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'We take these allegations seriously, I took them seriously when they were raised with me 18 months ago.' Boris Johnson says he is 'glad' an investigation is taking place into Nusrat Ghani's allegations of Islamophobia. Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233

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'We take these allegations seriously, I took them seriously when they were raised with me 18 months ago.' Boris Johnson says he is 'glad' an investigation is taking place into Nusrat Ghani's allegations of Islamophobia. Sky 501, Virgin 602, Freeview 233

Politics latest as Boris Johnson facing make-or-break week for his leadership; Sue Gray investigation expected to conclude this week; Downing Street officers have reportedly been interviewed about partygate claims; Tory MP claims she was sacked as junior minister over her 'Muslimness'.

But he said the government is"focused on dealing with the big problems we have" and we have"got to wait" for the report to come out. Tory MP Nusrat Ghani alleged over the weekend that she was sacked from her role as junior minister in 2020 due to concerns about her Muslim faith. 

Mr Johnson spoke to Ms Ghani last night, the government has confirmed.Tax increase is 'the right thing to do', says education secretary"So it is really important to just focus on why we are doing this, why I think it is the right thing to do, because it will finally create a system of adult social care that is sustainable and deliverable without breaking families."

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You mean 18 odd months ago when you said your party wasn't racist Boris?

Downing Street police 'give Sue Gray extremely damning partygate statements'Members of the Metropolitan Police’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command are said to have been interviewed as part of the investigation into Boris Johnson and Downing Street's 'partygate' That's a good show at least. If so, they must be sacked, they have a Sworn Duty to prevent crimes happening, if they stood by and watched law breaking they broke their oath, regardless of who was breaking law.

Black man sues police after officers mistook him for white man with the same nameLawyer accuses officers of neglecting to do ‘any due diligence’ So they don't have the same name then, according to your article.. I hope he gets it all and more. Apparently, some of these towns need to go broke b/4 finally doing something about the rampant criminal activity w/in their own police departments.

Boris Johnson 'said he couldn't get involved' to Muslim MP during sacking rowConservative MP Nusrat Ghani considered quitting politics after an interaction with a Government whip who she claims said her 'Muslimness was raised as an issue' at a Downing Street meeting Not with his record of Racism And..... !!

Boris Johnson 'said he couldn't get involved' to Muslim MP during sacking rowConservative MP Nusrat Ghani considered quitting politics after an interaction with a Government whip who she claims said her 'Muslimness was raised as an issue' at a Downing Street meeting More like he didn't want to, his horrendous vous towards muslim women has been know since his 'letter box' comments. He's a nasty piece of work. Interesting that Miss Ghani references reshuffle meetings in Downing Street as the place where these comments were made. That leaves a really small circle of culprits Nus_Ghani Kevin_Maguire campbellclaret SamCoatesSky Peston patrickwintour SkyNews Keir_Starmer guardian She hasn't got a name ?

Partygate stormclouds gather for Boris ahead of Sue Gray reportBoris Johnson is facing another tough week as Sue Gray finalises her inquiry into alleged lockdown breaches in Whitehall, while furious Tories prepare for another coup bid. Pretty sure he is not that bothered, in fact may be a relief to hand over the current shit storm to others, what ever he says the media twists, but hey he is still well paid so probably not that concerned.

Boris Johnson’s political future hangs in the balance as MPs await Sue Gray reportMany MPs are reserving judgement on Mr Johnson’s position until the report into No 10 parties is published 👇🏼🤫👇🏼 He disgraced the Queen. Anyone that backs he also disgraced the Queen. Bring out the block

