Nadhim Zahawi says Islamaphobia claims are ‘very critical’.mp4
Lib Dems are calling on “Boris Johnson himself” to be questioned as a part of the Cupboard Workplace investigation into why former junior transport minister Nusrat Ghani was sacked from her job in 2020.
Ms Ghani, the Tory MP for Wealden, claims a authorities whip instructed her on the time that the choice was made on account of her “Muslimness”. Mark Spencer, the federal government’s chief whip, denied the “fully false” allegations, branding them “defamatory”.
On Sunday, it emerged the PM met Ms Ghani two years in the past to debate what occurred and inspired her to submit a proper grievance to the Conservative Celebration, however she declined. Insisting Mr Johnson ought to face a grilling, Lib Dem MP Layla Moran accused the PM of “solely performing now [because] the problem has surfaced within the media”.
In the meantime, Tory MPs are keenly awaiting senior civil servant Sue Grey’s report into the partygate scandal, anticipated this week. Ex-Brexit secretary David Davis instructed the BBC this morning he would wait “three or 4 days” after its publication earlier than encouraging the PM to resign.
Lib Dems demand PM questioned in Ghani sacking inquiry
Layla Moran, the celebration’s spokesperson for overseas affairs and worldwide improvement, launched this assertion on the problem this morning:
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 10:40
Eire bats away Russia’s plan to carry navy workouts off coast
An replace on the Ukraine disaster now. Eire’s overseas affairs minister says plans by Russia to carry navy workouts off the coast of Eire is “not welcome”.
Simon Coveney stated the workouts are to happen 240km (150 miles) off the southwest Irish coast.
Mr Coveney stated it can happen in worldwide waters but in addition inside Eire’s unique financial zone.
“We don’t have an influence to forestall this from occurring,” he instructed reporters forward of a gathering of EU overseas ministers. “However I’ve made it clear to the Russian ambassador in Eire that it’s not welcome.”
Mr Coveney added: “This isn’t a time to extend navy exercise and pressure within the context of what’s occurring with and in Ukraine in the mean time.”
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 10:20
‘Proper’ to finish face masks mandate in colleges, says schooling secretary
Let’s hear some extra from Nadhim Zahawi now, this time on altering Covid guidelines in colleges.
The schooling secretary stated it was the “proper resolution” to take away the rule for pupils in England to put on face coverings in school rooms.
Talking on BBC Breakfast, he stated he trusted headteachers “to do the best factor”.
“I work very carefully with them and I’m pleased with that – I work very carefully with administrators of public well being. Headteachers and lecturers will agree that carrying masks in school rooms truly causes a communication problem and a studying problem, which is why I didn’t need them to be within the classroom a day longer than needed,” Mr Zahawi stated.
“When the scientists instructed us that the height had been reached on Omicron – and we’re seeing a plateauing and an actual discount, for instance, in ICU numbers – then it’s the proper resolution we made to take that guideline away.”
Requested whether or not there can be any sanctions for headteachers who proceed to mandate mask-wearing in school rooms, he replied: “No, I’ll work with headteachers to assist them the place we are able to.”
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 09:55
Watch: Zahawi says Islamophobia claims are ‘very critical’
Nadhim Zahawi says Islamophobia claims are ‘very critical’
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 09:47
PM’s political future hangs in stability as MPs await Grey report
On that word, right here’s our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn on the PM’s place going into this week.
Boris Johnson’s political future hangs within the stability as MPs await the findings of a crucial investigation into a number of allegations of rule-busting events held at No 10 throughout Covid restrictions.
Sue Grey, the senior civil servant tasked with investigating occasions at Downing Road and different authorities departments, is broadly anticipated to ship her report back to the prime minister later this week.
In response to experiences, Dominic Cummings, the previous chief adviser to Mr Johnson at No 10, who has claimed his former boss “lied” to parliament over the occasions, may also be interviewed by Ms Grey on Monday as a part of her inquiries.
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 09:37
MP says he’ll wait ‘three days’ after partygate report earlier than asking PM to give up
Let’s hear from David Davis now, who says he’ll anticipate the result of the Sue Grey report earlier than making his last resolution on whether or not the PM ought to resign.
