An armada of British boats is planning to return to contentious waters off northern France on Monday in a show of defiance after “scallop wars” erupted this week. Up to 40 scallop trawlers from the UK will re-enter the waters of Baie-de-Seine en masse in the hope that, with safety in numbers, they can continue to fish in France’s plentiful waters. The planned act of defiance came as French fishermen discussed arming themselves with catapults and other weapons in an apparent escalation against what one called “F—ing s—-y rosbifs [roast beefs].”
The Royal Navy’s entire fisheries protection fleet was unavailable when French trawlermen attacked their British rivals this week. Not one of the squadron’s four gunboats was in the Channel when the ‘scallop war’ broke out. One was in dock, another was at a festival in Norway and a third was 8,000 miles away, the Mail can reveal. A fourth warship that came into service earlier this year had been sent back to base plagued by faults. Fishermen involved in the battle off the coast of Normandy said the lack of support was shocking.
French fishermen have blamed British ‘looters’ and Brexit for the Trafalgar-style ‘Scallops War’ in the English Channel. It follows a ferocious engagement on Tuesday that saw vessels being rammed, emergency flares used as weapons, and bottles and rocks thrown. The French – who are banned by their own government from touching the mollusks between May and October – accuse the British of greedily hoovering up as many as they can. Now Dimitri Rogoff, the President of the Normandy Regional Fisheries Committee, has stepped up the confrontation in a series of outspoken interviews with French media.
French and British ministers were due to hold emergency talks last night in an attempt to end the bitter “scallop war” as officials said that further clashes were likely along the Channel coast. George Eustice, the minister for agriculture, fisheries and food, and Stéphane Travert, his French counterpart, arranged a phone call to try to resolve the dispute that led to violent clashes between crews on Tuesday. British officials are understood to have discussed if the Royal Navy’s Fishery Protection Squadron could be deployed but there would be difficulties without the approval of the French, who are responsible for policing the disputed area off the Normandy coast.
The government says it is in talks with authorities in France to avoid a repeat of clashes seen in the Channel between British and French scallop fishermen. Rocks, smoke bombs and other projectiles were reportedly hurled at English and Scottish boats during skirmishes on the water in the early hours of Tuesday morning. After footage emerged showing a group of British scallop fishing boats being driven away by a larger French flotilla, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has vowed to take action.
THERESA May was forced to defend her controversial Chequers plan for Brexit after one of her former advisers warned she is set to compromise further with the EU. Nick Timothy, who was one of her closest advisers in Downing Street, has warned that Mrs May will agree to a “worst of all worlds” Brexit deal that would be worse than no deal at all. Mr Timothy has instead pressed her to revive former Brexit Secretary David Davis’ discarded white paper proposals for a post-Brexit trade deal. “It is time to show some fight, and do a deal true to what Britain voted for two years ago,” he wrote.
Theresa May today urged Europe to accept her Brexit plan was a good deal for both sides after French President Emmanuel Macron urged Brussels to cut a deal. Striking an upbeat tone in Kenya as she wrapped up a continent-wide tour stumping for free trade, Mrs May said she wanted a ‘good relationship with the EU while having the freedom to negotiate trade deals’. She rejected criticism from her former chief of staff Nick Timothy, insisting her deal would mean Britain ending free movement and leaving EU institutions.
Rules protecting famous European food and drink like champagne and Parma ham could be torn up if Britain leaves the EU without a deal. British negotiators have warned Brussels that the UK will devise its own list of protected products if the EU stalls on a trade deal. The bloc’s rules provide special protection for hundreds of products, and mean that only items made in specific geographic areas can be labelled as genuine. The regulations are estimated to be worth about £50 billion a year, and the EU has demanded that Britain give automatic recognition to the 1,400 products it already protects.
BRUSSELS has no “plan B” to cope with the financial chaos of Britain quitting the EU without a deal, the bloc’s budget chief has admitted. Gunther Oettinger said eurocrats were relying on Michel Barnier to reach a deal with the UK so that we continue to contribute to the club’s coffers. The German eurocrat is desperately scrambling to plug a shortfall of up to £12.7billion a year caused by Britain’s departure. But member states are bitterly divided over the size of the bloc’s next seven-year budget, known as a Multi-Annual Financial Framework.
Poland’s deputy prime minister has warned that the European Union (EU) risks heading down the path towards “auto-destruction” if it undermined Polish sovereignty by trying to block domestic reforms aimed at increasing the accountability of Polish judges. “This is a dramatic moment in the history of the European Union,” observed Jarosław Gowin in an interview with Do Rzeczy. “If the [Court of Justice of the European Union] in Luxembourg considers itself competent to support a position of a small group of Polish judges, it will be fuel for eurosceptic communities across Europe,” warned the Polish leader.
