Gavin Williamson

Boris Johnson drinks peach juice from Fukushima to prove area is safe after nuclear meltdown

Foreign secretary makes diplomatic gesture in move filmed by Japanese counterpart during UK visit.<p>It's seven years since Fukushima Daiichi plant …

Boris Johnson

Britain fears Russia could cut undersea communication cables causing 'economic catastrophe'

Britain's military has prioritised the protection of undersea cables from Russia because if they are cut or disrupted there would be an immediate and …

Royal Marines

Boris Johnson drinks can of peach juice from Fukushima to prove produce from nuclear meltdown site is safe

Boris Johnson was filmed drinking a can of peach juice from Fukushima, an area of Japan which has suffered a triple nuclear meltdown.<p>He was swigging from the can, which Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Tarō Kōno brought to London in a visit to the Foreign Office this week.<p>Appearing to enjoy …

Referendums

Brexit rebellion could open the floodgates on a weak prime minister

A government defeat is always embarrassing, but considering this current government’s precarious parliamentary foundations, it was perhaps inevitable …

Brexit

Japan, UK eye post-Brexit mutual recognition of trade standards

LONDON (Reuters) - Japan and Britain said on Thursday they hoped to achieve a swift deal on mutual recognition of each other's standards for goods and services when Britain leaves the European Union.<p>Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he wanted agreements on mutual recognition of standards and …

Business

Total silence - then disbelief

<b>Well, well, well.</b><p>The Tory rebels, and the government, believed that a last-minute panicked concession from the government side had walked Theresa May back from the brink of defeat.<p>Frantic conversations between the government, the whips, the party managers and their MPs who were tempted to rebel had …

Brexit

From ‘crush the saboteurs’ to the Maybot’s P45 – the year in Westminster digested

In 2017 there were bitter rows about leaving the EU, a chaotic election and the rise of the Corbyn cult. Our parliamentary sketch writer recaps a farcical 12 months in politics<p>January – March<p><b>Theresa May:</b> Brexit means Brexit.<p><b>Everyone:</b> What the hell does that mean?<p><b>May:</b> It means Brexit means</b> …

Brexit

UK and Japan to discuss security issues including North Korea nuclear threat

London meeting between Boris Johnson, Gavin Williamson and Japanese foreign and defence counterparts to ‘deepen security cooperation’<p>Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and defence secretary Gavin Williamson are to meet their Japanese counterparts in London on Thursday for talks expected to be …

North Korea

Commons defeat 'not going to stop Brexit', says government - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis taking questions in the Commons and Theresa May at the EU summit

Brexit

Armed forces veterans to get ID to recognise 'sacrifice'

<b>British armed forces veterans could have their driving licences stamped with a "V", as part of plans to improve the recognition of their service.</b><p>The move, similar to a US scheme, could see 2.5 million ex-military personnel issued with the new licence to "clearly distinguish" them as veterans.<p>The …

War

Gavin Williamson’s Christmas cheer

It’s party season in Westminster and last night saw the Women’s Lobby drinks reception, Jeffrey Archer’s festive drinks – or, if you were lucky enough to receive the invitation, Gavin Williamson’s Christmas drinks. The newly-installed Defence Secretary inviting a select group of MPs to the vaults …

Christmas

Top Royal Marine extends tour to fight cuts

The head of the Royal Marines has postponed moving on from the job so he can fight cuts to the elite force, he has told troops.<p>Maj Gen Rob Magowan has been told by the head of the Navy to stay in post and keep fighting the Marines’ corner as the Corps nears the end of a defence review that could …

War

UK defence minister on $6.7bn arms deal with Qatar

Gavin Williamson made the comments a day after Qatar agreed to buy 24 fighter jets from Britain in a $6.7bn deal.<p>Britain's defence minister has told Al Jazeera he is hoping for a swift end to the political crisis in the Gulf.<p>Gavin Williamson made the comments a day after Qatar agreed to buy 24 …

Middle East

British Media Losing It Over Gavin Williamson’s Comments. They May Not Mock Him for Long.

