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Comment: Keeping politics and prejudice apart

Keeping prejudice out of politics is becoming increasingly fraught in polarised times. Taking to the streets to protest must be part of free speech – within decent democratic boundaries. That deal is broken if prejudiced placards, chants and slogans go unchecked – but undermined too when politicians declare every protestor…

I am a living proof that UK is not racist,…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has declared he is “living proof” that Britain is not a racist country as he sought to douse the Islamophobia row, The Times reports. He warned that all politicians had an obligation to be “careful” and not “unnecessarily inflame” tensions after the former deputy Tory chairman,…

Sunak warns of toxic political culture amid security threats to…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has issued a warning about the increasing toxicity in political culture, in light of reports that members of Parliament are encountering security threats due to their voting intentions in the House of Commons concerning the Israel-Gaza conflict. He issued a statement on Saturday (24) to condemn…

Conservative party not Islamophobic, says Sunak

British prime minister Rishi Sunak denied on Monday that his governing party has Islamophobic tendencies, saying comments by Conservative lawmaker Lee Anderson were unacceptable and that was why he had been suspended. Anderson said on Friday the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was under the control of Islamists in widely…

Sunak urges West to ‘be bolder’ in seizing frozen Russian…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said that Western nations should take a more assertive stance on confiscating Russian assets, which were frozen following the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Sunak, in an article in an early edition of the Sunday Times to mark two years since the start of…

Tories suspend MP Anderson over ‘Islamophobic’ comments

The Tories on Saturday (24) suspended their former deputy chairman Lee Anderson from the parliamentary party after he refused to apologise for claiming that London's Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, was controlled by Islamists. Pressure had been growing on prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories to act following lawmaker Anderson's contentious remarks…

King Charles cheered by get-well cards

KING CHARLES was shown on Friday (23) reading and chuckling at some of the thousands of cards sent to him by well wishers since it was announced he was receiving treatment for cancer. Buckingham Palace disclosed earlier this month that Charles, 75, had been diagnosed with a unspecified form of…

Braverman: Islamists and extremists taking charge of Britain

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman has claimed the UK is losing its identity as a great nation where different faiths and races co-existed peacefully because Islamists and extremists are taking charge in all walks of life. British Indian Braverman, with a Goan-origin father and Tamil-origin mother, writes in The Telegraph…

UK to access EU intelligence on gangs trafficking migrants

BRITAIN will gain access to the EU's intelligence on criminal gangs involved in human trafficking as part of a deal with the bloc's border protection agency, Frontex, in another sign of closer cooperation between the two sides after Brexit. The deal between Britain and the European Union will allow both…

King Charles ‘reduced to tears’ by support after cancer diagnosis

KING CHARLES said during a meeting with prime minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (21) he had been reduced to tears by messages of good will following his cancer diagnosis. King met Sunak in person for their weekly audience for the first time since announcing his diagnosis. The palace announced earlier…

EXCLUSIVE: Stop condemning us for fighting racism

VICTIMS of racism are being attacked for speaking out and highlighting the problem, former chief crown prosecutor, Nazir Afzal, has told Eastern Eye. His comments come as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has asked Afzal to head a panel to investigate its internal culture. The 61-year-old is no stranger…

Akshata Murty wears suit by Samantha Cameron

Akshata Murty, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s wife, wore a suit designed by Lady Cameron at an event on the final day of London Fashion Week in a nod to one of her predecessors in Downing Street. The event was a lunch at Downing Street, which saw the presence of 20…

NHS waiting list ‘will be revamped’

ENGLAND’S health service will move about 40,000 pending child consultations for ADHD, autism and other conditions from its main waiting list, a person with direct knowledge of the change said, trimming the politically sensitive list ahead of an expected election. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has vowed to reduce wait times…

End to recession in sight as Britons begin spending again

BRITISH retail sales jumped by the most in almost three years in January as consumers recovered their appetite for spending, suggesting the economy could emerge quickly from its recession in the second half of last year. Sales volumes increased by 3.4 per cent from December and January’s jump was the…

Sunak announces ban on mobile phones in England schools

In a decisive move to enhance the learning atmosphere in classrooms, prime minister Rishi Sunak announced a nationwide ban on mobile phones in schools across England. Through a video message shared on the X platform, Sunak underscored the disruptive influence of mobile phones on education, advocating for a more focused…

Watchdog probes impartiality breach in Sunak’s TV appearance

The independent media watchdog in Britain launched an investigation on Monday (19) to assess whether there was a breach of impartiality rules in a recent television appearance by prime minister Rishi Sunak, after receiving about 500 complaints from viewers. The Office of Communications (OFCOM) said its probe covers the ‘People's…

UN raises human rights concerns about Sunak’s Rwanda policy

Britain's new legislation regarding its controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing was criticised by the UN human rights chief, Volker Turk, on Monday (19), for undermining fundamental principles of rights. Turk said the moves to facilitate removals to Rwanda ran contrary to the basic principles of…

UK court convicts small boat pilot of migrant deaths in…

A man who piloted an "unseaworthy" boat across the English Channel was found guilty Monday of the manslaughter of four migrants who drowned during the crossing. Ibrahima Bah, from Senegal, took the helm of the poor quality inflatable carrying 43 people, which should have held no more than 20 passengers,…

Policemen face misconduct charges in Grace O’Malley-Kumar stabbing case

AN unnamed British policeman underwent a misconduct hearing after it emerged that he had shared details of injuries via WhatsApp following a stabbing attack on a British Indian teenager and her friend in Nottingham last year. According to a report in The Sun newspaper on Monday (19), a misconduct hearing…

Rishi Sunak appeals Tory family to come together

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Saturday (17) made a direct appeal to voters to stick with his plan to turn things around as he made a plea for the Tory family to come together to beat Labour party in a general election later this year. Writing in The Daily Telegraph,…

Sunak blames by-election losses on low voter turnout

In the face of two significant defeats that cast a shadow over his leadership before the upcoming general election, prime minister Rishi Sunak pointed to "low voter turnout" on Friday (16) as the reason for the Labour Party's success in overturning substantial Tory majorities to win the by-elections in England.…

Pressure on Sunak as Tories suffer defeat in by-elections

LABOUR dealt a crushing blow to prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories on Friday (16), winning contests for two new lawmakers in votes that suggested the opposition party was on track to win a national election later this year. The double defeat underlined the flagging fortunes of the governing party and…

Recession hits economy, increases Sunak’s election challenge

The economy entered a recession in the latter half of 2023, presenting a challenging environment in the lead-up to the anticipated election this year for prime minister Rishi Sunak, who has committed to boosting growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 0.3% in the three months to December, having shrunk…

Harmony in stone

IN the dynamic landscape of international relations, the influence of non-state actors, including transnational religious organisations, plays a crucial role in shaping a nation’s global standing. India, with its rich tapestry of religious diversity, has witnessed the emergence and growth of various such organisations that contribute significantly to the country’s…

NHS dentists to receive cash to accept new patients

DENTISTS in England will receive cash to accept new patients amid a critical shortage of state-funded dental care. Announced last Wednesday (7), the plan is backed by £200 million in government funding. It comes as the number of dentists providing care in the NHS stands at its lowest level in…

Labour party’s lead falls to lowest since June 2023: Poll

LABOUR'S lead over Tories has fallen 7 percentage points to its lowest since June 2023, a Savanta poll showed on Wednesday (14), after the opposition party scrapped a green spending target and struggled with anti-Semitism allegations. Polls over the past year have consistently shown Labour on course for victory in…

English test scandal: Students seek to clear their names

THOUSANDS of international students are campaigning to clear their names over an English-language test scandal after fresh evidence was presented to the Home Office. The issue dates to 2014 when a BBC Panorama investigation revealed cheating on a compulsory language test that was required for a visa at two London…

Why Labour struggles to find its voice on race

HOW ambitious would a Labour government be in office? The party’s scaling back of its flagship green economy investment plan dominated the past week in Westminster. But this was also a week in which it sought to illuminate its plans on racial equality. Keir Starmer did two things to respond to…

UK unemployment dips to 3.8% at end of 2023

Britain's unemployment rate dipped in the final quarter of last year, but wage growth eased as the country's inflation stays elevated, official data showed Tuesday. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 per cent from 3.9 per cent in the three months to the end of November, the Office for National…

Azhar Ali dropped by Labour in Rochdale over Israel comments

Azhar Ali, previously Labour's choice for the upcoming Rochdale by-election, has seen his candidacy revoked following his controversial remarks concerning Israel and Jewish individuals. Initially, Labour defended Ali after he suggested Israel had intentionally not prevented a Hamas attack on October 7 to justify an invasion of Gaza. However, Labour…

India trying to push watered-down trade deal: UK

The trade deal talks between India and the UK have run into a deadlock with both sides hardening their stands amid elections scheduled in both the countries. The UK has alleged that India was pushing for a watered-down trade deal as time runs out to conclude an agreement before negotiations…

Sunak pledges tax cuts amid ‘improved economic conditions’

Rishi Sunak has embraced the challenge of narrowing the gap between the Tories and Labour in the current polls. Speaking to the Times, the prime minister emphasised his commitment to tax reductions, pledging to cut taxes when it becomes fiscally prudent. “At the beginning of this year there is a…

King Charles thanks supporters in first statement after cancer news

King Charles III expressed his "heartfelt thanks" to well-wishers on Saturday (10), in his first statement following his shock announcement that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Buckingham Palace said Monday that Charles had begun treatment, but did not specify what type of cancer he has. "I would like to…

Sunak paid more than £500,000 in tax last year

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak paid £508,000 in tax in the last financial year after income from his investments dwarfed his official salary, a report by his accountants showed on Friday (9). Sunak is the wealthiest prime minister in British history through a combination of his past career in financial services…

Queen Camilla says King Charles ‘doing extremely well’

Queen Camilla, wife of King Charles III, disclosed on Thursday (8) that her husband, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is "doing extremely well" given the circumstances. King Charles has been "very touched by all the letters and the messages the public have been sending from everywhere", she said during…

Cameron pledges to help Scot imprisoned in India

FOREIGN SECRETARY David Cameron has pledged to help Jagtar Singh Johal, a Scottish man imprisoned in India for over six years, and has vowed to push for an investigation into allegations of torture, reported The Times. Johal, 36, was detained in Punjab in 2017 after travelling to India for his…

Asians rally round King

THE British Asian community, which has long been supported by King Charles from the days he was a young Prince of Wales, is now rallying round the 75-year old monarch following his cancer diagnosis on Monday (5). Since the King is also head of the Commonwealth, just as Queen Elizabeth…

Sunak stalled deal to resolve doctors’ strikes, report says

Allegations have surfaced that prime minister Rishi Sunak is the primary obstacle in resolving the ongoing doctors' strikes in England, a situation that is exacerbating the NHS waiting lists crisis, an exclusive report in The Guardian said. Despite repeated warnings from health officials and NHS England, Sunak's apprehension about setting…

Praise for Sunak’s role in Belfast agreement

BREXIT complicated the already convoluted communal politics of Northern Ireland, but the role of the British prime minister Rishi Sunak in bringing about power sharing in Stormont has been praised by Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). “Credit to Rishi Sunak, he delivered where others haven’t,”…

King Charles’ charity patronage ‘shows commitment to south Asia’

KING CHARLES’S cancer diagnosis has shocked the whole country, but will be felt especially keenly by the British Asian community, for whom he has cared as long as anyone can remember. He said as much when his private secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, attended the Hinduja Diwali party in October 2022…

Truss launches grouping to take Tories more rightward

Despite her shortcomings as the prime minister, Liz Truss continues to maintain her presence on the political stage. On Tuesday (6) she launched a new movement dedicated to steering the ruling Tories in a more rightward direction. Truss spent just 49 days in office before she was ousted by her…

Sunak relieved over early detection of King Charles’ cancer

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday (6) that he was “shocked and sad” upon discovering that King Charles was diagnosed with cancer, though he found solace in the fact that the condition was detected early. Buckingham Palace revealed on Monday evening that the King had commenced outpatient treatment for…

Sunak admits failure in fulfilling health service promise

Prime minister Rishi Sunak acknowledged that his government had fallen short in reducing the significant backlog of patients awaiting hospital treatment within the health service, conceding a failure to fulfill one of his key promises ahead of an upcoming election. Sunak set out five major policy pledges at the start…

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

KING CHARLES has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will postpone public engagements to undergo treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday (5), but added he remained "wholly positive" about the scare less than 18 months into his reign. Charles, 75, who became king in September 2022 following the…

Sunak family ties to Infosys spark Labour outcry over ‘VIP…

The Labour Party has asserted that Infosys received preferential "VIP access" following allegations in a media report that claimed the software services company was assured assistance for its expansion in Britain, a favour purportedly tied to prime minister Rishi Sunak's family relation with Narayana Murthy, a co-founder of Infosys. A…

King Charles appoints his first female equerry

King Charles III has appointed his first female equerry, who will serve as the monarch's representative and assistant during most of his overseas visits and tours. Captain Kat Anderson, 33, is an officer with the Royal Artillery who has previously worked for prime minister Rishi Sunak. She will be the…

Sunak reveals he ‘experienced racism as a kid’

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has shared insights into the challenges of growing up facing racism and the efforts his family made to ensure he assimilated into British society, including enrolling him in additional drama classes to eliminate any accent, The Guardian reported. "You are conscious of being different," Sunak told…

Britain needs 156,000 homes annually to manage influx of immigrants

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is under pressure to cut immigration as new figures indicate Britain must construct 156,000 homes annually to accommodate influx, reported The Times. The figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) predict that net migration will add an additional 6.1 million people to the UK population…

Labour gears up for swift transition as it sets sights…

Should the main opposition Labour Party secure victory in the next UK general election, as current opinion polls suggest, a familiar scene is expected outside the prime minister's official residence the following day: removal vans. The overnight transition, unique in major Western democracies, contrasts with the roughly two months' preparation…

Sunak launches new business council for collaboration with top CEOs

Prime minister Rishi Sunak launched a new business council on Wednesday (31), establishing routine meetings with several of the country's top bosses, such as the chief executives of BT BT.L, Rolls-Royce RR.L, and Unilever ULVR.L. The newly-appointed council will be used to gain business perspectives on the global economic climate…

Labour will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if…

LABOUR will cap corporation tax at 25 per cent if it wins the next election and will look to cut that rate if needed, the party's finance policy chief Rachel Reeves told business leaders on Thursday (1). Businesses have long complained about a lack of visibility on everything from tax…

Labour launches new initiatives to win back British Indian voters

Amidst concerns of dwindling support from the UK's largest ethnic minority, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is implementing new strategies to reengage with British Indians. Recent initiatives include recruiting two community outreach volunteers, revitalising the Labour Friends of India group, and arranging a visit to India for senior shadow ministers David…

House of Lords approves first vote on Sunak’s Rwanda asylum…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak secured a victory in the upper house of parliament's first vote on his legislation aimed at reviving a plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda despite the bill facing several hours of criticism from lawmakers, who labelled it as unethical and unworkable. Under the Rwanda plan,…

UK and India pledge ‘futuristic relationship’ on Republic Day

THE UK and Indian governments are striving to establish a modern relationship, Alex Chalk, the lord chancellor and justice secretary, said last Friday (26). He was speaking at the Guildhall in the City of London where the Indian High Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, hosted a reception to mark the 75th anniversary…

Comment: Tory flirtation with fascism is historic

THE far-right section of the Conservative party is plotting to get rid of Rishi Sunak. But, then, no one should be surprised. Fascism has always appealed to a section of the Conservative Party and indeed to many in English aristocracy. Here is a summary of a seriously regarded book, Hitler’s…

Badenoch says Post Office needs new direction

BUSINESS secretary Kemi Badenoch said last Sunday (28) that she had sacked the chairman of the Post Office amid tensions over the scandal of hundreds of subpostmasters wrongly convicted of theft due to faulty accounting software. An ITV television drama in early January that told the story of the subpostmasters’…

Sunak has not ruled out public inquiry into Nottingham attacks:…

FAMILIES of the victims of last June’s Nottingham attacks said prime minister has not ruled out a public inquiry into the incident after they met Rishi Sunak at Downing Street on Monday (29) evening. Barnaby Webber's father, whose son was fatally stabbed alongside Grace O'Malley Kumar, 19, and school caretaker…

UK population set to reach 74 million in 2036

Immigration is expected to add 6.1 million people to the UK population by mid-2036, official projections that will add to pressure on prime minister Rishi Sunak to reduce it in the run-up to an election. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Tuesday (30) the UK's population is projected…

Sunak says 36-hour fasting every week part of his ‘balanced…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is known for his dedication to physical fitness, engaging in intense cycling workouts on his Peloton bike and having a weakness for mint chocolate and Mexican Coca-Cola. However, the Sunday Times (28) revealed that Sunak's self-discipline includes a weekly 36-hour fast, in accordance with his Hindu…

Sunak announces ban on disposable vapes

The government is set to implement new legislation to prohibit single-use e-cigarettes or vapes as a measure to address the increasing trend of vaping among young people, prime minister Rishi Sunak announced on Monday (29). "As any parent or teacher knows, one of the most worrying trends at the moment…

Post Office chief sacked amidst Horizon IT scandal

Business minister Kemi Badenoch announced on Sunday (28) that she has sacked the chairman of the Post Office. The decision comes amidst growing tensions related to the scandal involving the wrongful conviction of hundreds of subpostmasters for theft, attributed to faulty accounting software. A television drama in early January that…

Gurinder Chadha to make festive film about Indian scrooge

Indian-origin filmmaker Gurinder Chadha on Tuesday said she is working on a festive film in the same vein as Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, but her Scrooge will be “an Indian Tory who hates refugees”. Appearing in front of the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee at Westminster, Chadha said it…

Hunt proposes pre-election tax cuts in March budget statement

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt said he would use his budget statement in March - possibly his last before a national election expected this year - to boost economic growth and he said tax cuts were part of his plans. “My priority in the upcoming spring budget will be to build on…

Tory MP Clarke urges party to oust Sunak as prime…

Simon Clarke, a senior Tory MP on Tuesday (23), voiced his concerns regarding the party's leadership. He openly called for a change in the prime ministerial role, expressing his belief that under Rishi Sunak's leadership, the party is heading towards a significant defeat in the upcoming election later this year,…

Labour unveils plan to save funds and reform NHS

THE Labour party said it would aim to save £10 billion by cutting waste and reforming the health service if in power, saying these measures could free up cash to spend on frontline care. The NHS emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic in crisis, crippled by long waiting lists, ambulance delays…

