LONDON, (Parliament Politics Magazine) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was grilled at the PMQs by the MPs on the rising cost of living, partygate and Ukraine. Following the summary of the events of the afternoon.
- Boris Johnson has pushed for offshore wind in the UK’s effort to generate more electricity. “You have to recognise that in the UK we have really failed, for a generation, to put in enough long-term supply,” he told the Commons liaison committee. He went on to say that it was a colossal mistake. Renewables are fantastic. He believes offshore wind – and he emphasised offshore wind – had enormous potential. As does nuclear power.
Small nuclear reactors might start providing electricity for the UK by the end of the decade, Johnson told the committee.
- In reaction to global outrage over P&O Ferries’ unilateral dismissal of 800 workers without consultation, the UK government announced plans to bar ferries with crews earning less than the minimum wage from entering British ports. Louise Haigh, the shadow transport secretary, claimed the announcement by Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, suggested the government had abandoned Boris Johnson’s promise to take the company to court.
Shapps responded in response saying in the chamber that
She inquires about legal action taken by the government and why none has been taken. It was because the government was unable to pursue legal action – that was left to the unions and workers, and they recognised the limitations of that, which was why he had described some of the items there.
Former shadow transport secretary, Andy McDonald, gave the measures a cautious welcome.
The RMT transport union, on the other hand, called the measures “too little, too late.” Mick Lynch, the general secretary, said in a statement:
The prime minister had frequently stated in parliament that the government would take legal action to defend the jobs of British seafarers, but he failed to follow through on his promise.
Because of the government’s ongoing lack of action and courage, a ferry firm owned by the Dubai royal family has been able to break UK’s laws, disrupt its ports, and wreck people’s lives with impunity, and they would continue to press the government to guarantee that justice was served to the members.
- Jamie Wallis has become the first member of Parliament to come out as trans, claiming that he was diagnosed with gender dysphoria as a child and wanted to illustrate “how important it is to be yourself.”
- With just weeks until the local elections, ministers have been accused of spending over £100,000 of public funds to flood local media and Facebook with “Tory propaganda.”
- Eight Russian oligarchs who were sanctioned by the UK because of their ties to Vladimir Putin were given “golden visas” to live in the country.
- Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has stated that the country’s mask-wearing regulations will remain in effect until April 18th.
- Satisfaction of the public with the NHS has fallen to its lowest point since 1997, with only 36% of respondents satisfied with how the health service is administered and performing.
- Dominic Raab said he intends to fight the Parole Board’s decision to release Baby P’s mother, who died after months of abuse.