Boris Johnson claims he takes Nusrat Ghani’s Islamophobia claims ‘extremely seriously’ – UK politics live – Archyde

Good morning. It’s getting difficult to keep up with all the crises engulfing No 10 at the moment and so at the start of a week that could decide whether or not Boris Johnson remains prime minister until the May election, here’s one short summary of the six biggest problems in his inbox.


1) Sue Gray’s investigation into Partygate. The report is expected later this week but it is not finished yet, and Gray, the senior official leading the investigation, is reportedly taking evidence today from Dominic Cummings, the former chief adviser to the Prime Minister who made some of the most damaging revelations in the scandal.

2) Nusrat Ghanis Islamphobia. As my colleague Peter Walker Johnson reportedly ordered a formal inquiry this morning.

Related: Johnson orders probe into Nusrat Ghani’s ‘Muslimism’ sacking claims

Ghani welcomed this step.

But Labor has said the proposed inquiry does not go far enough. In response to the announcement Anneliese Dodds, The Minister for Shadow Equality said:

This investigation is welcome but does not replace the need for an immediate investigation into whether the Chief Whip broke the Ministerial Code. After the government’s shameful response yesterday to serious allegations of Islamophobia, all we will know is that Conservatives are finally taking the issue seriously when Michael Fabricant is stripped of the whip for his appalling comments.

3) The allegations about Intimidation and blackmail by the party leadership. Ghani became just the latest Tory MP to allege party whip misconduct. William Wragg was charged Thursday #10 of Blackmail to intimidate MPs critical of Johnson, and this week he is scheduled to discuss the allegations with police.

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4) The social security increase. The Daily Mail is running a “Spike the Hike” campaign, and other newspapers are also increasingly protesting social security increase It’s due to come into force in April and they’re encouraging Tory MPs who didn’t like it anyway.

5) fuel prices. Johnson is also under intense pressure to do something about rising energy prices.

6) And, of course, Russia may be about to launch Land War in Europe.

Related: US orders families of embassy staff from Ukraine as tensions rise

Here is the agenda for the day.

11.30 a.m.: Downing Street holds a lobby meeting.

12 o’clock: Alok Sharma, President of Cop26, delivers a speech on fulfilling the Cop26 promises.

Lunchtime: Boris Johnson is expected to give a pooled TV interview during his visit.

2.30 p.m.: Michael Gove, the rising secretary, answers questions in the House of Commons.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss is also in Brussels to meet with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Brexit negotiator, on the latest talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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