Keir Starmer to hold first meeting with Joe Biden at Nato summit as PM promises new F-16s air defences to Ukraine – live – live

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Starmer meets with Senate leaders and German chancellor during visit to Capitol Hill

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Sir Keir Starmer is attending the 75th summit of the Nato defence alliance in the US, where he will meet president Joe Biden at the White House in their first face-to-face meeting.

During the second day of the summit, the prime minister promised Ukraine British long-range missiles to counterattack military targets in Russia.

Before the meeting at the White House, he said his time with President Biden would be a chance to strengthen the “very special relationship” between the UK and US.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Sir Keir has been accused by shadow minister James Cartlidge of causing “massive uncertainty” for the UK’s armed forces after failing to set a deadline for increasing defence spending.

The PM said he was committed to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence “within our fiscal rules” but he cautioned that he needed to carry out a review before setting a timeline to reach that goal. Armed forces minister Luke Pollard said it would not be completed until next year.

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Labour MP declares will to abolish monarchy during Commons oath

A Labour MP has declared that he wanted to abolish the monarchy as he took his oath of allegiance to the King in Parliament.

Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South, said: “I take this oath under protest, and in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will democratically decide to live in a republic.

“Until that time, I do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles, according to law.”

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 16:40

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Downing Street: Germany welcomed Starmer’s pledge to reset UK-EU relations

No 10 has said German chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed Sir Keir Starmer’s pledge to reset Britain’s relations with the EU.

In a readout following the prime minister’s meeting with Mr Scholz, a spokesperson said: “They discussed the importance of having the widest possible cooperation across all aspects of the relationship.

“The two leaders moved on to discuss the need for enhanced defence cooperation in Europe to act as a deterrent for aggression by hostile actors. They agreed that the Nato summit was an opportunity to strengthen our support for Ukraine.

“The two leaders agreed a firm commitment to deepen in particular UK-Germany defence ties, working at pace to deliver those objectives.”

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 16:30

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How many enlargements has Nato had?

The security and defence alliance went from having only 12 members when it was founded 75 years ago to its current 32 members.

  • February 1952: Greece and Turkey
  • May 1955: West Germany (Germany from October 3, 1990)
  • May 1982: Spain
  • March 1999: Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
  • March 2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia
  • Apri, 2009: Albania and Croatia
  • June 2017: Montenegro
  • March 2020: North Macedonia
  • April 2023: Finland
  • March 2024: Sweden
Nato leaders pose for a family photo before US President Joe Biden, front row centre, delivers remarks on Tuesday night (Evan Vucci/PA)
Nato leaders pose for a family photo before US President Joe Biden, front row centre, delivers remarks on Tuesday night (Evan Vucci/PA) (AP)

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 16:20

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Pictured: Starmer and world leaders attend Nato summit after meeting US senators

Prime Minister Keir Starmer and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pose for a photo opportunity ahead of a meeting with other NATO leaders and a bipartisan group of senators at the U.S. Capitol on July 10, 2024 in Washington DC. Nato leaders convene in Washington this week for its annual summit to discuss future strategies and commitments and mark the 75th anniversary of the alliance's founding
Prime Minister Keir Starmer and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pose for a photo opportunity ahead of a meeting with other NATO leaders and a bipartisan group of senators at the U.S. Capitol on July 10, 2024 in Washington DC. Nato leaders convene in Washington this week for its annual summit to discuss future strategies and commitments and mark the 75th anniversary of the alliance’s founding (Getty Images)
United States Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center left, and United States Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center right, pose with from front row left are Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Finnish President Alexander Stubb, United Kingdom Prime Minister Keir Starmer, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and a group of bipartisan Senators, as NATO leaders visit Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Washington
United States Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center left, and United States Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center right, pose with from front row left are Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., Finnish President Alexander Stubb, United Kingdom Prime Minister Keir Starmer, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and a group of bipartisan Senators, as NATO leaders visit Capitol Hill, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Washington (AP)

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 16:10

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Defence secretary vows to unveil ‘clear pathway’ to spending increase

Defence secretary John Healey has promised the government will unveil a “clear pathway” to defence spending boost amid a delay row.

