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  • UK Weather: Respite Forecast After Snow And Floods Batter Britain
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Britain will get respite from the wintry and wet weather of the last few days, after a weekend which saw freezing temperatures and torrential rain strike different parts of the country. After parts of Scotland and northern England saw heavy snow, and floods induced by heavy rain forced the evacuation of homes in Devon on Sunday, drier, milder weather will arrive on Monday. However there will be some more heavy early morning rain in south west England, coming on top of heavy downpours which led to flooding and mudslides in the area. Following heavy rain in North Devon, we are supporting partners responding to surface water flooding and a landslide. Our teams have been deployed on the ground to check flood defences and clear river trash screens. We also deployed pumps at Mill on the Mole Parkthomes site. pic.twitter.com/oSFlm2PjSl January 21, 2018 But that will pass and give way to mostly dry weather, with temperatures several degrees above zero in most areas. A Met Office spokesman said: “The morning rush hour is looking milder than of late and dry for many, but in the south west it’ll be a wet start and there’ll be some showers in the north.” Despite the frigid temperatures further north, the mercury rose to 11C (52F) in the far south west of England. On Sunday people were forced to flee homes in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and other properties were flooded in Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police said. The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for people to take “immediate action” on the rivers Taw and Exe in mid-Devon, and three others in Somerset and Wiltshire. The morning rush hour is looking milder than of late and dry for many, but in the southwest it'll be a wet start and there'll be some showers in the north pic.twitter.com/pz7w2fT2ET January 21, 2018 Further flood warnings were in place on the River Wye in Herefordshire and Riseley Brook in Bedfordshire. In Somerset, Cheddar Gorge was closed to traffic after rain washed “rocks and debris” into it. Train services between London, Devon and Bristol, and services in South Wales were affected by flood waters on Sunday night. A Great Western Railway spokesman said: “Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Swindon and Chippenham all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted. “Disruption is expected until the end of the day.” Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since February 14 2016, when minus 14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire. The rain is heavy, it is dark, there is debris on the road. Please do not travel, stay home & monitor the issues. @DC_Police@DevonAlertpic.twitter.com/WgFl4gYuHV— Barnstaple Police (@BarumPolice) January 21, 2018 On Sunday five people were injured in a two-car crash on the A82 near to Glencoe Mountain Resort as drifting snow caused hazardous conditions in the Highlands. The snow gates at Glencoe were closed as the weather deteriorated, with winds causing drifting snow and white-out conditions. A yellow warning for ice is in place until 8am on Monday for north east England and Yorkshire. […]

  • UK Weather: Respite Forecast After Snow And Floods Batter Britain
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Britain will get respite from the wintry and wet weather of the last few days, after a weekend which saw freezing temperatures and torrential rain strike different parts of the country.After parts of Scotland and northern England saw heavy snow, and floods induced by heavy rain forced the evacuation of homes in Devon on Sunday, drier, milder weather will arrive on Monday.However there will be some more heavy early morning rain in south west England, coming on top of heavy downpours which led to flooding and mudslides in the area.Following heavy rain in North Devon, we are supporting partners responding to surface water flooding and a landslide. Our teams have been deployed on the ground to check flood defences and clear river trash screens. We also deployed pumps at Mill on the Mole Parkthomes site. pic.twitter.com/oSFlm2PjSl— Environment AgencySW (@EnvAgencySW) January 21, 2018But that will pass and give way to mostly dry weather, with temperatures several degrees above zero in most areas.A Met Office spokesman said: “The morning rush hour is looking milder than of late and dry for many, but in the south west it’ll be a wet start and there’ll be some showers in the north.”Despite the frigid temperatures further north, the mercury rose to 11C (52F) in the far south west of England.On Sunday people were forced to flee homes in Kentisbury, near Barnstaple, and other properties were flooded in Combe Martin on nearby Exmoor, Devon and Cornwall Police said.The Environment Agency issued flood warnings for people to take “immediate action” on the rivers Taw and Exe in mid-Devon, and three others in Somerset and Wiltshire.The morning rush hour is looking milder than of late and dry for many, but in the southwest it'll be a wet start and there'll be some showers in the north pic.twitter.com/pz7w2fT2ET— Met Office (@metoffice) January 21, 2018Further flood warnings were in place on the River Wye in Herefordshire and Riseley Brook in Bedfordshire.In Somerset, Cheddar Gorge was closed to traffic after rain washed “rocks and debris” into it.Train services between London, Devon and Bristol, and services in South Wales were affected by flood waters on Sunday night.A Great Western Railway spokesman said: “Due to heavy rain flooding the railway between Swindon and Chippenham all lines are blocked.“Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or diverted.“Disruption is expected until the end of the day.”Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since February 14 2016, when minus 14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.The rain is heavy, it is dark, there is debris on the road. Please do not travel, stay home & monitor the issues. @DC_Police@DevonAlertpic.twitter.com/WgFl4gYuHV— Barnstaple Police (@BarumPolice) January 21, 2018On Sunday five people were injured in a two-car crash on the A82 near to Glencoe Mountain Resort as drifting snow caused hazardous conditions in the Highlands.The snow gates at Glencoe were closed as the weather deteriorated, with winds causing drifting snow and white-out conditions.A yellow warning for ice is in place until 8am on Monday for north east England and Yorkshire. […]

  • 25 Of The Best Signs From The 'Time’s Up' Women's March In London
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Thousands have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” and protest for women’s equality to mark a year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President. The Women’s March, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am on Sunday, was the latest in a series of rallies that have seen people in at least 34 countries protest this weekend. Here are just 25 of the best signs on display in the capital. […]

  • 25 Of The Best Signs From The 'Time’s Up' Women's March In London
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Thousands have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” and protest for women’s equality to mark a year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President. The Women’s March, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am on Sunday, was the latest in a series of rallies that have seen people in at least 34 countries protest this weekend. Here are just 25 of the best signs on display in the capital. […]

  • 25 Of The Best Signs From The 'Time’s Up' Women's March In London
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Thousands have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” and protest for women’s equality to mark a year since Donald Trump’s inauguration as US President.The Women’s March, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am on Sunday, was the latest in a series of rallies that have seen people in at least 34 countries protest this weekend.Here are just 25 of the best signs on display in the capital. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 […]

  • 'McMafia' Episode 5 Review: 11 Questions We Have After This Week's Instalment
    by Ash Percival on January 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    After a lacklustre episode last week, ‘McMafia’ was back on track on Sunday (21 January) night, but the same couldn’t be said for Alex and Semiyon’s plan. The pair’s scheme to take Vadim down had been pretty smooth sailing, but they hit a massive stumbling block when Semiyon was arrested on suspicion of the battery and rape of his young boyfriend. With Vadim seemingly behind the allegations, he proved he isn’t about to go down without a fight and one chilling conversation at the end of the episode potentially blew the series wide open. Here are the questions we’re asking this week... Was Semiyon planning on backing out on his plan to take Vadim down? With his business now booming, it seemed Semiyon was going to back out of his original plan to bring Vadim down, after he was seen disagreeing with Alex about needing to turn the pressure up on him. If it weren’t for his arrest, would he have left Alex high and dry? If our suspicions about him being more dangerous than he’s making out are correct, it would certainly seem he is less bothered about helping Alex than he makes out... How does Katya know Masha? Masha is now pregnant with Dimitri’s baby, but it was revealed during this episode that she is also connected to his daughter, Katya. We’re guessing they must have been friends, and that’s how Masha managed to get close to Dimitri, but it would be nice to have this confirmed. Will Rebecca cheat on Alex with ‘Antonio’? Having becoming increasingly suspicious of her new fiancée, Rebecca turned to ‘Antonio’ for answers, and set up a meeting which soon turned into drinks and dinner. While she didn’t necessarily get what she came for, sparks flew between the pair, to the point where it looked like she was contemplating cheating on Alex. Will the coming episodes see her give into temptation with this mystery man? And while we’re on that note... JUST WHO IS ‘ANTONIO’?! We’ve waited a whole two episodes now, and our patience is really starting to wear thin. Why did Semiyon turn down working with the Mexicans before? When Alex blackmailed Semiyon into letting ‘Antonio’ use his ships, Semiyon corroborated Antonio’s story that he had refused to work with him before - but why? Does this mean he - and indeed Alex - are aware of Antonio’s real identity and it is just being kept from us? Why is Semiyon so keen to keep Lydmilla? As part of Alex’s attempts to bargain with Semiyon to acquit him of raping Ezra, he campaigned for Lydmilla’s freedom, given she was the one who came forward with the crucial evidence. However, Semiyon flat out refused, and we can’t help but feel he has some grander plan for her that we are not yet aware of. Who shot Ruben? It’s pretty obvious it was probably one of Vadim’s men, angry that he had gone to the police with the truth of their plan to stitch Semiyon up. But who did he get to do the dirty work? Ableman, perhaps? More on that theory later... Is Ezra dead? While it’s pretty safe to assume Ruben is a goner after the drive-by shooting, Erza’s fate hangs in the balance. While he looked pretty lifeless when his mother found him after taking an overdose, it could be that he survived - much like Dimitri did after the episode two cliffhanger. Did Ezra really take an overdose, or was it made to look that way? It could be the case Ezra did attempt to take his own life - perhaps he didn’t want to face possible charges coming his way, or it could be that being beaten and raped by the Russian gangsters had pushed him to the edge. Maybe he’d even heard of Ruben’s death and did not want to carry on without him? However, an alternative theory could be that he was killed as punishment for Ruben going to the police, and it actually was made to look like a suicide attempt. We’re not quite sure how anyone would have made it into his house, but there could be more to this part of the story. Is Yarvif Ableman to be trusted? We had a hunch all the way through the episode that Semiyon’s old friend was not all he seemed - something that looked to be confirmed at the end of the episode when Vadim ‘bumped into’ Alex at the airport and told him they had business together. Could it be that Ableman worked with Vadim to try and stitch Semiyon up? And that he also had Ruben killed when he gave a statement to prove Semiyon’s innocence? Does Vadim know Alex is involved with Semiyon? It’s probably safe to assume Vadim ‘just happening’ to bump into Alex at the airport was no coincidence, but we spent the whole of their uncomfortable exchange pondering whether Vadim was onto Alex, or if he was just trying to suss him out. Either way, Alex’s reaction to the mention of Ableman’s name probably gave the game away, so we’d expect this conversation to have consequences in the next episode. ‘McMafia’ continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. […]

  • 'McMafia' Episode 5 Review: 11 Questions We Have After This Week's Instalment
    by Ash Percival on January 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    After a lacklustre episode last week, ‘McMafia’ was back on track on Sunday (21 January) night, but the same couldn’t be said for Alex and Semiyon’s plan. The pair’s scheme to take Vadim down had been pretty smooth sailing, but they hit a massive stumbling block when Semiyon was arrested on suspicion of the battery and rape of his young boyfriend. With Vadim seemingly behind the allegations, he proved he isn’t about to go down without a fight and one chilling conversation at the end of the episode potentially blew the series wide open. Here are the questions we’re asking this week... Was Semiyon planning on backing out on his plan to take Vadim down? With his business now booming, it seemed Semiyon was going to back out of his original plan to bring Vadim down, after he was seen disagreeing with Alex about needing to turn the pressure up on him. If it weren’t for his arrest, would he have left Alex high and dry? If our suspicions about him being more dangerous than he’s making out are correct, it would certainly seem he is less bothered about helping Alex than he makes out... How does Katya know Masha? Masha is now pregnant with Dimitri’s baby, but it was revealed during this episode that she is also connected to his daughter, Katya. We’re guessing they must have been friends, and that’s how Masha managed to get close to Dimitri, but it would be nice to have this confirmed. Will Rebecca cheat on Alex with ‘Antonio’? Having becoming increasingly suspicious of her new fiancée, Rebecca turned to ‘Antonio’ for answers, and set up a meeting which soon turned into drinks and dinner. While she didn’t necessarily get what she came for, sparks flew between the pair, to the point where it looked like she was contemplating cheating on Alex. Will the coming episodes see her give into temptation with this mystery man? And while we’re on that note... JUST WHO IS ‘ANTONIO’?! We’ve waited a whole two episodes now, and our patience is really starting to wear thin. Why did Semiyon turn down working with the Mexicans before? When Alex blackmailed Semiyon into letting ‘Antonio’ use his ships, Semiyon corroborated Antonio’s story that he had refused to work with him before - but why? Does this mean he - and indeed Alex - are aware of Antonio’s real identity and it is just being kept from us? Why is Semiyon so keen to keep Lydmilla? As part of Alex’s attempts to bargain with Semiyon to acquit him of raping Ezra, he campaigned for Lydmilla’s freedom, given she was the one who came forward with the crucial evidence. However, Semiyon flat out refused, and we can’t help but feel he has some grander plan for her that we are not yet aware of. Who shot Ruben? It’s pretty obvious it was probably one of Vadim’s men, angry that he had gone to the police with the truth of their plan to stitch Semiyon up. But who did he get to do the dirty work? Ableman, perhaps? More on that theory later... Is Ezra dead? While it’s pretty safe to assume Ruben is a goner after the drive-by shooting, Erza’s fate hangs in the balance. While he looked pretty lifeless when his mother found him after taking an overdose, it could be that he survived - much like Dimitri did after the episode two cliffhanger. Did Ezra really take an overdose, or was it made to look that way? It could be the case Ezra did attempt to take his own life - perhaps he didn’t want to face possible charges coming his way, or it could be that being beaten and raped by the Russian gangsters had pushed him to the edge. Maybe he’d even heard of Ruben’s death and did not want to carry on without him? However, an alternative theory could be that he was killed as punishment for Ruben going to the police, and it actually was made to look like a suicide attempt. We’re not quite sure how anyone would have made it into his house, but there could be more to this part of the story. Is Yarvif Ableman to be trusted? We had a hunch all the way through the episode that Semiyon’s old friend was not all he seemed - something that looked to be confirmed at the end of the episode when Vadim ‘bumped into’ Alex at the airport and told him they had business together. Could it be that Ableman worked with Vadim to try and stitch Semiyon up? And that he also had Ruben killed when he gave a statement to prove Semiyon’s innocence? Does Vadim know Alex is involved with Semiyon? It’s probably safe to assume Vadim ‘just happening’ to bump into Alex at the airport was no coincidence, but we spent the whole of their uncomfortable exchange pondering whether Vadim was onto Alex, or if he was just trying to suss him out. Either way, Alex’s reaction to the mention of Ableman’s name probably gave the game away, so we’d expect this conversation to have consequences in the next episode. ‘McMafia’ continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One. […]

