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Russian-born Conservative donor San Marino receives knighthood in ceremony in London

Lubov Chernukhin, whose husband Vladimir served as President Putin’s Deputy Finance Minister before coming to the UK, received the St. Agatha Award – one of San Marino’s highest honors Mrs. Chernukhin receives St Agnes award ( Image: @ConsolatoRsmUK/Twitter) A major conservative donor whose husband is a former Putin ally has received a prestigious honor from […]

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The money of the oligarchs is integrated into London. Beware the big talk of a ‘crackdown’ | John Harris

In some of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods, you can suddenly sense the kind of unease that wealth usually keeps at bay. As the government talks about its determination to crack down on Russian oligarchs, a much wider shift may be afoot. The Financial Times quoted the chairman of Aylesford International on Friday, a Chelsea estate […]

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UK takes cleaning up London of ‘dirty’ Russian money seriously

As Russia continues its war in Ukraine, the UK is set to “crack down on Russian money in the UK”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week. This signals a long-awaited reversal in historically laissez-faire attitudes toward Russian oligarchs and their heavy investment in British institutions. Transparency International has identified more than two thousand UK-registered […]

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London’s struggling Metropolitan Police Service seeks new chief

LONDON — The London Police Department was already dealing with a crisis of confidence amid allegations of misogyny, racism and intimidation when it became embroiled in political drama. Last month he launched an investigation into parties in Downing Street during the lockdown which could determine the political fate of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The last […]

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Boris Johnson vows to clamp down on Russian businesses in London if Putin invades Ukraine

Boris Johnson has promised a crackdown on Russian companies operating in London if President Putin invades Ukraine. While the Prime Minister defended the UK’s record of tackling Russian monetary influence in his country, he insisted on Tuesday that more would be done to crack down on dirty money. Mr Johnson said: ‘What we want to […]

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Johnson will leave London ‘to continue his work’ as Partygate police demand answers

Boris Johnson will leave Westminster this week insisting he is ‘getting to work’ while facing questions from police investigating alleged lockdown breaches. The Prime Minister is expected to tout his Downing Street staff reshuffle as helping him focus on his ‘leveling up’ policy as he battles to survive the partygate scandal. The No 10 said […]

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London Politics News LIVE: Carrie Johnson aide close to No 10 quits as PM reshuffle continues

1644239693 Keir Starmer: ‘A growing number of Tory MPs are unhappy with the Prime Minister’ There are more and more MPs “unhappy” with Boris Johnson, said Sir Keir Starmer. Sir Keir made the comments amid reports that more than 100 MPs could vote against the Prime Minister in the event of a vote of no […]

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London political news LIVE: Fifth Downing Street aide resigns amid Partygate fallout

1643965845 Energy bills could rise further later in the year, regulator warns Energy bills could rise further over the next six months after regulator Ofgem gave itself the power to make more changes to the price cap. In a letter to suppliers, the watchdog said changes to the price cap on invoices, including the ability […]

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London Politics News LIVE: Boris Johnson hits back at Savile insult directed at Keir Starmer

1643900603 EU should stop treating Northern Ireland like a ‘whipping boy’ – DUP Sammy Wilson, DUP MP for East Antrim, has called on the EU to drop its hard line against the province. He told the Commons: ‘Instead of listening to European cheerleaders from Labour, the Alliance Party and the SDLP, who want full implementation […]

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London political news: More Tory MPs call for Boris Johnson to step down

1643834954 Thank you for following our report today. 1643829692 Lord Goldsmith says PM had ‘no role’ in controversial Afghan animal airlift Boris Johnson had “no role” in airlifting animals out of Afghanistan, a foreign minister has insisted, calling the idea “absurd”. Speaking in Parliament, Tory MP Lord Goldsmith for Richmond Park said he would have […]

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Conservatives talk tough on Russia, but what about the London Kremlin-linked oligarchs?

Sanctions and harsh rhetoric will do little to tackle the fraud and money laundering that have become so problematic in London. Boris Johnson is in Ukraine today, speaking tough with Russia, vowing to stand by Ukraine and promising Vladimir Putin that any invasion of Ukraine would be a ‘disastrous step’. The UK, unlike France and […]

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Politics latest from London: Boris Johnson tries to take control of the agenda as wait for party report continues

1643623082 Treasury ‘doesn’t acknowledge’ reports NCA asked not to investigate coronavirus loan fraud A minister has said he does not acknowledge reports that the Treasury refused to allow Britain’s FBI, the National Crime Agency, to investigate fraud associated with the coronavirus bounce-back loan scheme. Simon Clarke, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, told ITV’s Good Morning […]

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Danforth: Confinement evenings in London and consequences | Opinion

