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Rishi Sunak still has full confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab despite the complaints made against him, Downing Street has said.
Mr Raab wrote to Mr Sunak this morning to ask for an independent investigation after two formal complaints were made about his behaviour and the premier has agreed to a probe, saying it is the "right course of action".
Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, grilled Mr Raab on the subject as they stood in for Sir Keir Starmer and Mr Sunak at PMQs.
She said Mr Raab’s letter to the PM had contained "no hint of admission or apology" as she asked him: "This is anti-bullying week. Will he apologise?"
Mr Raab said: "I am confident I behaved professionally throughout but of course I will engage thoroughly and look forward to transparently addressing any claims that have been made."
The Justice Secretary accused Ms Rayner of “mudslinging” and said he will “thoroughly rebut and refute any of the claims that have been made” against him.
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The Bank of England has not changed its forecast for how much damage Brexit will do to UK gross domestic product, Governor Andrew Bailey has said.
Speaking to MPs on the Treasury Select Committee, Mr Bailey said the Bank had thought that the economy would be somewhat smaller due to the decision to leave the EU.
"This (estimate) was done pretty soon after the referendum, it essentially assumes that there is a long-run downshift in the level of productivity, a little over three per cent," he said.
"As a public official I’m neutral on Brexit per se, but I’m not neutral in saying that these are what we think are the most likely economic effects of it."
Michael Gove has said he will "immediately" act on the recommendations of the coroner after the death of Awaab Ishak, a two-year-old who died from a respiratory condition caused by mould.
Speaking in the Commons, the Housing Secretary explained what "immediate steps that my department has been taking with regard to Awaab’s case".
He said he has already been in touch with senior figures at Rochdale Boroughwide Housing "to demand answers" and to hear what steps they are now "undertaking immediately to improve the living conditions for the tenants for which they are responsible".
He also said he has been in touch with local MPs to discuss "finding suitable accommodation for tenants in Rochdale who are still enduring unacceptable conditions" and said he hopes to meet with Awaab’s family.
The Government must not send a "signal of weakness" on defence spending in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement, the Tory chairman of the intelligence and security committee warned this afternoon.
Julian Lewis said he welcomed James Cleverly’s remarks about "strategic endurance", adding: "That will surely involve the continued supply of munitions which have enabled Ukraine to resist so effectively so far.
"So, can he assure the House that he and the Defence Secretary have made appropriate representations to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister that tomorrow we must not send a signal of weakness in respect of how much we are prepared to invest in defence?"
In his response, Mr Cleverly said Mr Lewis made "an incredibly important point about the need to send an important message to the world, and indeed an important message to our Ukrainian friends, that we are in it for the long-haul… We will support them until the job is done."
Governor of the Bank of England Andrew Bailey has told MPs he will not take a pay rise this year if he is offered one.
Mr Bailey, who has an annual pay package of about £575,000, told the Treasury Committee: “It’s not for me to decide but if I was offered one I would not accept it. I would politely decline as I have done before.”
Iran has plotted the assassination and kidnapping of at least 10 British residents it accuses of being “enemies of the regime”, the head of MI5 disclosed today.
In his annual speech on the threats facing the UK, Ken McCallum, MI5’s director general, said Iran’s “aggressive intelligence services” had crossed over into launching terrorist attacks on British soil.
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The UK will provide any support needed in the effort to investigate the missile strike at the Polish border with Ukraine, the Foreign Secretary has said.
James Cleverly told the Commons: “I think it is wise to advise the House that at this point the full details of the incident are not complete, but earlier today Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary general, said there was, and I quote, ‘no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack’.
“He added that the incident was, and I quote again, ‘likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks’.
“Poland will lead the investigation to establish exactly what has happened and the UK stands ready to provide any practical or technical assistance. In the meantime, we are not going to rush to judgment. Our response will always be led by the facts."
Rishi Sunak was informed about the formal complaints against Dominic Raab this morning and “took the decision to ask for an investigation into the two complaints”.
Asked whether Mr Sunak would have launched the investigation if Mr Raab had not requested it, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “I think that’s all very hypothetical. I’ve set out that the Prime Minister thinks it is right that this is investigated and he’s asked for that to happen.”
