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Starmer meets with Senate leaders and German chancellor throughout go to to Capitol Hill

Joe Biden has known as the US and UK the “best of allies” as Sir Keir Starmer met him at Nato’s seventy fifth summit for the primary time since profitable the election.

The US president backed Sir Keir’s ambitions to take the UK again nearer to the European Union because the prime minister has began the method of renegotiating Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

Mr Biden stated the UK was “the transatlantic knot” that ties Nato along with the EU throughout a heads-of-state occasion on the alliance’s summit.

Sir Keir additionally hailed the “special relationship” between the UK and indicated that Ukraine might use UK-supplied long-range missiles to strike army targets in Russia throughout their conflict, earlier than assembly president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Meanwhile, shadow minister James Cartlidge has accused the federal government of inflicting “massive uncertainty” for the UK’s armed forces after failing to set a deadline for rising defence spending.

Sir Keir stated he’s dedicated to spending 2.5 per cent of GDP on defence “within our fiscal rules” however he cautioned that he wanted to hold out a overview earlier than setting a timeline to achieve that aim.

Armed forces minister Luke Pollard stated it will not be accomplished till subsequent yr.

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Biden calls UK and US ‘best of allies’ as he suggests Britain-EU to maneuver nearer

Joe Biden described the US and the UK because the “best of allies” as he appeared to again Sir Keir Starmer’s push for the UK to forge nearer defence ties with Europe.

In his first face-to-face assembly with the newly elected British prime minister, Mr Biden known as the UK the “transatlantic knot” binding the 2 continents collectively.

“I kind of see you guys as the knot tying the transatlantic alliance together, the closer you are with Europe. We know where you are, you know where we are.” Mr Biden stated.

Sir Keir desires an bold new UK-EU safety pact to strengthen co-operation and seeks nearer work on defence with key allies resembling France and Germany.

Sir Keir advised the president: “The special relationship is so important. It’s forged in difficult circumstances, endured for so long, and stronger now than ever.

A UK Government spokesman said Mr Biden and Sir Keir “agreed we must continue to do whatever it takes to support Ukraine and ensure aggressors like Putin do not win”.

The spokesman added: “The President welcomed the Prime Minister’s recent comments on establishing closer relationships with our European counterparts, as well as the UK’s commitment to Aukus.”

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Shweta Sharma11 July 2024 04:06

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Tice guidelines out Reform merging with the Tories

Reform UK chairman Richard Tice has dismissed claims his occasion might merge with the Tories in a right-wing alliance.

Mr Tice claimed he would “compete” with them and claimed each Labour and the Conservatives “represent some form of socialism”.

Asked if he would be a part of forces with the Tories, Mr Tice advised ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: “We are not interested in the Tories. We are Reform, we are growing, we stood in every seat possible in the election and that is what we are going to continue to do.

“I want to compete. That is what we want to do. We want to put forward a completely different agenda to socialism.”

Salma Ouaguira11 July 2024 06:00

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Starmer appoints authorities whips

Downing Street has introduced an inventory of latest parliamentary appointments. The 13 Commons, who should not ministers however whips, will work with Labour MPs to make sure they’re absolutely knowledgeable.

  • Mark Tami MP as Treasurer of HM Household (Commons Deputy Chief Whip);
  • Samantha Dixon MP as Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip);
  • Chris Elmore MP as Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip);
  • Nic Dakin MP as a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip);
  • Vicky Foxcroft MP as a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip);
  • Jeff Smith MP as a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip);
  • Anna Turley MP as a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip);
  • Taiwo Owatemi MP as a Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip);
  • Christian Wakeford MP as an Assistant Whip, House of Commons;
  • Gen Kitchen MP as an Assistant Whip, House of Commons;
  • Keir Mather MP as an Assistant Whip, House of Commons;
  • Gerald Jones MP as an Assistant Whip, House of Commons;
  • Anna McMorrin MP as an Assistant Whip, House of Commons.

The prime minister has additionally appointed three whips within the House of Lords:

  • Lord Kennedy of Southwark as Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentleman at Arms (Lords Chief Whip);
  • Baroness Wheeler MBE as Captain of The King’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard (Lords Deputy Chief Whip).

Salma Ouaguira11 July 2024 05:30

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Labour pledges to start out a ‘bus revolution’ and repair damaged system

Labour has pledged to start out a “bus revolution” and permit companies to be taken again below native public management, new Transport Secretary Louise Haigh stated.

She will go to Greater Manchester’s pioneering public bus community at this time to fulfill Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham to debate how the world’s Bee Network may be replicated throughout the nation to enhance companies and develop passenger numbers.

Ms Haigh stated: “Buses are the lifeblood of communities, but the system is broken.

“Too often, passengers are left waiting hours for buses that don’t turn up – and some have been cut off altogether.

“Change starts now. This new Government will give local leaders the tools they need to deliver better buses up and down the country.

