Theresa May

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Theresa May has announced she will stand down as Prime Minister on June 7 2019.

Her voice broke as she made her statement outside No. 10 Downing Street. and she walked back inside in tears.

The race for her successor will begin on Monday June 10.

Telegraph
Theresa May must finally confront her own destiny on Friday after Jeremy Hunt withdrew his support for her last-chance Brexit bill.  In a pivotal meeting on Thursday the Foreign Secretary made it clear to the Prime Minister she must abandon the deeply unpopular plan on which her hopes of survival rested. Mrs May had agreed to announce the timetable of her departure after a vote on the Brexit “divorce” bill next month, but after she cancelled that vote her reason for remaining as Tory leader also fell away. It leaves the Prime Minister cornered as she prepares to meet Sir Graham Brady, her most senior backbencher, on Friday morning to discuss her future.

Sky News
Theresa May is expected to fire the starting gun on a Tory leadership race imminently by confirming her plans to stand down as prime minister. Sky News understands she will finally bend to the pressure of backbenchers and ministers and name the date of her departure from Number 10 later today. Downing Street has not confirmed the move. Mrs May is braced for a showdown this morning with Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of all Tory MPs.

Guardian
Theresa May is widely expected to announce on Friday that she will resign as Conservative leader, amid deep concerns among centrist cabinet ministers that candidates to be the next prime minister will have to promise a hard Brexit. May’s allies believe that she will promise to step down as leader by 10 June after the state visit of US president Donald Trump and then stay on as prime minister until her successor has been chosen. A Downing Street source said she is expected to name a date for her resignation at a meeting with Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, on Friday morning, while staying on as prime minister for the duration of a leadership contest.

Express
THERESA MAY will today finally cave into pressure to set out the timetable for her departure from Downing Street, Tory sources said last night. Senior MPs on the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers this afternoon expect the Prime Minister to formally announce her intention to resign as their party leader early next month. Her announcement will officially start the contest to select her successor – with Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab as the leading candidates.

Mirror
Theresa May is finally set to announce her departure from No 10 today to avoid the humiliation of being kicked out by her own party. The Prime Minister spent Thursday night holed up with husband Philip in her constituency home after her Brexit plans hit the wall. She faced a stark choice between stepping down graciously or a brutal no confidence vote among Tory MPs to force her out.

iNews
Two of Theresa May’s most senior Cabinet colleagues joined a growing mutiny of her top team to demand she ditch her Brexit plans, leaving her future hanging by a thread. The Prime Minister is expected to inform 1922 Committee chair Sir Graham Brady of her departure date in a crunch meeting on Friday. It comes after Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid met with Mrs May to raise their concerns over the withdrawal agreement bill (WAB), with the former urging her to pull any vote on the legislation.

Standard
Theresa May is widely expected to announce today when she plans to stand down amid a Cabinet revolt over her Brexit plan. The Prime Minister is set to meet with leader of backbench Conservatives Sir Graham Brady privately later where she could set the date for her exit. Her authority was left in tatters following the backlash against her “new” Brexit deal, with ministers Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt believed to among those raising concerns.

BBC News
D-day has arrived for Theresa May where she is expected to set out when she will quit Number 10 after a Cabinet revolt over her Brexit plan. The Prime Minister will meet the leader of backbench Conservatives, Sir Graham Brady, on Friday to discuss her future after her authority was left in tatters following the backlash against her “new Brexit deal”. Senior ministers set out their concerns in “frank” talks with the beleaguered premier as Downing Street delayed publication of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) which sets out her Brexit plan in law.

Independent
Theresa May is expected to set out when she will quit Number 10 after a Cabinet revolt over her plan to bring back her Brexit deal in the Commons. The prime minister will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, today to discuss her future following “frank” talks between senior ministers and the beleaguered premier. Committee sources have said they expect June 10 to be the date Ms May resigns as Tory leader, possibly staying on as a caretaker PM until a new leader is chosen.

Mail
Theresa May will today clear the way for Britain to have a new prime minister by the summer. Allies said that – barring a last-minute change of heart – she will announce plans this morning to step aside as Conservative Party leader next month. Mrs May will begin the day with a meeting with the Tories’ backbench shop steward Sir Graham Brady to discuss the exact timetable for her departure. She is then expected to address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she is leaving ‘the job I love’ before she has realised her ambition of leading Britain out of the European Union.

Times
Theresa May is set to resign as the Conservative leader today, clearing the way for a new prime minister by the end of July. She is expected to bring her premiership of nearly three years to a close after a meeting with Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. Mrs May will remain in No 10 during a leadership election lasting about six weeks, and may even try to pass part of her Brexit deal. The contest is likely to start on June 10 after the state visit by President Trump.

