Westminster latest news: Labor ‘confident’ Keir Starmer will be cleared as Queen to miss opening of parliament

Queen to miss state opening of parliament, Prince Charles to deliver speech instead

The Queen will miss today’s formal state opening of parliament for the first time in 59 years, delegating the Queen’s speech to the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge in an earlier move.

The Queen, 96, continues to experience “episodic mobility problems” that are said to be a continuation of the problems she has suffered since the autumn, and pulls out of the event on the advice of royal doctors.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the future Queen Consort, will accompany Charles but the Queen’s throne will remain empty in the House of Lords.

The Queen last missed the state openings of in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward. Her speech was read by the Lord Chancellor.

Elsewhere, Labor sources were described as “confident” they can prove Sir Keir Starmer did not break lockdown rules after he vowed to resign if he is fined by police, and the party has prepared a dossier of evidence to support his case.

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Policing minister says ‘it with great sadness’ the Queen will miss today’s speech

Home Office Minister Kit Malthouse has said “it is with great sadness” that the Queen will not be able to deliver her speech today at state opening of Parliament.

He said on LBC This morning: “We hope that her temporary mobility problems are overcome in time for the Jubilee and indeed for the Queen’s speech in the next session which will be in a year or so.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 08:25

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Beergate- Labor MP says Starmer’s promise to resign if fined shows a difference between him and prime minister

Labor MP Bridget Phillipson has said Sir Keir Starmer’s promise to resign if he is found to have broken lockdown rules is the “right thing to do”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the shadow education secretary drew a contrast between the Labor leader and the Prime Minister.

She said: “I just think it’s the right thing to do.

“Keir Starmer is a man of principle, a man of decency and integrity, and he set out his position very clearly that in the event he’s found to have broken the law, and I don’t believe he will be found to have broken the law, but in the event that happens, he would resign.

“Then you look at Boris Johnson, the rime minister who has been found to have broken the law and still he’s plowing on as if nothing’s ever happened.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 08:17

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Cost of living crisis to be addressed in today’s Queen speech

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has said the cost of living crisis will be addressed in today’s speech at the state opening of Parliament.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “We have to bear in mind that we can’t spend our way out of this problem, we have to grow the economy, and so looking towards growth will be key.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 08:10

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Tory MP says Durham police will meet ‘high standards’ in investigating Starmer over alleged Beergate

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has said Durham Constabulary will meet “high standards” regardless of any alleged pressure on them as they investigate labor leader Sir Keir Starmer over a possible breach of Covid rules.

Mr Malthouse told Sky News: “Durham police will operate professionally to the high standards we expect of them irrespective of what the external goings-on are around this case.

“We need to leave them the space and time to do their job.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 08:00

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Labor minister calls Sir Keir Starmer ‘a man of integrity and honor’

Labor’s shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson has described party leader Sir Keir Starmer as “a man of integrity and a man of honor”.

On Mr Starmer’s promise to resign as Labor leader if he is fined over Beergate, Ms Phillipson told BBC Breakfast: “I think it was a principled decision by Keir Starmer, I think he’s demonstrated that he’s a man of integrity and a man of honor who will always seek to do the right thing by the country.”

She said she is confident he has not broken any rules, adding: “We know, of course, that the Prime Minister broke the law and has still failed to resign.

“I think the contrast there between Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson is very stark and very striking.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 07:50

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Policing minister says he is ‘alarmed’ at Bank of England inflation predictions

Policing minister Kit Malthouse has acknowledged Government “alarm” at predictions of soaring inflation but downplayed hopes of rapid help in the Queen’s Speech.

He told Sky News: “As far as the cost-of-living crisis is concerned, it is incredibly challenging for people out there at the moment.

“Obviously, legislation takes some time to put in place, it has to go through both Houses, it can often be many months, sometimes over a year, before it hits the statute book.

“I do know the Prime Minister and Chancellor are in constant conversation about how we can be agile in assisting people through this challenging time.”

Mr Malthouse added: “We look with alarm at the predictions the Bank of England have made just in the last week or so of inflation peaking towards the end of the year and we will have to think carefully about what our response to that might be. ”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 07:40

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Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge to open Parliament in place of Queen today

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge will open Parliament on the Queens behalf in a historic, first move which will see Charles read the Queen’s Speech.

The Monarch, 96, reluctantly pulled out advice of the major ceremonial occasion – nearly 60 years after she last missed it – following from her royal doctors as she continues to experience “episodic mobility problems”.

As Charles, 73, takes on the head of the state’s major constitutional duty for the first time, the move will be interpreted as a symbolic and significant shift in his responsibilities as a future monarch.

It will be William’s first state opening – and the royal function of opening a new parliament has been delegated to both Charles and William by the Queen.

The Duchess of Cornwall, a future Queen Consort, will also accompany Charles, but the Queen’s main throne will remain empty in the House of Lords.

The decision was taken on Monday, and the Queen’s mobility issues are said to be a continuation of the problems she has suffered since the autumn.

A new Letters Patent authorised by the Queen was issued to cover the State Opening delegating to Counsellors of State the royal function of opening a new session of Parliament.

In this instance, it enables Charles and William to jointly exercise that function. No other functions have been delegated by the Queen.

The Queen last missed a state opening of parliament in 1959 and 1963, when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and then Prince Edward, when her speech was read by the Lord Chancellor.

The Queen’s Speech is written by the Government and sets out its agenda for Parliament’s new session.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 07:28

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ICYMI- Queen to miss state opening of over mobility issues today

Her throne will remain empty while Prince Charles delivers the speech in her place, Buckingham Palace said.

The palace said in a statement: “The Queen continues to experience episodic mobility problems, and in consultation with her has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the state opening of parliament tomorrow.

“At Her Majesty’s request, and with the agreement of the relevant authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s Speech on Her Majesty’s behalf, with The Duke of Cambridge also in attendance.”

My colleague Liam James reports:

Maryam Zakir-Hussain10 May 2022 07:20

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Britain risks EU sanctions with assault on Human Rights Act, experts warn

Britain risks sanctions from Europe over plans to water down human rights protections, to be unveiled by Boris Johnson on Tuesday, an expert on EU law has warned.

An assault on the Human Rights Act is at the heart of a Queen’s Speech billed by the prime minister as a chance for the post-Brexit UK to shake off the fetters of EU regulation and strike out on its own in areas ranging from animal welfare to gene-editing and financial services.

But experts warn that replacing the Act – which embeds the European Convention on Human Rights in UK law – with a British Bill of Rights will have a devastating impact on the country’s internationally influence.

And they say it will force hundreds of Britons each year to take their cases to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), as they did before the HRA’s introduction in 1998, raising the prospect of repeated fines for the UK government from the Strasbourg judges .

“It perpetuates the sense that the UK is arrogant and wants to go down its own individual track,” the chair of the Law Society’s human rights committee Sue Willman told The Independent.

My colleagues Rob Merrick and Andrew Woodcock report the details.

Namita Singh10 May 2022 07:00

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Liz Truss ‘will scrap parts of Northern Ireland protocol as soon as next week’

Liz Truss will move to discard large portions of the Northern Ireland protocol after giving up on Brexit negotiation with the EU, reported The Times.

The officials working for the foreign secretary have drawn up draft legislation to unilaterally remove the need for checks on all good being sent from Britain for use in Norther Ireland.

The law would also ensure businesses in Northern Ireland are able to disregard EU rules and regulations and remove the power of the European Court of Justice to rule on issues relating to the region, the paper reported.

Namita Singh10 May 2022 06:56

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