Cross party talks
Brexit talks between the Conservatives and Labour are about to close after six weeks, without an agreement. Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will now move to a second phase, aimed at agreeing a process of parliamentary votes designed to find a consensus. It comes after Mrs May promised to set a timetable for leaving Downing Street following the next Brexit vote in June.
TORY MPs will be forced into backing a No Deal Brexit after next week’s Euro elections, senior Brexiteers believe. Hardline backbenchers have vowed to take Britain out of the EU without a deal on October 31. And they insist that the European election polls – likely to be a disaster for the Tories – will push the Commons into supporting No Deal in order to win back furious Leave voters. Theresa May’s Brexit deal is on course for a fourth defeat when it returns to Parliament next month.
Theresa May’s backbenchers have called time on her premiership and paved the way for a new Prime Minister to be in place by the end of July. During an emotionally-charged meeting with senior members of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, Mrs May was forced to agree to stand down within weeks so the Conservatives can elect a new leader before Parliament’s summer recess. Mrs May agreed that she will announce the date of her departure after a vote on her Brexit bill in the first week of June, regardless of whether it is passed by MPs.
THERESA May has promised to set the date of her resignation after next month’s crunch Brexit vote as she tries to get her withdrawal agreement through the House of Commons again. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, representing Conservative backbenchers, has issued a statement on the matter after the meeting yesterday. He said: “The Prime Minister is determined to secure our departure from the European Union and is devoting her efforts to securing the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week commencing 3rd June.
Theresa May is fighting to keep her Brexit deal alive to prolong her premiership as her grip on power weakens. The Prime Minister will set out the timetable for her departure in early June after a crucial Commons vote on the agreement she thrashed out with the European Union, with defeat likely to hasten her exit from Number 10. Mrs May’s chances of receiving Labour support for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) appear to be fading.
Theresa May has insisted her Withdrawal Agreement Bill “delivers Brexit” after senior ministers admitted it will be “dead” if MPs reject it a fourth time. The government will bring Mrs May’s much-maligned deal back to the Commons next month, having already suffered three humiliating defeats this year. And in a desperate plea for MPs to finally back the deal, Mrs May today said after an international summit in Paris: “What this bill does is delivers on Brexit.
Theresa May will set out the timetable for her departure following one final attempt to get her Brexit deal passed by MPs. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said he will meet Mrs May to agree the details of her exit from Downing Street early next month. This will come after a showdown vote on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which enshrines the PM’s Brexit plan into UK law, in the week beginning 3 June.
Theresa May was effectively given a fortnight’s grace today after making a ‘tearful’ appeal for one last chance to deliver Brexit at a meeting with senior Tories. The Prime Minister is said to have been ’emotional’ and ‘frustrated’ during the showdown with members of the powerful 1922 committee in her Commons office. But despite the MPs stopping short of ordering her to name the date for her departure, she is still facing an effective deadline in the form of a crunch vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill in just over two weeks’ time.
Theresa May looks set to agree her resignation timetable in just over two weeks’ time after a showdown with Tory MPs. Cabinet ministers and the PM’s allies now believe there’ll be a full-blown Tory leadership contest before the summer holiday after her two-hour meeting with the 1922 Committee. MPs on the powerful body gave her one last chance to get her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the Commons – stepping back from calls to quit now.
Theresa May urged Tory MPs to delay a leadership election yesterday in a move that would dent Boris Johnson’s chances of becoming leader. Mrs May resisted calls to set a departure date from No 10 during a “tense and emotionally charged” meeting with Tory MPs on the executive of the 1922 Committee. She agreed that she would discuss a timetable for the leadership race but only after MPs had voted on Brexit legislation early next month.
When the moment she had been dreading finally came, Theresa May raged against the dying of the light. The Conservative Party’s most powerful backbenchers had just made it clear that her premiership was at its end, but the Prime Minister pleaded with them to be given more time. Tears welled in her eyes as she made her argument for just a little longer in Downing Street.
Boris Johnson accidentally launched his leadership campaign yesterday in an announcement at a private event that caught his aides off guard. Asked at the British Insurance Brokers’ Association conference in Manchester whether he would be running for the leadership, he replied that “of course” he was “going for it”. He added: “There’s no vacancy. On the other hand, what I will say is that there has been a real lack of grip and dynamism in the way we’ve approached these talks.
Boris Johnson today confirmed he will join the battle to be the next Tory leader – as Theresa May faces being ousted potentially within weeks. The former foreign secretary confirmed he was ‘going for it’ as he was grilled during an appearance at a business conference in Manchester. Mr Johnson has been effectively running a shadow campaign for months, after resigning from the government in protest at Theresa May’s Chequers plan for Brexit.
