5:30pm – And that’s all from us today! Join us on Monday for more news and updates.
4:54pm – The UK has lowered their foreign aid spending this year. Some charities have called this ‘unlawful’.
Aid charities given the all clear by U.K. foreign office to complain about planned aid cuts without fear of retribution. There has been some concern – unproven – that charities that became too vocal in their criticism might have this chalked against them. pic.twitter.com/hmypnoNW0s
— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) April 16, 2021
3:12pm – Labour continue to struggle to connect with their working class base:
New. 51st Conservative lead in a row.
14-point lead, 18-pt lead among working-class
Conservatives 43% (+2)
Labour 29% (-5)
Green 8% (+2)
LibDem 8% (+2)
Reform 3% (-)
— Matt Goodwin (@GoodwinMJ) April 16, 2021
1:55pm – London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey wants to clean up London’s streets (sorry).
is Shaun Bailey selling a washing powder pic.twitter.com/DWiIaKa3lj
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) April 15, 2021
12:50pm – A former cabinet secretary ways in on the Greensill scandal:
Greensill scandal: Loophole needs to be closed on top civil servants gaining approval from the appointments watchdog for work in the private sector, former Cabinet Secretary Lord Butler tells @EveningStandard https://t.co/2paz19xo0c pic.twitter.com/5ucd8OvEVk
— nicholas cecil (@nicholascecil) April 16, 2021
10:58am – While it can’t be certain that Greensill is having no impact on voting, the Tories will be pleased that their lead seems to be growing:
Westminster voting intention:
CON: 43.0% (+3.3)
LAB: 34.4% (-4.3)
LDEM: 7.1% (+0.7)
GRN: 5.3% (+0.8)
via @BritainElects poll tracker
Chgs. w/ end of Dec 2020
— Britain Elects (@BritainElects) April 16, 2021
9:54am – A summary of the famed revolving door which has become the centrepiece of the ongoing scandals this week.
Revolving door in action?
—Tory minister Francis Maude brought Bill Crothers into Cameron’s govt.
—Maude given a seat in the Lords by Cameron.
—He set up a consultancy firm after he left advising other govts, and employed Crothers.
—Maude now leading a govt review of Whitehall. pic.twitter.com/T8WBvAOn6u
— Joe Pike (@joepike) April 16, 2021
8:20am – A story that may end up dominating the news today as the Greensill row continues. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has shares in a business that won NHS contracts.
the final touch is the fact that the Hancock family business – which got an NHS contract – provides services including “shredding of confidential documents” https://t.co/nnc4snfiGJ
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) April 16, 2021
8:15am – So what’s in the news this fine Friday?
- Covid updates paused for Prince Philip mourning
- Second cabinet office adviser revealed to have worked for Greensill while in civil service
- A business that Matt Hancock and his sister have shares in won NHS contracts
8:00am – Welcome back to another day of Politics Live!