Politics live: Rishi Sunak to reveal more help with rising cost of living; Boris Johnson hopes to put partygate behind him after 'no smoking gun' in report

Downing Street Chief of Staff @SteveBarclay says he was most shocked by the government's 'disrespect to staff' detailed in the #SueGrayreport adding, Boris Johnson 'has gone out to seek staff' to apologise 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

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Downing Street Chief of Staff SteveBarclay says he was most shocked by the government's 'disrespect to staff' detailed in the SueGrayreport adding, Boris Johnson 'has gone out to seek staff' to apologise 📺 Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233 and YouTube

Politics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Rishi Sunak will announce more help with the rising cost of living, as the fallout continues from the release of the full Sue Gray report into partygate.

There, in black and white, wereaccounts of drunken altercations, vomiting, karaoke machines, pizza takeaways and noisy parties going past midnight.You can read more from Beth here:Although not confirmed, Treasury sources have also not denied reports that he will scrap the requirement to repay the £200 discount on energy bills, and could increase the level of the grant.

political reporter Alix CulbertsonGuildford MP Angela Richardson has heavily criticised the PM and those involved in lockdown-breaking parties."There is nothing that ever excuses poor behaviour towards those going about their work. How we treat those seen to be below us in any hierarchy says more about us than words ever could. It is simply intolerable."

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Rishi Sunak 'will announce measures to rebut cost-of-living crisis'The chancellor is due to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sign off on the rumoured £10bn package, which could include a windfall tax on energy giants and financial aid for vulnerable families. Another payday loan or some coupons? Surely the wrong photos? New taxes 💪👍🇬🇧💀

Rishi Sunak 'will announce measures to rebut cost-of-living crisis'The chancellor is due to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to sign off on the rumoured £10bn package, which could include a windfall tax on energy giants and financial aid for vulnerable families. I’m all ears Rishi Workhouses and indentured servitude? Government employed loan Sharks.

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Rishi Sunak reportedly considering windfall tax on electricity generatorsLevy could be extended beyond oil and gas producers to help households in cost of living crisis A distraction from the damaging photos of partygate. People do not forget these crooks Just in time to try to save big dog or as we know him as 'BorisJohnson the big fat liar' £500K for an eyebrow job.

Rishi Sunak to set out new cost of living crisis plan after Sue Gray reportA windfall tax could be one of the measures revealed by the chancellor on Thursday as the energy price hike is set to rise even further. But oil and gas companies have said that could reduce production in the future. They caused the problem to be much worse with their GDP destroying Brexit.

Rishi Sunak To 'Cut Energy Bills By £400 In Windfall Tax U-Turn'The chancellor is expected to set out plan to ease the cost-of-living squeeze a day after the partygate report. He's around £1300 short

