Boris Johnson news: Prime Minister says 'rule breakers MUST be punished' as he responds to sleaze allegations at Cop26

BORIS Johnson gave a rousing speech to world leaders at the Glasgow COP26 – as he skirted over sleaze allegations by saying rules breakers "must be punished".

The Prime Minister apparently caught a train to Glasgow this afternoon to speak at the climate change event – where it is thought he intends to shake up world leaders with a rousing speech at the climate conference.

After addressing world leaders, he was grilled by the press on the sleaze row engulfing his Government.

In response to a question from the BBC, he said: "The most important thing is that those who break the rules, they must be investigated and punished".

He added: "The rules say: You must put your job as an MP FIRST and you must devote yourself to your constituents. You must also not use your position to lobby or make representations on interests outside of your constituents."

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris quizzed over party standards during Cop26 press conference

    Boris was asked about standards in the Conservative party, specifically Sir Geoffrey Cox, who took advantage of lockdown rules to vote remotely from the British Virgin Islands – from which he was receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds for legal advice from the Caribbean islands' government.

    Boris said that rule breakers should face the consequences, but stopped short of saying MPs should only have one job.

    He said: “On the issue of MPs and second jobs and all that, I just want to say that the most important thing is that those who break the rules must be investigated and should be punished.

    “For 100s of years MPs have gone to parliament and worked as doctors and firefighters.

    “On the whole, the British population has understood that parliamentarians need to have some experience of the world.

    “But if that system is to continue, it is crucial that MPs follow the rules.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    What did Boris Johnson say during the press conference?

    Boris Johnson took to the stage from Glasgow to give an update on negotiations at the COP26 summit.

    However, the speech, which was meant to focus on the climate crisis, quickly turned to questions about the whirlwind Tory sleaze row the Prime Minister has found himself in.

    During the main speech, Boris said negotiations were progressing – but hastily added that now is not the time for world leaders to rest on their laurels.

    The No 10 occupant urged “everyone to come together and power on through the blockages”.

    Boris began by telling the crown that negotiations are "firmly in the hard yards", and there is a lot more to be agreed upon.

    However, he rallied world leaders with a call to action, stating that there is much more still to be done.

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    Frost tells EU to keep calm (continued…)

    Lord Frost continued: "In my view, this talks process has not reached its end.

    "Although we have been talking nearly four weeks now, there remain possibilities that the talks have not yet seriously examined, including many approaches suggested by the UK.

    "There is more to do and I will certainly not give up on this process unless and until it is abundantly clear that nothing more can be done. We are certainly not there yet.

    "If, however, we do in due course reach that point, the Article 16 safeguards will be our only option."

    He added: "I can reassure the House that if Article 16 were to be used, we would of course set out our case with confidence and explain that case to any interested party."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Lord Frost to EU: Keep calm & carry on with protocol negotiations

    Europe should "stay calm and keep things in proportion" in a row over post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland, a Cabinet minister has said.

    Brexit minister Lord Frost said more talks would be held with the EU as the UK and the bloc struggled to overcome differences over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    But he told the House of Lords that triggering Article 16 – which would effectively suspend elements of the arrangements – would be the UK's only option if the dispute was not resolved.

    Lord Frost told the Lords there was "a real opportunity to turn away from confrontation, to move beyond our current difficulties and put in place a new, and better, equilibrium" in the talks.

    And he said it was "not inevitable" that Article 16 is triggered.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM: COP26 "is not going to fix" climate change in one go

    The Cop26 conference "is not going to fix" climate change in one go, Boris Johnson said.

    But the Prime Minister told a press conference: "What we can possibly do, if things go well in the remaining 48 hours, 52 hours, whatever we've got – and I don't see why we shouldn't go into extra time if we have to, but you know I don't want to – is the possibility that we will come away from this with the first genuine road map for a solution to anthropogenic climate change that I can think of in my lifetime."

    He said the most depressing thing about climate change has been that it "doesn't really look as though it's capable of being fixed any time soon".

    But he said we need to "keep holding nations and governments to account, and of course corporations as well, and businesses as well."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris Johnson quotes Palau President

    Boris Johnson quoted the president of Palau in saying that if "big economies" do not do more to combat climate change "we might as well bomb his islands".

    Expressing frustration at countries not following through on the Paris agreement, he told a Cop26 press conference: "We've been hearing it, or we have heard it from the president of Palau, Surangel Whipps, who told me he spent five days travelling seven and a half thousand miles across nine time zones to make sure that the voice of his people was heard.