No deal

Times
A new prime minister could trigger a no-deal Brexit without parliament having the power to stop it, senior Conservatives are warning colleagues. In a stark message to MPs, supporters of Theresa May’s deal have said that if Boris Johnson  or Dominic Raab were elected to succeed her then the House of Commons could be sidelined from the process of leaving the European Union. They have been backed by the Institute for Government, a Whitehall think tank, which said that although MPs could express an opinion they would not have “legal teeth” to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Westmonster
A new Prime Minister committed to delivering a WTO Brexit couldn’t be stopped by MPs in Westminster if they were committed to a proper clean break Brexit. That’s the verdict of the Institute for Government, who insist that in reality “there is no decisive route to blocking No Deal”. They go as far as to headline their analysis: “A new Prime Minister intent on No Deal Brexit can’t be stopped by MPs”. It couldn’t be clearer. Whilst MPs could go for more anti No Deal motions, a new PM could just avoid giving the Opposition time to ahead of the new Article 50 deadline of October 31st 2019.

Institute for Government
Several Conservative leadership candidates are clear that they prefer leaving the EU without a deal to leaving with Theresa May’s deal – or not leaving at all. If one were to become Prime Minister, then MPs who oppose a no deal Brexit will need a way to block or delay such an outcome. But unless the Speaker chooses to be even more flexible in his interpretation of parliamentary convention, MPs have limited options. Although these wouldn’t have legal teeth, they would be politically important.

WAB

Sky News
The government has delayed publication of key Brexit legislation as the prime minister listens to MPs’ “concerns” about the bill. Theresa May had told MPs the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) would be published on Friday, but the government now plans to publish the legislation in the week commencing 3 June. It comes amid feverish speculation the prime minister could imminently announce her resignation, with Mrs May due to hold a crunch meeting with the leader of Tory backbenchers tomorrow. Anger among Conservative MPs at the terms of the WAB, which puts the prime minister’s Brexit deal into law, has prompted renewed calls for Mrs May’s departure.

Euro elections

Independent
The government is facing calls to launch an urgent investigation into the treatment of EU citizens in the European elections after many people reported being denied their democratic right to vote. Voters across the country told of their devastation at finding their names crossed off the register due to clerical errors by local councils. Experts said the situation was a “scandal we knew was coming” and that the government may have a case to answer in court.

BBC News
EU citizens living in the UK have told of their anger after they were unable to vote in the European elections. The Electoral Commission said the “very short notice” from the government about the UK’s participation in the elections had an impact on the process. EU citizens can vote in the country they live in by registering to vote and completing a UC1 form. But many complained of receiving the form late and of it not being processed by their local authority in time.

Tory leadership

Guido
Tom Tugendhat came out for Gove last night, which is the final sign, if a sign was needed, that Gove is definitely running. Gove’s parliamentary office was reportedly a hive of activity yesterday with MPs coming and going all day. He has been arguing heavily behind closed doors against the Government bringing in the WAB – warning that another triple-digit defeat would make it much harder for a deal to go through under May’s successor. Who could he be thinking of… It appears the ever energetic Gove has two pitches to the MPs who come into his office.

Express
CONSERVATIVE ministers have been battling it out to become the next leader despite the party facing a “total wipeout” in the European elections. Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Environment Secretary Michael Gove are cancelling ministerial meetings to lobby MPs for votes. Mr Javid is having up to 10 meetings a day, a source told the Evening Standard. While Jeremy Hunt’s team has been emailing MPs to meet. The Foreign Secretary has been holding the discussions next door to Prime Minister Theresa May’s office.

EU

Independent
Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that the UK is drifting towards another Brexit extension in October as he criticised MPs for prioritising the prime minister’s removal over finding agreement on a Brexit deal. With May appearing on the brink of resignation, the European commission president spoke of his admiration for her resilience and his disdain for the attempts to remove her. “What I don’t like in the British debate is it seems more important to replace the prime minister than to find an agreement among themselves,” Juncker said in an interview with CNN.

Yahoo News
Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested that the UK is drifting towards another Brexit extension in October as he criticised MPs for prioritising the prime minister’s removal over finding agreement on a Brexit deal. With May appearing on the brink of resignation, the European commission president spoke of his admiration for her resilience and his disdain for the attempts to remove her. “What I don’t like in the British debate is it seems more important to replace the prime minister than to find an agreement among themselves,” Juncker said in an interview with CNN.

Westmonster
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched a blistering attack against Eurosceptic forces across the continent, describing them as “stupid nationalists”. In an interview with CNN, Juncker spoke out against “these populist, nationalists, stupid nationalists, they are in love with their own countries”. Not sure that’s going to go down too well with patriotic voters ahead of the European Elections! Juncker ridiculously claims that: “They don’t like those coming from far away, I like those coming from far away…we have to act in solidarity with those who are in a worse situation than we are in.”

