‘Not every measure will be common’: Truss says voters may not like all of her pro-growth measures – British politics live | Policy

‘Not each measure shall be well-liked’ – Truss admits voters could not like all of her pro-growth measures

les truss She mentioned she was ready to implement unpopular insurance policies in her quest to spice up UK development.

Chatting with reporters on her flight to New York, she appeared to defend the much-criticized proposal to boost most bonuses for bankers by saying, “Not each measure shall be widespread.”

She additionally indicated that as Prime Minister she could be keen to argue overtly that “scaling the pie” (ie growing the financial system) is extra essential than guaranteeing that it’s distributed equitably. This can be a view shared by many Conservatives, however most of Truss’s new predecessors as social gathering chief wouldn’t have mentioned it as frankly as Truss could be keen to do (for instance, in her interview with Laura Koensberg two weeks in the past).

my colleague Peppa Kerrar She has a full writeup of what Truss informed reporters final night time about her want to spice up development by tax cuts right here.

The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has revealed that he has not yet had a chance to have a proper introductory conversation with the new prime minister, Liz Truss.

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He said he hoped there would be “mutual respect” between the UK and Welsh governments but added:

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There has been no opportunity as yet to test the appetite of the new prime minister for such an approach. On the day he was appointed Boris Johnson telephoned me and the first minister of Scotland.

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He said the same thing happened when Theresa May and David Cameron became UK PM.

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But, speaking at first minister’s questions in the Welsh Senedd, Drakeford added:

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I understand that the new prime minister has not had the first week she would have expected. And now the prime minister has left the country. I hope it will not be long delayed before she does find an opportunity to speak with the elected leaders of other parliaments in the United Kingdom.

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On Friday Kwasi Kwarteng, the new chancellor, will announce a series of tax cuts expected to be worth at least £30bn. As a tax package, it will be far, far bigger than anything in any recent budget, but the Treasury insists that it is a “fiscal event”, not a proper budget.

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The official explanation for that is that Kwarteng is acting quickly to implement the promises that Liz Truss made in the Tory leadership contest and that a full budget would take longer, because it would have to include a myriad of other decisions (like duty on cigarettes etc).

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But a full budget would also require the publication of a new economic forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility, and there are suspicions that Kwarteng is avoiding a budget this week because he does not want the OBR publishing figures that undermine his policy announcements. Over the summer the Liz Truss leadership campaign briefed journalists that her “emergency budget” would not be accompanied by a new OBR forecast, and Kwarteng has said nothing to suggest that Truss has changed her mind, or that OBR figures will be published on Friday.

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The OBR has told the Commons Treasury committee in a letter that it could, if necessary, produce a forecast this week, even thought it normally gets more preparation time.

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Today Mel Stride, the Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Treasury committee, has released the text of an open letter to Kwarteng saying that he should publish an OBR forecast on Friday. Stride said:

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As a committee, we have in the past reported to the house that we consider it very important that significant changes to taxation are announced in a fiscal event alongside an OBR forecast. These forecasts are a vital indicator of the health of the nation’s finances, and provide reassurance and confidence to international markets and investors.

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There has been a deterioration in our economic outlook since the last OBR forecast in March. There have been significant fiscal interventions since then and we are told there will be further significant interventions including major permanent tax cuts to be announced on Friday. Under these circumstances, it is vital that an independent OBR forecast is provided.

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Like all select committees, the Treasury committee has a government majority.

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My colleague Heather Stewart says not publishing a new OBR forecast on Friday would be staggering, and a betrayal of what the former Tory chancellor George Osborne intended when he created the OBR in the first place.

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Opposition leaders at Holyrood have called for urgent action after Scotland recorded its worst-ever waiting times for accident and emergency, with fewer than 64% of patients seen within four hours last week.

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Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives said the data from Public Health Scotland showed hospitals were being “overwhelmed”, and accused Humza Yousaf, the health secretary, of failing to act.

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The data showed nearly 10,000 people waited for more than four hours before being seen last week, 3,400 for at least eight hours, and 1,257 for more than 12 hours. NHS Forth Valley, which covers Falkirk and Stirling, had a four-hour rate of 38.3%; NHS Lanarkshire, which covers towns such as East Kilbride and Hamilton, 51.9%, and NHS Fife 56.2%.

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NHS Lanarkshire has a warning to patients on its website which reads: “Our services are under EXTREME PRESSURE”, and urges people with non-critical injuries to call an NHS advice line first.