  • 'McMafia' Episode 5 Review: 11 Questions We Have After This Week's Instalment
    by Ash Percival on January 21, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    After a lacklustre episode last week, ‘McMafia’ was back on track on Sunday (21 January) night, but the same couldn’t be said for Alex and Semiyon’s plan. The pair’s scheme to take Vadim down had been pretty smooth sailing, but they hit a massive stumbling block when Semiyon was arrested on suspicion of the battery and rape of his young boyfriend.With Vadim seemingly behind the allegations, he proved he isn’t about to go down without a fight and one chilling conversation at the end of the episode potentially blew the series wide open. Here are the questions we’re asking this week... Was Semiyon planning on backing out on his plan to take Vadim down?With his business now booming, it seemed Semiyon was going to back out of his original plan to bring Vadim down, after he was seen disagreeing with Alex about needing to turn the pressure up on him.If it weren’t for his arrest, would he have left Alex high and dry? If our suspicions about him being more dangerous than he’s making out are correct, it would certainly seem he is less bothered about helping Alex than he makes out...How does Katya know Masha?Masha is now pregnant with Dimitri’s baby, but it was revealed during this episode that she is also connected to his daughter, Katya. We’re guessing they must have been friends, and that’s how Masha managed to get close to Dimitri, but it would be nice to have this confirmed.Will Rebecca cheat on Alex with ‘Antonio’?Having becoming increasingly suspicious of her new fiancée, Rebecca turned to ‘Antonio’ for answers, and set up a meeting which soon turned into drinks and dinner.While she didn’t necessarily get what she came for, sparks flew between the pair, to the point where it looked like she was contemplating cheating on Alex.Will the coming episodes see her give into temptation with this mystery man? And while we’re on that note...JUST WHO IS ‘ANTONIO’?!We’ve waited a whole two episodes now, and our patience is really starting to wear thin. Why did Semiyon turn down working with the Mexicans before?When Alex blackmailed Semiyon into letting ‘Antonio’ use his ships, Semiyon corroborated Antonio’s story that he had refused to work with him before - but why?Does this mean he - and indeed Alex - are aware of Antonio’s real identity and it is just being kept from us? Why is Semiyon so keen to keep Lydmilla?As part of Alex’s attempts to bargain with Semiyon to acquit him of raping Ezra, he campaigned for Lydmilla’s freedom, given she was the one who came forward with the crucial evidence. However, Semiyon flat out refused, and we can’t help but feel he has some grander plan for her that we are not yet aware of. Who shot Ruben?It’s pretty obvious it was probably one of Vadim’s men, angry that he had gone to the police with the truth of their plan to stitch Semiyon up. But who did he get to do the dirty work? Ableman, perhaps? More on that theory later...Is Ezra dead?While it’s pretty safe to assume Ruben is a goner after the drive-by shooting, Erza’s fate hangs in the balance. While he looked pretty lifeless when his mother found him after taking an overdose, it could be that he survived - much like Dimitri did after the episode two cliffhanger. Did Ezra really take an overdose, or was it made to look that way?It could be the case Ezra did attempt to take his own life - perhaps he didn’t want to face possible charges coming his way, or it could be that being beaten and raped by the Russian gangsters had pushed him to the edge. Maybe he’d even heard of Ruben’s death and did not want to carry on without him? However, an alternative theory could be that he was killed as punishment for Ruben going to the police, and it actually was made to look like a suicide attempt.We’re not quite sure how anyone would have made it into his house, but there could be more to this part of the story. Is Yarvif Ableman to be trusted?We had a hunch all the way through the episode that Semiyon’s old friend was not all he seemed - something that looked to be confirmed at the end of the episode when Vadim ‘bumped into’ Alex at the airport and told him they had business together. Could it be that Ableman worked with Vadim to try and stitch Semiyon up? And that he also had Ruben killed when he gave a statement to prove Semiyon’s innocence?Does Vadim know Alex is involved with Semiyon?It’s probably safe to assume Vadim ‘just happening’ to bump into Alex at the airport was no coincidence, but we spent the whole of their uncomfortable exchange pondering whether Vadim was onto Alex, or if he was just trying to suss him out. Either way, Alex’s reaction to the mention of Ableman’s name probably gave the game away, so we’d expect this conversation to have consequences in the next episode. ‘McMafia’ continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.&nbs […]

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg Suggests Sending French 'HMS Victory' Flag To Show 'By And Large We Win The Battles'
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Tory grassroots favourite Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested Britain sends a fragment of the union flag hoisted above Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory to show “by and large we win the battles”. The MP and Brexit cheerleader made the perhaps tongue-in-cheek offering after French president Emmanuel Macron agreed to lend the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. The 70 metre (230ft) long tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings. It is the first time the artwork will have left France in 950 years. Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Rees-Mogg was asked if he was “excited” the tapestry is coming to Britain, and if he thought it was “maybe a bit cheeky of the French sending something celebrating the Norman victory over the British”. In response, he said: “I think it is a splendid gesture. I’m sure many people will want to go to visit it. We could send them in return a fragment of the Union Jack from Nelson’s ship at Trafalgar - which was sold last week - as a reminder that by and large we win the battles.” Labour peer and anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis, also appearing on the show, chimed in: “Some people have suggested we send Jacob but the Bayeux Tapestry is much more recent in its views.” Last week, a scrap of the historic flag sold for £297,000 at Sotheby’s. The flag is said to have flown aboard the ship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when Nelson defeated Napoleon’s French and Spanish ships. The reaction on social media to Rees-Mogg’s comments was one of exasperation. Records show that there were at least 22 different nationalities in the crew of Nelson's HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Rees-Mogg increasingly represents an uninformed person's idea of what knowledge looks like. https://t.co/X6mC5rSy6L January 21, 2018 […]

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg Suggests Sending French 'HMS Victory' Flag To Show 'By And Large We Win The Battles'
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Tory grassroots favourite Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested Britain sends a fragment of the union flag hoisted above Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory to show “by and large we win the battles”.The MP and Brexit cheerleader made the perhaps tongue-in-cheek offering after French president Emmanuel Macron agreed to lend the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK.The 70 metre (230ft) long tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings.It is the first time the artwork will have left France in 950 years.Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Rees-Mogg was asked if he was “excited” the tapestry is coming to Britain, and if he thought it was “maybe a bit cheeky of the French sending something celebrating the Norman victory over the British”. In response, he said:“I think it is a splendid gesture. I’m sure many people will want to go to visit it. We could send them in return a fragment of the Union Jack from Nelson’s ship at Trafalgar - which was sold last week - as a reminder that by and large we win the battles.”Labour peer and anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis, also appearing on the show, chimed in: “Some people have suggested we send Jacob but the Bayeux Tapestry is much more recent in its views.”Last week, a scrap of the historic flag sold for £297,000 at Sotheby’s. The flag is said to have flown aboard the ship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when Nelson defeated Napoleon’s French and Spanish ships.The reaction on social media to Rees-Mogg’s comments was one of exasperation.Sometimes you just want to punch yourself in the face to make it all stop https://t.co/n91ms1zKz8— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) January 21, 2018Records show that there were at least 22 different nationalities in the crew of Nelson's HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Rees-Mogg increasingly represents an uninformed person's idea of what knowledge looks like. https://t.co/X6mC5rSy6L— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) January 21, 2018Proof that manners does not maketh man. https://t.co/XOfMKOZxhW— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) January 21, 2018Jacob Rees-Mogg really has to move on from 1805. https://t.co/2hVHMxLCw9— Otto English (@Otto_English) January 21, 2018Yet again Rees-Mogg shows he is nowhere near as clever as he would have us believe... https://t.co/fVuduFZUdi— David Banks (@DBanksy) January 21, 2018imagine being this insecure about events that took place over 900 years ago https://t.co/pEMReccuu6— Jon Stone (@joncstone) January 21, 2018 […]

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg Suggests Sending French 'HMS Victory' Flag To Show 'By And Large We Win The Battles'
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Tory grassroots favourite Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested Britain sends a fragment of the union flag hoisted above Admiral Nelson’s HMS Victory to show “by and large we win the battles”. The MP and Brexit cheerleader made the perhaps tongue-in-cheek offering after French president Emmanuel Macron agreed to lend the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK. The 70 metre (230ft) long tapestry depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror, and culminates in the Battle of Hastings. It is the first time the artwork will have left France in 950 years. Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Rees-Mogg was asked if he was “excited” the tapestry is coming to Britain, and if he thought it was “maybe a bit cheeky of the French sending something celebrating the Norman victory over the British”. In response, he said: “I think it is a splendid gesture. I’m sure many people will want to go to visit it. We could send them in return a fragment of the Union Jack from Nelson’s ship at Trafalgar - which was sold last week - as a reminder that by and large we win the battles.” Labour peer and anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis, also appearing on the show, chimed in: “Some people have suggested we send Jacob but the Bayeux Tapestry is much more recent in its views.” Last week, a scrap of the historic flag sold for £297,000 at Sotheby’s. The flag is said to have flown aboard the ship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when Nelson defeated Napoleon’s French and Spanish ships. The reaction on social media to Rees-Mogg’s comments was one of exasperation. Records show that there were at least 22 different nationalities in the crew of Nelson's HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Rees-Mogg increasingly represents an uninformed person's idea of what knowledge looks like. https://t.co/X6mC5rSy6L January 21, 2018 […]

  • Dolores O’Riordan: Thousands Gather To Pay Tribute To Cranberries Singer
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thousands of people have gathered at a church in Limerick to remember the life of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan. Fans young and old, many clutching white roses and daffodils, streamed to St Joseph’s Church where a public reposal was held on Sunday. A floral tribute from her bandmates beside her open coffin read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.” Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls. Four books of condolence were also opened inside the church for mourners to sign. The public reposal is the first in a series of services to be held before the funeral mass taking place in the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, on Tuesday at 11.30am. Canon Liam McNamara, the Associate Pastor and a close friend of the O’Riordan family, will act as the Chief Celebrant of the Requiem Mass. Father James Walton will be the chief co-celebrant, alongside Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cashel and Emly. The funeral mass will be broadcast live by Limerick’s local radio station. Tuesday’s service will be followed by a private family burial. O’Riordan was in London to discuss plans for the band’s latest album when she was found dead in a hotel. The 46 year-old – who was also a member of alternative rock group D.A.R.K – had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England. A number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the musician’s death, an inquest heard on Friday before it was adjourned until April 3. Sales and streams of the band’s back catalogue have rocketed by 1,000% in the days since her death. Greatest hits collection Stars: The Best Of 1992-2002 landed at number 16 on the albums chart this week, a higher position than its previous peak of number 20 when it was released in 2002. The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger. […]

  • Dolores O’Riordan: Thousands Gather To Pay Tribute To Cranberries Singer
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thousands of people have gathered at a church in Limerick to remember the life of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan. Fans young and old, many clutching white roses and daffodils, streamed to St Joseph’s Church where a public reposal was held on Sunday. A floral tribute from her bandmates beside her open coffin read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.” Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls. Four books of condolence were also opened inside the church for mourners to sign. The public reposal is the first in a series of services to be held before the funeral mass taking place in the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, on Tuesday at 11.30am. Canon Liam McNamara, the Associate Pastor and a close friend of the O’Riordan family, will act as the Chief Celebrant of the Requiem Mass. Father James Walton will be the chief co-celebrant, alongside Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cashel and Emly. The funeral mass will be broadcast live by Limerick’s local radio station. Tuesday’s service will be followed by a private family burial. O’Riordan was in London to discuss plans for the band’s latest album when she was found dead in a hotel. The 46 year-old – who was also a member of alternative rock group D.A.R.K – had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England. A number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the musician’s death, an inquest heard on Friday before it was adjourned until April 3. Sales and streams of the band’s back catalogue have rocketed by 1,000% in the days since her death. Greatest hits collection Stars: The Best Of 1992-2002 landed at number 16 on the albums chart this week, a higher position than its previous peak of number 20 when it was released in 2002. The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger. […]

  • Dolores O’Riordan: Thousands Gather To Pay Tribute To Cranberries Singer
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thousands of people have gathered at a church in Limerick to remember the life of Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan.Fans young and old, many clutching white roses and daffodils, streamed to St Joseph’s Church where a public reposal was held on Sunday.A floral tribute from her bandmates beside her open coffin read: “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.”Photographs of the Irish singer performing and one of her with the Pope, were placed along the church walls.Four books of condolence were also opened inside the church for mourners to sign.The public reposal is the first in a series of services to be held before the funeral mass taking place in the Church of Saint Ailbe in Ballybricken, Co Limerick, on Tuesday at 11.30am.Canon Liam McNamara, the Associate Pastor and a close friend of the O’Riordan family, will act as the Chief Celebrant of the Requiem Mass.Father James Walton will be the chief co-celebrant, alongside Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cashel and Emly.The funeral mass will be broadcast live by Limerick’s local radio station. Tuesday’s service will be followed by a private family burial.O’Riordan was in London to discuss plans for the band’s latest album when she was found dead in a hotel.The 46 year-old – who was also a member of alternative rock group D.A.R.K – had been working on a new studio album with The Cranberries in the months before her death and was expected to discuss its scheduled release with record label BMG while in England.A number of tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the musician’s death, an inquest heard on Friday before it was adjourned until April 3.Sales and streams of the band’s back catalogue have rocketed by 1,000% in the days since her death.Greatest hits collection Stars: The Best Of 1992-2002 landed at number 16 on the albums chart this week, a higher position than its previous peak of number 20 when it was released in 2002.The singer was renowned for her distinctive voice and the band enjoyed huge success in the 1990s with tracks including Zombie and Linger. […]