Rishi Sunak will appoint an "independent" investigator to examine the complaints made against Dominic Raab.
The Prime Minister will select the person to carry out the fact-finding exercise in the absence of a permanent ministerial ethics watchdog.
But a Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Sunak will not be obliged to accept the findings of any report produced by the investigator as the Prime Minister remains the “ultimate arbiter” of the ministerial code.
Rishi Sunak still has full confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab despite the complaints made against him, Downing Street said.
Members of the RMT union have voted to continue taking industrial action in the long-running dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.
The union said a fresh ballot of its members showed overwhelming support to carry on with action.
Under employment law, the union had to re-ballot its members six months after a previous vote. It raises the prospect of another six months of strike action.
Esther McVey, the Tory former Cabinet minister, argued the Government should scrap HS2 to save money instead of raising taxes at the Autumn Statement.
She told Dominic Raab during PMQs: "Given that we have the highest burden of taxation in living memory, it is clear that the Government’s financial difficulties are caused by overspending and not due to under taxing.
"Does the Deputy Prime Minister therefore agree if the Government has got enough money to proceed with HS2 at any cost then it has sufficient money not to increase taxes?
"If however it has so little money it has to increase taxes which is a last thing for a Conservative government to do then it doesn’t have sufficient money for HS2.
"So can I gently urge the Deputy Prime Minister not to ask Conservative MPs to support any tax rises unless and until this unnecessary vanity project is scrapped because I for one won’t support them."
Mr Raab said: "I think I followed the various steps of logic in that question. I understand her opposition to HS2. I think we have got some very difficult decisions to make. It will inevitably involve a balanced approach. I will leave it to the Chancellor to set them out in the Autumn Statement tomorrow."
Labour MP Bambos Charalambous asked Dominic Raab: "Can the Deputy Prime Minister tell this House if he has ever entered into a non-disclosure agreement connected to a complaint against him?"
Mr Raab replied: "He is referring to an employment dispute that was settled before I entered the House. It wasn’t an NDA but it did involve a confidentiality clause which was standard at the time."
Dominic Raab said the process of recruiting a new Government ethics adviser is ongoing after Angela Rayner asked when the role will be filled.
The Labour deputy leader said: "When will they appoint an independent ethics adviser and drain the swamp?"
Mr Raab said: "The recruitment of the new ethics adviser is already underway and taking place at pace.
"But may I say, there is a reason that she has come to the despatch box with her usual mix of bluster and mudslinging, it is because they don’t have a plan."
Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, claimed that Rishi Sunak is "too weak to get a grip" of his Cabinet as she continued to question Dominic Raab about the claims made against him.
She said: "The Deputy Prime Minister knows his behaviour is unacceptable, so what is he still doing here?"
Mr Raab hit back and said: "I am here and happy to address any specific point she wishes to make… I will thoroughly rebut and refute any of the claims that have been made."
Angela Rayner said Dominic Raab’s letter to Rishi Sunak this morning contained "no hint of admission or apology" as she asked him: "This is anti-bullying week. Will he apologise?"
Mr Raab replied: "She asked about the complaints, I received notification this morning, I immediately asked the Prime Minister to set up an independent inquiry into them.
"I am confident I behaved professionally throughout but of course I will engage thoroughly and look forward to transparently addressing any claims that have been made."
Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, said there are 38 countries in the OECD’s two year growth league table. She asked where the UK ranks in the table.
Mr Raab dodged the question and said: "When it comes to GDP she will know that the IMF has said that we will have the strongest growth in the G7."
Ms Rayner said: "The answer is 38 out of 38 on growth. if there was a world cup for growth we wouldn’t even qualify."
Angela Rayner suggested the Government is not doing enough to combat tax havens.
She asked Dominic Raab if he agreed that "every pound hidden in tax havens is a pound lost from the pockets of working families".
Mr Raab said: "We want people to come to this country, to create the jobs, and to generate the tax revenue. Whether it is non-dom status which is stricter under this government given the changes we have made than under the last Labour government, whether it is the Prime Minister’s approach to big tech companies hwere he has led the charge in making sure there is an international approach… we have lowered the tax gap, the difference between the tax owed and the tax raised, to the lowest levels, certainly lower than under the last labour government and we will continue to do so."
Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, asked Dominic Raab if he agreed that Russian missile attacks on Ukraine showed the "utter contempt that Putin has for international order".
The Deputy Prime Minister said: "President Putin started this war and whatever the determination made in relation to the events yesterday [in Poland], they result, whether directly or indirectly, from the unlawful aggression perpetrated by the Russian government."
Labour MP Clive Betts asked Dominic Raab if he agreed that no minister who has a bullying allegation upheld against them should serve in the government.
Mr Raab said: "I take it as an article of personal faith that we behave with absolute integrity and accountability.
"I am confident that I have behaved professionally throughout…"
PMQs is now underway in the House of Commons.
Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister, is standing in for Rishi Sunak who is currently making his way back to the UK after attending the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia.
Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, will stand in for Sir Keir Starmer.
After a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said there was no indication Russia was preparing military action against Nato members.
Referring to a missile hitting Poland last night, he said: “We have no indication that this was the result of a deliberate attack. I have no indication that Russia is preparing offensive military action against Nato.
“Our preliminary analysis suggests that the incident was likely caused by a Ukrainian air defence missile fired to defend Ukrainian territory against Russian cruise missile attacks.
“But let me be clear, this is not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”
A British-led consortium has been chosen as the preferred bidder to build new support ships for the Royal Navy – creating 1,200 new jobs in UK shipyards and hundreds more in the supply chain – the Ministry of Defence has said.
The £1.6 billion contract will see final assembly for the three vessels – each the length of two Premier League football pitches – take place at Harland & Wolff’s shipyard in Belfast.
They will be built to an entirely British design by Bath-based BMT which forms the rest of the Team Resolute consortium along with Navantia UK.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the announcement was a “significant boost” to the UK shipbuilding industry.
Health Secretary Steve Barclay has hinted the NHS could be given more cash in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement tomorrow.
Speaking at the NHS Providers conference in Liverpool, he denied he had suggested the NHS did not need any more money to meet inflationary pressure on costs.
“That is completely incorrect,” he said. “The good thing about this is colleagues in the room will be able to see tomorrow.
“I can assure you that the Treasury wouldn’t allocate any money to the department if the department said it didn’t need it, given the fiscal situation we face.
“So in short, of course, we face significant financial pressures and inflation is there.”
The UK Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the Scottish independence referendum case next Wednesday.
The Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether Holyrood can legislate to hold a second independence vote without first securing permission from the UK Government.
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Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said he would not speculate on the origin of the missile which hit Poland.
He told reporters during a visit to Appledore, Devon: "We’re all trying to establish the facts, the international community is working together. And I think the Polish prime minister has been pretty clear that we will progress once we know exactly what’s happened."
Mr Wallace added: "The obvious point is that missiles were flying around yesterday because Russia was firing over 80 missiles into Ukraine, hitting civilian locations, inevitably killing innocent civilians. And you know, that is because of Russia’s direct aggression on that state."
The Liberal Democrats have told Rishi Sunak he must appoint a new independent ethics adviser to conduct the investigation into the complaints made against Dominic Raab.
The role of independent adviser on ministers’ interests has been unfilled since Lord Geidt resigned in June this year.
Daisy Cooper, the deputy leader of the Lib Dems, said: "Rishi Sunak and Dominic Raab are treating the British public like fools. Yet again panic has set in at Downing Street as they try to survive another scandal. The chaos just never ends with this Conservative Government.
"The country no longer trusts this Conservative Government to act with integrity and carry out their own investigations. This must not be a whitewashed report. A new independent ethics advisor must be appointed by Rishi Sunak and given this as their first task. If the Ministerial Code has been broken then the Prime Minister must sack Raab immediately."
Rishi Sunak has agreed to Dominic Raab’s request for an independent investigation after two formal complaints were made against the Deputy Prime Minister.
In a letter to Mr Raab, Mr Sunak said: "I thank you for your letter and the recommendation that the two formal complaints against you in previous roles are investigated independently.
