Boris Johnson news live: Latest updates as David Amess murder sparks Online Harms Bill criticism

MPs hold minute’s silence for Sir David Amess in House of Commons

Boris Johnson is being urged to end the UK’s delayed crackdown on social media abuse after the murder of David Amess, by finally enforcing the Online Harms Bill.

The legislation – set to hit tech companies failing to remove illegal and harmful content with huge fines – was promised as long ago as 2019, but there is still no date for it to be launched.

During a special Commons session dedicated to the slain Southend West MP on Monday, fellow Tory Mark Francois said the Bill must now be put “on to the statute book” – and proposed that it be called “David’s law”.

Elsewhere, Mr Johnson has refused to cut ties with China, saying Britain will not “pitchfork away” investment from the east Asian nation despite ongoing feuds with Beijing over human rights abuses and Hong Kong.

Ahead of the Global Investment Summit in London, the PM said in an interview with Bloomberg that China would continue to play a “gigantic part” in Britain’s economy – but insisted the government would not be “naive”.

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Innovation and capitalism needed to tackle climate crisis – PM

Here’s some more from our economics editor, Anna Isaac, who watched the address live:

Boris Johnson told global investors this morning that the lessons from developing the Covid vaccine must now be applied to climate change.

“We have forged an entirely new set of armour for our species” with the Covid-19 vaccine, he said, adding the world economy is surging with new demand, and “vaccine-induced confidence”.

“In the end it was free market capitalism in the great democracies of the world” that created vaccines.

I can deploy billions with approval of the chancellor, he quipped, but you can deploy trillions, he told his audience.

“I know that there are some who say that we are going too fast”, but there is a force out there that is stronger than government and business, “that force is the market, that market is going green”, and people want to go green, he said.

“This Cop26 must be the moment the government joins hands with the private sector,” he said. We should be using this moment, collectively as governments, to “lever in the trillions of the market” to tackle climate change, he added.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 09:41


PM delivers opening speech at investment summit

Boris Johnson is delivering his opening speech at London’s Global Investment Summit in which, among other things, he spoke of “greed” being a good way to save the planet.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 09:38


Trevelyan opens Global Investment Summit with vision of ‘clean green future’

Our economics editor Anna Isaac reports from the Global Investment Summit:

Anne-Marie Trevelyan kicked off proceedings at London’s Science museum by laying out a vision for future investment in the UK.

“It is time to put our reliance on carbon as a source of energy behind us and look to our clean green future,“ she said, speaking after an investment of nearly £10bn in a host of projects was trialled by Number 10.

“We are the fastest growing economy in the G7 and flying the flag for free and fair trade as the president of the G7 this summer,” she added.

Attendees spotted by The Independent include Britain’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, and London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Next up the prime minister…

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 09:22


Give teenagers second Covid jab to curb infections, ministers told

Young teenagers should be given a second Covid vaccination – as in most European countries – to curb a worrying surge in infections, Neil Ferguson has said.

Case rates are rising most sharply in teenagers, but 12 to 15-year-olds will receive only a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine under current plans, the leading epidemiologist pointed out, writes our deputy political editor Rob Merrick.

“Most other European countries are ahead of us in vaccinating teenagers and they are giving them two doses, not just one dose,” said Prof Ferguson, of Imperial College London. “And we know that two doses really are needed to block infection and to prevent transmission.”

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 09:10


PM ‘running a country’ makes childcare hard, Trevelyan says amid lockdown row

Following my earlier post (8.32am), the Daily Mirror’s Lizzy Buchan has more lines from Anne-Marie Trevelyan about the Johnsons’ possible breach of Covid rules.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:57


Watch: CCTV shows suspect in stabbing of MP David Amess

CCTV shows suspect in stabbing of MP David Amess

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:55


Lucas: Flailing boiler upgrade scheme ‘bad signal’ ahead of Cop26

It comes following suggestions this morning that the move to ban all gas boilers in Britain over the coming years will not be mandatory, as previously thought, but rather an option for households who want to be more green.

International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan described the scheme as “a cost-neutral opportunity” for “those who really want to crack-on”.

Ms Lucas, Westminster’s only Green Party MP, told Sky News the “backtrack” sends a “a very bad signal” ahead of the Cop26 climate summit, due to begin in Glasgow on 31 October.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:44


MPs jump to Johnson’s defence amid lockdown breach accusations

Downing Street and Tory MPs are working hard to bat away allegations Boris and Carrie Johnson broke Covid lockdown rules in December to spend time with a friend at Christmas.

It follows reports the political campaigner and Home Office adviser Nimco Ali stayed in No 11 over the festive break.

While insisting no rules were broken in the process, No 10 appeared to admit Ms Ali, who is godmother to the Johnsons’ son, Wilfred, was at Downing Street over the Christmas period as part of their “childcare support bubble”.

Asked about the unfolding situation on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, international trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said she had “no doubt” the PM had stayed within the realms of his own lockdown rules.

She also said the pair “had every right” to enlist a friend “to help with childcare”, citing Mr Johnson’s busy schedule.

Challenged over whether she was implying Mrs Johnson would have been working at the same time her husband might have been, Ms Trevelyan stressed she “did not have all the details” but that Ms Ali was a “dedicated godmother” and would have done what she could to help out.

International trade secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan


Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:32


Trade secretary shares experience of ‘online trolling’

More stories of MPs being threatened with violence are emerging this morning.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the international trade secretary, has said she once received threats to burn down her house with her children inside.

It comes amid conversations around MPs’ safety following the murder of Sir David Amess.

Ms Trevelyan told LBC radio:

“The online trolling that I’ve had, I’ve had a certain amount, I’ve had to have someone arrested who was threatening to burn down my house when my children were in it.

“These things are ghastly and entirely wrong, and our police forces work incredibly hard to support us as parliamentarians and to protect our families, but we are going to keep looking at that.”

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:19


House of Commons schedule for Tuesday

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in the Commons today:

11.30am Health and social care questions

12.30pm Urgent questions and statements

A 10-minute rule motion on Bereavement Leave and Pay (stillborn and miscarried babies)

A motion under the Coronavirus Act 2020 relating to the renewal of temporary provisions

Opposition Day Debate on business rates

A short debate on regulation of investments in the fossil fuel industry

For a full Parliamentary schedule, including sessions in Westminster Hall and the House of Lords, head here.

Sam Hancock19 October 2021 08:03


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