Boris Johnson electrified the battle to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister as he announced that he would stand for the Conservative leadership. The former foreign secretary was immediately installed as favourite to win the Tory crown following his confirmation that he would mount a second bid for the job. His declaration coincided with Mrs May promising senior Conservative MPs that she would set a timetable for her departure following a last-ditch attempt in two weeks’ time to win backing for her Brexit plans.
Boris Johnson has confirmed he is standing in any coming contest to lead the Conservative Party. Speaking at the British Insurers Conference in Manchester the former Foreign Secretary confirmed he would throw his hat into the ring. After months of rumours and a lot of jostling, it marks the first time Mr Johnson confirmed he is standing.
BORIS JOHNSON has confirmed today he will put himself forward to be the next leader of the Conservative Party as Theresa May agrees to set a timetable to elect her successor. But could Mr Johnson be the one to save Brexit? Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he was “going for it” when questioned about Tory leadership at a business conference in Manchester.
Boris Johnson has publicly thrown his hat into the ring for the Conservative leadership, saying he is determined to see Brexit become a reality. Addressing insurance brokers at a conference in Manchester, he said: “I’m going to go for it. Of course I’m going to go for it. “I don’t think that is any particular secret to anybody. But you know, there is no vacancy at present.”
Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson has said that “of course” he will run for the Conservative leadership when a vacancy becomes available. The former foreign secretary, who was speaking at an insurance conference in Manchester, is the first Tory big-hitter to declare his intention to fight to be Prime Minister.
The Palestinian terror group Hamas has officially thanked Jeremy Corbyn for his support, MailOnline can reveal. In a carefully worded statement issued this evening, the militant organisation, whose armed wing is responsible for the deaths of thousands of civilians, ‘saluted’ the Labour leader after he sent a message to a major anti-Israel rally in London last weekend. ‘We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labor (sic) Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London,’ the statement said.
MILITANT group Hamas has lauded Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader sent a message of support to Palestinians. The organisation issued a statement on its website ‘saluting’ Mr Corbyn following his message to a pro-Palestinian rally in London last Saturday. The Hamas statement read: “We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to the participants in the mass rally that took place in central London.
Militant group Hamas has “saluted” Jeremy Corbyn and thanked him for his message of support to Palestinians. The Labour leader sent a message to a march in support of Palestinians in London over the weekend, which the group said it had received with “great respect and appreciation”. “We have received with great respect and appreciation the solidarity message sent by the British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to the participants in the mass rally,” Hamas said in a statement.
The Jeremy Corbyn-backing organisation Momentum has today demanded Labour adopt a more “radical” agenda, including a four-day working week and abolition of all immigration detention centres. In a major shift in direction for the grassroots movement – set up in the wake of Mr Corbyn’s first leadership victory – it will now publicly lobby for policies that go beyond Labour’s existing blueprint for government. Until now, the 40,000-member movement has concentrated on defending the Labour leader, and calling for changes to internal party democracy, including lowering the MPs’ threshold in future leadership contests.
Momentum, the grassroots group set up to support Jeremy Corbyn, is directing its campaigning muscle into urging Labour to adopt a series of “radical and transformational” pledges in its next manifesto, including a green new deal and the four-day week. With Westminster politicians deadlocked over Brexit, which has divided Labour activists, Momentum wants to use its 40,000-strong membership to influence the direction of policy on other issues.
THE Brexit Party further have extended their lead over the mainstream parties ahead of next Thursday’s European election, according to the latest polling figures. A YouGov poll commissioned by The Times put the Brexit Party on 35 percent – one point up on last week. The same sample also showed second-placed Liberal Democrats overtaking the Labour Party, who now sit on 16 percent and 15 percent respectively.
A dramatic new YouGov shows the Brexit Party with a big lead for the European Elections and the Liberal Democrats now polling in second place. The poll, conducted for The Times, has Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party polling 35% with Sir Vince Cable’s LibDems second on 16%. That compares to Labour with 15%, the Greens on 10% and Theresa May’s Conservatives down to single digits on just 9%.
There is now a “real chance” to keep Scotland in the EU, with the future of the country at stake ahead of the European elections, according to Nicola Sturgeon. The First Minister will speak in Glasgow on Friday to launch the SNP’s European manifesto and will indicate that a vote for the party would send a message to Prime Minister Theresa May to stop Brexit and to stop ignoring Scotland. Voters will head to the ballot box on Thursday next week, after Article 50 was extended until October.