CABINET ministers have conspired to allow non-EU immigration to spiral to its highest level in almost 15 years, a damning new report has found. A withering study from campaign group Migration Watch UK accuses the government of refusing to take a series of tough moves to halt the inflow from the rest of the world. From significant reductions during the Coalition government, numbers are spiralling again. Last week’s latest figures revealed net immigration from areas such as Asia, Africa and the Americas is back up to 235,000 a year – the highest since 2004.
One of Labour’s longest-serving MPs resigned the whip and accused the party of becoming a “force for anti-Semitism” under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Frank Field, who has served as MP for Birkenhead for nearly 40 years, said Labour was increasingly “seen as a racist party” and that Mr Corbyn has done “nothing substantive” to address the issue. Labour MPs on Thursday warned that Mr Field “will not be the last” to resign the whip, with the party on the brink of a “catastrophic” split comparable to the formation of the SDP in 1981.
Labour was plunged into turmoil today after veteran MP Frank Field sensationally quit blaming Jeremy Corbyn for making the party a ‘force for anti-Semitism’. Mr Field, 76, told party bosses that after nearly 40 years as a Labour MP he was quitting the party whip and will sit as an independent. Labour MP Wes Streeting warned the Labour now faces a ‘catastrophic’ split as others will follow Mr Field and quit. In a letter detailing his decision made public tonight, Mr Field said Britain fought World War II to defeat Nazis – but under Mr Corbyn’s watch that victory is being eroded.
Frank Field, one of Labour’s longest-serving MPs, resigned the whip yesterday in a “cry of desperation” at Jeremy Corbyn turning the party into “a force for antisemitism in British politics”. Mr Field, 76, significantly escalated the problems facing Mr Corbyn’s party by saying that it was “increasingly seen as racist”. A second reason for quitting after nearly 40 years as an MP was what he described as the culture of “nastiness” within Labour at national level and the “thuggery” he had seen locally.
LABOUR’S crisis deepened tonight as veteran MP Frank Field stormed out describing the party under Corbyn as a “force for antisemitism” His resignation came as new Electoral Commission figures suggested that the party is on course from its lowest level of donations since records began in 2001. The MP for Birkenhead for almost 40 years, said in a letter to party chief whip Nick Brown that he could no longer serve the party as the leadership was overseeing an “erosion of our core values”.
New details from the Electoral Commission show that the Labour Party received Russian linked money. Room One Limited, donated £12,500.00 to the Labour party in the second quarter of 2018. They own a 50% stake in a recently dissolved company Room One 360 Limited. The other 50 per cent was held by a Russian Technology company, EYEDENTITY360 who operate out of Tver in Western Russia. Both Room One Limited and Room One 360 Limited shared a Director and operated out of the same London Address. Russian influence in the Corbynsphere is nothing new…
The SNP has split over the Alex Salmond sexual misconduct allegations as the party’s Westminster leader backed Nicola Sturgeon while other MPs helped fund a legal challenge to her government’s investigation. Ian Blackford paid fulsome tribute to Ms Sturgeon’s handling of the furore and described the Scottish Government’s investigation into the accusations as “absolutely fit for purpose.” But several of his Westminster colleagues threw their support behind a controversial crowdfunding campaign launched by Mr Salmond to cover the costs of his judicial review court action against the SNP government’s probe.
A new centre party preparing to launch next year has already lost its chief executive, who is now setting up a separate political organisation. United for Change, which promises an “alternative to the divisive and extremist politics we see at Westminster”, was founded by Simon Franks, an entrepreneur. His co-founder, Adam Knight, the former chief executive, has left with some of his staff and is running a new outfit. Mr Knight is an Anglo-Canadian who was a banker with Credit Suisse.
A new centrist party called United for Change has lost its chief executive ahead of its launch, scheduled for next year, who has left to form his own splinter party. United for Change, which is reported to have attracted £50million worth of investment, declared itself as an “alternative to the divisive and extremist politics we see at Westminster”. Former chief executive Adam Knight, who also co-founded the party, has taken some of his staff with him after disagreements over tactics and is provisionally calling his rival party Twelve Together, a reference to the twelve UK regions.
Thousands of children face missing out on a secondary school place over the next five years due to a shortage partly fuelled by high migration. Council leaders say the country is facing a school places ‘emergency’, with half of all local authorities on course for a shortfall in this period. Unless urgent action is taken, 134,000 pupils will be without a place by 2023/24 according to Local Government Association (LGA) analysis. The crisis follows an influx of people from countries since the 1990s that tend to have higher birth rates than the UK.
Thousands of children face missing out on secondary school places in the next five years, town hall chiefs warn. Local Government Association analysis found 71 English councils will be a total of 133,926 places short by 2023-24 because of the growing population. Anntoinette Bramble, chair of the LGA’s children and young people board, said: “No family should face uncertainty over securing their child’s secondary school, but the reality is we face an emergency.” Councils have created 600,000 extra primary school places since 2010.