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Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour’s deputy leader, said:

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Today’s harrowing statistics are proof positive of this SNP government’s life-threatening inaction.

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[While] frontline NHS employees work tirelessly across the clock, Humza Yousaf has utterly did not make any significant try to deal with the underlying issues or management this disaster. If we’re to keep away from a full-blown humanitarian disaster this winter then the federal government should act now.

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Yousaf mentioned hospitals throughout the UK had been struggling to manage, however mentioned the NHS had been given £50m additional to enhance emergency care. He added:

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However this, I’m clear that the present stage of efficiency is just not acceptable, that’s the reason I’m decided to enhance efficiency and am working carefully with boards on a lot of measures to cut back strain on hospitals.

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Liz Truss has said that she is willing to implement unpopular policies in her quest to boost growth in the UK.

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Speaking to reporters on her flight to New York, she seemed to defend the much-criticised proposal to lift the cap on bankers’ bonuses by saying: “Not every measure will be popular.”

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She also indicated that as prime minister she would be willing to argue explicitly that “growing the size of the pie” (ie, growing the economy) matters more than ensuring it is fairly distributed. This is a view shared by many Conservatives, but most of Truss’s recent predecessors as party leader would not have said so as bluntly as Truss is prepared to do (for example, in her interview with Laura Kuenssberg two weeks ago).

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My colleague Pippa Crerar has a full write-up of what Truss said to reporters last night about her desire to promote growth through tax cuts here.

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Higher energy bills are a price worth paying to guarantee the UK’s security from foreign aggressors, but the cost should not be passed on to householders, Liz Truss has said. My colleague Pippa Crerar has the story here.

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Rosie Cooper has indicated that she intends to stand down as Labour MP for West Lancashire to take up a new job as chair of the Mersey Care NHS foundation trust. In her statement announcing the move Cooper says that events in recent years have “undoubtedly taken their toll” – a reference to Cooper being targeted by a neo-Nazi who was jailed for life in 2019 for plotting to kill her.

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Cooper’s statement implies she will resign and trigger a byelection. At the last election she had a majority of more than 8,000 over the Conservatives, and in a byelection Labour would be expected to hold the seat very easily.

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Liz Truss is due to meet Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the UN this afternoon. It will be their first proper meeting since she scandalised mainstream diplomatic opinion during the Tory leadership contest by refusing to say whether she considered him a friend or foe. The response from Macron was seen as considerably more statesmanlike.

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Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, was asked about Truss’s comment this morning. She could have said said that Truss was just making a joke (which was probably at least half true – look at the expression on Truss’s face in the video clip), but it is never wise to contradict the boss and instead Donelan defended what Truss said. Asked if Truss should apologise to Macron, Donelan told Times Radio:

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Well, absolutely not. The prime minister is entitled to make comments on any topic she should see fit to do so. So I don’t think she needs to apologise.

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But on LBC Donelan did sound more conciliatory. She said it would be a mistake to “overegg” the comment made by Truss, and she claimed the PM has had “many warm conversations” with Macron over the past week.

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About a quarter of a million people queued for up to 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin as it lay in state at Westminster Hall, Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, said this morning.

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She also refused to say how much the government spent staging the state funeral for the Queen, but she said “the British public would argue that that was money well spent”.

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My colleague Tobi Thomas has the story here.

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In her first PMQs as prime minister, Liz Truss said that under her premiership there would be “tweaks” to the online safety bill to ensure it did more to protect free speech. The bill is currently at report stage in the House of Commons, which means MPs have already spent many hours debating it, but the government could still table amendments in the Commons or in the House of Lords.

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In her interviews this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, claimed that the changes proposed by Truss would not affect the measures in the bill protecting children. They would only relate to ensuring “we’ve got the balance right in terms of free speech in relation to adults”, she said.

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She told the Today programme:

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I’m not going to announce today exactly how we’ll be changing [the bill] as a result of the due course of shall be to do this in parliament.

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However that aspect is in relation to adults. The bits in relation to kids and on-line security won’t be altering. And that’s the overarching goal of the invoice, and why we put it in our manifesto.

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However Donelan didn’t clarify how the provisions within the invoice could possibly be made much less restrictive for adults with out the flexibility of kids to entry dangerous materials additionally being affected. Social media corporations have been notoriously dangerous at implementing age controls.

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Ministers are reviewing the decisions to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence fee, Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has said. My colleague Jessica Elgot has the story here.