‘Rwanda soundbites cannot hide bill’s real-life impact’

HAVING survived the biggest Commons backbench rebellion of his premiership to date, Rishi Sunak made a pre-emptive strike on the upper house over his Rwanda Bill: “Will the opposition in the appointed House of Lords try and frustrate the will of the people as expressed by the elected House?”, he…

UK could be heading towards widespread burnout, warns charity

The rising number of UK employees needing time away from work due to mental health concerns has sparked alarm, with a charity warning that the nation could be heading towards widespread burnout, The Guardian reported. Mental Health UK's chief, Brian Dow, has highlighted the role of global issues like climate…

Hunt hints again at pre-election tax cuts

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt said he would use his budget statement in March - possibly his last before a national election expected this year - to boost economic growth and he said tax cuts were part of his plans. "My priority in the upcoming Spring Budget will be to build on…

Sunak asserts Rwanda bill reflects ‘the will of the people’

Rishi Sunak urged members of the UK's unelected upper chamber of parliament on Thursday (18) to approve his controversial proposal to send migrants to Rwanda, asserting that it reflected "the will of the people." The prime minister survived a key test of his leadership on Wednesday night, fending off right-wing…

Google to invest $1bn in UK data centre

GOOGLE will invest $1 billion on building a data centre just outside of London, the US technology giant said on Thursday (18), in its latest investment in Britain as it meets growing demand for internet services in the region. The data centre, located on a 33-acre (13-hectare) site bought by…

Sunak’s Rwanda bill clears Commons

In a crucial test of his leadership, prime minister Rishi Sunak successfully navigated a key parliamentary vote on Wednesday (17), overcoming opposition from right-wing rebels for his controversial plan to send migrants to Rwanda. Sunak, in power since October 2022, has staked his political future on the scheme, as Britain…

Sunak’s Rwanda bill faces crucial vote following resignations of Tory…

Facing a crucial vote on the Rwanda bill, Rishi Sunak encounters resistance as two Tory deputy chairmen and a ministerial aide, namely Lee Anderson, Brendan Clarke-Smith, and Jane Stevenson, resigned to rebel against the legislation, seeking amendments for increased stringency. In a setback for the prime minister's authority, 60 Tory…

Post Office’s Watergate approach

JUST before Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in Westminster Abbey, on April 29, 2011, I went to see Hasmukh and Chandrika Shingadia in the Berkshire village of Upper Bucklebury, where they ran the local Peach’s grocery store cum sub-post office. They had been invited to the royal wedding…

REVEALED: Asian subpostmasters faced racist abuse and injustice

ASIAN sub postmasters have described the devastating impact of the Post Office Horizon scandal as they revealed the consequences of the injustice on their families as well as their health and finances. In interviews with Eastern Eye, some post masters recalled the fallout of discriminatory and racist behaviour by Post…

Tories and Sunak seek ‘return to power’ plan

IT is a truth universally acknowledged that a political leader with an election to fight must be in want of campaign advice. As Rishi Sunak embarks on the most challenging re-election campaign of any British prime minister in living memory, there is no shortage of pitches about the best spells…

Millions of Britons living abroad now eligible to vote in…

From Tuesday (16) onward, an estimated 3.5 million Britons residing overseas will gain eligibility to vote in UK general elections. This marks one of the most substantial expansions of the country's electoral franchise in a century. The expansion in the electorate follows a change in the law, approved by parliament…

Parliament gears up for battle over Rwanda migrant law

The spotlight returns to Britain's plan to send migrants to Rwanda as lawmakers debate the controversial scheme on Tuesday (16), testing the authority of leader Rishi Sunak with a general election around the corner. The prime minister -- in power since October 2022 -- has staked his political future on…

Legal experts doubt Sunak’s Rwanda treaty will satisfy Supreme Court

A House of Lords inquiry has conveyed that Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda treaty is unlikely to alleviate concerns raised by the Supreme Court regarding the country's suitability for sending asylum seekers. As the legal and human rights communities prepare for a showdown on the legislation, the Law Society, along with academics…

Engage with Asian voters, Conservative MPs told

BRITAIN is on course to elect its most diverse parliament ever following the general election later this year, a thinktank has said, while a leading Conservative parliamentarian has urged MPs to better engage with ethnic minority voters. Based on current candidate selections, a record number of ethnic minority MPs are…

Rajnath Singh meets Sunak, concludes successful UK trip

INDIAN Defence Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his visit to the UK on Thursday (11) after a “warm meeting” with prime minister Rishi Sunak and interacting with members of the Indian diaspora at a community reception. Singh called on Sunak at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (10) evening for discussions on…

Zee TV to air highlights of Asian Business Awards on…

All the glitz and glamour from the 25th anniversary of the Asian Business Awards will be aired on Zee TV on Sunday, January 28th, at 7 pm. A total of nine awards were handed out at the glittering ceremony, held at the Park Plaza Hotel in central London and attended…

Tory MPs revolt against Sunak’s Rwanda bill

Rishi Sunak faces a brewing rebellion within the Conservative party as over 30 MPs from the party's right-wing bloc rally to change the bill next week regarding the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The proposed amendments aim to restrict the avenues for appealing deportation orders, showcasing deep divisions within…

New legislation to overturn wrongful Post Office convictions

BRITAIN will seek to use new legislation to overturn the wrongful convictions of hundreds of Post Office managers, prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday (10) in the wake of renewed national outrage over the scandal. Between 1999 and 2015, hundreds of self-employed sub-postmasters at branches of the state-owned Post…

New biography tells ‘uncommon love story’ of Infosys co-founder

INFOSYS co-founder NR Narayana Murthy was not in favour of his wife Sudha joining the company because he did not want the then start-up to be perceived as nepotistic, a new book has claimed. Murthy, whose daughter Akshata is married to prime minister Rishi Sunak, set up the company along…

Sunak braces for Rwanda asylum legislation battle

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's legislation to block further court challenges to the government's plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda will return to parliament next week. Sunak faced the most serious threat to his leadership when he saw off a revolt by dozens of his lawmakers during the first parliamentary…

‘Mr Bates vs the Post Office’ changes debate about scandal

THE four-part ITV drama, Mr Bates vs the Post Office, has changed the debate about the scandal resulting from the implementation of the faulty Horizon software by Japan’s Fujitsu company. Following the national outcry triggered by the show, prime minister Rishi Sunak told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg last…

Former Post Office boss returns honour over scandal

THE former boss of Britain's Post Office said on Tuesday (9) she will return a royal honour received from Queen Elizabeth II as public anger mounts over a miscarriage of justice scandal. Former-CEO Paula Vennells said she had "listened" to the growing clamour to hand back the CBE (Commander of…

Rajnath Singh starts UK tour with visit to Gandhi memorial

INDIA’s defence minister Rajnath Singh arrived in London on Monday (8) for a three-day visit focusing on the India-UK defence partnership as well as security and industrial cooperation. Singh has been accompanied by a Ministry of Defence delegation comprising officials from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Service Headquarters,…

Public outrage over wrongful convictions in Post Office ‘thefts’

PUBLIC anger is mounting over what has been described as Britain's biggest ever miscarriage of justice that saw hundreds of subpostmasters wrongly convicted of theft because of a computer software glitch. Lives were ruined by the false accusations that led to some Post Office branch managers being jailed, going bankrupt,…

India’s Rajnath Singh to discuss defence, security issues with Shapps

INDIAN defence minister Rajnath Singh will discuss bilateral issues with his UK counterpart Grant Shapps during his official visit, the ministry of defence said in a statement. Singh arrived in UK on Monday (8) night. Notably, this marks the first visit of a sitting Indian defence minister to the UK…

Sunak urges Britain to ‘stick to the plan’

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday (7) called upon voters and members of his party to "stick to the plan" for achieving "long-term change" ahead of an election he indicated would likely occur in the latter part of this year. After firing the starting gun on election campaigning last week…

Sunak vows tax cuts through welfare reform

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has outlined his commitment to reducing taxes by tightening welfare spending and implementing government reforms before and after the upcoming general election. In an interview with The Telegraph, Sunak indicated a significant focus on tax reductions. The Tory leader presented the party's position as a key…

UK aims for Uranium fuel independence to challenge Russia

BRITAIN intends to become the first European country to produce an advanced uranium fuel that is currently commercially available only from Russia, the government announced Sunday (7). The UK government said it would invest £300 million building a high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) programme that would help "displace" Moscow from global…

Former Conservative minister Chris Skidmore resigns

Former energy minister, Chris Skidmore announced on Friday (5) that he is resigning as an MP, citing disagreements with the ruling Conservatives over the contentious oil and gas legislation. In an embarrassing setback for embattled prime minister Rishi Sunak, MP Chris Skidmore also said he will quit the Conservative parliamentary…

A year of elections

BILLIONS of voters across south Asia, the UK and the US will go to polls in the next 12 months in what will be a test of democracy, analysits have told Eastern Eye. In the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak has to call a general election by January 28, 2025,…

Labour seeks clarity on closure of Akshata Murty’s investment firm

LABOUR has raised concerns over the closure of Catamaran Ventures UK, a start-up investment firm owned by Rishi Sunak's wife, reported the BBC. The company was wound up by Akshata Murty in December, prompting questions about its impact on government-backed businesses and other companies it holds stakes in. The establishment…

Election in second half of 2024, signals Sunak

RISHI SUNAK fired the starting gun on Britain's next election on Thursday (4), saying his "working assumption" was it would take place in the second half of the year, all but ruling out an earlier vote opposition parties had called for. The prime minister and Labour leader Keir Starmer both…

Right-wing upstarts threaten Tories with ‘Make Britain Great’ vision

Ahead of the upcoming general election this year, the ruling Conservatives find themselves once again challenged by a fringe right-wing political party, originally founded by the eurosceptic populist Nigel Farage. Reform UK -- formerly called the Brexit Party and whose current leader admires former US president Donald Trump -- rails…

British Indian girl’s chess triumph

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD British Indian schoolgirl made history after being named the “super talented” best female player at a European chess event. Bodhana Sivanandan, from Harrow in London, won the European Blitz chess championship in Zagreb, Croatia, last month. During the event, she went head-tohead with some of the best players…

Fear of recession adds to Tory woes in election year

BRITAIN’S economy unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter and flatlined in the previous three months, official data showed last month, raising fears of a recession before an election due this year. The downbeat news delivers a blow to Tory prime minister Rishi Sunak, who trails Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer…

Sunak claims government has achieved asylum target

Prime minister Rishi Sunak announced on Tuesday (2), that he had achieved his goal of clearing the nation's "legacy" asylum backlog by the end of 2023 and also defied the prevailing trend across Europe by reducing arrivals of illegal migrants via small boats by 36 per cent. The UK Home…

Junior doctors start longest consecutive strike in NHS history

Junior doctors in England on Wednesday (3) commenced the longest consecutive strike witnessed in the seven-decade history of the NHS. Junior doctors -- those below consultant level -- started a six-day walkout, in a major escalation of their long-running pay dispute with the UK government. The industrial action comes at…

Comment: Elections around the world will shape politics in 2024

DEMOCRACY is the theme of 2024. Around half of the world’s population has the chance to go to the polls. This weekend’s vote in Bangladesh, boycotted by the opposition to Shekih Hasina, is an inauspicious start. Pakistan in February holds its first elections since 2018. More than 600 million will…

Tories shocked by ‘secret deal’ between Sunak and Cummings

Tories have expressed strong disapproval and concern over allegations that Rishi Sunak offered Dominic Cummings a secret deal to assist him in winning the election. One Tory MP said that Boris Johnson's former chief aide should have no role in the political sphere, following these claims. Within WhatsApp groups, other…

Extended NHS strike threatens Sunak’s waiting list pledge

Health chiefs warned this weekend that Rishi Sunak's goal for the NHS, aiming to eradicate wait times surpassing 65 weeks by March, might fall short due to impending NHS strike action. The health system braces for an unprecedented six-day national strike by junior doctors in England starting Wednesday (3) at…

Nearly 30,000 migrants crossed Channel to UK in 2023

Nearly 30,000 migrants crossed the Channel to Britain from mainland Europe in small boats in 2023, an annual drop of more than a third, government figures released Monday showed. However, the unauthorised arrivals of 29,437 people on the southeast English coast remains the second largest yearly tally since officials began…

Sunak aims for Free Trade Agreement with India by April

According to a UK media report, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aims to secure a free trade agreement (FTA) with India by Easter, which falls at the end of March 2024. The India-UK FTA talks began in January last year, aimed at significantly enhancing the £36-billion bilateral trading partnership. A new…

Sunak clears Liz Truss’s Honours List

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who was under pressure from the Opposition regarding the customary resignation Honours List from his short-lived predecessor Liz Truss, has authorised the controversial peerages. Truss made 11 nominations of some of her close friends and allies, including Conservative Party donor Jon Moynihan and former Brexit Vote…

Sunak shares ‘Home Alone’-inspired skit for Christmas

During the Christmas holidays, Rishi Sunak shared a quirky skit inspired by the 1990s Hollywood film 'Home Alone' on social media. The post included the message “Merry Christmas from Downing Street,” aiming to showcase the prime minister's humorous side during the festive period. The 43-year-old can be seen hard at…

Hunt to deliver budget on March 6 as election looms

CHANCELLOR of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, will present the spring budget on March 6, in what is likely to be the government's last major chance to prepare the ground for an election that must be held by January 2025. Prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservatives are heavily trailing the main opposition…

UK economy shrinks in third quarter

BRITAIN'S economy unexpectedly shrank in the third quarter, official data showed Friday (22), raising fears of a potential recession before an election due next year. Gross domestic product contracted 0.1 per cent between July and September, down from a prior estimate of zero growth, the Office for National Statistics said…

UK to ‘gradually’ adjust family visa salary requirement

THE government has said it will raise its controversial minimum salary requirement for family visas in stages "to give predictability" to immigrant families. It unveiled a raft of measures earlier in December, aimed at cracking down on record levels of migration - a key battleground issue in the general election…

British Indian prodigy creates history in European chess championship

AN eight-year-old British Indian schoolgirl has made history after being named the “super talented” best female player at a European chess championship. Bodhana Sivanandan, from Harrow in north-west London, won the European blitz chess Championship in Zagreb, Croatia, over the weekend. During the event, she went head-to-head with some of…

Junior doctors intensify strike over ongoing pay dispute

JUNIOR doctors in England ramped up their industrial action on Wednesday (20), beginning the first walk-out of their biggest strike yet, which hospitals warn could threaten emergency care provision at one of the busiest times of the year. The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents around 50,000 junior doctors, said…

‘Asians pay high price for love’

MPs and immigration experts have criticised ministers for “deliberately targeting” British Asian families in their quest to get immigration figures down. Home secretary, James Cleverly, announced last week (13) that from April 2024, the minimum salary threshold for UK nationals and permanent residents applying to bring family members to join…

February deadline for India-UK FTA talks to allow for election…

A NEW round of discussions in the ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the UK will begin in the New Year after the 13th round was completed last week, a joint outcome statement issued by the British government said on Monday (18). The Department for Business and Trade…

Lawmaker’s removal from parliament triggers new electoral test for Sunak

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak encounters another challenging vote to fill a vacant parliamentary seat following the removal of a lawmaker on Tuesday (19). The lawmaker was ousted amid allegations of bullying an employee and engaging in sexual misconduct. A parliamentary watchdog found that Peter Bone, who had been a member…

Inflation hits lowest level in more than two years

INFLATION has slowed sharply to the lowest level in more than two years on falling petrol prices, official data showed Wednesday (20), easing a cost-of-living crisis after aggressive interest-rate hikes. The Consumer Prices Index hit 3.9 per cent in November from 4.6 per cent in the previous month, attaining the…

2023: The year in identity

WHAT did we learn from 2023 about the state of the nation? It was a year that showed how identity can both unite and divide Britain today, depending not only on events at home and abroad, but on how our public conversations are led too. If Britain needs more bridging…

UK, Italy leaders unite on migration, agree Tunisia deal

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak hailed his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni's approach to tackling illegal migration, in a visit to Rome where they agreed to co-fund a project to help migrants return home from Tunisia. The two leaders held formal talks at Meloni's office on Saturday (16) and the British Conservative…

UK economy shrinks in October, raises recession risk

BRITAIN'S economy shrank in October, official data showed on Wednesday (13), raising the risk of a recession and testing the Bank of England's resolve to stick to its tough line against cutting to interest rates from their 15-year high. Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.3 per cent from September,…

Educated minorities ‘now more likely to vote Tory’

GRADUATE ethnic minority voters are more likely to vote for the Conservative party, a new survey has found. Lead researcher James Kanagasooriam, from FocalData, said the voting intentions of ethnic minority graduates is in contrast to their white counterparts. They are more left-leaning and more likely to vote Labour, although…

EXCLUSIVE: Tory party told to “unite or die”

A LEADING Conservative parliamentarian has warned fellow Tory politicians they face a decision to either “unify or die” as party infighting threatens to derail the leadership of prime minister, Rishi Sunak. On Tuesday (12) Sunak narrowly won in his latest plans to send migrants to Rwanda. The way in which…

Sunak sees off revolt to win vote on Rwanda plan

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak avoided defeat in parliament on Tuesday (12) on an emergency bill to revive his plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, seeing off a revolt by dozens of his lawmakers that laid bare his party's deep divisions. Sunak, who has pinned his reputation on the strategy,…

Covid inquiry: Sunak ‘deeply sorry’ for pandemic deaths

Prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday said he was "deeply sorry" for those who lost family during the Covid pandemic as he was quizzed about his actions as finance minister during the global health emergency. Sunak is expected to face questions at the public inquiry into the UK's handling of…

Crunch time (again) for Rishi Sunak on Rwanda policy

RISHI SUNAK did not imagine that his premiership would end up like this. His intention was to lead an economy-first government, rebuild trust in politics and deliver on many fronts. Sunak has become the embattled leader of a single-issue government and mutinous party. Every week seems to be immigration week…

Sunak faces tense showdown over Rwanda plan

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak faces the biggest parliamentary test of his premiership on Tuesday (12) when MPs vote on his plan to send asylum seekers to live in Rwanda. The Supreme Court ruled last month that Rwanda was an unsafe place to send those arriving in small boats on England's…