  • Emmanuel Macron's Andrew Marr Interview Has People Swooning
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Emmanuel Macron appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday to discuss Brexit and his relationship with US president Donald Trump. And while the French president provided story-thirsty British political journalists with an array of headlines, perhaps most striking was the praise his all-round performance drew from usually cynical hacks. In the head-to-head, the En Marche! leader admitted France would have probably voted to leave the European Union if it had staged a referendum on membership. And Macron renewed his warning that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting freedom of movement on Brexit. Yet it was Macron’s willingness to engage with Marr, ditch soundbites and speak with passion that led many political observers to reflect on why the UK has to make do with second best. Think what you like about Macron, but by God he answers a straight question. Our obfuscating politicians need to learn how to do that fast #Marr Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions Judge for yourself and watch the full interview at the top of the story ... Without going all fanboy, @EmmanuelMacron is a class act. Engaging and interesting interview with @AndrewMarr9. If only British politics could throw up someone similar. #marr January 21, 2018 Macron iview on Marr is quite remarkable, when we're in such a nadir for talented UK number politicians https://t.co/HRDjjrwyLj Lot of Macron-envy among UK commentators this morning. Smart, articulate, engaged, etc - whatever you think of his policies. When did so many of today’s top UK politicians decide none of that stuff matters, and make meaningless repetitive question-dodging their default position? January 21, 2018 My main emotion on watching that Macron interview on #Marr was profound embarrassment. Neither May nor Corbyn engage with interviewers that deeply & fluently - and English is their first language. pic.twitter.com/UFuaAEDLYB January 21, 2018 Remember people, Msr Macron is sounding relaxed, confident and like a politician fully across his brief and at ease - in a foreign language Never seen a response on Twitter like the response to Macron’s interview with Marr. Obviously there are haters but verdict is near unanimously positive, and respect from surprising quarters. Got to admire the fact that English ain’t his first language January 21, 2018 Think the UK public has had its fill of Macron-like, sharp-suited charmers. The next big thing will be down to earth and straightforward. https://t.co/C5wA12hndM January 21, 2018 […]

  • Emmanuel Macron's Andrew Marr Interview Has People Swooning
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Emmanuel Macron appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday to discuss Brexit and his relationship with US president Donald Trump. And while the French president provided story-thirsty British political journalists with an array of headlines, perhaps most striking was the praise his all-round performance drew from usually cynical hacks. In the head-to-head, the En Marche! leader admitted France would have probably voted to leave the European Union if it had staged a referendum on membership. And Macron renewed his warning that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting freedom of movement on Brexit. Yet it was Macron’s willingness to engage with Marr, ditch soundbites and speak with passion that led many political observers to reflect on why the UK has to make do with second best. Think what you like about Macron, but by God he answers a straight question. Our obfuscating politicians need to learn how to do that fast #Marr Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions Judge for yourself and watch the full interview at the top of the story ... Without going all fanboy, @EmmanuelMacron is a class act. Engaging and interesting interview with @AndrewMarr9. If only British politics could throw up someone similar. #marr January 21, 2018 Macron iview on Marr is quite remarkable, when we're in such a nadir for talented UK number politicians https://t.co/HRDjjrwyLj Lot of Macron-envy among UK commentators this morning. Smart, articulate, engaged, etc - whatever you think of his policies. When did so many of today’s top UK politicians decide none of that stuff matters, and make meaningless repetitive question-dodging their default position? January 21, 2018 My main emotion on watching that Macron interview on #Marr was profound embarrassment. Neither May nor Corbyn engage with interviewers that deeply & fluently - and English is their first language. pic.twitter.com/UFuaAEDLYB January 21, 2018 Remember people, Msr Macron is sounding relaxed, confident and like a politician fully across his brief and at ease - in a foreign language Never seen a response on Twitter like the response to Macron’s interview with Marr. Obviously there are haters but verdict is near unanimously positive, and respect from surprising quarters. Got to admire the fact that English ain’t his first language January 21, 2018 Think the UK public has had its fill of Macron-like, sharp-suited charmers. The next big thing will be down to earth and straightforward. https://t.co/C5wA12hndM January 21, 2018 […]

  • Emmanuel Macron's Andrew Marr Interview Has People Swooning
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Emmanuel Macron appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday to discuss Brexit and his relationship with US president Donald Trump.And while the French president provided story-thirsty British political journalists with an array of headlines, perhaps most striking was the praise his all-round performance drew from usually cynical hacks.In the head-to-head, the En Marche! leader admitted France would have probably voted to leave the European Union if it had staged a referendum on membership.And Macron renewed his warning that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting freedom of movement on Brexit.Yet it was Macron’s willingness to engage with Marr, ditch soundbites and speak with passion that led many political observers to reflect on why the UK has to make do with second best.Think what you like about Macron, but by God he answers a straight question. Our obfuscating politicians need to learn how to do that fast #Marr— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) January 21, 2018Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) January 21, 2018Judge for yourself and watch the full interview at the top of the story ... ... but hasn’t the UK had something similar before? Without going all fanboy, @EmmanuelMacron is a class act. Engaging and interesting interview with @AndrewMarr9. If only British politics could throw up someone similar. #marr— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) January 21, 2018It did. The young Blair, pre Iraq— Jason Cowley (@JasonCowleyNS) January 21, 2018Arguably coalition era Cameron too— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) January 21, 2018Pity UK politicians logging on to Twitter on Sunday morning. Macron iview on Marr is quite remarkable, when we're in such a nadir for talented UK number politicians https://t.co/HRDjjrwyLj— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) January 21, 2018Must be nice to have a charismatic leader. #macron#marr— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 21, 2018Lot of Macron-envy among UK commentators this morning. Smart, articulate, engaged, etc - whatever you think of his policies. When did so many of today’s top UK politicians decide none of that stuff matters, and make meaningless repetitive question-dodging their default position?— jon henley (@jonhenley) January 21, 2018Macron shows up our leading politicians like pic.twitter.com/CAMrE8rjWz— Stig Abell (@StigAbell) January 21, 2018And all in a second language.My main emotion on watching that Macron interview on #Marr was profound embarrassment. Neither May nor Corbyn engage with interviewers that deeply & fluently - and English is their first language. pic.twitter.com/UFuaAEDLYB— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) January 21, 2018Remember people, Msr Macron is sounding relaxed, confident and like a politician fully across his brief and at ease - in a foreign language— steve hawkes (@steve_hawkes) January 21, 2018Never seen a response on Twitter like the response to Macron’s interview with Marr. Obviously there are haters but verdict is near unanimously positive, and respect from surprising quarters. Got to admire the fact that English ain’t his first language— Amol Rajan (@amolrajanBBC) January 21, 2018One gif seemed to sum up the mood.Macron speaking English with that accent...#marrpic.twitter.com/n5YMg9bAhD— Owen Bennett (@owenjbennett) January 21, 2018But not everyone was impressed. Think the UK public has had its fill of Macron-like, sharp-suited charmers. The next big thing will be down to earth and straightforward. https://t.co/C5wA12hndM— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) January 21, 2018 […]

  • Ukip Leader Henry Bolton Refuses To Quit Despite Party Issuing Vote Of No Confidence
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Ukip’s ruling body has issued a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton – but he is refusing to stand down. The anti-EU party’s National Executive Committee met today to discuss the future of Bolton, who has generated more than a week of negative headlines about his private life and the conduct of his now ex-girlfriend Jo Marney. At a meeting in Central London today which went on for more than two and half hours, Bolton was grilled over his conduct before a vote was held. Party members will now have the final say over Bolton’s future at a special meeting within the next four weeks. A statement issued by a party spokesman said: “Having heard a statement from Mr Bolton, the NEC asked a number of questions pertaining to that coverage. At the conclusion of that discussion, the committee took the decision to hold a vote of no confidence in the Leadership of Henry Bolton. “The vote was carried unanimously with the exception of the Leader. “This decision will automatically trigger an EGM [Extraordinary General Meeting] of the party, to allow the membership of UKIP the democratic opportunity to decide to endorse or reject that vote of no confidence. The party is required to hold such an EGM within 28 days of today’s date unless Henry Bolton resigns in the meantime. “Members will be written to in the next ten days to give details of where and when the EGM will take place.” Speaking ahead of the meeting on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton was defiant as he vowed to stay on as party leader. He warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking. Bolton said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.” Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months. A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest. According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates. “Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said. But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford. Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.” The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote. Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold. If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill. Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image. Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position. Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership. […]

  • Ukip Leader Henry Bolton Refuses To Quit Despite Party Issuing Vote Of No Confidence
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Ukip’s ruling body has issued a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton – but he is refusing to stand down. The anti-EU party’s National Executive Committee met today to discuss the future of Bolton, who has generated more than a week of negative headlines about his private life and the conduct of his now ex-girlfriend Jo Marney. At a meeting in Central London today which went on for more than two and half hours, Bolton was grilled over his conduct before a vote was held. Party members will now have the final say over Bolton’s future at a special meeting within the next four weeks. A statement issued by a party spokesman said: “Having heard a statement from Mr Bolton, the NEC asked a number of questions pertaining to that coverage. At the conclusion of that discussion, the committee took the decision to hold a vote of no confidence in the Leadership of Henry Bolton. “The vote was carried unanimously with the exception of the Leader. “This decision will automatically trigger an EGM [Extraordinary General Meeting] of the party, to allow the membership of UKIP the democratic opportunity to decide to endorse or reject that vote of no confidence. The party is required to hold such an EGM within 28 days of today’s date unless Henry Bolton resigns in the meantime. “Members will be written to in the next ten days to give details of where and when the EGM will take place.” Speaking ahead of the meeting on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton was defiant as he vowed to stay on as party leader. He warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking. Bolton said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.” Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months. A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest. According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates. “Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said. But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford. Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.” The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote. Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold. If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill. Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image. Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position. Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership. […]

  • Ukip Leader Henry Bolton Refuses To Quit Despite Party Issuing Vote Of No Confidence
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Ukip’s ruling body has issued a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton – but he is refusing to stand down.The anti-EU party’s National Executive Committee met today to discuss the future of Bolton, who has generated more than a week of negative headlines about his private life and the conduct of his now ex-girlfriend Jo Marney.At a meeting in Central London today which went on for more than two and half hours, Bolton was grilled over his conduct before a vote was held.Party members will now have the final say over Bolton’s future at a special meeting within the next four weeks.A statement issued by a party spokesman said: “Having heard a statement from Mr Bolton, the NEC asked a number of questions pertaining to that coverage. At the conclusion of that discussion, the committee took the decision to hold a vote of no confidence in the Leadership of Henry Bolton.“The vote was carried unanimously with the exception of the Leader.“This decision will automatically trigger an EGM [Extraordinary General Meeting] of the party, to allow the membership of UKIP the democratic opportunity to decide to endorse or reject that vote of no confidence. The party is required to hold such an EGM within 28 days of today’s date unless Henry Bolton resigns in the meantime.“Members will be written to in the next ten days to give details of where and when the EGM will take place.”Speaking ahead of the meeting on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton was defiant as he vowed to stay on as party leader.He warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking.Bolton said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.”The end of UKIP? @_HenryBolton warns his party it could be if they remove him as leader #Pestonpic.twitter.com/eK96JOeg2e— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months.A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest.According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates.“Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said.But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford.Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.”The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote.Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold.If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill.Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image.Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position.Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership. […]

  • Wigan Murder Investigation: Man Dies Following Pub Fight
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following a fight in a pub. Greater Manchester Police launched a murder investigation after officers were called to the Georgia Brown’s pub in Hindley, Wigan, shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday to reports a 51-year-old man had been assaulted. The man was given first aid at the scene but later died in hospital. Two men, aged 27 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning. Chief Superintendent Phil Davies said: “This is such a sad situation, an absolute tragedy. “My thoughts are with the man’s family at this devastating time. Our specialist support officers are with them to support them. “Whilst we are not searching for anyone else in connection with this incident, we are appealing for witnesses to come forward to let us know what they saw. “This was a busy pub on a Saturday night, we need to speak to anyone who was in the pub and saw what happened.” Police said the man’s next–of-kin had been informed but formal identification had not yet taken place. The cause of death has not been established. Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 7182, 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. […]

  • Wigan Murder Investigation: Man Dies Following Pub Fight
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following a fight in a pub.Greater Manchester Police launched a murder investigation after officers were called to the Georgia Brown’s pub in Hindley, Wigan, shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday to reports a 51-year-old man had been assaulted.The man was given first aid at the scene but later died in hospital.Police are appealing for information after a man died following pub fight in Hindley https://t.co/GxXInJTTm3— G M Police (@gmpolice) January 21, 2018Two men, aged 27 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning.Chief Superintendent Phil Davies said: “This is such a sad situation, an absolute tragedy.“My thoughts are with the man’s family at this devastating time. Our specialist support officers are with them to support them.“Whilst we are not searching for anyone else in connection with this incident, we are appealing for witnesses to come forward to let us know what they saw.“This was a busy pub on a Saturday night, we need to speak to anyone who was in the pub and saw what happened.”Police said the man’s next–of-kin had been informed but formal identification had not yet taken place.The cause of death has not been established.Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 7182, 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. […]

