Latest from Boris Johnson: PM bans tax on energy companies to ease ‘rising’ household gas prices – Reuters

Boris Johnson rejects calls to rethink fuel bill aid as Starmer warns of rising prices.mp4

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ignored calls for a one-off tax on energy companies to help alleviate rising gas prices across the UK.

Addressing the House of Commons today, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said household energy bills will rise another £1,000 in October, after an increase of £700 in April.

He urged Mr Johnson to impose an unexpected tax, but the Prime Minister said it would raise prices.

In response, the Leader of the Opposition asked Mr Johnson why he chose instead to stick with the same “failed” energy policy that plunged the UK into crisis and caused gas prices to “shoot in the brush”.

Boris Johnson responded by saying the UK is focusing on independent energy sources, “maximizing renewables” and nuclear power.

He said the government will present a plan in the coming days to deal with the “long-term effects of rising energy costs” and “reverse the decisions made” by previous governments.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed that the Kremlin “singularized Britain for leading global sanctions … and for leading the world against Putin’s abominable war in Ukraine”.

His word seemed to cause a wave of laughter among the Labor benches.

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The prime minister said the government is considering creating a program for people to provide housing for Ukrainian refugees.

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SNP Commons leader Ian Blackford has called on the UK government to lift visa restrictions for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

“This is ideology, not just incompetence,” he said, and urged the Interior Ministry to “put aside the hostile environment”.

“We’ve seen that many times,” he added, referring to Windrush and the Nationality and Borders Act.

“Don’t let the history of failure repeat itself,” he said.

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Keir Starmer asked the Prime Minister why he chose to stick to “the same failed energy policy” that put the UK in crisis and allowed gas prices to “rise”.

Boris Johnson responded by saying the UK is focusing on independent energy sources, “maximizing renewables” and nuclear power.

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Boris Johnson said the government will present a plan in the coming days to deal with the “long-term effects of rising energy costs”.

He promised to “undo the decisions made” by previous governments and prepare people for the long term by using sustainable options.

Meanwhile, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said household energy bills will rise another £1,000 in October, after an increase of £700 in April.

He urged the Prime Minister to introduce an unexpected tax, but Mr Johnson said it would increase prices.

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Boris Johnson said the government will do more to help the situation in Ukraine in the coming days.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is expected to provide an update on the Russian invasion after the PMQs.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson rose in the House of Commons and PMQs began.

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Watch live as Boris Johnson takes on Keir Starmer at PMQs

Boris Johnson faces Sir Keir Starmer in Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Volodymyr Zelensky delivered his historic speech in Parliament.

The Ukrainian president called directly to lawmakers in the legislature via video link, channeling Winston Churchill to take a defiant oath that his war-torn country would not surrender in the face of Russian invasion.

This week’s PMQ session is likely to focus on the situation in Ukraine and the sanctions the government will try to impose on Vladimir Putin.

Watch live as Boris Johnson takes on Keir Starmer at PMQs

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UK ambassador says humanitarian needs ‘increased exponentially’ in Ukraine

“The mass of people crossing the Polish borders … is unlike anything I’ve seen before,” said the British ambassador to Ukraine.

Melinda Simmons said there are “thousands of families who are confused, tired and hungry with backpacks, blanket-wrapped children.”

“Human needs are increasing exponentially,” he added.

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Jack Monroe tells lawmakers cost-of-living crisis will be ‘fatal’ for some

Food writer and campaigner Jack Monroe told MPs the impact of the cost of living crisis on “the millions of children living in poverty in Britain today” would be “fatal in some cases”.

And he added: “And that’s not a term I use lightly.”

Monroe told the Committee on Work and Pensions that the family situation of children living in poverty is “already untenable” and has become more and more over the past decade.

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