If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up hereJohnson to address new Tory MPsPrime Minister Boris Johnson will address his new intake of Conservative MPs later, for the first time since last week's election gave him an 80-strong majority. He is also expected to fill ministerial posts made vacant by those who stood down or lost their seats in Thursday's election, appointing new culture and Welsh secretaries in the process. The Queen's Speech - setting out the government's legislative plans - will take place on Thursday, while MPs could get back to debating Brexit as soon as Friday. We look at what happens next in the Brexit process, while political correspondent Leila Naithoo goes behind the scenes to see what awaits new MPs at Westminster.Meanwhile, Labour's general secretary is suggesting the timetable for electing a new leader be set at a meeting on 6 January. Jeremy Corbyn, who took the blame for Thursday's "catastrophic" defeat, wants the process to begin "swiftly", so his … [Read more...] about News Daily: Johnson to address new MPs and Ben Stokes wins SPOTY
The electoral office in Northern Ireland has been accused of limiting the number of venues where North Antrim voters can sign a petition to remove Ian Paisley as an MP. Legislation allows for up to 10 centres to be set up in the constituency where a historic recall petition – which could oust the suspended Democratic Unionist party MP from his seat and force a byelection - can be signed over a six-week period. However, the electoral office has decided to set up only three in North Antrim, one of which will be located in a Unionist stronghold. The recall petition is the first of its kind and comes after Paisley was suspended last week. The parliamentary standards committee found him guilty of “serious misconduct” for failing to declare £50,000 of family holidays paid for by the Sri Lankan government in 2013. He then breached the rules on paid advocacy by writing to David Cameron in 2014 to lobby against a UN resolution on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. … [Read more...] about Petition to remove MP Ian Paisley in North Antrim criticised
Among the many voices booming out across comedy venues next month during Edinburgh’s fringe festival, several will sound strangely familiar. It might be the accent, the style of delivery or even the pace of the joke-telling that eventually gives away the identity of these performers. The sons and daughters of some of the country’s best-known comedians are establishing themselves in their own right on the festival scene. And this Edinburgh will see stronger evidence than ever of a growing stream of second-generation talent. “I actually tried to avoid becoming a comic for some time,” said Ashley Storrie, 30-year-old daughter of acclaimed Glaswegian performer Janey Godley. “I was a receptionist at a law firm, I worked in a bar and then in social care. I did every other job I could think of. And I used to have a line ready when people asked if I had considered doing what my mother did. I would say I didn’t hate myself enough to be a comedian. Then I … [Read more...] about Funny bones run in the family as fringe plays host to comic dynasties
Turn any corner in the busy town centre of Guildford on a weekday morning, and someone is carrying a disposable cup bearing the logo of one of the major chains. Each minute in the UK about 500 of these used coffee cups are thrown away. Every year consumers use and dispose of 2.5bn of them. The vast majority are not recycled. On the main high street, coffee drinkers come and go, a few searching for the local authority “on the go” recycling bins in which to deposit their used vessel. Few are aware that their well meaning efforts will do little to reduce the waste mountain created by Britain’s £9bn coffee-shop habit. The UK has just three facilities that can split the paper and plastic components, which line the cardboard cups, for recycling. These facilities are not part of the general recycling system, and less than 1 in 400 cups – under 0.25% – are recycled. To tackle the waste mountain, MPs have called for a 25p levy on takeaway coffees and teas to … [Read more...] about Will a 25p charge change Britain’s throwaway coffee cup culture?
‘Push the envelope, but don’t lose sight of the envelope.” Ivo Graham’s show is full of nifty coinages sending up his own restraint. “This maverick,” he’ll call himself, before telling us the seat-of-the-pants tale of how he left renewing his Young Person’s Railcard till the last possible moment. It’s funny – but might be more so were he not a mite restrained on stage too. Transferring from the Edinburgh fringe, Educated Guess is a strong show, but the longer it goes on, the more I wanted Graham to unzip the burbling, punctilious persona, unshackle from the script – and lose sight of the envelope entirely. The opening third is fresh and impressive. Graham starts with a newly minted routine on the £1 coin changeover, which feels like a special treat given its strictly limited shelf life. A little later, there are five further extemporised minutes when he gets waylaid by a conversation with Phil from Henley in the … [Read more...] about Ivo Graham: Educated Guess review – Eton schooldays and leftie laughs