Speaking to broadcasters at the Nato summit in Washington DC, he said the spending boost was a “total commitment” but refused to get into any details on a timescale.

Mr Healey said the “strategic defence review” will be launched by the prime minister next week alongside a “clear pathway to meeting that commitment of 2.5% on defence”.

This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on July 7, 2024, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) next to Secretary of State for Defence of Great Britain John Healey (R) making a selfie with a wounded Ukrainian sailor during their visit to a hospital in Odesa, treating sailors wounded in battles with Russian occupiers, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine
This handout photograph taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on July 7, 2024, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (C) next to Secretary of State for Defence of Great Britain John Healey (R) making a selfie with a wounded Ukrainian sailor during their visit to a hospital in Odesa, treating sailors wounded in battles with Russian occupiers, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SER)

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 16:04

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Watch: Starmer meets with Senate leaders and German chancellor during visit to Capitol Hill

Starmer meets with Senate leaders and German chancellor during visit to Capitol Hill

Sir Keir Starmer and Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, were on Capitol Hill on Wednesday 10 July, meeting with a bipartisan group of Senate leaders on the sidelines of the Nato summit. Joe Biden welcomed leaders to Washington yesterday by celebrating the bloc’s unity against Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and underscoring America’s ironclad commitment to the alliance under his watch. The message seemed aimed at bucking up his own wobbly Democratic supporters as much as allies confronting the prospect of a return to the White House of Nato skeptic Donald Trump. This week’s summit will give Mr Biden his first chance to meet face-to-face with Sir Keir at the White House.

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 15:56

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Keir Starmer to call Nato countries to increase defence amid spending row

Sir Keir Starmer will use the 75th anniversary of the Nato summit to call countries to increase defence spending in response to rising global threats.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the prime minister is launching a major review setting out plans to boost defence to its target of 2.5 per cent of GDP.

But he is facing pressure over when he will deliver on his campaign pledge with shadow defence minister James Cartlidge urging the prime minister to come clean and stop the “massive uncertainty”.

The Tory MP told Sky News: “By not announcing at the Nato summit that we are going to 2.5 per cent Keir Starmer has created massive uncertainty and I do think that will be damaging for our armed forces at the worst possible time.”

The prime minister is set to meet Jo Biden in the White House as the US president battles against Donald Trump to stay for second term.

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 15:34

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Starmer denies suggesting ‘Biden should retire’

Keir Starmer has insisted that his suggestion members of the House of Lords should retire at 80 is not a comment on Joe Biden’s ability to continue as US president:

Jane Dalton10 July 2024 15:25

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The ‘Baby of the House’ has been sworn in as an MP

Labour MP for North West Cambridgeshire Sam Carling is the youngest member of the new Parliament at 22 years old.

Mr Carling was directly followed by Reform UK MP Lee Anderson, who swore in for the first time under the Reform banner after previously being elected a Conservative MP.

Mr Anderson, the MP for Ashfield, was joined by Reform colleagues Richard Tice MP for Boston and Skegness, and Rupert Lowe MP for Great Yarmouth.

Earlier in the session, Labour MP Clive Lewis (Norwich South), said prior to his affirmation: “I take this oath under protest and in the hope that one day my fellow citizens will democratically decide to live in a republic.”

(BBC Parliament )

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 15:24

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Zelenskiy: ‘F-16s bring just and lasting peace closer’

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he is grateful to world leaders for taking steps to help his country’s air force get F-16s.

Posting on X, he said: “I anticipate that our air force capability coalition will be strengthened even further through the joining of new participants. F-16s bring just and lasting peace closer, demonstrating that terror must fail everywhere and at any time.

“Our team continues to work in Washington to reach agreements that are strengthening Ukraine’s defense capabilities.”

Ukraine remains at the top of this year’s Nato summit agenda with world leaders all committing to support the country with its war against Russia’s invasion.

Salma Ouaguira10 July 2024 15:17

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