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Catalan independence: Sacked leader Puigdemont ‘not seeking asylum’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionCarles Puigdemont: Spain has a ‘democratic deficit’ Catalonia’s sacked President Carles Puigdemont says he has not travelled to Belgium to seek asylum. He has appeared in public in Brussels with several colleagues after declaring independence from Spain last week. Spain’s central government has taken direct control of Catalonia and sacked officials, following the region’s [...]

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Fixed-odds maximum bet ‘could drop to £2′

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media caption‘I was completely caught up in gambling’ The maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals could drop to as little as £2 under a government review. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games, but ministers are considering a new limit somewhere between £2 and £50. The consultation aims [...]

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Labour activist ‘warned’ about pursuing rape claim

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 31, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionIn full: Bex Bailey’s interview with Radio 4′s PM A Labour activist has revealed she was raped at a party event and that a senior Labour official discouraged her from reporting the attack. Bex Bailey said she was told reporting the 2011 incident could “damage” her and that she was given no advice on [...]

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Catalan independence: Spain’s top prosecutor calls for rebellion charges

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Catalan police guarded the regional government as Catalonia returned to work on Monday Spain’s chief prosecutor has called for charges including rebellion – which carries a maximum 30 year jail term – to be brought against Catalan leaders. José Manuel Maza said they should also face sedition charges following [...]

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Speaker Bercow calls for zero tolerance of harassment

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionJohn Bercow statement on ‘recent disturbing allegations’ Commons Speaker John Bercow has said there must be “zero tolerance” of sexual harassment in Parliament as ministers vowed action “within days” to improve the way complaints are handled. Claims about inappropriate behaviour by MPs were “disturbing”, Mr Bercow said. All parties, he said, must have “credible” [...]

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Trump adviser George Papadopoulos lied about Russian links

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 30, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Donald Trump’s election campaign is the focus of an FBI inquiry An adviser to Donald Trump during his election campaign has admitted seeking to set up a meeting between the campaign and Russian officials. George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty this month to having lied to the FBI over when he met [...]

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Coronation Street actor leaves soap following internal inquiry

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley has left the ITV programme following an internal inquiry, the broadcaster says. The departure of Mr Langley, who played the character Todd Grimshaw for 16 years, follows claims he assaulted a woman in a bar, The Sunday Mirror said. He confirmed he had left the soap and denied any claims [...]

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Catalonia independence: Huge Barcelona pro-Spain rally

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Media captionBarcelona rally demonstrator: ‘I feel forgotten by Catalan government’ Hundreds of thousands are attending a rally for Spanish unity in Barcelona after Catalonia was stripped of its autonomy for declaring independence. Many of those protesting in the region’s largest city chanted that sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont should be jailed. Mr Puigdemont was dismissed [...]

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Mark Garnier investigated by Cabinet Office over sex toy errand

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 29, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

Image copyright PA Conservative MP Mark Garnier is to face an investigation into whether he broke ministerial rules after he admitted asking his secretary to buy sex toys. The international trade minister also confirmed calling her “sugar tits,” according to the Mail on Sunday, but he said it did not amount to harassment. The Cabinet [...]

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‘Zero tolerance’ for MPs who abuse women

Posted by Warren Fyfe on October 28, 2017 in Warren Fyfe Site

MPs who abuse or sexually harass women must be “held to account”, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. Mr Corbyn spoke out against “a culture where the abuse of women has often been accepted and normalised,” including at Westminster. Conservative MP Justine Greening said anyone who felt they had been sexually harassed should contact the [...]

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