James Cleverly MP has urged his colleagues to keep policy views 'around Cabinet table' after the home secretary attacked Tory MPs who she claims 'staged a coup' against the prime minister over her plan to scrap the 45p tax rate 👉
Politics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Liz Truss has given her first conference speech as Tory leader as she fights to save her premiership.
Using data from the Bank of England, the party says homeowners coming off two-year fixed term deals are"set to be clobbered" with new rates"likely to top 5% or even 6%".“Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng crashed the economy with their attempts to hand enormous, unfunded tax cuts to those who least need it. The humiliating U-turn they were forced into came too late - the damage had been done.
Liz Truss will hold meetings with EU leaders on Thursday after a chaotic party conference that left Conservatives divided over her policies. But while Truss will be facing issues abroad, there will be more problems waiting for her at home after the tumultuous Conservative gathering in Birmingham this week.
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Surely tanking the pound is 'anti growth' We have a right to know the views of the people we elected. Truss, however has 0 mandate to govern which is why there's so much turmoil in the Cabinet, let alone the Party. GeneralElectionNow Once again, Cleverly being used as the Cabinet's representative on Earth, rolled out as he's the least visibly crap.
Damn! Drama Already!
Politics live: Home secretary pledges to make Rwanda scheme 'work' - as Tory divisions over 45p tax rate U-turn dominate conferenceHome Secretary Suella Braverman MP says the UK should use their newfound control, since Brexit, to encourage the 'kind of migration that grows our economy', 'end the abuse of the rules and cut down on numbers' 👉 📺 Sky 501 and YouTube
Politics live: 'Boris told me today to back Liz', Dorries says - as Tory divisions over 45p tax rate U-turn dominate conferencePolitics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Liz Truss defends her tax U-turn, as the prime minister comes under further pressure on increasing benefits. Evil woman. 'the Rwanda policy' was Boris and Priti's goto when they wanted attention to be pulled anywhere other than the PM, they did it over & over again, now Liz Truss and Suella Braverman are doing the exact same thing for the exact same reason, don't be distracted Sack her for saying ‘Keenya’ in my opinion
Politics live: Liz Truss fights for her job in first conference speech shortly - as 'ingredients in place for election loss'Politics Hub brings you the latest political news, insight and analysis from the Sky News team in Westminster. Liz Truss is giving her first conference speech as Tory leader as she fights to save her premiership. He is quite clearly a horrendous individual, who should be no-where near any decisions affecting peoples lives. That was a horrible mix of panto & darkness... Did he just say our employers will shower us all with pay rises from the massive cuts they've been awarded in corporation tax ? HA !
Battersea Power Station prepares for grand reopening as office, property and shopping hubThere are more than 250 apartments at the landmark London site, which has cost £9bn to restore. Apple will be the biggest office tenant, taking over six floors in the central boiler house and retailers will include Zara, Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren. Took long enough. Got all the rich housing built first didn't they. Everyone else last. Just what we need when there's an energy crisis 😂 Big man pig man haha charade you are
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Protest held as health chiefs face grilling over proposed Shrewsbury health hubProtestors were out in force as health bosses faced a grilling over controversial plans to move six Shrewsbury GP surgeries into a £60 million 'super hub'.
Live reporting by Michael Drummond 22:36:01 Labour claims Tory plans will lead to £500 mortgage hikes New analysis from Labour claims the government's plans for the economy will lead to £500 hikes to people's mortgages.Live reporting by Faye Brown, Alix Culbertson and Sophie Morris, in Birmingham, and Faith Ridler 18:11:10 Chancellor says job is going 'very well' despite mini-budget U-turn and cabinet revolt By Sophie Morris, political reporter, in Birmingham Kwasi Kwarteng has said his new role as chancellor, which he has held for less than a month, is going"very well" - despite a dramatic U-turn on his 45p tax rate mini-budget policy yesterday.Live reporting by Faye Brown, Alix Culbertson and Sophie Morris, in Birmingham, and Faith Ridler 22:26:43 Newspapers lead with Tory 'open warfare' The majority of tomorrow's newspapers are leading on the turmoil within the Tory party that has emerged this party conference following the U-turn on cutting the 45p rate of income tax for higher earners and a refusal to commit to uprate benefits in line with inflation.Live reporting by Bhvishya Patel and Alix Culbertson 11:00:01 PM's challenge is to convince party and country to give her a chance There's always pressure on a prime minister's first conference speech, but for Liz Truss, the stakes couldn't be higher.
