UK government to invest millions on wind power, Johnson says

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Tuesday that every home in Britain will be powered by wind energy in a decade as the government kick-starts a “green industrial revolution’’ that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs.



Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. They visited the startup company to promote the company's plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester, and a new tech hub in Manchester. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)


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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the headquarters of Octopus Energy in London, Monday Oct. 5, 2020. They visited the startup company to promote the company’s plan to create 1,000 new technology jobs across sites in London, Brighton, Warwick and Leicester, and a new tech hub in Manchester. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)

In a speech to the annual Conservative Party conference, Johnson said the government would invest 160 million pounds ($208 million) in ports and factories to support production of the next generation of wind turbines. That is a tiny fraction of what it will cost to reach his goal as the U.K. currently gets about

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The Johnson government should fear Trump, not Biden

The growing sense that the US presidency is slipping from the grasp of Donald Trump will be greeted with quiet relief in most of the government offices of western Europe. But not, perhaps, in London.

The Johnson government is desperate to demonstrate the benefits of leaving the EU — and Mr Trump has always been vociferously pro-Brexit. He has also promised the UK a great trade deal. By contrast, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who has Irish roots, has warned there will be no trade deal with the US if the UK violates the Good Friday peace agreement in Ireland — a comment that was greeted with shock and anger by the Conservative right.

But any quiet longing for a second Trump term in Downing Street, or in the Tory party, rests on a profound misunderstanding both of British interests and of the likely nature of another Trump administration.

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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson denies people are confused about local lockdown rules | Politics













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UK coronavirus news: Johnson warned ‘rule of law’ at risk if MPs don’t get more of a say over Covid rules | Politics

Good morning. Brexit was supposed to be about parliament “taking back control” but one of the extraordinary ironies of 2020 is that Britain’s departure from the European Union has coincided with the government implementing the most draconian restrictions on ordinary life seen in peacetime – mostly with MPs having no say over the process at all. The key lockdown measures have become law as regulations passed under emergency powers, Because of the way such secondary legislation is scrutinised, MPs have not had the chance to vote before the laws take effect, the few votes that have taken place have been retrospective (after the laws are already in place) and mostly the regulations have not been subject to votes or debates at all.

Now many MPs have had enough. There will be a debate tonight on extending the powers in the Coronavirus Act and many amendments have been tabled saying MPs

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