Truss surges ahead, wins key backers in UK leadership race
U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss cemented her place as front-runner in the race to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, winning endorsement Saturday from an influential former rival for the top job. Tom Tugendhat, who was eliminated from the contest in earlier rounds of voting by Conservative lawmakers, said Truss had the “resolution, determination, and passion” to be prime minister. The endorsement is a blow to ex-Treasury chief Rishi Sunak, the other finalist in the race for the next Conservative leader.news.yahoo.com
Foreign aid rebels urge No 10 to reintroduce spending pledge or risk Commons defeat
Tory rebels have urged the Government to re-introduce its 0.7 per cent foreign aid pledge next year or face defeat in the Commons. Over 40 MPs, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, are understood to be prepared to back an amendment on Monday that would require ministers to reverse their cut in the foreign aid budget to 0.5 per cent of national income. However, they have offered the Government an "olive branch" by accepting a delay to its reintroduction until next year, by which time thenews.yahoo.com
Exclusive: British Council outposts face closure despite Boris Johnson's 'Global Britain pledge'
Boris Johnson is facing a fresh Conservative revolt over Britain's spending abroad, as MPs warn that up to 20 British Council outposts face closure due to a funding shortfall. In a letter to the Prime Minister, some 100 MPs, including around 20 Tories, claim that the closures would fly in the face of Mr Johnson's promises of a "Global Britain" after Brexit, dealing "a severe blow to our soft power". The intervention comes after a behind-the-scenes effort by senior Conservatives to persuade the Fnews.yahoo.com
Iran, UK appear to seek de-escalation despite tanker seizure
The owner of the Liberian-flagged tanker later said the ship was briefly boarded by armed guards before being allowed to go. There was a brief standoff between the British navy and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels recently. The British navy said it warned three Guard vessels away after they tried to impede the passage of a commercial British tanker that the navy was escorting. Britain's Royal Marines assisted in the seizure of an Iranian oil supertanker on July 4 by Gibraltar, a British overseas territory off the southern coast of Spain. The move has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response to Friday's seizure by Iran of a British tanker.cnbc.com