Liz Truss ‘painted over’ Boris Johnson’s £840-a-roll No 10 gold wallpaper, says Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt quipped that Liz Truss “painted over” Boris Johnson’s disputed Downing Street wallpaper as he used an acceptance speech to joke about both former prime ministers. The Chancellor said he and his family “wanted to see the wallpaper” at Number 11 before moving into their new flat this weekend. Mr Johnson and his wife … Read more

Nigel Farage says ‘Tories deserve to be wiped out’ as migration hits record high – live updates

Nigel Farage said the Conservative Party deserves to be “wiped out” after net migration to the UK hit a new record high of 504,000.  The number for the 12 months to June this year was revealed by the Office for National Statistics this morning and it is 170,000 more than the previous post-war record of … Read more

Suspended Tory MP David Warburton broke code of conduct over £150,000 loan

Conservative MP David Warburton has apologised after failing to declare a £150,000 loan from a Russian-born businessman. He was found to have twice breached the MPs’ code of conduct by neglecting to register or subsequently declare the payment he received from Roman Joukovski, through the overseas company Castlebrook Associates Limited, in 2017. The MP for … Read more

Tories want to cut taxes before next election, says Nadhim Zahawi

Mr Zahawi’s comments come despite reluctance from Downing Street to discuss tax cuts, following the market reaction to Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng’s tax-cutting mini-Budget. Asked about the prospect of tax cuts before polling day, a No 10 spokesman this week said: “I’m not going to comment around an election debate… we’ve set out the plan, … Read more

Priti Patel leads group of Tories calling for fuel duty cut as Jeremy Hunt fails to rule out hike

Priti Patel is leading a group of Tories calling for a fuel duty cut after the Chancellor left the door open to a potential hike. The former Home Secretary and 22 fellow backbench MPs have written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to slash fuel duty or at least commit to freezing it until the end … Read more

Rishi Sunak criticises Matt Hancock for appearing on I’m A Celebrity

Mr Sunak responded: “I think politics at its best can and should be actually quite noble. I think most people who get into politics, from whatever party, do it because they care about public service. “They want to make a difference to their communities, they want to make a difference to their country and so … Read more

G20 latest: Softening stance on China ‘completely wrong’, Iain Duncan Smith warns Rishi Sunak – live updates

Rishi Sunak has indicated he will abandon his predecessor Liz Truss’s push to recategorise China as a “threat” to the UK. The Prime Minister twice declined to endorse Ms Truss’s change, which had been due to be adopted in the rewriting of the UK’s foreign policy strategy called the “integrated review”. Asked if he would … Read more

How is it being young, black and right-wing? Channel 4 tries (and fails) to find out

The debate that ran through Young, Black and Right-Wing (Channel 4) was captivating. Presenter Zeze Millz was on a mission, she said, to ask some tough questions about young, black politics in Britain: what drives a black person to reject systemic racism? Has the Left lost touch with black communities? How much of a barrier … Read more

Meet Chris Loder, the ex-RMT member who now wants to be Tory transport chairman

His career saw him work his way up to become head of new trains at South Western trains, moving to Frankfurt to lead on UK-international high-speed rail travel for Deutsche Bahn, and overseeing the Waterloo station upgrade programme in 2017. At the age of 23, Loder was the manager at Paddington Station during the 7/7 … Read more