Boris Johnson latest news: Prime Minister warned of more than 90,000 job cuts at national strike

Boris Johnson pledges ‘compassion’ to help people through living costs

The government has been warned that plans to cut tens of thousands of government jobs could lead to a national strike.

Boris Johnson has ordered his cabinet to cut about 90,000 civil servant jobs. tax cuts.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents public sector workers, is holding an emergency meeting next week to discuss its response.

Secretary-General Mark Serwotka condemned the plans, saying: “Our members will not be the scapegoat for a failing government. In 10 days we have our conference: taking national strike action is high on the table.”

He added: “Let’s be clear, this isn’t about efficiency. This is about the Prime Minister trying to create a smokescreen to detract from his utter mess of a government.”


No apology from Boris Johnson after hostage Nazanin tells him she ‘lived in the shadow of his words’

More on Boris Johnson’s missing apology from our political editor, Andrew Woodcock.

He writes that Boris Johnson did not apologize to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she told him she had “lived in the shadow of his words” for years in an Iranian prison.

You can read the full, breaking story here:

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 14:46


PM did not apologize for Nazanin’s shortcomings, says husband

Richard Ratcliffe said Boris Johnson did not specifically apologize for his handling of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detention in Iran, following calls at number 10.

When asked if the prime minister apologized during their first meeting since her release, Ratcliffe told reporters in Downing Street: “Not specifically.”

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 14:26


Johnson threatens national strike over civil servant cuts

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union is holding an emergency meeting next week to discuss its response to the government’s plans to cut civil service jobs, warning that “national strike action is very much on the table”.

PCS Secretary General Mark Serwotka condemned the plans, saying: “Authorities have consequences. Not just those whose jobs are being sacrificed to toss red meat to the dwindling number of conservative voters, but anyone who relies on the services our members provide.

“The government is complaining about longer delays for passports and driver’s licenses, while also firing those who are working so hard to clear the backlog.

“Let’s be clear, it’s not about efficiency. This is about the Prime Minister trying to create a smoke screen to detract from his utter mess of a government.

“He has chosen to cause our cost of living crisis and is desperate to put the blame somewhere – and he has chosen to point the finger at hard-working PCS members who have kept the country going during the pandemic .

“Our members will not be the scapegoats for a failing government. In 10 days we have our conference: taking national strike action is high on the table.”

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 14:13


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Downing Street to meet PM

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has arrived in Downing Street with her family and MP Tulip Siddiq to meet with Boris Johnson.

When asked how she was doing, her husband Richard told the media, “Much better times.”

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe did not respond to journalists’ questions about what she would discuss with the Prime Minister.

The family and Tulip Siddiq posed for pictures outside the front door while their seven-year-old daughter Gabriella joked to reporters, “You can only take one picture.”

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 13:52


Wakefield Local Labor Commission resigns en masse over dispute over selection process in by-elections

The executive committee of the local Labor party in Wakefield has resigned en masse in protest at the national party’s approach to selecting a candidate in an upcoming by-election.

In a major row with Labor headquarters, the 16-strong body slammed the lack of a “local candidate” on the shortlist and decided to resign from their positions during a meeting on Thursday night.

Here is my colleague’s full story, Ashley Cowburn

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 13:38


No 10 does not rule out redundancies under plan to reduce the civil service

Downing Street has failed to rule out redundancies as part of Boris Johnson’s plans to cut tens of thousands of civil service jobs.

A spokesperson for No. 10 said: “I am not going to prejudge specific measures.”

But he added that much of the cuts are expected to be done through “natural waste.”

Tom BatchelorMay 13, 2022 13:25


ICYMI: Boris Johnson plans to cut 90,000 government jobs to help fund tax cuts

The government could cut as many as 90,000 civil service jobs in a cost-cutting exercise touted by Boris Johnson as ministers come under increasing pressure to help alleviate the cost of living crisis with potential tax cuts.

My colleague Tom Batchelor reports on the story that made a splash today:

Matt MathersMay 13, 2022 13:15


Do MPs understand what the cost of living means to people?

Conservative MP Lee Anderson caused a stir this week when he claimed there wasn’t ‘this mass use’ for food banks in the UK and that people could really use a few cooking classes instead, writes Cathy Newman

Read Cathy’s piece here:

Matt MathersMay 13, 2022 12:50 pm


ICYMI: Boris Johnson heads for double beating in midterm elections

Prime Minister’s unpopularity is about to be brought to the Conservative MPs in dramatic fashion, writes John Rentoul.

Read John’s full piece here:

Matt MathersMay 13, 2022 12:29 PM


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe demands answers to slow release in meeting with prime minister

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will meet Boris Johnson today and demand answers as to why it took the government so long to secure her release from her detention in Iran.

She is accompanied by her local Tulip Siddiq. Ms Siddiq said her voters “hear it directly” from the prime minister.

She said: “We will use the meeting as an opportunity to address the plight of British citizens such as Morad Tahbaz, who are still held hostage in Iran, and urge the Prime Minister to do much more to secure their release.” to assure.

“He has a responsibility to ensure that others do not endure the six years of torment that Nazanin endured.

She added: “I will also submit evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s investigation into hostage taking, which I hope will be the root of the government’s abnormal failure to handle cases like Nazanin’s.

“Never again should the government allow British citizens to be held hostage with so little done to secure their release and so little reprisal for those responsible.”

Matt MathersMay 13, 2022 12:13 PM

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