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Liz Truss will address the UN general assembly on Thursday. In another item of news to emerge from her trip overnight, No 10 has said she will promise that UK military aid to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, the military aid offered this year. In its news release Downing Street says:

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The UK is already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022. We have trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and in the last year we have provided hundreds of rockets, five air defence systems, 120 armoured vehicles and over 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment.

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Last week saw the largest commercial road move of ammunition since the second world war as tens of thousands more rounds of UK-donated artillery ammunition went to the front lines in Ukraine.

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The precise nature of UK military support in 2023 will be determined based on the needs of the armed forces of Ukraine. However, it is expected to include equipment like the multiple launch rocket system, provided to Ukraine by the UK and others, which has been decisive in allowing Ukraine to re-gain over 3,000 square kilometres of territory in recent days.

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Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar reports, it turns out Barack Obama was right after all. When it comes to a free trade deal with the US, post-Brexit Britain really is at the back of the queue.

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Liz Truss admitted that she did not expect talks on a free trade deal with the US to start “in the short to medium term” while speaking to reporters last night on her plane over to New York, where she is attending the United Nations general assembly. No one who has followed progress towards the “massive” free trade deal once promised will be surprised by the substance of what Truss said; it has been clear since Joe Biden won the US presidential election that for the time being the deal is all but dead. But the fact that Truss was prepared to admit this quite openly is notable. Last year, on a similar trip to the US, Boris Johnson was more evasive.

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In answering the question candidly, Truss was also burying a commitment in the Conservative party’s 2019 manifesto, which said:

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Our goals for British trade are accordingly ambitious. We aim to have 80 per cent of UK trade covered by free trade agreements within the next three years, starting with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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The Truss comment also marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the death of the Queen, all government business was put on hold and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings more or less clammed up. But now political news is back. We will be hearing more from Truss later today, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has done a full interview round. I will summarise the key points shortly.

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Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, but under Keir Starmer it is now presenting itself as the party that would “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely attacks the Tories for failing to implement Brexit properly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow international trade secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free trade deal won’t happen is “terrible news” for the economy. He says:

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The admission that there is no prospect of a trade deal with the USA is terrible news for the UK economy – it is costing billions in lost potential trade opportunities and holding back growth.

n

There is no doubt that the blame for this mess lies at the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s international reputation as foreign and international trade secretary. This is an embarrassment for Liz Truss.

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The Conservative manifesto promised a trade deal with the United States by the end of this year, now this has no chance of being delivered.

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Only the fresh start a Labour government can provide will rebuild these international relationships and run a trade policy focused on growth.

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Parliament is not sitting today. Here is the agenda.

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Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is expected to record interviews in New York, where she is in a visit to attend the United Nations general assembly.

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Around 4pm (UK time): Truss is due to hold a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

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Also, at some point today Brandon Lewis, the new justice secretary, is due to hold a meeting with the Criminal Bar Association to discuss the barristers’ strike.

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I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.

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If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you can email me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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The Welsh first minister, Mark Drakeford, has revealed that he has not yet had a chance to have a proper introductory conversation with the new prime minister, Liz Truss.

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He said he hoped there would be “mutual respect” between the UK and Welsh governments but added:

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There has been no opportunity as yet to test the appetite of the new prime minister for such an approach. On the day he was appointed Boris Johnson telephoned me and the first minister of Scotland.

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He said the same thing happened when Theresa May and David Cameron became UK PM.

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But, speaking at first minister’s questions in the Welsh Senedd, Drakeford added:

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I understand that the new prime minister has not had the first week she would have expected. And now the prime minister has left the country. I hope it will not be long delayed before she does find an opportunity to speak with the elected leaders of other parliaments in the United Kingdom.

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On Friday Kwasi Kwarteng, the new chancellor, will announce a series of tax cuts expected to be worth at least £30bn. As a tax package, it will be far, far bigger than anything in any recent budget, but the Treasury insists that it is a “fiscal event”, not a proper budget.

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The official explanation for that is that Kwarteng is acting quickly to implement the promises that Liz Truss made in the Tory leadership contest and that a full budget would take longer, because it would have to include a myriad of other decisions (like duty on cigarettes etc).