    "And the least we can do is pay attention when he says that if the big economies don't do more we might as well bomb his islands."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM expresses frustration at countries 'patting themselves on the back'

    Boris Johnson expressed frustration at countries having "spent six years conspicuously patting themselves on the back" after the Paris climate agreement.

    He said: "That 2015 agreement in Paris was a significant moment in the fight against climate change, but it was ultimately a pledge of action still to come.

    "And it's very frustrating to see countries that have spent six years conspicuously patting themselves on the back for signing that promissory note in Paris quietly edging towards default now that vulnerable nations and future generations are demanding payment here now in Glasgow."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM: MPs who break conduct rules should be punished

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said MPs found to have broken conduct rules "should be punished".

    Speaking during a press briefing at the UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, Mr Johnson said: "On the issue of MPs and second jobs and all that, I just want to say that the most important thing is that those who break the rules must be investigated and should be punished."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris addresses second jobs during questions

    "The most important thing is that those who break the rules, they must be investigated and punished", the PM stressed.

    He adds: "If the system continues today, it is crucial MPs follow the rules.

    "The rules say: You must put your job as an MP FIRST and you must devote yourself to your constituents.

    "You must also not use your position to lobby or make representations on interests outside of your constituents.

    "Those who do not must be punished for breaking the rules."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM: Will you grasp the opportunity or stand in the way?

    We must reach out together and grasp it, says Boris Johnson as his speech comes to an end.

    He asks leaders : "Will you help us grasp the opportunity or will you stand in our way?"

    The PM is now taking questions from the media.

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    PM: We've made a difference

    Boris Johnson continues: "The negotiations are getting tough. There is still a huge amount to do."

    But he tells the conference "we've made a difference".

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    We know what is at stake, says PM

    Boris Johnson says we know what is at stake.

    The least we can do, he tells the conference, is listen to the voices of people.

    He quotes a leader of a third world country saying: "We are digging ourselves our own graves".

  • Joseph Gamp

    The line is there in sight, says PM

    We need to be more ambitious and more credible plans for implementation.

    We need to cut emissions in half by 2030 and we all need to keep doing what we can here to do.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PM: I warned people on danger of false optimism

    The task ahead is not easy, says the PM.

    It's clear that after a surge of positive game changing announcements last week, we are in the nut and bolts of it all.

    Negotiations are getting tough but there is still a lot to do.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Boris Johnson closing statement begins now

    The Prime Minister is speaking live from the end of the COP26 conference inGlasgow.

    Stick with us for all the latest on the blog here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    High commissioner for Australia to the UK welcomes pledges agreed at COP

    George Brandis tweeted that Australia is "particularly excited" to join the UK in pursuing the Glasgow Breakthroughs.

    The plan looks to deliver clean and affordable technology everywhere by 2030 – as well as "sharing clean technologies with all".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Sturgeon tells PM: Stay at COP26 for as long as it takes to get deal

    Scotland's First Minister has urged Boris Johnson to stay in Glasgow "as long as it takes" to get a deal at Cop26.

    The Prime Minister returned to Glasgow on Wednesday as the draft text of a potential climate agreement was published, calling on countries to set out more ambitious environmental goals in the next year.

    Speaking to journalists, Nicola Sturgeon said the Prime Minister should not return to London ahead of the end of the conference on Friday, as well as saying she would do anything needed to get a deal over the line.

    In a message to Mr Johnson, Ms Sturgeon said: "Stay here for as long as it takes until we get the deal that must be done in Glasgow to where it needs to be."

    She said the PM should stay the talks to "push this deal as far and as fast as we possibly can".

  • Louis Allwood

    How can I watch Boris Johnson’s announcement?

    Boris Johnson set to update the public on the negotiations taking place at the climate summit.

    It is understood that a draft document that sets out a goal of net-zero emissions is being scrutinised.

    It will be streamed on The Sun’s YouTube channel and across all major new channels this afternoon.

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    Germany to prevent trade war

    GERMANY has promised No 10 it will prevent a trade war erupting between Britain and the EU.

    Berlin has given “assurances” the bloc won’t bin the Brexit deal over rows on fishing and Northern Ireland.

    Poland and Greece are also said to have ruled out tit-for-tat tariffs, according to sources in Brussels.

    Negotiations on NI border red tape are going “extremely badly” according to a diplomatic note seen by The Sun.

    The bloc is split with one camp favouring a “proportionate” response if the UK unilaterally scraps checks. But others, including Ireland and France, want to see the entire trade deal canned in that scenario.

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    One hour until Boris Johnson's press conference

    BORIS Johnson will hold a press conference from Glasgow soon as he faces a whirlwind of Tory sleaze allegations.

