Rishi Sunak steps up Britain’s call for a ‘sustainable ceasefire’ in the Middle East as PM says ‘too many civilian lives have been lost’ in Gaza conflict – after ex-defence secretary Ben Wallace warns Israel’s ‘killing rage’ will make the crisis worse

Rishi Sunak steps up Britain’s call for a ‘sustainable ceasefire’ in the Middle East as PM says ‘too many civilian lives have been lost’ in Gaza conflict – after ex-defence secretary Ben Wallace warns Israel’s ‘killing rage’ will make the crisis worse

Rishi Sunak today stepped up the Government’s demand for a ‘sustainable ceasefire’ in the Middle East. The Prime Minister warned ‘too many civilian lives have been lost’ during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. He also continued to put pressure on Israel to allow greater access for aid deliveries into Gaza. Yet Downing Street … Read more

Tory rebels warn Rishi Sunak to brace for New Year showdown over flagship Rwanda scheme as they plot to ‘kill’ legislation in second Commons hurdle next month – as PM breathes sigh of relief after defying mutiny and vowing he CAN ‘Stop the Boats’

Tory rebels warn Rishi Sunak to brace for New Year showdown over flagship Rwanda scheme as they plot to ‘kill’ legislation in second Commons hurdle next month – as PM breathes sigh of relief after defying mutiny and vowing he CAN ‘Stop the Boats’

Rishi Sunak headed off a Tory mutiny over his flagship Rwanda scheme tonight – but was warned he could face another debilitating rebellion in the New Year as MPs plot to ‘kill’ the legislation.  After a day of arm-twisting by Conservative whips and the Prime Minister himself, MPs in the Commons voted by 313 votes … Read more

Russian pilot tried to shoot down RAF surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea in 2022 because he believed he had permission – but his missile missed

Russian pilot tried to shoot down RAF surveillance aircraft over the Black Sea in 2022 because he believed he had permission – but his missile missed

A Russian pilot tried to shoot down an RAF surveillance plane over the Black Sea because he mistakenly thought he had permission, it has emerged.  The pilot of the SU-27 fighter jet fired two missiles at the RAF aircraft on September 29 last year, with Russia claiming the missile had malfunctioned. Britain’s then defence secretary Ben … Read more

Military chiefs cast doubt over Grant Shapps’ appointment as new defence secretary after highlighting his lack of experience in the area

Military chiefs cast doubt over Grant Shapps’ appointment as new defence secretary after highlighting his lack of experience in the area

Rishi Sunak risked a military backlash today after installing Grant Shapps as Defence Secretary. The former energy secretary was promoted to the key role after Ben Wallace formally quit the role he had held for four years under three prime ministers. In a swift mini-reshuffle, Mr Shapps was replaced in the energy role by rising star … Read more

RAF Top Gun pilots intercept 50 Russian jets in just four months as Putin’s aircrews step up aggressive missions towards Nato airspace

RAF Top Gun pilots intercept 50 Russian jets in just four months as Putin’s aircrews step up aggressive missions towards Nato airspace

Britain’s squadron of top gun RAF pilots have intercepted Russian warplanes 50 times in just four months during their mission to protect Nato airspace from Vladimir Putin‘s forces. Typhoon pilots based at a military HQ in Estonia have flown more than 500 hours as the spearhead of the alliance’s mission to deter Kremlin jets from muscling into Nato’s … Read more

President Zelensky fires Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK after he criticised his sarcastic response to Ben Wallace’s suggestion Kyiv should show more gratitude for weapons

President Zelensky fires Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK after he criticised his sarcastic response to Ben Wallace’s suggestion Kyiv should show more gratitude for weapons

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed the country’s ambassador to the United Kingdom after he criticised the president’s response to a row over British military aid. Vadym Prystaiko had criticised Zelensky’s sarcastic response to suggestions from Defence Secretary Ben Wallace that Ukraine should show more gratitude for arms supplies from its allies. Zelensky signed a decree dismissing … Read more

Ben Wallace warns president Zelensky that allies want ‘gratitude’ from Ukraine for military aid

Ben Wallace warns president Zelensky that allies want ‘gratitude’ from Ukraine for military aid

President Zelensky insisted Ukraine is always grateful for Western aid to fight Russia today after an astonishing attack by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. Zelensky offered to meet the minister tomorrow after his controversial remarks at a Nato conference in the Baltic.  At an event in Lithuania, the Defence Secretary said he had bluntly told told … Read more

French President Macron ‘plots to block Ben Wallace from top NATO job because Britain left the EU’ 

French President Macron ‘plots to block Ben Wallace from top NATO job because Britain left the EU’ 

French President Macron ‘plots to block Ben Wallace from top NATO job because Britain left the EU’ By Mark Hookham and Brendan Carlin Published: 22:30 BST, 17 June 2023 | Updated: 00:42 BST, 18 June 2023 French President Emmanuel Macron is plotting to block Defence Secretary Ben Wallace from becoming the next boss of Nato … Read more

Ex PM Boris Johnson sees surge in support with six Cabinet ministers leading clamour for a comeback

Support for a Boris Johnson comeback surged yesterday as six Cabinet ministers threw their weight behind the former prime minister. Writing in today’s Daily Mail, Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said Mr Johnson was the ‘standout star’ to replace Liz Truss after she resigned. It came after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said yesterday he was also … Read more

Rishi’s popularity with Tory activists slumps amid cost-of-living crisis

Rishi’s popularity with Tory activists slumps amid cost-of-living crisis and backlash at mini-Budget… while Ben Wallace stays top Rishi Sunak has slipped down the Cabinet rankings among the Tory grass roots Regular ConservativeHome survey of readers is closely watched by ministers Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is top amid plaudits for his Ukraine response   By James … Read more