Using data from the Bank of England, the party says homeowners coming off two-year fixed term deals are"set to be clobbered" with new rates"likely to top 5% or even 6%". They said homeowners in London and the southeast would face average rises of up to £915, while those in the North East - where property tends to be cheaper - would still see spikes of up to £320. On the tax changes announced in the mini-budget, Mr Kwarteng told a conference fringe event run by the Institute of Economic Affairs:"I think we are very, very focused on trying to bed-in the tax cuts we announced.  Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer called on the government to reverse its"kamikaze budget", saying:"The burden of the Tories’ fantasy economics should not fall on working people. Her speech will come just two days after performing a U-turn on cutting the 45p rate of income tax for higher earners and very public criticism of her by fellow Tory MPs." He added: “These eye-watering mortgage increases will cause homeowners across the country sleepless nights – and the Tory government is entirely to blame." He says"the road we were on where we were raising taxes with low growth was not sustainable" and that the government"had to shift the dial" on economic policy. “Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng crashed the economy with their attempts to hand enormous, unfunded tax cuts to those who least need it. A month in to her premiership, and many of her MPs believe she's already in trouble.
The humiliating U-turn they were forced into came too late - the damage had been done. Asked about public spending, he says the government is"committed to great public services", but swerves a question on potential spending cuts. "I am determined to take a new approach and break us out of this high-tax, low-growth cycle.  "Now we are all suffering the consequences. This was a crisis made in Downing Street but paid by working people. Mr Kwarteng received a big cheer as he arrived at the full-capacity event." 22:31:01 Truss to hold meetings with EU leaders after tumultuous party conference  Liz Truss will hold meetings with EU leaders on Thursday after a chaotic party conference that left Conservatives divided over her policies. "My position personally is that ultimately we do need to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.  The prime minister will fly to Prague for the European leaders' summit on Thursday and is expected to have bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala. Pointing to the ex-PM's election win, his handling of Covid, and his support for Ukraine, Cleverly says:"It’s a legacy that we should be proud of. But does that mean contrition? Nothing that has happened so far this week suggests it will be anywhere near as straightforward as that.
She will seek to convince the gathering that the UK has continued to play a leading role in Europe despite Brexit - pointing to the country's support for Ukraine after the Russian invasion. And she PM will discuss reducing Europe's reliance on Russian energy, joint projects to develop new nuclear and offshore wind capacity, and tackling illegal migration.." Her comments came hours after she gave her keynote speech at the conference, where she criticised France for not doing enough to stop illegal migrants travelling across the Channel in small boats. But while Truss will be facing issues abroad, there will be more problems waiting for her at home after the tumultuous Conservative gathering in Birmingham this week. 21:39:21 Reynolds: 'Safest thing' for economic stability would be a general election Labour's shadow business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, is next up on Sky News' The Take and reacting to the prime minister's speech today." The foreign secretary says the new PM took"bold action" when she held his role, and was"also being bold" in her new job by"helping with energy bills, ensuring you can see your doctor promptly [and], reducing the taxes paid by ordinary, hardworking people across the country".  Specifically on the accusation Labour are part of the so-called"anti-growth coalition", he tells Sophy Ridge:"Liz Truss has created an economic crisis in Downing Street and we are all already going to have to pay for that. Theresa Villiers told a PoliticsHome event at the conference in Birmingham:"Sadly, I think it has been very damaging, the events of today and the past few days, and I hope we can have a bit of a reset moment. Instead, he repeatedly criticised the work of previous governments - including those he was part of - of presiding over"slow managed decline".
"Then she has the cheek not only to not acknowledge that but then to accuse the rest of the country of being part of this anti-growth coalition!" Reynolds claims growth under the last Labour government was"considerably higher than it has been after the last 12 years" of a Tory government, and he says his party's plans"are more realistic for growth than tax cuts for the already well off"." Much of Cleverly's speech focuses on the UK's support for Ukraine during its war with Russia, saying:"We will support them until this war is won, we will support them until their sovereignty is restored, and we will support them until the last Russian tank is dragged away by a Ukrainian tractor. He concludes by saying the"safest thing" to ensure political and economic stability in the UK would be for a general election to take place. 21:23:31 IDS tells colleagues to 'grow up' and back PM Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has told some of his colleagues to"grow up" and get behind Liz Truss. Closer to home, he says a"good diplomatic and economic relationship with the EU and its member states is good for us all", and he wants to see"more cooperation" - especially to address ongoing issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol. Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, responded to his comments, saying the new team need to"properly listen to the profession".  Speaking to Sky News' Sophy Ridge on The Take, he admitted the party's conference had been"pretty awful", but he hoped it would be"cathartic" after three years of challenges in government.  "The Conservative Party at this conference stared over the edge and they stepped back after [the PM's] speech," he said. 17:52:27 Those who enter UK illegally must be 'swiftly' relocated - Braverman Suella Braverman then turns to the migration crisis. 10:45:59 There is huge risk of misjudgement in this speech - and Truss can't afford to get it wrong At points, this conference has felt like it is being conducted in a parallel universe.
