금요일 브리핑: PM faces fresh corruption claim

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Boris Johnson has been accused of potential corruption by Labour as it emerged he sought funds for his flat refurbishment from a Conservative donor while promising to consider plans for a “great exhibition”. WhatsApp messages with the Tory peer David Brownlow show Johnson called parts of his Downing Street residence a “tip” and asked for “approvals” so his decor designer, 룰루 라이틀, could “get on with it” in November 2020. He signed off the message by saying: “Ps am on the great exhibition plan Will revert.” Lord Brownlow replied: “Of course, get Lulu to call me and we’ll get it sorted ASAP! Thanks for thinking about GE2.” Plans for a “Great Exhibition 2.0” were discussed by Brownlow and the then culture secretary, 올리버 도든, weeks after the WhatsApp exchanges, official records show.

목요일에, Johnson was forced to make a “humble and sincere” apology for the texts not being given to his independent ethics adviser, Lord Geidt, during an initial inquiry last spring. Johnson said he had not remembered them and did not have access to his phone due to “security issues” – thought to relate to when his mobile number was discovered online. In thinly veiled frustration, Geidt said the saga “shook my confidence” and added that if he had seen the evidence when writing his first report, he may not have ruled that Johnson tried to make the correct declaration and seek advice at the first opportunity.

안젤라 레이너, Labour’s deputy leader, said it appeared Brownlow had access to Johnson and Dowden “because he was paying” for the refurbishments. She said if true, it would constitute “corruption, plain and simple … No one should be able to buy access or exchange wallpaper for festivals”. The WhatsApp messages were published as part of letters exchanged by Johnson and Geidt. For a second time, Geidt found the prime minister did not break the ministerial code over payments for the Downing Street flat refurbishment, 그러나 Johnson was criticised for acting “unwisely”. 아니 10 denied there was anything untoward about Brownlow’s meeting with Dowden and stressed the peer had acted with integrity since first being approached to chair the Downing Street trust. Brownlow was contacted for comment.

Kazakhstan roils – 수십명의 시위대와 적어도 12 police have died in the violence in Kazakhstan, 당국은 말했다, as demonstrators said peaceful protests over fuel price rises had turned violent after a heavy-handed government response. “Peacekeepers” led by Russia have arrived in the country at the request of president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who declared a state of emergency and accepted the resignation of the government. Ahead of a national address today, Tokayev is claiming this morning that constitutional order has largely been restored.

Witnesses in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city, described scenes of chaos on Thursday, with government buildings being stormed or set on fire and widespread looting. The interior ministry said 2,298 people had been arrested during the unrest, while the police spokesperson Saltanat Azirbek told the state news channel Khabar-24 that “dozens of attackers were liquidated”. Video footage showed violent clashes between protesters and authorities in a number of cities.

‘The lies have not abated’ – One year after the 6 미국 국회의사당 1월 봉기, Joe Biden has denounced Donald Trump for spreading a “web of lies” about the legitimacy of the 2020 election and holding a “dagger at the throat of American democracy”. Biden called Trump a “defeated former president” whose “bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or constitution … For the first time in our history, the president had not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob reached the Capitol. But they failed.” Biden asked Americans to recommit to the protection of the nation’s 200-year-old system of government. "NS lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated.”

The Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, called the attack “antithetical to the rule of law” and said he supported efforts to hold perpetrators accountable. But he did not denounce Trump, as he and many Republicans did in the aftermath of the attack. Presiding over the House floor on Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared that democracy had prevailed when members returned to the Capitol after the riot to ratify Biden’s electoral victory. “The Congress, because of the courage of all of you, rose to honour our oath and protect our democracy," 그녀가 말했다, before leading members – all of them Democrats, with the exception of congresswoman Liz Cheney – in a moment of silence.