Sunak to be grilled over Covid era scheme to help…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak faces questions Monday over whether his "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme to help the struggling hospitality sector during the pandemic spurred the spread of Covid-19. Sunak, who was finance minister at the time, is due to give evidence to the public inquiry into the UK…

Sadiq Khan condemns attack on Ulez camera, calls it ‘grotesquely…

The London mayor's office strongly condemned a "grotesquely irresponsible" attack on a camera responsible for enforcing the city's ultra-low emission zone (Ulez). The incident involved damaging the camera with what seemed to be a homemade bomb, posing a risk to lives, The Guardian reported. No immediate response regarding the incident…

Court sentences former London police officers for racist messages

SIX former London police officers on Thursday (7) were given suspended prison sentences for sharing offensive and racist messages on WhatsApp, including references to Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and other members of the royal family. In a statement after the sentencing hearing Commander James Harman, who leads the Metropolitan…

Rwanda migrant plan ‘will work’, assures Sunak

RISHI SUNAK insisted Thursday (7) that his latest immigration plan would work, as the issue threatened to tear apart his ruling Tories, putting his premiership in jeopardy. Sunak came out fighting after his government's latest attempt to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda sparked the resignation of his immigration minister, who…

Braverman slams ‘unworkable’ new Rwanda bill

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman said on Thursday (7) the government's proposed Rwanda legislation, part of a scheme to try to send thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country, will not work. Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt from the right-wing of his Tory party over efforts to…

Sunak’s new Rwanda plan stumbles as Jenrick resigns

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak set out draft emergency legislation on Wednesday (6) which he said would pave the way for asylum seekers to be deported to Rwanda, but immediately suffered a major setback when his immigration minister quit. The "Safety of Rwanda Bill", published the day after Britain signed a…

Why FT picked Alia Bhatt for its influential women’s list

THE Bollywood actress, Alia Bhatt, is the sole Indian to be selected by the Financial Times (FT) among its “25 most influential women of 2023” chosen from across the world. The paper’s selection is a little like Eastern Eye’s Power List (the next one will be published on March 5,…

Cleverly signs new Rwanda treaty to resurrect asylum plan

BRITAIN signed a new treaty with Rwanda on Tuesday (5) which it said would overcome a court decision blocking its plan to deport asylum seekers to the East African country, a ruling that dealt a huge blow to the government's immigration policy. The Rwanda scheme is at the centre of…

EU single market return ‘has majority support’

A MAJORITY of Britons support rejoining the European single market, even though it would mean restoring free movement of workers from member states, according to a survey published last Wednesday (29). The YouGov findings come as prime minister Rishi Sunak faces rising political pressure from record high levels of migration…

Junior doctors will go on fresh strikes

JUNIOR doctors in England will take further strike action later this month and in January, their trade union said on Tuesday (5), after weeks of talks with the government failed to end a long-running dispute over pay. The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents nearly 200,000 doctors in Britain, said…

Johnson to defend pandemic response at Covid inquiry

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson will make a much-anticipated appearance before an inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday (6) with his personal reputation and that of the Tory government at stake. The inquiry has already heard damaging testimony about Johnson's handling of the crisis, including claims…

Cleverly arrives in Rwanda to sign new asylum treaty

Home Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Rwanda on Tuesday (5), to finalise a new treaty aimed at deporting asylum seekers to the African nation, following the UK's highest court ruling that declared the previous deportation scheme unlawful. The Rwanda plan is at the centre of the government's strategy to cut…

Sunak announces ‘biggest clampdown on legal migration’ to turn polls…

The embattled Conservative government unveiled a raft of measures Monday aimed at cracking down on record levels of migration -- a key battleground in a general election expected next year. The UK announced it would raise the minimum salary threshold for a skilled worker visa and prevent overseas health and…

Starmer pledges growth; blames Tories for fiscal crisis

A Labour government would not "turn on the spending taps" but will focus obsessively on growth because British prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories have wrecked public finances, the party's leader Keir Starmer will say on Monday (4). With Labour some 20 points ahead in opinion polls before an election expected…

Sunak welcomes Christmas early, admits listening to festive tunes in…

Rishi Sunak has said he started listening to his Christmas music playlist two weeks back. However, the reaction from friends and family has led him to enjoy the tunes privately. The prime minister, known for his fondness for Michael Bublé’s Christmas tracks and often listening to them during late work…

India’s inclusion in safe states list to deter asylum seekers…

A House of Lords committee responsible for scrutinising bills presented in Parliament has expressed apprehension regarding the inclusion of India in the UK's extended list of safe states which would prevent individuals from India entering the country illegally from seeking asylum. The cross-party House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee…

Discussed migration plan with Rwanda’s Kagame, says Sunak

Rishi Sunak said on Friday (1) that he had conversations with President Paul Kagame concerning plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda as he finalises his response to the block on the policy in the London Supreme Court. Sunak's government has said it is working on a new treaty with…

‘Migration curbs will damage UK’

ANY “drastic” measures to cut immigration to the UK have the potential to “kill the economy”, a leading businessman has told Eastern Eye. Annual net migration hit a record of 745,000 last year and has stayed at elevated levels since, data showed last Thursday (23). Prime minister Rishi Sunak came…

Hancock tells Covid inquiry earlier lockdown could have saved 30,000…

At the Covid inquiry, Matt Hancock asserted that tens of thousands of lives might have been spared had the UK implemented a lockdown three weeks earlier. He described Boris Johnson’s Downing Street operation as affected by a "culture of fear." Hancock detailed instances of his staff encountering mistreatment from Dominic…

Sunak attributes high immigration levels to Johnson’s tenure

Rishi Sunak has attributed the high levels of net migration to Boris Johnson. He said, that he "inherited these very large numbers" and is committed to reducing them. The prime minister pledged to take necessary measures to decrease net migration, facing pressure from the right wing of his party to…

Sunak’s £1.6 billion pledge aims to regain climate narrative

Prime minister Rishi Sunak is set to announce a funding pledge of £1.6 billion ($2 billion) during the UN climate summit on Friday (1), as an effort to enhance his green credentials, following the alterations made to Britain's measures aimed at achieving net zero, targets. Sunak, in Dubai for COP28…

Sunak pressed hard for easing covid rules, inquiry hears

During the Covid inquiry, it was revealed that in a meeting held in July 2021, Rishi Sunak advocated fervently for the lifting of all lockdown restrictions. Boris Johnson, during the same meeting, reportedly referred to individuals as "malingering" and "workshy," as detailed in a diary entry by the then chief…

‘Asian Rich List is about so much more than just…

THE British Asian business community clearly has done well, as the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List 2024 shows. The entry point to get onto the list 13 years ago was £25 million. Last year it was £120m, and this year the figure has gone up to £125m. Even allowing for…

Saudi wealth fund acquires stake in Heathrow

SAUDI ARABIA's sovereign wealth fund is to buy ten per cent of London's Heathrow airport from Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial, whose departure from the hub after almost two decades leaves Qatar as its biggest shareholder. Ferrovial late Tuesday (28) said it was offloading its 25 per cent stake for nearly…

More empty promises on net migration undermine public trust

CONSERVATIVE politicians sounded like they were already in opposition during the ferocious blue-on-blue attacks on the government over record levels of net migration announced last week. There were many calls for immediate action to slash the numbers. Yet none of those declaring that it was of existential political importance to…

Sunak praises ‘competitive visa regime’ amid immigration pressures

Rishi Sunak voiced strong support for skilled migrant workers on Monday (27) during a key speech at the Global Investment Summit, addressing the growing pressure on his government to reduce the escalating immigration figures. The prime minister vehemently praised the country's “most competitive visa regime,” making it the best in…

Government reaches deal with unions to end senior doctor strikes

THE government and medical trade unions said on Monday (27) they had reached a deal which could see an end to months of disruptive strike action by senior doctors in England. The Department of Health and Social Care said the offer would reform the pay structure for senior doctors, known…

Government struggled to address Covid ‘conspiracies’ during pandemic, says Kemi…

Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch, who served as the equalities minister during the pandemic, addressed the impact of the coronavirus on various communities during her testimony at the Covid inquiry on Monday (27). She highlighted ongoing challenges the government faces in combatting misinformation, emphasising the harm caused by conspiracy theories, Sky…

Sunak lauds ‘huge vote of confidence’ at Global Investment Summit

Prime minister Rishi Sunak unveiled on Monday (27) that the world's top investors have pledged £29.5 billion in new projects and capital, as a “huge vote of confidence” in the UK economy. Sunak, who welcomed CEOs of some of the world's leading businesses for a Global Investment Summit at Hampton…

Sunak announces £29.5 billion private sector investments

Prime minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a £29.5 billion ($36.76 billion) influx of private-sector investments in Britain. Following this announcement, he convened with global executives as part of his initiative to re-establish the country as the primary destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe Australian funds IFM Investors and Aware…

Massive London protest demands permanent ceasefire in Gaza

TENS of thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters marched through central London on Saturday (25) to call for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the latest in a series of weekend demonstrations in the capital since the seven-week war began. Saturday's rally, which involved 45,000 campaigners according to police estimates, took…

Sunak’s Rwanda plan threatens Good Friday agreement, say senior Tories

Senior Conservatives have raised concerns that Rishi Sunak's stance against human rights laws, potentially enabling the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda, might jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process. These MPs echoed worries expressed by the White House, underscoring that Downing Street's reported intentions to disregard parts of the Human…

Oliver Dowden praises Asian businesses for ‘unwavering ambition, perseverance’

Oliver Dowden invoked the example of prime minister Rishi Sunak as the deputy prime minister paid tribute to the success and resilience of the British Asian community. Addressing the 25th annual Asian Business Awards last Wednesday (22), Dowden praised the Asian community for rebuilding post-war Britain and laying the foundation…

Sunak’s tax cuts yield polling boost

SUPPORT for prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative Party has risen by four percentage points following the announcement of tax cuts and financial support this week, the Times newspaper reported on Friday (24), citing polling by YouGov. On Wednesday (22), chancellor of the exchequer Jeremy Hunt announced tax cuts for workers…

Estimates show net migration to UK slowing

NET migration to the UK hit a record high of 745,000 in 2022 but provisional estimates for the year ending June 2023 indicated a ‘slowing’ of the trend. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday (23) said net migration - the difference between the number of people leaving Britain…

Leading entrepreneurs celebrated at historic 25th anniversary of the Asian…

AN INSPIRATIONAL businessman whose company has donated over a billion pounds to charitable causes was crowned the Business of the Year at the 25th anniversary of the prestigious Asian Business Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Wednesday (22). Nirmal Sethia is an internationally renowned entrepreneur whose business empire…

Asians grow their wealth, reveals Asian Rich List 2024

ASIAN entrepreneurs in the UK have increased their wealth by a staggering £6.8 billion in the past year, despite worldwide economic challenges, analysis by the Asian Rich List 2024 has found. Published by Eastern Eye, the list profiles the 101 richest Asian people in Britain. It was released on Wednesday…

Hunt announces tax cut boost for economy

CHANCELLOR of the exchequer Jeremy Hunt announced on Wednesday (22) a bigger-than-expected cut in social security contributions and made incentives for business investment permanent in a bid to speed up the country's sluggish economy. Hunt, who is seeking to boost the fortunes of prime ninister Rishi Sunak's struggling Conservative Party…

Braverman ‘confused’ by sacking

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman said she was “confused” at the manner of her sacking, claiming that prime minister Rishi Sunak had agreed for her to write a newspaper column which he then pointed to as the reason for her removal from cabinet. In an opinion piece published in the…

Disabled people must fulfill ‘their duty’ by working from home,…

Individuals facing mobility and mental health challenges will encounter a new policy requiring them to work from home or risk losing their benefits, a government minister said on Tuesday (21), underlining the concept of fulfilling "their duty." This initiative, to be unveiled during Wednesday's (22) autumn statement, forms part of…

Indian students rush to secure UK visas before dependents ban

THERE is a surge in Indian students accelerating visa applications to bring their dependents to the UK ahead of the government-imposed ban in January, The Telegraph reported. Education agents are capitalising on this trend, charging inflated prices to secure spots at UK universities before the impending Home Office deadline, which…

Hunt to cut taxes to boost economy and election prospects

Jeremy Hunt will announce tax cuts for businesses on Wednesday (22) - and possibly some for voters too - as the chancellor of the exchequer tries to speed up Britain's sluggish economy and help his struggling party before an election expected next year. Buoyed by a fall in inflation, Hunt…

Sunak vows to cut taxes ahead of Autumn budget

Rishi Sunak pledged on Monday (20) his readiness to "responsibly" reduce taxes after achieving his goal of halving inflation by year-end. However, he tempered expectations for the upcoming Autumn Statement budget scheduled this week, indicating that the government would not execute “everything at once.” Amid mounting pressure from sections of…

Sunak reportedly said ‘just let people die’, Covid inquiry hears

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak was quoted as saying the government should "just let people die" during the Covid-19 pandemic rather than impose a second national lockdown, the inquiry into how Britain handled the crisis heard on Monday (20). Patrick Vallance, who was the government's chief scientific adviser during Covid, made…

Foreign workers will need salary over £30,000 to enter UK

Reforming plans suggest that foreign workers seeking entry to Britain will need a salary exceeding £30,000, aiming to maintain an annual net migration of around 500,000, as indicated in figures set to be announced this week. Ministers are anticipated to unveil proposals aimed at reducing net migration by raising the…

Experts set to reveal discord and chaos within government at…

The official inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic is anticipated to disclose compelling evidence this week, regarding the tensions and disputes among the then prime minister Boris Johnson, his ministers, and the country's top scientific advisors. Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's former chief scientific adviser, is set to provide evidence during…

Government to present new migrants treaty with Rwanda in ‘days’

The government on Thursday (16) said a fresh treaty for transferring migrants to Rwanda might be prepared for ratification within a matter of "days". This comes after a court deemed the previous agreement unlawful. The new treaty, which would then take at least three weeks to be approved by lawmakers,…

EXCLUSIVE: Prime minister right to sack Suella Braverman

The prime minister has shown that “he has a backbone” by sacking his controversial home secretary, south Asian Conservative parliamentarians and grassroots members have told Eastern Eye. Rishi Sunak fired Suella Braverman on Monday (13), five days after she wrote a Times newspaper article in which she criticised the Met…

Rwanda ruling: Braverman demands Sunak enact legislation or concede defeat

Amid a stir among right-wing Conservative MPs, Suella Braverman has joined the movement for emergency legislation challenging the Supreme Court's ruling on the UK government's deportation strategy regarding Rwanda. Following her recent dismissal as home secretary and her earlier criticism of Rishi Sunak, Braverman urged the prime minister to either…

Akshay, Twinkle, and Preity celebrate Diwali with Sunak

Bollywood couple Akshay Kumar, his wife Twinkle Khanna, and actress Preity Zinta celebrated Diwali this year with the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at his official residence in London. Zinta took to social media to share a set of pictures from the celebration. In the pictures, the trio is seen…

Jaishankar urges UK vigilance against Khalistani extremism

INDIAN external affairs minister S Jaishankar has raised the country's long-standing concerns about pro-Khalistan extremism in the UK during his meetings with the country's leaders. He stressed that they should be on guard against the misuse of freedom of expression and speech. Jaishankar concluded his five-day visit to the UK…

King Charles hosts special 75th birthday reception to meet Indian…

To mark his 75th birthday, King Charles III hosted a special reception at Buckingham Palace to honour Indian nurses, midwives, and global medical professionals dedicated to the NHS. Indians lead the estimated 150,000 international nurses and midwives currently working in the NHS, which is also celebrating its 75th anniversary year.…

Sunak to revive Rwanda asylum plan after court setback

Despite a significant setback in the country’s highest court, prime minister Rishi Sunak is attempting to revive his flagship immigration policy. However, legal experts express doubts about its ability to surmount the existing legal hurdles. The UK Supreme Court on Wednesday (15) ruled the government's scheme to send asylum seekers…

Starmer attempts to put Labour’s stance on Gaza conflict to…

Sir Keir Starmer is making efforts to subject Labour's stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict to a vote, aiming to preserve party unity. The party has introduced a Commons amendment expressing apprehensions about the civilian death toll and advocating for extended pauses in the fighting to aid delivery. However, it aligns…

Britain’s Sikh community appeals for support on long-term issues

BRITAIN's Sikh population, whose ancestors first migrated from the Punjab more than a century ago, have long been admired as a model of integration and for maintaining a strong identity. Lauded in their country of origin and beyond for their valour, industriousness and charity, Sikhs took those values to Britain,…

India and UK can achieve energy and climate change goal…

Britain’s secretary of state for Energy and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, believes India and the UK share a common energy and climate change objectives. The 38-year-old Goan-origin Conservative MP, promoted by prime minister Rishi Sunak in a recent Cabinet reshuffle, joked about setting somewhat of a trend as the latest…

UK proposes adding India to safe states list

THE UK government has tabled plans to add India to an expanded list of safe states, which would speed up the process of returning Indians who travel from the country illegally and rule out their chance of seeking asylum in Britain. Draft legislation laid in the House of Commons on…

‘Asian elites launder drug money in London’

CORRUPT Asian elites are exploiting Britain’s property market and the City of London to launder the proceeds of drugs smuggling, a new report warned. The report published last Friday (10) by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) underscored the UK’s failure to prosecute money laundering crimes and emphasised its involvement in…

Cameron helped strengthen India-UK ties

MY INSTINCT is that the return of David Cameron as foreign secretary is good for Rishi Sunak, for the government and for the country. Let’s not forget that Rishi was elected an MP in 2015 during Cameron’s last year as prime minister. Cameron has disagreed with Rishi’s decision to cancel…

Politics of identity

A MOLE has been kind enough to send Eastern Eye a transcript of Monday’s (13) telephone conversation between Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman. Rishi: Morning Suella, I have something to say to you… Suella: Who’s that? Rishi: Rishi…. Suella: Which Rishi? Rishi: Rishi Sunak, prime minister….. Suella: Oh, that Rishi.…

‘Sunak’s reset could cause rifts as Tories face election nightmare’

TO HER party, Suella Braverman was able to say things which the prime minister thought but could not voice. To his critics, Rishi Sunak was the man who stabbed Boris Johnson in the back and someone whose party did not elect him as its leader. Braverman gave him a shield…

Induction of Cameron into cabinet divides opinion

SEVEN years ago, David Cameron left Downing Street after his big gamble to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union backfired and brought his sixyear term as prime minister to an end. A few months later, his political career appeared to be over as he resigned his…

