Claudia Webbe’s Awkward Phone Call

During a debate on the Immigration and Social Security Bill, Leicester East MP Claudia Webbe suffered a very unparliamentary interruption. Someone’s trying to connect to the Webbe…

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Foreign Office Hesitates Over Hong Kong National Security Law Pushback

Dominic Raab told the House of Commons this morning that “we are waiting for [China’s national security legislation] to be published so we can see the details and assess it.” Sources close to the Foreign Office tell Guido that as soon as there is confirmation of the wording of the law, the UK will be ready to “push back hard” against Beijing if it breaks the Joint Declaration. Later Raab released a statement saying:

“Despite the urging of the international community, Beijing has chosen not to step back from imposing this legislation. China has ignored its international obligations regarding Hong Kong. This is a grave step, which is deeply troubling.

We urgently need to see the full legislation, and will use that to determine whether there has been a breach of the Joint Declaration and what further action the UK will take.”

The Foreign Office is privately bullish about standing up to its responsibilities, yet publicly it is running on China’s timetable. While the UK waits for Beijing to publish the law they have passed, Hong Kongers already understand its gravity. Pro-democracy literature is already being torn down to avoid punishment. The UK should not wait until it is convenient for China in order to act and save the freedoms of people it has an international obligation to protect…

UPDATE: Analysis of the freshly published legislation is revealing that under the law, jury trial will be rendered inapplicable for national security related cases, and anyone seeking to overthrow or disrupt the system of one-party rule in China or Carrie Lam’s regime in Hong Kong faces a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Pro-democracy protests by implication appear to have been made illegal. Raab has a statement in the Commons tomorrow…

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Piers on Antisemitism Apology

Interviewing Anneliese Dodds on GMB this morning, Piers went in hard on last week’s sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey, saying “it’s hard to imagine a more antisemitic trope than that”. Guido can think of something more antisemitic, Piers…

Herr Morgan also asked whether Becky should apologise, saying “she can’t seem to bring herself to say the word ‘sorry'”. Two weeks ago, the Campaign Against Antisemitism put out a statement in response to Guido’s exclusive photo of Piers’ party wear, saying:

Mr Morgan must clarify what exactly happened and, if the claims are true, make amends.

Over a fortnight on from Guido’s story, Piers is keeping stum…

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Why Theresa May Was So Angry in the Commons Today

There may be more to the former Prime Minister’s anger in the Commons earlier today than the immediate issue of the appointment of David Frost as National Security Adviser. Guido understands Theresa May has been fuming all day about reports she was “bullied and humiliated” by Donald Trump over the phone during her premiership. Her commons performance allowed her to both let off steam and appear less of a victim…

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European Royalty Funding Moran’s Leadership Campaign

With so much at stake for the future of British politics, readers will be shocked to learn the money going into the LibDem leadership election is meagre pocket change, with the two contestants attracting only £16,500-worth of donations between them so far – according to the register of MPs’ interests. Wera Hobhouse registered no donations at all before dropping out

Ed Davey trails his competition significantly, with £6000 from four donors versus Moran’s £10,500 cash reserves. Bizarrely one £2,500 donation to Sir Ed’s campaign is listed as being “for a thank you party following my campaign for leadership of the Liberal Democrat party”. Clearly looking forward to it all being over…

The overwhelming majority of Moran’s cash (£8000) has been gifted by billionaire couple Jessica Frankopan – the great-great-granddaughter of supermarket founder John Sainsbury – and husband Peter, a Croatian prince from the Frankopan family – one of the country’s leading aristocratic families for over 5 centuries with 20 castles to their name. The LibDems continuing their love-in with unelected European elites…

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Theresa May Slams Appointment of David Frost as National Security Adviser

Michael Gove came up against an unexpected assailant while addressing an Urgent Question on the appointment of Sir David Frost as National Security Adviser this afternoon. Former Prime Minister Theresa May was cutting in her remarks…

“why then is the new National Security Adviser a political appointee with no proven expertise in national security?”

Yet Frost has worked in fields dealing with national security for decades, having first joined the Foreign Office in the 1980s. Later on in the exchange Gove reminded the House that traditionally the roles of Cabinet Secretary and National Security Adviser have been split. When David Cameron was in opposition, the then principal National Security Adviser was also a political appointee…

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