The next prime minister will be chosen by an electorate of Conservative Party members who are, on average, overwhelmingly male and almost entirely white. But at least it means that Theresa May’s successor will have received a mandate that she herself lacks. Mrs May’s reputation has been destroyed by her inability to deliver Brexit and her party’s electoral humiliations, most recently in the European elections. Having failed in almost everything she has put her hand to, she is now bequeathing to her successor a series of spending commitments that she has no moral authority to decide upon. Her determination to secure her legacy this way merely compounds the message that she has proved…
Benítez will be out of contract at St James’ Park at the end of this month LEE SMITH/ACTION IMAGESNewcastle United’s hopes of keeping their manager Rafael Benítez were hit last night after he received an offer worth about £12 million a year to take charge of Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League. Benítez, 59, is out of contract at St James’ Park on June 30. The Spaniard, who earns £6 million a season, has been offered a new one-year deal by Newcastle but has been unable to agree terms, or secure commitments from the club about how his transfer budget is spent. The possibility of the club being taken over has further muddied the situation as well as delaying the signing of new players. Newcastle are understood to be in advanced talks with at least two potential buyers.
Anti-money laundering rules have made it harder for criminals to set up bank accounts using fake identities ALAMYCriminals are increasingly recruiting middle-aged people to act as “money mules”, research suggests. Money mules are recruited, often without their knowledge, by criminals to transfer illegally obtained funds between different bank accounts. They receive stolen money into their account and are then asked to withdraw it and wire the funds to a different account, often overseas. Some keep some of the money for themselves. The practice is used because anti-money laundering rules have made it harder for criminals to set up bank accounts using fake identities.
Nigel Farage’s popularity among Tory members indicates that the Brexit referendum has shifted the country’s traditional political alignments MATTHEW CHATTLE/ALAMYAlmost half of card-carrying Conservative members would be happy for Nigel Farage to become their party’s leader, a poll suggests. In a YouGov survey 46 per cent said that if the Brexit Party leader joined the Conservatives and stood for their leadership they would be happy for him to win, compared with 40 per cent who said that they would be unhappy. The finding is one of several pieces of evidence in the polling that the EU referendum has shaken the country’s traditional political alignments. Conservative Party members will begin choosing Theresa May’s successor as prime minister on Saturday with the first hustings featuring the final two candidates. More than two thirds of members, 68 per cent, said that the party should woo voters from…
Police officers did not realise that ambulances were not on the way, the inquest was told DAN KITWOOD/GETTY IMAGESParamedics with protective vests near the London Bridge terrorist attack were being screamed at to take action but refused, an inquest has been told. An ambulance chief admitted failures that led to a delay of up to three hours before specialist staff were sent into the area to treat some of the casualties. At one stage a senior ambulance officer asked for volunteers to go in with armed police to help the wounded because procedures said that they should not go into a designated “hot zone” — even though the attackers had been killed within 10 minutes. Paul Woodrow, director of operations for the London Ambulance Service, said that it took too long to order specialist teams into the area. Giving evidence at the Old…
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Mohamed Morsi during his trial in Cairo, Egypt, in 2015. Photograph: Anadolu/Getty ImagesAs president, Morsi had had no clear plan for economic recovery in Egypt, apart from cash injections from Qatar and other allies. “Our fights never lasted for more than a few minutes.” Morsi told an Egyptian television channel that marrying her was “the biggest personal achievement of my life”. He suffered from diabetes, and the Muslim Brotherhood condemned his poor medical treatment and the almost complete ban on visits to him. • Mohamed Morsi Issa al-Ayyat, politician, born 20 August 1951; died 17 June 2019
June 17, 2019 19:52 UTC
Something for which normally we’d be all very grateful, only Boris is the clear frontrunner to become next prime minister. Nah, he wasn’t going to make a big pitch. Other than he wants to have another go at getting Theresa May’s Brexit deal through parliament and, failing that, he would set up a three-week citizens’ assembly. If that didn’t work, it was collective euthanasia as a last resort. And no, he wasn’t going to criticise Johnson for getting Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe banged up for longer, because anyone could make a mistake.
