Weeks of disorder and damaging headlines have seen the spotlight turn on Boris Johnson’s inner circle this week, with MPs beginning to raise concerns about a lack of experience in his No. 10 team.
A Conservative whip told The Telegraph that “the rumour is persistently around” that some MPs had already submitted letters of no-confidence in their leader to the 1922 Committee. If 15% of Tory MPs hand such letters to the committee, a leadership contest is triggered.
Elsewhere, the government was forced to take action following another high-profile energy company collapse. And Sajid Javid was forced to defend a planned shake-up of parts of the NHS to make England’s public health services more integrated.
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Tragedy also struck in the Channel when at least 27 people including a pregnant woman died trying to cross from France to England in a small boat. But the worst loss of life since records began is unlikely to deter further illegal crossings.
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- Concern continued to mount over a Russian invasion of Ukraine with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warning that such a move would be a “grave mistake”
- AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot claimed the UK-developed jab is the reason the UK has so far avoided the Covid-19 spike that has rocked mainland Europe
- Olaf Scholz announced the formation of a coalition government in Germany, ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year reign as chancellor
- Scientists began monitoring a new Covid variant of concern prompting the government to impose travel restrictions on six African countries
- And Joe Biden released 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to “lower the cost of gas and oil for American families”.
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