  • Wigan Murder Investigation: Man Dies Following Pub Fight
    by Graeme Demianyk on January 21, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following a fight in a pub. Greater Manchester Police launched a murder investigation after officers were called to the Georgia Brown’s pub in Hindley, Wigan, shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday to reports a 51-year-old man had been assaulted. The man was given first aid at the scene but later died in hospital. Two men, aged 27 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody for questioning. Chief Superintendent Phil Davies said: “This is such a sad situation, an absolute tragedy. “My thoughts are with the man’s family at this devastating time. Our specialist support officers are with them to support them. “Whilst we are not searching for anyone else in connection with this incident, we are appealing for witnesses to come forward to let us know what they saw. “This was a busy pub on a Saturday night, we need to speak to anyone who was in the pub and saw what happened.” Police said the man’s next–of-kin had been informed but formal identification had not yet taken place. The cause of death has not been established. Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 7182, 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. […]

  • Liz Truss: No 'Full Estimate' Of Cost To Taxpayers From Carillion Collapse
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Ministers do not have a “full estimate” of how much the collapse of construction services company Carillion will cost the taxpayer, Liz Truss has said.The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said it would be “completely wrong” to speculate on the cost, but said it would be a “significant amount of money”.Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018“At the moment we don’t have a full estimate – we heard about the collapse last week, we’ve been working to make sure public services keep going, that’s of course our most important priority,” she told ITV’s Peston On Sunday.“There’s a lot of investigatory work to do in terms of what the directors knew and when they knew it, but also making sure that we can move those contracts on, either to organisations within the public sector or to other private sector organisations.“It’s right that that’s our priority – making sure things work – but of course we will be doing a sort of post review of understanding what the total costs are.”Truss was later challenged on whether she was being “economical with the truth” about the cost of the collapse to taxpayers, and said: “There’s a difference between the cost that the administrator finds and what the impact will be on public spending and public services. “What I’m talking about is the cost to the taxpayer which there will be but we don’t know until we find out exactly which bits will be run by other parts of the private sector, which bits will be run by the individual Government department where we can find savings and efficiencies which I am constantly looking for.”She was also asked about comments by the head of the CBI, who said remaining in a customs union with Brussels is the best option for British business.Truss said: “It’s very important that we don’t just listen to the big players, we also listen to those who want to enter the market, the new businesses starting up, the exciting new disruptors who might have different ideas about the way of doing things.“The whole point about the customs union is if we remained in the customs union, we can’t run an independent trade policy, we can’t get the best possible deal on a trade deal with America or the Far East where a lot of those new opportunities are emerging from.&rdquo […]

  • Liz Truss: No 'Full Estimate' Of Cost To Taxpayers From Carillion Collapse
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Ministers do not have a “full estimate” of how much the collapse of construction services company Carillion will cost the taxpayer, Liz Truss has said. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said it would be “completely wrong” to speculate on the cost, but said it would be a “significant amount of money”. Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 “At the moment we don’t have a full estimate – we heard about the collapse last week, we’ve been working to make sure public services keep going, that’s of course our most important priority,” she told ITV’s Peston On Sunday. “There’s a lot of investigatory work to do in terms of what the directors knew and when they knew it, but also making sure that we can move those contracts on, either to organisations within the public sector or to other private sector organisations. “It’s right that that’s our priority – making sure things work – but of course we will be doing a sort of post review of understanding what the total costs are.” Truss was later challenged on whether she was being “economical with the truth” about the cost of the collapse to taxpayers, and said: “There’s a difference between the cost that the administrator finds and what the impact will be on public spending and public services. “What I’m talking about is the cost to the taxpayer which there will be but we don’t know until we find out exactly which bits will be run by other parts of the private sector, which bits will be run by the individual Government department where we can find savings and efficiencies which I am constantly looking for.” She was also asked about comments by the head of the CBI, who said remaining in a customs union with Brussels is the best option for British business. Truss said: “It’s very important that we don’t just listen to the big players, we also listen to those who want to enter the market, the new businesses starting up, the exciting new disruptors who might have different ideas about the way of doing things. “The whole point about the customs union is if we remained in the customs union, we can’t run an independent trade policy, we can’t get the best possible deal on a trade deal with America or the Far East where a lot of those new opportunities are emerging from.&rdquo […]

  • Liz Truss: No 'Full Estimate' Of Cost To Taxpayers From Carillion Collapse
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Ministers do not have a “full estimate” of how much the collapse of construction services company Carillion will cost the taxpayer, Liz Truss has said. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said it would be “completely wrong” to speculate on the cost, but said it would be a “significant amount of money”. Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 “At the moment we don’t have a full estimate – we heard about the collapse last week, we’ve been working to make sure public services keep going, that’s of course our most important priority,” she told ITV’s Peston On Sunday. “There’s a lot of investigatory work to do in terms of what the directors knew and when they knew it, but also making sure that we can move those contracts on, either to organisations within the public sector or to other private sector organisations. “It’s right that that’s our priority – making sure things work – but of course we will be doing a sort of post review of understanding what the total costs are.” Truss was later challenged on whether she was being “economical with the truth” about the cost of the collapse to taxpayers, and said: “There’s a difference between the cost that the administrator finds and what the impact will be on public spending and public services. “What I’m talking about is the cost to the taxpayer which there will be but we don’t know until we find out exactly which bits will be run by other parts of the private sector, which bits will be run by the individual Government department where we can find savings and efficiencies which I am constantly looking for.” She was also asked about comments by the head of the CBI, who said remaining in a customs union with Brussels is the best option for British business. Truss said: “It’s very important that we don’t just listen to the big players, we also listen to those who want to enter the market, the new businesses starting up, the exciting new disruptors who might have different ideas about the way of doing things. “The whole point about the customs union is if we remained in the customs union, we can’t run an independent trade policy, we can’t get the best possible deal on a trade deal with America or the Far East where a lot of those new opportunities are emerging from.&rdquo […]

  • Sunday Show Round Up: Macron Admits France Would 'Probably' Vote To Leave EU
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    All you need to know from a busy Sunday in the world of politics. Macron and Brexit The Andrew Marr Show landed an interview with French President Emmanuel Macron. The pre-recorded chat won praise on Twitter from many hacks who contrasted Macron’s engaging, insightful and passionate replies to questions with the robotic, soundbite-led approach of Theresa May and the meandering, evasive style of Jeremy Corbyn. And all that in his second language. Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions One of the key lines was trailed overnight, with Macron describing the binary choice put forward in the Brexit referendum a mistake: “It’s a mistake when you just ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’, when you don’t ask people how to improve the situation and explain how to improve it.” He also said France would “probably” have voted to leave the EU if a similar referendum had been held across the Channel. Macron said his “interpretation” of the referendum result was that a “lot of losers of this new globalisation and this new system suddenly decided that it was not – no more for them.” Middle & working classes, and older people, decided the recent decade "was not in their favour" - French President @EmmanuelMacron on #Brexit vote https://t.co/Pz5uOsnrKV#Marrpic.twitter.com/tFBqPPUldA— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 21, 2018 Macron expanded on his claim earlier in the week that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting the four freedoms – including freedom of movement: “You should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box. And – and to get full access to the single market you need contribution to the budget, and you have to accept the freedoms, and the four pillars, and you have to accept the jurisdiction. As soon as you decide not to join this – these preconditions it’s not a full access.” "You can't have full access to the single market if you don't tick the box" - French President Emmanuel Macron tells #Marrhttps://t.co/07s1vhiQej#Brexitpic.twitter.com/c3gtsbcDht January 21, 2018 The French President was also asked if he shared the outrage from former French colonies in Africa and being labelled “shitholes” by Donald Trump. “For sure. It’s not a word you can use,” Macron said. He added that he calls Trump regularly, and the US President is not a “classical politician”. Labour’s John McDonnell – a self-described Marxist – heaped praise on Macron, a former investment banker, during his interview with Marr, agreeing with the French President that the failure of neo-liberalism to deliver benefits to all had played a part in the Brexit vote. Questioned about Labour’s Brexit position, McDonnell called for “reform of the Single Market” to allow the UK to have “access” without following current rules on freedom of movement. "It would not be the same single market, but would be access to a single market" - @johnmcdonnellMP on Labour's Brexit position on the single market #marrpic.twitter.com/ps9vAou3Ju— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) January 21, 2018 He again refused to apologise for the remark and when asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”, replied: “Of course I wasn’t.” Over on ITV’s Peston On Sunday, CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn said business community is more concerned with being in the EU customs union than seeking new trade deals with other countries. Director-General of the CBI @cbicarolyn tells #Peston that business is calling for Britain to strike a customs union arrangement with the EU after Brexit #Pestonpic.twitter.com/cQKoVYibK9— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 She also called on the Government to look again its Brexit “red lines”, and said a Canada-style agreement “would be a bad deal for Britain”. .@cbicarolyn calls on the government to rethink their red lines and warns that a Canada style deal would be bad for Britain after Brexit. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/8W4RLa2IaG— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 Her suggestion to revisit the Government’s negotiating objectives was backed by Tory MP Ed Vaizey, who claimed some Brexiteers were willing to compromise on customs union membership. Tory MP @edvaizey says customs union should be on the table after Brexit and - considering we don't have one with the US now - the ability to strike free trade deals isn't everything. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/WyoCkgE5mz— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 The former Culture Minister – sacked by Theresa May when she took over in Downing Street in 2016 – expertly avoided joining in with calls for the Prime Minister to quit. Vaizey said that as “99%” of Tory MPs want May to stay in post, he now “wants to be a team player.” "I want to be a team player." @edvaizey does not answer directly when asked whether he wants Theresa May to go "on and on" as PM. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/fhuY3L8KOb— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 On the BBC’s Sunday Politics, anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis said he does not believe the House of Lords can stop the UK leaving the EU, but called for a referendum on the deal Theresa May strikes with Brussels. "I absolutely do not think the Lords can stop it" - @Andrew_Adonis tells #bbcsp that the people should have the final say on Brexit pic.twitter.com/zlIrSUvDXe— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018 .@Jacob_Rees_Mogg hits back at @Andrew_Adonis saying it was clear that leaving the EU meant leaving the single market and customs union. "Everyone knew what they were voting for...he would not have called for a second referendum if Remain had won" #bbcsppic.twitter.com/X5Vv4fFTI3— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018 Carillion and PFI On Peston, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss was asked how much the cost of Carillion will cost taxpayers. “At the moment we don’t have a full estimate,” she replied, saying the Government had been focused on keeping services running since the firm went into liquidation. She later conceded: “It will be a significant amount of money.” Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 On Sky’s Paterson on Sunday, Truss defended the Government’s decision to award contracts to Carillion after the company issued profit warnings. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, defends the Government continuing to give contracts to Carillion after profit warnings #Patersonpic.twitter.com/DK24Ink66Q January 21, 2018 Labour’s Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee called for a new regulator to put “the fear of God” into people who put people’s pension in jeopardy for personal gain. Large fines should be imposed on individuals who put company pensions in jeopardy for personal gain - says @frankfieldteam in response to Carillion crisis pic.twitter.com/UBiFFHrqdC— Sunday with Paterson (@RidgeOnSunday) January 21, 2018 On the broader question on PFI deals and public sector funding in general, businessperson Nicola Horlick backed up Labour’s analysis of the problems facing the NHS, claiming there was “no plan” for renewing the organisation’s infrastructure. "I think the Labour Party are right... there has been no strategy for renewing the NHS" says Chief Executive of Money&Co Nicola Horlick #Patersonpic.twitter.com/D7UqXZNgbc January 21, 2018 Speaking on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5Live, Labour’s Jon Trickett rejected claims his party’s renationalisation plans would add £176billion to public debt, but refused to say how much it would actually cost. Shadow Cabinet member @jon_trickett responds to the claim that Labour's nationalisation plans will add £176bn to the national debt. #PienaarsPoliticspic.twitter.com/DfNPwNlzKE— John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) January 21, 2018 On the Sunday Politics, Baroness Chakrabarti acknowledged the private sector is better than the public in certain areas. Baroness Chakrabarti: “Well, for example, I – you know, there are some things that the private sector probably does better. When you’re running a police force you’re unlikely to say we’ll make the motor bikes for the police officers better than BMW. Maybe you will, but I doubt that that’s going to happen any time soon. So you need to look at this –“ Sarah Smith: “What about cleaning in the offices and the police stations, should that be outsourced or should that be actually run by the police?” Baroness Chakrabarti: “I think that in some circumstances – I think maybe hospitals are a better example, because of course cleanliness in a hospital is quite often a matter of life and death. So I think sometimes  it is better even for something that seems, you know, not a core service, like cleaning, to be in public hands.” Ukip Henry Bolton used an interview on Peston to warn Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon. The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader. The end of UKIP? @_HenryBolton warns his party it could be if they remove him as leader #Pestonpic.twitter.com/eK96JOeg2e Bolton had earlier told John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live the NEC “should be concerned more about the elements within the party that are busy engaged in in-fighting and undermining the party and its coherence.” He added: “That’s what the NEC should be focused on, they are not a court of moral judgement and indeed whilst my personal life is obviously of public interest, this is a matter of survival and future of United Kingdom Independence Party and that’s what they should be looking at.” Bolton repeated his claim to Pienaar that “the romantic element of the relationship” with Jo Marney “is over.&rdquo […]

