By Dickens Olewe Published 8 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Kenya general election 2022 Kenyans still do not know who their next president will be more than 48 hours after polls closed. Election head Wafula Chebukati has urged people to be patient and not to panic that media houses are releasing differing tallies. Each organisation is making calculations based on its own manual entry of data from more than 46,000 polling stations. But it is only the electoral commission that can declare the winner. The media's tallies show that the two leading candidates - Raila Odinga and William Ruto - are neck and neck. "There should be no panic about the differences we are seeing on the media screens. The results are from the same public portal; the approach [of each broadcaster] is different," Mr Chebukati, the chairperson of the … [Read more...] about Kenya Election 2022: Why the count is taking so long
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Published 13 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The government has said it will introduce a confidence motion in itself. It had previously rejected the no-confidence motion proposed by the Labour Party because it referred to the prime minister. A vote is expected next week, before the result of the ongoing Conservative leadership contest is due. Boris Johnson resignation: What happens now? No 10 blocks Labour no confidence vote plan What is a no-confidence vote? It's a vote in which MPs from all parties decide whether they want the government to continue. It can trigger a general election and could see a new prime minister appointed. While any MP can propose a no-confidence motion, there's no guarantee their request will be granted. However, if the leader of the opposition - currently Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer - introduces the motion, … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: What is a vote of no confidence?
Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss will become the UK's next prime minister when the final stage of the Conservative Party leadership contest concludes early next month. A vote among the party's membership is deciding the winner, who will be announced on 5 September. The campaign Mr Sunak and Ms Truss are taking part in 12 hustings events around the UK - where they are being questioned about their policies. The events are open to Conservative members and are being streamed on the party's website. Journalists can attend - but can not ask questions. Conservative Party members are picking the winner. The candidate they vote for will automatically become prime minister, as the leader of the party with a majority in the House of Commons. To be able to vote, members must have joined the party on or before … [Read more...] about Tory leadership: How will the new party leader and PM be chosen?
By Philip Sim Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Nicola Sturgeon's future is again the subject of speculation after the first minister said during an Edinburgh Fringe interview that she had not yet decided whether she would lead the SNP into the next Scottish Parliament election. She also stated clearly that she is "up for the challenge" and is looking forward to a fresh independence referendum - but with her cards on the table about that vote, we may be already at the point where we can map out what her future looks like. It is inextricably linked to the issue of independence - and how that plays out is likely to be the defining act of her career. Why has this come up again? First of all, if Nicola Sturgeon is reading this, I imagine she is already rolling her eyes. Her latest comments were made during a fairly light-hearted Edinburgh … [Read more...] about Is indyref2 showdown Nicola Sturgeon’s last stand?
By Andre Rhoden-Paul & Dulcie Lee Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Boris Johnson remains as prime minister despite his two most recent cabinet appointments calling for him to resign. Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, who was given the job two days ago, said the situation was "not sustainable and will only get worse". And Education Secretary Michelle Donelan quit, saying Mr Johnson had "put us in an impossible situation". But Mr Johnson insists he has a "colossal mandate to keep going". The wave of resignations from the government and party exceeded 50 on Thursday, as Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis became the first cabinet member of the day to quit, quickly followed by seven other ministers. Previously loyal supporters - including Priti Patel and Grant Shapps - urged him to step down on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Attorney General … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson: Resignations exceed 50 but PM stays in post
Eddie Izzard has opened up on the moment her pronouns ‘changed’ to ‘she/her’ , explaining that while it wasn’t deliberate on her part, she regards it as ‘a ‘great honour’. In December 2020, the actor and comedian appeared on the Sky Arts programme Portrait Artist of the Year to have her portrait painted by a group of artists. During the episode, she requested that she be referred to by the pronouns ‘she/her’ after being asked for her preference, sparking high praise from viewers , as she said at the time: ‘This is the first programme I’ve asked if I can be she and her, a little transition period.’ In a new interview on the My Seven Wonders with Clive Anderson podcast, Eddie explained that she identifies as ‘gender fluid’, and is ‘now based as a trans woman’. Speaking about the aftermath of her Portrait Artist of the Year episode airing, the Ocean’s Twelve star said: ‘My pronouns… I didn’t change my pronouns. I was thinking of changing them.’ The 60-year-old … [Read more...] about Eddie Izzard didn’t intentionally plan to change pronouns but is ‘honoured’ to be called she/her
Liz Truss has extended her lead over Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race , according to a poll of party members by YouGov. The new survey put Ms Truss, the Foreign Secretary, on 60 per cent of the vote and Mr Sunak, the former chancellor, on 26 per cent. That lead of 34 percentage points among decided Tory members is bigger than the previous YouGov poll last month , which put Ms Truss 18 points ahead. But doubts remain about the reliability of Tory membership polling. Far fewer such polls are carried out than general voter polling before elections. Sir John Curtice, a leading polling expert, said that Mr Truss is likely to hold a “narrower” lead than thought after one survey put her only five points ahead of Mr Sunak. Writing for The Telegraph , he cautioned against reading too much into the limited number of studies into the attitudes of Conservative Party members that have been carried out. His remarks came as other experts warned that polls of party members are … [Read more...] about Liz Truss extends lead over Rishi Sunak in Tory leadership poll
By John Campbell Published 7 July Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Boris Johnson rose to the highest ranks of UK politics on the back of Brexit. He was the face of the campaign group Vote Leave and in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum the new prime minister Theresa May made him foreign secretary. Within three years, he had deposed her for taking an insufficiently hard line on Brexit. He then fought and won an election on the promise that he would "get Brexit done". He did deliver a Brexit deal with the EU but the treatment of Northern Ireland remains unfinished business, which has poisoned several sets of political relationships. How did Mr Johnson's position on Northern Ireland and Brexit evolve? November 2018: The DUP conference Boris Johnson was the star attraction at the DUP party conference in Belfast with his speech cheered to the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson, Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol
At CPAC in Dallas this past weekend, former President Donald Trump asserted that a "key priority for the next Congress and the next president will be to drain the swamp, once and for all." Then, reiterating a point made in a keynote address to the America First Policy Institute last month, he specified that Congress "should pass groundbreaking reform empowering the president to ensure that any federal employee who is corrupt, incompetent, or unnecessary for the job can be told, 'You're fired.'" Such legislation would essentially formalize and strengthen President Trump's Executive Order 13957 , which President Joe Biden rescinded during his first week in office. But there's a problem: The chance of even a Republican-controlled Congress carrying out this type of reform is close to zero. You see, Congress itself created—and, indeed, has since protected and bolstered—the Deep State, so there's little reason to believe it would now reverse course and eliminate it. A few … [Read more...] about The next president must prioritize destroying the Deep State | Opinion
In a New York Times report titled, “Uprising Grows Over Cuomo’s Bullying and ‘Brutalist Political Theater,’” it was alleged that the New York Governor had threatened to publicly liken a opponent to a “child rapist.” In the latest New York Times podcast, an audio recording of this conversation confirms these previously-denied allegations to be accurate. After describing the response to the question, “Who in this room has been yelled at or bullied by Andrew Cuomo?” the initial report added that “ The theme suffuses many of Mr. Cuomo’s interactions — accounts in which the governor berated aides and elected officials, brought people to tears and threatened to fire them or end their careers. People outside the governor’s direct control who have clashed with him said he told them they would be subject to negative news stories or political challenges or, in one case, would be publicly likened to a ‘child rapist.’” “‘His primary tool for governing is to create fear,’ said … [Read more...] about New Audio Confirms That Andrew Cuomo Threatened To Compare Political Opponent To ‘Child Rapist’ | The Daily Wire