An MP since 2005, Austin hung on to his seat in 2017 by just 22 votes over the Conservatives. The Nottingham East MP told the Guardian he believed Corbyn was promulgating “hard-left” policies that did not deserve the label of “Labour”. “There’s a very well-organised clique of ideologically determined people inside the Labour party who have captured the leadership, and the national executive, and obviously tried to encourage those who weren’t in the Labour party before 2015 to come in and take over,” he said. He told BBC WM 95.6 radio: “That’s not what it is about today; I agree with them that the Labour party is broken.”A party spokesperson said: “We regret that Ian Austin has left the Labour party. He was elected as a Labour MP and so the democratic thing is to resign his seat and let the people of Dudley decide who should represent them.”
February 22, 2019 18:44 UTC
May has repeatedly managed to survive potential crunch moments by winning a few more days or weeks’ grace from her exasperated colleagues. Typically, she has done so by promising a bit more Brexit process: meetings, consultations with “senior parliamentarians”, technical talks. Plausibility rating 3/5 Jeremy Hunt Johnson’s replacement as foreign secretary was once seen as the ultimate safe pair of hands after his long stint at health. Plausibility rating 3/5 Sajid Javid The home secretary has sought to demonstrate his credentials by espousing a law and order agenda. Plausibility rating 1/5 Michael Gove The energetic environment minister’s torpedoing of Johnson’s leadership campaign in 2016 has not been forgotten.
February 22, 2019 18:28 UTC
The decision to strip Shamima Begum of her UK citizenship on the basis she is of Bangladeshi heritage could have implications for millions of people who have family roots overseas, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has warned. He said: “Shamima Begum left London to travel to Syria. It is illegal under international law to remove someone’s citizenship if to do so would make them stateless. “Stripping someone’s citizenship is such a major attack on someone’s rights, it’s basically exiling them. Shamima is a British person, born in Britain, and she happens to have Bangladeshi parents.
February 22, 2019 18:01 UTC
Anti-corruption campaigners have criticised prosecutors for closing a long-running investigation into the payment of multimillion-pound bribes by Rolls-Royce. Two years ago, the multinational apologised and paid £671m in penalties after admitting large-scale bribery across three continents over three decades. A leading judge had found that the “truly vast corrupt payments” had, on the face of it, implicated senior management. Campaigners at the anti-corruption group Transparency International said the closure of the investigation meant justice had not been served. Leveson had found what he called “egregious criminality over decades”, adding that some of it “implicated senior management and, on the face of it, controlling minds” of Rolls-Royce.
February 22, 2019 17:48 UTC
Derek Hatton, George Galloway, Chris Williamson, Ken Livingstone: these guys may not physically sit together in public life, but I definitely think of them as “a grouping”. In fact, it is perfectly possible that over time they could be joined by “like-minded individuals” from the right. Wherever he lays his hat, that’s the place he’s going to act like a penis. Alas, it must be said the shortage of Tom Hanks types in British politics is now somewhat acute. As Woolfe put it: “The independence of this country now demands the most muscular force to protect it.” Ooh!
February 22, 2019 17:26 UTC
The lawyers discovered that in the CIA’s year-long cooperation with the film-makers, the agency shared details of Baluchi’s torture at a secret prison, or black site, which they had been told were too secret to be divulged. “A movie director gets greater access than a defence counsel,” Lt Colonel Sterling Thomas, managing defence counsel, said. It is just one of the anomalies of the Guantánamo Bay military commission hearings that surface in a new Guardian documentary, The Trial. Barack Obama pledged to close down the prison camp when he took office in 2009, but failed to deliver on the promise. “With minimal adjustments to current infrastructure and manpower we could take up to 200 detainees total,” he said.
February 22, 2019 17:15 UTC
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with solicitation of prostitution as part of a sex trafficking sting operation in Florida, authorities said Friday. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Jupiter police hold a news conference on the sex trafficking sting operation that’s ensnared Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Trump ally Robert Kraft revealed as longtime owner of offshore firm Read morePolice said Kraft’s active warrant is being handled by the state attorney’s office and his attorneys will be notified. A statement from a spokesperson for Kraft obtained by the Guardian said: “We categorically deny that Mr Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Kraft was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, a strip-mall massage parlor in Jupiter.