  • Sunday Show Round Up: Macron Admits France Would 'Probably' Vote To Leave EU
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    All you need to know from a busy Sunday in the world of politics. Macron and Brexit The Andrew Marr Show landed an interview with French President Emmanuel Macron. The pre-recorded chat won praise on Twitter from many hacks who contrasted Macron’s engaging, insightful and passionate replies to questions with the robotic, soundbite-led approach of Theresa May and the meandering, evasive style of Jeremy Corbyn. And all that in his second language. Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions One of the key lines was trailed overnight, with Macron describing the binary choice put forward in the Brexit referendum a mistake: “It’s a mistake when you just ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’, when you don’t ask people how to improve the situation and explain how to improve it.” He also said France would “probably” have voted to leave the EU if a similar referendum had been held across the Channel. Macron said his “interpretation” of the referendum result was that a “lot of losers of this new globalisation and this new system suddenly decided that it was not – no more for them.” Middle & working classes, and older people, decided the recent decade "was not in their favour" - French President @EmmanuelMacron on #Brexit vote https://t.co/Pz5uOsnrKV#Marrpic.twitter.com/tFBqPPUldA— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 21, 2018 Macron expanded on his claim earlier in the week that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting the four freedoms – including freedom of movement: “You should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box. And – and to get full access to the single market you need contribution to the budget, and you have to accept the freedoms, and the four pillars, and you have to accept the jurisdiction. As soon as you decide not to join this – these preconditions it’s not a full access.” "You can't have full access to the single market if you don't tick the box" - French President Emmanuel Macron tells #Marrhttps://t.co/07s1vhiQej#Brexitpic.twitter.com/c3gtsbcDht January 21, 2018 The French President was also asked if he shared the outrage from former French colonies in Africa and being labelled “shitholes” by Donald Trump. “For sure. It’s not a word you can use,” Macron said. He added that he calls Trump regularly, and the US President is not a “classical politician”. Labour’s John McDonnell – a self-described Marxist – heaped praise on Macron, a former investment banker, during his interview with Marr, agreeing with the French President that the failure of neo-liberalism to deliver benefits to all had played a part in the Brexit vote. Questioned about Labour’s Brexit position, McDonnell called for “reform of the Single Market” to allow the UK to have “access” without following current rules on freedom of movement. "It would not be the same single market, but would be access to a single market" - @johnmcdonnellMP on Labour's Brexit position on the single market #marrpic.twitter.com/ps9vAou3Ju— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) January 21, 2018 He again refused to apologise for the remark and when asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”, replied: “Of course I wasn’t.” Over on ITV’s Peston On Sunday, CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn said business community is more concerned with being in the EU customs union than seeking new trade deals with other countries. Director-General of the CBI @cbicarolyn tells #Peston that business is calling for Britain to strike a customs union arrangement with the EU after Brexit #Pestonpic.twitter.com/cQKoVYibK9— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 She also called on the Government to look again its Brexit “red lines”, and said a Canada-style agreement “would be a bad deal for Britain”. .@cbicarolyn calls on the government to rethink their red lines and warns that a Canada style deal would be bad for Britain after Brexit. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/8W4RLa2IaG— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 Her suggestion to revisit the Government’s negotiating objectives was backed by Tory MP Ed Vaizey, who claimed some Brexiteers were willing to compromise on customs union membership. Tory MP @edvaizey says customs union should be on the table after Brexit and - considering we don't have one with the US now - the ability to strike free trade deals isn't everything. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/WyoCkgE5mz— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 The former Culture Minister – sacked by Theresa May when she took over in Downing Street in 2016 – expertly avoided joining in with calls for the Prime Minister to quit. Vaizey said that as “99%” of Tory MPs want May to stay in post, he now “wants to be a team player.” "I want to be a team player." @edvaizey does not answer directly when asked whether he wants Theresa May to go "on and on" as PM. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/fhuY3L8KOb— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 On the BBC’s Sunday Politics, anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis said he does not believe the House of Lords can stop the UK leaving the EU, but called for a referendum on the deal Theresa May strikes with Brussels. "I absolutely do not think the Lords can stop it" - @Andrew_Adonis tells #bbcsp that the people should have the final say on Brexit pic.twitter.com/zlIrSUvDXe— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018 .@Jacob_Rees_Mogg hits back at @Andrew_Adonis saying it was clear that leaving the EU meant leaving the single market and customs union. "Everyone knew what they were voting for...he would not have called for a second referendum if Remain had won" #bbcsppic.twitter.com/X5Vv4fFTI3— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018 Carillion and PFI On Peston, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss was asked how much the cost of Carillion will cost taxpayers. “At the moment we don’t have a full estimate,” she replied, saying the Government had been focused on keeping services running since the firm went into liquidation. She later conceded: “It will be a significant amount of money.” Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018 On Sky’s Paterson on Sunday, Truss defended the Government’s decision to award contracts to Carillion after the company issued profit warnings. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, defends the Government continuing to give contracts to Carillion after profit warnings #Patersonpic.twitter.com/DK24Ink66Q January 21, 2018 Labour’s Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee called for a new regulator to put “the fear of God” into people who put people’s pension in jeopardy for personal gain. Large fines should be imposed on individuals who put company pensions in jeopardy for personal gain - says @frankfieldteam in response to Carillion crisis pic.twitter.com/UBiFFHrqdC— Sunday with Paterson (@RidgeOnSunday) January 21, 2018 On the broader question on PFI deals and public sector funding in general, businessperson Nicola Horlick backed up Labour’s analysis of the problems facing the NHS, claiming there was “no plan” for renewing the organisation’s infrastructure. "I think the Labour Party are right... there has been no strategy for renewing the NHS" says Chief Executive of Money&Co Nicola Horlick #Patersonpic.twitter.com/D7UqXZNgbc January 21, 2018 Speaking on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5Live, Labour’s Jon Trickett rejected claims his party’s renationalisation plans would add £176billion to public debt, but refused to say how much it would actually cost. Shadow Cabinet member @jon_trickett responds to the claim that Labour's nationalisation plans will add £176bn to the national debt. #PienaarsPoliticspic.twitter.com/DfNPwNlzKE— John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) January 21, 2018 On the Sunday Politics, Baroness Chakrabarti acknowledged the private sector is better than the public in certain areas. Baroness Chakrabarti: “Well, for example, I – you know, there are some things that the private sector probably does better. When you’re running a police force you’re unlikely to say we’ll make the motor bikes for the police officers better than BMW. Maybe you will, but I doubt that that’s going to happen any time soon. So you need to look at this –“ Sarah Smith: “What about cleaning in the offices and the police stations, should that be outsourced or should that be actually run by the police?” Baroness Chakrabarti: “I think that in some circumstances – I think maybe hospitals are a better example, because of course cleanliness in a hospital is quite often a matter of life and death. So I think sometimes  it is better even for something that seems, you know, not a core service, like cleaning, to be in public hands.” Ukip Henry Bolton used an interview on Peston to warn Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon. The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader. The end of UKIP? @_HenryBolton warns his party it could be if they remove him as leader #Pestonpic.twitter.com/eK96JOeg2e Bolton had earlier told John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live the NEC “should be concerned more about the elements within the party that are busy engaged in in-fighting and undermining the party and its coherence.” He added: “That’s what the NEC should be focused on, they are not a court of moral judgement and indeed whilst my personal life is obviously of public interest, this is a matter of survival and future of United Kingdom Independence Party and that’s what they should be looking at.” Bolton repeated his claim to Pienaar that “the romantic element of the relationship” with Jo Marney “is over.&rdquo […]

  • Sunday Show Round Up: Macron Admits France Would 'Probably' Vote To Leave EU
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    All you need to know from a busy Sunday in the world of politics.Macron and BrexitThe Andrew Marr Show landed an interview with French President Emmanuel Macron. The pre-recorded chat won praise on Twitter from many hacks who contrasted Macron’s engaging, insightful and passionate replies to questions with the robotic, soundbite-led approach of Theresa May and the meandering, evasive style of Jeremy Corbyn. And all that in his second language.Excellent body language from Macron on #marr. Plenty for our politicians to build on. Engaged with the interviewer. Answering the questions— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) January 21, 2018One of the key lines was trailed overnight, with Macron describing the binary choice put forward in the Brexit referendum a mistake: “It’s a mistake when you just ask ‘yes’ or ‘no’, when you don’t ask people how to improve the situation and explain how to improve it.”He also said France would “probably” have voted to leave the EU if a similar referendum had been held across the Channel.Macron said his “interpretation” of the referendum result was that a “lot of losers of this new globalisation and this new system suddenly decided that it was not – no more for them.”Middle & working classes, and older people, decided the recent decade "was not in their favour" - French President @EmmanuelMacron on #Brexit vote https://t.co/Pz5uOsnrKV#Marrpic.twitter.com/tFBqPPUldA— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 21, 2018Macron expanded on his claim earlier in the week that the UK would not be able to get full access to the Single Market without paying in money and accepting the four freedoms – including freedom of movement:“You should understand that you cannot, by definition, have the full access to the single market if you don’t tick the box. And – and to get full access to the single market you need contribution to the budget, and you have to accept the freedoms, and the four pillars, and you have to accept the jurisdiction. As soon as you decide not to join this – these preconditions it’s not a full access.”"You can't have full access to the single market if you don't tick the box" - French President Emmanuel Macron tells #Marrhttps://t.co/07s1vhiQej#Brexitpic.twitter.com/c3gtsbcDht— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) January 21, 2018The French President was also asked if he shared the outrage from former French colonies in Africa and being labelled “shitholes” by Donald Trump.“For sure. It’s not a word you can use,” Macron said.He added that he calls Trump regularly, and the US President is not a “classical politician”.Labour’s John McDonnell – a self-described Marxist – heaped praise on Macron, a former investment banker, during his interview with Marr, agreeing with the French President that the failure of neo-liberalism to deliver benefits to all had played a part in the Brexit vote.Questioned about Labour’s Brexit position, McDonnell called for “reform of the Single Market” to allow the UK to have “access” without following current rules on freedom of movement."It would not be the same single market, but would be access to a single market" - @johnmcdonnellMP on Labour's Brexit position on the single market #marrpic.twitter.com/ps9vAou3Ju— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) January 21, 2018Additionally, McDonnell was once again quizzed over his repeating of a claim that Esther McVey should be lynched.He again refused to apologise for the remark and when asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”, replied: “Of course I wasn’t.”Over on ITV’s Peston On Sunday, CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn said business community is more concerned with being in the EU customs union than seeking new trade deals with other countries.Director-General of the CBI @cbicarolyn tells #Peston that business is calling for Britain to strike a customs union arrangement with the EU after Brexit #Pestonpic.twitter.com/cQKoVYibK9— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018She also called on the Government to look again its Brexit “red lines”, and said a Canada-style agreement “would be a bad deal for Britain”..@cbicarolyn calls on the government to rethink their red lines and warns that a Canada style deal would be bad for Britain after Brexit. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/8W4RLa2IaG— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018Her suggestion to revisit the Government’s negotiating objectives was backed by Tory MP Ed Vaizey, who claimed some Brexiteers were willing to compromise on customs union membership.Tory MP @edvaizey says customs union should be on the table after Brexit and - considering we don't have one with the US now - the ability to strike free trade deals isn't everything. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/WyoCkgE5mz— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018The former Culture Minister – sacked by Theresa May when she took over in Downing Street in 2016 – expertly avoided joining in with calls for the Prime Minister to quit.Vaizey said that as “99%” of Tory MPs want May to stay in post, he now “wants to be a team player.”"I want to be a team player." @edvaizey does not answer directly when asked whether he wants Theresa May to go "on and on" as PM. #Pestonpic.twitter.com/fhuY3L8KOb— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018On the BBC’s Sunday Politics, anti-Brexit campaigner Lord Adonis said he does not believe the House of Lords can stop the UK leaving the EU, but called for a referendum on the deal Theresa May strikes with Brussels."I absolutely do not think the Lords can stop it" - @Andrew_Adonis tells #bbcsp that the people should have the final say on Brexit pic.twitter.com/zlIrSUvDXe— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018Brexit supporter Jacob Rees-Mogg said there is no mandate for a new referendum..@Jacob_Rees_Mogg hits back at @Andrew_Adonis saying it was clear that leaving the EU meant leaving the single market and customs union."Everyone knew what they were voting for...he would not have called for a second referendum if Remain had won" #bbcsppic.twitter.com/X5Vv4fFTI3— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 21, 2018Carillion and PFIOn Peston, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss was asked how much the cost of Carillion will cost taxpayers. “At the moment we don’t have a full estimate,” she replied, saying the Government had been focused on keeping services running since the firm went into liquidation. She later conceded: “It will be a significant amount of money.”Do we know how much the collapse of #Carillion will cost taxpayers? @Peston asks Chief Secretary to the Treasury @trussliz#Pestonpic.twitter.com/GtdYoSkio7— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018On Sky’s Paterson on Sunday, Truss defended the Government’s decision to award contracts to Carillion after the company issued profit warnings.Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, defends the Government continuing to give contracts to Carillion after profit warnings #Patersonpic.twitter.com/DK24Ink66Q— Sunday with Paterson (@RidgeOnSunday) January 21, 2018Labour’s Frank Field, chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee called for a new regulator to put “the fear of God” into people who put people’s pension in jeopardy for personal gain.Large fines should be imposed on individuals who put company pensions in jeopardy for personal gain - says @frankfieldteam in response to Carillion crisis pic.twitter.com/UBiFFHrqdC— Sunday with Paterson (@RidgeOnSunday) January 21, 2018On the broader question on PFI deals and public sector funding in general, businessperson Nicola Horlick backed up Labour’s analysis of the problems facing the NHS, claiming there was “no plan” for renewing the organisation’s infrastructure."I think the Labour Party are right... there has been no strategy for renewing the NHS" says Chief Executive of Money&Co Nicola Horlick #Patersonpic.twitter.com/D7UqXZNgbc— Sunday with Paterson (@RidgeOnSunday) January 21, 2018Speaking on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5Live, Labour’s Jon Trickett rejected claims his party’s renationalisation plans would add £176billion to public debt, but refused to say how much it would actually cost.Shadow Cabinet member @jon_trickett responds to the claim that Labour's nationalisation plans will add £176bn to the national debt. #PienaarsPoliticspic.twitter.com/DfNPwNlzKE— John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) January 21, 2018On the Sunday Politics, Baroness Chakrabarti acknowledged the private sector is better than the public in certain areas.Baroness Chakrabarti: “Well, for example, I – you know, there are some things that the private sector probably does better. When you’re running a police force you’re unlikely to say we’ll make the motor bikes for the police officers better than BMW. Maybe you will, but I doubt that that’s going to happen any time soon. So you need to look at this –“Sarah Smith: “What about cleaning in the offices and the police stations, should that be outsourced or should that be actually run by the police?”Baroness Chakrabarti: “I think that in some circumstances – I think maybe hospitals are a better example, because of course cleanliness in a hospital is quite often a matter of life and death. So I think sometimes  it is better even for something that seems, you know, not a core service, like cleaning, to be in public hands.”UkipHenry Bolton used an interview on Peston to warn Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon.The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader.The end of UKIP? @_HenryBolton warns his party it could be if they remove him as leader #Pestonpic.twitter.com/eK96JOeg2e— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018Bolton had earlier told John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live the NEC “should be concerned more about the elements within the party that are busy engaged in in-fighting and undermining the party and its coherence.”He added: “That’s what the NEC should be focused on, they are not a court of moral judgement and indeed whilst my personal life is obviously of public interest, this is a matter of survival and future of United Kingdom Independence Party and that’s what they should be looking at.”Bolton repeated his claim to Pienaar that “the romantic element of the relationship” with Jo Marney “is over.&rdquo […]