Sunak says pledge fulfilled as inflation slows sharply

BRITISH inflation cooled more than expected in October as household energy prices dropped from a year ago and there was also a wider softening of price pressures, offering relief to the Bank of England and prime minister Rishi Sunak. Annual consumer price inflation plunged to a lower-than-expected 4.6 per cent…

Braverman attacks Sunak, accuses him of betrayal

Suella Braverman, the dismissed home secretary launched a personal attack on prime minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (14), accusing him of betraying both her and the country. Popular on the right of the party, Braverman kept quiet on Monday (13) after being sacked but published a letter to Sunak on…

Working on new Rwanda treaty: Sunak

BRITAIN's government has already been working on a new treaty with Rwanda and could change the country's laws after the Supreme Court ruled that the plan to send migrants there was unlawful, prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday (15). "The government has already been working in advance on a…

Rwanda ruling crucial for Sunak, says Think tank

THE Supreme Court ruling on the government’s Rwanda scheme to deport people seeking asylum in the UK to the African nation is crucial for prime minister Rishi Sunak, said independent migration Think tank British Future. The top court will deliver its ruling on Wednesday (15) on whether the government can…

Fewer non-white members in Sunak’s cabinet now

THE number of non-white cabinet ministers has come down from five to four after prime minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his core team on Monday (13). Suella Braverman was sacked as home secretary and former prime minister David Camaron was made foreign secretary as part of the exercise. While Sunak -…

Sunak visits Southampton temple with family to celebrate Diwali

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak visited the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in his home city of Southampton on Sunday (12) to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights. He was accompanied by his wife Akshata Murty, their two daughters and his parents as he participated in the ceremony of Aarti, lighting candles…

Comment: Braverman exemplifies volatility in British politics

How do you solve a problem like Suella? This was the week that Rishi Sunak changed his mind. Bringing Suella Braverman back as Home Secretary was a price he was willing to pay to secure the premiership unopposed, though it this was a coalition of convenience rather than conviction on…

David Cameron returns to government as foreign secretary

FORMER prime minister David Cameron was named as the country's new foreign secretary on Monday (13), in a surprise appointment made by Rishi Sunak as he reshuffled his top team. Cameron, 57, served as British leader from 2010 to 2016, resigning after the outcome of the Brexit referendum, when Britain…

Sunak, Jaishankar celebrate Diwali at Downing Street

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty on Sunday (12) hosted Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his wife Kyoko Jaishankar for Diwali tea at Downing Street. “Delighted to call on prime minister @RishiSunak on #Diwali Day. Conveyed the best wishes of PM @narendramodi. India and UK…

Massive pro-Palestinian march in London, over 120 people arrested

MORE THAN 300,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through central London on Saturday (11), with police arresting over 120 people as they sought to stop far-right counter-protesters from ambushing the main rally. Skirmishes broke out between police and the far-right groups gathered to protest against the demonstration taking place on Armistice Day,…

Braverman sacked amid reshuffle

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Monday (13) sacked home secretary Suella Braverman, as he reshuffles his top team ahead of a general election expected next year. Sunak had come under growing pressure to axe Braverman, an outspoken right-winger, after critics accused her of heightening tensions during weeks of contentious pro-Palestinian…

India and UK share common climate action goals, says Claire…

The secretary of state for Energy and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, Britain's latest Indian-origin Cabinet minister, highlighted the common energy and climate change objectives between the two nations in her inaugural diaspora speech. The 38-year-old Goan-origin Conservative MP, promoted by prime minister Rishi Sunak in a recent Cabinet reshuffle, joked…

Police gear for ‘serious disorder’ as large crowds expected for…

Hundreds of thousands of protesters are anticipated to participate in a pro-Palestinian march in London on Saturday (11). The event, criticised by prime minister Rishi Sunak as disrespectful, raises concerns about potential violence on the day dedicated to the remembrance for war veterans. The "National March for Palestine" is the…

Police probe fake London mayor video on pro-Palestinian marches

A POST shared on social media purporting to show the mayor of London saying pro-Palestinian marches should take priority over Armistice Day events is fake and police are investigating, a spokesman for the mayor said. The social media clip could further inflame tensions in the capital, in light of a…

Asian elites launder drug money in London, report warns

CORRUPT Asian elites are exploiting Britain's property market and the City of London to launder the proceeds of drugs smuggling, a new report warned. The report published on Friday (10) by the Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) underscored the UK's failure to prosecute money laundering crimes and emphasised its involvement in…

Supreme Court to rule on controversial Rwanda plan next week

THE Supreme Court said on Thursday (9) it would deliver its ruling next week on whether the government can go ahead with its controversial plan to deport migrants to Rwanda. In April, London's Court of Appeal said the scheme was unlawful because the east African country was not a safe…

Sunak faces pressure to sack Braverman over Met accusation

Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure to dismiss Suella Braverman over her comments about the Metropolitan Police which were made without the approval of the prime minister. Opposition parties are demanding removal of the home secretary as investigations are launched into her article on the pro-Palestine march. Braverman had suggested…

UK plans to fast-track return of Indians; block asylum rights

THE government has tabled plans to add India to an expanded list of safe states, which would speed up the process of returning Indians who travel from the country illegally and rule out their chance of seeking asylum in Britain. Draft legislation laid in the House of Commons on Wednesday…

‘Poor visibility’ hampered Channel rescue effort in 2021 migrant accident

UNSUCCESSFUL attempts to rescue migrants from a sinking boat in the Channel in November 2021 were hampered by poor visibility and confusion over locating the right vessel, Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) said on Thursday (9). The accident, in which 27 people including a 7-year-old girl died, is the…

Sunak, Akshata celebrate Diwali at Downing Street

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, lit ceremonial lamps for Diwali at a special reception at 10 Downing Street, welcoming guests from the Indian diaspora, parliamentarians, entrepreneurs, and Hindi movie celebrities. The prime ministerial residence was decorated in a theme of vibrant marigolds and candles on Wednesday…

UK ‘will legislate to grow economy by supporting innovative businesses’

THE government’s new legislative agenda will build on its priority to grow the economy, safeguard energy independence and ensure the UK is securing “the benefits of Brexit”, prime minister Rishi Sunak’s office said last Saturday (4). Measures will also help build “the most competitive and supportive environment for businesses to…

Rishi Sunak calls on pro-Palestinian groups to cancel Armistice Day…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has urged pro-Palestinian groups to call off a march against the Israel-Hamas war scheduled to take place in London on Armistice Day. The organisers of the rally have so far defied pleas from the British capital's Metropolitan police force to postpone the demonstration planned for this…

Amish Tripathi: ‘India becoming more influential’

BESTSELLING author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

Labour lawmaker resigns from policy role due to discord over…

A member of the opposition Labour Party has stepped down from his policy role in protest against his leader's decision not to demand a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip. Labour leader Keir Starmer has so far resisted increasing pressure within his party to advocate for a…

Police ask protesters not to demonstrate during Armistice weekend

METROPOLITAN Police on Monday (6) urged organisers not to go ahead with any protests planned this weekend when Armistice Day will be marked after prime minister Rishi Sunak slammed plans for a pro-Palestinian march. Authorities asked unidentified organisers to consider postponing any demonstrations in London over the weekend, including Saturday's…

New law on ‘minimum service levels’ to stem strikes draws…

The government announced plans on Monday (6) to introduce legislation enforcing "minimum service levels" in essential sectors during strikes. The legislation is set to be unveiled in parliament on Tuesday (7), sparking criticism from unions, who have expressed discontent with the proposed measures. The new legislation, which builds on a…

Sunak sets stage for poll messaging in King’s Speech

Charles III will deliver the inaugural King's Speech in over 70 years on Tuesday (7), formally opening the parliament session and outlining his government's legislative agenda amid the approaching elections. The 74-year-old head of state will outline Conservative prime minister Rishi Sunak's wish list of new laws that are expected…

Author Amish Tripathi concludes term as director of Nehru Centre

Bestselling author Amish Tripathi has concluded his tenure as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister for Culture and Education at the High Commission of India in London. Over the course of four years, he actively coordinated numerous India-focused cultural events in the capital. The 49-year-old diplomat oversaw the Nehru…

4 police officers injured and 29 people arrested during pro-Palestinian…

Four police officers sustained injuries when pro-Palestinian demonstrators launched fireworks into crowds in central London. Law enforcement made 29 arrests on suspicion of racially motivated crimes in connection with the incident. The Metropolitan Police said more than 1,300 officers were on duty on Saturday (4) as tens of thousands of…

New legislative agenda to build on measures to grow economy:…

THE government's new legislative agenda will build on its priority to grow the economy, safeguard energy independence and ensure the UK is securing "the benefits of Brexit", prime minister Rishi Sunak's office said on Saturday (4). Measures will also help build "the most competitive and supportive environment for businesses to…

Protesters rally across major cities, demanding Gaza ceasefire

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators held protests in multiple cities, including London, Berlin, Paris, Ankara, Istanbul, and Washington on Saturday (4), demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and criticising Israel following an escalation of its military actions against Hamas. In London, television footage showed large crowds holding sit-down protests blocking parts of the city…

Boris Johnson asked about using hairdryer against Covid, claims Cummings

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson asked the government's top scientific advisors early in the pandemic if a "special hairdryer" could be used against Covid, it emerged this week. As the virus began to spread worldwide in March 2020, Johnson shared with officials a YouTube video of the dryer being used…

Kamala Harris urges action against AI dangers

US vice president Kamala Harris on Wednesday (1) called for urgent action to protect the public and democracy from the dangers posed by artificial intelligence, announcing a series of initiatives to address safety concerns about the technology. In a speech at the US embassy in London, Harris spoke of the…

Ends by Ahir Shah review: Marvellous mixture of comedy and…

AHIR SHAH performed his Edinburgh Fringe-winning show Ends in front of a packed crowd at Soho Theatre in central London. Most didn’t realise that the comedian was walking among them and pumping himself up to perform, with a classic qawwali from Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan playing loudly in the…

UK, US and China call for ‘international action’ on AI…

Countries including the UK, United States and China on Wednesday agreed the "need for international action" as political and tech leaders gathered for the world's first summit on artificial intelligence (AI) safety. The UK government kicked off the two-day event at Bletchley Park, north of London, by publishing the "Bletchley…

Summit to confront ‘frontier’ AI concerns

THE UK government will welcome foreign political leaders, tech industry figures, academics and others this week for a two-day summit billed as the first of its kind on artificial intelligence (AI). The gathering, set to be attended by prime minister Rishi Sunak, US vice-president Kamala Harris, EU chief Ursula von…

Will ‘presenter’ Boris Johnson be taken seriously?

WE DON’T hear very much these days about Boris Johnson making a comeback to 10, Downing Street. He has decided making money is the better option. Boris earned £4.8 million in five months after leaving office as prime minister, mostly for speaking at events and for securing a deal to…

Britain’s domestic dilemma over Israel-Palestine conflict

VERY few people in the Middle East will be familiar with Sir Keir Starmer, so whether or not the Labour leader calls for a ceasefire in Israel’s military action on Hamas in the Gaza strip is pretty much irrelevant. Even prime minister Rishi Sunak is not really a player. Starmer’s…

‘Diwali celebrates best of Britain’

DIWALI – the story of good triumphing over evil – shows how multiculturalism is not failing but instead enhancing community relations in today’s Britain, prominent politicians and business leaders have told Eastern Eye. The prime minister, Rishi Sunak, and the Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, added their voices to the…

Sunak’s father-in-law suggests youngsters should work for 70 hours a…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak’s entrepreneur father-in-law has suggested Indian youngsters should work for 70 hours a week to help the south Asian nation compete with bigger economies.NR Narayana Murthy said India should emulate Japan and Germany which made rapid progress after World War II by “working a certain number of…

Cummings: Johnson’s Covid handling was ‘widespread failure’

FORMER prime minister Boris Johnson's ex-senior adviser on Tuesday (31) criticised his handling of the Covid pandemic, as an inquiry heard he believed claims that the virus was "nature's way of dealing with old people". Dominic Cummings, his former-top aide, painted a troubling picture of Johnson's attitude and response to…

Former aide slams Johnson’s handling of Covid pandemic

The Covid pandemic was the "wrong crisis" for the skill set of the scandal-ridden former prime minister, Boris Johnson, one of his most senior ex-advisers told the UK Covid inquiry on Tuesday (31). Lee Cain, Downing Street's ex-communications chief, said he became "exhausted" by Johnson's indecision and oscillation in dealing…

Braverman condemns pro-Palestine demonstrations, calls them ‘hate marches’

Suella Braverman has described the individuals participating in street demonstrations advocating for a Gaza ceasefire as participants in "hate marches." Braverman expressed her dismay at the large gatherings, involving "tens of thousands of people," where chants advocating for the elimination of Israel were heard. Speaking after a Cobra meeting chaired…

Comment: How the Middle East conflict impacts UK domestic politics

WITH the Israel-Palestine conflict escalating so dangerously, its impact on British politics seems a rather local difficulty. When prime minister Rishi Sunak flew to Israel to tell prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu “we want you to win”, he could not really claim to be speaking for his much more ambivalent country.…

England faces India amidst echoes of history in Lucknow battle

Facing a formidable opponent on foreign soil, England's war-weary cricket team gears up for their World Cup challenge against India at a venue historically significant for intense battles, adding to the pressure of the already tense tournament. The past and present cricket powerhouses meet Sunday (29) in Lucknow not far…

Starmer under pressure over stance on Israel-Hamas war

OPPOSITION leader Keir Starmer is facing increasing pressure over his stance on the Israel-Hamas war, testing the leadership mettle of the favourite to become Britain's next prime minister. The 61-year-old is battling to dampen tensions within Labour's ranks over remarks he made about the Israeli response to Hamas's October 7…

Ireland eyes enhanced trade ties with India

WHAT is the most important difference between Ireland and the United Kingdom? The answer is Brexit. Ireland is taking full advantage of its continued membership of the European Union – and seeking to attract new investment from India. This is why Ireland has opened a consulate in Mumbai, India’s commercial…

HS2 ‘ballooning cost’ being investigated, says transport secretary

AN INVESTIGATION is on into the ballooning cost of building HS2, the highspeed railway between London and the north of England, the transport secretary said on Monday (23), after a newspaper report alleged that managers had covered up multi-billion pound budget overruns. HS2 (High Speed 2), the publicly funded company…

One year in, Sunak eyes future and likely legacy

DO not expect any more parties in Downing Street this week to mark the anniversary of Rishi Sunak becoming prime minister. It was an understated moment of British social history, as Britain’s first Asian prime minister walked into Number 10 alone, with a few words about fixing mistakes to get…

Migrant hotels to start closing by early next year: Government

TORY government announced that it will start reducing the number of hotels housing asylum seekers following a drop in arrivals of migrants. The accommodation is politically sensitive due to the high price of the hotel contracts, which costs taxpayers about £8 million per day, according to official figures. Immigration minister…

Sunak nears first anniversary as prime minister

A first anniversary in office is normally a moment for a leader to celebrate, but Rishi Sunak hits the milestone this week with a mountain to climb to retain power in a general election expected next year. Two by-election losses to the main opposition Labour on Thursday (19) underscored how…

About 100,000 join pro-Palestinian march in London

ABOUT 100,000 people joined a pro-Palestinian demonstration in central London on Saturday (21), marching through the British capital to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza following the Hamas attack on Israel two weeks ago. Chanting "Free Palestine", holding banners and waving Palestinian flags, the protesters moved through London before massing…

Bright future for India-UK business

THE outlook is very bright for British Indian businessmen (and women) if a UK-India Free Trade Agreement is signed – as prime ministers Rishi Sunak and Narendra Modi hope to do by the end of 2023 or at the latest by early next year. A senior Indian government source has…

Sunak faces setback with two major bypoll losses to Labour

The Conservative Party lost two parliamentary seats to Labour on Friday (20), marking another ominous setback for prime minister Rishi Sunak and his party in the lead-up to the expected general election next year. The by-election results -- the latest in a string of traditionally safe Tory seats lost to…

Sunak faces ‘test of support’ as voting starts in two…

VOTERS went to the polls in elections to fill two vacant parliamentary seats on Thursday (19) that will be a test of how prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories are faring in his party's heartlands before a national election expected next year. The by-elections were triggered by high-profile resignations of two…

Sunak visits Israel, warns against Gaza war escalation

Prime minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Israel on Thursday (19) to express solidarity with the country, which has been grappling with the aftermath of a rampage by Hamas gunmen on October 7. During his visit, he is expected to hold talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu. With Israel's counter-offensive…

Food banks brace for worst winter amid cost-of-living crisis

BRITAIN's biggest food bank network warned on Wednesday (18) it was expecting its worst ever winter, with over 600,000 people likely to need support as a cost-of-living crisis now in its second year curtails spending power. The Trussell Trust, which supports a network of 1,300 food bank centres across the…

As UK wages cool, bank hopes inflation will fall

GROWTH in British workers’ regular pay – which is being watched closely by the Bank of England – slowed from a previous record high and job vacancies also declined, official figures showed on Tuesday (17), in a sign that the labour market is losing momentum. British average earnings, excluding bonuses,…

Report suggests India-UK trade deal unlikely this month

A media report on Wednesday (18), indicated that the optimism surrounding the ongoing 13th round of negotiations for an India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) is fading. Hopes of concluding the deal in time for prime minister Rishi Sunak to sign off before the India versus England World Cup cricket clash…

West Midlands welcomes creation of 1,000 new jobs

THE West Midlands, England's second biggest metropolitan area, is set to be boosted by the creation of 1,000 new tech sector jobs, the local economic development agency said on Wednesday (18). The West Midlands Growth Company, which covers an area containing England's second city Birmingham, said the jobs would be…

Carmakers raise concerns over customs duties

The UK automakers industry on Wednesday (18) warned that they would soon face a detrimental 10-per cent increase in customs duties on electric cars crossing the Channel. Britain left the European Union in early 2021 after clinching a last-gasp free trade agreement that removed tariffs on cars. But under the…

‘Racism can affect mental health across generations’

RESEARCHERS have called on the government to prioritise funding towards analysing the impact of racism on mental health, saying countries such as the US were “way further ahead” in this area. A study by the Centre for Mental Health and King’s College London found that both past and present experiences…