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But a full budget would also require the publication of a new economic forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility, and there are suspicions that Kwarteng is avoiding a budget this week because he does not want the OBR publishing figures that undermine his policy announcements. Over the summer the Liz Truss leadership campaign briefed journalists that her “emergency budget” would not be accompanied by a new OBR forecast, and Kwarteng has said nothing to suggest that Truss has changed her mind, or that OBR figures will be published on Friday.

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The OBR has told the Commons Treasury committee in a letter that it could, if necessary, produce a forecast this week, even thought it normally gets more preparation time.

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Today Mel Stride, the Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Treasury committee, has released the text of an open letter to Kwarteng saying that he should publish an OBR forecast on Friday. Stride said:

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As a committee, we have in the past reported to the house that we consider it very important that significant changes to taxation are announced in a fiscal event alongside an OBR forecast. These forecasts are a vital indicator of the health of the nation’s finances, and provide reassurance and confidence to international markets and investors.

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There has been a deterioration in our economic outlook since the last OBR forecast in March. There have been significant fiscal interventions since then and we are told there will be further significant interventions including major permanent tax cuts to be announced on Friday. Under these circumstances, it is vital that an independent OBR forecast is provided.

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Like all select committees, the Treasury committee has a government majority.

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My colleague Heather Stewart says not publishing a new OBR forecast on Friday would be staggering, and a betrayal of what the former Tory chancellor George Osborne intended when he created the OBR in the first place.

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Opposition leaders at Holyrood have called for urgent action after Scotland recorded its worst-ever waiting times for accident and emergency, with fewer than 64% of patients seen within four hours last week.

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Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives said the data from Public Health Scotland showed hospitals were being “overwhelmed”, and accused Humza Yousaf, the health secretary, of failing to act.

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The data showed nearly 10,000 people waited for more than four hours before being seen last week, 3,400 for at least eight hours, and 1,257 for more than 12 hours. NHS Forth Valley, which covers Falkirk and Stirling, had a four-hour rate of 38.3%; NHS Lanarkshire, which covers towns such as East Kilbride and Hamilton, 51.9%, and NHS Fife 56.2%.

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NHS Lanarkshire has a warning to patients on its website which reads: “Our services are under EXTREME PRESSURE”, and urges people with non-critical injuries to call an NHS advice line first.

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Jackie Baillie, Scottish Labour’s deputy leader, said:

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Today’s harrowing statistics are proof positive of this SNP government’s life-threatening inaction.

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[While] frontline NHS employees work tirelessly across the clock, Humza Yousaf has utterly did not make any significant try to deal with the underlying issues or management this disaster. If we’re to keep away from a full-blown humanitarian disaster this winter then the federal government should act now.

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Yousaf mentioned hospitals throughout the UK had been struggling to manage, however mentioned the NHS had been given £50m additional to enhance emergency care. He added:

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However this, I’m clear that the present stage of efficiency is just not acceptable, that’s the reason I’m decided to enhance efficiency and am working carefully with boards on a lot of measures to cut back strain on hospitals.

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Liz Truss has said that she is willing to implement unpopular policies in her quest to boost growth in the UK.

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Speaking to reporters on her flight to New York, she seemed to defend the much-criticised proposal to lift the cap on bankers’ bonuses by saying: “Not every measure will be popular.”

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She also indicated that as prime minister she would be willing to argue explicitly that “growing the size of the pie” (ie, growing the economy) matters more than ensuring it is fairly distributed. This is a view shared by many Conservatives, but most of Truss’s recent predecessors as party leader would not have said so as bluntly as Truss is prepared to do (for example, in her interview with Laura Kuenssberg two weeks ago).

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My colleague Pippa Crerar has a full write-up of what Truss said to reporters last night about her desire to promote growth through tax cuts here.

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Higher energy bills are a price worth paying to guarantee the UK’s security from foreign aggressors, but the cost should not be passed on to householders, Liz Truss has said. My colleague Pippa Crerar has the story here.

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Rosie Cooper has indicated that she intends to stand down as Labour MP for West Lancashire to take up a new job as chair of the Mersey Care NHS foundation trust. In her statement announcing the move Cooper says that events in recent years have “undoubtedly taken their toll” – a reference to Cooper being targeted by a neo-Nazi who was jailed for life in 2019 for plotting to kill her.

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Cooper’s statement implies she will resign and trigger a byelection. At the last election she had a majority of more than 8,000 over the Conservatives, and in a byelection Labour would be expected to hold the seat very easily.