  • Watch Time's Up Women's March In London
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Thousands of women have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” on issues including sexual harassment and the gender pay gap, a day after huge crowds gathered for marches across the US. The march, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am, is the latest in a series of rallies that have seen women in at least 34 countries protest this weekend. The march marks the anniversary of the Women’s March movement which was sparked by the US Presidential election victory of Donald Trump and comes as organisers urge people to come together to say “Time’s Up” in honour of the #MeToo movement. Women’s rights activist Helen Pankhurt, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge are to speak at the event along with MP Stella Creasy and Sophie Walker. Around three thousand people registered their interest in the march on a  Facebook page for the event, while more than 8,000 said they were interested. A statement from organisers reads: One year on, we are coming together to say Time’s Up. Time’s Up on gender based violence, sexual harassment and abuse. Time’s Up on the systematic and politically motivated underfunding of the services survivors depend on. Time’s Up on victimizing survivors and allowing abusers to avoid accountability. Time’s Up on the misogynistic abuse of women on social media. Time’s Up on the culture that tells men they are entitled to women’s bodies. Time’s Up on bigotry and prejudice - scapegoating Refugees and Muslims. Time’s Up on racially motivated violence and harassment. Time’s Up on deportations, inhuman detention centres and human trafficking. Time’s Up on islamophobia, anti-semitism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism. Time’s Up on the under representation of marginalised groups in politics and in the media. Time’s Up on the economic oppression of women. Time’s Up on the gender pay gap that sees women paid less than their male counterparts for the same job. Time’s Up on the cruel and ideological universal credit system which plunges millions into deeper poverty. Time’s Up on austerity, a policy which serves to worsen the country’s economy and disproportionately impacts women. Time’s Up on the needless deaths from benefit cuts and sanctions. Time’s Up on controlling the bodies of either women or anyone who was assigned female at birth. Time’s Up on telling women what to wear. Time’s Up on Burka Bans and the phobia of Hijabs. Time’s Up on body shaming and fatphobia. Time’s Up on menstrual poverty and taboo. Time’s Up on the unequal provision of abortion services. Time’s Up on the policing of trans women’s bodies. Time’s Up on the climate of profit over people. We want#Justice4Grenfell. Time’s Up on climate change denial and the destruction of the environment. #ClimateChangeIsReal. We are coming together to pledge that we are going to make change in big and small ways. We will stand side by side, once again, in solidarity with our sisters, brothers and siblings around the world. Together we are strong and if we all work for a better world then time is really up for oppressors of women. […]

  • Watch Time's Up Women's March In London
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Thousands of women have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” on issues including sexual harassment and the gender pay gap, a day after huge crowds gathered for marches across the US. The march, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am, is the latest in a series of rallies that have seen women in at least 34 countries protest this weekend. The march marks the anniversary of the Women’s March movement which was sparked by the US Presidential election victory of Donald Trump and comes as organisers urge people to come together to say “Time’s Up” in honour of the #MeToo movement. Women’s rights activist Helen Pankhurt, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge are to speak at the event along with MP Stella Creasy and Sophie Walker. Around three thousand people registered their interest in the march on a  Facebook page for the event, while more than 8,000 said they were interested. A statement from organisers reads: One year on, we are coming together to say Time’s Up. Time’s Up on gender based violence, sexual harassment and abuse. Time’s Up on the systematic and politically motivated underfunding of the services survivors depend on. Time’s Up on victimizing survivors and allowing abusers to avoid accountability. Time’s Up on the misogynistic abuse of women on social media. Time’s Up on the culture that tells men they are entitled to women’s bodies. Time’s Up on bigotry and prejudice - scapegoating Refugees and Muslims. Time’s Up on racially motivated violence and harassment. Time’s Up on deportations, inhuman detention centres and human trafficking. Time’s Up on islamophobia, anti-semitism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism. Time’s Up on the under representation of marginalised groups in politics and in the media. Time’s Up on the economic oppression of women. Time’s Up on the gender pay gap that sees women paid less than their male counterparts for the same job. Time’s Up on the cruel and ideological universal credit system which plunges millions into deeper poverty. Time’s Up on austerity, a policy which serves to worsen the country’s economy and disproportionately impacts women. Time’s Up on the needless deaths from benefit cuts and sanctions. Time’s Up on controlling the bodies of either women or anyone who was assigned female at birth. Time’s Up on telling women what to wear. Time’s Up on Burka Bans and the phobia of Hijabs. Time’s Up on body shaming and fatphobia. Time’s Up on menstrual poverty and taboo. Time’s Up on the unequal provision of abortion services. Time’s Up on the policing of trans women’s bodies. Time’s Up on the climate of profit over people. We want#Justice4Grenfell. Time’s Up on climate change denial and the destruction of the environment. #ClimateChangeIsReal. We are coming together to pledge that we are going to make change in big and small ways. We will stand side by side, once again, in solidarity with our sisters, brothers and siblings around the world. Together we are strong and if we all work for a better world then time is really up for oppressors of women. […]

  • Watch Time's Up Women's March In London
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Thousands of women have taken to the streets in London to say “Time’s Up” on issues including sexual harassment and the gender pay gap, a day after huge crowds gathered for marches across the US. The march, which began on Richmond Terrace, opposite Downing Street at 11am, is the latest in a series of rallies that have seen women in at least 34 countries protest this weekend. The march marks the anniversary of the Women’s March movement which was sparked by the US Presidential election victory of Donald Trump and comes as organisers urge people to come together to say “Time’s Up” in honour of the #MeToo movement.Women’s rights activist Helen Pankhurt, great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge are to speak at the event along with MP Stella Creasy and Sophie Walker.Around three thousand people registered their interest in the march on a  Facebook page for the event, while more than 8,000 said they were interested. #TimesUp@womensmarchlon#feminist#action#MeToo#TheResistancepic.twitter.com/PBY0hR6mak— Chris Wallace (@c_s_wallace) January 21, 2018.@ikran and I are at the #timesup rally in London this morning #womensmarch2018pic.twitter.com/AYv4Lqt1SJ— Kassy Cho (@kassyapple) January 21, 2018Live scenes from today's Women's March Rally in London @womensmarchlon#timesuppic.twitter.com/dHcldf9KSL— Woman's Trust (@womanstrust) January 21, 2018We won't let the rain stop us! We're here to say #TIMESUP. Women deserve to live FREE FROM ABUSE AND VIOLENCE @womensmarchlonpic.twitter.com/Ck17ixsUEQ— Woman's Trust (@womanstrust) January 21, 2018Me & thousands of people on Whitehall screaming #TimesUp@womensmarchlon we've had enough of the patriarchy & the misogynistic society we have to live in pic.twitter.com/WgjINj89ER— Jess (@JessFaulknerx) January 21, 2018A statement from organisers reads: One year on, we are coming together to say Time’s Up.Time’s Up on gender based violence, sexual harassment and abuse. Time’s Up on the systematic and politically motivated underfunding of the services survivors depend on. Time’s Up on victimizing survivors and allowing abusers to avoid accountability. Time’s Up on the misogynistic abuse of women on social media. Time’s Up on the culture that tells men they are entitled to women’s bodies.Time’s Up on bigotry and prejudice - scapegoating Refugees and Muslims. Time’s Up on racially motivated violence and harassment. Time’s Up on deportations, inhuman detention centres and human trafficking. Time’s Up on islamophobia, anti-semitism, transphobia, homophobia and ableism. Time’s Up on the under representation of marginalised groups in politics and in the media.Time’s Up on the economic oppression of women. Time’s Up on the gender pay gap that sees women paid less than their male counterparts for the same job. Time’s Up on the cruel and ideological universal credit system which plunges millions into deeper poverty. Time’s Up on austerity, a policy which serves to worsen the country’s economy and disproportionately impacts women. Time’s Up on the needless deaths from benefit cuts and sanctions.Time’s Up on controlling the bodies of either women or anyone who was assigned female at birth. Time’s Up on telling women what to wear. Time’s Up on Burka Bans and the phobia of Hijabs. Time’s Up on body shaming and fatphobia. Time’s Up on menstrual poverty and taboo. Time’s Up on the unequal provision of abortion services. Time’s Up on the policing of trans women’s bodies.Time’s Up on the climate of profit over people. We want#Justice4Grenfell. Time’s Up on climate change denial and the destruction of the environment. #ClimateChangeIsReal.We are coming together to pledge that we are going to make change in big and small ways. We will stand side by side, once again, in solidarity with our sisters, brothers and siblings around the world. Together we are strong and if we all work for a better world then time is really up for oppressors of women. […]

  • Ukip 'Probably Over' If I'm Sacked, Warns Leader Henry Bolton
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    The end of UKIP? @_HenryBolton warns his party it could be if they remove him as leader #Pestonpic.twitter.com/eK96JOeg2e— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) January 21, 2018Henry Bolton believes Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon.The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader.Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image.Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position.Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership.Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking.He said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.”Fantastic Xmas dinner with our leader @_henrybolton#ukippic.twitter.com/UtR2ib73Hs— Jo Marney (@Jo_Marney) December 16, 2017Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months.A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest.According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates.“Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said.But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford.Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.”The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote.Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold.If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill. […]

  • Ukip 'Probably Over' If I'm Sacked, Warns Leader Henry Bolton
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Henry Bolton believes Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon. The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader. Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image. Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position. Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership. Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking. He said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.” Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months. A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest. According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates. “Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said. But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford. Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.” The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote. Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold. If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill. […]

  • Ukip 'Probably Over' If I'm Sacked, Warns Leader Henry Bolton
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Henry Bolton believes Ukip “is probably over” if he is ousted as leader at a crunch meeting this afternoon. The former soldier issued the warning as Ukip’s National Executive Committee gather to decide whether to issue a vote of no confidence in the leader. Bolton’s position has become increasingly precarious since it emerged he had left his wife for Ukip activist Jo Marney – a move which some in the party felt undermined his ‘family man’ image. Leaked texts from Marney which contained racist and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle only added to the pressure on Bolton, who then broke up with the glamour model in order to stay on as leader and fight for his position. Since then, he was spotted by HuffPost UK having an intimate dinner with Marney at an exclusive members-only club on the banks of the Thames, and MEP Jonathan Arnott has quit the party in a swipe at his leadership. Speaking on ITV’s Peston on Sunday, Bolton warned of potentially fatal consequences of his sacking. He said: “If the NEC decides to go down the route of months of further infighting and further negative media scrutiny by deciding to pass a vote of no confidence in me, then I think that the reality is that the party is probably over, now that would be a tragic shame.” Bolton also confirmed a HuffPost UK exclusive from earlier this week that Ukip’s finances are in such a parlous state it would not be able to afford what would be its its fourth leadership contest in 15 months. A well-placed source said a fresh leadership election to replace the under-fire Bolton could cost between £30,000 and £60,000, and it might need to axe staff in order to finance the contest. According to the Electoral Commission, Ukip received just £25,140 in cash donations in the final three months of 2017 and membership rates have been falling for months. Ukip chairman Paul Oakden denied financial considerations would prevent a contest, adding that such an election would be funded by leadership candidates. “Bluntly speaking, and I don’t think it’s any great secret, that’s what deposits are for,” he said. But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to almost 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford. Bolton flagged up the party’s perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: “On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty. In fact it was worse than empty; it had a big hole in the bottom. There is no money – in fact for a year we have been running on an entirely unsustainable monthly deficit.” The Ukip leader also revealed that “for the past 9 months, with one exception, we have lost between 800 and 1,000 members every month” In the party’s most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 – which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote. Only two of the six candidates breached that threshold. If the same rules are used for a new contest, a small field featuring just two or three candidates could see them all getting their deposits back, leaving the party to foot the entire bill. […]

