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Grant Shapps

British politician (born 1968)

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Grant Shapps: British politician (born 1968)
Grant Shapps is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Defence since August 2023. Shapps has previously served in various cabinet posts, including Conservative Party Co-Chairman, Transport Secretary, Home Secretary, Business Secretary, and Energy Secretary under Prime Ministers David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005.

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Grant Shapps gives statement following MoD cyber-attack [Video]

Grant Shapps gives statement following MoD cyber-attack

Grant Shapps has said that “state involvement” in the large-scale cyber attack on the Ministry of Defence cannot be ruled out as speculation continues to grow that China carried out the hack. The..

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PM reassures the public following cyber attack [Video]

PM reassures the public following cyber attack

Rishi Sunak has reassured the public following a major data breach at the Ministry of Defence, which impacted a third-party payroll system. "I do want to reassure people the Ministry of Defence has..

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Defence Sec wants ''the most lethal armed forces possible'' [Video]

Defence Sec wants ''the most lethal armed forces possible''

Defence secretary Grant Shapps says that Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, is delighted with the UK's commitment to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence by 2030. Report by Gluszczykm. Like..

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PM and Shapps meet British soldiers in Poland [Video]

PM and Shapps meet British soldiers in Poland

Rishi Sunak and Defence Secretary Grant Shapps have visited the Warsaw Armoured Brigade where they met British soldiers - including one of the prime minister's own constituents. Report by Alibhaiz...

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PM, Hunt and Shapps arrive in Poland for Nato security talks [Video]

PM, Hunt and Shapps arrive in Poland for Nato security talks

Rishi Sunak, Jeremy Hunt and Grant Shapps have been greeted by the British ambassador to Poland, Anna Clunes, at Warsaw Airport. The prime minister is in Poland to discuss security with his..

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Defence Secretary: Iran is behind all of the problems [Video]

Defence Secretary: Iran is behind all of the problems

The defence secretary pledged support for Israel as long as it 'behaves responsibly' ' and 'within international law'. Grant Shapps blamed Iran for all the problems in the region and reiterated..

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Minister: MP losing whip is not a party issue [Video]

Minister: MP losing whip is not a party issue

Grant Shapps comments on Tory MP Mark Menzies losing his whip over allegations he misused campaign funds. The defence secretary defends the Conservatives arguing it is not a ''party issue''. Mark..

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Shapps 'welcomes' police investigation into Rayner [Video]

Shapps 'welcomes' police investigation into Rayner

Grant Shapps has accused Labour of "extraordinary" double-standards, as Greater Manchester Police announces it will investigate Angela Rayner over a house declaration. Labour's deputy leader is accused..

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Shapps: You can't trust Labour to back nuclear deterrent [Video]

Shapps: You can't trust Labour to back nuclear deterrent

The defence secretary says Sir Keir Starmer's announcement that Labour will back the UK's nuclear deterrent is "not credible". Grant Shapps adds "you can't trust Labour on this" and claims many of the..

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Shapps: We have the ‘capability’ to win Ukraine war [Video]

Shapps: We have the ‘capability’ to win Ukraine war

When asked if the West is doing sufficient to keep “the Russians at bay”, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps says we “need to do more” and “that it is unthinkable that we would lose this war to..

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Grant Shapps authorises first UK airdrop in Gaza [Video]

Grant Shapps authorises first UK airdrop in Gaza

The UK has airdropped food supplies into Gaza for the first time as the Defence Secretary urged Israel to allow more aid into the war-torn territory. Grant Shapps authorised the airdrop following an..

