Rishi Sunak news – live: PM ‘to expand windfall tax’ as he is criticised for skipping Cop27

Rishi Sunak is expected to expand a windfall tax on energy companies amid backlash that emerged after he said he would skip the Cop27 climate summit.

Mr Sunak, along with chancellor Jeremy Hunt, is seeking to consider an expansion of the windfall tax that would see the levy potentially increased or expanded to include renewable energy generators in a bid to plug a multi-billion pound fiscal black hole.

Downing Street said the prime minister had “other pressing domestic commitments including preparations for the autumn Budget” to justify his skipping the climate summit.

“This is a massive failure of climate leadership,” said Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow secretary of state for climate change.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that spies may be reluctant to share secrets with Suella Braverman, a former home secretary has warned amid backlash over her reappointment to the top Home Office job.

Lord Blunkett warned intelligence agencies both home and abroad may think twice about sharing information after Ms Braverman was reinstated as home secretary just days after resigning over a security breach.

The former Labour home secretary warned UK security services may be reluctant to “provide briefings and the openness needed” while international agencies may worry information would be “passed out of government”.

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