Britain’s Brexit Leader Nigel Farage has told Westmonster that Theresa May is now such a liability that she will result in allowing Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10. Following her disastrous conference speech, Farage tweeted that May is “so useless” that if she stays there will be a Corbyn government. Nigel Farage has told Westmonster that: “Her sole political objective now seems to be about breathing life into hard-left socialism. Unless her party start saying in public what they do in private, and get rid of her, then Corbyn will be in Downing Street”. Will Tory Brexiteers act and oust her?
THERESA May could be out of the job by Christmas as up to 30 MPs plot her demise following “disaster” conference speech, reports claim. The Prime Minister was said to be “extremely distraught” following a speech blighted by coughing fits and a TV prankster’s stunt. One minister said: ”Things are moving quite quickly. Conversations are being held. The plates are moving more fundamentally now. She has to decide.” The speech had been planned as a relaunch of Mrs May’s premiership as the Tory Party try to improve their fortunes following Brexit infighting. The Cabinet publicly came to Mrs May’s aid following her conference performance.
Theresa May’s political future is hanging in the balance after her disastrous conference speech left her feeling “extremely distraught”. The Prime Minister had hoped the speech would effectively relaunch her Premiership and kickstart a Conservative revival with policies to cap energy prices and spend billions on new council houses. However, the policies were largely overshadowed after a professional prankster walked on stage unchallenged to hand her a fake P45 and a heavy cold left the Prime Minister almost unable to finish the speech following a series of coughing fits. The event ended with letters falling from the slogan behind the stage and the Prime Minister being comforted by her husband.
Theresa May struggled to complete her keynote speech to Tory conference today, after she was hit by a nasty coughing fit live on stage. The Prime Minister has been suffering from a heavy cold throughout the party’s annual conference in Manchester. But it really kicked in halfway through her headline speech – forcing her to stop several times to cough, drink water and accept a cough sweet from Chancellor Philip Hammond. Members gave her a standing ovation as she was unable to continue saying the words “record numbers of jobs”. She repeatedly sipped from her water as she tries to continue. As Hammond helped her out with a lozenge, the Prime Minister said: “I hope you notice that ladies and gentlemen, the Chancellor giving something away free!”
Theresa May is facing a new battle to survive after a disastrous party conference speech that has left some MPs claiming she is on borrowed time. Downing Street has confirmed that Cabinet ministers have been calling her to offer support after claims that MPs are once again questioning her leadership. A No 10 source has also declared defiantly that “resignation is not an issue” for the Prime Minister, but some rebel MPs claim she is “one crisis from the exit”. Newspaper headlines make dismal reading for senior Tories, with words like “ordeal”, “farce”, “shambles”, “nightmare”, “chaos”, “tragic”, “crisis”, “disaster” and “wretched” on the front pages.
Tory MPs warned that Theresa May was “one crisis from the exit” last night after the most shambolic conference speech in memory. Recriminations were levelled at Boris Johnson and Sir Patrick McLoughlin, the Conservative Party chairman, after a prankster was allowed to hand a joke P45 to the prime minister during the speech before she suffered repeated coughing fits and lost her voice. During the hour-long address, which was designed to settle questions over whether Mrs May had the authority and resilience to carry on in No 10, letters also began to fall from the slogan behind her. MPs blamed Mr Johnson, the foreign secretary, for heaping pressure on the prime minister with disloyal interventions over recent weeks.
People have poked fun at Theresa May‘s nightmare speech at the Tory party conference after suffered a coughing fit and was targeted by a serial prankster. The Prime Minister endured an agonising 65 minutes on the stage in Manchester as she spluttered through an address that had been intended to relaunch her premiership. To the horror of Cabinet ministers and activists, the situation took another dramatic turn for the worse when comedian Lee Nelson managed to approach the podium and hand her a fake P45. To cap off the misery letters then began falling off the Conservative slogan positioned in full view of TV cameras behind Mrs May. People have taken to Twitter to poke fun at the PM disastrous performance, comparing her day to an episode of the BBC political sitcom, the Thick of It.
Theresa May’s keynote speech descended into farce on the final day of Conservative conference after a comedian’s stunt and a relentless coughing fit laid waste to hopes it would rejuvenate her embattled leadership. During a delivery that was at times difficult to watch, a prankster handed her a P45 in front of hundreds of party members and there were uncomfortable pauses as she repeatedly lost her voice, before croaking and coughing through long sections. The performance approached the ridiculous, when letters began falling off the sign bearing the Conservative party’s slogan on the set behind her. Cabinet members applauded, but at times looked mortified – in one scene captured on camera, Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared to demand Boris Johnson stand and clap.