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UK to get at least 25 new warships thanks to defence spending rise - Shapps

The Royal Navy will get 25 new warships - and could get three more - as the government indicates where its planned rise in defence spending will go.
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Defence secretary confirms name of contractor running MoD system hacked by China

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed the name of the contractor running the Ministry of Defence's payroll system that was hacked by China.
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Nato target for defence spending should rise due to 'more dangerous world' , Grant Shapps says

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has said he wants the new Nato target for defence spending to be 2.5% of gross domestic product rather than the current 2%.
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'Putin no longer safe in the Black Sea': Ukrainian missiles hit two Russian ships at Crimean port

Ukraine has hit two Russian ships at the Crimean port of Sevastopol, hampering Vladimir Putin's hold over the Black Sea, the UK's Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed.
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Shapps abandoned Ukraine port visit over Russian missile threat

Grant Shapps was forced to abandon a visit to a port city in Ukraine after British intelligence warned of a credible missile threat from Russia.
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'Wildly irresponsible' Russia 'jams signals' on defence secretary's RAF plane

Russia is believed to have jammed the satellite signal on an RAF plane taking Defence Secretary Grant Shapps back to the UK from Poland.
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UK to supply 10,000 more drones to Ukraine

The UK will supply 10,000 more drones to Ukraine, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has announced during his third visit to the war-torn country.
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Grant Shapps accused of igniting 'weird culture war spat around wokery' over armed forces diversity plan

A Conservative peer has criticised the defence secretary for stoking a "weird culture war spat around 'wokery'" with his views around diversity in the armed forces.
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Shapps rejects claims the army will shrink further after 1930s danger warning

The defence secretary has disputed suggestions the size of the British Army could shrink significantly after warnings the UK risks a repeat of the 1930s without more investment.
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'Critical' for NATO allies to grow defence budgets, defence secretary warns

It is "critical" for members of NATO to increase their defence spending to at least 2% of GDP, says Grant Shapps.
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UK's intention 'not to go into Yemen' but govt open to more strikes against Houthis - Shapps

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has accused the Houthis of "thuggery" in the Red Sea, as he suggested the UK was open to carrying out further airstrikes in Yemen.
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UK to deploy 20,000 troops to NATO drill as Shapps warns of 'Putin menace'

The UK will send 20,000 troops to one of NATO's biggest military drills since the Cold War as the alliance practices repelling an invasion by Russian forces, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps is expected..
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'Largest attack to date' in Red Sea repelled by HMS Diamond, Shapps says

The "largest attack" by Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea to date has been repelled by HMS Diamond, Grant Shapps has said.
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Defence minister Rajnath Singh arrives in UK for defence, security dialogue

On Monday, defence minister Rajnath Singh landed in London for a three-day visit dedicated to comprehensive discussions on various facets of the India-UK Defence Partnership. The agenda includes..
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Rajnath Singh to visit UK to discuss defence, security issues

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit the United Kingdom on January 8, 2024. He will discuss bilateral issues with Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps. Singh will also meet UK Prime..
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UK considering strikes on Houthis to stop Red Sea attacks, says Shapps

Britain is reportedly considering air strikes on Houthi rebels after the US Navy sank three boats that had been targeting a container ship in the Red Sea.
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The ministers Downing Street trusts the most to face the public

Grant Shapps and Mark Harper are the most trusted public faces of this government, according to new research for the Politics at Jack and Sam's podcast.
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Lineker post about Shapps appears to breach BBC guidelines, says chairman candidate

Gary Lineker's social media post about Defence Secretary Grant Shapps appears to breach BBC guidelines, the government's candidate to be the corporation's next chairman has said.
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Britons 'highly likely' among hostages held by Hamas in Gaza, says defence secretary

Britons are "highly likely" to be among those held by Hamas in Gaza, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has told Sky News.
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Inheritance tax 'punitive and unfair', says minister, as Rishi Sunak 'considers cut'

Inheritance tax is "punitive and unfair", government minister Grant Shapps has said, amid reports the prime minister is considering cutting death duties.
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'Money is not infinite': Shapps hints at change to HS2 plans as northern leg looks set to be scrapped

Grant Shapps has hinted at a change to plans for HS2, as the northern section of the rail project looks set to be scrapped.
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Grant Shapps defends new role as defence sec - but admits he lacks knowledge about Army

Grant Shapps has defended his appointment as defence secretary - saying the department "needs highly experienced cabinet ministers".
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Investment in Port Talbot cannot come soon enough, but it might be the last roll of the dice

Sajid Javid, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Greg Clark, Rishi Sunak, Grant Shapps and Kemi Badenoch: the list of Tory chancellors and business secretaries who have sought to unlock the puzzle of the British steel..
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Who is Claire Coutinho? Rising star of Tory party becomes energy secretary

