Politics update: Gavin Williamson sacked for Huawei leak, MPs declare climate change emergency

Politics update 02.05.2019

Williamson sacked by May over Huawei leak

Politics update 02.05.2019

Theresa May forced Gavin Williamson to resign as defence secretary, following an inquiry into the leak of information from a National Security Council (NSC) meeting about Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network.

Though Williamson admitted this week that he had held an 11 minute phone conversation with Stephen Swinford from the Daily Telegraph on the day of the leak, he denies having giving any information around the ruling on the telecoms company, decided at the NSC meeting.

However, May was told “compelling” evidence this week, linking Williamson to the leak before the prime minister was due to face a meeting of backbenchers to discuss the issue.

The prime minister offered Williamson the chance to hand in his resignation on Wednesday, and when Williamson rejected this, she then forced him to resign from his post.

Williamson reportedly told Sky News that he “wanted a police investigation because I would have been cleared. They would have had to have evidence. That is what I wanted.” Speaking earlier Williamson said he was the victim of a “kangaroo court”.

Mordaunt appointed as new defence secretary

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as the new defense secretary following the sacking of Gavin Williamson n Wednesday evening.

Mordaunt has been secretary of state for international development since 2017, and the MP for Portsmouth North since 2010. She is also the first woman to ever hold the position of defense secretary.

“I’m delighted to be back at the Ministry of Defence,” Ms Mordaunt said following her appointment on Thursday.

MPs pass Commons motion to declare climate change emergency

Extinction Rebellion London
Extinction Rebellion climate change protest in London/

MPs have made history by declaring an “environment and climate emergency”, making the UK parliament the first in the world to pass such a motion.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for the motion in the Commons this week, to “set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe”.

Addressing the Commons, Corbyn said: “We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US president Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.”

During the debate held on the motion in the Commons, the environment secretary Michael Gove said that the government recognises “the situation we face is an emergency”, but did not support Mr Corbyn’s motion to officially declare one on Wednesday.

What the papers say

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