The resignation of Andrea Leadsom as leader of the Commons has left Theresa May’s government on the brink of collapse. She stepped down from her cabinet role on Wednesday in “yet another devastating blow for the prime minister”, says PoliticsHome, as bookmakers slashed the odds of May leaving office before the end of June to 4/6. Leadsom was due to announce when the prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed to implement the agreement between the UK and EU – would be introduced, but revealed that she could not do it as she did not believe in the plan. She has also indicated she could throw her hat into the ring to succeed May, having dramatically pulled out of the last leadership race in 2016, handing the keys to Downing Street to her rival. What did she do before politics? Leadsom's pre-politics career was in finance, as a banker and fund manager. Aged 30, she was financial institutions director for Barclays and so had a … [Read more...] about Who is Andrea Leadsom?
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Top story: ‘We just save what we can’ Hello, it’s Warren Murray putting the top stories at your fingertips. The devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai is becoming clear after it swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, destroying almost everything in its path, causing devastating floods, killing and injuring thousands of people and ruining crops. More than 2.6 million people are potentially affected in what the UN says could be the worst such disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. Official death tolls stand in the hundreds but the true numbers may not be known for months. The Mozambican and South African military and other organisations have been working to rescue people from the air. Ian Scher from Rescue SA explained the stark reality: “We just save what we can save and the others will perish.” Jill Lovell – an Australian in Mozambique running a mission school in Beira, which has been cut off by floodwaters – said in an email: “It … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Cyclone Idai leaves trail of destruction
LONDON (Reuters) - A decision by Britain to strip a teenage girl of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State in Syria was described as a “stain on the conscience” of the government on Saturday after her three-week old baby died. FILE PHOTO: Renu Begum, sister of teenage British girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Laura Lean/Pool/File Photo Shamima Begum was stripped of her citizenship on security grounds last month, leaving her in a detention camp in Syria where her baby died, the third of the 19-year-old’s infant children to die since she travelled to Syria in 2015. The opposition Labour party said the move to leave an innocent child in a refugee camp, where infant mortality rates are high, was morally reprehensible. A lawmaker in the ruling Conservative party said it smacked of populism over principle. “The tragic death … [Read more...] about British government condemned after Islamic State teenager’s baby dies
Monday After the crossword, the first thing my father would turn to in the paper was the death announcements. It must have been a legacy from the war when that was one of the more reliable ways of finding out if someone you knew had been killed. It’s a habit he passed on to me, and for as long as I can remember I’ve ploughed my way through the demise of people I’ve never heard of. Mostly to be reassured they were a lot older than me – something that gets trickier by the day – and died of an illness for which I have no symptoms. I can’t stand those coy notices that don’t give the deceased’s age or cause of death. My family are under instructions to give as many details as possible. “John died of an extremely rare form of cancer, something he never stopped complaining about to the very end.” Today was rather more disconcerting, though, as every media outlet broadcast the deaths of two people – the actor Luke Perry and … [Read more...] about Chris Grayling’s cabinet colleagues wrestle to claim his title
CHILDREN in the Philippines cheered as they burned a Momo effigy to "reverse the spirit of fear". The chilling sculpture was set on fire at a school to show children that they shouldn't be afraid of the haunting creature. The original work called Mother Bird was built in 2016 and exhibited at an alternative art gallery in the Japanese capital. But after snaps of the bird woman were posted online it morphed into the challenge after sick individuals edited the face into children’s YouTube videos. The burning celebration took place at the Libertad National High School in the city of Butuan in the eastern Philippine region of Caraga and was organised by the local authorities. The ritual will help children realise that they have the upper hand and will overcome their fearGeneral Gilbert Cruz According to local media, the authorities in Caraga are not taking any risks and they have launched a marketing campaign to warn children and parents of the dangers of the alleged online … [Read more...] about Moment schoolkids cheer as they burn Momo effigy to ‘reverse the spirit of fear’ as creepy character terrorises children around the world