If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here and try our Audio Briefings on WhatsApp. Prime Minister bids to woo Lib Dems with environmental focus He is promising a "clean energy revolution" as one of the prizes of Brexit. Making his first policy-driven speech of the election campaign at an electric car plant, Boris Johnson will today say that a Conservative government would spearhead the drive to tackle climate change. As Political Editor Gordon Rayner writes, the Prime Minister is attempting to appeal to Liberal Democrat voters who might consider lending their support to the Tories to keep out Jeremy Corbyn. It comes after Mr Johnson featured in a "Vogue 73 questions"-style general election broadcast, revealing he is a fan of Marmite and the Rolling Stones. And Matt looks at the impact of political pacts in today's cartoon. Meanwhile, shadow chancellor … [Read more...] about Wednesday morning news briefing: Brexit will start green revolution, pledges PM
Twitter employs just 49 black people out of a total US workforce of 2,910. The tiny number of African American staff – 35 men and 14 women – represents just 1.7% of Twitter’s US staff. The Rev Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow/Push Coalition, who has long campaigned for tech companies to be more transparent about their lack of minority employees, told the Guardian that black people are “becoming intolerant” of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies’ lack of progress in making their offices more diverse. The stark lack of black employees comes despite the company’s repeated pledges to make its staff better reflect the diversity of its 302 million users – and as Twitter actively exploits its large number of minority users to bring in more advertising revenue. African Americans account for 13.6% of the US population, according to the 2010 US census, and Pew Center Research shows that black people use Twitter disproportionately … [Read more...] about Twitter employs only 49 African Americans despite diversity pledges
Theresa May’s attempts to woo the Democratic Unionist party with a pledge over the contentious backstop have failed after the party branded the proposals as “cosmetic and meaningless”. At the same time Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar, reflecting the principles of the withdrawal agreement, said Stormont could not have the power of veto over the backstop. “I don’t think we can have a situation whereby the Northern Ireland executive or assembly has a veto power [over the backstop] because that would essentially give one of the two communities veto power over the other,” he told Reuters in Ethiopia. With less than a week to go to the critical parliamentary vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement, the government appears no closer to securing the 10 votes of the DUP MPs needed to get the deal over the line. In a 13-page document published on Wednesday, the government promised a “strong role” for the currently defunct Stormont … [Read more...] about DUP dismisses May’s Brexit pledge to consult Stormont as meaningless
Wildlife presenter Bill Oddie today demands beefed-up protections against fox hunting as political parties thrash out their general election plans. Former Springwatch host Bill, 78, urged leaders to place animal welfare at the heart of their manifestos for power. The call comes two-and-a-half years after Theresa May’s 2017 ballot box meltdown was partly blamed on her full-throated support for bringing back fox hunting. League Against Cruel Sports patron Bill hopes the December 12 poll will lead to better treatment of wildlife – and closures of legal loopholes to fox hunting. He said: “There is a real opportunity here to show unity where there has been division, to commit to a vision of Britain that is a kinder place for all of us to live, where there is an understanding of the importance of protecting the environment around us and all the wildlife that shares our land. “Two years ago, Theresa May learned on the doorsteps that an attempt to repeal the Hunting Act … [Read more...] about Strengthen fox hunting ban in general election manifestos, say campaigners
It started with an attempt to topple the deputy Labour leader and was marked by noisy in-fighting over the party’s Brexit policy. Yet by the end of Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn believed that they had paved the way for the most radical election manifesto seen in Britain for decades. So many announcements were planned that one key policy – the decision to radically reshape universal credit and pump some £3bn back into the benefits system in the short term – was cut out of Corbyn’s speech and revealed on Saturday instead. The policies are as numerous as they are wide-ranging. The aim of a four-day week, a state-owned drugs manufacturer, higher tax for free social care, the reversal of many legal aid cuts, a potential net-zero carbon target of 2030 and free prescriptions are among them. These are on top of controversial plans already announced, such as allowing workers to gain a stake in large companies. … [Read more...] about Just how radical are Labour’s conference pledges?