Boris Johnson news live: PM warned over Thatcher-like toppling amid sleaze row


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The Labour Party has increased its lead over the Tories in the latest opinion poll, with Keir Starmer’s party up two points, on 38 per cent, and Boris Johnson’s down one on 36 per cent.

It comes as Scotland’s first minister accused the UK government of being “corrupt” at its core, saying ongoing allegations of sleaze against the Conservatives may have been a “distraction” at Cop26 – but they at least “shone a light on issues that need to be resolved in Westminster politics”.

Meanwhile, Tory grandee Malcolm Rifkind – a Cabinet minister during those dramatic events in 1990 – issued a warning to the PM that he is in danger of becoming “a liability” to his party and of being toppled by his own MPs, as Margaret Thatcher was.

“I was in the Cabinet when [Ms] Thatcher was required to fall on her sword … no prime minister can assume they’re free from that risk,” he told The Independent, amid continued anger at Mr Johnson’s botched attempt to clear ex-MP Owen Paterson for breaching lobbying rules, which ended in a humiliating government U-turn.

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First, the programmes were made without knowing if Gordon Brown would take part. Then, “just as he said yes, finally” at about this time last year, the second lockdown started.

That is why, as one of the consultants on the project, along with Prof Jon Davis and Mary Ann Sieghart, The Independent’s John Rentoul saw several rough cuts of episodes without Brown. They lacked the tension of the central relationship, with Brown represented on screen by Ed Balls, Charlie Whelan, Stewart Wood, Tom Fletcher and Sue Nye.

John explains the rest in this fascinating piece:

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