"I know that you will be keen to address the complaints made against you and agree that proceeding in this way is the right course of action.
"Integrity, professionalism and accountability are core values of this Government. It is right that these matters are investigated fully."
Dominic Raab said in his letter to Rishi Sunak that he had been "blessed to work with a wide range of outstanding civil servants, in particular my brilliant and dedicated private offices".
He said: "I have always welcomed the mutual challenge that comes with serious policy-making and public service delivery.
"I have always sought to set high standards and forge teams that can deliver for the British people amidst the acute challenges that we have faced in recent years.
"I have never tolerated bullying, and always sought to reinforce and empower the teams of civil servants working in my respective departments."
Dominic Raab said that one of the complaints made against him related to when he was foreign secretary while the other related to his first period as justice secretary.
He said in his letter to the Prime Minister: "I have just been notified that two separate complaints have formally been made against me, in parallel, from my time as foreign secretary and my first tenure as justice secretary, which ended in September of this year.
"I am, therefore, writing to request that you commission an independent investigation into the claims as soon as possible."
Mr Raab said he "welcomed the opportunity to address any complaints transparently".
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Alicia Kearns, the Tory chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said it was "a shame" that Rishi Sunak’s meeting with Xi Jinping had been cancelled (see the post below at 07.13).
She tweeted: "A shame that this meeting is no longer going ahead. Dialogue is vital to prevent miscalculations, and is not a sign of weakness.
"The trust deficit is palpable at this time, and meeting was important to set out our positions and build the ground to prevent miscalculations."
Martin Beck, the chief economic adviser to the EY Item Club, said he believes inflation has now peaked after it hit 11.1 per cent in October (see the post below at 07.20).
He said: "The EY Item Club thinks inflation has now peaked. The prospect of changes to the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) – due to be announced in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement – means that it is hard to forecast the precise path of inflation over the next year.
"But, even in the unlikely event that the EPG were to be abandoned entirely, the contribution of energy prices would still fall back next year as large base effects come into play.
"Falling commodity prices suggest that food price inflation should also be close to its peak, while weaker activity should begin to ease capacity constraints and cool core inflation."
These are the key news lines from Rishi Sunak’s G20 press conference:
Rishi Sunak was asked about the fact that he and Joe Biden did not discuss a UK-US trade deal during their meeting in bali today (see the post below at 08.05). He was asked specifically if he believes there will be a deal done by the next general election but he refused to be drawn.
He said: "On trade, we actually had a very good conversation with Preisdent Biden on a range of things. We didn’t discuss the trade deal in particular but we did discuss our economic partnership and both of us acknowledged the fact that actually the United States is our single largest trading partner and there is a range of economic cooperation that is happening and can continue to happen in the future."
Mr Sunak said he is "filled with optimism" about the ability to do more trade with the US and "that can happen in lots of different ways".
Rishi Sunak was asked what his message is to people as they wait to be hit with expected tax rises at the Autumn Statement tomorrow.
The Prime Minister said that global economic challenges mean "we are going to have to take some difficult decisions at home".
But he insisted they will be "based on fairness, they will be based on compassion".
Rishi Sunak was asked what his number one challenge is.
He said: "My absolute number one priority is making sure that we deal with the economic situation that we face at home. With more news of inflation today it is the number one thing that is on people’s minds."
The Prime Minister said it is "right that we grip it" and Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement tomorrow will "enable us to do that".
He said: "Once we have that stable foundation which the Chancellor will provide tomorrow I am confident we can move forward as a country and we can look forward to a brighter future and build on that foundation."
Rishi Sunak was asked what UK intelligence is saying about the missile which hit Poland, in terms of where it came from.
The Prime Minister said "what we all agreed this morning was that it was important for our teams to establish the facts".
He said there are "teams on the ground" to "get to the bottom of what happened".
Rishi Sunak said that Vladimir Putin has shown a "casual disregard for human life" as he blasted the Russian President for failing to attend the G20 summit.
The Prime Minister said that other G20 leaders "refused to let Russia’s grandstanding… undermine this important opportunity to make life easier for our people".