England is facing a secondary school places “emergency” with more than 130,000 children at risk of missing out on places over the next five years, town hall bosses have warned. In 2023/24, over half of councils in England may be struggling to keep up with demand in their area, according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The school system has been put under pressure in recent years due to a rise in the school-age population. This has been fuelled by a rise in the birth rate in the early 2000s that has now made its way through primary schools and is moving into secondaries.
Parents across England face a severe shortage of secondary school places for their children within the next five years, according to council leaders who say more than 100,000 children could be affected. The plea by the Local Government Association to avoid an emergency by 2023 came as the government released figures showing that more than a quarter of maintained secondary schools in England were in deficit last year. The LGA said its members were unable to supply more places because the majority of secondary schools are now academies and outside their control.
Nigel Farage has said that he is considering a run for mayor of London and believes that he would push the Conservatives into third place. The former Ukip leader, who announced a return to frontline politics earlier this month to oppose Theresa May’s Brexit plans, said that the contest in 2020 would elevate the profile of his arguments. Senior Tories have shied away from the mayoral race, leaving space for a high-profile figure to share the limelight with Sadiq Khan, the Labour incumbent who is widely expected to win a second term.
BREXIT campaigner Nigel Farage is considering a shock bid to run for mayor of London and oust Labour’s Sadiq Khan from power. The former Ukip leader, who lives in Bromley, south-east London, last night said he was thinking about running in the 2020 mayoral election. Outspoken Brexiteer Mr Farage said such a move would be an opportunity to “make arguments” on a high-profile platform. He believes he has enough support in the capital to beat whichever candidate the Conservatives put forward. This would throw up the prospect of a head-to-head battle between Mr Farage and Labour’s Mr Khan, a staunch Remainer.
Nigel Farage is considering running to be the Mayor of London in 2020, it has been reported. The former Ukip leader lives in south London and has claimed that he had been encouraged to run. Mr Farage, who has run for parliament on seven occasions and lost each time, has reportedly said he is “thinking” about running and would use the platform to “make arguments”. “I have been encouraged to [stand] by a group of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to. I haven’t said no to it, I’m thinking about it,”
The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new modelling study published in The Lancet Public Health. The research, carried out by Newcastle University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, found there will be plenty of people living independent lives, with the number of over-65s living without care needs set to rise to 8.9 million – an increase of more than 60% from 5.5 million in 2015.
The number of people in the UK aged 85 or older who require round-the-clock help to eat, dress, wash and go to the toilet will almost double over the next 20 years, research has suggested, highlighting the explosion in social care needs. An estimated 446,000 of over-85s will have “high dependency” care needs by 2035, up from 233,000 in 2015, and equivalent to 10% of all men and 20% of all women aged 85 and over, according to a new study. Overall, more than 1 million people aged 65 or over will require intensive social care assistance by 2035, up from 783,000 in 2015, it predicted.
Middle-aged women face a health timebomb and will need 5½ years more care than men after they hit 65, a study has warned. Women now in their 50s will spend an average of 12½ years at the end of their lives depending on carers to support their daily needs, researchers predict, as growing numbers live with multiple illnesses. For 8½ years women’s care needs will be relatively low, such as needing help to have a bath or with housework or shopping. For a further 1.3 years they will need daily help with tasks such as dressing or cooking a hot meal.
The NHS could free up £480 million a year to reinvest in services if trusts filled temporary vacancies with workers from a “staff bank” instead of using expensive staffing agencies, a report has said. Temporary employees supplied by agencies, including doctors and nurses, cost on average 20% more than those from the NHS’s staff banks, despite doing the same job. NHS Improvement called on all trusts to take a “bank-first” approach to recruiting temporary staff, and only use agencies as a last resort.
A new “life-changing” procedure is to be offered on the NHS to people with severe asthma. Bronchial thermoplasty, which is administered under sedation or general anaesthetic, applies short pulses of radio-frequency energy to the airway wall. The treatment reduces the smooth muscle mass lining the airways, decreasing their ability to constrict, and may decrease the severity and frequency of severe asthma attacks.
A NEW “life-changing” treatment on the NHS could bring hope to millions of people living with severe asthma. The health watchdog, Nice, said today it will make the new procedure more widely available to patients in the UK. The treatment, known as bronchial thermoplasty, is given to patients while they are sedated or having had a general anaesthetic. It involves doctors applying short pulses of radio frequency energy to the walls of a person’s airways.
Facebook employees work in an intolerant left-wing “monoculture” and fear losing their job if they express dissenting views on topics such as immigration, it has been claimed. More than 100 employees joined an online group called “FB’ers for Political Diversity” founded by a Facebook engineer to encourage free expression. Brian Amerige wrote a blog post on Facebook’s internal message board, titled “We Have a Problem with Political Diversity”, which was obtained by The New York Times. He wrote: “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.