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Can PMs with time limits ever survive for long?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “I think it is right that the party feels the party would prefer to go into that election with a new leader” Theresa May has survived a no confidence vote from her own MPs, but at the price of putting a time limit on her premiership. The prime minister told MPs she will not lead the party into the next general election – scheduled for 2022 – but would stay on in the meantime to deliver Brexit. Mrs May’s pledge…

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Jump in far-right extremism referrals

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, meanwhile, said the “overwhelming majority” of people referred to Prevent “do not require any anti-terrorism procedures at all”. The latest figures show that, of those referred to Prevent in 2017/18: 3,096 (42%) left the process requiring no further action 2,902 (40%) left the process and were signposted to alternative services 1,314 (18%) were discussed by Channel, the programme that provides support to people who might be vulnerable to radicalisation Of the cases examined by Channel, 394 subsequently received support through the scheme, including 114 aged…

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Xmas chocs: Up to half of weight is packaging

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lindt’s Lindor Mix had the least packaging of the products in the Which? survey The manufacturers of the Ferrero Rocher collection tray said the “local infrastructure” in the UK didn’t make it possible to recycle a lot of their packaging. They said it “is a delicately created product and the packaging is of fundamental importance to protect our chocolates from damage during transport, in the shops and at home.” Another concern highlighted by the report was that many shoppers were unsure what the recycling…

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Reality Check: Is football racism rising?

Its latest report showed there were 520 incidents in the 2017-18 season, up from 469 in 2016-17. Most of these reports (53%) were about racism. A football banning order is available to the courts and local police forces to prevent individuals from attending matches. As of 1 August 2018, there were 1,822 such banning orders in force – a fall of 43% since 2011. But the Home Office told BBC News it wasn’t possible to say how many of the existing football banning orders related to racism. Individual clubs may…

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Triple child murders: The lodger who destroyed a family

Image copyright PA Image caption David McGreavy was 21 when he was told he would serve at least 20 years for the murders As far as Clive and Elsie Ralph were concerned, Friday 13 April 1973 had been unfolding like any ordinary day. Image copyright Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo Image caption Both police and public were shocked by the murders When Mr and Mrs Ralph returned home, their children were missing. There was blood across their two-bedroom terraced home. Their lodger was nowhere to be seen.…

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Police restrictions for ‘Brexit Betrayal’ march

Mr Robinson was recently appointed as an adviser to UKIP leader Gerard Batten, prompting a number of people to resign from the party, including former leader Nigel Farage. Mr McDonnell said: “This march isn’t about Brexit, it’s about far-right extremists dressing up in suits and pretending to be respectable.” Unite Against Fascism and grassroots group Momentum are also marching against Mr Robinson. UKIP said their march against the “Brexit Betrayal” would be “the largest pro-Brexit event of the year”. Mr Batten told supporters on Twitter: “Be there to show you…

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Johnson apologises to MPs over payments

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson offers ‘full and unreserved apology’ Boris Johnson has made a “full and unreserved” apology to MPs for failing to declare more than £52,000 in income. The former foreign secretary was ordered to apologise by the Committee on Standards over late declaration of book royalty payments. He made a brief statement to the Commons ahead of the latest debate on Theresa May’s EU deal. Speaker John Bercow thanked him for his “prompt” response and said that was the end of the matter.…

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Senior Tory suggests vote could be delayed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Sir Graham Brady ‘would welcome’ Brexit vote being deferred A senior Tory MP says he would welcome a delay in next week’s Commons Brexit vote, if it would help address concerns over the controversial backstop. But Tory backbench chairman Sir Graham Brady said getting “clarity” on the issue was more important than “timing”. It comes after reports that Theresa May was being urged to postpone the vote, which she is widely expected to lose. Dismissing those reports, a No 10 spokesman…

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New Scottish film studio site announced

Image caption The building is currently being used by Forth Ports The building, just three miles from the centre of Edinburgh, was built in 2000 for engineering firm VA Tech but closed four years later. Image caption At its highest it is 100ft tall Screen Scotland now wants the building to be a permanent large-scale film and TV production facility. It is launching a tender process for a proposal to lease, refurbish and operate a permanent facility, saying that “public sector funding may be provided to the successful applicant”. They…

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May ‘looking at MPs’ role over backstop’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe PM tells Radio 4’s Today programme that the backstop would be part of any deal Theresa May says she “is talking to colleagues” about their concerns over the Northern Ireland “backstop” ahead of a crucial vote on her EU deal. She suggested MPs could be “given a role” in deciding whether to activate the backstop, which is designed to stop the return of a physical border. But she told the BBC there could be no deal with the EU without it.…

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Mean Girls and Dreamgirls: The world of Sonia Friedman

But, when speaking to BBC News, the producer plays down her own success. “These lists are great, I love it, and it’s fun – for a moment. Literally a moment. And then you’re back to the hard work,” she says. “You’re looking at me now, I’ve still got puffy eyes, I’m still exhausted, I’m still insecure, I’m still really worrying about what next, I still don’t believe any of [the success] is real, because the thing that keeps me going is that this could end at any point. “I work…

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Kate’s ‘Royal Mail’ delivery for RAF gifts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Military dignitaries, including station commander Group Captain Chris Snaith, greeted the couple Image copyright Getty Images Sqn Ldr Waghorn, a senior engineer who works on Typhoon jets, said it was a “real honour” to have a visit from the royal couple. He said: “Yesterday they were all talking about what we do at the party and I guess all the families are proud of what we do and serving. “It’s sad we won’t be home for Christmas, but to get that personal message from…

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Grindr cheat jailed for wife’s murder

The two-week trial at Teesside Crown Court heard Patel, who ran a pharmacy on Roman Road with his 34-year-old wife, had a series of affairs with men he met via the dating app Grindr. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrindr cheat Mitesh Patel calls 999 after wife murder Patel, who claimed his wife was his “best mate”, injected her with insulin before strangling and suffocating her with the bag at their home on The Avenue. He then bound her with duct tape and ransacked the house in…

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