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Boris Johnson’s government is under pressure after two official investigations were launched, one into the use of private emails for government work.
Health Secretary Lord Bethel, along with former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, has reportedly used private email accounts on a regular basis to conduct official business, raising concerns about transparency and security.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham announced on Tuesday that she was conducting a formal investigation into the use of private messaging channels at the Department of Health and Social Affairs.
Meanwhile, the Lords Standards Commissioner is investigating a complaint that Lord Bethel sponsored a parliamentary permit to aid Mr Hancock’s ex-Gina Coladangelo – who was caught kissing her on leaked camera footage.
Johnson ‘presses UEFA to host 2030 World Cup to UK and Ireland’
Boris Johnson is said to be stepping up Britain’s bid to host the World Cup in 2030 by putting pressure on top UEFA officials during the European Championship.
The prime minister met UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin at No. 10 on Tuesday to call for a joint British and Irish bid to host the competition, according to reports.
our journalist, Adam Forrest, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 8:07 AM
Conservative MPs voted for influential committee chair in 1922
Conservative MPs are voting today who should chair the powerful 1922 Committee of Members of the House of Representatives following a challenge against the party’s leader and current president, Sir Graham Brady.
Sir Graham, who has held the position since 2010, is facing a re-election battle with former cabinet minister Heather Wheeler, with voting due to end at noon today.
The voting process is only open to Conservative MPs who are not on government payroll.
The contest comes amid resentment reported in Downing Street by Sir Graham, who has publicly criticized the lockdown restrictions and voted against the government on several occasions.
Ms. Wheeler, a whip and former deputy secretary of state in the State Department, is the No. 10 favorite.
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021 7:56 am
IAEA launches investigation into ministers’ use of private messages
The Information Commissioner has launched an investigation into “relevant” suggestions that private email accounts have been used by ministers of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
Reports have alleged that former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and current Minister Lord Bethel often use their emails when discussing government business, raising transparency concerns.
our journalist, Eleanor Sly, has the full story below:
Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021, 7:46 am
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Conrad DuncanJuly 7, 2021, 7:41 am