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Johnson in US as May Speaks out on Trump
Foreign secretary heads west against backdrop of critical remarks by Pm
“Following the successful meeting last month between the prime minister’s chiefs of staff and president-elect Donald Trump’s team, Boris Johnson is undertaking a short visit to the US for meetings with close advisers to the president-elect and senior congressional leaders,” a Foreign Office spokesman said. “The discussions will be focused on UK-US relations and other foreign policy matters.”
Before the US election, Johnson was extremely critical of Trump. Following the president-elect’s suggestion that he would back a ban on Muslims entering the US and that parts of London were no-go areas, the foreign secretary said Trump was “clearly out of his mind” and “betraying a quite stupefying ignorance that makes him unfit to hold the office of president of the United States.
Since Trump’s victory, however, Johnson has described the billionaire as a dealmaker and called for an end to the “whinge-o-rama” over his victory.
Trump tweeted on Saturday night that he was planning to meet May shortly, with March seen as the most likely month. He said he was very much looking forward to meeting May in the coming months and described Britain as a very special ally.
May was challenged about Trump’s previous comments during her first TV interview of the year.
Wrap up Siberian weather is heading for Britain
Heavy snow and high winds also resulted in rerouted flights, delayed ferries, cancelled trains and closed roads in Italy. With no indication of a letup, some schools in the south of the country were ordered not to open on Monday because of as much as a metre of snow, the Ansa news agency reported. In Rome the fountains in St Peter’s Square froze overnight.
In Bulgaria police said three people , including a man from Iraq and a Somali woman, had died from cold in the mountains near Turkey as they tried to make their way in to Europe.
Aid workers in Serbia helped hundreds of migrants sleeping rough in parks and makeshift shelters, and the authorities banned river traffic on the Danube because of the conditions.
Ambulance service risking lives, say staff
Jon Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, said the Secamb measure was the latest “shocking revelation” about a service that has been involved in a number of controversies over its approach to patient safety and quality of care over the past year.
Secamb was put into “special measures” in September after inspectors found a litany of failings, including poor response times and lapses in patient safety, as its financial situation deteriorated.
Critics believe Secamb’s new policy is reckless, especially as the service depends so heavily on ambulance crews routinely abandoning their breaks to help patients. Secamb, which covers Surrey, Sussex, Kent and north-east Hampshire, spends £200,000 per month on its system of payments for “disturbed meal breaks”, which it has operated for eight years and which paramedics say has saved countless lives.
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Envoy plotted to set up pro-Israel political party groups
In the latest recordings, Masot boasts of establishing organisations “in Israel and here [in the UK]”. When asked what he means, the Israeli official replies: “Nothing I can share, but yeah,” adding: “Yeah, because there are things that, you know, happen, but it’s good to leave those organisations independent. But we help them, actually.”
LFI and CFI are established organisations, founded in the 1950s and 1970s respectively to support Israel and combat antisemitism. The footage taken by al-Jazeera shows Masot wanted Robin to head up a new organisation, Young Labour Friends of Israel.
At a meeting last July, Masot explains that he had the idea for a group called Young Conservative Friends of Israel in 2015, and wanted to set up a Young Labour Friends of Israel at that time. “When I tried to do the same in Labour they had a crisis back then with Corbyn. So instead of that I took a delegation to Israel … I took a Fabians group to Israel,” he says.