1. 2024 general election: Lib Dems target Jeremy Hunt for their own Portillo moment in the Blue Wall

    By Jitendra Joshi Veterans of the 1997 election remember the shock fall of Michael Portillo . This time, several Conservative big-hitters are vulnerable with the Liberal Democrats targeting key bricks of the “Blue Wall” across southern England. On the Lib Dem hitlist for this year’s
  2. Government ‘worried’ about pro-Palestinian marches, Shapps says

    By David Hughes Police should be “all over” pro-Palestinian marches, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said. He said the marches, which have been regularly held on the streets of London and other cities since the Israel- Hamas conflict began, could “spill over” into hate speech and ant
  3. Grant Shapps: 'Bluffer' Putin's Ukraine invasion means West faces 'existential battle' for democracy

    By William Mata The Defence Secretary has described the UK as being in an "existential battle" for democracy and world order amid the conflict in Ukraine. Grant Shapps told Sky News' Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips that President Volodymyr Zelensky needs to be supported in the
  4. Shapps orders urgent review to find aircraft for paratroopers to mark D-Day

    By David Hughes Defence chiefs are scrambling to secure more planes for a parachute drop to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day as crises in Ukraine and the Middle East have left the RAF’s transport fleet stretched. Hundreds of paratroopers had been expected to jump into Normandy to
  5. Rainbow lanyards don't bother me, Grant Shapps says after 'common sense minister' urges crackdown

    By Jitendra Joshi Defence Secretary Grant Shapps on Tuesday slapped down a call from a fellow minister to ban “political” lanyards in Whitehall . So-called “common sense minister” Esther McVey said civil servants’ lanyards should not be a “random pick and mix” but a “standard design
  6. Third Royal Navy warship deployed to Gulf as tensions soar

    By GB News Reporter The Royal Navy is deploying a third warship to the Gulf region, amid growing tensions and attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. In a statement to Parliament, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed that the Type 23 frigate HMS Richmond will join two other Royal N
  7. Royal Navy warship deployed to Red Sea after 'extremely serious situation' declared

    By Ryan Fahey A Royal Navy warship has been deployed to the Red Sea to help manage the "extremely serious situation" developing there. In a statement addressed to Parliament, the Secretary of State Grant Shapps explained that the HMS Richmond is on-route to the Gulf region in respo
  8. Former Post Office chief at centre of IT scandal should 'consider returning CBE'

    By Ashley Cowburn Former Post Office chief Paula Vennells should consider sending back her CBE over the IT scandal, a Tory minister suggested today. Kevin Hollinrake, the minister responsible for postal services, was grilled after victims demanded the Government gets moving with pa
  9. UK considering air strikes on Houthi rebels in 'final warning' to stop Red Sea attacks

    By Dave Burke The UK is considering air strikes on insurgents behind a string of attacks on freight ships in the Red Sea. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said the Government won't hesitate to take "direct action" to prevent further attacks by Houthi rebels. The Iran-backed group say
  10. Ukrainian pilots training with F-16s in Denmark after finishing basic orientation in UK

    Ukrainian pilots are undergoing advanced training in Denmark to fly F-16s after finishing basic orientation in the UK, according to the British government on Dec. 26. A group of six experienced Ukrainian pilots received aviation-focused English language training in the UK. Another