Autistic man sues Sainsbury’s for refusing entry to assistance cat Chloe

Cats could be treated like guide dogs after an autistic man launched a legal case against Sainsbury’s. Ian Fenn, 51, from London, said his inability to shop at Sainsbury’s with his assistance cat Chloe is limiting his ability to live an independent life. Mr Fenn, a designer and writer, said she helps him stay calm … Read more

Rishi Sunak tells the rich to give £400 energy grant to charity

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, said that if wealthy households do not need the Government’s £400 energy bill grant they should donate it to charity – and that is what he will be doing.  Mr Sunak was asked by Sky News presenter Niall Paterson why he will be receiving the money when he doesn’t actually need … Read more

Rishi Sunak’s Labour-lite ‘policy that dare not speak its name’ leaves true-blue Tories shuddering

As Richard Drax, the MP for South Dorset (59 per cent Conservative) pointed out: “Can I warn (Mr Sunak) that by throwing red meat to socialists by raising taxes on businesses and telling them where to invest their money is not the Conservative way of encouraging those who create our prosperity and jobs to do … Read more

Boris Johnson’s anti-corruption tsar contemplates sending letter of no confidence

He acknowledged Mr Johnson had made “a really important start” in reforming the culture at Downing Street, including a complete overhaul of senior staff, but alluded to “an awful lot” of anger in his own party. Pressed on if he had submitted a letter, Mr Penrose replied: “Forgive me, I’m still thinking about that so … Read more

Rishi Sunak’s support package leaves middle-class families £3,100 short

If the Bank of England has to ramp up interest rates faster as a result, Pickering adds, it risks “triggering a recession. Unemployment would be much worse for living standards than high energy prices, that is for sure.” Allan Monks at JP Morgan expects the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will have to add an extra … Read more

BP to review all North Sea investment in light of windfall tax

Good morning. The IFS has sounded the alarm over Rishi Sunak’s plans to help British households with their energy bills. Paul Johnson, director of the IFS, said further support for the UK’s poorest households was “very much needed” as energy bills continue to rise. But he said a blanket handout – which could cost around … Read more

Two more Tory MPs say Boris Johnson must quit over partygate

John Baron, the Tory MP for Basildon and Billericay, has become the latest Conservative backbencher to withdraw his support from Boris Johnson and call on the PM to resign. In a statement on his website, Mr Baron said: “The Sue Gray report and the Metropolitan Police investigations paint a shameful pattern of misbehavior during the … Read more

Simon Case will not resign

George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, is on the media round for the Government this morning. He said he does not believe that “anything new will come from” the Sue Gray report as he argued that much of the detail about the partygate scandal is already in the public domain. He told Times Radio: “I will … Read more

Downing Street security guards who warned against lockdown parties ‘were laughed at’

On Tuesday night, staff who were fined for their attendance at parties during the Covid lockdown accused Boris Johnson of avoiding responsibility for the events. The Prime Minister was fined only once by the Met, while some Number 10 staff received as many as five fixed penalty notices for their attendance at parties. Employees said … Read more

Tories told to stop using Protocol row as ‘distraction from partygate scandal’ or risk trade war with EU

The event was an unprecedented diplomatic effort from Sinn Fein, the former political wing of the IRA and a party that has always refused to take up its seats in Westminster. The Bill would also stop future inquests and civil actions related to the Troubles, although it does not fully close the door to criminal … Read more