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Liz Truss is due to meet Emmanuel Macron, the French president, at the UN this afternoon. It will be their first proper meeting since she scandalised mainstream diplomatic opinion during the Tory leadership contest by refusing to say whether she considered him a friend or foe. The response from Macron was seen as considerably more statesmanlike.

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Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, was asked about Truss’s comment this morning. She could have said said that Truss was just making a joke (which was probably at least half true – look at the expression on Truss’s face in the video clip), but it is never wise to contradict the boss and instead Donelan defended what Truss said. Asked if Truss should apologise to Macron, Donelan told Times Radio:

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Well, absolutely not. The prime minister is entitled to make comments on any topic she should see fit to do so. So I don’t think she needs to apologise.

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But on LBC Donelan did sound more conciliatory. She said it would be a mistake to “overegg” the comment made by Truss, and she claimed the PM has had “many warm conversations” with Macron over the past week.

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About a quarter of a million people queued for up to 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin as it lay in state at Westminster Hall, Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, said this morning.

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She also refused to say how much the government spent staging the state funeral for the Queen, but she said “the British public would argue that that was money well spent”.

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My colleague Tobi Thomas has the story here.

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In her first PMQs as prime minister, Liz Truss said that under her premiership there would be “tweaks” to the online safety bill to ensure it did more to protect free speech. The bill is currently at report stage in the House of Commons, which means MPs have already spent many hours debating it, but the government could still table amendments in the Commons or in the House of Lords.

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In her interviews this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, claimed that the changes proposed by Truss would not affect the measures in the bill protecting children. They would only relate to ensuring “we’ve got the balance right in terms of free speech in relation to adults”, she said.

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She told the Today programme:

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I’m not going to announce today exactly how we’ll be changing [the bill] as a result of the due course of shall be to do this in parliament.

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However that aspect is in relation to adults. The bits in relation to kids and on-line security won’t be altering. And that’s the overarching goal of the invoice, and why we put it in our manifesto.

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However Donelan didn’t clarify how the provisions within the invoice could possibly be made much less restrictive for adults with out the flexibility of kids to entry dangerous materials additionally being affected. Social media corporations have been notoriously dangerous at implementing age controls.

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Ministers are reviewing the decisions to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence fee, Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has said. My colleague Jessica Elgot has the story here.

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Liz Truss will address the UN general assembly on Thursday. In another item of news to emerge from her trip overnight, No 10 has said she will promise that UK military aid to Ukraine in 2023 will match, or exceed, the military aid offered this year. In its news release Downing Street says:

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The UK is already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, committing £2.3bn in 2022. We have trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and in the last year we have provided hundreds of rockets, five air defence systems, 120 armoured vehicles and over 200,000 pieces of non-lethal military equipment.

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Last week saw the largest commercial road move of ammunition since the second world war as tens of thousands more rounds of UK-donated artillery ammunition went to the front lines in Ukraine.

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The precise nature of UK military support in 2023 will be determined based on the needs of the armed forces of Ukraine. However, it is expected to include equipment like the multiple launch rocket system, provided to Ukraine by the UK and others, which has been decisive in allowing Ukraine to re-gain over 3,000 square kilometres of territory in recent days.

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Good morning. As my colleague Pippa Crerar reports, it turns out Barack Obama was right after all. When it comes to a free trade deal with the US, post-Brexit Britain really is at the back of the queue.

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Liz Truss admitted that she did not expect talks on a free trade deal with the US to start “in the short to medium term” while speaking to reporters last night on her plane over to New York, where she is attending the United Nations general assembly. No one who has followed progress towards the “massive” free trade deal once promised will be surprised by the substance of what Truss said; it has been clear since Joe Biden won the US presidential election that for the time being the deal is all but dead. But the fact that Truss was prepared to admit this quite openly is notable. Last year, on a similar trip to the US, Boris Johnson was more evasive.

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In answering the question candidly, Truss was also burying a commitment in the Conservative party’s 2019 manifesto, which said:

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Our goals for British trade are accordingly ambitious. We aim to have 80 per cent of UK trade covered by free trade agreements within the next three years, starting with the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

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The Truss comment also marks the return of No 10 as a news-generation machine. After the death of the Queen, all government business was put on hold and even the sources who give journalists unattributable briefings more or less clammed up. But now political news is back. We will be hearing more from Truss later today, and this morning Michelle Donelan, the new culture secretary, has done a full interview round. I will summarise the key points shortly.

