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Scottish ministers refuse to confirm if King asked for rent freeze bill changes

Scottish Lib Dems had called on ministers to disclose if King Charles used crown consent to seek changes to law

Scottish ministers have rejected calls to confirm whether King Charles III asked for changes to a Scottish rent freeze bill that could affect tenancies on his Highland estate.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats wanted to change an emergency bill that is being rushed through Holyrood and will freeze rents for private tenants in Scotland for six months, in response to the cost of living crisis.

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Tory party drops strategist behind Boris Johnson’s 2019 election sweep

Senior Tories aghast at removal of Isaac Levido in apparent deal with Liz Truss’s chief of staff Mark Fullbrook

Isaac Levido, the political strategist who ran Boris Johnson’s successful election campaign in 2019, has been dropped from his role at Conservative headquarters, party insiders have confirmed.

The Tory aide, who was a protege of the controversial Australian strategist Lynton Crosby, is understood to have lost his contract, prompting incredulity from Tories who are already reeling after a turbulent few days for the party at their Birmingham conference.

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Council where Logan Mwangi was murdered ‘worryingly dependent’ on agency care

Welsh Tories say Bridgend’s £1.1m bill for agency social workers in year of five-year-old’s death shows risk of inconsistent care

A local authority involved in the care of Logan Mwangi, the five-year-old boy murdered by his mother, her partner and his stepson, spent more than £1m on agency social workers in the year the child was killed, it has emerged.

Bridgend county borough council in south Wales spent £1.1m on agency social workers in 2021/22 compared with £166,000 the year before. So far in this financial year it has spent more than £800,000.

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Liz Truss raised £500,000 for bid to be leader, register of interests reveals

More than half of the donations came from hedge fund bosses, venture capitalists and other City financiers

Liz Truss was given more than £500,000 for her leadership campaign, with about half of it coming from donors linked to hedge fund bosses, venture capitalists and other City financiers.

The prime minister, who has made a virtue of being pro-business and cutting taxes, saw a further round of donations declared on the register of MPs’ interests on Wednesday.

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Truss takes aim at ‘anti-growth coalition’ on final day of turbulent conference

PM pledges to get country ‘through the tempest’ but Tories leave Birmingham downbeat and divided

Liz Truss has attempted to unite her party around a common enemy of the “anti-growth coalition” of the unions, remainers and green campaigners after a turbulent Tory conference that left her party downbeat and divided, and her leadership in peril.

After a fractious four-day gathering in Birmingham, the prime minister pledged to get the country “through the tempest” of the economic crisis this winter by pressing on with her economic plan for growth despite the “disruption” it risks unleashing.

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Homophobic abuse allegedly used at Tory party LGBT event in Birmingham

Several people had to be removed for allegedly using vitriolic language at party celebrating LGBT diversity

Conservative party members have been accused of using homophobic insults at a party celebrating LGBT diversity at the party conference in Birmingham.

Several people had to be removed for allegedly using vitriolic language at an event at Reflex nightclub, it is claimed.

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