Rishi Sunak is now conducting a press conference as the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, comes to a close.
He said that while G20 leaders were meeting, Vladimir Putin was launching "indiscriminate attacks on civilians" in Ukraine.
Referring to a missile hitting Poland, Mr Sunak said "none of this would be happening if it weren’t for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine".
A joint communique agreed by G20 leaders at the close of the summit in Bali states that "most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine".
The leaders’ declaration said: "Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy – constraining growth, increasing inflation, disrupting supply chains, heightening energy and food insecurity, and elevating financial stability risks.
"There were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions. Recognising that the G20 is not the forum to resolve security issues, we acknowledge that security issues can have significant consequences for the global economy."
Rishi Sunak and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the G20 in Indonesia.
"The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Trudeau expressed their condolences for the terrible loss of life as a result of Russian attacks on Ukraine overnight," a Downing Street spokesman said.
"They underscored their enduring support for Ukraine’s resistance and updated President Zelensky on their discussions at the G20 on this issue.
"The Prime Minister and Prime Minister Trudeau emphasised the importance of a full investigation into the circumstances behind missiles falling in Poland yesterday. They stressed that, whatever the outcome of that investigation, Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is squarely to blame for the ongoing violence.
"President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Trudeau for their support."
Rishi Sunak said it was important to "calmly ascertain exactly what happened" in Poland as he condemned Russia’s "barbaric" bombardment of Ukraine.
At a joint appearance with Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at the G20 in Bali, Mr Sunak said: "I think we’re particularly disturbed by the continued barbaric activity of Russia in bombarding the Ukrainian people in their civilian infrastructure.
"We spoke to the foreign minister of Ukraine earlier today to express our sympathies about that and continue to offer support to Ukraine and we’re planning on speaking to President (Volodymyr) Zelensky together later today."
Asked about reports that the fatalities in Poland could have been from a Ukrainian air defence system fired to take down a Russian missile, Mr Sunak said: "I think the most important thing to recognise is the reason Ukraine is having to use missiles is to defend its homeland.
"It is having to defend its homeland against an illegal and barbaric set of strikes by Russia."
Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden did not discuss a UK-US trade deal in their bilateral meeting at the G20, Downing Street has said.
The Prime Minister’s press secretary told reporters in Bali: "There wasn’t specific talk about a trade deal, but our relationship is not just about trade and they are our closest trading partner even without a trade deal.
"But you know, it goes beyond that, whether that’s security, whether it’s dealing with the economic challenges that we face."
Asked if that meant a trade deal was not a priority for the PM, she said: "Obviously our close relationship and as one of our biggest trading partners that is a very important part of our relationship."
She declined to comment on the timing of a potential agreement.
Rishi Sunak said he wants to reach a negotiated settlement on the Northern Ireland Protocol by the anniversary of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking about the Prime Minister’s meeting with US President Joe Biden at the G20, his press secretary said Sunak had referred to next year’s 25th anniversary of the peace deal and "ensuring that we get a negotiated settlement that protects the Good Friday Agreement by then".
Joe Biden raised concerns about post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland in his bilateral meeting with Rishi Sunak, Downing Street has indicated.
Asked if the US President raised concerns about the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, the Prime Minister’s press secretary said: "Not specifically, no."
Pressed on whether he did about the Northern Ireland situation in general, she said: "Yes."
"They both expressed their commitment to protecting the Good Friday Agreement," she said.
She added that the Prime Minister "expressed his desire to get a negotiated settlement and to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement is protected".
Rishi Sunak was woken at 5am in Bali with news of the missile hitting Poland close to its border with Ukraine.
The Prime Minister then held a joint call with Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, and James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary.
Sarah Olney, the Liberal Democrats’ Treasury spokeswoman, accused the Government of "inaction" as she responded to today’s inflation numbers (see the post below at 07.20).
She said: "This Government’s biggest economic failure has been their disastrous attempts to get inflation down. Families are now struggling to get by because of this Government’s inaction and incompetence on spiraling prices.