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Labour opposed Brexit in 2016, but under Keir Starmer it is now presenting itself as the party that would “make Brexit work”, and it now routinely attacks the Tories for failing to implement Brexit properly. Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow international trade secretary, says Truss’s admission that the US free trade deal won’t happen is “terrible news” for the economy. He says:

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The admission that there is no prospect of a trade deal with the USA is terrible news for the UK economy – it is costing billions in lost potential trade opportunities and holding back growth.

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There is no doubt that the blame for this mess lies at the door of the prime minister, who tarnished the UK’s international reputation as foreign and international trade secretary. This is an embarrassment for Liz Truss.

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The Conservative manifesto promised a trade deal with the United States by the end of this year, now this has no chance of being delivered.

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Only the fresh start a Labour government can provide will rebuild these international relationships and run a trade policy focused on growth.

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Parliament is not sitting today. Here is the agenda.

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Lunchtime (UK time): Liz Truss is expected to record interviews in New York, where she is in a visit to attend the United Nations general assembly.

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Around 4pm (UK time): Truss is due to hold a meeting with Emmanuel Macron, the French president.

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Also, at some point today Brandon Lewis, the new justice secretary, is due to hold a meeting with the Criminal Bar Association to discuss the barristers’ strike.

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I try to monitor the comments below the line (BTL) but it is impossible to read them all. If you have a direct question, do include “Andrew” in it somewhere and I’m more likely to find it. I do try to answer questions, and if they are of general interest, I will post the question and reply above the line (ATL), although I can’t promise to do this for everyone.

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If you want to attract my attention quickly, it is probably better to use Twitter. I’m on @AndrewSparrow.

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Alternatively, you can email me at andrew.sparrow@theguardian.com

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Drakeford says he’s nonetheless ready for his first correct dialog with the brand new PM

Stephen Morris

Stephen Morris

Welsh Prime Minister, Mark DruckfordHe has revealed that he has not but had the chance to have a correct introductory dialog with the brand new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

He mentioned he hoped there could be “mutual respect” between the UK and Wales governments, however added:

There was no alternative but to check the brand new prime minister’s urge for food for such an strategy. On the day he was appointed, Boris Johnson telephoned and in his capability as Scotland’s first minister.

He mentioned the identical factor occurred when Theresa Could and David Cameron took over as Prime Minister of the UK.

However, talking of Wales First Minister Snead’s questions, Drakeford added:

I perceive that the brand new Prime Minister didn’t flip up the primary week that she was anticipating. Now the prime minister has left the nation. I hope it will not be lengthy earlier than she has an opportunity to talk with elected leaders of different parliaments within the UK.

Mark Druckford.
Mark Druckford. Picture: Matthew Horwood / Welsh Parliament / Pennsylvania

Ed BallsMr., the highly effective adviser to Gordon Brown when Brown was chancellor, and later shadow adviser when Ed Miliband was Labor chief, had an “I informed you so” second with regards to the proposed UK-US commerce deal. (See 9.44 a.m.)

I believed it value digging out our Harvard-Kings working paper from 2018 – 'On The Rebound: Prospects for a US-UK Free Commerce Settlement' – which doesn't look too dangerous 5 years on.. ⁦@HKS_BizGov⁩ ⁦@thestrandgroup⁩ ⁦@PeterASandshttps://t.co/qm55vLF02M

— Ed Balls (@edballs) September 20, 2022

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The next is an excerpt from the report’s conclusion written in 2018.

Regardless of the passion expressed by politicians on either side of the Atlantic, the officers instantly concerned, and specialists with expertise in such negotiations, specific doubts {that a} deal of significance could possibly be achieved…

The conclusion is obvious: a US-UK FTA will solely occur if the UK makes concessions which might be unlikely to be politically acceptable and, in any case, promise comparatively restricted enchancment to UK enterprise. Nonetheless, the significance of such a deal to the Brexit narrative (and particularly, within the occasion of leaving the customs union) signifies that the federal government is more likely to proceed to behave as if negotiating a horny take care of america stays a sensible risk.

The Home of Commons Treasury mentioned it was ‘important’ to have a brand new financial forecast for the Stability Sheet Workplace together with an ’emergency funds’ on Friday.

New Finance Minister Kwasi Quarting will announce on Friday a sequence of tax cuts which might be anticipated to quantity to at the very least £30 billion. As a tax package deal, it might be a lot bigger than any current funds, however the Treasury insists it is a “monetary occasion,” not a correct funds.

