How long does it take to get over the shock of losing your job as an MP? A year, two days?Inevitably some MPs - such as former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and former SNP leader Alex Salmond - found themselves out of a job in the early hours of this morning - and it can be tough to take.A study by the Open University Business School didn't beat about the bush when summing up just how difficult it can be for some MPs to leave office.It included an anonymous quote from one former MP, who said: "It was like a bereavement, and it was, but there was no funeral."In the same study, Baroness Jowell, who stood down at the 2015 election after 23 years as the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, explained why it can be such a terrible shock to the system."As an elected politician, you are always switched on and feel the responsibility for your electorate day and night. This is not easy to give up." Election 2017: Which seats changed hands May to form government with DUP For some former … [Read more...] about Election results 2017: How do you get over losing your job as an MP?
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"The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench. A long plastic hallway where pimps and thieves run free and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side." I don't want you to think that I make a habit of this, but last weekend, in the name of research, I spent an indulgent afternoon with the curtains drawn, sifting through a pile of old Sleeper photographs, press cuttings and band mementoes. Tucked away in the attic, behind a tub of creosote and something pungent that re-whitens grout, are a pair of cardboard boxes that contain every groove of vinyl Sleeper ever pressed, and every inch of domestic and international print coverage that our publicist deemed worthy of indexing and wrapping in plastic. I hadn't looked through any of these pictures and interviews since I moved house three years ago, and it was with some trepidation that I heaved the box on to the floor, split open the seal with a Stanley knife and tipped out its contents. There it was in black and white. … [Read more...] about My life as a pop star
EU countries are discussing imposing sanctions on Syria if the regime continues its violent suppression of pro-democracy protests. The foreign secretary, William Hague, said Damascus faced "a fork in the road" as opposition activists reported continuing government attacks in the southern town of Deraa and mass arrests and tanks in areas including Douma near the capital and Baniyas on the coast. In Rome, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi issued a joint call for an end to violence against the demonstrators. The French president described the situation as "unacceptable" but also made it clear that he was not contemplating direct intervention of the sort he championed against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. "We are not going to intervene everywhere in the world and not all situations are necessarily the same," Sarkozy said. Possible EU sanctions would probably include travel bans and asset freezes targeting members of President Bashar al-Assad's family and other senior regime figures, and … [Read more...] about Syria: EU considers sanctions as regime’s violent crackdown continues
For years, I didn’t read Elizabeth Strout. If I’m honest, I was put off by the titles, which seemed to be snatched from the noticeboard of a particularly cultivated old people’s home: Amy and Isabelle was her first novel, published in 1998, and this was followed by Abide With Me in 2006, Olive Kitteridge two years later and The Burgess Boys in 2013. I watched the HBO miniseries adaptation of Olive Kitteridge, starring Frances McDormand, and I sort of loved it but wasn’t sure it was worth four whole hours. All of which is a roundabout way of saying that it took me longer than it should have to discover Strout’s writing. It was only with the publication of My Name Is Lucy Barton last year that I eventually started reading her. What a gift it was. My Name Is Lucy Barton told the story of a hospitalised novelist coming to terms with her deprived childhood. It was set over five days, within four walls, and came in at 200 pages. Much of the novel consisted of … [Read more...] about Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout review – masterful chronicler of small-town America
The curious case of the package containing “a medical substance”, the courier Simon Cope, Sir Bradley Wiggins, his doctor Richard Freeman, and just where the Team Sky bus was on the night the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné ended raises more questions for the parties involved, on top of the rash of questions and inconsistencies that have come to light since the Fancy Bears hacking team put Wiggins’s therapeutic use exemption (TUE) forms into the public domain. The facts, documented in detail in the Daily Mail, are as follows: Cope, who was the British Cycling women’s road coach, travelled to the Dauphiné via Geneva airport bearing the package destined for Freeman. The flights were booked and paid for by British Cycling. The package was delivered to Freeman. Cope returned to Geneva with Shane Sutton, then a prominent coach at British Cycling and Team Sky. Team Sky issued a statement on Friday which read: “Team Sky was contacted by the Daily Mail … [Read more...] about What was in package taken to Bradley Wiggins’s doctor and what was it for?