Boris Johnson’s CBI speech “did not go particularly well,” says former health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Downing Street said Boris Johnson “is doing well” amid concerns for his well-being following a rambling speech he gave to business leaders on Monday, in which he addressed the theme park Peppa Pig.
“He seemed to have lost the plot,” said a Tory MP The independent. “He’s obviously been under a lot of stress over the past fortnight, and I think he needs a break.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Labor chief Angela Rayner had previously called the government’s changes to the English welfare system a “scam” and a form of “inheritance tax in the north” – accusing the ministers to ensure that its “poorest constituents and retirees lose their homes to protect millionaires.” “Mansions”.
The changes to the Health and Healthcare Bill, passed in the Commons last night by a narrow majority of 272-246, will save the government Â£ 900million a year by making a proposed cap on much lower lifetime social care costs for the poorest retirees, while allowing wealthy homeowners to pass the majority of their assets on to their children.
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Sir David Amess: Requiem Mass to be held today at Westminster Cathedral
Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer will be among the senior politicians attending a service in Westminster Cathedral today for Sir David Amess, the Tory MP who was killed in the service of his constituents.
A message from the Pope will be read as Requiem Mass is held in London on Tuesday after a private funeral held in Southend the day before.
People marched through the streets to pay tribute to the Member of Parliament for Southend West as mourners attended a private ecumenical service at St Mary’s Church in Prittlewell on Monday.
Sir David’s casket, draped in a union flag, was carried by porters from the Southend Fire Department.
After the church service, they carried the casket to a horse-drawn hearse for a procession around Southend.
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 9:08 AM
Johnson CBI speech ‘not a great time’ admits Tory MP
A little more of Jeremy Hunt now. The senior conservative said Boris Johnson’s CBI speech “was not a big moment” for the Prime Minister and agreed “there are things we can do better”.
But he said the “rumors” about Mr Johnson did not compare to criticisms of David Cameron or Theresa May.
Speaking on Times Radio, Mr Hunt said: “It was not a great time and it has not been a good month for the government.”
âI’m sure there are things we can do better. But I was a cabinet member for nine years from 2010 and frankly there was never a time when there had been no noise in Westminster, there had been no MPs to backbench complaining about the way the government works.
Cameron and George Osborne have been the subject of complaints about their management of the economy, while Ms May clashed with her ministers and MPs over Brexit in a suspended parliament.
âEven though the last month hasn’t been good for the government, I don’t think the noises we’re hearing now compare toâ¦ some of the ones we’ve had before,â he said.
Here he says much the same to Sky News:
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 9:46 AM
Real ‘care crisis’ is lack of board funding, warns Hunt
The real crisis in social services – a chronic lack of funding and staff – is being ignored as controversy rages over diluting promises to cap lifetime costs, said Jeremy Hunt.
The former health secretary has warned that the government must act, even if it is about to reject its candidacy for independent experts to assess the number of people needed – because it would cost too much, reports our deputy political editor . Rob merrick.
âWe’re going to be a bit of a diversion. There is a crisis in social assistance and it’s not really about how we calculate eligibility for the cap – but rather the funding that local authorities receive, âhe told BBC Radio 4 earlier.
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 9:57 AM
Watch: Hunt says Johnson’s CBI speech “didn’t go particularly well”
Boris Johnson speech on CBI “did not go particularly well”, says former health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 10:07 AM
Widdecombe says Amess’ death has “an air of unreality about it”
More things outside of Sir David Amess’ funeral now, as Ann Widdecombe tells reporters his death still “has a great air of unreality about it”.
She added that she believed Sir David, who was a practicing Catholic and led the all-party parliamentary group on the Holy See, was “possibly Britain’s most important person” to the Pope.
Speaking to the PA News Agency, Ms Widdecombe said: âObviously I feel sad but, on the other hand, today is a great opportunity to see so many people come and pay homage to David, celebrate his life. And what I say to everyone today, is that death was horrible, but I don’t want David to remember the way he died, I want him to be remembered for the way he lived and for the causes for which he died. ‘is beaten.
“And, of course, today is a Mass – we commend his soul to Almighty God, but today is also the time to remember what he has done for the people.”
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 10:38 AM
In pictures: MPs arrive at the funeral of David Amess
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 10:53 AM
Watch: Amess’ coffin is transported to Westminster Cathedral
Sir David Amess’ casket transported to Westminster Cathedral ahead of the service
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 10:56 AM
Amess’ funeral begins with tribute from Pope Francis
Our reporter Thomas kingsley is at the funeral of David Amess, live.
The work began with the reading of a note from Pope Francis.
“His holiness recalls with gratitude Sir David’s years of service guided by his strong Catholic faith and witnessed by his deep concern for the poor and underprivileged,” the cathedral said.
âThe Holy Father prays that all those who honor his memory will be confirmed in the resolution to reject the ways of violence, to fight evil with good and to help build an ever more just, fraternal and united society. “
Here is also the order of service:
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 11:06 AM
Businesses attack Â£ 1.65bn cut to ‘level’ funding in the north
Take us away from the funeral of David Amess for a moment. Business groups and local councils are protesting a hidden Â£ 1.65bn post-Brexit cut in development finance in the north, a further blow to Boris Johnson’s claims to ‘level’ the country.
South Yorkshire is set to lose Â£ 900million and Tees Valley and Durham Â£ 750million over six years, the organizations tell Michael Gove – because the UK has left the EU.
The ‘Red Wall’ regions, as well as Lincolnshire, were vying for the money as they have become relatively poorer since the last spending cycle that ended last year.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick has the full report:
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 11:23 AM
“Friendship was Sir David’s great gift to others,” Canon says in homily
Now back to the funeral of David Amess, where Thomas kingsley made a report.
Canon Pat Browne, who celebrated Sir David’s marriage to his wife Julia, gives the homily.
âEver since I was appointed to Parliament 12 years ago, David’s office was a welcome place to have coffee or chat. Unfortunately, my last visit to his office was on that terrible Friday afternoon. “
âI immediately went to see his staff – they were devastated, there were tears. It struck me strongly that these people were not only his staff but his friends and they loved him. They were his team and his collaborators in the work, his work for the constituents of Southend West.
âFriendship was Sir David’s great gift to others.
âDavid was a real bridge builder. Seeing the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition stand side by side in silence and prayer, pay homage to Southend after his death and take them through the chamber in unity and camaraderie was something Parliament did not not often see.
Sam hancockNovember 23, 2021 11:43 AM