"Now I hope people will recognise that there is no other way than to get behind Liz Truss and make it work for her. "Teachers deserve better than rhetoric about 'intervention' at this critical juncture." And for those who don't? They"need to grow up", he says. "This has gone on for far too long, but I have to be straight with you there are no quick fixes, and the problem is chronic," she says."If you go on changing your leaders with the polls the way they are now, you may as well head straight for the exit door right now." And where does the former work and pensions secretary stand on raising benefits with inflation - the latest row going on in the party? Sir Iain says he understands why the PM would not commit to anything during the conference, ahead of the full budget next month. "Secondly, we need to find a way to make the Rwanda scheme work. MPs and financial experts want to see the government make savings to restore market confidence after pension funds were put at risk and people's mortgages were pulled. But he hints at wanting that rise, saying it was"stupid" to set the argument for keeping it lower against tax cuts for the wealthiest. The tax U-turn showed that she is vulnerable to pressure from her MPs.
"The last [benefit] rise was below inflation." Ms Braverman goes on to allege that many migrants who claim to be modern slaves are"lying" in order to reach the UK.... "Our laws are being abused - abused by people smugglers, and those making false promises. so already benefits have come in under inflation," he says. "The next one in a way will be resetting the bar so it is stable." She then says she will look to"bring forward legislation to make it clear that the only route to the United Kingdom is through a safe and legal route". Ms Dorries, who supported Liz Truss in the leadership contest over the summer, appeared to turn against the new PM in the past few days, tweeting she should seek a new mandate if she scraps policies from the previous Tory government led by Johnson. 10:45:17 'The boy from Baghdad': Nadhim Zahawi reveals he went into politics to annoy a 'leftie' student Nadhim Zahawi reveals he wanted nothing to do with politics as a child after growing up in Iraq as it represented parades of tanks and having his door kicked in.
" 19:49:25 Podcast: Liz Truss fighting for her political life Sky News Daily podcast presenter Niall Paterson and his team have been gaging the temperature in Birmingham after this morning’s speech from Liz Truss. In her speech, the prime minister promised she’d get the nation through the current and oncoming choppy economic waters, insisting that “everyone will benefit” from her policies. "That is where your asylum claim will be considered. But how did the hall feel about it all? Has the prime minister done enough to smooth out her difficult first month in Number 10? Niall gets reaction from the Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street. "We can't remove a prime minister who won the biggest majority in 40 years… and replace all the policies as well".  Plus, Sky’s deputy political editor Sam Coates analyses the PM’s plan for “growth, growth, growth”. "The Lib Dems will go bananas," she says, to applause. 18:02:22 Irish foreign minister to meet with UK counterpart over NI Protocol Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said that Ireland's role in protocol talks between the EU and UK would be"encouraging progress". To many laughs, he says:"I was lucky to have the ultimate summer job as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
He said he would be meeting with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly for dinner in London and co-chairing a British-Irish intergovernmental conference with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Chris Heaton-Harris on Friday." She adds:"Despite those obstacles, I won't give up on you, and I won't give up on the British public. "People are struggling, we are in a cost of living crisis… we can't bring in policies that amend the way they pay their benefits, we can't tell people to go out and get better paid jobs, that is a crass thing to say. "We will be discussing these issues on how together we can solve the outstanding problems and frustrations with the Northern Ireland Protocol.  "Of course this is a negotiation between London and Brussels primarily, but obviously the Irish government has a central role to play in trying to find solutions." She concludes:"The time is ours, the time is now." He added:"But certainly the mood music has changed quite fundamentally, we welcome that, and we will work on not only the relationships to rebuild trust, but also work on solutions in a practical way, and I think that process very much starts in earnest this week.." 17:10:02 North east coalition writes to PM and chancellor warning of 'cruel and completely avoidable' harm A coalition of north east organisations has come together today  to urge the prime minister and chancellor to ensure that social security support, such as Universal Credit, is increased in line with inflation. Earlier, the home secretary accused MPs who were against scrapping the top rate of tax of staging a"coup" against the prime minister, calling it"disappointing". Mr Zahawi is also equalities minister and gets a big clap for saying the Tories legalised same-sex marriage"because love is love".