What did he know and when did he know it? How little the key question for political leaders has changed in nearly 50 years. This question dogged Richard Nixon after Watergate in 1972 and finally brought him down. He now follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom. Nixon was shot by a single […]

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‘Humanity could be wiped out in 80 years’: Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s fears over climate change

Ex-Firebrand mayor Ken Livingstone has said he fears humanity will be wiped out by the end of the century by climate change. The former Labor politician, now 76, quit the party after he was suspended over anti-Semitism allegations in 2017 – but said his biggest concern was not party politics but “the ‘extinction”. In an […]

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Politics latest from London: National Insurance hike will continue, says minister, despite cost of living crisis

Asked if the NI increase in April was set in stone, Chris Philp, minister for technology and the digital economy, told Sky News: “Yeah it’s going forward. “It was approved by the whole Cabinet. “It was passed by Parliament by a significant majority and the money is needed to fund the NHS, which is a […]

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London politics latest: Sue Gray’s ‘partygate’ report unlikely to come out today as MPs head home

I It seems unlikely that Sue Gray’s report on the Downing Street parties will be released on Wednesday as the House of Commons packs its bags for the day. Earlier Boris Johnson said he ‘cannot comment’ during a row over whether he misled Parliament as Scotland Yard continues to investigate ‘gross’ breaches of the rules. […]

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DJ Maressa Innerarity went raving amid Covid lockdown in east London | United Kingdom | News

Maressa Innerarity, who also goes by the name Carmen London, was yesterday fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £200 court costs after admitting involvement in the case of ‘around 200 people’ in a warehouse. The party took place on November 8, 2020, three days before an alleged party in Downing Street which took place on […]

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Boris Johnson’s birthday party surely had Colin the Caterpillar Cake

It’s time to release 200 words to justify the attachment of the head of the British Prime Minister to the most famous chocolate caterpillar that has ever existed on this beautiful earth. Boris Johnson is being further investigated by Sue Gray and the Metropolitan Police, after ITV News revealed he attended a surprise ‘birthday party’ […]

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The scandal that has Boris Johnson on his back and the London police are investigating

Trouble piled up for embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday as London police officially began investigating allegations that he and his staff held parties at the Prime Minister’s office and residence during the Covid closures in 2020. File image of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. PA Trouble piled up for embattled British Prime Minister […]

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London police investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

LONDON – London police said on Tuesday they were investigating Downing Street parties during the lockdown, putting further pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed an investigation was underway in a statement to the London Assembly. Dick said Scotland Yard was currently investigating “a number of occurrences” at […]

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The pandemic cost London a full year of sales

Businesses in central London lost an entire year’s worth of sales in the first 18 months of the coronavirus pandemic, a Center for Cities report released on Monday found. He also suggested that the much-heralded increase in online shopping was not necessarily the result of an abandonment of the high street and offline spending has […]

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Most UK upgrade task forces based in London, figures show | Civil service

Two-thirds of civil servants working on the UK government’s flagship upgrade policy are based in London, figures show. Two years after Boris Johnson was elected on a promise to improve what he described as ‘outrage’ over stark regional inequalities, 1,929 of the 3,011 officials on the upgrade task force are based in the capital city. […]

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London politics latest: Boris Johnson eased restrictions to avoid party headlines, Welsh minister says

B Oris Johnson was hit by a furious row on Friday over scrapping Plan B as a Cabinet minister slammed the Welsh premier for claiming restrictions were being eased in England to avoid party headlines No. 10. On Friday morning, the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, accused the UK government of rushing the end […]

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London politics latest: Sajid Javid admits there were parties in Downing St as he defends Boris Johnson

A The Cabinet minister defended Boris Johnson on Thursday ahead of a report on Partygate by a senior official – but admitted parties took place in Downing Street. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has called on people to wait for Sue Gray’s report, due next week, before passing judgements, stressing that it would be “absolutely crucial” […]

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London politics latest: Sajid Javid backs Boris Johnson after David Davis calls on PM to quit

S ajid Javid backed Boris Johnson at a press conference after Tory MP David Davis called on the Prime Minister to step down. Mr Javid taking the press conference to confirm Plan B was scrapped allowed Mr Johnson to avoid further questions on another deadly day for the Prime Minister amid the Partygate scandal. Former […]

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Five questions Labor wants the PM to answer on partygate

Labor has posed five questions for the Prime Minister to answer in relation to the partygate scandal. The Prime Minister is quizzed on whether he knew about any of the alleged gatherings in advance, how he would classify the infamous ‘Bring your own booze’ event on May 20, 2020, and whether he has the intent […]

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Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone will ‘apply’ to join the Greens | Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone, the former London mayor who was suspended from the Labor Party for comments about Hitler’s support for Zionism, said he would apply to join the Green Party. Describing himself as ‘both green and red’, he told the Guardian: ‘I sincerely believe that we are heading towards extinction before the end of the century […]

