Boris Johnson says he will run to be Tory leader | Politics News | Sky News

Boris Johnson says he will run to be Tory leader | Politics News | Sky News

Boris Johnson has confirmed he will run to be leader of the Conservative Party.
The former foreign secretary told a conference in Manchester that he would enter the race to succeed Theresa May if a vacancy arises.
He declined to answer questions from journalists as he left the event.
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Image: Mr Johnson told a conference he would enter the race if a vacancy arose The prime minister has promised to step down if parliament ratifies her Brexit deal.
But she is refusing to name a departure date until then.
Advertisement Image: Theresa May has said she will resign if MPs pass her Brexit deal Mrs May is immune to ousting by Tory MPs until December 2019 – after winning a vote of confidence last year.
Some backbenchers are trying to change the rules so another vote can be held more quickly, while others – including her former co-chief of staff – are calling for her to go.
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He was foreign secretary for two years, before quitting over the Chequers proposal – Mrs May’s plan for the future UK-EU relationship after Brexit.
The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP followed then-Brexit secretary David Davis out of the cabinet.
Image: Brexit is due to take place by 31 October According to one Tory MP, Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign has been three years in the making.
He did not enter the race for prime minister back in 2016, declaring hours before the deadline for nominations closed that the new leader “cannot be me”, citing “the circumstances in parliament”.
Other MPs tipped to run to become prime minister include Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom and ex-Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.
International Development Secretary Rory Stewart also said he wanted to move “beyond my brief” and believed he could “help bring the country together”.
The UK is now on course to leave the EU by 31 October, or earlier if parliament ratifies a deal.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth captain sacked for ‘using official car at weekends’ | UK News | Sky News

The captain of the Royal Navy’s largest and most powerful ship ever has been sacked from his role for driving an official car on weekends, according to reports.
Nick Cooke-Priest had been captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth since October last year – a vessel described by the navy as an “awe-inspiring warship” capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft.
It is believed that major Royal Navy warships and their captains are loaned a car for use on official duties.
However, according to The Sun, an official investigation found he had used the Ford Galaxy as if it was his own and found him guilty of an “error of judgement”.
Image: Commodore Cooke-Priest meets Prince Charles during his time in charge of HMS Bulwark Commodore Cooke-Priest was never warned that using the car for personal journeys was in breach of rules and paid for the petrol himself, according to reports.
Advertisement A former Royal Navy Captain told Sky News: “This was an honest mistake that should have been dealt with swiftly at flotilla level.
“It wasn’t and has now escalated far too far. The navy hasn’t got enough people as it is – they certainly shouldn’t be dismissing their very best.”
Image: The warship is capable of carrying up to 40 aircraft A Royal Navy spokesman said: “We can confirm Captain Nick Cooke-Priest has been reassigned to a new role.
“We can only say that management action is ongoing and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further.”
Commodore Cooke-Priest joined the Royal Navy in 1990 and initially specialised as a Lynx helicopter pilot.
In 2009 he was promoted to Commander, escorting the Queen during a royal tour on HMS Kent before later taking charge of HMS Iron Duke, and HMS Bulwark, the Fleet Flag Ship.
In 2016 he was awarded an OBE.

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Scandal-hit Austrian minister resigns – BBC News

Austria chancellor calls for snap election after corruption scandal 19 May 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Mr Strache said he resigned because he did not want to provide a pretext for the government’s collapse Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has asked for a snap election after his Vice-Chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned over a corruption scandal.
Mr Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party is in government with Mr Strache’s far-right Freedom Party.
The Freedom Party leader stepped down after secret video footage emerged.
The video appears to show him discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor.
Mr Strache blamed his actions on alcohol and acting like a “teenager”, saying his behaviour had been “stupid” and “irresponsible”, and that he was leaving to avoid further damage to the government.
“I have suggested to the president of the republic that new elections be carried out, at the earliest possible date,” Mr Kurz said.
“After yesterday’s video, I must say quite honestly: Enough is enough,” he said.
“The serious part of this was the attitude towards abuse of power, towards dealing with taxpayers’ money, towards the media in this country,” Mr Kurz said, adding that he had been personally insulted in the footage.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said a snap election was necessary after Mr Strache stepped down.
He said he had talked about this with Mr Kurz and that they would discuss next steps on Sunday.
A crowd of thousands with placards and banners have been rallying on the square outside Mr Kurz’s office, chanting “Snap elections now!”
Mr Kurz has attempted to distance himself from past scandals surrounding the Freedom Party, mostly ones involving party officials and anti-Semitism or racism, but political opponents called for him to respond to the latest revelations.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” Thomas Drozda, from the opposition Social Democrats, told national broadcaster ORF.
“I expect the chancellor, who evidently has known about this video for 48 hours, and that his coalition partner is drowning in a swamp of corruption, to speak and explain his position.”
Mr Kurz said that this was not the first time he had had difficulties with the party.
“Even if I didn’t express myself publicly at the time, there were many situations that I found difficult to swallow,” he said. What next for the Freedom Party?
Analysis by Bethany Bell, BBC News, Vienna
The Freedom Party is one of Europe’s best-established populist, nationalist parties. But while it is skilled in opposition, frequently gaining over 20% of the vote, its record is much more patchy when it comes to staying in power.
In 2002, early elections had to be called when its coalition with the conservatives fell apart. In 2005, the party split over internal disagreements.
Other European populist parties will be watching the Freedom Party’s next steps closely. This scandal, which come just a week before the EU elections, is likely to be a blow to attempts by Italy’s Matteo Salvini to forge an alliance of nationalist European parties. The Freedom Party, once seen as an example to be emulated, could now serve as a warning. What’s in the video?
The secretly-filmed video shows Mr Strache and Johann Gudenus – also a Freedom Party politician – talking to a woman who claims to be a wealthy Russian citizen looking to invest in Austria.
The meeting reportedly took place at a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza, in a private room with both politicians relaxing on sofas, smoking and drinking.
In the footage, the woman says she is the niece of a powerful Russian oligarch. She offers to buy a 50% stake in Austria’s Kronen-Zeitung newspaper and switch its editorial position to support the Freedom Party.
In exchange, Mr Strache said he could award her public contracts, explaining that he wanted to “build a media landscape like [Victor] Orban”, a reference to Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister.
The vice-chancellor also speculates that the Russian’s takeover of Kronen-Zeitung could boost support for the party to as much as 34%.
“If you take over the Kronen Zeitung three weeks before the election and get us into first place, then we can talk about everything,” Mr Strache said.
As part of the deal, he suggests the Russian woman “set up a company like Strabag”, the Austrian construction firm.
“All the government orders that Strabag gets now, [you] would get,” he continues.
Mr Strache also names several journalists who would have to be “pushed” from the newspaper, and five other “new people whom we will build up”. Related Topics

