Conservatives

Over 100 QCs sign petition for the Garrick Club to admit women

December 1, 2020

Over 100 QCs have signed a petition calling on members of one of London’s last remaining gentlemen’s clubs, the Garrick, to vote for women to be admitted at the club’s annual general meeting next week. The Garrick has a long association with the legal profession, and many senior lawyers are members. Female QCs who signed […]

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UK coronavirus: Gove says lockdown could be extended; Starmer rejects union calls to close schools – as it happened

November 1, 2020

4.13pm GMT16:13 23,254 people test positive in the UK, with 162 further deaths On Sunday, 23,254 people were tested positive for Covid-19. A further 162 people have died within 28 days of a positive test. The daily dashboard also shows there are 1,442 more patients in hospital. For a closer look at the numbers and […]

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The Guardian view on Covid failures: PM eroded trust when he needed it most | Editorial

October 12, 2020

Boris Johnson’s decision to give English local councils and metro mayors a role in suppressing the spread of coronavirus is a small step in the right direction. Mr Johnson has been outpaced by the virus for months while touting plans to defeat the disease. None have worked, which is why he is having to ask […]

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Businesswoman launches legal action against the Garrick Club

September 8, 2020

A businesswoman has launched legal action against one of London’s last remaining gentlemen’s clubs, the Garrick, arguing that its men-only membership rules are a breach of equality legislation. Emily Bendell, chief executive and founder of a successful underwear brand, was looking for a members’ club earlier this year where she could meet people after work, […]

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Johnson peerage for Lebedev crowns mutually beneficial friendship

July 31, 2020

Boris Johnson has never made any secret of his enduring friendship with Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born newspaper owner with a reputation for throwing decadent parties. He has just been less keen to discuss what happens at these glamorous events, many of which have taken place at Lebedev’s restored castle in Perugia, Italy. The pair first […]

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MPs ask Robert Jenrick long list of questions about £1bn land deal

July 1, 2020

Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, is facing a demand to appear before a parliamentary committee to respond to unanswered questions about his relationship with the Tory donor Richard Desmond and the £1bn Westferry property deal. The housing select committee has disagreed with Boris Johnson’s claim that “the matter is closed”, asking Jenrick to appear before […]

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Labour councils in England hit harder by austerity than Tory areas

June 21, 2020

Labour councils have borne the brunt of local government cuts over a decade of austerity, according to an analysis by the Guardian. It highlights for the first time the extent to which poorer, largely Labour-held areas of England had their funding slashed on average by at least a third, while more affluent, largely Conservative areas […]

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Labour quizzes PM on planning decision that saved Tory donor £40m

June 17, 2020

Boris Johnson asked to disclose any contact with donor Richard Desmond prior to housing minister overruling council The Westferry Printworks site in east London. The scheme was approved by the housing secretary, Robert Jenrick, against the advice of a planning inspector, but the decision was reversed after Tower Hamlets council took legal action. Photograph: Yui […]

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