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New chancellor Rachel Reeves reveals ‘tough decisions’ in first major speech as Tories fear ‘extinction’ from Farage

“The adults are back in the room”

A senior figure in Keir Starmer’s new government has taken a look at the other political parties.

Asked if a long Tory leadership contest would leave Labor unopposed, Darren Jones, chief secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, told the BBC: “I expect we will be challenged in the House of Commons.

“Obviously the Conservatives suffered a historic loss but that doesn’t mean there isn’t opposition in the House of Commons and of course we have the House of Lords to get some legislation through as well.

“And the most important thing you will see from this Labor government is that we will return both to the service of the British people, but also to the standards. The adults are back in the room.”

Farage claims a ‘one minute member joins the Reform Party’

Nigel Farage has claimed the Reform Party is already making great strides across the UK – with a member joining the party every minute.

“Opposition is not just what happens in the House of Commons,” he said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “That’s what’s happening out there in the country.”

What can we expect from the new parliament today?

Parliament officially opens tomorrow but all parties will try to set out their stalls today. Here’s a rundown of what’s planned:

8 in the morning: Keir Starmer visits Northern Ireland.

9.30am: Rachel Reeves, the chancellor, gives a speech on growth.

11.30 a.m.: Downing Street is holding its first lobby briefing since Starmer became prime minister.

1 p.m.: Reeves visits a construction site in London with Angela Rayner, the equalization secretary.

1:30 p.m.: Rhun ap Iorwerth, the Plaid Cymru leader, holds a press conference at Westminster with the party’s four MPs.

2:00 p.m.: Green MPs Carla Denyer and Siân Berry hold a press conference in Westminster.

Afternoon: Starmer meets Vaughan Gething, the Welsh First Minister, in Cardiff.

And sometime today, Wes Streeting, the health secretary, is due to meet the British Dental Association to discuss changes to the dental contract.

What do we know about Rachel Reeves?

Reeves, the first female Chancellor of the United Kingdom, was born on 13 February 1979 in London.

She is married to Nicholas Joicey, a former journalist at The Observer newspaper.

The couple have two children together, Anna and Harold.

What will Reeves say in the speech?

According to extracts released by her Treasury Department, she will say: “Last week the British people voted for change. And in the last 72 hours I have begun the work necessary to fulfill that mandate.”

“Where governments have been reluctant to take the hard decisions to deliver growth or have waited too long to act, I will deliver. It is now a national mission. There is no time to waste.”

Credit: Reuters
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