Ashley Cowburn, The Independent

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Recent articles by Ashley:

Boris Johnson news: DUP dismisses Brexit breakthrough ‘nonsense’ as government braces for humiliating extension request letter

Brexit negotiations are continuing overnight Brussels today in a desperate bid to get a political agreement ready in time for a crucial EU leaders’ summit. Despite progress, EU officials suggested any deal would still have to be delayed by around two months to “resolve technical issues”. Boris Johnson’s hopes of an agreement before tomorrow’s summit are fading as new hurdles → Read More

Boris Johnson mocked in parliament after winning first vote in 8 attempts as PM

Boris Johnson has secured his first victory in the House of Commons almost three months after becoming prime minister, leading to cheers from Tory MPs. Ahead of Tuesday's vote on environmental regulations, the prime minister had lost seven divisions in the chamber – more defeats than Tony Blair's entire decade at Number 10. → Read More

Police holiday restricted amid fears Brexit could trigger terror attacks in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland police officers have had their holiday leave restricted after the Brexit deadline, amid fears a no-deal Brexit could provide a "rallying cry" for republican terror groups. The assistant chief constable at the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI), George Clark, told MPs the move was an effort to "maximise our own ability to stand on our own two feet". → Read More

Why is Boris Johnson holding a Queen’s Speech with an election on the horizon?

Decisions made by Boris Johnson’s government of late have been a source of frustration at Buckingham Palace: it’s not every day a prime minister seeks the royal seal of approval to unlawfully suspend parliament in the midst of a political crisis. So it would hardly be surprising if the monarch seeks vengeance and decides to repeat her 2017 Queen’s Speech outfit with headgear → Read More

Boris Johnson urged to repay £400m debt to Iran to help free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as daughter returns to UK to start school

Boris Johnson has been urged to repay a £400m debt to Iran in order to open “channels” in the effort to secure Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release from prison in Tehran. → Read More

Johnson ‘using Queen’ for pre-election Tory broadcast, Corbyn says

Jeremy Corbyn is set to accuse Boris Johnson of “using the Queen” for a pre-election Conservative Party broadcast just weeks ahead of a potential general election. In a keynote speech, the Labour leader will also insist he is “champing at the bit” for an early election, vowing to support a Commons vote on one once a no-deal Brexit has been avoided. → Read More

Is a Brexit deal really dead or could it be revived before 31 October?

With just 21 days remaining, Boris Johnson appears to be on course for a resounding failure in delivering on his pledge to end the UK’s membership of the European Union by 31 October. Despite unveiling his plans to Brussels last week at the climax of the Conservative Party conference, the UK and the EU are no closer to reaching a fresh agreement. → Read More

Boris Johnson's push for general election in danger of backfiring, new study indicates

Boris Johnson's push for a general election at the earliest available opportunity is in danger of backfiring, a major new study has indicated. Critics have accused the prime minister of deliberately offering the EU an unpalatable deal in the hope of capitalising on pro-Brexit sentiment to regain a Conservative majority after it is refused. → Read More

What happens next after Boris Johnson’s Brexit ultimatum to Brussels?

Addressing Tory delegates in his first speech as party leader, Boris Johnson laid out his “take it or leave it” ultimatum to Brussels, kicking off a critical month in the Brexit process. “There is now very little time in which to negotiate a new agreement between the UK and the EU under Article 50,” the PM later wrote in his letter to Brussels. “We need to get this done → Read More

Ministers could be ‘guilty of rendition’ if UK brings back Isis fighters from Syria, says defence secretary

Ministers would be guilty of “rendition” if the government brought British Isis fighters and their families back from Syria against their will, the defence secretary Ben Wallace has claimed. Appearing to harden the government’s stance towards against repatriating jihads from refugee camps and prisons in the region, Mr Wallace also claimed there may not be enough evidence in → Read More

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown: Tory MP told to leave own conference after ‘unacceptable’ clash with security

Senior Conservative Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has been asked to leave the Tory conference after a “totally unacceptable” incident involving a clash with security staff. Party officials said the MP attempted to bring someone into the international lounge who did not have the relevant pass. This individual was stopped by a member of staff at the lounge and Sir Geoffrey → Read More

Boris Johnson argues about definition of 'spaffing' in TV interview after being confronted over child sex abuse investigation remarks

Boris Johnson has argued over the definition of "spaffing" after being confronted in a television interview over his previous remarks relating to investigations of historic child sexual abuse. → Read More

Sajid Javid accused of ‘tinkering around edges’ with key infrastructure plans

Sajid Javid has been accused of “tinkering around the edges” with key infrastructure investment projects, as he prepares to deliver a keynote speech to the Conservative Party conference. Addressing Tory delegates on Monday, the chancellor will unveil plans for the UK’s first all-electric bus town – one of the first projects to form part of the government’s “infrastructure → Read More

Boris Johnson compared to Trump as former Tory minister warns he risks 'waving goodbye' to millions of voters

Boris Johnson has been compared to Donald Trump and his divisive running of the US Republican Party, as a former Tory cabinet minister warned the Tories risk "waving goodbye to millions of supporters". → Read More

What is a motion of no confidence

On the eve of Boris Johnson’s first party conference as Tory leader, opposition parties at Westminster are threatening to ambush his government with a vote of no confidence. Devoid of any goodwill following the prime minister’s combative language in the House of Commons and the looming Brexit deadline, MPs voted against the government last week, rejecting a request for a → Read More

Brexit: Boris Johnson's government could face no confidence vote in coming days, SNP warn

Boris Johnson could face a vote of no confidence in the coming days, the SNP have warned as they aim to replace his government with a temporary administration to secure a Brexit extension. As the prime minister heads to Manchester on the eve of the Conservative Party's annual conference, the SNP's trade spokesperson warned his party no longer had faith Mr Johnson would "obey → Read More

Boris Johnson news: Outrage over PM’s Jo Cox Brexit comments, as he dismisses MPs’ fears of death threats and ignores calls to quit

Boris Johnson has put in a defiant Commons performance in the wake of his Supreme Court defeat, ignoring calls to resign and mocking Labour for failing to back a general election. But he drew anger for suggesting that the best way of honouring Jo Cox’s memory was to “get Brexit done”. → Read More

Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn brings speech forward to take Tom Watson's slot today in wake of explosive Supreme Court ruling

Jeremy Corbyn is to deliver his major Labour conference speech later today in light of the Supreme Court's explosive judgement. The Labour leader decided to bring forward his address to party members in Brighton a day early after the court passed a unanimous verdict that Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful. → Read More

Inside the crisis at the heart of the Labour Party

On the eve of Labour’s annual conference, the party descended into bitter infighting as a move was made by influential figures to abolish the post of deputy leader. The motion – proposed by the party’s governing body on Friday evening – called for the position, held by Tom Watson, to be scrapped. It failed to get the two-thirds vote required to pass, but was due to be → Read More

'A travesty': Momentum founder Jon Lansman lashes out a Labour's leadership over Brexit motion

Momentum's founder Jon Lansman has lashed out at the Labour leadership's handling of a crucial Brexit motion, describing the process behind it as a "travesty." Splitting with other members of Momentum's national coordinating group, Mr Lansman told delegates at Labour's annual conference to vote with "their conscience". → Read More