When he was still in No 11 Downing Street, Philip Hammond was known for keeping grip on the public purse strings so assiduously that he attracted the nickname “spreadsheet Phil”. Now the former Chancellor is looking after a very different kind of wallet. Lord Hammond of Runnymede was this week appointed as a senior advisor to Copper , a UK cryptocurrency start-up. The fast-growing company, which raised $75m (£55m) this summer, acts as a gateway between mainstream finance and unregulated digital coin markets, handling $50bn in transitions per month. “For Lord Hammond, this is a matter of making sure Britain doesn’t fall behind,” says Dimitry Tokarev, chief executive of Copper, “brushing off blockchain could be a mistake with a significant cost to the economy.” Hammond joins a growing number of Parliamentarians who have taken an interest in cryptocurrency - despite increasing alarm from regulators, who fear the industry has encouraged high-risk trading and may even … [Read more...] about MPs buy into crypto just as regulators crack down
Almost a fifth of trusts are failing to report caesarean section data, it has emerged, as the midwife behind a landmark maternity report warned mothers must be able to “scrutinise” the figures. Donna Ockenden’s review into the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) found that more than 200 babies and nine mothers would have survived if not for the failings of the trust. SaTH’s caesarean section (c-section) rate was lower than the national average, something the trust was “proud of”, but it ultimately harmed some mothers and babies, the review found. NHS trusts are mandated to report birth data, including methods of delivery, to the Maternity Services Dataset (MSDS), which is presented on a public dashboard via NHS Digital. But, analysis by The Telegraph found almost a fifth of trusts (23 out of 121) have significant proportions of data missing for 2021. Missing data North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has data missing for every month of … [Read more...] about Many NHS trusts failing to report number of C-sections despite dangers raised in Ockenden report
A herd of cows have died after they wandered onto railway tracks and were struck by a train. The cattle were hit by a Great Western Railway (GWR) service near Yetminster yesterday. It has caused chaos for passengers in Somerset and Dorset, with all services passing between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth cancelled until the end of the day. A clean-up operation is now removing the remains from the line, while engineers look for damage. Anyone who has already bought tickets can use them on South Western Railway services between Weymouth and Southampton Central. A GWR spokesperson said: ‘Following a train hitting several cows near Yetminster yesterday, a clean-up operation is in place. ‘Until this is complete, and Great Western Railway can ensure the line is not damaged, trains will be amended. ‘We anticipate disruption will continue until the end of the day.’ Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] . For more stories like … [Read more...] about Several cows dead after being hit by train on tracks
Published 1 hour ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The government must not be complacent following large losses for the Conservatives in British local elections, Nadhim Zahawi has warned. The education secretary also told the BBC that Boris Johnson was still able to "cut through" with voters and had got important decisions right as PM. The Conservatives lost almost 500 council seats on Thursday, with Labour and the Liberal Democrats making gains. Tory MP Aaron Bell called for a "discussion" on Mr Johnson's future. The election results come amid ongoing controversy over parties held in Downing Street during lockdown and sharp rises in the cost of living. Mr Johnson, who won a large majority for the Tories at the 2019 general election, has described this week's results as "mixed" for his party, while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called them a "turning point" … [Read more...] about Elections 2022: Conservatives not complacent after losses, says Nadhim Zahawi
Boris Johnson should replace Rishi Sunak if the Chancellor is not prepared to cut taxes in response to the Conservatives’ local election mauling, senior Tories have suggested . The Prime Minister is facing a growing clamour from backbenchers to call an emergency Budget and unveil more drastic action to tackle the cost of living crisis . Party heavyweights urged him to reverse last month’s rise in National Insurance and cut the burden on businesses to kickstart economic growth. The Tories lost nearly 400 council seats across Britain on Friday as traditional supporters staged a “big protest vote” over “partygate” and rising inflation. The party suffered its worst losses in London, where it ceded flagship councils Westminster, Barnet and Wandsworth – labelled Margaret Thatcher’s favourite – to Labour. It also took a hammering in the South West, where the Liberal Democrats made inroads, seizing the newly created Somerset unitary authority. However, the Conservative … [Read more...] about Make Rishi Sunak cut taxes or replace him, Tories tell Boris Johnson amid election fallout
Christopher Hope is joined by Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith and Martin Baxter from pollster Electoral Calculus to dissect the ins and outs of the Local Elections as the results continue to come in, in a bonus episode of the Telegraph's weekly political podcast. What impact would these results have if they were mirrored in a General Election, have they helped or hindered party leaders, and should political watchers be bracing for a another potential coalition in our future. Plus MP for Yeovil Marcus Fysh on losing local councils to the Lib Dems, and whether he has faith in the Prime Minister going forward. Listen to the full debate on Chopper's Politics , The Telegraph's weekly political podcast, using the audio player at the top of this article or on Apple Podcasts , Spotify or your favourite podcast app. … [Read more...] about Chopper’s Politics: Do these local elections predict a future coalition?
May 08, 2022 - 00:05 BST Keith Urban has teased that he is moving his wife Nicole Kidman and their two girls to Yeovil, England Keith Urban has teased that he is moving his wife Nicole Kidman and their two girls to Yeovil, in England, after meeting a family from the town. MORE: Keith Urban delights with unexpected duet hopes with Nicole Kidman The singer is currently touring the UK and met the family at his concert in Bournemouth, in the south of the country, on Friday. The family of five were wearing t-shirts that spelled out Keith's name, and as he spoke to the matriarch she shared they were from Murtock. Loading the player... WATCH: Keith Urban teases huge family move with Nicole Kidman and children Keith however didn't recognize the name and asked what town it was near, to which she shared Yeovil, but he still was unsure. "I am still stumped, but it sounds lovely… we're thinking of moving there!" he joked. … [Read more...] about Keith Urban teases huge family move with Nicole Kidman and children
Senior Conservatives have blamed Boris Johnson for their local election performance, saying anger over “partygate” cost crucial votes. Two former ministers joined ousted council leaders in condemnation of the Prime Minister following the seismic collapse of support in Blue Wall areas , amid suggestions successful local campaigns were thwarted by a national focus on lockdown rule-breaking. It came as Kit Malthouse, the policing minister, urged Rishi Sunak to swiftly cut taxes, breaking ranks to express his “sincere hope” the Chancellor will “shortly” announce plans to ease the burden on families and firms struggling with rising bills. The backlash followed heavy Conservative losses in councils across the country, with almost 500 seats taken by opposition parties. Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland secretary whose constituency falls within Barnet, where Labour seized the authority, said that “partygate” was a factor . “We had some really great local … [Read more...] about Senior Tories point finger at Boris Johnson for bruising local election losses