Thursday evening news briefing: Switching PM now would be 'insanity', Tory chairman says

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Good evening. The chairman of the Conservative Party has said a fresh leadership contest to replace Rishi Sunak would be “insanity”, amid a row over the Prime Minister’s Rwanda plan.

Elsewhere, the Culture Secretary has announced the BBC licence fee will rise by more than £10.

Switching PM now would be ‘insanity’, Tory chairman says

A fresh leadership contest to replace Rishi Sunak would be “insanity”, the chairman of the Conservative Party has said amid a row over the Prime Minister’s Rwanda plan.

The Prime Minister is under fire from both ‘One Nation’ Tories and the Right of the party, with MPs concerned about the effectiveness and potential consequences of his emergency legislation.

Braverman: Time for talk on illegal immigration is over

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Suella Braverman said: ‘We need to show delivery, and that’s what this debate right now is all about’ - Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

The “time for talk” on tackling illegal immigration is over, Suella Braverman said, as she warned that Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda deportation policy is doomed to fail. The former home secretary, who was sacked by the Prime Minister last month, said the Rwanda Bill, published on Wednesday, did not go far enough and would not stop the boats unless it was toughened up. Click here to read Mrs Braverman’s proposed changes to the bill.

BBC licence fee to increase by £10

The BBC licence fee will rise by more than £10, the Culture Secretary has announced. The levy had been frozen at £159 for two years but is set to undergo a controversial increase in line with inflation to £169.50. Licence fee payers are set to have an additional £10.50 added to their payments following government pressure to keep prices down. There had been reports that the post-freeze increase would add nine per cent to the cost of the fee, adding £15 to the annual payment.

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World news: Tourists in Venice capsize gondola after trying to take selfies

A group of hapless tourists in Venice ended up falling into a canal after ignoring a gondolier’s instructions not to move around in their quest for taking selfies. The gondolier had told them not to stand up or move about as he poled the boat beneath a low bridge along the Rio de la Verona canal. Watch the full video here.

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Business news: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s firm to shut down

Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg’s money management business is to shut down after losing its biggest client. Somerset Capital Management, which was co-founded by the Tory MP, is to wind down after wealth manager St James’s Place said Somerset could no longer manage $2.5bn (£2bn) of its funds. Somerset Capital was last week removed from the running of two SJP funds, reducing the amount it manages by more than two-thirds.

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