February 22, 2019 17:12 UTC
Lord Matthews, who heard the traumatic trial at Glasgow high court, will not have taken the decision to name Alesha MacPhail’s teenage killer lightly, lawyers said this afternoon. What is likely to have swayed the judge to name Aaron Campbell was the nature of the small local community on the Isle of Bute. Tucked in the Firth of Clyde, the island’s population is fewer than 7,000 and as one Scottish criminal law barrister told The Times: “Everyone on the island knows everyone else.”Campbell’s identity would have been widely known in the local community. It is also accepted by Scottish criminal law specialists that those in the jail where Campbell has been remanded are likely to be aware of the reason why he was in…
Six years ago, a wealthy episcopal church in lower Manhattan that was sick of political inaction on US gun control, decided to try something different. So it bought $2,000 Walmart shares and, as a part-owner of the supermarket chain, requested a shareholder vote to end the sale of guns with high-capacity magazines, as used in mass killings. Management claimed that the submission set a dangerous precedent by interfering in day-to-day operations and was supported by the regulator. Trinity Church responded by taking its case to federal court, which ordered Walmart to proceed with a shareholder vote. Trinity Church may not have won but it set a ball rolling.
The secrets to Jonny May’s rise to the top table of rugby finishers may well be locked inside a high-tech training compound in Texas. It is here where the England wing spent ten days last summer learning the techniques that helped Michael Johnson become a sporting legend with two world records, four Olympic gold medals and eight world titles in the 200m and 400m. May has been full of praise for what he was taught on his second trip to the Nike-backed Michael Johnson Performance centre, a 6,000sq ft hub with a four-lane track, 20 HD motion-capture cameras and state-of-the-art ground force measurement system with track and turf force plates. Running, it seems, is not simple stuff. So what was it all about?
John McDonnell said that any referendum would have remaining in the European Union as the alternative to Theresa May’s Brexit deal OLI SCARFF/AFP/GETTY IMAGESJohn McDonnell insisted that Labour was moving towards backing another Brexit referendum as a close ally of Gordon Brown became the ninth MP to quit Labour in a week. Ian Austin, 53, blamed “a culture of extremism and antisemitism” as he said he was quitting the “broken party”, saying he was “ashamed” of what Labour had become under Jeremy Corbyn. However, the former minister said he had no plans to join his eight former colleagues in the Independent Group they established this week. Mr Austin has supported Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the Commons and opposes plans for a second referendum. Meanwhile Mr McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said that the option of Labour backing another referendum was still on the table and “we’re moving towards…
Ever since this season started to unravel, Chelsea have been stumbling towards the summer transfer window like a parched man nearing an oasis in the desert. They need to refresh a squad that is ageing, underperforming and wholly unsuited to the style of its head coach, Maurizio Sarri. But yesterday morning came a bombshell: the club have been banned from signing players for two windows, having breached rules on the transfer of youth players. The good news for Chelsea is that their oasis is unlikely to turn into a mirage; not yet, anyway. Although the ban nominally covers the summer 2019 and January 2020 windows, Chelsea have announced that they will appeal the decision.
If you had asked me immediately after round two of this Six Nations about the result of today’s game in Cardiff, I would have said it was pretty much 100 per cent certain that England would win. I just thought: “I can’t see Wales winning. Purely on form there is only one winner because England have looked so dominant physically.”But as time has gone on, my mood has changed. Well, often momentum is important in rugby but I think this is different and is a one-off game in which past results count for nothing. Both teams have got world-class players.
Plausibility rating 3/5 Jeremy Hunt Johnson’s replacement as foreign secretary was once seen as the ultimate safe pair of hands after his long stint at health. Plausibility rating 3/5 Sajid Javid The home secretary has sought to demonstrate his credentials by espousing a law and order agenda. Plausibility rating 1/5 Michael Gove The energetic environment minister’s torpedoing of Johnson’s leadership campaign in 2016 has not been forgotten. And in a fresh blow to May, three cabinet ministers publicly say they would back moves to delay Brexit if she fails to get her deal through parliament. “She will have a period of engagement again, on Sunday, Monday, with EU leaders,” a spokesman for the prime minister said.
February 22, 2019 16:59 UTC
Simon Norton, who has died of a heart attack aged 66, was a world-class mathematician sometimes mistaken for a homeless man. “That,” said Conway, “is the beginning of the end.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Simon Norton, a campaigner for public transport, enjoying a train ride in 2006. It was Simon’s mother, Elaine (nee Manasseh), who spotted Simon’s mathematical brilliance, when he was one and a half. One was to replace the letters with the right numbers in the following multiplication: SIMON x P = NORTON. • Simon Phillips Norton, mathematician, born 25 February 1952; died 13 February 2019
February 22, 2019 16:52 UTC