Theresa May sought to relaunch her premiership on Wednesday by offering voters the “British dream” but the most personal speech of her premiership was overshadowed by a prankster handing her a P45, an incessant cough, and problems with the backdrop. The prime minister attempted to shift the focus from Brexit infighting to domestic policy on energy bills and council housing, but at times struggled to deliver her words as her voice faltered. After accepting a glass of water and a cough sweet from the chancellor, Philip Hammond, May ploughed on with a conference speech that was designed to set out her credo but ended with questions about her future.
THERESA MAY was said to have “confirmed her failure” as PM yesterday after she delivered a disastrous speech that was upstaged by a prankster, her own cough and a stage malfunction. In the middle of her speech to Tory conference, comedian Simon Brodkin — also known as Lee Nelson — interrupted to give her a spoof P45, which stated it was “requested” by Foreign Secretary and leadership hopeful Boris Johnson. After she accepted the P45, Mr Brodkin was removed by security guards while Tories shouted: “Get him out.” Trying to gloss over the embarrassing ordeal, Ms May then used it as an opportunity to joke that she would like to give Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a P45.
THERESA MAY is under pressure to prove Britain is prepared to walk away from the European Union (EU) without a Brexit deal amid fears Cabinet is not ready for the potential fallout. Senior Tory ministers are reportedly concerned Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet secretary, is unprepared if the Prime Minister fails to secure a deal with the Brussels club. It comes after Brexit Secretary David Davis insisted proper preparations were underway across Whitehall during the third day of the Tory party conference. But infighting has already begun between Tory ministers, with cracks starting to creep across Remain and Leave lines over concerns the UK would undermine its negotiating position if it walked away without a deal.
Theresa May sought to “reassure” the Tory faithful that she is still ready to crash out of the EU with no Brexit deal if necessary – and is making preparations. A pro-EU group criticised the Prime Minister when she used her conference speech to restate her willingness to walk away with no agreement, rather than a bad one. Ms May said she remained “confident we will find a deal that works for Britain and Europe too”, but also said: “I know some find the negotiations frustrating.” And she added: “I believe it is profoundly in all our interests for the negotiations to succeed. I know that some are worried whether we are prepared in the event that they do not.
DAVID Davis has issued a stark warning to the European Union (EU) that Britain will be ready for no deal if talks break down at the end of the year. Speaking on the third day of the Tory conference, the Brexit secretary hailed Britain’s decision to leave the EU as a “one off, time limited, extraordinary opportunity”. And hinting at a no-deal prospect, he said: “If the outcome of negotiations falls short of the deal, we will be ready for the alternative. “That is what a responsible government does. Anything else would be a dereliction of duty.” But David Davis said it was time for Britain to stand on “its own two feet and face outwards to the world,” adding Britain would become more “international”.
The International Trade Secretary has confirmed the government is making preparations to walk away from the European Union (EU) without a deal if the bloc plays “hardball” during Brexit talks. “We are conducting extensive reviews across Whitehall on contingency [for] if we don’t reach a deal”, with the EU, Liam Fox told BBC Newsnight. “But, we’re certainly not going to be telling those we’re negotiating with and certainly not on TV what those contingencies might be,” he added. Dr. Fox had been questioned on what the government would do if the EU continued to play “hardball”, and warned that it would “not be wise” for the bloc.
A top official at the Bank of England has warned the government it has less than 12 weeks to agree a transition deal with the EU to prevent City firms starting to move jobs and business out of the UK. Sam Woods, a deputy governor at the Bank, said City firms would activate their Brexit contingency plans if there was no deal on a transition period by Christmas which would mitigate the impact of a hard Brexit in March 2019. Woods also repeated his warning of the strain being put on the Bank’s ability to police the financial sector as a result of the changes firms needed to make. In an annual speech to an audience of financiers at London’s Mansion House, Woods said City firms would become more complicated as a result of the restructuring they would need to undertake.
European Commission plans to introduce border controls between Britain and Northern Ireland after Brexit were dismissed by UK officials following the leak of an internal memo from what is believed to be the office of Jean-claude Juncker. The proposal would see customs controls at Northern Irish ports checking agri-food products coming from Britain to ensure they meet animal health and food safety standards. Northern Ireland’s agriculture industry would have to undertake to meet those EU standards. A senior EU source said: “My sense would be yes, that at a high level in the commission there would be a strong push to get the British to accept that at least for agricultural products, the checks should happen between the two islands.”