  • Viola Davis Gives Powerful Speech On Sexual Harassment And #MeToo At Los Angeles Women’s March
    by Rachel McGrath on January 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    One year on from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, people took to the streets in the States for a second women’s march on Saturday (20 January), where a number of famous faces made their thoughts on the past 12 months known. In Los Angeles, the hundreds of thousands of marchers were addressed by activists, politicians and famous faces, with one of the most powerful speeches of the day coming from Oscar-winner Viola Davis. The ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ actress spoke passionately and after opening her time at the podium with a quote from Malcolm X, Viola referenced the #MeToo movement, which has dominated conversations in, and about,  Hollywood in recent months. “I am speaking today, not just for the Me Toos, because I was a Me Too,” she said. “But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. “The women who don’t have the money and who don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence, and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break the silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.” “I am always introduced as an award-winning actor,” Viola continued. “But my testimony is one of poverty. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me. “And I know that every single day, when I think of that, I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today. “And that’s what drives me to the voting booth. That’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence.” Adele was one of the many celebrities who held placards and walked the streets of LA as part of the march and the British star shared a picture of herself, Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz on Instagram. Underneath it, she wrote: “The most influential people in my life have always been women. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. “I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender though. “I hope I’m defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. “I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people.&rdquo […]

  • Viola Davis Gives Powerful Speech On Sexual Harassment And #MeToo At Los Angeles Women’s March
    by Rachel McGrath on January 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    One year on from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, people took to the streets in the States for a second women’s march on Saturday (20 January), where a number of famous faces made their thoughts on the past 12 months known. In Los Angeles, the hundreds of thousands of marchers were addressed by activists, politicians and famous faces, with one of the most powerful speeches of the day coming from Oscar-winner Viola Davis. The ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ actress spoke passionately and after opening her time at the podium with a quote from Malcolm X, Viola referenced the #MeToo movement, which has dominated conversations in, and about,  Hollywood in recent months. “I am speaking today, not just for the Me Toos, because I was a Me Too,” she said. “But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. “The women who don’t have the money and who don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence, and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break the silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.” “I am always introduced as an award-winning actor,” Viola continued. “But my testimony is one of poverty. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me. “And I know that every single day, when I think of that, I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today. “And that’s what drives me to the voting booth. That’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence.” Adele was one of the many celebrities who held placards and walked the streets of LA as part of the march and the British star shared a picture of herself, Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz on Instagram. Underneath it, she wrote: “The most influential people in my life have always been women. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life. “I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender though. “I hope I’m defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. “I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people.&rdquo […]

  • Viola Davis Gives Powerful Speech On Sexual Harassment And #MeToo At Los Angeles Women’s March
    by Rachel McGrath on January 21, 2018 at 10:55 am

    One year on from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, people took to the streets in the States for a second women’s march on Saturday (20 January), where a number of famous faces made their thoughts on the past 12 months known. In Los Angeles, the hundreds of thousands of marchers were addressed by activists, politicians and famous faces, with one of the most powerful speeches of the day coming from Oscar-winner Viola Davis.The ‘How To Get Away With Murder’ actress spoke passionately and after opening her time at the podium with a quote from Malcolm X, Viola referenced the #MeToo movement, which has dominated conversations in, and about,  Hollywood in recent months. “I am speaking today, not just for the Me Toos, because I was a Me Too,” she said. “But when I raise my hand, I am aware of all the women who are still in silence. The women who are faceless. “The women who don’t have the money and who don’t have the constitution and who don’t have the confidence, and who don’t have the images in our media that gives them a sense of self-worth enough to break the silence that’s rooted in the shame of assault, that’s rooted in the stigma of assault.”“I am always introduced as an award-winning actor,” Viola continued. “But my testimony is one of poverty. My testimony is one of being sexually assaulted and very much seeing a childhood that was robbed from me. “And I know that every single day, when I think of that, I know that the trauma of those events are still with me today. “And that’s what drives me to the voting booth. That’s what allows me to listen to the women who are still in silence.”Adele was one of the many celebrities who held placards and walked the streets of LA as part of the march and the British star shared a picture of herself, Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz on Instagram. Underneath it, she wrote: “The most influential people in my life have always been women. My family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, and my idols. I am obsessed with all the women in my life.A post shared by Adele (@adele) on Jan 20, 2018 at 1:26pm PST“I adore them and need them more and more every day. I am so grateful to be a woman, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I hope I’m not only defined by my gender though. “I hope I’m defined by my input to the world, my ability to love and to have empathy. To raise my son to be a a good man alongside the good man who loves me for everything I am and am not. “I want what’s best for people, I think we all do. We just can’t agree on what that is. Power to the peaceful, power to the people.&rdquo […]

  • Tax Credit Claimants Hit By Bungled Outsourcing Paid Just £14 Compensation Each
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Tax credit claimants who suffered as the result of a botched outsourcing plan have been paid just £14 each in compensation. Concentrix adjusted or terminated around 108,000 cases of claimants’ tax credits – nearly a third of which were overturned at appeal. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with the contractor after a series of problems came to light. Now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims." Shadow minister Louise Haigh Records released in Parliament showed HMRC had paid a total of £18,035 to 1,271 people. Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh, who requested the information, said the amount was “pitiful and insulting”. She added: “Concentrix walked off the job with £32 million of taxpayers’ money in their pockets. “Yet now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims. “The company caused real damage to people’s lives and was proven to be wrong in 87% of cases that went to appeal. I can’t think of many cases where such terrible failure has been rewarded so well and in such stark contrast to the treatment of the victims. “The Concentrix and Carillion scandals have shown that too often the bosses walk off with a pay-out while we pay for their mistakes, and the victims are left struggling. Tory privatisation of our public services has been a disaster, and it’s about time ministers started learning the lessons.&rdquo […]

  • Tax Credit Claimants Hit By Bungled Outsourcing Paid Just £14 Compensation Each
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Tax credit claimants who suffered as the result of a botched outsourcing plan have been paid just £14 each in compensation. Concentrix adjusted or terminated around 108,000 cases of claimants’ tax credits – nearly a third of which were overturned at appeal. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with the contractor after a series of problems came to light. Now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims." Shadow minister Louise Haigh Records released in Parliament showed HMRC had paid a total of £18,035 to 1,271 people. Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh, who requested the information, said the amount was “pitiful and insulting”. She added: “Concentrix walked off the job with £32 million of taxpayers’ money in their pockets. “Yet now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims. “The company caused real damage to people’s lives and was proven to be wrong in 87% of cases that went to appeal. I can’t think of many cases where such terrible failure has been rewarded so well and in such stark contrast to the treatment of the victims. “The Concentrix and Carillion scandals have shown that too often the bosses walk off with a pay-out while we pay for their mistakes, and the victims are left struggling. Tory privatisation of our public services has been a disaster, and it’s about time ministers started learning the lessons.&rdquo […]

  • John McDonnell Refuses To Apologise For Repeating Call For Esther McVey To Be Lynched
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor again refused to apologise today for repeating calls for a Tory Cabinet Minister to by lynched.John McDonnell made the comments in 2014, when he said some activists in Liverpool questioned why Labour weren’t supporting “lynching” then-Employment Minister Esther McVey.McDonnell claims he was not endorsing the suggestion, but less than a year later went on to claim McVey was a “stain on humanity”.His comments have been criticised across the political divide, with Labour’s Jess Phillips branding them “utterly despicable”, while Tory Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom described them as “truly evil” and “utterly disgusting.”On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning, McDonnell was asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”.He replied: “Of course I wasn’t.”When asked if he would apologise to McVey, McDonnell said: “I said then I did not support what was happening.“Of course I didn’t support that and it is for those people who made that statement if they wish to make that apology.“Let me just say this, I made a statement in Parliament saying of course I don’t support this, I wish harm to nobody.”Here is the clip of @johnmcdonnellMP from 2014 repeating comments about 'lynching' Tory MP Esther McVey #bbcsppic.twitter.com/92MJTbYLX9— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 14, 2018McDonnell’s statement in Parliament was a response to a point of order raised by Tory MP Margot James a week after the comments were made in November 2014.“Is it in order for a Labour MP to have joked about appalling death threats made against a female MP on Remembrance Sunday?” asked James.McDonnell replied: “I thank her for raising it as it allows me the opportunity to put the matter straight. Various allegations have been made.“Let me make it clear: I have never called for any harm to be done to any Member of this House or anyone else.“I have reported statements that were made at a public meeting in the Wirral constituency.“I did not agree with them, but I reported them.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was asked last week whether McDonnell was wrong to use such language.He told ITV: “Well I would rather stick to where I disagree with somebody on their policies, I fundamentally disagree with Esther McVey and her approach towards inequality and the poor, and the worst off within our society and I will stick to that.”Corbyn added: “It’s a basic in the Labour Party, you treat people with respect and treat each other with respect. I don’t do personal abuse of anybody and I don’t expect anybody else to do it towards any of our candidates or anyone else. […]

  • John McDonnell Refuses To Apologise For Repeating Call For Esther McVey To Be Lynched
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor again refused to apologise today for repeating calls for a Tory Cabinet Minister to by lynched. John McDonnell made the comments in 2014, when he said some activists in Liverpool questioned why Labour weren’t supporting “lynching” then-Employment Minister Esther McVey. McDonnell claims he was not endorsing the suggestion, but less than a year later went on to claim McVey was a “stain on humanity”. His comments have been criticised across the political divide, with Labour’s Jess Phillips branding them “utterly despicable”, while Tory Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom described them as “truly evil” and “utterly disgusting.” On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning, McDonnell was asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”. He replied: “Of course I wasn’t.” When asked if he would apologise to McVey, McDonnell said: “I said then I did not support what was happening. “Of course I didn’t support that and it is for those people who made that statement if they wish to make that apology. “Let me just say this, I made a statement in Parliament saying of course I don’t support this, I wish harm to nobody.” McDonnell’s statement in Parliament was a response to a point of order raised by Tory MP Margot James a week after the comments were made in November 2014. “Is it in order for a Labour MP to have joked about appalling death threats made against a female MP on Remembrance Sunday?” asked James. McDonnell replied: “I thank her for raising it as it allows me the opportunity to put the matter straight. Various allegations have been made. “Let me make it clear: I have never called for any harm to be done to any Member of this House or anyone else. “I have reported statements that were made at a public meeting in the Wirral constituency. “I did not agree with them, but I reported them.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was asked last week whether McDonnell was wrong to use such language. He told ITV: “Well I would rather stick to where I disagree with somebody on their policies, I fundamentally disagree with Esther McVey and her approach towards inequality and the poor, and the worst off within our society and I will stick to that.” Corbyn added: “It’s a basic in the Labour Party, you treat people with respect and treat each other with respect. I don’t do personal abuse of anybody and I don’t expect anybody else to do it towards any of our candidates or anyone else. […]

  • John McDonnell Refuses To Apologise For Repeating Call For Esther McVey To Be Lynched
    by Owen Bennett on January 21, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Labour’s Shadow Chancellor again refused to apologise today for repeating calls for a Tory Cabinet Minister to by lynched. John McDonnell made the comments in 2014, when he said some activists in Liverpool questioned why Labour weren’t supporting “lynching” then-Employment Minister Esther McVey. McDonnell claims he was not endorsing the suggestion, but less than a year later went on to claim McVey was a “stain on humanity”. His comments have been criticised across the political divide, with Labour’s Jess Phillips branding them “utterly despicable”, while Tory Cabinet Minister Andrea Leadsom described them as “truly evil” and “utterly disgusting.” On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show this morning, McDonnell was asked whether he was quoting the call to lynch McVey “approvingly”. He replied: “Of course I wasn’t.” When asked if he would apologise to McVey, McDonnell said: “I said then I did not support what was happening. “Of course I didn’t support that and it is for those people who made that statement if they wish to make that apology. “Let me just say this, I made a statement in Parliament saying of course I don’t support this, I wish harm to nobody.” McDonnell’s statement in Parliament was a response to a point of order raised by Tory MP Margot James a week after the comments were made in November 2014. “Is it in order for a Labour MP to have joked about appalling death threats made against a female MP on Remembrance Sunday?” asked James. McDonnell replied: “I thank her for raising it as it allows me the opportunity to put the matter straight. Various allegations have been made. “Let me make it clear: I have never called for any harm to be done to any Member of this House or anyone else. “I have reported statements that were made at a public meeting in the Wirral constituency. “I did not agree with them, but I reported them.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was asked last week whether McDonnell was wrong to use such language. He told ITV: “Well I would rather stick to where I disagree with somebody on their policies, I fundamentally disagree with Esther McVey and her approach towards inequality and the poor, and the worst off within our society and I will stick to that.” Corbyn added: “It’s a basic in the Labour Party, you treat people with respect and treat each other with respect. I don’t do personal abuse of anybody and I don’t expect anybody else to do it towards any of our candidates or anyone else. […]

  • Tax Credit Claimants Hit By Bungled Outsourcing Paid Just £14 Compensation Each
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Tax credit claimants who suffered as the result of a botched outsourcing plan have been paid just £14 each in compensation.Concentrix adjusted or terminated around 108,000 cases of claimants’ tax credits – nearly a third of which were overturned at appeal.HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ended its deal with the contractor after a series of problems came to light.Now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims."Shadow minister Louise HaighRecords released in Parliament showed HMRC had paid a total of £18,035 to 1,271 people.Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh, who requested the information, said the amount was “pitiful and insulting”.She added: “Concentrix walked off the job with £32 million of taxpayers’ money in their pockets.“Yet now we learn that the average amount people can expect in compensation is less than £15. That’s a pitiful amount and it is simply insulting to the victims.“The company caused real damage to people’s lives and was proven to be wrong in 87% of cases that went to appeal. I can’t think of many cases where such terrible failure has been rewarded so well and in such stark contrast to the treatment of the victims.“The Concentrix and Carillion scandals have shown that too often the bosses walk off with a pay-out while we pay for their mistakes, and the victims are left struggling. Tory privatisation of our public services has been a disaster, and it’s about time ministers started learning the lessons.&rdquo […]

