By Tom Edgington Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Following a series of ministerial resignations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing considerable pressure. So under what circumstances can an early election be called and who decides when it's held? When is next general election due? UK general elections - where all 650 MPs are elected to the House of Commons - have to be held no more than five years apart. Unless an earlier one is called, the next election isn't due until January 2025 . How might Boris Johnson be removed as PM? Chris Mason: Boris Johnson facing day of judgement Government resignations: Who has gone, who is staying? Who can call an early election? The decision to hold an early election usually rests with the prime minister. However, until very recently, this wasn't the case. In … [Read more...] about General Election: When is the next one and could it be called sooner?
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A boy, 16, has become an internet star after stunning people at his school prom by wearing a bright red sequined tuxedo and ballgown skirt. Korben, who topped off his outfit with a crown, says he wanted to show ‘you can be who you want to be’. Onlookers clapped and some teachers reportedly wept as the teenager stepped out of his car at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston. His message has since spread far and wide – with millions of views on a picture posted online by proud mum Nina Green. Nina, from Norfolk, told the BBC she wanted to show her child ‘living his best life’. ‘If you let your child be who they are then you’ll get nothing but the best out of them’, she said. ‘There are people in the world who still don’t understand, but the feeling of acceptance, you can’t beat that feeling. I am so happy for him.’ Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage retweeted the post in a move that ‘blew Korben away’. She wrote: ‘Ohhhhhhhh yes! You are an amazing … [Read more...] about Boy, 16, ‘lives his best life’ by wearing tuxedo and ballgown skirt to prom
There's one question on everyone's mind - is Boris Johnson going to resign as prime minister? The PM has been hit by a scandal that has seen the resignations of his chancellor and health secretary , and more than 30 other MPs in less than 24 hours. The same question swirled following the publication of the Sue Gray report - but Mr Johnson vowed to keep going. Politics Hub: PM answering questions now as Gove tells him to go - live updates Today, Boris Johnson insisted that 'of course' he will be still be prime minister tomorrow . Advertisement But will the Chris Pincher scandal be the one that prompts the PM to call time on his premiership? Sky's political team give their thoughts. 'The game is up' Sky's political editor, Beth Rigby, said she has been told a delegation of three cabinet ministers - Zahawi, Hart and Lewis have made it clear to the chief whip that it's time for the PM to go. Beth has also been told that this trio … [Read more...] about Will Boris Johnson resign as prime minister? Sky News politics team tell us what they’re hearing
One of Boris Johnson's own Cabinet ministers announced on Wednesday night she would run in the leadership contest to replace him as she called for him to stand down. Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, set out her stall to be Prime Minister on live television but did not resign her role. Ms Braverman is the first minister to break cover in the leadership race, but The Telegraph understands Nadhim Zahawi has also been plotting a leadership bid for months with the help of political strategists connected to Sir Lynton Crosby. "If there is a leadership contest, I will put my name into the ring," Ms Braverman told ITV. "I love this country. My parents came here with absolutely nothing, and it was Britain that gave them hope, security and opportunity. "This country has afforded me incredible opportunities in education and in my career. I owe a debt of gratitude to this country, and to serve as Prime Minister would be the greatest honour. So yes, I will try." She vowed to … [Read more...] about Suella Braverman announces leadership bid on live TV as Tory rivals plot to succeed Boris Johnson
Anthony Joshua has beaten Wladimir Klitschko with an 11th round stoppage in a thrilling heavyweight title fight in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley. Both fighters were on the brink of defeat at various stages, with Joshua recovering from a knockdown that had him hanging on in the middle rounds to steady the ship and stop the Ukrainian. :: IN PICTURES - The epic fight Klitschko, 41, defied many who believed he would be steamrollered in the early rounds by his younger opponent, and held off the Briton behind his jab. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:16 Joshua's post-fight video message to fans Joshua charged out with a ferocious onslaught in the fifth that sent Klitschko to the canvas, but a remarkable turnaround saw him catch the British fighter with several telling shots, leaving Joshua clinging on and gasping for air. Advertisement Smelling blood in the sixth, a stinging straight right from … [Read more...] about Anthony Joshua beats Klitschko in Wembley thriller
The fact that Geraint Thomas is fourth favourite with the bookies to win the 109th Tour de France, which begins in Copenhagen on Friday - behind only Slovenians Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic, and last year’s runner-up Jonas Vingegaard - is, frankly, pretty extraordinary when you consider where the Welshman was six months ago. Crashes at last year’s Tour de France and then, in quick succession, the Tokyo Olympics, derailed Thomas’ 2021 season. Heading into the winter, the 36 year-old was struggling both mentally and physically. Negotiations with Ineos Grenadiers over a new contract were dragging, his shoulder needed surgery. And then he got Covid at Christmas. “It was definitely the hardest time of my career looking back,” says Thomas, speaking from his hotel room after his final pre-Tour training ride on Thursday. “It was just one thing after the other. Obviously the summer was hard. I committed so much to last year’s Tour, spent so much time away from Sa and Macs [wife Sara … [Read more...] about Geraint Thomas interview: ‘I just thought why me, what have I done to deserve this?’