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Scandal-hit Austrian minister resigns – BBC News

Austria chancellor calls for snap election after corruption scandal 18 May 2019 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Mr Strache said he resigned because he did not want to provide a pretext for the government’s collapse Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has asked for a snap election after his Vice-Chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, resigned over a corruption scandal.
Mr Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party is in government with Mr Strache’s far-right Freedom Party.
The Freedom Party leader stepped down after secret video footage emerged.
The video appears to show him discussing government contracts with an alleged Russian investor.
Mr Strache blamed his actions on alcohol and acting like a “teenager”, saying his behaviour had been “stupid” and “irresponsible”, and that he was leaving to avoid further damage to the government.
“I have suggested to the president of the republic that new elections be carried out, at the earliest possible date,” Mr Kurz said.
“After yesterday’s video, I must say quite honestly: Enough is enough,” he said.
“The serious part of this was the attitude towards abuse of power, towards dealing with taxpayers’ money, towards the media in this country,” Mr Kurz said, adding that he had been personally insulted in the footage.
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said a snap election was necessary after Mr Strache stepped down.
He said he had talked about this with Mr Kurz and that they would discuss next steps on Sunday.
A crowd of thousands with placards and banners have been rallying on the square outside Mr Kurz’s office, chanting “Snap elections now!”
Mr Kurz has attempted to distance himself from past scandals surrounding the Freedom Party, mostly ones involving party officials and anti-Semitism or racism, but political opponents called for him to respond to the latest revelations.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” Thomas Drozda, from the opposition Social Democrats, told national broadcaster ORF.
“I expect the chancellor, who evidently has known about this video for 48 hours, and that his coalition partner is drowning in a swamp of corruption, to speak and explain his position.”
Mr Kurz said that this was not the first time he had had difficulties with the party.
“Even if I didn’t express myself publicly at the time, there were many situations that I found difficult to swallow,” he said. What’s in the video?
The secretly-filmed video shows Mr Strache and Johann Gudenus – also a Freedom Party politician – talking to a woman who claims to be a wealthy Russian citizen looking to invest in Austria.
The meeting reportedly took place at a villa on the Spanish island of Ibiza, in a private room with both politicians relaxing on sofas, smoking and drinking.
In the footage, the woman says she is the niece of a powerful Russian oligarch. She offers to buy a 50% stake in Austria’s Kronen-Zeitung newspaper and switch its editorial position to support the Freedom Party.
In exchange, Mr Strache said he could award her public contracts, explaining that he wanted to “build a media landscape like [Victor] Orban”, a reference to Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister.
The vice-chancellor also speculates that the Russian’s takeover of Kronen-Zeitung could boost support for the party to as much as 34%.
“If you take over the Kronen Zeitung three weeks before the election and get us into first place, then we can talk about everything,” Mr Strache said.
As part of the deal, he suggests the Russian woman “set up a company like Strabag”, the Austrian construction firm.
“All the government orders that Strabag gets now, [you] would get,” he continues.
Mr Strache also names several journalists who would have to be “pushed” from the newspaper, and five other “new people whom we will build up”. Related Topics

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Kingdom ‘saved’ as Tower of London welcomes first raven chicks in 30 years | UK News | Sky News

Watch Live Kingdom ‘saved’ as Tower of London welcomes first raven chicks in 30 years Should the famous birds ever leave the tower, it will crumble into dust and a great harm befall the kingdom, legend says. Fill 2 Copy 11
The Tower of London and the entire nation has been saved from a prophecy of doom after raven chicks were born at the landmark for the first time since 1989.
Four healthy chicks were born to parents Huginn and Muninn on St George’s Day (23 April).
Only one of the chicks, named George or Georgina in honour of the patron saint of England, will be kept at the tower. Image: Ravenmaster Chris Skaife with one of the landmark’s newest arrivals
Yeoman Warder Chris Skaife, Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, said: “My suspicions were first piqued that we might have a chance of baby chicks when the parents built a huge nest suddenly overnight and then almost immediately the female bird started to sit on it. Thousands of lamps lit around Tower of London to mark Armistice
“Then on the 23 April I noticed the birds going to the nest with food, however it has only been this week that I’ve been able to get up close and see for myself that they have four healthy chicks, as I hadn’t wanted to disturb them too much. Advertisement
“Having worked with the ravens here at the tower for the last 13 years and getting to know each of them, I feel like a proud father!” he added.

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