Not doing so, they say, will push low income families across the region into even greater levels of hardship, an outcome they describe as"both cruel and completely avoidable". Writing jointly to the prime minister and chancellor, the coalition emphasised that failing to ensure social security payments keep up with the cost of household essentials would have"a devastating and disproportionate impact on children and families across our region". "I think that sort of language is just too inflammatory. Speaking at a reception hosted by the Northern Ireland Conservatives, the prime minister said:"It is very important that we restore the east-west trading relationship so that we are ale to support both communities in Northern Ireland, support the primacy of the Belfast Good Friday agreement. The group includes Citizens Advice bureaus, child healthcare organisations, the Northern TUC and others. 17:03:03 Do the Tory party regret removing Boris Johnson? A new poll from YouGov asks an interesting question about whether the Tory party regrets removing Boris Johnson as PM." 17:36:21 Extinction Rebellion 'cross a line' - and police should not 'take the knee' - Braverman Home Secretary Suella Braverman told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham the government stands for the"law abiding majority of Britons".." Ms Truss also said that Northern Ireland's Conservatives had her"full support in building their strength", adding it was"fantastic to see your membership in Northern Ireland going up and up". He talks about his daughter, Mia Zahawi, who he says turned 10 this week - and says she must have the same opportunities as her two older brothers.
. On this list was the Rwanda scheme, which she described as a"ground breaking deal" to tackle illegal migration. 16:58:39 UK and Ireland to engage over Northern Ireland Protocol The UK and Ireland have agreed to engage over the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Irish foreign minister has said. Simon Coveney said it is a"very welcome change of course"." She then turned to the policing system, and admitted some members of the force have fallen"short" of the standards expected. I think we are strongest when we are focused on a common enemy, and that is the Labour Party. He added that the two nations will work not only on relationships to rebuild trust but also on solutions in a practical way. 16:37:14 Coffey on NHS issues: 'We can't run everything from Whitehall' Most Tories have left Birmingham now, but Health Secretary Therese Coffey is still in town on a visit to a local hospital. Not policing pronouns on Twitter, or non-crime hate incidents. Mr Zahawi promises the party will actully deliver instead of just paying lip service, as he mentions Suella Braverman and promises she will crack down on crime with"more bobbies on the beat".
Speaking to reporters, she is pushed on critical incidents that have plagued trusts in the Midlands in recent weeks and how she is going to tackle it." 19:11:47 Lord Frost hints at run as Tory MP Former Brexit negotiator and minister Lord Frost has hinted he could run to become a Tory MP at the next election. "The approach I am taking is a lot more localised," she said, promising to target problem areas by working with the NHS to address the likes of backlogs, ambulance wait times and bed space." "The police must have all they need to stop protesters who use guerrilla tactics and bring chaos.  "Not the same is true [in trusts] right across the country... "I haven't made my mind up yet.. "And we'll secure that historic fifth term in office.
[so] we are forging a partnership with the NHS to get a grip on this, not just delegate," she added. "It's not a human right to vandalise property. Asked why the Tories haven't got a grip  after 12 years in power, Coffey replies:"I don't know the exact answer to some of the situations [taking place]. "The impact of COVID has not helped...." Ms Braverman then named Extinction Rebellion explicitly - warning that they"cross a line" and could end up"behind bars". "If we are to keep delivering to Britain and if we're going to keep it free of the scourge of socialism then we will ensure that our prime minister will take on the Labour Party at the next general election and win," he said.
and we are working through that. "We cant run everything thing from Whitehall and we don't want to. "They need to stick to catching the bad guys," she added." And what is her message to people living in areas where trusts are in crisis? "It is not acceptable and needs to be fixed and that is what we are going to make sure gets done," she says. Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this. Speaking in the main hall at the party's conference, he echoes the remarks of the deputy PM an hour ago, saying it is"a time for us to come together as one Conservative family to reaffirm our common cause". . "The alternative, a Labour vision, a big state on the side of vested interests and the union barons who are determined to make your life a misery, taking more of your hard earned cash.