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Cameron’s EU exit warning to leaders

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

David Cameron is to warn European leaders Britain will vote to leave the EU unless they agree to his reforms, the foreign secretary has said. Philip Hammond said the PM was confident of securing “substantive” changes ahead of the UK’s referendum. And he did not rule out a vote next year if talks went well [...]

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Blatter ‘cannot be held responsible’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 28, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has condemned the “action of individuals” for bringing “shame and humiliation” on football’s governing body. But he said that although many held him “ultimately responsible” for Fifa’s actions, he could “not monitor everyone all of the time”. He was speaking at the opening of Fifa’s congress, a day after seven top [...]

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Blair quits Middle East envoy role

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is to stand down from his role as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, sources confirm. He will leave the role next month after he fulfils “outstanding commitments”, a source close to Mr Blair told the BBC. Mr Blair, who took up the [...]

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Queen’s Speech for ‘working people’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

An EU referendum by the end of 2017 is among a packed programme of new laws in the first Conservative-only Queen’s Speech in nearly two decades. It also includes more free childcare, an income tax freeze and the right-to-buy for housing association tenants. David Cameron said the 26-bill package was a “programme for working people” [...]

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Fifa ‘took bribes for 2010 World Cup’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 27, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Fifa executives accepted bribes to help secure the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said. Ms Lynch was giving details of the US investigation into football’s governing body. She also alleged bribery was involved in Fifa’s 2011 presidential election and the 2016 Copa America tournament, due to take [...]

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Family man dies at Dignitas clinic

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Jeffrey Spector (right) was surrounded by friends and family at a meal shortly before his death A British father-of-three who feared he would be paralysed by an inoperable tumour has died at the Dignitas centre in Switzerland. Businessman Jeffrey Spector, 54, of St Annes, Lancashire, died on Friday following a six-year illness. He was surrounded [...]

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Iraq starts anti-IS Anbar offensive

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Iraqi soldiers vastly outnumbered the IS militants in Ramadi, but still withdrew Iraqi government forces have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of Anbar province. The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashd al-Shaabi), a volunteer force comprising dozens of Shia militias. The operation would see troops [...]

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Trader accused over Libor was ‘greedy’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 26, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

The first criminal trial linked to the manipulation of a key interest rate, known as Libor, has begun in London. Former City trader Tom Hayes, 35, of Fleet in Hampshire, has been accused of acting in a “thoroughly dishonest and manipulative manner” in his alleged attempts to rig the Libor rates, the court heard. The [...]

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No referendum vote for EU citizens

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

The Conservatives have promised to hold an “in/out” referendum on the EU by the end of 2017 Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe, No 10 has said. The eligibilty rules will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than [...]

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No referendum vote for EU citizens

Posted by Warren Fyfe on May 25, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

The Conservatives have promised to hold an “in/out” referendum on the EU by the end of 2017 Citizens from most EU countries living in the UK will not get a vote in the referendum on Europe, No 10 has said. The eligibilty rules will be broadly the same as for a general election, rather than [...]

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