DUP confirms it will not back Brexit deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPM’s Brexit deal ‘would damage the union’ The DUP has confirmed it will not back Theresa May’s Brexit deal despite the prime minister’s promise to step down if MPs backed it. The party said the changes it wants to see to the backstop have not been achieved. Theresa May told Tory MPs that she would stand down if they voted for her withdrawal deal. DUP leader Arlene Foster said that the party “cannot sign up to something that would damage the union”. Q&A: The Irish border Brexit backstop DUP ‘won’t be threatened’ over Brexit deal A guide to MPs’ alternative Brexit plans What are indicative votes? How the indicative vote process will …

Half of babies born to families renting

‘Fraught’ and insecure About 365,000 children were born that year into rented homes, in a study drawing on the government’s UK family resources survey and the English Housing Survey. “For people in their late 20s and 30s, half of whom are starting families in insecure accommodation, not having a home of their own is fraught with practical and emotional issues,” says Ms O’Connor, a personal finance specialist for the insurance company. A third of millennials face renting their entire lives Eviction threat over crying baby of privately-renting parents The stay at home children of the housing crisis For about 200,000 families with children in private rentals, she says “the main risk is eviction, which hangs threateningly in the background of …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …

How green is your parcel?

Green campaigners argue our demand for getting something delivered at speed – whether it’s Amazon Prime or Premier Delivery on ASOS – is adding to carbon emissions. Image copyright Royal Mail Image caption E-trikes are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power The vehicles are powered by a combination of pedal and battery power and will be delivered by posties in Cambridge, Sutton Coldfield and Stratford in London. It’s part of a six-month trial and if successful could see the scheme extended. “Our e-trikes are zero emission vehicles,” David Gold, Royal Mail’s director of public affairs and policy, explains. “The 48v lithium battery is charged overnight by mains power but is supplemented by solar panels on the roof …

MPs debate Brexit options ahead of votes

The prime minister is preparing to meet her backbenchers later at the Conservative 1922 committee to push for further support for her withdrawal agreement. Live: MPs debate way forward for Brexit What are indicative votes? How the indicative vote process will work Prime Minister’s Questions: The verdict Earlier, the government ordered their MPs to vote against a business motion securing the indicative votes for this evening, but lost by 331 to 287. Conservative backbencher Sir Oliver Letwin, whose cross-party proposal ushered in today’s debate, said the only way leaving the EU with no-deal can be prevented is by crystallising an alternative majority and trying to carry it forward. He said that if MPs supported the prime minister’s deal in another …

Ministers tipped to replace PM rally round

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May’s de-facto deputy backs her leadership Two ministers touted as a potential caretaker PM in reports of a cabinet coup say they fully back Theresa May. Environment Secretary Michael Gove told reporters it was “not the time to change the captain of the ship”. And the PM’s de facto deputy David Lidington insisted he was “100% behind” Mrs May. Meanwhile, the Brexit secretary said an election will become more likely if MPs vote this week for a Brexit option the government does not want. MPs are expected to get the chance to hold a series of so-called indicative votes on possible alternatives to Mrs May’s withdrawal deal, but Brexit Secretary Stephen …

Craft workers ‘need their own titles’

The levels of apprenticeships are “poorly understood” by the public, the think tank says – and introducing titles could be a way of showing people’s achievements. Sign of respect Those who have vocational qualifications equivalent to a university degree could be known as “craftsman” or “craftswoman”, the think tank says. The exhausting road to my apprenticeship dream Firms re-labelling jobs as apprenticeships Eight things about apprenticeships But those who have advanced further could be known as “master craftsman” or “master craftswoman”. The report points to the example of Germany, where a “meister” will have achieved high professional qualifications. Related Topics Apprenticeships Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Vote on PM’s deal may not take place

That was one of four “clear choices” she outlined, along with revoking Article 50 which she says would “betray the result of the referendum”, leaving with no deal, or getting her deal approved next week. The final option relies on Commons Speaker John Bercow allowing her to bring the deal back after he previously ruled that another vote couldn’t be held without “substantial” changes to the deal. She offered to talk to MPs over the coming days “as Parliament prepares to take momentous decisions”. Ministers ‘divided’ on Brexit votes process Brexit’s fate in British hands, says Tusk MPs set to vote on alternative Brexit plans Brexit: What just happened? Mrs May also referred to her televised address on Wednesday, in …