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London Covid: Tory president says ‘signs are encouraging’ for coronavirus rules to end this month

The government looks increasingly likely to start removing Covid restrictions by the end of January as the number of daily positive cases continues to fall rapidly. Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden said the “signs are encouraging” for the lifting of Covid restrictions in England as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to review the rules. ‘Plan […]

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Ben Lowry: Duplication change appears to be proposed by London to shore up DUP

It is reported that Westminster MPs elected to Stormont will, for a time, be able to remain in the House of Commons – which appears to be a plan to help DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s transition to the Assembly. I had written about the legacy of The Troubles, on which there have been a […]

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A London woman has been fined £12,000 for hosting a party a day after TWO shots were held in Downing Street

A London woman has been fined £12,000 for throwing a 27th birthday party with a bouncy castle a day after TWO shots were held in Downing Street Vianna McKenzie-Bramble, 28, threw a birthday party in Hackney last April She was fined £12,000 for hosting the party and breaking Covid rules It came a day after […]

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London police say they won’t investigate Boris Johnson over Downing Street lockdown party

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Adrian Dennis/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo London’s Metropolitan Police said they were not investigating Boris Johnson over a party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020. Met Police said they generally do not investigate “coronavirus regulatory breaches when reported long after they allegedly occur”. Johnson apologized for his involvement in the […]

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Official cases in Africa exceed 10m; London Hospital Chief Says 10% of Staff Unvaccinated – As Happened | World news

Thanks for following, this blog is now closed. You can check out the latest coronavirus coverage here. We’ve also launched a new live news feed here with all current developments. Update at 7:53 p.m. EST Summary Here’s a full rundown of some of the major developments to date. Europe: Greece sets the February 1 deadline […]

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Does the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, really want to decriminalize cannabis in the British capital?

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan delivers speech during London Fall … [+] The season kicks off at the Natural History Museum on August 31, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby / Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images) getty The mayor of the UK capital, Sadiq Khan (belonging […]

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Boris Johnson faces worst London local election results in 50 years, says Lord Hayward

B Oris Johnson is facing one of the worst Tory local election results in London in more than 50 years, according to one of the party’s top poll experts, putting additional pressure on the PM on his leadership. Mr Johnson’s authority has been badly damaged in recent months following allegations of sordid Westminster, anti-lockdown parties […]

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Northern Ireland: Pressure from Northern Irish trade unionists threatens truce between London and Brussels | International

The more radical trade unionism of Northern Ireland (the political faction in favor of union with Great Britain) considers that the protocol on its territory which sealed Brexit was an existential threat to its identity, and in any case, a betrayal of Boris Johnson. Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), currently the largest of […]

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Return of the post-Brexit ‘pint bottle’, ‘good for two at lunch and one at dinner’

Pint-sized Brexit dividend There was a time in Britain where you could buy a pint-sized bottle of champagne (equivalent to the pawwa / quarter-bottle of India) of champagne and it was so popular that almost 60% of all champagne sold in the country was in pint bottles. Even Winston Churchill, an avowed drinker who started […]

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London house prices may help explain Tories’ struggle to win over young voters | London

If Boris Johnson wants to know why the Conservative Party is struggling to win the support of young voters in London, he could start by looking at Nationwide’s annual housing market report. There is no single reason for the government’s unpopularity among people in their twenties and thirties in the capital, but housing is clearly […]

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London Covid: What changes Boris Johnson is expected to make later today

Everyone across England nervously awaits Boris Johnson’s Covid announcements, especially those with plans for New Years Eve. The Prime Minister was briefed this morning by government scientists on the most up-to-date Covid data after a two-day Christmas break on data releases. Although Scotland, Wales and Ireland have announced tighter restrictions, including table service and nightclub […]

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British Queer Instagram group spreads holiday cheer in London

WASHINGTON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s adviser on LGBTQ issues last week praised his government’s efforts to facilitate the successful evacuation of LGBTQ Afghans from the country. “I am very proud of the enormous work done by the British government,” Nick Herbert, member of the British House of Lords, told the Los Angeles Blade […]

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Trendy London restaurant where you can get free Christmas dinner and fundraise for pubs crippled by Covid

As Christmas day approaches, the hospitality industry has remained in a state of uncertainty as the Covid-19 Omicron variant tears the population apart. Restaurants and hospitality venues have seen an increase in canceled reservations, as well as Christmas parties at work, despite the government saying it can move forward. But the Canary Wharf-based Pergola on […]

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COVID-19: UK cancels New Year’s party in London following skyrocketing Omicron