School scramble for fill-in staff – Schools in England are “teetering on the edge” with more than a third (36%) struggling with staff absence rates in excess of 10%, according to a snap poll by a headteachers’ union. Some heads had more than 20% of their teaching staff absent on the first day of term for Covid-related reasons. In some schools, heads have had to send classes or year groups home for online learning, or combine classes or year groups. More than a third (37%) needing supply teachers were unable to obtain them. 다른 곳, there have been reports of resistance among some pupils to masks and lateral flow testing. More Covid news from home and abroad at our live blog.

Final shutdown – The Hunterston B nuclear power station in Scotland will shut down for ever at noon today after 46 years of service, reducing the UK’s nuclear capacity by one-eighth and prompting calls from the industry for greater government backing. 그러나 비정형 진단을 받은 사람들은 '전통적인' 거식증으로 고생하는 사람들과 동일한 의학적, 심리적 합병증을 많이 경험합니다. lasted 20 years beyond its initial planned shutdown date. 약 20% of Britain’s supply comes from 15 reactors, and almost half of this capacity is scheduled for retirement by 2025 with the closure of Hunterston B, Hinkley Point B, Hartlepool 1 and Heysham 1. EDF is due to finish its new 3.2GW plant Hinkley Point C by 2027, with the first of its two reactors coming online a year before that. The Nuclear Industry Association estimates the national capacity could reach 14.25GW by 2035, depending on whether £1.7bn in funding for the proposed Sizewell C plant is confirmed and the Wylfa Newydd project on Anglesey can attract investors.

Don’t choke on your cereal – The bosses of Britain’s biggest companies will have made more money in 2022 by breakfast time today than the average UK worker will earn in the entire year, according to analysis of the vast gap in pay between FTSE 100 chief executives and everyone else. Level up, Britain …

Guardian critics Charlotte Northedge, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Simran Hans look ahead to the best of the year in culture.

Taiwan transitioned to a democracy in the late 1980s and is now one of Asia’s freest and most vibrant, but continues to reckon with its history – still very much in living memory – and how to remember the man who oversaw it. Memorials to the dictator Chiang Kai-shek are contentious, but also defended even by those who suffered; they want new generations to know he fostered the island’s prosperity and independence.

Novak Djokovic’s relegation to a hotel run by Australia’s immigration department continues to dominate the sporting agenda. The government has said Djokovic is not being held “captive” and is free to leave the country. The issue is becoming a diplomatic incident between Australia and Serbia as the full story is pieced together and responsibility established for the chain of events. The visa status of other players who have arrived to compete in the Australian Open is also now being investigated.

England made a disastrous reply to Australia’s 416-8d on day three of the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney. The tourists slumped to 36-4 at lunch, including a 53-ball spell where three wickets fell but no runs were scored. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow mounted a spirited fightback before tea.

Asian shares have been climbing today, 와 1.2% gain in the Australian benchmark, though Japan’s Nikkei made gains then fell back. China and Hong Kong stocks have tracked other Asian shares higher. US jobs data is due later in the day. Futures trading indicates the FTSE will open higher. The pound is worth $1.354 and €1.198 at time of writing.

Tory peer secretly involved in firm given PPE contracts” – our 보호자 lead story today. “Prisoner Cell Djokh H” – the Metro’s play on Novak Djokovic’s waylaying in Australia. 그만큼 Financial Times splashes with the anniversary of the Congress attack: “Biden fears threat to democracy one year on from Capitol assault”.

그만큼 Express says “Cost of living squeeze will hit over-65s hardest” – their energy bills could rise by £340 a year. 그만큼 Telegraph is on the cost of living crisis 너무, with “One million to be pulled into higher rate of tax”. 그만큼 Colston statue verdict is met with outrage in the Daily Mail, which has “PM: vandals can’t change our history”. 그만큼 Times’ top story is “Second Maxwell juror was abused”.

그만큼 Mirror reports on “Desperate Andrew’s £17m ski chalet sale” – because of his legal costs, the paper says. And the Sun has “Piers troll arrested over death threats”.

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