Sunak plans trip to Israel this week

Prime minister Rishi Sunak plans to visit Israel this week, Sky News reported on Tuesday (17). However, Downing Street representatives did not confirm the report, saying that Sunak's travel plans would be announced in the usual manner. Last week, foreign minister James Cleverly visited Israel to express solidarity with the…

COMMENT: Challenging prejudice in the UK as war rages in…

POWERLESS. That is how many people feel seeing tragedy unfold in Israel and in Palestine. Our sense of impotence is nothing compared to the powerlessness of those slaughtered in the Hamas massacre of civilians in Israel, or now the powerlessness of so many people in Gaza in the face of…

UK allocates £10m aid for Palestinians affected by conflict

Rishi Sunak announced a humanitarian aid funding of  £10 million on Monday (16) for civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) in response to the escalating Israel-Gaza conflict. During the announcement, he confirmed that six British nationals had lost their lives, and 10 others were still missing in the region.…

Thousands rally in solidarity with Palestinians

TENS of thousands of people rallied on Saturday (14) in London and other UK cities at pro-Palestinian demonstrations, amid police warnings that anyone showing support for the militant group Hamas could face arrest. Protesters marching through the heart of the British capital were shadowed by a heavy police presence of…

Woman arrested in Brighton for supporting Hamas

POLICE have arrested a 22-year-old woman in England suspected of having made a speech backing Hamas, despite laws forbidding explicit support for banned organisations, the local force said Friday (13). The woman was detained under the terrorism act Thursday (12) following an investigation into a speech given at a protest…

Sunak increases funds to safeguard local Jewish institutions

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Thursday (12) boosted funding to protect local Jewish institutions amid a spike in reports of antisemitism, while two Jewish schools said they would close until Monday (16) for children's safety. The Community Security Trust (CST), a Jewish charity that provides security at Jewish institutions including…

Top court suggests months until it gives Rwanda plan decision

THE Supreme Court said on Wednesday (11) it would be a couple of months before it gives its decision on whether the government could go ahead with its plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Lawyers for the government have been arguing over three days this week that the court…

UK and Ireland to host Euro 2028

THE UK and Ireland will co-host Euro 2028, while Italy and Turkey will be joint hosts of the 2032 tournament, UEFA announced. Both bids ran unopposed but still needed official approval from European football's governing body, which they received at a meeting in Switzerland. Turkey last week withdrew from the…

Conference season sets tone for pre-poll politics

TEAM captains at the cricket World Cup usually find it an advantage to bat second, to know what they must do to win the game. The 2023 party season broke with decades of political tradition by putting Rishi Sunak in to bat first, though the Liberals, Labour and the Conservatives…

Exclusive: “Stop demonising muslims” say community leaders

MINISTERS and the media are contributing to hate crime against British Muslims, according to politicians and community leaders. Last week (5) saw a nine per cent year-on-year increase in reported religious hate crime figures. Politicians, religious leaders and campaigning groups are urging them to stop demonising Muslims. Of the almost…

Rwanda ‘safe’ for deported asylum seekers, appeal court hears

THE government has insisted that Rwanda is an appropriate place to deport failed asylum seekers, as it tried to overturn a court ruling that the policy is unlawful. Three Appeal Court judges in London blocked the controversial plan in June, assessing that the African nation could not be considered a…

Three arrested in London protests linked to Israel attack

THE Metropolitan Police arrested three people in Central London on Monday (9) involved in demonstrations following the attack in Israel and the escalation of conflict along the border with Gaza. Three arrests have been made for assault on an emergency worker, racially-motivated criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon,…

Sunak likely to visit India to finalise FTA

BRITAIN and India are looking at a possible visit to New Delhi by prime minister Rishi Sunak soon, but it may depend on whether the two sides can resolve the remaining differences to firm up the free trade agreement (FTA), people familiar with the matter said on Monday (9). Both…

Braverman’s uncle cautions her over immigration rhetoric

A DELHI-BASED Catholic priest uncle of UK home secretary Suella Braverman has cautioned her about some of her language around immigration and urged her not to forget that she is a child of migrants herself. According to a report in The Times on Saturday (7), Father Ayres Fernandes told the…

Free speech chief expresses ‘serious’ concern over suppression in universities

The recently appointed free speech chief, professor Arif Ahmed at the Office for Students (OfS), which regulates the higher education system in England, has expressed “serious” concerns about the stifling of free speech in English universities. He emphasised his commitment to defending all views and addressing the issue of academic…

UK advises against all but essential travel to Israel as…

BRITAIN said it had updated its travel advice for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, advising against all but essential travel as fighting continued near Gaza after a bloody incursion by gunmen from Islamist group Hamas. The UK already advised against all travel to Gaza, but on Sunday (8) also…

Top court to hear government appeal on Rwanda plan

GOVERNMENT lawyers will on Monday (9) tell the top court that it should overturn a ruling which declared unlawful a plan to deport migrants to Rwanda, one of prime minister Rishi Sunak's key policies. In June, London's Court of Appeal concluded that the scheme to send tens of thousands of…

Sunak attends reception by diaspora group Conservative Friends of India

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak, attended a joint reception organised by the diaspora group Conservative Friends of India and the Indian High Commission on the sidelines of the Tory Conference in Manchester on Monday (2). While addressing the crowd, Sunak expressed immense pride in his background and heritage. He also reflected…

Rishi Sunak calls for de-escalation of India-Canada row

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has said he hopes to see a de-escalation of the India-Canada diplomatic row in a call with his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau. According to a Downing Street statement, Sunak spoke to Trudeau on Friday (6) evening during which he was updated on the situation relating to…

Labour begins annual conference eyeing power

OPPOSITION Labour Party gathers in northern England this weekend for its annual conference seeking to cement its huge lead in opinion polls as it boasts of record business interest in its convention. Polls put Labour about 20 points ahead of prime minister Rishi Sunak's ruling Conservatives with an election expected…

Suella betrayed her own culture, says Tory parliamentarian

A LEADING Tory parliamentarian has accused home secretary Suella Braverman of “betraying” her own culture and background with her claim that multiculturalism in Britain has “failed”. Braverman, in a speech last week at the American Enterprise Institute, in Washington DC, described multiculturalism as a “misguided dogma” that had allowed people…

Labour secures ‘seismic’ victory in Scottish election

LABOUR hailed a "seismic" victory in an election for a UK parliamentary seat in Scotland, beating the Scottish National Party (SNP) in a sign of its recovery in the country before a national election expected next year. Labour is leading prime minister Rishi Sunak's Tories in the opinion polls, but…

Labour conference sets stage for potential return to power

LABOUR gathers this weekend for its annual conference, with the centre-left party currently on course to return to power in a general election expected next year. Labour, led by Keir Starmer, goes into the four-day event -- which starts on Sunday (8) in Liverpool, northwest England -- well ahead of…

Hinduja: Restoring Old War Office was ‘labour of love’

TUESDAY, September 26, 2023, will go down in the history of the Hinduja family as a spectacular night to remember. On that day, the Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the reincarnation of the Grade II-listed Old War Office (OWO) in Whitehall, London, as the OWO Raffles hotel and…

‘More new homes urgently needed as demand soars’

EVERYBODY knows it. There are simply not enough houses to go round. Population growth over the past few decades and glacial rates of building mean demand far outstrips supply. Rising interest rates have compounded this and mean affordability for many, and especially young people, is at an all-time low and…

It’s time for change and we are it: Sunak at…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak portrayed himself as a tough decision maker and an agent of change on Wednesday (4), seeking to break with the scandals and chaos of his Tory predecessors and show the party he can help it win an upcoming election. In a speech lasting more than an…

Sunak cancels HS2 rail line from West Midlands to Manchester

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has scrapped the HS2 high-speed rail line from the West Midlands to Manchester during his Conservative Party conference speech on Wednesday (4). The cancellation includes everything beyond the London-Birmingham route, with the £36 billion saved set to be reinvested in transport initiatives across the North, Midlands,…

Proud to be first British Asian prime minister: Sunak

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak made repeated references to his family and his background during his first Conservative conference as the governing party’s leader in Manchester on Wednesday (4). Introduced onto the stage by his wife Akshata Murty who praised his honesty, Sunak pointed to his cabinet colleagues to drive home…

Akshata Murty joins political stage with ‘best friend’ Sunak

AS Rishi Sunak prepared to deliver a major policy speech on Wednesday (4), the prime minister received a surprise introduction from his "best friend": his wife Akshata Murty. The generally media-shy Murty, 43, the daughter of an Indian software billionaire, took the stage at the annual Tory conference just before…

Braverman renews ‘culture war’ attacks at Tory conference

HOME secretary Suella Braverman warned on Tuesday (3) that Britain faces a "hurricane" of immigration, as she doubled down on her hardline rhetoric at the Conservative party's annual conference. Braverman, already a darling of the ruling party's right for her attacks on "woke" politics, used the keynote speech to launch…

Tories ‘need to widen appeal among all ethnic minorities’

A PROMINENT Conservative party commentator believes the Tories have become “complacent” in reaching out to ethnic minority politicians and voters. With Rishi Sunak as prime minister and ministers such as Suella Braverman, Kemi Badonech and James Cleverly, the Tory administration has one of the most diverse cabinets in history. However,…

Sunak to kickstart general election campaign at Tory conference

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is set to fire the starting gun Wednesday (4) on Britain's next general election campaign, with a much-anticipated keynote speech closing his ruling Tories' annual conference. He faces a daunting challenge rallying his beleaguered Tories to win the election -- due some time in 2024 --…

Visa fee hike for visitors, students to take effect this…

A proposed visa fee hike announced by the government will become effective from Wednesday (4), when a visit visa for under six months will cost £15 more and student visas will be £127 more expensive for travellers from around the world, including Indians. Following the legislation tabled in Parliament last…

‘Leaders must offer vision for diverse and confident society’

IS BRITAIN “a fantastic multicultural democracy” emerging as a role model of how to make diversity work? Or do a toxic combination of immigration and multiculturalism pose an existential threat to our social fabric and survival as a democratic nation? Both arguments were advanced from the senior echelons of government…

Internal divisions dominate Tories’ annual conference

BRITAIN's ruling Tories are gathered for their annual conference, with splits surfacing and leadership hopefuls jockeying -- just as the party needs unity heading into a general election as underdogs. The Tories, in power since 2010, kicked off four days of main stage speeches, fringe events and political networking on…

Modi and Sunak send wishes for Akshardham inauguration in New…

From September 30, the dedication celebrations of BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in Robbinsville, New Jersey, have commenced, spanning a nine-day celebration in the presence of His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj.  Leaders, including heads of state worldwide, have expressed their support. India's prime minister Narendra Modi and prime minister Rishi Sunak have…

We are ‘underdogs’ at polls, Tories say as conference opens

CONSERVATIVES opened their annual conference on Sunday (1), with the party's chairman conceding they were "the underdogs" heading into a general election expected next year amid widespread economic woes. The gathering in Manchester will be prime minister Rishi Sunak's first since he became Tory leader last October, and likely the…

Jeremy Hunt pours cold water on growing tax cut calls

FINANCE MINISTER Hunt poured cold water on growing calls for tax cuts within the Tory party on Monday (2), saying he could not commit to any "inflationary" reduction before the next election. Before his speech at the party's annual conference in the northern city of Manchester, Hunt was keen to…

Tories kick off annual conference, eye election turnaround

TORIES started its annual conference Sunday (1), bidding to kickstart a resurgence before a general election expected next year that it is currently on track to lose. The four-day gathering in Manchester, northwest England, will be prime minister Rishi Sunak's first since he became Tory leader last October, and likely…

Chutney Mary wins ‘Restaurant of The Year’ award

Chutney Mary, a distinguished Indian restaurant in London was recently honoured with the prestigious AA Hospitality Awards' Restaurant of the Year award. According to reports, this celebrated restaurant, is a favourite of prime minister Rishi Sunak, and was founded in 1990 by sisters Camellia and Namita Punjabi along with Namita's…

Government slams brakes on anti-car measures

The Conservative government unveiled fresh plans on Friday (29) to "support drivers" and push back "anti-car measures," particularly in opposition-led areas where restrictions on motor vehicle usage are imposed under the guise of environmental protection. "The clamp down on drivers is an attack on the day-to-day lives of most people…

UK-India trade deal to skip ‘binding commitments on labour rights,…

BRITAIN’S proposed trade deal with India will not include legally enforceable commitments on labour rights or climate standards, a key omission which UK businesses feel will hurt them, a media report said.The two countries are negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the discussions have entered the 13th round. The…

Braverman says multiculturalism failed; Sunak disagrees

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has expressed his admiration for the country's 'fantastic multicultural democracy', directly contrasting the recent comments made by home secretary Suella Braverman, who claimed that multiculturalism had failed. Braverman faced criticism from fellow Tory MPs after she asserted during a speech to a right-wing US thinktank that…

Akshata Murty decides to wound down Catamaran Ventures

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty has decided to wind down her startup investment fund Catamaran Ventures UK. “Directors have decided to liquidate the company,” Catamaran said in a filing to the Companies House on Wednesday (27), without giving any details. The move comes after it emerged that the…

Upcoming election casts shadow as Sunak nears one-year mark in…

Almost a year into his role as prime minister, Rishi Sunak faces a shrinking timeframe to achieve an increasingly challenging endeavour: securing the Conservatives' continuation in power during the upcoming election. He will conclude the party's annual conference with a keynote address next Wednesday, aiming to galvanise the ruling Tories…

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle pose with Rishi Sunak in London

Popular Bollywood couple Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during their London visit. Twinkle took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a video of their visit to London. She captioned the post, “As much as I dislike wearing heels and dressing up, this evening was…

Book suggests ‘all is not lost’ for Sunak and Tories…

LIZ TRUSS comes across as a “vengeful” character in Lord Michael Ashcroft’s new book, All To Play For: The Advance of Rishi Sunak, a sequel to his first biography, Going for Broke: The Rise of Rishi Sunak, which was published in 2020. Last summer, Truss beat Sunak in the Tory…

Tory conference set to see ‘real Rishi Sunak’ relaunch

RISHI SUNAK was not at last year’s Conservative Party conference. Having lost the party leadership election, he kept a low profile in his Yorkshire constituency to not distract from then prime minister Liz Truss’s chance to set out her vision. A chaotic week of u-turns trying to contain the implosion…

Message on asylum major challenge for Labour Party

THIS could feel like a long year for Keir Starmer. The Labour leader seems ever more likely to emerge as prime minister once the general election is eventually held, but whether he can seal the deal with the British public is unlikely to be put to the test any time…

Braverman to call for changes to UN refugee rules

HOME SECRETARY Suella Braverman will call on Tuesday (26) for governments to consider rewriting global refugee rules so they are "fit for the modern age" and do not deem being gay, or a woman, enough of a reason to qualify for asylum. Addressing the American Enterprise Institute think-tank in Washington,…

Conservatives fear Sunak’s high-risk policy blitz could ‘end badly’

There is growing concern among the Conservative party regarding Rishi Sunak's recent policy surge amid ongoing political challenges. Many within the party wonder if the sudden flurry of initiatives constitutes a coherent strategy or is a sign of panic. As world leaders convened at the UN climate summit in New…

Braverman to raise ‘unsustainable’ migration pressures during US visit

HOME secretary Suella Braverman will raise the "the unsustainable pressures" created by illegal migration when she makes a three-day visit to the US this week, her office said on Sunday (24). In a keynote speech, Braverman will present a blueprint for how countries can combat the crisis and highlight how…

Sunak may ban cigarettes for future generations: report

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak is considering introducing measures that would ban the next generation from ever being able to buy cigarettes, The Guardian reported on Friday, citing government sources. Sunak is looking at anti-smoking measures similar to laws New Zealand announced last year, which include a ban on selling tobacco…

Canada-India rift deepens

CANADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation on Tuesday (19) that the Indian government was behind the killing of a Sikh leader in Canada led to an escalating war-of-words and diplomats being ejected from both countries. India described as “absurd” Trudeau’s claims that “credible allegations” linked Indian agents to the June…

‘The Father and the Assassin’ stirs painful memories of Gandhi’s…

FOR younger members of the British Asian audience who had come to see The Father and the Assassin, the play was something of a revelation. “I didn’t know anything about this,” admitted a young woman who works in PR. But for a Punjabi woman in her 60s, whose family was…

‘Braverman halted inspections of immigration centres despite warnings’

Suella Braverman ceased the yearly inspections of immigration detention facilities like Brook House last year, shortly after government ministers were directly alerted about the lack of protection for vulnerable individuals, including torture victims, the immigration watchdog has revealed. The disclosure was made by David Neal, the independent chief inspector of…

Laughing gas a serious concern among British Asians

THE use of laughing gas by young British Asians is a growing problem with tougher punishments needed for possession, according to doctors and community experts. Nitrous oxide, sold in small metal canisters or balloons, can lead to a host of health problems. After cannabis, nitrous oxide is the most commonly…

France extends royal welcome to King Charles III for state…

France extended a warm welcome to King Charles III on Wednesday (20), as he begins a rescheduled three-day visit designed to underscore the enduring strength of the cross-Channel alliance, even in the face of numerous political tensions following Brexit. The originally scheduled trip was set for March and was intended…

British Sikh MPs ‘concerned’ over Trudeau’s allegations against India

BRITISH Sikh members of Parliament Preet Kaur Gill and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi have reacted to “concerning” reports emanating from Canada, after prime minister Justin Trudeau alleged Indian involvement in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in the country. The opposition Labour MPs, who represent heavily Sikh constituencies in England,…

Sunak wants ‘proportionate’ response to climate change

Rishi Sunak is set to announce the delay of certain government policies aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 in an upcoming speech this week, citing the need for a more "proportionate" response to climate change. In a highly unusual late-night statement after reports that he was planning to row…

We won’t save the planet by bankrupting British people: Braverman

THE Home Secretary said on Wednesday (20) the country needed to take a pragmatic approach to reaching net zero because it could not "save the planet by bankrupting the British people". The comment by Suella Braverman comes ahead of a speech by prime minister Rishi Sunak this week where he…

Government to continue trade talks with India despite Canada’s allegations

The government said on Tuesday (19) that the "serious allegations" over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada will not impact its own ongoing trade negotiations with India. Prime minister Rishi Sunak's spokesperson at 10 Downing Street was asked about the impact the issue may have on India-UK…

Visa fees for visitors, students to go up starting October…

The government has confirmed that an upcoming increase in visa fees will come into effect on October 4. Under the new pricing structure, visit visas for stays under six months will incur an additional cost of GBP 15, while student visas will see an increase of GBP 127 for applicants…

