Revealed: Tory peer Michelle Mone secretly received £29m from ‘VIP lane’ PPE firm

The Conservative peer Michelle Mone and her children secretly received £29m originating from the profits of a PPE business that was awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to ministers, documents seen by the Guardian indicate. Lady Mone’s support helped the company, PPE Medpro, secure a place in a “VIP lane” the government used … Read more

WATCH: Liz Truss resignation, UK Tory rivals open truncated leadership race | The Citizen

Contenders bidding to succeed Prime Minister Liz Truss were Friday to open a hectic weekend of campaigning, but opposition parties demanded that UK voters get their own say to end months of political chaos. After only 44 days in office, packed with economic crisis largely of her own making, the Conservative leader announced Thursday she … Read more

Moving on up… or out? UK prime minister seeks to soothe Tory faithful | The Citizen

Britain’s embattled prime minister Liz Truss marched to the lectern for the most important speech of her political career on Wednesday — accompanied by a song about a bitter break-up. After concluding her speech to the Conservatives’ tempestuous annual conference, she at least found her way out of the 1,500-capacity Hall 1 of Birmingham’s International … Read more

‘It’s not upbeat’: UK’s Tory conference reels from U-turn | The Citizen

Protesters outside the British Conservative party’s annual conference added an air of musical farce after the new government’s signature economic policy was left in tatters Monday. Once they had got past the amplifier-fed rendition of the comedy theme tune from “The Benny Hill Show”, a global TV hit from the 1970s, many delegates inside were aghast … Read more

Tory MP William Wragg takes break due to depression and anxiety

William Wragg has said he is taking a short break from his duties as an MP as he is suffering from a period of severe depression and anxiety. The Conservative MP for Hazel Grove, who is chair of the public administration committee, revealed his struggles in a statement on Twitter titled “banishing the black dog”. … Read more