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Boris meets Trump’s top team in Brexit boost
Foreign Secretary flies to UD to strengthen trade deals and special relationship
It was understood last night that the conversations with Mr Trump’s team, lasting about three hours, were frank and positive, acknowledging differences in foreign policy but working towards a common solution.
The trip was also a significant moment in Mr Johnson’s and Mrs May’s relationship after repeated reports of clashes between the two. Mrs May and Downing Street played a pivotal role in helping set up the meeting.
Mr Johnson is today due to travel to Washington where he will meet senior Republicans from Congress for more foreign policy discussions with Mr Trump’s closest allies.
His visit represents a significant moment for Mrs May’s Government after Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader, met Mr Trump shortly after his election. Since then, the Government has embarked on a diplomatic offensive, including a visit by Mrs May’s joint chiefs of staff to the US to meet Mr Trump’s team last month.
Mrs May and Mr Trump are due to meet in Washington within weeks of his inauguration on Jan 20. Despite differences on foreign policy, Mr Trump suggested after his first telephone conversation with Mrs May that their relationship could mirror that of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
Schools will be trained to spot mental illness in pupils
Under the Government’s plans, 1,200 secondary schools – equivalent to one in three – will be offered “mental health first aid training” this year, with support for the remainder rolled out by the end of 2019.
The training will help teachers to identify children suffering from mental illness and give them the help and looks forward” to meeting Mrs May in Washington and spoke of the special relationship. The Foreign Secretary was scheduled yesterday to meet Steve Bannon, Mr Trump’s chief strategist; Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and Lt Gen Michael Flynn, Mr Trump’s national security adviser at Trump Towers. In Washington today he is to meet Congressional leaders Paul Ryan, Bob Corker and Mitch McConnell.
Unions plan ‘maximum pain’ for commuters
UNIONS have co-ordinated a spate of strikes this week to inflict “maximum pain” upon millions of commuters, Government sources said last night.
Industrial action which will affect around five million people began yesterday as Transport for London staff staged a 24-hour London Underground strike, while Southern Rail services are expected to be severely disrupted until Friday as a result of three separate days of industrial action.
The action comes amid warnings that the misery will spread across the country as union bosses said strikes are “inevitable” on the Northern rail network, which covers Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Hull.
Queen returns to public eye
The 90-year-old monarch was described as “very well” by the Duchess of Cambridge as the Royal family attended the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham.
Dressed in a royal blue coat and matching hat with feather detailing, the Queen delighted well-wishers who were waiting outside the church. It is the first time she has been seen in public since an official engagement on Dec 9, although she attended a private funeral service later last month.