Caribbean nations to seek $33 trillion in reparations over slave…

A BLOC of 15 Caribbean nations is set to demand $33 trillion in reparations from European countries over the historic slave trade. The figure was arrived at by an American consulting firm that took into account legal damages for the enslavement of 19 million people over four centuries, The Times…

Keir Starmer takes a no-nonsense stance on illegal migration

Opposition leader Keir Starmer announced on Thursday (14) that under a Labour government, a new police unit would be established to address illegal migration. Additionally, he indicated an openness to exploring a returns agreement with the European Union as a potential solution to the crisis. How to tackle illegal migration…

NHS to get extra £200m for winter

THE government said on Thursday (14) it would invest £200 million of extra funding in the NHS to help boost its resilience during the busy winter months. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has made cutting NHS patient waiting lists one of his five top priorities ahead of a national election expected…

‘Successful G20 summit can help India become leader of Global…

THE G20 Summit in New Delhi has positioned India as a key player in the global arena, edging closer to becoming the 'leader of the Global South,' according to analysts. The two-day summit, which concluded on Sunday (10), showcased India's leadership as it championed initiatives aimed at countering the ascendancy…

People unhappy with Britain’s migration policy, survey finds

PUBLIC dissatisfaction with how the government is handling immigration is at its highest level since 2015, according to a new survey. In May this year, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data revealed that net migration to the UK reached a record high of 606,000 in 2022, driven by people from…

Conservative party alerted about potential Chinese spy candidates

A minister disclosed on Wednesday (13) that the MI5 security service of Britain had issued a warning to the governing Conservative party about the potential spying activities of two prospective MPs with alleged ties to China. Information regarding the counsel, provided in both 2021 and 2022, has surfaced recently. This…

Kashmiri saffron, Banarasi silk stole among curated gifts for G20…

Leaders from various countries, including heads of state, who participated in the G20 Summit held in Delhi, were presented with a carefully curated assortment of handcrafted artifacts and products that reflect India's vibrant cultural heritage, officials announced on Tuesday (12). They said a number of these gifts were painstakingly created…

Ex-Met officers guilty of sharing racist jokes

FIVE former Metropolitan Police officers have been found guilty of sharing “grossly offensive racist messages” including mocking prime minister Rishi Sunak and other British Asian politicians. Peter Booth, 66, Robert Lewis, 62, Anthony Elsom, 67, Alan Hall, 65, and Trevor Lewton, 65 retired from the UK’s largest force between 2001…

Sunak sets out India links in Commons update on Delhi…

THE prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (11) told British lawmakers that he had “warm and productive” discussions with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi towards a free trade agreement (FTA) with India, as he updated parliament on his recent visit to New Delhi for the Indialed G20 summit. Addressing the…

New oil permits and wind farm crisis put net zero…

WITH the provision of a swathe of new oil and gas exploration licences and a crisis in offshore wind energy, clouds are gathering over the UK’s net zero promises. The Conservative government of Rishi Sunak in July promised “hundreds” of new licences for oil and gas exploration and production in…

Suspected Chinese spy arrested in UK says he is innocent

A MAN reported to be a UK parliamentary researcher who was arrested on suspicion of spying for Beijing on Monday (11) said he was “completely innocent” and not a “Chinese spy”. The man, whose identity has not been released by UK authorities but is said to be in his 20s,…

Sunak’s Indian escape

HEADING to New Delhi for the G20 summit might have felt like a great escape for Rishi Sunak, leaving behind crumbling concrete in classrooms and damning opinion polls for his first visit to India as Prime Minister. The Sunaks were greeted enthusiastically by the Indian media. A British Prime Minister…

UK unemployment rises as wage growth hits record high

THE UK unemployment rate edged higher to 4.3 per cent in the three months to the end of July, as wage growth remained at a record high, official data showed Tuesday (12). Unemployment had been 4.2 per cent in the quarter to the end of June, the Office for National…

‘UK-Bharat’ FTA would build on India’s G20 success

India’s yearlong presidency of the G20 came to a climax last weekend as world leaders gathered in Delhi for the annual summit of the world’s leading economies. Against the perceived odds, India was able to forge consensus among a group of nations increasingly divided along geopolitical fault-lines. The official communique,…

Akshata Murty’s fashion fusion shines at G20 summit

The conclusion of the G20 summit marked important political milestones and offered a plethora of fashion moments for inspiration. Rishi Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty’s wardrobe garnered much attention, making her elegant looks the talk of the town. She was seen at various events in India’s capital city showcasing her traditional…

G20 summit ends on a high note with India, Brazil,…

Narendra Modi concluded the G20 summit on Sunday, which notably downplayed significant disagreements regarding the Ukraine conflict and climate change. Despite the contentious issues, the summit afforded him a diplomatic moment in the spotlight. The ongoing Ukraine conflict has deeply divided G20 nations since Moscow's invasion last year, leading Russian…

Raised Jagtar Singh Johal’s case with Modi: Sunak

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak said he had spoken with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi about the continued detention of a British Sikh human rights campaigner in the south Asian country. Jagtar Singh Johal was arrested in the northern state of Punjab when he was shopping with his wife in November…

India knocks the ball out of the park with G20…

I landed in Delhi on the 24th of August, the day after India successfully landed a spacecraft on the south pole of the moon, making it 1 of only 4 countries in the world to have landed on the moon. In his excellent speech at the B20, prime minister Narendra…

Beijing calls UK spying reports as ‘political farce’

China has lashed out at media reports alleging a man who was arrested on suspicion of espionage was gathering intelligence for Beijing, labelling the claim a "political farce". UK police said over the weekend that they had arrested a man in his twenties at his home in Edinburgh for spying,…

‘Hard work’ needed to secure India trade deal says Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak expressed confidence in the possibility of securing a free trade deal with India but cautioned that there is still significant work ahead. Sunak and Narendra Modi met on Saturday (9) for what Sunak described as a "very warm and productive discussion." Their conversation included a wide…

Daniel Khalife: Escaped terrorism suspect arrested

Former British soldier suspected of terrorism offenses, who had escaped from prison earlier in the week, was arrested in London on Saturday (9), police said. The absconder, 21-year-old Daniel Abed Khalife, had fled from Wandsworth prison in London on Wednesday (6) morning. He managed to slip out of the prison…

Tories accept donation from vape-linked company amid child marketing concerns

DESPITE a government crackdown on colourful vape products being marketed to children, the Tory party has received a substantial six-figure donation from a company associated with such vapes, the Times reported. In May, the Tory party recorded a £350,000 contribution from Supreme 8 Ltd, ranking as their third-largest donation in…

G20 leaders pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi

G20 leaders, including US president Joe Biden, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak and UN secretary general António Guterres, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat on Sunday (10). Prime minister Narendra Modi received the leaders at the rain-drenched Rajghat. Modi welcomed his guests to the site where the…

Sunak visits BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Delhi

Prime minister Rishi Sunak, accompanied by his wife Akshata Murthy, visited BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, on Sunday (10) as part of their official trip to the city for the G20 summit. They were warmly welcomed in a traditional Hindu manner symbolising goodwill and friendship. Sunak was then greeted…

G20 declaration avoids condemning Russia, calls for peace

THE Group of 20 nations adopted a consensus declaration at a summit on Saturday (9) that avoided condemnation of Russia for the war in Ukraine but called on all states to refrain from the use of force to seize territory. Prime minister Narendra Modi of host India announced that the…

Sunak welcomed to India with ‘Jai Siyaram’ salutation

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak was greeted with the salutation of "Jai Siyaram" by Indian minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey who received the visiting dignitary upon his arrival in New Delhi on Friday (8) to attend the G20 summit. Choubey informed Sunak that he is an MP from Buxar which, he noted,…

What is G20 and who is attending the summit in…

LEADERS of the world's wealthiest and most influential nations are set to convene at the two-day G20 Summit in India's capital, New Delhi, commencing on Saturday (9). This marks India's inaugural hosting of this prestigious assembly of global leaders. The capital city has been adorned with ornate flowers and fountains…

Rishi Sunak says India trade deal ‘not a given’: report

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has said the country is working towards a trade deal with India but cautioned that reaching a final agreement was "not a given", the Daily Mirror reported on Friday (8). Sunak arrived in New Delhi on Friday for the annual gathering of the Group of 20…

Delhi visit for G20 summit ‘special’ as ‘son-in-law of India’…

Rishi Sunak said on Friday (8) that his trip to New Delhi for the G20 Leaders' Summit is "obviously special". He jokingly mentioned the nickname "son-in-law of India," as the first British prime minister of Indian heritage and being married to Akshata Murty, an Indian. Speaking to reporters in a…

Five former Met officers guilty of sharing racist slurs

FIVE former Metropolitan Police officers have been found guilty of sharing “grossly offensive racist messages” including mocking prime minister Rishi Sunak and other British Asian politicians. Peter Booth, 66, Robert Lewis, 62, Anthony Elsom, 67, Alan Hall, 65, and Trevor Lewton, 65 retired from the UK’s largest force between 2001…

King Charles thanks public of their ‘love’ on the Queen’s…

King Charles expressed gratitude to the public for their "love and support" on Friday (8) the first anniversary of his mother Queen Elizabeth's passing and his ascension to the throne. He echoed her sentiments, pledging to be of service to all. Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning sovereign, died aged 96 on September…

Immigration policy will not change to secure India trade deal:…

Britain does not intend to change its strategy for reducing net migration to facilitate the negotiation of a free trade agreement with India, the spokesperson for prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Thursday (7). There is growing optimism that a free trade deal between the countries could be concluded this…

Sunak faces fresh vote to fill vacant seat as lawmaker…

Rishi Sunak finds himself confronted with another challenging vote to fill a vacant parliamentary seat, following an announcement by a lawmaker who had been handed an eight-week suspension for groping two men at a London club last year, revealing his intention to resign. Chris Pincher, who now sits as an…

India’s G20 presidency is timely and appropriate says Sunak

Prime minister Rishi Sunak emphasised the significance of India's diversity and its remarkable achievements, asserting that it is the opportune moment for the nation to assume the G20 presidency. He praised prime minister Narendra Modi's leadership over the past year and highlighted that India's leadership in the G20 comes at…

Leo Quinn: ‘What you do going forward matters, not where…

IT IS not often you meet a university dropout who returned to the company he started at as a graduate civil engineer – and is now the group chief executive of one of Britain’s best-known and most successful construction and infrastructure companies. Leo Quinn, who heads Balfour Beatty, is a…

‘Hugely’ proud of my Indian roots: Sunak

WHAT does prime minister discuss at the dinner table with his Indian parents-in-law? Is it Indian politics or the challenges of running Britain? Neither. It's cricket. "The most political we tend to get is in our discussion of cricket. I've agreed that my daughters can support India when it comes…

Will only agree India trade deal that works for UK:…

THE free trade agreement (FTA) talks with India are progressing and Britain will only agree to a pact that works for the whole of the UK, prime minister Rishi Sunak said. Ahead of his first visit to India as prime minister to attend the G20 World Leaders' Summit in New…

Rishi Sunak’s relatives to host feast in New Delhi in…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak's family will prepare a banquet in New Delhi this week in his honour as the leader will be in India to attend the G20 summit. The family will host a feast with flower bouquets and "non-stop dancing" to Punjabi music in the Indian capital on Thursday…

Sunak rejects quick-fix trade deal with India

Rishi Sunak has dismissed the possibility of a swift trade agreement with India, effectively ruling out the likelihood of securing a deal before this week's G20 summit in Delhi or even before next year's elections, The Guardian reported. Multiple sources familiar with the negotiations have reported that the prime minister…

Shabana Mahmood promoted as Starmer reshuffles top Labour team

LABOUR MP Shabana Mahmood said she was honoured to be appointed shadow secretary of state for justice after party leader Sir Keir Starmer carried out a reshuffle on Monday (4). Days after prime minister Rishi Sunak’s mini reshuffle last week, Sir Keir named Birmingham Ladywood MP Mahmood to the shadow…

Shanmugaratnam joins growing list of Indian-origin global leaders

WITH Tharman Shanmugaratnam winning Singapore's presidential election, he joins a long list of Indian-origin leaders who are dominating politics at important world capitals. Shanmugaratnam, 66, received 70.4 per cent of the votes in the presidential election held on Friday (1). "Singaporeans have chosen Tharman Shanmugaratnam to be our next president…

Claire Coutinho appointed as new energy secretary

THE government on Thursday (31) named Claire Coutinho as secretary of state for energy security and net zero, replacing Grant Shapps who was named defence secretary. Coutinho, who is the first member of parliament elected in 2019 to be promoted to the cabinet, was previously a junior minister in the…

Grant Shapps replaces Wallace as defence secretary

FORMER energy minister Grant Shapps replaced Ben Wallace on Thursday (31) as Britain's defence secretary, a promotion for a man relied upon by the government as a good media communicator but lacking in direct experience of the military. An ally of prime minister Rishi Sunak, Shapps takes on the brief…

Sunak could face transparency queries over Infosys link in trade…

THE prime minister, Rishi Sunak, could face some transparency questions related to wife Akshata Murty’s Infosys shares, which are worth an estimated £500 million, in a proposed free trade agreement (FTA) with India, according to a media report.   The Observer last Sunday (27) claimed that Labour and trade experts were…

UK to ease EU era water pollution restrictions for new…

THE government on Tuesday (29) said that it would ease EU era water pollution restrictions to boost housebuilding. The so-called “nutrient neutrality” rules in place were designed to ensure a new development does not add harmful nutrients to nearby waterways. “Over 100,000 homes held up due to defective EU laws…

‘No serious impact’ on Air India flights after UK air…

THE UK government was working with airlines on Tuesday (29) to help ensure passengers stranded in airports across Europe, after an air traffic control glitch the previous day caused widespread disruption to flights that is expected to last for days.   More than 1,500 flights were cancelled on bank holiday Monday…

‘Martin Luther King’s words still resonate, 60 years on’

IT was a speech that showed how much words can matter. America has been marking the sixtieth anniversary this week of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, delivered to the quarter of a million people who had marched on Washington in 1963 to demand civil rights. The moment…

Ulez expanded to cover entire London

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan's Ultra Low Emission Zone (Ulez) expansion to cover every borough of the city came into force on Tuesday (29). Drivers must pay a charge of £12.50 per day to drive a non-compliant vehicle anywhere in the city now. Those driving in the zone in a high…

UK-India FTA at risk over drug patent dispute

THE trade deal between the UK and India is facing uncertainty due to disagreements over the former's request for stricter regulations on the manufacturing of affordable generic medicines, reported The Telegraph. India's negotiators have opposed the proposal to extend drug patents before allowing the production of less expensive alternatives. This…

Nadine Dorries quits with scathing attack on Rishi Sunak

TORY lawmaker Nadine Dorries has delivered a scathing attack on her party's leader Rishi Sunak in her formal resignation letter, accusing the prime minister of running a "zombie parliament" and lacking any political vision. Dorries, a close ally of former leader Boris Johnson, had announced in June she would quit…

Britain mandates ‘whole life orders’ for most horrific killers

THE government said on Saturday (26) that judges will be required to impose mandatory "whole life orders" on killers who commit the most horrific types of murder, meaning they will die in prison, under planned legislation. It said the change would protect the public from the most dangerous offenders by…

UK faces record asylum backlog as applications soar

BRITAIN's backlog of asylum applications awaiting a decision hit a record high in the year to June and the number of those applying was the highest in two decades, according to official figures published on Thursday (24), in a blow to the government. The Home Office said 78,768 asylum applications…

Sunak apologises for ‘inadvertent’ code breach

RISHI SUNAK has apologised to the UK parliamentary watchdog after an investigation concluded that the prime minister’s failure to declare wife Akshata Murty’s relevant business interest arose “out of confusion” and was “inadvertent”. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Daniel Greenberg, had opened an inquiry into allegations that when discussing the…

Senior doctors to strike again in October

SENIOR NHS doctors in England will strike for three consecutive days during the ruling Conservative Party's annual conference in October, the British Medical Association (BMA) said in a statement to Reuters on Thursday. The strikes from Oct. 2-4 would be the longest period of action so far, the BMA said.…

Sunak accidentally violated parliament’s code of conduct, says watchdog

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak did not properly declare his wife's shareholding in a childcare company which stood to benefit from new government policy but the failure was inadvertent, parliament's standards watchdog said on Wednesday (23). Parliament's Commissioner for Standards began investigating Sunak in April, after opposition parties raised questions over…

Jeremy Hunt won’t ‘alter course’ despite lesser borrowing

BRITAIN recorded a smaller than-expected budget deficit in July, official data showed on Tuesday (22), giving chancellor Jeremy Hunt a bit of hope that he can cut taxes later this year, before an election expected in 2024. Some economists warned, however, that an economic slowdown or a recession in the…

Pujya Morari Bapu: ‘Ram Rajya possible all over the world’

REVERED Indian spiritual leader and preacher Pujya Morari Bapu has told Eastern Eye that Ram Rajya (utopia) can be realised by bringing into practice the essence of truth, love and compassion as envisioned in the the holy scripture, the Ramayana. Ram Rajya is a concept of an ideal state where…

Lionesses’ legacy in women’s World Cup ‘will help Asian girls’

ENGLAND’S performance in the just concluded football women’s World Cup final will help create a “really rich pipeline” of future talent, an influential Asian leader said, as others predicted a positive legacy despite the Lionesses’ defeat last Sunday (20). Spain beat European champions England 1-0 in the final match in…

FTA talks ‘laser-focused’ as Kemi Badenoch heads to India

INDIA-UK free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations are now laser-focussed on goods, services and investment, UK officials said on Wednesday (23) ahead of business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch's visit to India. After the G20 trade and investment ministerial meeting in Jaipur, which is scheduled for Thursday (24) and Friday (25),…

Exclusive: Health secretary says NHS has ‘zero tolerance for racism’

RACISM has no place in the National Health Service, the health secretary has told Eastern Eye. His comments come after doctors’ leaders made clear that medics of colour were more likely to face complaints and disciplinary hearings than their white colleagues. Two years ago (August 2021) this newspaper revealed that…

‘Cruel, calculated’ killer-nurse jailed for life

NURSE Lucy Letby will spend the rest of her life behind bars for killing seven newborn babies after a judge on Monday (21) ruled Britain's most prolific serial child killer of modern times should never be released. Letby, 33, murdered the five baby boys and two baby girls at the…