Amazon today faces an unpaid tax bill of £221.5million (250m euros) because its ‘sweetheart deal’ with Luxembourg amounted to state aid. The European Commission said the perks offered to the American retail giant amounted to ‘illegal tax benefits’. Amazon paid just £15million in taxes on £19.5billion in sales across Europe last year, according to its most recent accounts. The new £221.5million tax bill is also deeply embarrassing for Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, who was Prime Minister of Luxembourg when the deal was struck. But EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said her boss’ involvement will not be probed and said today: ‘We try to investigate the behaviour of member states – it is not a criminal investigation into different persons’.
Brussels has launched a crackdown on two of the world’s biggest technology companies, demanding that Amazon pay about €250 million in back tax and referring the Republic of Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to collect €13 billion of unpaid tax from Apple. The rulings represent the latest attempt by the European Union to bring internet companies to heel over their complex financial arrangements, under which European countries entice firms with bespoke tax deals. Amazon, the online retailer, was ordered to pay the money to the Luxembourg government. Margrethe Vestager, the European competition commissioner, argued that both companies had profited from securing their own deals with an individual country to illegally reduce their tax bills.
Michael Gove has been accused of making a pig’s ear of his explanation of EU animal rules, after farmers dismissed his claims that Brussels was stopping them bringing home the bacon. Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference this week, the environment secretary said Britain had been unable to capitalise on Chinese demand for the “delicacy” of pigs’ ears because of EU rules on piercings. He said one of the reasons” why Britain had not been “as successful as we might have been at selling pigs’ ears to China is that EU rules dictate that pigs, like all livestock, have ear tags”. He said that outside of the EU this would not be necessary, meaning that “by selling more sows’ ears to China we can buy more silk purses for British farmers”.
The Catalan leader has slammed an ‘out of touch’ King of Spain for ‘ignoring millions’ who voted for independence as tensions escalated on the streets of Barcelona. Last night, pro-Spain protestors took to the streets of Barcelona, with the nation on the verge of being torn apart, with politicians in Catalonia suggesting that independence could be secured by Monday. Belgium’s Philippe Lamberts, the head of the Green grouping in the European Parliament said the crisis ‘threatened the spirit of European integration, even more than Brexit’. Experts say tensions between Catalonia and Spain is at its highest since the end of the Franco regime in the 1970s, with clashes continuing in the days after the referendum on Sunday.
As Catalonian nationalism drives Spain to the brink of constitutional crisis, two regions of Italy are preparing for referendums of their own. Voters in the wealthy northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto will be asked on 22 October if they want ‘particular conditions of autonomy’. The regional governments – based in Milan and Venice respectively – are not demanding independence but want to keep more of their citizens’ tax money. Both regions – which together account for 30 per cent of Italy’s GDP – are forced to subsidise poorer southern areas by paying several times more money in taxes to Rome than they receive in investment and services.
BRUSSELS tonight offered its most substantial defence yet of the actions of Spanish riot police during clashes in Catalonia which left almost 900 people injured, some seriously. Dutch official Frans Timmermans, the second-in-command to EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker, said Madrid had the right to use “proportionate force” to keep the country together in the face of an illegal referendum. Appearing before the EU parliament, the senior official said he had been “saddened” by the scenes of violence but laid the blame for them squarely at the door of the Catalan regional government. The EU Commission’s refusal to condemn the actions of Spanish police, who charged defenceless voters with batons and fired upon them with rubber bullets, has been criticised in many quarters.
FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron has forced through draconian new laws that will legalise many of the country’s state of emergency powers. It means officers will now be able to raid homes and put suspects under house arrest without going to a judge. They will also get a version of stop-and-search powers. And officials can close mosques or other “places of worship” if they “provoke violence, hatred or discrimination”. The national security bill cements many of the state of emergency powers given to police after the Paris attacks that killed 130 in November 2015. Since then, 4,000 raids have been carried out with no warrant and 700 put under house arrest — 100 thought to be Muslim. But campaigners say the new laws are an attack on civil liberties, human rights and France’s liberal history.
The European Union says Hungary has failed to address its “serious concerns” about a new law on civic groups, so it is stepping up legal action against the Hungarian government. The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, said Wednesday that it could refer the case to the European Court of Justice if Hungary fails to comply with the EU’s “reasoned opinion” within one month. The EU launched the infringement procedure against Hungary in July, saying the new law could prevent civic groups from raising funds and function properly. Hungary says its aim is to increase transparency among non-governmental groups receiving foreign funding, while repeatedly criticizing the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and other NGOs that receive funds from the Open Society Foundations established by Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.
