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Downing Street today denounced Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s social media abuse after she said her release from Iranian prison should have been ‘six years ago’.

Trolls attacked the Anglo-Iranian citizen online, suggesting he should be grateful and wrong.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said he “should not be confronted with any form of abuse, on social media or otherwise” and that he “could have a rightful opinion on any subject he wanted”.

Earlier, former secretary of state Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that people criticizing Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe were “very wrong” after the government said it took too long to repay Iran a $400m debt that dates back to 1979.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Chancellor’s spring announcement tomorrow, at least five ministers are said to have urged Rishi Sunak to delay his planned 1.25% National Insurance hike.

Top Conservatives worried about ‘stagflation’ – high inflation, recession and high unemployment Telegramat a time when the cost of living is already exorbitant.

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Lamiate SabineMarch 22, 2022 16:02

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“Chicken will cost more because of Ukraine crisis” – minister

Environment Minister George Eustice said that supermarket chicken prices will rise soon due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He also warned Britons could face food price hikes of up to 8% this summer as Chancellor Rishi Sunak comes under pressure to help families struggling with exorbitant living costs.

Mr Eustice warned that rising world prices for wheat, of which Ukraine is a major supplier, will have a wider impact on food prices in the UK.

Speaking to the Food and Beverage Federation, the minister said that rising costs of feed used by poultry farmers will have a particularly strong impact on chicken prices in the supermarket.

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Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 16:00

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Oligarch Usmanov ‘places UK assets in irrevocable trusts’

Before Alisher Usmanov was approved by Russia for an invasion of Ukraine, he could have kept his assets in irrevocable trusts to hide them from the authorities.

Earlier this month, the Russian billionaire oligarch was sanctioned by the British government for his “close ties to the Kremlin”.

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Mr Usmanov owns Beechwood House in Highgate, northwest London, and is estimated to be worth £48m and the 16th century Sutton Place property in Surrey.

However, his spokesman said most of his assets in Britain and on his yacht were transferred to irrevocable trusts “long ago”.

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“From that moment on, Mr. Usmanov no longer owned them, could not manage them or deal with their sale, he could only use them for hire. “Mr Usmanov withdrew as the beneficiary of the trusts and donated the beneficiary rights to his family.”

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 15:40

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Companies seek public funds to help pay for energy costs

Groups representing business interests, small and large, are urging the Chancellor to offer funding for the very high energy costs before tomorrow’s spring announcement.

They are asking Rishi Sunak to provide businesses with financing at similar levels to those offered to households to cover costs that will rise by about 50% next month due to a higher energy price cap.

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“Given the scale of the cost increases businesses are facing, we argue that it would be right for the Chancellor to step in and provide something like this support to households,” said Paul Wilson, policy director. at the Small Business Federation.

Mr Wilson told MPs on the Industry, Business, Energy and Strategy Committee that some of the discounts may be given through the business rate system, while businesses that don’t pay business rates can be helped through a discretionary fund.

Representatives of large companies have also called for additional government assistance.

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 15:20

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Starmer urges UK to increase sanctions to ‘maim’ Russia

Sir Keir Starmer urged ministers to “accelerate” sanctions to “cripple” Russia’s functioning.

The Labor Party leader said Western powers should continue to support Ukraine – including by providing more military equipment – while avoiding a direct confrontation with Russia.

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“Everyone understands why every precaution must be taken to prevent this from turning into a direct conflict between NATO and Russia,” he told The World At One on BBC Radio 4.

“That’s why we need to provide more military support, so sanctions need to be tighter and faster, and that’s why we need a stronger and more compassionate humanitarian response.

“What we need to do is continue to provide this level of support, continue to support the Ukrainians, and strengthen sanctions that should go beyond isolating Russia. They must have crippled his ability to function.

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 15.00

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Government ‘will not lift work restrictions for refugees’

Downing Street has said it will not lift work restrictions on asylum seekers, despite pressure from some Conservative MPs.

Lawmakers urged the government to reduce the amount of time refugees must wait before being allowed to go to work to six months.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the Government’s Nationality and Borders Act will return to the House of Commons today and ministers will seek to reverse the “disappointing” changes made by the Lords to the law.

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Asylum seekers are already allowed to work in the UK if their claim has been pending for 12 months or more through no fault of their own and this remains the case after the system review.

“Obviously we want to avoid provoking unsubstantiated asylum claims and it is important to distinguish between those who need protection and those who want to work here, who can apply for a work visa.

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 14:44

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Prank calls used ‘to distract attention from Russia’s crimes in Ukraine’

Number 10 said video prank calls to ministers were used to distract attention from “Russia’s illegal activities in Ukraine.”

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said he did not want to “give oxygen to such attempts at misinformation”.

The Defense Minister came after being summoned by a man claiming to be Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal to talk about nuclear weapons for Ukraine. Home Minister Priti Patel also fell victim to the callers.

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“It is common practice for Russian information operations to try to use these tactics, trying to divert their attention from their illegal activities, human rights violations in Ukraine, so we will not stray from our goal of getting Putin,” Johnson’s spokesperson said. unsuccessful in Ukraine.

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 14:20

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Kremlin critic Navalny ‘brave to stand up to Putin’ – PM

Downing Street said the new prison sentence for Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was a continuation of “Putin’s false accusations against those who wanted to hold him accountable”.

Today, Mr. Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison for major fraud and contempt of court.

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“Our hearts go out to Alexei Navalny and his family, who continue to show incredible courage in standing up to the Putin regime,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

Mr. Navalny, 45, was arrested in January 2021 after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was recovering from nerve gas poisoning.

Vladimir Putin blames the Kremlin for the poisoning, which his government denies.

Mr Navalny is sentenced to three and a half years in prison for stealing £3.5m donations from political organisations, which he denies.

Last month, he was tried on new fraud charges at the maximum security prison east of Moscow, where he was held.

Lamiate Sabine22 March 2022 14:00

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Transport Minister praises Gibraltar for seizure of oligarch’s yacht

The transport minister praised Gibraltar for seizing a yacht belonging to a Russian oligarch linked to Vladimir Putin.

Grant Shapps said: “Putin’s supporters are not welcome not only in the UK, but also in all our overseas territories.

“Gibraltar mirrored the sanctions I imposed on Russian ships, which led to the seizure of the oligarch’s superyacht, Dmitry Pumpyansky. »

British district officials confirmed that they had previously seized a ship belonging to Dmitry Pumpyansky.

The 72 meter long boat is worth around $75m (£57m).

Matt Mather22 March 2022 13:35

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Jacob Rees-Mogg says Brexit vision is to scrap ‘gold-plated’ EU regulations

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the government’s “vision” for Brexit is to get rid of “gold-plated” European regulations.

Speaking to a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, the Brexit opportunities minister said the EU was “imposing” regulations on the UK and it was their job to get rid of them.

our political correspondent Peter Jon reports:

Matt Mather22 March 2022 13:18