Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerry’s condemnation of Israel, in comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration.
The defence secretary, Michael Fallon, has blamed a row over Boris Johnson’s criticism of Saudi Arabia on the media, saying reports about the foreign secretary’s comments had been misreported.
Senior Tory MPs have rallied behind Boris Johnson, saying that he and Theresa May were an ideal double act who should use their “chalk and cheese” personalities to deliver a successful Brexit and redefine the UK’s position on the world stage.
Boris Johnson’s allies have spoken up to defend the under-pressure foreign secretary, saying he was right to accuse Saudi Arabia of waging “proxy wars” in the Middle East, despite Downing Street disowning the remarks.
Britain is seeking an “ambitious” new Brexit trade deal to benefit both the UK and European countries, rather than mimicking terms of its current arrangement, Theresa May has said.
Labour MPs turned out in force to help defeat a parliamentary motion calling for Tony Blair to be held to account for allegedly misleading parliament over the Iraq war by 439 votes to 70 on Wednesday, after an occasionally angry debate.
Jenny Tonge, a former Liberal Democat peer, has quit the party after she was suspended over alleged antisemitic comments.