A German MEP has torn into EU big wigs accusing Guy Verhofstadt of being arrogant, Jean-Claude Juncker of being responsible for the Leave vote and Michel Barnier of wanting to punish Brexiteers. Hans-Olaf Henkel said: “I was against Brexit…but it was the Junkers, the Brocks, the Verhofstadts who carry a lot of responsibility for Brexit in the first place. It was their mantra for more Europe, more centralisation, more socialisation, which led to the referendum in the first place. And it was their inflexibility of the immigration issue which gave the arguments for the Johnsons and the Farages to swing the results for Brexit.
Most new cancer drugs are given to patients without any evidence that they extend or improve lives, an overview of data has concluded. Only half show they have any real benefit, according to researchers who say regulators must make it harder for medicines to be approved. Other care for patients is being rationed to pay for drugs that are often useless, they add. Regulatory approval, however, does not mean the NHS will pay for the drugs. Health chiefs will see the study as vindication of a tougher line which has seen them rejecting many new medicines as poor value for money. NHS England yesterday defeated a legal challenge to its decision to add an extra layer of rationing to new medicines.
Most cancer drugs given a European medical licence do nothing to extend or improve the lives of patients, a study has concluded. Researchers found this was true of 57 per cent of treatments approved by the European Medicines Agency between 2009 and 2013. Many were provided in Britain through the Cancer Drugs Fund. Even when drugs did show survival gains over existing treatments, the benefits were marginal, the study said. Treatments that did improve life expectancy gave patients only an extra 2.7 months on average, often at the cost of thousands of pounds. The researchers, from King’s College London and the London School of Economics, said drugs firms were giving patients false hope and exposing them to needless side effects.
A HIGHLY infectious vomiting and diarrhoea bug is reportedly sweeping across the country leaving families bed-ridden. This nasty illness called Shigellosis or Shigella, which normally affects young people, is said to be being passed around schools and workplaces. Sometimes known as the “winter vomiting bug”, it is described as most common in early autumn. The unpleasant side effects can also include painful stomach cramps, high temperatures and nausea. Poor hygiene, such as not washing your hands after the toilet, is a common cause of the virus being passed on according to the NHS. But it can also be contracted by direct contact with someone infected from doorknobs or toilet handles they have touched.
Twelve more men have been charged as part of a huge investigation into historical child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The men, aged between 33 and 38 and mostly from Rotherham, face accusations of rape and indecent assault and bring the number charged under the probe into sex gangs in the Yorkshire town to 21. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the most recent charges related to eight girls under the age of 16, over a five year period from 1998 to 2003. Senior investigating officer, Paul Williamson, said: ‘We have now charged 21 men with over 94 child sexual abuse offences and expect this number to increase as more victims come forward. ‘Officers are investigating more than 80 suspects and with the support of partner agencies, are currently engaging with 235 victims. ‘Our focus is to bring lasting and worthwhile benefits for victims, helping to build better futures.
A fresh wave of rail strikes will hit services across the country today, with disputes over the role of guards and driver-only trains becoming increasingly bitter. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Southern, Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia will stage a second 24-hour walkout of the week, with no sign of the deadlock being broken. Workers on the new South Western Railway franchise are set to join the strikes after voting heavily in favour of industrial action over a similar row. The RMT has accused Southern of “bullying” tactics, claiming the company has threatened to target the pensions of those taking strike action as well as taking “further sanctions”.
YET another rail privateer will face crippling strikes over driver-only trains, the RMT union announced yesterday. Guards on South Western Railway, which runs services from London Waterloo to Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, overwhelmingly backed strike action. The ballot result came after the company failed to guarantee that guards’ roles would be maintained as the operator introduces new rolling stock. With guards on Merseyrail, Northern, Southern and Greater Anglia already on strike today over similar issues, yesterday’s vote means that the next wave of walkouts could disrupt five major commuter networks.
Commuters face delays and cancellations on Thursday as a fresh wave of rail strikes hits services across the country, as the dispute over the role of guards and driver-only trains rumbles on. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) at Southern, Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia are staging a second 24-hour walkout of the week, with no sign of the deadlock being broken. Workers on the new South Western Railway franchise are set to join the strikes after voting heavily in favour of industrial action over a similar row. The RMT has accused Southern of “bullying” tactics, claiming the company has threatened to target the pensions of those taking strike action as well as taking “further sanctions”.
AS if Black Friday wasn’t chaotic enough, the big day is set to be thrown into pandemonium as posties threaten to strike. Royal Mail workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of its first national strike since its privatisation four years ago. Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) backed walkouts by a huge 89% on a turnout of 73% of the 110,000 balloted. Dates for the strike have not been confirmed, but it is reported they could walk out on the busiest shopping day of the year. It is claimed the walkout could be held on Friday, November 24 – Black Friday – and Saturday, November 25.