New cabinet

Our guide to the first six Cabinet ministers appointed by the new Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer 

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary 

Amber Rudd, Home Secretary 

Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary

David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the EU

Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary 


Labour leadership

A Labour official who voted on Jeremy Corbyn’s future wept today as she claimed colleagues were “bullied and intimidated” ahead of the crunch ruling. Johanna Baxter was one of the 32 National Executive Committee (NEC) members who voted 18-14 to put Mr Corbyn on the ballot paper in the Labour leadership election – without MPs’ backing.Last night’s decision could hand victory to the Labour leader and took more than six hours in a highly charged, secretive London meeting joined by Mr Corbyn himself. Now Ms Baxter, who was one of six constituency party reps on the panel, has broken convention to reveal what she claims happened behind closed doors in an astonishing interview.

Owen Smith has set out his stall for the Labour leadership by saying he would offer the public a second referendum to ratify any Brexit deal Britain strikes with the EU. In an interview with the Guardian, the Pontypridd MP accused Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, of acting selfishly and warned that his party was “teetering on the brink of being destroyed”. Smith, whose entry into the race for party leader threatens to derail the hopes of Angela Eagle, who first triggered the contest, said it was clear people wanted both access to the single market and controls on immigration.

Militant union chiefs could ‘gerrymander’ Labour’s leadership contest by allowing thousands of activists to sign up to vote for just £2, it emerged yesterday. The Unite union, whose boss Len McCluskey is a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn, yesterday began a recruitment drive that could allow hard-Left activists to bypass rules to prevent ‘entryism’ in Labour’s leadership contest. The party’s ruling National Executive Committee decreed on Tuesday that the estimated 130,000 Labour members who have joined since January 12 will not get a vote.


Nuclear power

The cost to consumers of building the Hinkley Point nuclear power station could reach nearly £30 billion because of falling wholesale electricity prices, the spending watchdog has warned. Payments needed to guarantee the plant’s developer, EDF, a price for the electricity produced have more than quadrupled to £29.7 billion from £6.1 billion when the deal was agreed in 2013, the National Audit Office said. The “top-up” payments are met by consumers through a levy on bills.




An illegal Somalian immigrant is facing jail after trying to kidnap children by posing as a policeman weeks after being released early from a jail sentence for rape. Abdi Waise, 28, was supposed to be deported after serving six years of an eight-year sentence for raping a young woman he snatched off the street in 2008. But a deportation order from 2013 was stayed after the jobless migrant, who came to Britain at the age of ten, appealed on human rights grounds. Only three weeks after the sex offender was released on licence in January this year, he struck again – kidnapping one schoolgirl and trying to abduct four other children over two-and-a half hours as they walked to school in Hornsey, north London.



BRUSSELS will sting Britain with a multi-million pound bill so it can convince rebellious EU countries to take in more migrants, can reveal. Europe’s elite are offering member states €10,000 (£8,400) for EVERY refugee it homes, and will turn to UK taxpayers to pick up the tab.  The desperate measure is being introduced in an attempt to ease the growing migrant chaos on the continent, with huge numbers of refugees stranded in Greece and Italy.  But it will raise fears that Eurocrats are looking to squeeze Britain for every last penny before it officially quits the bloc and withdraw our £8.5billion annual net contribution. 


EUROPEAN Union (EU) bosses have announced “strict” new rules to prevent a repeat of last summer’s crisis which saw 1.8million people enter the bloc. New arrivals who refuse to give fingerprints in the country they first step foot in, or move between member states, will automatically have their asylum claims rejected. They will then face deportation and as little as a week to lodge an appeal.

European officials have finalised plans to create a common EU asylum system and refugee resettlement scheme, which advocates portray as the solution to the European migration crisis but which critics believe will be a further betrayal of refugee rights. Officials have proposed creating a semi-standardised system that would allow asylum seekers to expect similar treatment in whichever country they settle. The arrival of more than 1 million people in Europe in 2015 exposed differences between the continent’s different asylum procedures. It is hoped that the proposed system would discourage the kind of country-hopping that saw hundreds of thousands of refugees settle in Germany last year having passed through other European countries such as Hungary and Greece.



Leaflets have reportedly been distributed in Manchester calling for a public ban on dogs, in order to keep the area pure for Muslims. But while some have claimed the leaflets are a hoax designed to stir up tensions, others are convinced the leaflets are being created by fundamentalist Muslims. Residents in Manchester have taken to social media to report that they have received leaflets through their letterboxes calling on them to “have respect for us and our children” by not taking dogs out in public. “This area is home to a large Muslim community,” the leaflet advises, before explaining that dogs are considered impure in Islam.

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