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PM believes it would be wrong for Westminster to legislate on matter in devolved administration
Theresa May will oppose plans to let MPs vote to liberalise Northern Ireland’s oppressive abortion laws, Downing Street has signalled.
The prime minister believes that it would be wrong for Westminster to legislate on a matter that should be decided by the devolved administration in Belfast and ministers fear that imposing pro-choice laws on Northern Ireland could backfire.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 12:30:53 GMT
Church is seen by many as lacking compassion, archbishop of Dublin to tell congregation
Many people will see the results of Ireland’s abortion referendum as an indication that the Catholic church now has a marginal role in Irish culture, the archbishop of Dublin is expected to tell churchgoers on Sunday.
Ireland voted by a landslide to legalise abortion, in a stunning outcome that marks a dramatic defeat for the Catholic church’s one-time domination of the republic.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 10:45:04 GMT
Brexiter claims UK has strong negotiating position and should consider ultimatum
Jacob Rees-Mogg has urged Theresa May to revive her threat to leave the EU without a deal if Brussels continues to take an uncompromising approach in the Brexit negotiations.
Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group which represents around 60 of the most pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, used an interview on Sunday on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show to claim that the UK could be more intransigent because it was in a much stronger negotiating position than people realised.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 11:27:47 GMT
Growers fear strawberries will be left to rot as Europe’s migrant workers stay away – but it’s not just a Brexit issue
Like many things considered quintessentially English, the humble strawberry is an immigrant. The first garden variety was grown in France in the 18th century, the result of cross-pollinating strawberries from North and South America. Those luscious fruits you buy today in the supermarket? A marriage of European and A merican strains.
It was only thanks to the penchant of Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, for serving wild strawberries with cream, that the fruit assumed totemic importance in the English psyche, never more so than during Wimbledon fortnight when tennis fans consume more than 34,000 kilos of the stuff.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 07:00:22 GMT
Victoria Cilliers says husband, Emile, was unfaithful but does not believe he tried to kill her
A woman who escaped death when her army sergeant husband sabotaged her parachute has said she does not believe he is guilty of her attempted murder.
Victoria Cilliers said she has not told their two young children their father, Emile, could face life in jail for trying to kill her twice, instead telling them that had “done a bad thing”.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 08:22:50 GMT
Up to 20,000 bolts of lightning hit Britain, leaving hundreds of homes without power
Thousands of passengers were stuck at Stansted airport on Sunday morning after a major thunderstorm caused flights to be delayed, diverted and cancelled.
The airport was brought to a partial standstill after the storm – which battered the UK with up to 20,000 bolts of lightning and left hundreds of homes without power – hit a refuelling depot.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 10:54:41 GMT
Sunday’s presidential election comes after race dominated by a rightwing hardliner and a former rebel
Colombia is heading to the polls to choose a president in an election that could prove decisive for the country’s embattled peace process with the Farc leftist guerrillas.
Colombians will choose between five prominent candidates from across the political spectrum, with the hardline conservative Iván Duque a clear frontrunner in the polls. The leftist Gustavo Petro is polling second, setting up a possible runoff vote on 17 June should no hopeful win over 50% of the vote on Sunday.
Sun, 27 May 2018 11:14:57 GMT
Deputy Labour leader says he was moved to act after reading about politicians dying early
Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, has said that his weight loss has led him to realise Britain must do more to tackle obesity.
Watson, 51, who has lost more than six stone on a nutritional regime that involves putting butter in his coffee, said he was motivated to take better care of his health after reading about Labour politicians who died early.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 12:02:28 GMT
Cross-party group says the public would support tax rises to fund the NHS
The future of the NHS can only be guaranteed if politicians commit to huge extra funding, a cross-party group of MPs says.
Writing in the Observer, Sarah Wollaston, Tory chair of the health select committee, Liz Kendall, former Labour shadow health minister, and Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat former health minister, say the NHS is too much under threat and too precious to be used as a political football.Continue reading...
Sun, 27 May 2018 07:01:18 GMT
Regime critic Andargachew Tsege was seized during stopover in Yemen in 2014
A Briton who has spent four years on death row in Ethiopia after being abducted at an airport in Yemen has been pardoned.
Andargachew Tsege, an opponent of the regime in Addis Ababa, first came to the UK in 1979. He holds British citizenship and was sentenced to death in his absence nine years ago. His family in London hope he will be able to return to them soon.
Sun, 27 May 2018 12:30:10 GMT
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