    The PM will update the nation after dashing back up to Scotland for the final few days of the COP26 climate summit.

    He will look to bang heads together and urge world leaders to sign up to even more ambitious climate aims.

    But his 4.30pm press conference is likely to be dominated by the furore over Tory sleaze and MPs’ second jobs.

    Boris is set to face difficult questions about ex attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox voting from the British Virgin Islands.

    He also faces being pressed on the fact he has refused to personally apologise for his handling of the Owen Paterson case.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sir Geoffrey Cox Withers funds

    The documents show Sir Geoffrey also received from Withers this year:

    • £52,535.84 for 60 hours of work between January 25 and February 28
    • £45,354.48 for 55 hours of work between February 28 and March 26
    • £72,569.39 for 89 hours of work between March 26 and April 29
    • £156,916.08 for 140 hours of work between April 29 and May 31
    • £63,143.03 for 50 hours of work between June 1 and June 30
    • and £46,716.29 for 40 hours of work between July 1 and July 31

    He also registered a total of £133,603.84 for other legal work.

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      Geoffrey Cox statement

      The former Tory Cabinet minister effectively threw top enforcer Mark Spencer and the current Attorney General under the bus by saying they'd signed off and given the green light to the move.

      And he refused to quit as an MP – saying it was for voters to decide if they want a “distinguished” lawyer fighting their corner or not, and denied any rule breaking.

      In a statement today on the MP's website, it said: "He was asked to advise the Attorney General and the elected Government of BVI, a British Overseas Territory, in a public inquiry into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty may have taken place in recent years in the Virgin Islands and to carry out a review of its systems of government in preparation for that Inquiry.

      "Prior to accepting the role, he sought and obtained the approval of the Office of the Attorney General of England and Wales that there would be no conflict of interest with his former role as Attorney General."

      It pointed out Sir Geoffrey "regularly works 70-hour weeks" and "always ensures that his casework on behalf of his constituents is given primary importance and fully carried out".

    • Louis Allwood

      Geoffrey Cox breaks silence to defend second job earning millions as a lawyer

      UNDER fire MP Geoffrey Cox finally broke his silence today to defend his second job earning millions as a lawyer on the side.

      The former Attorney General came out swinging against his critics, saying he sought approval from Tory Party bosses before taking a job which saw him skip Parliament to stay on the British Virgin Islands during strict lockdown.

      Sir Geoffrey defended himself against Tory sleaze allegations which have dogged the PM for days – as it was revealed dozens of MPs are raking in extra cash on the side of their day jobs.

      On top of their £81,000 a year salary to represent their constituents, MPs have been found to be lobbying for other firms, sitting on boards, advising top firms and raking in thousands of pounds every year, sometimes for just a few hours of work.

      Sir Geoffrey was found to have been doing work for his other job while sitting in his MP office.

      Today he launched a full defence of his actions as Boris desperately tries to put the sleaze row behind him.

      He insisted his constituency work “comes first” and said Tory whips agreed it was "appropriate" that he could vote remotely so he could stay on the Caribbean island.

    • Louis Allwood

      Britain faces ‘tough winter’

      BORIS Johnson admitted "too many elderly people" are ending up in hospital with Covid as he warned Britain faces a "tough winter".

      The PM urged more people to come forward for their booster jabs saying the UK has "got to get those numbers up" to avoid "excessive" pressure on the NHS.

      Speaking during a visit to Hexham General Hospital in Northumberland, he said the top up shot rollout is the "single most important" task for ministers.

      He said: "Unfortunately what you’ve got at the moment is a situation in which the waning of the original two jabs is starting to see too many elderly people getting into hospital.

      "Sadly the jabs do wane, we’ve done 10 million booster jabs already and it’s a very effective thing, it’s a wonderful thing people, get 95% more protection.

      "The most important thing we can do for our country today if we want to protect our NHS, if we want to make sure we don’t have excessive pressures on A&E over what promises to be a tough winter, is to all get our booster jabs when we’re called."

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      Macron threats

      Mr Macron has threatened to snarl up traffic by ordering extra checks on lorries if he isn’t granted more fishing licences.

      That would rip up the “green lane” system in the Brexit trade deal under which trucks just transiting France shouldn’t be stopped.

      His posturing threatens France’s long-held status as the continent’s £120bn a year trade gateway to Britain.

      One industry insider said of the threats: “It spooks hauliers. They’ve got to provide security and efficiency for their customers.

      “If they can’t guarantee that in one place, they’ll follow the easiest routes where they can.”

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