PM dodges questions on Downing Street parties Boris Johnson isn't keen to talk about Sue Gray's investigation today, perhaps unsurprisingly.  Questioned by Sky's Rob Powell on behalf of broadcasters, he dodged quizzing on whether there could be changes in Downing Street following the report's publication. The prime minister's job is currently hanging in the balance as he awaits the outcome of the report into Downing Street parties. But he said the government is"focused on dealing with the big problems we have" and we have"got to wait" for the report to come out.  He added that officials are"focused on the stuff I think people want us to focus on". 12:11:50 Boris Johnson says he is taking Islamophobia accusations 'extremely seriously' Tory MP Nusrat Ghani alleged over the weekend that she was sacked from her role as junior minister in 2020 due to concerns about her Muslim faith.  Although the government previously said it would not investigate the matter, this morning it said the Cabinet Office would launch an inquiry. The prime minister has told broadcasters this morning:"We take these allegations extremely seriously, I took them very seriously when they were raised with me 18 months ago... very glad there's an investigation taking place now. "I can't say more, really, about it." Mr Johnson spoke to Ms Ghani last night, the government has confirmed. Asked if chief whip Mark Spencer will stay in post while the investigation takes place, the prime minister refused to answer.  Instead he repeated his comment that"we must wait and see what the investigation produces". 12:03:25 Tax increase is 'the right thing to do', says education secretary As the threat of a cost of living crisis looms, the government is facing questions on its plans to increase national insurance contributions from April to pay for social care. Asked about the issue on BBC radio, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:"On the national insurance, the £36bn is necessary because successive governments... of every colour have not dealt with this. "It is really important to remember that the highest earners, the 14% who earn the most are paying 50% - they are paying half of that contribution, and the lowest earners, 6.1 million of the lowest earners pay nothing, so it is as progressive as we can make it to deal with a problem that breaks many an individual in their old age. "So it is really important to just focus on why we are doing this, why I think it is the right thing to do, because it will finally create a system of adult social care that is sustainable and deliverable without breaking families." He was pressed on suggestions the move could"shock" the economy and fail to raise the predicted sums, but replied the Treasury has"done the work" and it is"the right thing to do". It is estimated the 1.25% rise will see an employee on £20,000 a year pay an extra £130. Those on £50,000 will pay £505 more. 11:44:31 Shapps to speak in Commons today about HS2 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will be making a statement later about his new bill for HS2.  The bill laid today will seek powers to extend the high-speed rail service to Manchester, cutting journey times to London by 55 minutes. Work is currently under way on phase one of the long-planned service between London and Birmingham, which is set to open between 2029 and 2033.  11:28:34 Downing Street officials were told to delete evidence of parties - report Three sources have told the Independent they were told to remove messages and pictures on their phones related to parties in Downing Street. They said they have held back information from Sue Gray's investigation into the partygate scandal as they"felt intimidated". WhatsApp messages were said to contain photos of people drinking and dancing, while others complained of how hungover they were the next day. The parties were held the night before Prince Philip's funeral, when harsh restrictions were in place telling people not to meet other households indoors. "Everyone's terrified. It's a witch-hunt," one source told the paper."There's been a culture of fear [in the office] every day since the first party story broke." Another said:"I've held back from sharing evidence, it's too risky. And I'd have to explain why I'd deleted some stuff, which would mean saying I'd felt intimidated." 11:07:32 Sue Gray likely to judge if Downing Street parties were inappropriate - report The top civil servant investigating Downing Street parties is expected to make a judgment on each of the events, according to the i. She will set out the facts and evidence but is unlikely to call for sackings. Her report is expected to come this week, although reports suggest it will not be finished today. If Ms Gray takes this approach, it will be similar to the report she compiled on Damian Green. The then-deputy to Theresa May lost his job after the investigation found he lied about pornography on his computer and uncovered"plausible" evidence he sexually harassed a young activist.  11:00:44 Not sure what is happening with Russia? We've got you covered This explainer looks at what is happening between Russia and the West.  10:55:33 NATO increasing force levels to deter Russia Away from domestic politics, and allies are putting forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe, NATO has said. The move is in response to Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine. A number of NATO allies have said they are ready to deploy more resources over the past few days. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said he welcomed the additional forces, adding the alliance would"continue to take all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies". "We will always respond to any deterioration of our security environment, including through strengthening our collective defence," he said. 10:47:33 Pictured: Boris Johnson visits hospital in Milton Keynes The prime minister has been visiting Milton Keynes University Hospital in Buckinghamshire this morning, as he starts off what is likely to be a tough week for his leadership. He was seen speaking to staff and chose not to forgo a face mask this time, after photos of him going maskless in a hospital previously drew criticism.  We are expecting another broadcast interview with the PM over the next hour or two so stay tuned. 10:37:22 Labour MP says Tories are 'not willing to use the term Islamophobia' Shadow women and equalities secretary Anneliese Dodds has hit out at the Conservatives following claims of Islamophobia within the party.  Over the weekend, Tory MP Nusrat Ghani claimed she was sacked from her junior minister role due to concerns about her"Muslimness". Speaking to Sky News, Ms Dodds said the Conservative Party is not"willing to use the term Islamophobia" and it appears to be"banned from ministers' scripts".  As for the uproar today, she said:"It just looks like yet another case where the Conservative government is in disarray with enormous internal problems." She also accused the government of"not getting a grip on the really important issues that are facing people".