A majority of voters across the EU fear it could collapse entirely within 20 years, with many fearing there could be a war between member states within a decade, a new report suggests. More than 50 per cent of people in 11 of 14 countries polled by YouGov and analysed by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) think tank thought its existence was under threat.
Ahead of important European elections, French President Emmanuel Macron is pleading for a stronger Europe to stand up to U.S. and Chinese dominance. Macron expressed concern Thursday about the rise of extremist views, saying “if you fragment Europe, there is no chance you have a stronger Europe.” He warned that could lead to a world led by a “G-2” involving just the U.S. and China. Macron’s centrist party is in a tight battle with Marine Le Pen’s far right National Rally in the race for next week’s European Parliament elections.
EMMANUEL MACRON risks a battering at next week’s European elections as the French President continues to ignore demands from Yellow Vest protestors and ploughs on with reforms. The French president will press ahead with a social and economic reform agenda that spurred months of anti-government protests in France even if the far-right National Party comes out on top in European elections, his prime minister has said.
French populist party leader Marine Le Pen has praised Italian populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, saying that aligned with him, populist parties across the continent now have a real opportunity to change Europe. The Rassemblement National (RN) leader told Italian media this week that Salvini was an important central figure ahead of the planned rally in Milan on Saturday, where representatives from at least ten populist and conservative parties and movements are scheduled to appear, Italian newspaper Il Giornale reports.
All landing cards for international passengers arriving in the UK will be scrapped from Monday. Landing cards are currently filled in by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area. Border Force director general Paul Lincoln, in a letter to staff, said it would “help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers”. But unions warned it risked weakening immigration controls.
Young people could have missed out on life-saving meningitis vaccinations because of a computing blunder, charities have said. GPs were not reminded to give the jab because an alert on their computer was switched off. It has now been turned on after a campaign by a family whose son died of the disease. The MenACWY vaccination was introduced in 2015 for teenagers and young adults but only about 40 per cent of those eligible have had the jab.
Children should be banned from going to school unless they are vaccinated against measles, experts have said. A study warned that current vaccination policies are ‘not sufficient’ to prevent a deadly resurgence of the disease in the next three decades. Researchers said the UK should consider making vaccination compulsory for children before they start school.
Measles will become endemic in Britain within 30 years unless vaccinations are made compulsory for school children, academics have suggested. A new study predicts current efforts will be insufficient to keep the disease at bay. Last year, 3.7 per cent of the population was believed to be susceptible to measles, comfortably below the 7.5 per cent needed for “herd immunity”, the threshold below which outbreaks of measles tend not to spread.
Universities must help to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of teenagers who have been left at risk of contracting measles to stop the rapid spread of the disease, health chiefs say. A quarter of a million teenagers and young adults were left unvaccinated owing to the MMR scare at the turn of the century, Public Health England has estimated for the first time. A further 365,000 children under 14 are also susceptible to measles because they have not been given the vaccine.
The NHS is breaking recruitment rules, with one in four new medics now coming from developing countries which are supposed to be protected by ethical codes, an investigation reveals. The Telegraph has uncovered evidence that the health service is targeting medics from such countries – despite strict rules which are supposed to protect the poorest parts of the world. The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for International Development identifies 97 countries which “should not be actively recruited from” because they are in receipt of aid, and often suffering from shortages of medics.
Medics are calling for bowel cancer screening to be introduced at the age of 45 after a sharp rise in younger people being diagnosed with the disease. Research has found that while incidence of the disease is falling among older age groups – who are asked to undergo NHS checks every two years – it is increasing among those below the age of 50. The study of 21 western countries, published by the Lancet, found that in the UK, rates of the disease are rising by 1.8 per cent a year among those under the age of 50, while dropping by 1.2 per cent annually in older groups.
MORE young Brits are being diagnosed with bowel cancer – prompting calls to lower the screening age. Rates are rising in the under 50s, with a surge of cases in people aged 20 to 29, two new studies have shown. If the alarming trend continues, experts say the UK will have to screen at a lower age, to detect more cases at an earlier stage. In England and Wales, everyone over the age of 60 is currently invited to have bowel cancer screening tests every two years. In Scotland screening starts at 50.
Tower of London
The Tower of London will be protected from a prophesied demise for years to come, after the first ravens in 30 years were born inside its walls. At least six ravens have been kept at the fortress since the days of King Charles II, who feared the Tower and the kingdom would fall if they were ever allowed to leave. Ruination loomed large last year as the number of legal raven breeders continued to shrink across the UK, making it harder for the ancient quota to be honoured.