Braverman not in favour of ‘more humane’ UN-backed asylum scheme

Home secretary Suella Braverman is refraining from endorsing an asylum-support initiative backed by the UN, despite its being labelled a "more humane" approach. The initiative, funded by the Home Office, has gained recognition for its achievements in Bedfordshire, where it substantially curtailed expenses linked to housing refugees and migrants compared…

Sunak says he is ‘ideal leader’ for guiding UK amid…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak maintains that he is the right candidate for the UK's highest leadership position, particularly during a period characterised by swift technological advancements and formidable economic obstacles. During an interview with 'The Times' on Wednesday (16), the 43-year-old British Indian leader highlighted the most recent official statistics,…

Exclusive: Out of touch Sunak needs to speak with us,…

A former cricketer has criticised the prime minister’s decision not to intervene on Lord Botham’s comments about racism in the sport. The peer told a podcast that he thought the England and Wales Cricket Board’s inquiry into racism, misogyny and elitism was a “waste of money”. Eastern Eye reported earlier…

India’s G20 presidency empowers global South’s voice, says High Commissioner…

Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Vikram Doraiswami has said, the Group of 20 (G20) stands as the foremost platform globally for fostering inclusive growth. He remarked that India's current presidency of the G20 has played a pivotal role in amplifying the perspectives of the Global South, contributing to the…

Highs and lows of India at 76

INDIA on Tuesday (15) completed 76 years as an independent country.  The historian, Ramachandra Guha, provided a report card in a long article in the Sunday Times (13), headed, “Can India be the next superpower?”   Guha, known to be a critic of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya…

Annual inflation rate slips below seven per cent mark

The annual inflation rate in Britain experienced a significant decrease in July, falling below seven per cent, official data revealed on Wednesday (16). This decline was attributed to reduced energy prices and aligned with economists' expectations. The Consumer Prices Index rose by an annual rate of 6.8 per cent, down…

Sunak: My Hindu faith guides me

RISHI SUNAK has said his upcoming visit to India for a G20 summit early next month will be “special” as Britain’s first Asian prime minister returns to the homeland of his grandparents. Sunak is scheduled to travel to New Delhi in September – his first as prime minister since taking…

Sunak expresses ‘frustration’ over reports of criminal winning funding to…

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak on Tuesday (15) said that he was 'frustrated' over reports of a criminal winning funding to house migrants in Milton Keynes. The BBC on Monday (14) reported that the owner of Harben House Hotel in Newport Pagnell was convicted of offences linked to the operation of houses of…

Claire Coutinho may become chief secretary to Treasury

MINISTER for children, families and wellbeing, Claire Coutinho, could be made chief secretary to the Treasury next month when prime minister Rishi Sunak is expected to reshuffle his cabinet, a media report suggested. Coutinho MP would be a politically attractive appointment to succeed John Glen in the Treasury department, The…

Sunak condemns ‘criminal gangs’ after tragic migrant deaths

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak blamed the "criminal gangs" facilitating small boat Channel crossings for the "horrific" deaths last weekend of at least six migrants, his spokesman said on Monday (14). Six Afghan men died and dozens more required rescuing after a small vessel bound for the southeast English coast from…

Several cancer waiting time targets to be scrapped

Aiming to enhance early cancer detection, NHS authorities are set to eliminate approximately two-thirds of their cancer waiting time targets. The intention is to streamline the existing nine targets down to three, with the support of renowned cancer experts and the objective of modernising outdated standards, the BBC reported. However,…

Paris to probe deaths of Channel migrants

Paris prosecutors on Sunday (13), took over the inquiry into the deaths of a minimum of six migrants, whose vessel sank during an attempt to cross the Channel connecting France and England. At the same time, the police initiated a pursuit of the traffickers believed to be accountable for the…

Top doctor warns more NHS strikes likely due to Sunak’s…

A top medical professional has cautioned that the unyielding approach of prime minister Rishi Sunak, concerning healthcare workers' pay is likely to trigger additional strikes in the NHS. The British Medical Association (BMA) council chair, professor Philip Banfield, stressed that until a "credible offer," was received, medical practitioners may feel…

Six die as migrant boat bound for Britain capsizes in…

Six people lost their lives when a migrant boat attempting to traverse the Channel from France to Britain capsized early Saturday (12) morning. Additionally, French authorities said that two more individuals are possibly missing. Rescue boats from France and the UK successfully rescued close to 60 migrants, transporting them to…

Bacteria in water prompts removal of migrants from barge

BRITAIN is taking a group of asylum seekers off a barge just days after moving them onto the vessel because Legionella bacteria was found in the water supply. The government began moving the asylum seekers onto the Bibby Stockholm, a barge anchored off Dorset on the south coast, earlier this…

Ministers urged to act on lack of diversity among school…

SOUTH Asian-origin teachers continue to be under-represented in schools in England, government figures show. People of Indian origin make up 3.6 percent of the working age population, but only two per cent of teachers in state schools. Individuals of Pakistani heritage account for 2.8 per cent of working population compared…

UK announces deal with Turkey to tackle flow of migrants

BRITAIN said it had struck a deal with Turkey in a bid to slow the flow of immigrants passing through the Mediterranean country on their way to Europe. The agreement includes joint police operations against smuggler rings and the trade in boat parts. With the issue of illegal migration high…

Asylum seekers moved to Portland barge

BRITAIN began moving some migrants on to a large residential barge on its southern coast on Monday (7), as part of plans to save money and remove what the government called the "pull" of hotels for those arriving in small boats. Prime minister Rishi Sunak has made cracking down on…

Trump is America’s Polariser-in-Chief – but US divides run far…

‘THE United States versus Donald Trump’. The title of the 45-page indictment of the former President could be a TV mini-series title, though the third season plot of this Trump melodrama often seems stranger than fiction would dare. Trump is now set to spend a fair chunk of his Presidential…

Senior doctors in England to strike again in September

SENIOR doctors in England plan to strike again in September unless the government agrees to more pay negotiations, their union said on Monday (7). But the health department restated that its last pay offer was "final." The NHS has been disrupted by healthcare workers walking out in demand of pay…

Fines for employing unauthorised migrants hiked

THE UK government on Sunday (6) announced increased fines for employers and landlords who allow migrants without papers to work for them or rent their properties, as part of measures to deter migrant arrivals. The Conservative government, languishing in the polls ahead of a general election due next year, wants…

Activists arrested after covering Sunak’s home in black

ACTIVISTS from Greenpeace were arrested Thursday (3) after scaling prime minister Rishi Sunak's constituency home in northern England and covering it with black fabric to protest his fossil fuel policy. Sunak this week approved hundreds of new oil and gas licences in the North Sea off Britain's east coast, angering…

Bank of England hikes rate again

THE Bank of England on Thursday (3) hiked its key interest rate for a 14th time in a row, by a quarter-point to 5.25 percent as UK inflation stays high, prolonging a cost-of-living crisis. Policymakers "will continue to monitor closely indications of persistent inflationary pressures", the BoE said in a…

Greenpeace protesters drape Sunak’s home in black fabric over energy…

GREENPEACE protesters draped the private home of prime minister Rishi Sunak in black fabric on Thursday (3), stepping up their campaign against his government's policy on drilling for oil. Sunak's record on environmental issues has come under scrutiny in recent months after he said he would take a "proportionate approach"…

Bank of England to hike rate as UK inflation stays…

THE Bank of England is set to raise its key interest rate for a 14th time in a row Thursday (3) as UK inflation stays high, adding to a cost-of-living crisis. The BoE is seen hiking borrowing costs by at least a quarter-point to 5.25 per cent, which would be…

Sudha Murty’s comment on spoons divides Indians, sparks social media…

A video of a comment made by Sudha Murty, a well-known author, philanthropist, and educator, regarding her food habits has sparked a debate about vegetarianism on social media, the BBC reported. Murty 72, made a remark about her food habits on a popular food show called "Khaane Mein Kya Hai?"…

Small boats policy ‘likely to cost Tories election victory’

THE Conservative party’s controversial immigration policy could ultimately be the reason they lose power at the next general election, a group of leading academics have predicted. Plans to stop thousands of migrants landing on British shores in small boats were last month approved by the House of Lords. The bill…

Ameet Jogia is new Tory candidate for Hendon

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak’s political adviser at No10, Ameet Jogia, has been selected as the Tory candidate for Hendon constituency. The selection was made after long standing MP Matthew Offord announced that he would step down at the next general election, according to a statement. The final selection was hotly…

Teachers accept government pay offer, strikes to end

The largest education unions in Britain, including the National Education Union (NEU), on Monday (31) announced that teachers in England have voted to accept the government's pay offer. This decision marks a significant boost for prime minister Rishi Sunak's efforts to resolve the ongoing wave of disruptive public-sector strikes. The…

Akshata Murty tops Tatler’s list for Britain’s best dressed

In Tatler magazine's list of Britain's best-dressed personalities, Akshata Murty, wife of Rishi Sunak, secured the top spot and was compared to Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. The 43-year-old businesswoman and fashion designer stood out among esteemed names like the Marchioness of Cholmondeley and actor Bill Nighy, The Daily Mail reported. Tatler's style…

Sunak to allow new fossil fuel exploration off Britain’s coast

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak has backed plans to permit new fossil fuel exploration off Britain's coast, as he pledged to be "pragmatic and proportionate" about achieving net zero in an interview published Saturday (29). The stance is set to intensify criticism from environmental campaigners, who accuse the British leader of…

UK climate campaigners worried as net zero policies face threat

The climate change mitigation policies in Britain may face challenges due to the intersection of political worries about the cost-of-living crisis, soaring energy prices, and other factors, all while aiming to achieve decarbonization by the middle of the century, say observers. Last week's unexpected by-election outcome has raised concerns that…

Government to ‘house migrants in tents if arrivals surge’

THE UK government is planning to house migrants in tents to help deal with any surge in small boats crossing the Channel in the coming months, British media reported Friday (28). Tents able to house up to 2,000 migrants have been purchased by the Home Office, which plans to erect…

Watchdog for solicitors probes firms for alleged false asylum claims

THE UK’s watchdog for solicitors said on Thursday (27) that it is investigating legal firms and individuals suspected of breaching rules in advising clients on making false asylum claims. The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) said it is looking to take “urgent action” after UK justice secretary Alex Chalk wrote to…

Junior doctors in England announce further strikes next month

JUNIOR doctors in England will walk out for four days from August 11-15, their fifth round of strikes so far in a long-running pay dispute with the government, the British Medical Association (BMA) said on Wednesday (26). Earlier this month, junior doctors were offered a six per cent pay rise…

Political unconscious bias or fair cop, guv? The Asda case…

WHEN Rishi Sunak became prime minister, TV and radio programmes asked for my thoughts. In almost every interview, I said this was our Barak Obama moment, but Sunak would be seen through a different lens from any of his prime ministerial predecessors. He was the first person of colour in…

Kwasi Kwarteng ignored warnings on borrowing: Report

FORMER chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng held back official warnings that borrowing was on course to rocket even before he attempted his ill-fated budget plans, new documents from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) show. Kwarteng's Growth Plan published on Sept. 23 formed the biggest package of tax cuts in decades and…

Starmer warns of complacency amid row over Uxbridge defeat

LABOUR’S failure to take former prime minister Boris Johnson’s old parliamentary seat in the by-election last week shows the party still has a long way to go to win power, leader Sir Keir Starmer said last Saturday (22). The party won in Selby and Ainsty, a once-safe Conservative parliamentary seat…

Homelessness rates in England reach five-year peak

The number of families and individuals confronting homelessness in England has surged to its highest level since 2018 data released on Tuesday (25) showed. This concerning development has prompted appeals for the government to expedite the reform of renting laws and increase the construction of affordable housing. The entire country…

Tata plant a vote of confidence, says Sunak

INDIA’S Tata Group confirmed it will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Britain to supply its Jaguar Land Rover factories, delivering a major boost for a UK car industry in need of domestic battery production to help secure its future. The announcement marks Britain’s biggest move in the car…

Sunak’s Brexit deal will be ‘more burdensome’ for businesses, warn…

A new report has warned that prime minister Rishi Sunak’s Brexit deal, the Windsor Framework, will create more red tape for businesses which send goods to Northern Ireland. The report by a House of Lords subcommittee found that the pact will be beneficial to very large retailers, but will leave…

Sunak reiterates commitment to net zero, promises no rise in…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak emphasised the significance of the government's net zero targets on Monday (24) expressing his commitment to the cause. However, he also expressed concern about taking actions that could further burden people during a period of high inflation. In 2019, Britain achieved the distinction of being the…

By-elections’ contrasting lessons for party leaders

ONE traditional explanation of rival political philosophies is that progressives tend to be more optimistic and conservatives more pessimistic about human nature. Yet those psychological profiles are sharply reversed when the major parties consider their electoral prospects. The contrast between the Tory Tiggerish tendency and Labour’s Eeyore anxieties was rarely…

Senior Conservatives urge Sunak to consider spring election

Senior Conservatives are advising Rishi Sunak, to consider calling for a spring election next year. Campaign strategists within the party believe that this plan is gaining momentum and could potentially help minimise losses in the wake of Thursday's byelections, where the Tories experienced a significant swing against them. The idea…

Sunak pledges one million new homes before election

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak is set to make a commitment to constructing 1 million homes before the upcoming national election. This plan aims to address the pressing issue of inadequate housing stock, which has resulted in the disillusionment of a significant portion of younger voters. Many of these young voters…

Sunak urged to stick with net zero promises amid Uxbridge…

After the recent Uxbridge and South Ruislip byelection win, environmentally-minded Conservatives are urging Rishi Sunak to maintain his net zero commitments despite calls from others within the party to end "very unpopular" green policies. The controversial expansion of the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) played a role in the Tories holding…

Respite for Sunak as Tories avert wipeout

The ruling Conservatives on Friday (21) held the former seat of ex-prime minister Boris Johnson but saw hefty majorities in two other seats blown away as scandals and high inflation took their toll. Rishi Sunak was expected to become the first prime minister to lose three parliamentary seats on one…

Union proposes 12% pay raise as solution to end NHS…

The British Medical Association (BMA) consultants committee chairman, Dr Vishal Sharma, has suggested that a pay rise of approximately 12% for NHS consultants could potentially end the ongoing strikes. Dr Sharma said that any offer above inflation would be sufficient to present to BMA members. The comments were made in…

Challenge for Sunak as Conservatives brace for defeats in by-elections

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak faces voters in very different parliamentary seats on Thursday (20) and risks losing all three contests in what would be the worst one-day mid-term result for any British governing party in more than half a century. The votes are one of few remaining opportunities to gauge…

Senior doctors in England stage rare walk out

ENGLISH hospitals were braced on Thursday (20) for the latest doctors' strike to hit the state-run health service, with managers warning it will leave "routine care virtually at a standstill". The two-day strike by consultants comes amid record patient waiting times due to a vast pandemic backlog and multiple strikes…

Nadine Dorries: ‘The plot thickened’

A REPORT in the Daily Telegraph is headlined: “Dorries to point finger at Sunak in tell-all book on fall of Johnson.” It says that Nadine Dorries – who has announced her decision to step down as the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshire but hasn’t gone yet – “will point the…

Health charges rise racist, says doctors’ group

BRITAIN’S oldest medical union last Saturday (15) criticised government plans to increase the amount migrant workers pay to use the NHS, in order to cover public-sector wage increases. Prime minister Rishi Sunak last week approved recommendations to boost wages of teachers, doctors and police by between five and seven per…

UK inflation slows sharply to 7.9 per cent

BRITISH inflation fell by more than expected in June and was at its slowest in more than a year at 7.9 per cent, according to official data that will ease some of the pressure on the Bank of England to keep on raising interest rates sharply. Sterling weakened against the…

Tata picks Britain for new EV battery plant

JAGUAR Land Rover-owner Tata Group will build an electric vehicle battery plant in Britain, the company and the government said on Wednesday (19), in a major boost for a car industry in need of domestic battery production to help secure its future. The gigafactory - Tata's first outside of India…

JLR may commit to building battery plant in UK

BRITAIN is set to secure a commitment from Jaguar Land Rover to build a battery plant in southwest England to supply a new range of its vehicles, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday (18). The carmaker’s Indian parent Tata Motors has chosen a site in Somerset, the Bloomberg report said, citing people…

UK relaxes visa rules to attract foreign construction workers

BRITAIN has added a number of construction roles to its "shortage occupation list", allowing the building industry to bring in staff from abroad more easily to help employers struggling to fill positions. Bricklayers, masons, roofers, roof tilers, slaters, carpenters, joiners and plasterers will benefit from cheaper visas and more relaxed…

Sunak’s Rwanda plan set to become law

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak's highly contested plan to make it easier to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is set to become law after the government defeated attempts by parliament's upper house to make changes to the legislation. The Illegal Migration Bill had been stuck in a battle between parliament's House…

Senior doctors in England announce more strikes

SENIOR doctors in England will hold two days of strikes in August, their union - the British Medical Association (BMA) - said on Monday (17), dismissing a six per cent pay rise announced by the government last week as a "savage" real-terms wage cut. Consultant-level doctors in Britain's publicly funded…

Sunak’s migrant fee hike for public sector pay rise receives…

Critics have slammed Rishi Sunak's plan to fund a public sector pay rise by increasing fees charged to migrants for visa applications and NHS access. Unison which represents 1.3 million public service workers and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants call the policy "deeply unfair" and "deliberately divisive,"…

UK visa fees and health surcharge set for ‘significant’ rise

The fees and health surcharge paid towards the UK's state-funded National Health Service (NHS) by visa applicants from around the world, including Indians, are poised to experience a "significant" increase, according to prime minister Rishi Sunak's announcement on Thursday (13). The British Indian leader, who faced pressure to implement the…

Community pharmacy ready to play key role in NHS service,…

Politicians, researchers and pharmacy leaders called on the government to make community pharmacy a "fundamental" part of clinical services at an event at the House of Commons on Wednesday (13). At the launch of a research publication carried out by the University of Bath in conjunction with Sigma Pharmaceuticals, community…

Mounting workload makes GP wellbeing guidance difficult to follow

NEW guidance encouraging GPs to focus on the wellbeing of themselves and their staff will be difficult to follow due to mounting workloads and more needs to be done, according to experts. The British Medical Association union has urged family doctors to rotate workers between high and low stress activities,…