June 17, 2019 19:05 UTC
In an interview with the Guardian on Monday, Iván Duque said that cocaine’s social acceptability had to end. Narco-trafficking and petrol: a quarter of Colombia's fuel goes to make cocaine Read moreDuque said that cocaine production leads to the destruction of thousands of hectares of tropical forest. Colombia suspended the aerial fumigation of coca, the raw ingredient in cocaine, in 2015 after the World Health Organization linked the herbicide glyphosate to cancer. The drug trade has flourished despite the 2016 peace deal with the guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). Miriam Ojeda, originally from Cali, Colombia, who now lives in Denmark Hill, said Duque had betrayed the terms of the peace deal with the Farc.
June 17, 2019 19:05 UTC
Whoever becomes the next prime minister will commit to HS2, the business secretary has said, despite the frontrunner Boris Johnson being opposed to the scheme. Greg Clark described the £56bn rail project as “crucially important” and said it would have a “transformational” impact on the economy and communities across England. Yet Johnson, who has been critical of HS2, said at the weekend he had already commissioned a review of the high-speed line. Asked if HS2 would definitely go ahead under the new leader, Clark said: “Yes. That can’t be taken away from them.”Asked if Johnson and other candidates’ opposition to HS2 showed they were out of touch with the north, Clark said: “I remember when Boris was mayor of London.
June 17, 2019 18:55 UTC
The obscene sight of Tory leadership candidates splashing out cash by the bucketload is just one of the head-clutching, this-can’t-be-happening unbelievables of this extraordinary time. Tory leadership: deputy prime minister backs Rory Stewart - live Read moreBut the outrage would be terrifying, with leavers now more furious at denial of their democratic vote than about leaving the EU. Now he reaches mainly his own kind, and Farage will be warning that Johnson can never be trusted, and only the Brexit party will keep him straight. Tom Watson to say Labour must adopt clear anti-Brexit stance Read moreThat should frighten the life out of Labour: the Tory-Brexit party split is Labour’s route to power. Skewered in recent elections for facing both ways, Labour needs to interrupt this Tory leadership parade of Brexiteers.
June 17, 2019 18:17 UTC
If there is cooperative global action on climate change, Australia stands to be a big winner, the report finds. Australia could capitalise on low-carbon exports such as hydrogen produced by renewable energy, countering the decline in global demand for our fossil fuels exports. Strong global action on global warming would present opportunities for land owners to sequester carbon through carbon and environmental planting, a “significant land use shift” that would protect prime agricultural land for food. Overall, the report says that “Australia is not well prepared and that action is required to avoid the slow decline scenario”. The slow decline model shows millions more living in the outer suburbs, making it harder to travel to jobs, education and services.
June 17, 2019 18:01 UTC
I never thought parliament would tell me to choose between being an MP and being a mum. The day after I found out that another baby’s heartbeat had stopped, I led a public meeting on gang crime. And if we can’t get this right for MPs, how can we get this right for parents elsewhere? Stella Creasy: MPs' standards authority does not recognise maternity leave Read moreIncreasingly, our bodies are the battlefield of political change. • Stella Creasy is the Labour and Co-operative MP for Walthamstow
June 17, 2019 17:33 UTC
A damning report by the UN on its own conduct in Myanmar has condemned the organisation’s “obviously dysfunctional performance” over the past decade and concluded there was a systemic failure. Photograph: Esther Htusan/APRosenthal’s report emphasises the damaging impact of competing strategies between some UN agencies and individuals. Facebook Twitter Pinterest The former UN resident coordinator in Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien. This was reiterated by a UN source in Myanmar who described the relationship with the UN and the government as unchanged. “The report repeatedly states that it’s difficult to assign responsibility to individuals, which is ironically representative of the problem,” he said.
June 17, 2019 17:22 UTC
In the carefully maintained gardens opposite Cardiff city hall, a chaotically constructed makeshift hut is home to one of the Welsh capital’s many rough sleepers. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Cardiff city hall. The council has made a concerted effort to clear encampments from the city centre in recent months. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rough sleepers’ tents near Callaghan Square and St Mary Street in Cardiff. Richard Edwards, chief executive of Huggard, says the rough sleepers are a lot safer there than they are on the street.
June 17, 2019 17:03 UTC
Christine ButterworthPenzance, Cornwall• Any additional support for children’s mental health is to be welcomed, although parents will reserve judgment until they see improvements. Our experiences of schools, and of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), are troubling. Whatever money the government throws at child mental health services is money spent too late, but it will be welcome. Early intervention and support offered by Sure Start is a cost-effective way of preventing even greater expenditure in the long run. While I welcome training that further enhances the understanding of mental health issues within our schools, I also find myself wondering what other agenda there might be for this initiative.
June 17, 2019 16:41 UTC