What a toxic mix of historical amnesia and political opportunism is being heaped upon Gavin Williamson.<p>The defense secretary noted that, in the war …

Conservative View

Conservative Party aide 'raped woman in senior MP’s parliamentary office after night out', court hears

A Tory aide raped a woman in his MP boss's office after a night of drinking in a parliamentary bar, a court heard.<p>Samuel Armstrong, 24, the chief of …

Crime

What is Gavin Williamson up to?

What is Gavin Williamson playing at? That’s the question on the lips of Conservative MPs after two weeks of mayhem which have seen the beginnings of a defence budget rebellion complete with a briefing war with the Treasury. Since his surprise appointment as Defence Secretary, the former Chief Whip …

Theresa May

The Waugh Zone Wednesday December 13, 2017

The five things you need to know about politics today.<p><b>1. THE MEANING OF STRIFE</b><p>There are 11 sleeps to Christmas and for Theresa May just two more PMQs …

Brexit

Nigel Lawson blasts Theresa May for 'losing her nerve' in Brexit talks and giving in to the EU

FORMER Tory Chancellor and key Brexit advocate Nigel Lawson last night accused Theresa May of getting down “on her knees” and begging EU officials …

Brexit

New Defence Secretary Williamson impresses by clipping the Chancellor Hammond's wings

A political typhoon has suddenly burst in on the heart of the Cabinet in the form of new Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who promises - or …

News (Ireland)

BAE lands £5bn Typhoon sale to Qatar, but how will it affect future deals?

Defence group BAE Systems’ shares jumped in early trading as investors reacted to a long-awaited export sale of the company’s Typhoon jet fighters.<p>BAE shares rose almost 3pc after a £5bn sale of 24 of jets along with a training and support package to Gulf nation Qatar was announced on Sunday …

BAE Systems

Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

Qatar has agreed its long-awaited order for 24 British-built Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets and a billion pounds' worth of missiles assembled in …

BAE Systems

Now migrants even get the kitchen sink in Germany, says NICK FERRARI

GETTYGermany has opened up to an untold number of new arrivals<p>When Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel threw both her arms and her nation’s borders …

Angela Merkel

Qatar buys 24 Typhoon fighters from UK in Dh29bn deal

Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal on Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes …

Middle East

Britain sells Qatar £6,000,000,000 worth of Typhoon fighter jets and missiles

The UK has agreed to sell 24 Typhoon fighter planes to Qatar in a deal worth £6 billion.<p>British aerospace company (BAE Systems) will supply the …

Aerospace

BAE Gets $6.7 Billion Typhoon Fighter Jet Order From Qatar

BAE Systems Plc won an order from Qatar for 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets valued at 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) as the isolated Persian Gulf …

Business

Gavin Williamson under fire for 'appalling' call to target British IS fighters

Shami Chakrabarti, the shadow attorney general and a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, condemned the comments by newly-appointed Defence Secretary.<p>Gavin …

UK News

If Gavin Williamson is staging Tory melodrama to make us think he's leadership material, it isn't working

Have you ever set eyes on a British politician in such a tearing hurry as Gavin Williamson?<p>In a few years, the Defence Secretary who kept Cronus the …

Bridget Jones

Armed Forces face 'completely unacceptable' delay to pay rise

Soldiers, sailors and airmen face a ”completely unacceptable” delay to next year’s pay rise it has been claimed.<p>Members of the Armed Forces had been due to find out in April if their longstanding 1 per cent pay rise cap was finally to be lifted by the Government.<p>However defence sources now expect a …

War

Chemicals and drugs groups call on Gove to stick to EU regime

George Parker and Sarah Neville in London<p>December 10, 2017<p>Britain’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries have called on the government to allow …

Brexit

Qatar, UK sign fighter jet deal

Qatar on Sunday signed an agreement with the United Kingdom to purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, according to Qatar’s Defense …

Middle East