Theresa May: Illegal Migration Bill will consign more people to…

FORMER prime minister Theresa May took the lead on Tuesday (11) in opposing Rishi Sunak's small boats Bill, accusing the government of consigning more people to slavery if it goes ahead without any changes. May expressed her continuous disagreement with ministers who declined to safeguard individuals who become victims of…

UK Parliament hosts inaugural Indian Independence Day celebration

A unique event commemorating India's 76th year of independence took place at the UK Parliament complex, receiving cross-party support and the endorsement of the India (Trade and Investment) All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). The event was organised by the 1928 Institute, a British Indian think tank, and featured a special…

Plan to put pension funds in UK firms to boost…

CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt on Monday (10) unveiled plans to channel more of the nation’s pension fund cash into UK companies and boost the inflation-battered economy. Hunt trumpeted a deal with major pension firms to put five per cent of investments – or up to £50 billion by 2030 – into…

Biden in Britain ahead of Nato summit, to discuss Ukraine…

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden was in Britain on Monday (10) for a brief visit to his key ally during which he will meet King Charles III and prime minister Rishi Sunak before going on to a Nato summit in Lithuania. Ahead of the visit, the White House said Biden would…

Biden to meet King Charles, Sunak during UK visit

US president Joe Biden will arrive in Britain on Sunday (9) for a brief visit during which he will meet prime minister Rishi Sunak and discuss climate change issues with King Charles ahead of the upcoming NATO summit. The White House said the trip was designed "to further strengthen the…

Wealth creator exodus feared as non-dom tax revenue hits record

RECORD tax raid from the HMRC on ultra-wealthy non-dom taxpayers has increased fears of wealth creators leaving the country due to rising costs, reported The Telegraph. According to official data, non-doms and deemed domiciled individuals paid a staggering £12.4 billion in taxes during the financial year ending in 2022. Despite…

UK, BioNTech collaborate to accelerate cancer vaccine trials

In a significant development towards advancing cancer treatments, the UK government has forged a major agreement with BioNTech SE, renowned for its collaboration with Pfizer in developing a Covid-19 vaccine. The primary objective of this agreement is to propel the development of revolutionary cancer treatments. Expanding upon a previous memorandum…

London mayoral polls: Mozammel Hossain emerges as surprise Tory contender

Mozammel Hossain, a self-proclaimed ultimate outsider, is vying for the Tory nomination as London mayor. Conservative campaign strategists, aiming to secure funds for upcoming elections and mayoral races, see a glimmer of hope in Hossain's candidacy. Notably, he has the backing of party donor Nick Candy, who has expressed willingness…

Bairstow row casts shadow over third Ashes Test

AUSTRALIA can expect to face a fired-up England and a furious crowd in the third Ashes Test at Headingley starting Thursday (6) as the row over Jonny Bairstow's divisive dismissal at Lord's rumbles on. British prime minister Rishi Sunak and Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese have even traded verbal bouncers over…

A snapshot of UK history at National Portrait Gallery

STANDING in front of the vast painting of the House of Commons in 1833 by Sir George Hayter at the National Portrait Gallery brought home how much Britain has changed. Perhaps someone should execute a similar canvas with Rishi Sunak at the centre of things, with the chamber dotted with…

Women-led SMEs to ‘benefit from India-UK trade deal’

WOMEN-OWNED and women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are set to benefit from a proposed India-UK free trade agreement (FTA) as part of a “Trade and Gender Equality” chapter which has been provisionally closed at the end of 10 rounds of negotiations, business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch said. In…

How racism in cricket report ignores tradition

LIKE the proverbial curate’s egg, the 317-page report by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket chaired by Cindy Butts on how to eradicate racism from the game is good in parts. I am afraid I don’t agree with some of its 44 recommendations, such as the one which urges…

Training and flexibility at heart of NHS reform plan

THE NHS in England will get more than 300,000 staff under a new plan announced by the government last Friday (30) to deal with a chronic shortage of doctors and nurses. The NHS, which marked its 75th birthday on Wednesday (5), is facing an estimated workforce shortfall of 360,000 by…

Britain celebrates 75th anniversary of National Health Service

Britain celebrates 75 years of its National Health Service (NHS) on Wednesday (05), with royals, politicians, staff, and patients who all express pride in its past and a firm determination that it will endure in the future, despite the challenges it currently faces. Launched on July 5, 1948, by a…

Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda dilemma

WHEN Rishi Sunak first heard about the Rwanda plan, he had his doubts. Since he was Chancellor then, he had a responsibility to scrutinise the cost. But the bigger question was whether the plan would work. Though of questionable legality and significant expense, the scheme was limited in its scale.…

Braverman loses key supporter for singling out British Pakistani men

AN influential Tory minister has withdrawn support for home secretary Suella Braverman over her comments about British-Pakistani men, reported The Guardian. A close associate of Tory MP and Northern Ireland minister, Steve Baker, who backed Braverman when she stood to succeed Boris Johnson as party leader, said that he vehemently…

British and Australian prime ministers trade ‘verbal bouncers’ over Ashes…

THE British and Australian prime ministers have traded verbal bouncers after a controversial Test match between the two sides that has rocked the usually genteel world of cricket. Amid allegations of bad sportsmanship, cheating and verbal abuse after Australia took a 2-0 Ashes series lead on Sunday (2), political leaders…

Tory backbenchers urge Sunak to do more on immigration

A group of Conservative MPs called on prime minister Rishi Sunak on Monday (3) to do more to cut immigration, saying he risked further eroding the trust of voters who lent the party their vote in 2019 if he failed to take action. The group of MPs, many elected for…

Sunak plans ‘deal with Italy on Mediterranean migrants’

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak is planning a deal with Italy to stem the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and return them to North Africa, the Telegraph has reported. Sunak had sent cabinet secretary and head of the civil service Simon Case to Italy in mid-June for two days of…

Sikh Second World War veteran honoured with Points of Light…

A SIKH Second World War veteran has been honoured with the Points of Light award which recognises people making a change in their community. Rajindar Singh Dhatt, who received the award from prime minister Rishi Sunak at a Downing Street UK-India reception on Wednesday (28), said the recognition inspired him…

‘It stings’: Sunak says he experienced racism growing up

PRIME Minister Rishi Sunak has acknowledged having experienced racism while growing up in Southampton. Reacting to last week’s damning report that claimed discrimination in English cricket, he said racism “stings” and “hurts”. Sunak, son of an Indian-origin couple who migrated to the UK from east Africa, told the BBC: "Of…

NHS to get more than 300,000 staff under ‘historic’ workforce…

THE National Health Service (NHS) in England will get more than 300,000 staff under a new plan announced by the government on Friday (30) to deal with a chronic shortage of doctors and nurses. The publicly funded NHS, which marks its 75th birthday on Wednesday (5), is facing an estimated…

No commitments on immigration in trade talks with India: UK

BRITAIN will discuss temporary business visas as part of Free Trade Agreement talks with India but any deal will not contain broader immigration commitments or access to Britain's labour market for Indian workers, trade secretary Kemi Badenoch said. Britain launched trade talks with India in January last year, and prime…

Government to appeal court ruling on Rwanda plan

The UK government said it would challenge a court ruling issued on Thursday (29) that blocks its plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, a set-back to its controversial bid to cut migrant numbers. Three Court of Appeal judges ruled that Rwanda could not be considered a safe third country,…

Britain and India want to strike a ‘truly ambitious’ trade…

BRITAIN and India want to strike a truly “ambitious trade deal” that benefits both the nations, bringing “tremendous opportunities” for businesses and consumers, prime minister Rishi Sunak has said. At a reception on Wednesday (28) to celebrate India Global Forum's UK-India week 2023 in Downing Street, Sunak said the eyes…

Court of Appeal rules Rwanda plan unlawful

BRITAIN'S plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful, London’s Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday (29), in a major setback for prime minister Rishi Sunak who has pledged to stop migrants arriving across the Channel in small boats.  Under a deal struck last year, Britain's government planned to send tens of…

Court of Appeal to rule on Rwanda plan today

LONDON'S Court of Appeal will rule on Thursday (29) if a British plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is lawful, in a verdict that could make or break prime minister Rishi Sunak's pledge to stop migrants from arriving by boat. Under a deal struck last year, Britain's government plans…

Deal or no deal, UK must trade with India: Dominic…

BRITAIN’S investment minister said on Tuesday (27) he would like to see strong investment protections in any future trade deal with India, and that the two countries could work more closely together on financial services even without a trade pact. Free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Britain and India were…

Ben Stokes ‘deeply sorry’ after cricket report exposes racism and…

ENGLAND captain Ben Stokes on Tuesday (27) said he was "deeply sorry" to learn of the scale of discrimination in the sport after a damning report revealed "widespread" racism, sexism and classism in the game. His comments followed the publication by the Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC) of…

Are stronger US-India ties a threat to British interests?

A WEEKEND article in the Financial Times set out to explain “How India is slowly moving into the American orbit.” The reality is that India is not moving into the American orbit nor America into India’s, but for some decades now the two countries have been drawing closer together. One…

Senior doctors in England to strike seeking better pay

SENIOR doctors in English hospitals are to stage industrial action for only the third time, forcing the cancellation of routine operations for patients, their union announced on Tuesday (27). Consultant doctors will strike on July 20 and 21 to press the government for better pay - just after a five-day…

Dominic Johnson: UK-India FTA should include strong investment protections

BRITAIN's investment minister said on Tuesday (27) he would like to see strong investment protections in any future trade deal with India, and that the two countries could work more closely together on financial services even without a trade pact. Free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations between Britain and India were…

Nursing strikes in England paused due to low ballot turnout

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Britain's main nursing trade union, on Tuesday (27) announced that it had been unable to obtain a new mandate for strike action in England. This development temporarily ends the possibility of additional strikes by tens of thousands of nurses, which has already disrupted a…

Online hatred is eroding social progress on racism

TODAY'S Britain is a much less racist society than the one which I grew up in. Yet I undoubtedly receive much more racial prejudice in 2023, more often, than I did thirty years ago.  This is the paradox of racism in Britain today. There are fewer racists, because social norms…

With Sunak at helm, UK should ‘up the game’ for…

PRIME minister Rishi Sunak should leverage his Indian heritage for forging stronger ties between the UK and India in trade and defence, former foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. “Britain remains uniquely placed to reap the dividends of a deeper friendship with India” with Sunak as the prime minister but…

UK estimates cost of deporting each asylum seeker to Rwanda…

BRITAIN'S plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda will cost £169,000 per person, according to the first detailed government assessment of a high-stakes promise to tackle record numbers of people arriving in small boats. Prime minister Rishi Sunak's Conservative government wants to send thousands of migrants more than 4,000 miles…

UK retail sales growth slows as food inflation bites

UK retail sales growth slowed in May as soaring food prices hit shoppers hard, official data showed on Friday (23). Total retail sales by volume rose 0.3 per cent after climbing 0.5 per cent in April, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement. Food stores sales volumes fell…

Games Johnson plays as he switches media allegiances

The 30,000-word report from the Commons privileges committee, finding the former prime minister Boris Johnson guilty of deliberately “misleading parliament”, was entirely predictable. That Boris should throw his toys out of the pram and call the committee a “kangaroo court” was also predictable. He didn’t want to defend his seat,…

High inflation hinders UK cost-of-living fight

BRITAIN'S annual inflation rate unexpectedly remained at 8.7 per cent in May, official data showed on Wednesday (21), piling pressure on the Bank of England and government to act over the cost-of-living crisis. Markets had forecast a drop from April's level, while the BoE was already widely expected to raise…

Braverman concedes asylum claims will take time to clear

BRITISH home secretary, Suella Braverman, said the Home Office was unlikely to achieve prime minister Rishi Sunak’s objective of resolving a backlog of 92,000 asylum claims by the end of the year. But she added there should be a significant improvement in the speed at which claims are processed. Braverman…

Rishi Sunak’s political adviser Ameet Jogia receives MBE

PRIME MINISTER Rishi Sunak’s political adviser at No10, Ameet Jogia, received his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Buckingham Palace, a statement said. He has been honoured for his services to politics and public service. Jogia was one of the last people to receive an honour…

Sunak, Braverman among Asian MPs who skipped voting against Johnson

Prime minister Rishi Sunak and home secretary Suella Braverman were among prominent Asian Conservatives who did not take part in the vote on Monday (19) on a report that concluded Boris Johnson deliberately lied about rule-breaking parties during the pandemic. MPs voted 354 to seven to endorse the Privileges Committee's…

If Sunak wants to regulate AI, racism should be his…

When prime minister Rishi Sunak met US president Joe Biden on June 8, one of the overriding themes of their talks was how the world’s leading governments should guard against risks posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Ultimately, Sunak wants an international organisation established, based in London, to effectively be an…

Sunak shares mother’s homemade barfi with Ukraine president Zelenskyy

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has revealed how he shared barfi (Indian sweets) made by his mother with Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the Ukrainian president's recent visit to Downing Street. Sunak, 43, posted a reel last weekend on his official Instagram account of an interview during which he shared the moment his…

Sunak joins raid on illegal migrants in UK, 105 arrested

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, accompanied UK Home Office enforcement officials on a raid as a part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal migration. The operation resulted in the arrest of 105 foreign nationals representing 20 different nationalities. Donning a bulletproof vest, Sunak, 43 participated in one of the actions that…

Lawmakers set to punish Boris Johnson for ‘Partygate lies’

BRITISH MPs vote on Monday (19) on a damning report that found former prime minister Boris Johnson deliberately lied to parliament about lockdown-breaking parties, in what the government hopes will be the final chapter in the damaging "Partygate" scandal. The parliamentary vote is being held on Johnson's 59th birthday as…

Number of migrants arriving in UK in small boats tops…

THE number of people arriving in the UK in small boats has reached over 10,000 since the start of the year, UK government figures showed. The provisional total covering the period up to Saturday (17) stands at 10,139, according to data released by the interior ministry, the Home Office. The…

Senior minister Michael Gove apologises for controversial lockdown-breaking party video

Michael Gove, a senior British minister on Sunday (18) expressed his dismay over a video showcasing a party that took place at the headquarters of the ruling Conservative Party during a Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, describing it "terrible." The government continues to grapple with the repercussions of rule-breaking gatherings, as…

Labour to secure greater number of seats in Scotland than…

The opposition Labour Party is projected to secure more seats in Scotland than the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the next general election according to a recent poll conducted by Panelbase for The Sunday Times. This outcome would significantly enhance Labour's prospects of attaining an outright majority across Britain. The…

Ethics body accuses Boris Johnson of new breach

FORMER British prime minister Boris Johnson, who quit parliament last week over a finding that he misled lawmakers about Covid lockdown parties, was accused of a new breach for taking a newspaper columnist job without waiting for required ethics vetting. Nine months after he left the premiership, Johnson's ethics record…

Truss accepts responsibility for ‘mistakes’ but blames enemies

Former prime minister Liz Truss acknowledged "mistakes" on her part but attributed the failure of her policies to the economic "establishment" in her first televised interview since her short-lived tenure as prime minister last year. Truss, who was ousted after a mere 49 days in office, cautiously expressed regrets while…

Home Office may miss Rishi Sunak’s Asylum target, says Braverman

HOME SECRETARY Suella Braverman has said that the Home Office is unlikely to achieve prime minister Rishi Sunak's objective of resolving a backlog of 92,000 asylum claims by the end of the year. She added that there should be a significant improvement in the speed at which claims are processed.…

How Johnson fallout will affect Tories and Labour

HOW do you solve a problem like Boris? Rishi Sunak will hope to have fewer political headaches once the former prime minister leaves parliament, but will know we will all be hearing much more from Johnson. His statement resigning as an MP was one of his more Trumpian moments -…

Nottingham attacks: Suella Braverman urges people not to speculate

UK home secretary Suella Braverman urged people not to speculate after three people were stabbed to death and three others hit by a van in Nottingham, central England. Her appeal came after claims online and on some television channels about the identity of the 31-year-old man arrested on suspicion of…

Sunak drops supermarket price cap plan in response to backlash

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, has decided to abandon his proposal of requesting supermarkets to implement a voluntary price cap on essential commodities. This decision comes in response to a strong backlash from retailers, the Telegraph reported on Wednesday (14). Last month, the government's intention to regulate food prices, received a…

Indian and British writers draw book lovers to London’s Jaipur…

If you are fond of books – and Eastern Eye readers seem to love them – then attending an event like the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) at the British Library is a little like a child being let loose in a chocolate factory. There were a total of 35 sessions…

Johnson ‘may yet have another scene to play

Enoch Powell once said: “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs.” This is sadly true for Boris Johnson, who, to give him due credit, brought in the most diverse…

Sunak ‘confident’ of England’s Ashes chances

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has backed England’s cricketers to regain the Ashes from Australia - but expressed alarm at an injury crisis in the bowling department. Sunak was briefing reporters on his plane en route to Washington, where he attended a baseball game last Wednesday (7). He did not pitch…

Ranger: Diversity of parliament showcases ‘modernisation’ of British politics

Newly appointed member of the House of Lords, Kulveer Singh Ranger, told Eastern Eye he will use his position to leverage his expertise in transport and technology and help deliver better public services. Ranger was last Friday (9) rewarded by former prime minister Boris Johnson in his resignation honours list,…

Stop throwing hand grenades at Sunak, says Asian parliamentarian

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak standing up to Boris Johnson could be the making of him as a leader, an Asian parliamentarian told Eastern Eye. Sunak on Monday (12) revealed that his predecessor had asked him to “do something that I wasn't prepared to do,” in relation to the latter’s resignation…

Asian business leaders ‘back Tories more than Labour’

The Conservative party has attracted more funding from Asian business leaders and companies than Labour, latest data shows, with one prominent industrialist donating £2 million to the ruling party. [caption id="attachment_236898" align="alignright" width="300"] Sanjay (left) and Vipul Vadera[/caption] Amit Lohia, 48, a director at Indorama Ventures, emerged as one of…

Seeking to dodge French police, migrants eye UK shores

SOME 200 migrants cast shadows in the faint early sunshine across the dunes of Gravelines beach in northern France, anticipating a police chase as they attempt to cross the waters before them to England. At least 7,610 people have been detected in small boats off Britain's coast so far this…

Students among three dead in Nottingham attacks

THREE people, including two students, were found dead and a van tried to mow down three others in Nottingham, central England, on Tuesday (13), in incidents the authorities believe are linked. Nottingham's centre was cordoned off, with a heavy police presence, including armed officers following the events that left residents…