In 2021 the Treasury, then under Rishi Sunak, spent £3,217 at the five-star Hotel Danieli in Venice, and £1,361 at Hotel Bonvecchiati, for the then chancellor and 11 other government officials at a G20 meeting. Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said: “As Conservative ministers once again reach into the pockets of taxpayers to dine out on five-star luxury lifestyle, families up and down the country are sick with anxiety about whether their pay cheque will cover the weekly shop. “Britain is facing the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades and Rishi Sunak doesn’t seem to have noticed,” she added. A senior Conservative source responded: “Awkwardly for Labour HQ they’ve forgotten that they introduced these ‘civil servant credit cards’ in 1997. “By 2010 Labour was spending almost £1 billion of taxpayers’ money on everything from dinners at Mr Chu’s Chinese restaurant to luxury five-star hotels.
Speaking from the summit, Mr Sunak said he had spoken by phone with foreign secretary James Cleverly and defence secretary Ben Wallace in the wake of the incident. “We are urgently looking into reports of a missile strike in Poland and will support our allies as they establish what has happened,” said the prime minister. “President Duda updated on the Polish investigation efforts, and the prime minister offered any assistance needed to urgently establish what happened. “One man has the power to change all of this,” said Mr Sunak. Speaking in Lavrov’s presence, Mr Sunak paid tribute to the “incredible fortitude” of the Ukrainian president and vowed to continue supporting Kyiv “for as long as it takes”.4 months ago Estonian Free Press
Profits increased by 53 per cent to 84.3bn dollars (£68.1bn) in 2022, the company’s latest figures show, sparking calls for Rishi Sunak’s government to expand the windfall tax on profits. Ed Miliband, Labours shadow climate secretary, said ministers were letting “the fossil fuel companies making bumper profits off the hook with their refusal to implement a proper windfall tax”. “Rishi Sunak was warned as chancellor and now as prime minister that we need a proper windfall tax on companies like Shell. Friends of the Earth’s Sana Yusuf said the latest Shell profits were “staggering”, considering that “millions of people have been facing the impossible choice between putting food on the table and heating their homes”. He added: “We believe that Shell is well positioned to be the trusted partner through the energy transition.1 month ago Estonian Free Press
Tensions between Britain and Iran have spiked again following the execution of a British national in Iran, with Downing Street actively reconsidering its diplomatic options for engagement with Tehran, including whether to support the U.S.-backed nuclear deal. Officials lured him back to Iran and arrested him in 2019 to face accusations of spying for Britain. But the regime carried out the execution last week in a move that prompted immediate condemnation from the British government. “When we heard the tragic news on Saturday morning, we acted immediately to demonstrate our revulsion,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in an address to Parliament. Britain has played a key role in helping to bring the deal to fruition, the result of which would provide Iran funds as Western allies would ease sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear program.2 months ago Estonian Free Press
Specifically, OIG found that FEMA did not promptly remove or adjust system and information access when personnel separated or changed positions. OIG found that FEMA used these backup controls to deactivate most accounts that were not scheduled for disablement through the ALM process. The audit also found that FEMA did not monitor and configure privileged user access, service accounts, and access to sensitive security functions as required. OIG said the recently discovered deficiencies at FEMA stemmed from insufficient internal controls and day-to-day oversight to ensure access controls were administered appropriately and effectively to prevent unauthorized access. FECAPS will modernize identity and access management with a Software as a Service solution to mature the Identity Access Zero Trust Architecture pillar.1 month ago Estonian Free Press
Rishi Sunak becomes UK’s third prime minister this yearSign up to the Inside Politics email for your free daily briefing on the biggest stories in UK politics Get our free Inside Politics emailNewly appointed prime minister Rishi Sunak is considering delaying next week’s planned fiscal statement as he considers ways to plug a £40bn hole in the UK economy. Mr Sunak is expected to meet finance minister Jeremy Hunt today to discuss proposals to increase taxes and squeeze public spending, reported The Times. It may even be pushed back again to turn into a full Budget, the report added. This comes after Mr Hunt reverse Liz Truss’s economic growth plan on 17 October, following weeks of economic turmoil that triggered her resignation. Mr Sunak quickly reappointed Mr Hunt as his finance minister in a bid to calm the markets.5 months ago Estonian Free Press
Sign up to the Inside Politics email for your free daily briefing on the biggest stories in UK politics Get our free Inside Politics emailFormer Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith has described Boris Johnson as “begging” Conservative MPs for nominations during his “demeaning” failed bid to return to Downing Street. Mr Johnson had likely “planned” to allow the dust of his own leadership to settle for a longer period before attempting a political comeback – but Ms Truss’s premiership “collapsed earlier than he had expected”, Sir Iain suggested. But Sir Iain said he had pushed back, telling Mr Johnson that although inquiry was not “a sword of Damocles”, its weeks of televised witness testimonies would be a repeated reminder of the scandal and would make things “very difficult”. “I just said, ‘until you’re past that, whatever ambitions you’ve got have to be on hold’,” he added. Ultimately, that is what has transpired, and Mr Sunak was announced the new Tory leader by the party’s backbench 1922 Committee on Monday just five minutes after Ms Mordaunt’s withdrawal.5 months ago Estonian Free Press
Ian Blackford calls for Suella Braverman to be sackedSign up to the Inside Politics email for your free daily briefing on the biggest stories in UK politics Get our free Inside Politics emailFormer Tory chairman Sir Jake Berry has claimed Suella Braverman committed “multiple breaches of the ministerial code” as prime minister Rishi Sunak faces a backlash for reinstating her to his cabinet six days after she was sacked by Liz Truss. Ms Braverman admitted to a “technical infringement” of the rules as she was forced out prior to the former prime minister’s downfall. But Sir Jake, who was chair when Ms Truss sacked Ms Braverman last week, said that she was responsible for a “really serious breach” relating to confidential government discussions of cybersecurity. Ms Braverman left her role in Ms Truss’s cabinet after she was caught sending veteran backbench Tory Sir John Hayes, a fellow right-winger, an official document from a personal email account. She accidentally copied in someone she believed was Sir John’s wife, but was in fact an aide to Conservative MP Andrew Percy, who raised the alarm.5 months ago Estonian Free Press