding of his flat refurbishment as it emerged that a former Labour chancellor refused to join a trust overseeing Downing Street upkeep out of concerns it could lead to a cash-for-access scandal.The prime minister faced growing disquiet from within his own party on Tuesday over allegations that he was loaned £58,000 from Conservative party funds while being seen to personally foot the bill for renovations of his Downing Street residence.Reports have alleged that the refurbishment was initially paid for by a donation from Tory peer and donor Lord Brownlow to Conservative campaign headquarters (CCHQ), which then loaned the money to Johnson.No 10 has insisted that “Conservative party funds are not being used to pay for the Downing Street flat” but have not denied the existence of a donation or loan arrangement. Labour has demanded a formal investigation into whether the government was trying to orchestrate a “cover-up”.It comes as Johnson faced pressure on a number of fronts, including claims that he said he would rather see “bodies pile high” than order a third coronavirus lockdown last year.On Tuesday the Guardian confirmed that Alistair Darling turned down an offer to be a member of a new trust to refurbish No 10 and No 11 Downing Street, citing concerns about the potential for donors to expect political favours.After being approached through the office of Labour leader Keir Starmer in July, Darling is said to have expressed concern about the plans – first due to a belief that the state has a duty to maintain the iconic buildings and second because of what he saw as a significant risk of cash for access.The head of the civil service, Simon Case, confirmed on Monday that the idea of a trust had been looked into but would not have worked. “A charitable trust can’t cover private areas of Downing Street, so that’s clear that that can’t be done,” he told MPs.The full cost of the refurbishment works has not been confirmed but is thought to have gone well above the £30,000 cap available for premiers to claim taxpayers’ money. No date has been set yet for when the Cabinet Office will publish its annual accounts or the register of ministers’ interests, which is expected to shed light on the funding.The ministerial code stipulates that ministers “must ensure that no conflict arises, or could reasonably be perceived to arise, between their public duties and their private interests, financial or otherwise”. The Electoral Commission is considering opening a formal investigation into whether all donations were properly declared by the Conservative party.On Friday Johnson’s former chief of staff Dominic Cummings revealed that he had been deeply opposed to soliciting donations for the flat’s refurbishment. Cummings claimed he warned Johnson that the plans were “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended”.On Tuesday a cabinet minister said that, while they detected little public pressure on the issue, giving Johnson some room for manoeuvre, there was a feeling that clarity would now help. “My view has always been that start with the truth, that’s where you’ll end up anyway,” they urged.Some Tory MPs railed privately at their party and raised questions about co-chair Amanda Milling, who said less than a month ago that “Conservative party funds are not being used to pay for the Downing Street flat”.The same claim was made by the prime minister’s former press secretary Allegra Stratton about the residence, where Johnson lives with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and their son.Tory MPs said there could be an innocent answer to how Johnson footed the costs but that a lack of proof was making things worse. “There’s a reasonable set of questions that need to be answered – our position at the moment isn’t ideal,” one said.Concern is also rising that while the issue may not have had significant cut-through with the public yet, it may in the days ahead, including in the run-up to elections on 6 May. A senior MP said: “Broadly I do think the ‘he said/she said’ stuff just turns everybody off politics full stop, and generally the mood is positive. But after a while the general atmosphere – rather than the specific details – around trust start to seep out. I sometimes wonder who is actually working for the PM and who is working for their own little tribe. It will need a long-term fix, not a quick one.”Caroline Slocock, former private secretary to Margaret Thatcher who now runs the Civil Exchange thinktank, told the Guardian she was “concerned” about any donors “paying for work which the prime minister should be paying for”, adding: “We do appear to have a very un-transparent situation here, which is a problem.”Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, has demanded that Case investigates Stratton’s denials last month that Tory funds were used to help pay for the renovations. Case revealed on Monday that he has opened an inquiry into the matter, and Rayner said it should include whether Stratton had broken the civil service code on acting with honesty and integrity.He was urged by Rayner to look into whether Stratton “knowingly misled journalists and the public, or was misled herself by senior members of the government who seem intent on a cover-up”.No 10 said: “Any costs of wider refurbishment this year beyond those provided for by the annual allowance have been met by the prime minister personally. Conservative party funds are not being used for this.”A Conservative party spokesperson added: “All reportable donations to the Conservative party are correctly declared to the Electoral Commission, published by them and comply fully with the law. Gifts and benefits received in a ministerial capacity are, and will continue to be, declared in Government transparency returns.”