07:15:01 Relief for PM as no smoking gun in Sue Gray report We waited five months for Sue Gray and when it landed it was, in some ways, as bad as it was billed. A meticulous report documenting 15 gatherings, it detailed a casual disregard for rules and contemptuous treatment of security and cleaning staff. There, in black and white, wereaccounts of drunken altercations, vomiting, karaoke machines, pizza takeaways and noisy parties going past midnight. And amid all of the lurid details, this remark from one of the most senior officials in Downing Street after one event:"We seem to have got away with it." The whole 37-pages are embarrassing, awkward, shameful even. And yet, for the prime minister personally, this report was a relief. You might do a double-take at that given the brazen rule-breaking Sue Gray uncovered and documented, but crucially for Boris Johnson there was no smoking gun in this report that incriminated him further when it came to events he attended or the planning of them. You can read more from Beth here: 07:01:51 Chancellor to unveil government's latest plan to help with rising cost of living Rishi Sunak is expected to bow to pressure to impose a windfall tax on energy companies when he sets out the government's latest plan to tackle the cost of living crisis later. Although not confirmed, Treasury sources have also not denied reports that he will scrap the requirement to repay the £200 discount on energy bills, and could increase the level of the grant. Details are expected to be revealed in the Commons in the morning and are anticipated to target those who are suffering the most. The announcement comes a day after Sue Gray's much-anticipated report on lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street was published, prompting critics to accuse the government of bringing forward the measures to distract from the fallout. You can read more from political reporter Alix Culbertson 00:42:27 21:05:12 Tory MP from 2019 intake says 'I would resign' over Sue Gray if she was PM Guildford MP Angela Richardson has heavily criticised the PM and those involved in lockdown-breaking parties. She was part of the 2019 intake of MPs who helped Boris Johnson gain a large majority - and are generally more progressive than veteran Tories. The MP has written that she fears it was"too little, too late" after the PM corrected the record around statements he made on COVID rule-breaking. "I particularly abhorred the fact noted by Sue Gray that security staff and cleaners were subjected to rudeness and arrogance by government staff," she said.  "There is nothing that ever excuses poor behaviour towards those going about their work. How we treat those seen to be below us in any hierarchy says more about us than words ever could. It is simply intolerable." She said there is so much"important work" for the government to do but to do so"MPs need to deserve your trust". "Trust has been broken and it saddens me that the culture in Number 10 and the length of time the enquiry has taken has eroded trust in your political representatives," she said.  "It reflects badly on all of us. Sue Gray reflects many people’s view when she says: ‘The senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility...’  "I am clear that had this been a report about my leadership, I would resign." Ms Richardson told a constituent she would not reveal if she had sent a letter to the chairman of the 1922 Committee officially calling for Mr Johnson's resignation as she sees it as a"private matter". 20:00:01 Northern Ireland secretary holding meeting with US delegation after trade deal threat over protocol Away from partygate, work on the Northern Ireland Protocol - that governs post-Brexit trade between NI, GB and Ireland - has been continuing. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is hosting US Congress members at Hillsborough Castle this evening. Their meeting comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week said the US-UK trade deal was at risk if Westminster goes ahead with changing the Northern Ireland Protocol, as Liz Truss has said will happen. Mr Lewis will emphasise the UK shares the US's commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, the peace deal that Ms Pelosi said she is concerned about. His office said Mr Lewis will highlight the importance of Northern Ireland's parties forming an executive as soon as possible.  There has not been a sitting Northern Ireland Assembly since February when the first minister quit in protest over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr Lewis will also let the US delegation know about the"significant problems" the protocol is causing businesses and the need for the EU to be more flexible. The NI Secretary said:"The UK and the USA are united in our shared commitment to the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, and the role it plays in safeguarding Northern Ireland’s prosperity and stability. "My top priority right now is to see a return to fully functioning devolved institutions in Northern Ireland. This is crucial for NI to embrace its full potential and, to support this, we must resolve the issues with the Protocol." 19:30:01 Just catching up on today's events? Today was the day that Sue Gray's full report into partygate was finally released after months of waiting. Its findings were damning for the government, but Boris Johnson has insisted the UK now needs to move on from the row surrounding gatherings in Downing Street and Whitehall during COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021. The prime minister said he took"full responsibility" for the scandal but defied renewed calls to resign as he sought to play down his personal involvement in the gatherings. He said he"overwhelmingly" believes he should remain in office despite public anger at the"bitter and painful" conclusions of the inquiry. Mr Johnson apologised for attending his own birthday party during the first lockdown, for which he was fined by the police, but said he was not fined for any other events. The full report, delayed for four months by a separate Met Police investigation, gave a damning insight - with photos - into 16 parties in Downing Street and Whitehall that took place while COVID restrictions were in place in 2020 and 2021. You can read more in this summary of the day's events from political reporter Alix Culbertson 19:26:55 Have the latest leaked partygate photos changed things for Boris Johnson?  The latest leaked partygate images - which showed the prime minister raising a glass with colleagues in Downing Street during COVID restrictions in 2020 - have reignited criticism ahead of the publication of the Sue Gray report. On the Sky News Daily podcast, Leah Boleto speaks to our deputy political editor Sam Coates and crime correspondent Martin Brunt about the impact these snaps could have on Mr Johnson’s job and the credibility of the Metropolitan Police investigation into the gatherings. Follow the Daily podcast on