“D uck and cover!” a mechanized voice screamed. The ground shook and the window rattled. I rolled from my bed to the floor of my trailer and felt for the armor I’d forgotten in my office. I lay there and sweated and swore. The voice from the loudspeaker urged me to get away from the windows. I was inside a tin can. I crawled to the door. My hand was on the knob when I realized I was naked. The next impact knocked the air conditioner to the floor. I grabbed a light-blue cotton robe and bolted. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. I raced along a row of sandbags, one hand holding the robe closed. The duck-and-cover bunkers were 100 feet away. Another series of explosions, and I hit the rocks. I was lying there, panting, when I saw a bright-yellow bunker tucked behind a row of sandbags and palm trees. I was up, running, full out. My robe fell open and flew out behind me. Another hit. I was 20 feet away. Ten. Five. I crashed into the … [Read more...] about What I Wish I’d Known About Sexual Assault in the Military
The most famous story about modern presidential campaigning now has a quaint old-world tone. It’s about the showdown between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in the first debate of their 1960 campaign, which was also the very first nationally televised general-election debate in the United States. The story is that Kennedy looked great, which is true, and Nixon looked terrible, which is also true—and that this visual difference had an unexpected electoral effect. As Theodore H. White described it in his hugely influential book The Making of the President 1960 , which has set the model for campaign coverage ever since, “sample surveys” after the debate found that people who had only heard Kennedy and Nixon talking, over the radio, thought that the debate had been a tie. But those who saw the two men on television were much more likely to think that Kennedy—handsome, tanned, non-sweaty, poised—had won. Historians who have followed up on this story haven’t found data to back … [Read more...] about When Donald Meets Hillary: Who Will Win the Debates?
No one ever asks Lando Norris what it’s like to be a man at McLaren . Sisters Leena and Teena Gade, on the other hand, are always ready to rattle off their respective stock answers. The British engineers boast decades of experience between them, from F1 to rally, endurance and IndyCar , yet people often seem more interested in their gender than their expertise. Thursday marks International Women in Engineering Day but Leena, Senior Principal Race Engineer for McLaren’s Extreme E team, is frank when it comes to the incessant enquiry. “It’s so annoying,” said the elder Gade, who in 2011 became the first female race engineer to win 24 Hours of Le Mans, with repeat success in 2012 and 2014. “It’s like asking you to walk on the moon. You’ve got absolutely no idea, because I don’t see myself as a woman in motorsport. I’m an engineer first and foremost. When I wake up in the morning, the way I think, the way I operate, I’m an engineer. It’s a little bit frustrating … [Read more...] about McLaren sisters Leena and Teena Gade: ‘I don’t see myself as a woman in motorsport. I’m an engineer’
The entire industry is guilty of leering at competitors. This happens especially at early-season races, like the Tour Down Under, when a rider’s physique is callously judged in whispers and sideways glances on a scale of ‘Watch out!’ to ‘That fat f--- has no chance of winning the Tour de France.’ In a feature I wrote for Procycling magazine about mental health and wellbeing in the peloton, Richie Porte illustrated what it felt like to be at the receiving end. “If you turn up to race [in Europe] a couple of kilograms over what you were in the Tour Down Under, the amount of riders that say stuff to you is...” he trailed off. “In the modern world you don’t get away with commenting on that [weight], but you have riders and staff who think it’s their right to.” Porte, who finished third overall at the 2020 Tour in what was Australia’s second-best performance on general classification in the history of the race, is resigned to it. “When you see some of the food you can’t eat, and … [Read more...] about Fat shaming and problem eating: The dark side of the Tour de France