The official clarification for that is that Kwarteng is appearing rapidly to ship on the guarantees Liz Truss made within the Conservative Get together management contest and that the total funds would take longer, because it must embrace a myriad of different choices (equivalent to responsibility over cigarettes and many others.).

However the full funds may even require the publication of recent financial forecasts from the Workplace of Funds Duty, and there are doubts that Kwarteng is avoiding the funds this week as a result of he doesn’t need the OBR publication numbers that undermine his coverage bulletins. Over the summer season, Liz Truss’ management marketing campaign briefed reporters that its “contingency funds” wouldn’t be accompanied by a brand new OBR forecast, and Kwarteng mentioned nothing to counsel Truss has modified its thoughts, or that OBR numbers shall be revealed on Friday.

The Stability Sheet Workplace informed the Home of Commons Treasury Committee in a letter that it may, if crucial, launch a forecast this week, even when it thought it might often get extra preparation time.

as we speak Mel StrideThe Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Treasury Committee launched the textual content of an open letter to Kwarteng saying he ought to launch the OBR forecast on Friday. Stride mentioned:

As a committee, we’ve knowledgeable the Home up to now that we contemplate it essential to announce vital tax modifications at a monetary occasion together with the OBR forecast. These forecasts are an important indicator of the well being of the nation’s monetary assets, and supply reassurance and confidence to worldwide markets and buyers.

There was a deterioration in our financial outlook for the reason that final OBR forecast in March. There have been vital fiscal interventions since then and we’re informed that there shall be extra vital interventions together with main everlasting tax cuts to be introduced on Friday. Underneath these circumstances, it’s crucial to supply unbiased OBR forecasts.

Like all choose committees, the Treasury Committee has a authorities majority.

my colleague Heather Stewart He says it might be surprising to not publish the brand new OBR forecast on Friday, and a betrayal of what former Tory adviser George Osborne meant when he created the OBR within the first place.

So they need to – can’t assist discovering it *mind-blowing* the brand new chancellor is getting ready to spray £100bn+ on the power markets and overhaul the tax system, with none unbiased estimate of the influence on the financial system/public funds. https://t.co/9Y1UR0l9ju

— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) September 20, 2022

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So they need to – can not help however discover it mind-blowing*, as the brand new chancellor prepares to splash £100bn+ into power markets and tax reform, with no unbiased estimate of the influence on the financial system/public funds. https://t.co/9Y1UR0l9ju

– Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) September 20 2022

Right here’s George Osborne, on the creation of the OBR in 2010: “I recognise that this may create a rod for my again down the road, and for the backs of future chancellors.
That’s the entire level.”
[from this speech] https://t.co/xockGMWAJu

— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) September 20, 2022

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Here is George Osborne, on creating the OBR in 2010: “I understand this may create a rod for my again down the road, and for future advisors.
And that is the purpose.”
[from this speech] https://t.co/xockGMWAJu

– Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) September 20 2022

The Scottish authorities has been accused of failing to sort out the ready instances disaster at A&E

Severin Karel

Severin Karel

Opposition leaders in Holyrood referred to as for pressing motion after Scotland recorded its worst-ever wait instances for accidents and emergencies, with lower than 64% of sufferers seen inside 4 hours final week.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives mentioned knowledge from Public Well being Scotland confirmed hospitals had been “overwhelmed”, and Well being Minister Hamza Yusuf accused him of failing to behave.

The information confirmed practically 10,000 individuals waited greater than 4 hours earlier than being seen final week, 3,400 for at the very least eight hours, and 1,257 for greater than 12 hours. NHS Forth Valley, overlaying Falkirk and Stirling, had a four-hour common of 38.3%; NHS Lanarkshire, which covers cities like East Kilbride and Hamilton, 51.9%, and NHS Fife 56.2%.

NHS Lanarkshire provides a warning to sufferers on its web site that reads: ‘Our providers are below excessive stress’, and urges individuals with non-critical accidents to contact the NHS Recommendation Line first.

Jackie BaileyThe deputy chief of the Scottish Labor Get together mentioned:

Surprising statistics as we speak are constructive proof of a life-threatening SNP authorities inaction.

[While] NHS employees on the entrance traces are working tirelessly across the clock, and Hamza Yusuf has utterly did not make any significant try to deal with the underlying points or get this disaster below management. If we’re to keep away from a full-blown humanitarian disaster this winter, the federal government should act now.

