The Mark Menzies claims. And what makes a good foreign secretary?

Politics

Following allegations Tory MP Mark Menzies misused campaign funds, Beth Rigby, Jess Phillips, and Ruth Davidson examine the fallout for the government and for the politician who has been suspended from the parliamentary party. He denies all the claims.

And after the Commons votes to ban anyone born after 1 January 2009 from buying cigarettes, the trio ask whether the policy is “unconservative”, as suggested by some MPs.

As David Cameron meets G7 foreign ministers in Italy, what makes a good foreign secretary?

Plus, Beth, Jess, and Ruth talk about Liz Truss’s new book, Ten Years To Save The West, and wonder if she’s going to make a bigger comeback.

In response to the suspension of Mark Menzies, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said: “There’s a process in place. He has had the whip withdrawn.

“There’s further information that the chief whip I understand became familiar with yesterday and actions being swiftly taken on the basis of that further information.

“I think it is important to stress that the MP in question here denies the allegations and so on basis of sort of fairness and proper justice, I think it’s important to mention that.”

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