There are 91 Davids standing for election this year, ahead of John and James as the most popular name for wannabe MPs.You have to go as far as number 18 on the list before you find a female name - there are 22 Sarahs.Although there are a record number of female candidates this year, it is still just a third of the total.The fact that female names are so low on our list isn't just because of gender imbalance, though. Women's names are more diverse than men's in general, so are less likely to be grouped together. CONFUSED?: Our simple election guide POLICY GUIDE: Who should I vote for? POLLS: How are the parties doing? A TO Z: Our tool to explain election words REGISTER: What you need to do to vote Jones and Smith are the most popular surnames, 31 and 30 respectively.There are 17 Johnsons, although for the first time this decade none of them are directly related to the prime minister.Boris Johnson brother Jo was elected in Orpington in 2010 but stood down earlier this year.Where are … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Who’s standing where?
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There will be a record number of female MPs in the House of Commons after 208 women were elected in Thursday’s general election. The 2017 parliamentary intake will outnumber the 196 women elected to the Commons in the 2015 election and subsequent byelections. The previous record for the number of women elected in a single general election was 191 in 2015. Amber Rudd’s re-election took the 2017 figure past the 2015 total as she narrowly defended her Hastings and Rye seat after a strong challenge from Labour’s Peter Chowney. The home secretary, touted as a future Conservative party leader, won with a majority of just 346 after two recounts. The re-election of the Greens’ Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion took the tally over 200. The 208th was Emma Dent Coad, who took the last seat to be declared, Kensington, in a shock win for Labour. It was not until 2015 that the total number of women ever elected surpassed the number of male MPs in a single parliament … [Read more...] about Record number of female MPs win seats in 2017 general election
Downing Street expects the European elections to go ahead next month despite continuing talks with Labour to break the Brexit deadlock. Senior Government figures believe that cross-party negotiations will break down leaving the UK faced with no choice but to take part. Both sides remained downbeat about the chances of a breakthrough after talks resumed yesterday - although Labour sources suggested ministers had appeared more open to compromise than before. However, senior Tories were unconvinced the talks would result in a Brexit compromise deal in time - so the May 22 would go ahead. One No 10 insider said: “If we get to the end of this week and nothing is resolved on Brexit, it makes it feel very, very likely.” But other Tory sources claimed their “new goal” was to make sure that no MEPs who were elected ever took their seat. They would do this by passing the withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) by June 30 or tabling more indicative votes so they don’t … [Read more...] about Downing Street expects European elections to go ahead next month despite talks
President Jair Bolsonaro announced the launch of his new political party at a ceremony in the Brazilian capital on Thursday. Hundreds of supporters turned up outside a Brasilia hotel to listen to Bolsonaro's pledge to push forward Christian values and the fight against corruption at the first meeting of his "Alliance for Brazil" party. The move comes after his declining popularity in the right-wing Social Liberal Party (PSL). Read more: Brazil: Bolsonaro's broken promises To compete in future elections, the new party must now collect 500,000 signatures in 9 states. mvb/rt (dpa, Reuters) Every evening at 1830 UTC, DW's editors send out a selection of the day's hard news and quality feature journalism. You can sign up to receive it directly here. … [Read more...] about Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro forms his own new political party
A Conservative parliamentary candidate who has been praised by Boris Johnson is facing questions over why he received an illegal dividend from a security firm that went into administration owing £271,000 in tax. Stuart Anderson, who is trying to overturn a Labour majority of 2,185 in Wolverhampton South West, was a director and major shareholder of Anubis Associates for eight years until 2013 when the firm collapsed. The firm, which trained security guards, was wound up by administrators who noted that Anderson had received more than £54,000 in unlawful dividends. He later repaid £2,000. It comes amid criticism from unions that the Conservatives have failed to reign in malpractice in business. When Anubis went under it owed £271,738 to HM Revenue and Customs in VAT, PAYE, national insurance and deferred taxation, documents show. Another 59 unsecured creditors were owed £179,330. Secured creditors received a portion of what they were owed. Anderson, a former … [Read more...] about Tory candidate got illegal dividend from firm that went bust