Leading Conservatives taking to the airwaves since the Chris Pincher scandal have been repeatedly quizzed on what the Prime Minister knew and Number 10’s response to the crisis . Here is what each minister said: Friday, July 1: Simon Hart, Welsh Secretary Simon Hart did the morning media rounds for the Government and was unable to confirm whether the alleged assault was being formally investigated . He said it was "early days yet" and that from the perspective of the alleged victims, it could be "counter-productive" to rush any probe. He said the Chief Whip would be having "conversations" throughout the day and that "we might be having a very different conversation as the day goes on". He told Sky News: "This makes me very sad, it makes me sad for everybody who's been involved in these things. It's clearly something which has gone terribly wrong. There is a process, I think it's important that the process is followed. “I think it is entirely right that the Chief Whip … [Read more...] about The ministers wheeled out to respond to Chris Pincher scandal and what they said
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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?
By Lauren Turner Published 26 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing It's the start of half-term week, and Lucy is making pancakes for her two children for breakfast. But these are made with water, as she doesn't have any milk left. The eggs are from the chickens in her garden. And she is wondering what else she will feed her children until they go back to school. Lucy Houghton, 36, usually relies on the free school meals her children are entitled to and had vouchers over summer to spend in a supermarket for their food. But now it's half-term, and MPs have voted against the vouchers being continued through the half-term and Christmas holidays. "I know it's only a few pounds to some people - it's an expensive coffee and a muffin in London - but it can make the difference between my children eating or not," she says. "It's going to be tough this week." She's … [Read more...] about School meals: The mum trying to feed her children through half-term week
By Caroline Lowbridge Published 28 December 2014 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Thousands of people have had sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves published on the internet without their consent. So why have only a small number of revenge porn perpetrators been prosecuted, and how is the law catching up with them? While the term "revenge porn" is new, the concept of distributing sexual images of a former partner is not. Before the internet, photos or homemade sex tapes were posted through the doors of friends and relatives. And there have been reports of vengeful exes submitting photos to pornographic magazines since at least the 1980s. Numerous celebrities have also had sex tapes released by former partners without their permission. But campaigners say there has been an explosion in revenge porn over the past few years, largely because of the impact of … [Read more...] about Is revenge porn already illegal in England?
Boris Johnson ’s government has continued to slowly fall apart as a growing number of ministers head for the door. A wave of resignations was triggered when health secretary Sajid Javid left the Cabinet last night over the handling of the Chris Pincher groping scandal. Minutes later, chancellor Rishi Sunak walked, two moves which threatened to bring down the government entirely. Outrage is growing over Johnson’s admission that he knew about a sexual assault allegation when he promoted him to deputy chief whip. No 10 changed its line a few times – initially saying the PM wasn’t aware of the claims, then saying they were either ‘resolved’ or ‘did not progress to a formal complaint’. But then, a former top Foreign Office diplomat Simon McDonald revealed that complaints made about Pincher’s behaviour in 2019 were indeed made at an official level. Since then, there has been a steady drip of resignations from government, including from solicitor general Alex Chalk and … [Read more...] about Slow motion collapse of Boris’s government continues as more ministers quit
Shameless Boris Johnson was clinging desperately to power tonight after a humiliating 24 hours and a dramatic collapse in Tory support. Conservative MPs were aghast that the Prime Minister told his Cabinet that he was staying put to go after they tried to oust him. But with his leadership drawing to a close, he was holed up in Downing Street despite the Tory Party’s ‘men in grey suits’ saying his time was up. A delegation of Cabinet ministers went to No 10 tonight, including newly appointed Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi , Home Secretary Priti Patel and chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris. In an extraordinary stand-off, they threatened to resign unless Mr Johnson agreed to finally stand down. Priti Patel also urged Boris Johnson to quit ( Image: AFP via Getty Images) Cabinet minister Michael Gove , who famously torpedoed Mr Johnson’s first Tory leadership bid, had earlier urged him to stand down. But a defiant Mr Johnson insisted he would “smash on” in No 10 … [Read more...] about Government in meltdown as shameless PM vows to stay after top Tories urge him to quit
Branwen Jeffreys Published 11 December 2015 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The chief inspector of schools has never been afraid of controversy, and with this latest intervention against unregistered schools he is firmly stepping into the debate about how and where people can choose to educate their children. It is perfectly legal to choose to educate your children at home, and if you do make that choice there is no obligation to follow a particular curriculum. It is also perfectly legal to run a part-time tuition centre to offer additional teaching and support to children who are home-educated. And if your part-time education centre teaches children for fewer than 20 hours a week there are remarkably few obligations. You don't have to register with the authorities or be open to inspection, unlike a private fee-paying school. This has created a grey … [Read more...] about Ofsted steps into debate over parents’ right to choose education
The mum of a 19-year-old whose body was found two weeks after he went missing has rejected an apology from the Metropolitan Police . Evidence Joel said she was ‘dismissed’ by officers ‘in the darkest period of my life’ after reporting the disappearance of Richard Okorogheye. Richard, who had sickle cell anaemia and had been shielding as a vulnerable adult, went missing from his home in West London on March 22, 2021. The loving son was last seen on CCTV walking towards Epping Forest in Essex. His body was found at the beauty spot, located 20 miles from his family home in Ladbroke Grove, on April 5. Ms Joel had tried on a number of occasions to make the police aware that the bright Oxford Brookes student had sickle cell and had left his home without his medication. She spoke of her ‘deep regret’ after an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into his disappearance concluded. The watchdog found that, overall, officers provided an … [Read more...] about Mum of missing teenager rejects Met Police apology and demands accountability
If you follow news about food you will be aware that the new free Trade Agreement with the UK means cheesemakers won’t be able to use the name ‘feta’ in nine years time. While large corporate cheese makers like the various Fonterra brands export a significant amount of cheese to Europe, feta is a tiny component but for our artisan, small and medium size cheese local cheesemakers who sell about 95% of their produce in the New Zealand marketplace it will have a big impact. On a much more positive note, at the 2022 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards one Nelson producer, who has always had a total focus on producing the highest quality cheese they can, has had their efforts rewarded by being awarded one of four Supreme Champion Trophies. Little River Estate was awarded the New World Champion of Champion Cheese Award - Mid-sized cheesery with their Little River Mt Richmond which is a firm favourite cheese in our house. READ MORE: Challenging year like no other finally at an end … [Read more...] about Say Cheese: Creating award-winning European-styled cheeses in Nelson
Princess Anne stuns in yellow as she attends Hillsborough Castle on Northern Ireland trip (Image: Kurtis Reid / Twitter) Sign up for FREE royal alerts SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info The Princess was earlier spotted arriving in a Royal helicopter. She made an appearance at at a garden party at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this afternoon, and could be seen greeting guests with Northern Ireland Secretary of State Brandon Lewis. It is the first annual garden party held at the castle since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. The party was held to honour community workers. Anne also visited Ballymena in Co Antrim, and an equine rehabilitation centre as part of her one-day trip to Northern Ireland. The visit began with a trip to … [Read more...] about Princess Anne stuns in yellow as she attends Hillsborough Castle on Northern Ireland trip