Youssef He mentioned hospitals throughout the UK had been struggling to manage, however mentioned the NHS had been given an additional £50m to enhance emergency care. he added:

Regardless of this, I’m clear that the present stage of efficiency is unacceptable, which is why I’m decided to enhance efficiency and work carefully with boards of administrators on a lot of measures to cut back strain on hospitals.

Liz Truss’ first autobiography shall be completed in time for Christmas, in keeping with one among her authors, James HillViewer’s Diary Editor. He’s engaged on the e book with Harry Cole, political editor of The Solar.

Excited to be engaged on the primary biography of Britain’s new Prime Minister with @MrHarryCole and @HarperCollins.

You’ll be able to preorder right here in time for Christmas:https://t.co/oE5CqB8v66 pic.twitter.com/3FrNJFmDHr

— James Heale (@JAHeale) September 20, 2022

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Lord Ashcroft, a former Conservative Deputy Chairman, additionally writes Truss’s autobiography. He’ll come out later, as a result of he needs to cowl her first 12 months within the place.

‘Not each measure shall be well-liked’ – Truss admits voters could not like all of her pro-growth measures

les truss She mentioned she was ready to implement unpopular insurance policies in her quest to spice up UK development.

Chatting with reporters on her flight to New York, she appeared to defend the much-criticized proposal to boost most bonuses for bankers by saying, “Not each measure shall be widespread.”

She additionally indicated that as Prime Minister she could be keen to argue overtly that “scaling the pie” (ie growing the financial system) is extra essential than guaranteeing that it’s distributed equitably. This can be a view shared by many Conservatives, however most of Truss’s new predecessors as social gathering chief wouldn’t have mentioned it as frankly as Truss could be keen to do (for instance, in her interview with Laura Koensberg two weeks in the past).

my colleague Peppa Kerrar She has a full writeup of what Truss informed reporters final night time about her want to spice up development by tax cuts right here.

Truss says higher-priced power payments are value paying for British safety

Excessive power payments are a worth value paying to make sure the UK is protected from overseas aggressors, however the associated fee shouldn’t be handed on to householders, les truss He mentioned. my colleague Peppa Kerrar He has the story right here.

Within the Downing Avenue foyer, Spokesperson 10 mentioned that, along with holding a bilateral assembly later as we speak with French President, Emmanuel Macron, les truss She can have a gathering with Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida.

Truss additionally met Gitanas Nauzuda, President of Lithuania.

She is going to go to the Ukrainian-American Institute, the place she’s going to meet with the First Woman of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, in addition to Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal. On the institute, Truss will watch an exhibition on Russian conflict crimes.

James CleverlyThe Secretary of State can also be in New York for the United Nations Normal Meeting (UNGA). At the moment, he’ll maintain his first assembly in his new place together with his American counterpart Anthony Blinken

And whereas we’re speaking about individuals who “snake” issues (see 11.37 a.m.), my colleague Jennifer RankinThe Guardian reporter in Brussels says Labor is unsuitable to current the federal government’s failure to safe a commerce take care of the US as a significant blow to the financial system (see 9.40 a.m.).

I perceive the politics behind Labour's line on stalled US-UK commerce deal “horrible information for the financial system”. However the financial advantages had been going to be negligible (0.2%) and would virtually actually carry a price for British farmers. https://t.co/bAXXaqhVL0

— Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) September 20, 2022

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I perceive the politics behind Labor’s line on the faltering US-UK commerce deal “Dreadful information for the financial system”. However the financial advantages shall be minimal (0.2%) and will definitely incur a price to British farmers. https://t.co/bAXXaqhVL0

Jennifer Rankin (@JenniferMerode) September 20 2022

Severin Karel

Severin Karel

Rosalind McCall She turned the primary new feminine member of the Scottish Parliament to swear allegiance to King Charles III, after taking her seat in Holyrood on Tuesday morning.

McCall, higher referred to as Rose, took one seat on the Scottish Conservatives’ checklist of Central Scotland and Fife after Dean Lockhart, a former lawyer and member of the Web Zero, Power and Transport Committee of Holyrood, resigned from Parliament to take up an online job. Zero firm.

A former Conservative chancellor in Perth and Kinross, she was attributable to take her seat earlier this month, however that was delayed because of the Queen’s loss of life at Balmoral. As an alternative, McCall’s swearing-in turned the primary piece of labor when Holyrood resumed on Tuesday.