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UK’s Boris Johnson’s alleged ‘let bodies pile high’ Covid comments From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he campaigns in Llandudno, north Wales on April 26, 2021.PHIL NOBLE | AFP | Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing mounting controversy this week over comments he allegedly made last year during the height of the country’s coronavirus pandemic.News headlines in the U.K. are dominated by reports that Johnson allegedly told aides in Downing Street that he would rather see the “bodies pile high in their thousands” than approve a third national lockdown.Johnson and Downing Street have vehemently denied that he used the phrase. On Monday, Johnson described the reports as “absolute rubbish,” and when asked whether he had made the remark, told reporters: “No, but again, I think the important thing … that people want us to get on and do as a government is to make sure that the lockdowns work, and they have.”The alleged comments, first reported by the Daily Mail Sunday citing anonymous Conservative Party sources, were reportedly said by the prime minister in mid-October after he had reluctantly agreed to a second lockdown that the country began in November.The paper claimed the prime minister, frustrated over having to impose a second round of restrictions on public life and the economy, told aides: “No more —-ing lockdowns — let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”The BBC and ITV both backed the story Monday, saying unnamed sources had also confirmed to them that the comments were made.Integrity under fireThe alleged comments have provoked a frenzy among the British tabloid media, and hurt among the families of Covid victims after a difficult year for the country. The U.K. has been badly hit by the pandemic; to date, it has recorded over 4.2 million cases and over 127,000 deaths. Still, its efficient vaccination rollout has enabled it to dramatically reduce the number of Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths.The reports come at a bad time for the prime minister, amid a flurry of stories that have put his conduct and integrity under the microscope. In the last week there have been questions over the source of funding for the refurbishment of Johnson’s residence, Downing Street leaks to the press and contact between high-ranking officials and business leaders.Much of the scrutiny comes after a series of damaging allegations were made by Johnson’s former chief aide Dominic Cummings last week, which also increased speculation over power struggles in Downing Street last year. Members of the media surround former Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings (R) as he leaves his residence in London on November 14, 2020.JUSTIN TALLIS | AFP | Getty ImagesThe BBC reported that Johnson will chair a cabinet meeting Tuesday as he attempts to deflect attention from the growing furor. A Downing Street spokesperson told CNBC Tuesday: “The government is totally focused on delivering the people’s priorities as we continue our vaccination programme and recover from coronavirus, creating new jobs and building back better.”On the refurbishment of Johnson’s residence at Downing Street, No.10 said the “costs of wider refurbishment in this year have been met by the Prime Minister personally.”‘Boris on the ropes’British newspapers, and the political opposition, are unlikely to let the PM off the hook so readily, however.The Daily Mail — a right-leaning newspaper that has previously supported Boris Johnson — headlined its paper with “Boris on the ropes” on Tuesday, while the Metro paper led its front page with the phrase: “PM tainted by sleaze, say voters,” citing a poll that showed half of those polled believed there was a “culture of sleaze” in government.The headlines came after Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Rachel Reeves said, “we’re seeing the pipes burst with the sewage of allegations” against the government. She also described Johnson’s alleged comments, which have been taken to suggest that he would have rather allowed thousands of deaths rather than another lockdown, as “stomach churning.”The left-leaning Guardian newspaper headlined its paper Tuesday with: “Pressure on Johnson after claim of slur on Covid dead,” while the right-leaning Daily Express led with Johnson’s rebuttal: “Boris denies ‘let bodies pile high’ outburst.”Further reports emerged on Tuesday, however, with The Times newspaper saying it had been “repeatedly told” — although it did not name sources — that Johnson had said last September that he would rather let the coronavirus “rip” than impose a second lockdown because of the economic harm further restrictions would cause.







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Boris Johnson Didn’t Say Let The Bodies Pile High: UK Denies Report From “NDTV News – World-news”



Boris Johnson is facing a stream of allegations in UK newspapers on his Covid handling, other thingsLondon: A British minister on Monday flatly denied a report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would rather bodies piled “high in their thousands” than order a third social and economic lockdown to stem coronavirus infections.Johnson is facing a stream of allegations in newspapers about everything from his muddled initial handling of the COVID-19 crisis to questions over who financed the redecoration of his official apartment.The Daily Mail newspaper cited unidentified sources as saying that, in October, shortly after agreeing to a second lockdown, Johnson told a meeting in Downing Street: “No more f***ing lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands.”Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News: “It’s not true – it’s been categorically denied by practically everyone,” an added that Johnson was focused on the COVID response.”We’re getting into the sort of comedy chapter now of these gossip stories. You know – unnamed sources by unnamed advisers talking about unnamed events. You know – look – none of this is serious,” Wallace said.The Daily Mail did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Britain has the world’s fifth worst official COVID-19 death toll, with 127,681 deaths, after the United States, Brazil, Mexico and India, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.Johnson did impose a third lockdown, in January, though critics say it could have been avoided had he yielded to pressure from senior ministers to make the second lockdown more stringent.JOHNSON UNDER FIREJohnson’s opponents say he acted too slowly to stop the spread of the virus, and then bungled both the strategy and the execution of the government’s response, often delaying imposing lockdowns at crucial moments.Johnson has resisted calls for an immediate inquiry into the handling of the crisis and ministers say that, while they have not got everything right, they were making decisions at speed and have one of the best vaccination programmes in the world.After Downing Street named Johnson’s former chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, as the source of leaks about the prime minister, Cummings hit back on Friday, denying he was the source and casting Johnson as incompetent and lacking in integrity.Cummings, architect of the Brexit campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, left Johnson’s staff suddenly late last year, having previously been his most influential adviser on Brexit and the 2019 election campaign.Cummings said Johnson’s plans to have donors pay secretly for the renovation of his Downing Street apartment were “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal – and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations”.Asked last month about the refurbishment plans, Johnson’s spokeswoman said all donations, gifts and benefits were properly declared, and that no party funds were being used to pay for the refurbishment.







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Boris Johnson denies saying he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high in their thousands’ than impose third lockdown : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 86%. (I’m a bot)Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied a newspaper report that he had said he would rather bodies piled “High in their thousands” than order a third UK coronavirus lockdown.Mr Johnson did impose a third lockdown in January although critics say it could have been avoided had he yielded to pressure from senior ministers to make the second lockdown more stringent.Mr Cummings denied he was the source and cast Mr Johnson as incompetent and lacking in integrity.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Johnson#1 Minister#2 Cummings#3 lockdown#4 Prime#5







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