Final week, Mr Davis made the headlines after telling Boris Johnson within the Commons: “You might have sat too lengthy right here for any good you will have been doing. Within the identify of God, go.”
Talking to the At this time programme, he stated: “I like Boris, I’ve identified him for 30 years however the reality is we’re now into a problem of belief. I don’t assume any of the proposed folks [to replace him as prime minister], I’ve seen within the papers have a belief concern.”
Former Brexit secretary Mr Davis stated he’ll wait “three or 4 days” after the Sue Grey report earlier than asking the PM to resign.
“I believe its fairly probably I’d need him to go, however I’ll anticipate these few days,” he stated. “In the meanwhile he has a legacy of getting delivered Brexit and having introduced us via the pandemic.
“As we stock on as we could do, month in, month out, it can do big harm to the Conservative Celebration.”
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 09:21
Minister praises Ghani’s ‘bravery’ in talking out on Islamophobia
Let’s hear some extra from Nadhim Zahawi now. The schooling secretary, who was one of many few senior cupboard ministers to name for an investigation into Nusrat Ghani’s claims, stated he hoped the probe may very well be accomplished “swiftly”.
He additionally praised his colleague’s “bravery” in talking out.
“I’m glad Nusrat welcomes [the Cabinet Office inquiry], I’d assist her in presenting proof to that civil servant to allow them to take a look at this totally,” he instructed instructed BBC Radio 4’s At this time.
“I believe it is crucial that we take care of this and take care of it swiftly with this investigation.”
Mr Zahawi stated Ms Ghani beforehand gave proof to Professor Swaran Singh’s investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative Celebration, which, he stated, has led to the celebration “overhauling our system” for the way complaints are handled.
He added: “It takes a variety of bravery for somebody to face up and say: ‘My faith was considered after I was being assessed for what I do as a job.’
“That ought to by no means occur and there’s no room for it.”
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 08:46
So, who in No 10 was not a member of Conservatives?
Because the i’s Paul Waugh asks:
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 08:37
Zahawi: Not clear if Islamophobia got here from Tory celebration members or not
Out talking for the federal government this morning, Nadhim Zahawi, the schooling secretary, is pushing the message that it’s not but clear if the individuals who made remarks about Nusrat Ghani’s religion belonged to the Conservative Celebration.
Talking to Sky Information, he stated: “[Ms Ghani] put out an announcement final night time saying truly, to be honest to her, this may very well be individuals who weren’t even members of the Conservative Celebration, which is why we have to unravel this in a short time.
“And naturally the chief whip [Mark Spencer] has come out and named himself as the person and I work with each colleagues, and I believe it is crucial that somebody like a Cupboard Workplace senior civil servant ought to take a look at this correctly, as a result of the chief whip has additionally categorically denied this.”
He later repeated such insistences on BBC Radio 4’s At this time programme, saying it was not but clear who truly made the alleged feedback to Ms Ghani, together with that her “Muslimness” was making colleagues really feel uncomfortable.
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 08:35
ICYMI: No 10 announcement on Ghani sacking inquiry
Lower than 24 hours after deputy PM Dominic Raab stated it will not occur except a proper grievance was made, No 10 has introduced there’ll now be an investigation into Nusrat Ghani’s declare she was sacked from a ministerial job over her Muslim religion.
Boris Johnson is claimed to have requested civil servants to “set up the info” concerning the claims of Islamophobia made by Ms Ghani.
Repeating claims made yesterday, a spokeswoman for the PM stated: “On the time these allegations have been first made, the prime minister advisable to her that she make a proper complain to CCHQ (Conservative Marketing campaign Headquarters).
“She didn’t take up this supply.”
The spokeswoman added: “The prime minister has now requested officers to determine the info about what occurred. As he stated on the time, the prime minister takes these claims very critically.”
It comes after Ms Ghani reiterated it will not have been acceptable for her to submit a grievance on this approach, as a result of it applies to “authorities enterprise” and so ought to be handled by the federal government.
Sam Hancock24 January 2022 08:20