Tory MP Claire Coutinho has been appointed the new energy security and net zero secretary, replacing veteran cabinet minister Grant Shapps in one of the top jobs of government.
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Hiring military novice as defence secretary at a time of war in Europe is risky move by PM

The appointment of military novice Grant Shapps as defence secretary is a risky move by the prime minister at a time of war in Europe and major funding challenges for the Armed Forces.
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Who is Grant Shapps? The new defence secretary whose appointment has ruffled feathers

Grant Shapps has been appointed the new defence secretary following the expected resignation of Ben Wallace.
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Grant Shapps expected to replace Ben Wallace as defence secretary

Grant Shapps is expected to become the UK's new defence secretary as the prime minister carries out a reshuffle at the top of government, Sky News understands.
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UK to provide £192m loan guarantee to boost Ukraine nuclear capabilities

Energy secretary Grant Shapps has visited Ukraine to announce fresh financial support for its nuclear fuel supply in a bid to end its reliance on Russia.
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Energy bosses meet with Grant Shapps amid debate over future of net zero

UK energy chiefs will gather in Downing Street today to discuss net zero as a debate rages in both main parties about the future of green policies.
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PM unveils energy security plan to boost job creation and economic growth

Rishi Sunak and Grant Shapps will lead an intensive series of engagements this week in a determined effort to strengthen the UK's energy independence.
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Grant Shapps to meet with supermarket bosses over 'sky-high' petrol prices

Grant Shapps is to hold showdown talks with supermarket chiefs over "sky-high" fuel prices.
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Rishi Sunak did not 'intervene' in Johnson's honours list, cabinet minister insists

Cabinet minister Grant Shapps has insisted Rishi Sunak did not intervene "at all" in Boris Johnson's honours list and claimed the party was "under new management".
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Conservatives have 'great opportunity' despite local election losses and infighting, says Shapps

conservatives have 'great opportunity' despite local election losses and infighting, says shapps
The Tories have a "great opportunity" with a mood of "steely determination", cabinet minister Grant Shapps has told Sky News, despite a local election drubbing and party infighting.
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'We have a lot in common': Grant Shapps and Ukrainian refugee family describe living together

'we have a lot in common': grant shapps and ukrainian refugee family describe living together
Grant Shapps and the Ukrainian family he took into his home 10 months ago have spoken to Sky News about the experience for the first time.
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'Ambulance strikes will put lives at risk', fears Grant Shapps

'ambulance strikes will put lives at risk', fears grant shapps
Grant Shapps has said he is concerned ambulance strikes tomorrow will put lives at risk.
Sky News - Published

'Complete screw-up': Shapps explains why he shared image which edited out Boris Johnson

'complete screw-up': shapps explains why he shared image which edited out boris johnson
Grant Shapps has said a picture he tweeted out which Boris Johnson was mysteriously edited out of was a "complete screw-up".
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Truss had right priorities but failed as she did not deal with 'big structural issues', says Shapps

Grant Shapps has said Liz Truss had the right priorities but failed as she did not try to deal with the "big structural issues" first.
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Business secretary tells Ofgem to toughen up over handling of prepayment meter scandal

Business Secretary Grant Shapps has hit out at Ofgem for listening to energy company bosses over customers, following the forceful installation of prepayment meters.
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Shapps tells British Steel owner redundancy plans are 'unhelpful'

shapps tells british steel owner redundancy plans are 'unhelpful'
Business Secretary Grant Shapps has told British Steel's Chinese owner that proposals to make hundreds of workers redundant are "unhelpful" amid negotiations over a £300m taxpayer support package.
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Energy firms must halt forced fitting of prepayment meters, says Shapps

energy firms must halt forced fitting of prepayment meters, says shapps
Grant Shapps has launched a crackdown on energy suppliers, following reports some are not doing enough to support vulnerable customers amid the cost of living crisis.
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Boris Johnson edited out of photo posted by Business Secretary Grant Shapps

boris johnson edited out of photo posted by business secretary grant shapps
Boris Johnson has mysteriously been erased from a recent photo tweeted by Business Secretary Grant Shapps.
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