A Christmas market in Trafalgar Square in London on December 11, 2021. Image Credit: New York Times London: A big New Years celebration in London will be canceled, the mayor of the British capital said on Monday, as concerns grow over an upsurge in cases of the virus triggered by the Omicron variant. Sadiq Khan […]

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London declares COVID-19 major incident and Netherlands locks down for Christmas as tougher measures return across Europe

Nations across Europe have moved to reimpose tougher measures to stem a new wave of COVID-19 infections spurred by the highly transmissible variant of Omicron. Key points: The Netherlands locked up until next year Omicron is now the dominant variant of the coronavirus in London The new variant was detected in 89 countries The Netherlands […]

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London mayor declares ‘major incident’ as omicron skyrockets in UK capital

LONDON – The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, declared a ‘major incident’ on Saturday as the omicron variant of the coronavirus swept through the UK capital. The impact of the variant’s rapid spread has already been felt across the city with staff absences from frontline services, according to a statement from the town hall. Khan […]

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London nightclub owners adopt new UK COVID-19 rules for venues

(Reuters) – Nightclub owners in London have criticized new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus variants that come into effect on Wednesday, saying a lack of rapid COVID-19 testing will make the app a “big challenge” . Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new ‘Plan B’ measures to combat the spread […]

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London Covid: London’s top conservative resigns as Chief Constable over ‘rule-breaking’ Christmas party

Former Tory candidate for mayor Shaun Bailey AM has resigned as chairman of the London Assembly Police body, following revelations he attended a year-round breaking Christmas party last. The Boris Johnson-backed police chief has bowed to pressure after a week of calls for him to resign. Calls for his resignation became deafening after Tories admitted […]

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London is Omicron’s UK hotspot with a variant accounting for 30% of all new cases

Omicron accounts for 30% of new Covid cases in London, which is the fastest growing area for the variant, along with Scotland, and there are fears more restrictions are needed Shoppers, some wearing face masks, walk along Oxford Street in central London ( Image: AFP via Getty Images) The UK government is considering tighter restrictions […]

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UK Covid news live: Cases skyrocket in London amid Omicron ‘tsunami’ warning and ‘Plan C’ talks

L ondon is seeing a sharp increase in Covid cases with an increase in infections in each district, figures revealed on Friday. It comes as Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon warns Scotland faces a ‘tsunami of infections’ because of the new Omicron variant The warning came as face masks became mandatory in more settings, including cinemas, […]

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Boris Johnson’s aides joked about the Christmas party in Downing Street as London locked out

The party was said to have taken place on December 18, when London was under ‘level 3’ lockdown restrictions, meaning people were not allowed to mingle indoors with anyone outside their homes or of the support bubble. The recording is a simulated press briefing on December 22, 2020, four days after the event allegedly took […]

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Former Nigerian international Rachael Aladi Ayegba now drives the 185

(Provided) There is a national shortage of bus drivers it’s forcing people to get into cars and congestion on the roads, the industry warns. Help to appease this crisis comes from an unlikely source: the former goalkeeper of the Nigerian national football team. Rachael Aladi Ayegba played in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the 2006 […]

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Education Department admits staging a Christmas ‘rally’ last December when London was at level 2

A ministry admitted it held a Christmas ‘rally’ last December, when London was subject to level 2 coronavirus rules. The education ministry said the party took place in its office building, at a time when social mixing between households was prohibited and the number of people in an indoor space was limited to six by […]

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London Covid: 4 things to know about the new Omicron variant

Omicron is spreading rapidly across the country as 160 cases of the new Covid strain have now been identified, with the most recent figures suggesting 15 of them are in London. More than half of those infected with the last strain have been doubly vaccinated, reported The Guardian . While there have been reports that […]

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London Hanukkah bus abuse investigated as hate crime, police say

The video, filmed from inside a bus dubbed a “Hanukkah party on wheels” in central London on Monday, shows passengers being subjected to a barrage of suspected anti-Semitic abuse. Met police are treating the incident as a hate crime, according to a statement released Thursday. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made, the […]

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Boris Johnson ‘sells off the North’ to protect London millionaires, says Angela Rayner

Deputy Labor leader to launch fierce attack on Tories’ welfare ‘scam’ and Northern Powerhouse Rail cut ( Image: Getty Images) Boris Johnson “sells the North” to protect millionaires in London and the South East, will claim deputy Labor chief Angela Rayner in a meteoric attack on the Prime Minister. Speaking at the party’s North West […]

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Miracle Boy from Cumbria enjoys star-studded trip to London – and meets Boris

Earlier this week, Cumbria’s ‘miracle boy’ Noah Wall had a blast. Noah was born with just 2% of his brain, which has now grown to 80% – but his history of battling adversity and his goal of “running not walking” has inspired many around the world. He and his family took a trip to London […]