MPs back votes on Brexit alternatives

Live page: Reaction as MPs take control Analysis: May loses more ministers and control What is Common Market 2.0? Mr Harrington said in his resignation letter that as industry minister, he had been told the government approach was “resulting in cancelled investment decisions, business being placed abroad, and a sense of ridicule for British businesses”. Please upgrade your browser to view this interactive MPs involved in the bid tonight say if there is a majority for a plan that’s not the prime minister’s deal then there would be “uproar” if Theresa May tried to ignore it. It is possible, of course, that Brexiteers who have been resisting the prime minister’s deal so far take fright at Parliament having more control …

The mum who made a porn film

More worryingly, a 2010 book, Pornland by Gail Dines, asserts that 88% of porn videos contain violence against women. Personally, I never spoke about sex to my daughters. I viewed it as an embarrassing, awkward topic best ignored. But once I realised that they and other children were primarily learning about sex through pornography sites, I was disgusted and scared. I was also aware that sexting among their peers was becoming a big problem. Where was the counterpoint and other narrative? How could we stem the tide? Image copyright Erika Lust Films Image caption Female-focused erotic film maker Erika Lust helped the women produce and direct their porn film When I was younger, we learnt about sex through novels, books …

Sainsbury and Asda vow merger price cuts

The CMA says such a move would result in higher prices and less choice. Asda sales slow amid ‘challenging’ trade Supermarket mega-merger faces crunch decision Sainsbury’s-Asda deal in nine charts Business Live: Sainsbury’s-Asda reaction The CMA said that if it did allow the merger to proceed, it could force the sale of a large number of stores or even one of the brand names. On Tuesday, Sainsbury’s and Asda’s joint statement said the CMA’s provisional findings contained “significant errors”. In a robust statement, it criticised the CMA’s threshold at which concerns were triggered. It said this was set at an “unprecedentedly low level”, which, therefore, generated an unreasonably high number of areas of concern.

Why bots probably aren’t gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition

While email addresses are easy enough to set up, doing that in real time at high volume is less straightforward. Additionally, while it is possible to buy lists of email addresses stolen in various data breaches on the black market, the owner of the list would still need to access those email accounts and retrieve the validation email before being able to sign in the name of somebody else. Petition to revoke Article 50 passes 3m signatures Brexit pushed back by at least two weeks The email verification would be likely to deter bots said Lisa Forte, partner at the cyber-security firm Red-Goat. “Any significant political decision such as this petition is highly likely to attract bots,” she told the …

Exam failure who became a multi-millionaire hotelier

Image copyright Robin Hutson Image caption To launch the first Hotel du Vin, Robin and his wife Judy put their home up as guarantee She advised her son to enrol on a course in hotel and catering operations, which whetted his appetite for a career in the hospitality industry. Image copyright Home Grown Hotels Image caption Robin’s hotels always put a big emphasis on the food they offer This saw him start as a junior waiter at the five-star London hotel Claridge’s, before moving across to the equally prestigious Hotel de Crillon in Paris. He then returned to London where, at the age of 23, he became the youngest ever reception manager at The Berkeley. This was followed by two …

Tate art galleries shun more Sackler money

“It makes it very difficult for any other arts organisation to accept Sackler money,” he said. “It also implicitly puts pressure on recent recipients of its donations. “ Pressure has been building on institutions to reject support from the Sackler fortune. The family owns Purdue Pharma, seller of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which has earned billions of dollars for the company. Purdue faces claims it misled regulators over the dangers of Oxycontin, held responsible for helping to fuel the US opioid crisis which has led to thousands of deaths. The Sackler family has “vigorously denied” the allegations against it. The Tate has received about £4m from Sackler family trusts over several years, including £1m in 2008 and £1m in 2015, …

Tenants face eviction as landlord sells up

Mr Wilson insists the landlord is in charge. “Basically, we have got two types of tenants – those who agree with me and ex-tenants.” The tycoon has spent the past few weeks filming with Panorama. He said he wanted to give a landlord’s perspective on the UK’s housing market. Image caption Ellen says her family’s future depends on the Wilsons Once that agreement is up, a landlord can evict a tenant for no reason with just two months’ notice. It’s called a no-fault, or section 21, eviction. Ellen, who is one of the Wilsons’ tenants, lives on a street where they own all the properties. She doesn’t know whether she will be evicted or be able to keep her home. …

Financial sharks circling Metro Bank

Earlier this year the financial regulator, the PRA, raised concerns with the bank about inconsistencies in the reports it was submitting. It soon emerged that the bank had miscalculated the capital it needed to support some of its commercial lending. The news sent the banks shares down nearly 40% in one day as the bank said it would need to raise more capital by selling new shares. Metro bank shares slump on cash call Which banks do customers love or hate? The American taking on British banks Miscalculating the amount of capital you have or need to support your lending is one of the most fundamental mistakes a bank can make. It gets to the very core of what a …