“We are already seeing how the Bee Network is delivering for people across Greater Manchester – we will ensure every community can enjoy the same benefits.”

Shweta Sharma11 July 2024 05:21

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Green teams urge Kier Starmer to make nature their ‘top priority’

Keir Starmer and his government must address five major challenges to protect the UK’s atmosphere and ecosystems, Green teams have urged.

The challenges embody doubling the character and climate-friendly farming funds to £6 bn, introducing new guidelines to make polluters pay for nature and local weather restoration and increasing protected areas, they stated.

The coalition of environmental campaigners, together with the National Trust, WWF, RSPB and Extinction Rebellion.

It comes after the coalition joined forces for the Restore Nature Now march in central London through the election marketing campaign final month.

The protest noticed 400 organisations and an estimated 60-80,000 individuals rally exterior Parliament with the backing of celebrities like Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson.

Chris Packham, TV broadcaster and environmental campaigner, stated the march “wasn’t a one-off event, easy to ignore by politicians, industry and media”.

“This was the start of a new movement who will not stand by while nature is annihilated. We don’t just want our message to be ‘heard’, we want it to be acted on. Now,” he stated.

“Our next government needs to hit the ground running in this escalating ecological crisis; ground that is parched from drought, flooded, overgrazed, burnt, saturated with pollutants… alarmingly devoid of life.”

Shweta Sharma11 July 2024 05:04

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Jacob Rees-Mogg begins filming actuality TV present after election defeat

Mr Rees-Mogg will not be the primary MP to show to TV following politics. The transfer follows the likes of Nigel Farage on I’m A Celebrity and Matt Hancock on SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Our reporter Jabed Ahmed has the complete story:

Salma Ouaguira11 July 2024 05:00

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Bidens tells Starmer ‘football’s coming dwelling’ due to him

US president Joe Biden advised British prime minister Sir Keir Starmer that “football’s coming home” due to him as England landed within the finals of the Euros 2024.

Mr Biden congratulated Sir Keir for the group’s 2-1 victory within the semifinal in opposition to the Netherlands.

They have been requested by reporters: “Is football coming home?”

“It looks like it,” Sir Keir responded. Mr Biden interjected by saying: “It’s all because of the prime minister.”

The Labour chief replied: “Not lost a game under the Labour government.”

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Shweta Sharma11 July 2024 04:43

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Watch: Reform UK chair blames ‘lefties’ for inflicting AI candidate theories with ‘nonsense and lies’

Reform UK chair blames ‘lefties’ for inflicting AI candidate theories

Reform UK chairman Richard Tice dismissed theories that considered one of his occasion’s candidates was an AI bot, describing claims as coming from “lefties who can’t believe we did so well.” Online commentators had speculated {that a} image of Mark Matlock, who stood within the Clapham and Brixton Hill constituency, was computer-generated. Mr Matlock spoke to The Independent on the telephone on Monday. “This is the lefties who can’t believe we did so well, they still [propagate] nonsense and lies and fibs,” Mr Tice stated of the theories throughout an look on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday, 10 July.

Salma Ouaguira11 July 2024 04:30

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Rising stage of unemployment is ‘unacceptable’, Labour says

Rising stage of financial inactivity is “unacceptable” and requires “immediate action”, the brand new Labour authorities’s jobs minister has stated.

Liz Kendall stated 9.4 million persons are at the moment economically inactive, a document 2.8 million persons are out of labor on account of long-term illness, and 900,000 younger persons are not in training, employment, and coaching.

Labour has stated a brand new so-called Youth Guarantee for 18-21 year-olds will see extra alternatives for coaching, an apprenticeship or assist to search out work provided to all on this age class “to prevent young people becoming excluded from the world of work at a young age”.

Ms Kendell is on her first ministerial go to as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at this time and she or he is about to announce a extra localised strategy to upskill for unemployed.

“Economic inactivity is holding Britain back – it’s bad for people, it’s bad for businesses, and it’s bad for growth.

“It’s not good enough that the UK is the only G7 country with employment not back to pre-pandemic levels.

“We’ll create more good jobs, make work pay, transform skills, and overhaul jobcentres, alongside action to tackle the root causes of worklessness including poor physical and mental health.

“Change delivered by local areas for local people, driving growth and delivering opportunity and prosperity to everyone, wherever they live.”

Shweta Sharma11 July 2024 04:20

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Tories: Labour ‘failed at first test’ on defence

The Conservatives have accused Labour of “failing at the first test” of their time in workplace after refusing to set out a “clear” timeline to boost defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP by 2030.

Shadow defence secretary James Cartlidge stated: “This morning, the armed forces minister repeatedly refused to match the Conservatives’ fully funded pledge to spend 2.5 per cent of GDP on defence by 2030 – and could not even set out a timeline for increasing defence spending.

“Labour had a clear choice to match our fully funded commitment. Defence of the realm is the first duty of any government and Keir Starmer’s Labour government have failed at the first test.”

Salma Ouaguira11 July 2024 04:00

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