"After inflicting so much chaos, the latest Conservative Chancellor is now expecting the public to clean up their mess with grossly unfair tax rises. Our crumbling hospitals and run down classrooms are on the brink of savage cuts all because the Conservative Party crashed the economy to fund tax cuts for the richest companies. The country will never forgive them for this."
Rachel Reeves, Labour’s shadow chancellor, said a "potent mix of high inflation and low growth is trapping us in a vicious cycle of stagnation" as she responded to the latest inflation figures (see the post below at 07.20).
She said: "Inflation rising yet again will strike more fear in the heart of families across Britain dealing with soaring food prices, rising energy bills and a Tory mortgage premium on their home.
"British people feel the impact of rising inflation so much more than other countries because 12 years of Tory economic failure has left us exposed to any shocks.
"The potent mix of high inflation and low growth is trapping us in a vicious cycle of stagnation."
Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor, described rising inflation (see the post below at 07.20) as an "insidious tax" as he said "tough but necessary decisions" will be required at tomorrow’s Autumn Statement to bring it back under control.
He said: "The aftershock of Covid and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is driving up inflation in the UK and around the world. This insidious tax is eating into pay cheques, household budgets and savings, while thwarting any chance of long-term economic growth.
“It is our duty to help the Bank of England in their mission to return inflation to target by acting responsibly with the nation’s finances. That requires some tough but necessary decisions on tax and spending to help balance the books.
“We cannot have long-term, sustainable growth with high inflation. Tomorrow I will set out a plan to get debt falling, deliver stability, and drive down inflation while protecting the most vulnerable.”
The rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation rose to 11.1 per cent in October, up from 10.1 per cent in September, the Office for National Statistics said this morning.
Rishi Sunak has said it is important to remain calm and to establish the facts after a missile hit Poland close to the border with Ukraine.
Speaking at the start of a session on digital transformation at the G20 summit in Bali, the Prime Minister said it was "critical" to protect the international order.
"It is important that we remain calm and focus on establishing the facts," he said according to a text of his remarks released by No 10.
"I spoke to President Duda this morning to express my sympathy and pledge our support. As I said yesterday, it is critical we protect the international order and the fundamental principles of the UN Charter."
Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden highlighted that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is "directly responsible for precipitating global economic issues" in a bilateral meeting at the G20 summit, Downing Street said.
After the meeting, a No10 spokesman said: "The leaders agreed on the national and international importance of the strong UK-US relationship, particularly given the challenging economic times the world is currently facing.
"The Prime Minister and President Biden underscored that the actions of President Putin and his regime are directly responsible for precipitating global economic issues including rising inflation. Maintaining international pressure to ensure Putin fails in Ukraine is in everyone’s interest.
"The leaders agreed to work together, and with allies, to address the economic consequences of Putin’s brutality. This includes action to protect the most vulnerable in our countries and around the world, and efforts to secure our long-term energy supply."
Rishi Sunak described the US as the UK’s "closest ally" as he met Joe Biden for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.
In brief remarks at the top of the meeting, the US President said: "This morning we’ve already met with our fellow Nato and G7 leaders to address Russia’s latest missile strikes against Kyiv and Western Ukraine – it’s merciless. I mean it borders on — it’s way over the top.
"At the moment where world leaders meeting here in Bali are seeking progress on world peace, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s striking civilian targets – children, and women. I mean, it’s just, it’s almost – in my words, not yours – barbaric."
In reply, Mr Sunak said: "It’s a great honour to have the opportunity to sit down with you. I think the partnership between our countries is unique and enduring. And of course, it’s bigger than any two individuals. I’m proud to have stewardship of it at the moment.
"And as you said, the United States is our closest ally, biggest trading partner, closest security partner."
Rishi Sunak’s meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit has been called off, Downing Street has said.
The bilateral talks were scheduled for later today but were scrapped due to timings changing after an emergency morning meeting of G7 and Nato leaders over missiles crossing into Poland, according to the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman.
Good morning and welcome to today’s politics live blog.
It is the last day of the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, and we are expecting Rishi Sunak to hold a press conference later this morning.
Then there is PMQs at noon which will see Dominic Raab face off against Angela Rayner.
I will guide you through the key developments as we tick down the hours to tomorrow’s Autumn Statement.
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