It is a significant hardening of Britain’s position towards Beijing. Britain’s national security adviser has warned that the West and China could “miscalculate” the path to nuclear war.
Sir Stephen Lovegrove said the UK had “clear concerns” that Beijing was expanding its nuclear arsenal and that China’s “disdain” for arms control agreements was a “daunting prospect”.
Sir Stephen warned that the world may no longer have the Cold War safeguards that prevented nuclear war with the USSR and raised the prospect of “uncontrolled conflict”. Read more of their comments.
Liz Truss, who represents the Conservative leadership, also warned of China’s “malign influence” as she unveiled plans to forge closer ties between the 56-nation Commonwealth.
Meanwhile, a leaked newspaper cast doubt on his rival Rishi Sunak’s claims of being a China hawk. The telegraph View says the West should focus on the threat to Taiwan.
Starmer ‘in a pickle’ over Labour’s strike stance
Sir Keir Starmer’s sacking of Angela Rayner’s boyfriend for joining a rail workers’ picket line could further inflame Labour’s battle with the unions. The leader sparked a row with the left of the party when he sacked Sam Tarry from his role.
of the shadow transport minister after publicly supporting rail strikes and giving a round of unauthorized media interviews.
Last month Sir Keir banned payroll Labor MPs from joining picket lines, arguing it was not their job to engage in labor disputes.
Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT union, accused Sir Keir of abandoning working-class voters and of “copping” the strikes to them.
And, as a political correspondent Tony Diver Tarry said his departure would not be the last of Sir Keir’s top team.