  • UK Weather: More Snow Expected After Coldest Night For Nearly Two Years
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

    People across the country are braced for more snow after the UK froze on the coldest night in nearly two years. Wintry conditions are to continue to grip large parts of the UK on Sunday, with snow forecast for areas from northern Scotland to the Home Counties. Temperatures plummeted overnight, with a low of -13.5C (7.7F) recorded in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, while freezing temperatures were recorded as far south as London Luton Airport. A yellow severe weather warning for #snow and #ice has been updated: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware@metofficeukpic.twitter.com/sKTW4gDkSq The Met Office has updated a yellow “be aware” warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England down to southern parts. The warning, valid from 6am until 6pm, predicts snow on higher routes and says that rain may fall onto frozen surfaces for a time, particularly across Scotland, following a very cold night. Icy patches are likely on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths – while some disruption could be seen to journeys by road, bus and train on affected routes. Traffic Scotland urged drivers to check their routes before setting off and to ensure they were carrying emergency supplies in case they get stuck. North Wales Police also warned of poor conditions on the roads due to snow and ice, particularly on routes in Snowdonia. Meanwhile, the Mountain Road was closed on the Isle of Man due to snow. #Snow is set to affect parts of the UK today and may cause some disruption. You can also keep up to date with our warnings on our app! Stay #weatherawarepic.twitter.com/E5RDBAFlFZ January 21, 2018 In Northern Ireland, a yellow warning of ice is in force until 9am on Sunday, while a yellow warning of rain runs until 3pm. Snowy conditions have seen crowds flock to Scottish ski resorts over the weekend. On Friday in Glencoe, blizzard conditions hampered a rescue operation to save two ski tourers stranded without shelter at 3,000ft. The pair were winched into a coastguard helicopter at first light on Saturday before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Police warned skiers heading to resorts not to park on the verges after disruption on Saturday and warned that cars causing obstructions may be seized. Skiers faced six-mile tailbacks as they flocked to the slopes at Glencoe Mountain Resort to take advantage of the snowy conditions. Drivers abandoned their cars on the roads as they tried to reach the resorts where car parks were full and police said high volumes of traffic hampered the efforts of gritters. Heading to @glencoemountain & @TheNevisRange today? Please do NOT park on verges/sides of roads & cause obstructions. Gritters & emergency vehicles require access at ALL times. Arrive early & use car parks. Cars causing obstructions may be seized. pic.twitter.com/8p1bMV6bPb— NorthernPolice (@northernPolice) January 21, 2018 Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since 14 February 2016, when minus 14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar. Despite the frigid temperatures in the far north, the mercury rose to 11C in the (52F) in the far south west of England. Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said the near 20C (46F) difference, caused as warmer air moves in, was “pretty unusual for the UK”. “The broad theme is it is turning milder from the west, but before we get there some snow will fall,” he said. Good Morning, A wet, cloudy start for western and southwestern UK. Windy in far west. Cold, dry elsewhere. Rain then spreading eastwards bringing snow to northern high ground and temporarily to lower levels. Snow will turn increasingly to rain. https://t.co/jtrhUzUBdR ^Daniel pic.twitter.com/x2Go0ktYE8 January 21, 2018 On Friday, members of the public were urged to stay off the roads in some areas of Scotland, with weather warnings covering much of the country. Dozens of schools around Scotland were closed while some shut early due to the weather. On Tuesday night, more than 200 motorists were stranded overnight on the M74 as heavy snow and ice caused treacherous driving conditions. […]

  • UK Weather: More Snow Expected After Coldest Night For Nearly Two Years
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

    People across the country are braced for more snow after the UK froze on the coldest night in nearly two years. Wintry conditions are to continue to grip large parts of the UK on Sunday, with snow forecast for areas from northern Scotland to the Home Counties. Temperatures plummeted overnight, with a low of -13.5C (7.7F) recorded in the Highland village of Dalwhinnie, while freezing temperatures were recorded as far south as London Luton Airport. A yellow severe weather warning for #snow and #ice has been updated: https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #weatheraware@metofficeukpic.twitter.com/sKTW4gDkSq The Met Office has updated a yellow “be aware” warning of snow and ice to cover much of Scotland, north Wales and England down to southern parts. The warning, valid from 6am until 6pm, predicts snow on higher routes and says that rain may fall onto frozen surfaces for a time, particularly across Scotland, following a very cold night. Icy patches are likely on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths – while some disruption could be seen to journeys by road, bus and train on affected routes. Traffic Scotland urged drivers to check their routes before setting off and to ensure they were carrying emergency supplies in case they get stuck. North Wales Police also warned of poor conditions on the roads due to snow and ice, particularly on routes in Snowdonia. Meanwhile, the Mountain Road was closed on the Isle of Man due to snow. #Snow is set to affect parts of the UK today and may cause some disruption. You can also keep up to date with our warnings on our app! Stay #weatherawarepic.twitter.com/E5RDBAFlFZ January 21, 2018 In Northern Ireland, a yellow warning of ice is in force until 9am on Sunday, while a yellow warning of rain runs until 3pm. Snowy conditions have seen crowds flock to Scottish ski resorts over the weekend. On Friday in Glencoe, blizzard conditions hampered a rescue operation to save two ski tourers stranded without shelter at 3,000ft. The pair were winched into a coastguard helicopter at first light on Saturday before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Police warned skiers heading to resorts not to park on the verges after disruption on Saturday and warned that cars causing obstructions may be seized. Skiers faced six-mile tailbacks as they flocked to the slopes at Glencoe Mountain Resort to take advantage of the snowy conditions. Drivers abandoned their cars on the roads as they tried to reach the resorts where car parks were full and police said high volumes of traffic hampered the efforts of gritters. Heading to @glencoemountain & @TheNevisRange today? Please do NOT park on verges/sides of roads & cause obstructions. Gritters & emergency vehicles require access at ALL times. Arrive early & use car parks. Cars causing obstructions may be seized. pic.twitter.com/8p1bMV6bPb— NorthernPolice (@northernPolice) January 21, 2018 Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since 14 February 2016, when minus 14.1C (6.6F) was recorded at Braemar. Despite the frigid temperatures in the far north, the mercury rose to 11C in the (52F) in the far south west of England. Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said the near 20C (46F) difference, caused as warmer air moves in, was “pretty unusual for the UK”. “The broad theme is it is turning milder from the west, but before we get there some snow will fall,” he said. Good Morning, A wet, cloudy start for western and southwestern UK. Windy in far west. Cold, dry elsewhere. Rain then spreading eastwards bringing snow to northern high ground and temporarily to lower levels. Snow will turn increasingly to rain. https://t.co/jtrhUzUBdR ^Daniel pic.twitter.com/x2Go0ktYE8 January 21, 2018 On Friday, members of the public were urged to stay off the roads in some areas of Scotland, with weather warnings covering much of the country. Dozens of schools around Scotland were closed while some shut early due to the weather. On Tuesday night, more than 200 motorists were stranded overnight on the M74 as heavy snow and ice caused treacherous driving conditions. […]

  • ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Viewers Slam John Barnes For 'Homophobic' Comments About Gay Men
    by Rachel McGrath on January 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

    ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ viewers were left unimpressed by John Barnes during Saturday (20 January) night’s show, following a series of comments he made about gay men. The former footballer was speaking to Shane J - who entered the house in full drag, as his alter ego Courtney Act - when he admitted to sometimes feeling uncomfortable around gay men. John told Shane: “They [men] assume he’s definitely going to want to have sex with me. And that’s why men aren’t comfortable with gay men. “They think ‘I wonder if he’s thinking about me without my clothes on’. It is an uncomfortable feeling that he is going to pounce on me. “Because of the stigmatization concerning the act itself, they’re thinking you’re gonna make a move on me, you’re going to touch me. Attempting to explain why he holds these views, John added: “I’m that way because everything I’ve said here is about the way I’ve been brought up.” The pair also discussed sexual experimentation, following Andrew and Courtney’s private time in the bathroom earlier this week. But when Shane said, “Sometimes somebody can have a little taste of something that...”, John interrupted with: “Kick them out of the club. Kick them out of the club.” “I’ll tell you why, because if anything happened in that room he’s out of the club,” he added. “If anything happens in the room, Andrew’s out of the club. He’s not in my club if anything happens.” Needless to say, ‘CBB’ viewers were not impressed… Hands up who doesn't want to be in fucking John Barnes club anyway? #CBBpic.twitter.com/DcDw2ZHVYX Wow! John Barnes homophobic, says he can’t help it as that’s how he was brought up. Racism is ok then as long as you were brought up that way? Idiot and massive hypocrite. It’s the same, targeting, bullying and bat shit crazy views. January 20, 2018 John Barnes says his homophobia is okay because he's 54 and he's just naturally homophobic which is possibly the worst reason I've ever heard and so stupid to hear from a black man who campaigned against racism #cbb January 20, 2018 John Barnes would have been out last night if they’d show that clip before tonight! #cbb#narrowminded That was pretty homophobic John Barnes! (his convo with Shane) I really don't want that to go unnoticed! #cbb John Barnes has jst shown his true colours tonight and shown how homophobic he is!! Eviction may have been different had this been shown last night!! @bbuk#CBB January 20, 2018 Good of John Barnes to reinforce that ‘predatory gay’ stigma again on #CBB tonight to explain the utter fear straight men feel when faced with the sheer terror of a gay or bi male anywhere near them! Wow 👀🙄 pic.twitter.com/b0foPCPq4Z January 20, 2018 So far, this series of ‘CBB’ has included a number of debates and conversations about important, topical issues. However, a number of the housemates have come under fire for various comments made. Within just days of entering the house, Ann Widdecombe and Amanda Barrie were criticised for comments made about Harvey Weinstein and misgendering India Willoughby. India also faced the wrath of Twitter when she compared drag to black face, while some of the male housemates have been accused of sexist behaviour. […]

  • ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ Viewers Slam John Barnes For 'Homophobic' Comments About Gay Men
    by Rachel McGrath on January 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

    ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ viewers were left unimpressed by John Barnes during Saturday (20 January) night’s show, following a series of comments he made about gay men. The former footballer was speaking to Shane J - who entered the house in full drag, as his alter ego Courtney Act - when he admitted to sometimes feeling uncomfortable around gay men. John told Shane: “They [men] assume he’s definitely going to want to have sex with me. And that’s why men aren’t comfortable with gay men. “They think ‘I wonder if he’s thinking about me without my clothes on’. It is an uncomfortable feeling that he is going to pounce on me. “Because of the stigmatization concerning the act itself, they’re thinking you’re gonna make a move on me, you’re going to touch me. Attempting to explain why he holds these views, John added: “I’m that way because everything I’ve said here is about the way I’ve been brought up.” The pair also discussed sexual experimentation, following Andrew and Courtney’s private time in the bathroom earlier this week. But when Shane said, “Sometimes somebody can have a little taste of something that...”, John interrupted with: “Kick them out of the club. Kick them out of the club.” “I’ll tell you why, because if anything happened in that room he’s out of the club,” he added. “If anything happens in the room, Andrew’s out of the club. He’s not in my club if anything happens.” Needless to say, ‘CBB’ viewers were not impressed… Hands up who doesn't want to be in fucking John Barnes club anyway? #CBBpic.twitter.com/DcDw2ZHVYX Wow! John Barnes homophobic, says he can’t help it as that’s how he was brought up. Racism is ok then as long as you were brought up that way? Idiot and massive hypocrite. It’s the same, targeting, bullying and bat shit crazy views. January 20, 2018 John Barnes says his homophobia is okay because he's 54 and he's just naturally homophobic which is possibly the worst reason I've ever heard and so stupid to hear from a black man who campaigned against racism #cbb January 20, 2018 John Barnes would have been out last night if they’d show that clip before tonight! #cbb#narrowminded That was pretty homophobic John Barnes! (his convo with Shane) I really don't want that to go unnoticed! #cbb John Barnes has jst shown his true colours tonight and shown how homophobic he is!! Eviction may have been different had this been shown last night!! @bbuk#CBB January 20, 2018 Good of John Barnes to reinforce that ‘predatory gay’ stigma again on #CBB tonight to explain the utter fear straight men feel when faced with the sheer terror of a gay or bi male anywhere near them! Wow 👀🙄 pic.twitter.com/b0foPCPq4Z January 20, 2018 So far, this series of ‘CBB’ has included a number of debates and conversations about important, topical issues. However, a number of the housemates have come under fire for various comments made. Within just days of entering the house, Ann Widdecombe and Amanda Barrie were criticised for comments made about Harvey Weinstein and misgendering India Willoughby. India also faced the wrath of Twitter when she compared drag to black face, while some of the male housemates have been accused of sexist behaviour. […]

  • West Midlands Stabbing Sees Man Arrested After Girl, Eight, Dies
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    A man has been arrested after an eight-year-old child was stabbed to death in the West Midlands last night. West Midlands Police said they were called to a property in Valley View, Brownhills, around 9.15pm and found the girl had suffered serious injuries. She was taken to hospital, “but sadly nothing could be done to save her and she died a short time later” A 54-year-old man was treated in hospital for a stab wound to his stomach, but is now in a stable condition and will be “questioned in due course”, police said. Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death. “Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.&rdquo […]

  • West Midlands Stabbing Sees Man Arrested After Girl, Eight, Dies
    by Steven Hopkins on January 21, 2018 at 9:45 am

    A man has been arrested after an eight-year-old child was stabbed to death in the West Midlands last night. West Midlands Police said they were called to a property in Valley View, Brownhills, around 9.15pm and found the girl had suffered serious injuries. She was taken to hospital, “but sadly nothing could be done to save her and she died a short time later” A 54-year-old man was treated in hospital for a stab wound to his stomach, but is now in a stable condition and will be “questioned in due course”, police said. Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death. “Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.&rdquo […]