Times
Britain is heading for another delay to Brexit, Jean-Claude Juncker has predicted. The European Commission president believes that the expected resignation of Theresa May and a Tory leadership race would mean that Britain’s departure from the EU is postponed beyond October 31. The original date was March 29. “I am getting fed up because we are waiting for the next extension,” he told CNN yesterday. He said that the problem was not about the “identity of the next prime minister, it’s about the withdrawal agreement”.

Breitbart
Globalist censorship enthusiast Michel Barnier has “great” qualities to be the next president of the European Commission, according to Emmanuel Macron. Commenting on rumours that the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator has been running a shadow campaign to win the bloc’s top job, as something of a ‘compromise’ candidate, the French president was generous with praise about Barnier. “Undeniably, Michel Barnier is a man who has great qualities and he demonstrated this once again in the way he handled negotiations with the British,” he said, speaking with Belgian media at the weekend.

Independent
Emmanuel Macron’s EU election chief has warned that a second EU referendum in Britain would probably result in the country voting to leave again. Nathalie Loiseau, who was the French government’s Europe minister in charge of Brexit  talks until she took on her new role for this week’s contest, said she doubted that another vote would produce “a very different outcome”.

Breitbart
President Emmanuel Macron of France has said that he wants the UK out of the EU by October 31st to stop Brussels’ agenda being “polluted” by Brexit. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Le Soir on Wednesday, President Macron appeared to share some of the frustration of Britons that the exit date should have been delayed twice, saying: “In the case of Brexit, you just have to know at some point whether it stops or not. “If we follow the logic of saying that it scares us and that we are prepared not to respect the British vote, we betray both the British and the interest of the British,” he added.

Times
Speculation is growing that Angela Merkel will be asked to take a top Brussels job to save the EU if the European elections usher in political deadlock and continuing Brexit chaos. Europe’s leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Brussels to begin what are expected to be fraught and lengthy talks about who should replace Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, presidents of the European Commission and Council respectively. President Macron and other senior figures have warned that the EU could disintegrate unless growing support for populist and nationalist parties could be stopped.

British Steel

Mail
Bidders are circling British Steel amid frantic efforts to find a buyer for the collapsed firm. Ministers are understood to be pushing for a single buyer or consortium to take the business on – with up to 25,000 jobs at the company and its suppliers hanging in the balance. An industry source said that several bidders have already registered expressions of interest, suggesting there is hope for a rescue.

Clean air

Times
Ministers face a High Court challenge over allegations that they failed to act over illegal levels of pollution on more than 100 roads. ClientEarth, the campaign group which won three previous rulings that the government’s air quality plans were inadequate, is preparing a case over breaches of nitrogen dioxide limits on motorways and A roads. The action could force ministers to impose speed limits on polluted stretches of road, build taller barriers to shield nearby homes and schools from pollution or place restrictions on older diesel vehicles.

Measles

Telegraph
Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella following outbreaks of measles across Europe. The appeal comes on the same day new figures revealed there had been 231 confirmed cases of measles and 795 mumps cases in the first three months of 2019. The Public Health England (PHE) data showed that while measles cases were lower than the 265 during the same period last year, they had more than doubled compared to the 97 reported between October and December.

Times
Parents have been told to make sure their children have been vaccinated after it emerged that there has been an outbreak of measles in London. Official figures showed 275 known cases in the first three months of last year, falling to 97 in October to December. However, the outbreak flared up again in the first quarter of this year with 231 cases. The number of mumps cases tripled to 795 in the first quarter of this year against last year.

Sun
PARENTS are being urged to vaccinate their kids after more than 1,000 children got measles or mumps in just three months. Ministers warned against the needless return of horrible diseases as latest figures showed 231 youngsters contracted deadly measles in England in the first quarter of 2019. Public Health England said that was more than double the toll in the previous quarter. A further 795 were diagnosed with mumps.

Nursing

Times
Hospital bosses are dismissing sexual harassment as an “occupational hazard”, nurses have claimed. The Royal College of Nursing’s annual congress in Liverpool heard that employees had been told that their breasts would look better in a dress and were followed to their cars by patients, only for NHS managers to laugh off the comments. Nurses said that the “sexy nurse” stereotype created by Carry On films still persisted and meant that patients felt that they could get away with making inappropriate comments or touching them.

Cancer medication

Times
Four drug companies have been accused of colluding to force up the price of a medicine commonly taken by cancer patients by 700 per cent, costing the NHS millions. The cost of prochlorperazine 3mg tablets, which are used to treat nausea and often prescribed to chemotherapy patients, rose from £6.49 for a packet of 50 to more than £51 between 2014 and 2018. This cost the NHS an extra £5 million in 2018 alone. In 2013, Alliance Pharma sold the licence to market the drug exclusively to Focus Pharmaceuticals.

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