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Calls for parliament waiting staff to get higher salary after job advertised below London living wage | Politics News

Calls for parliament waiting staff to get higher salary after job advertised below London living wage | Politics News

Peers are calling for the House of Lords to increase its wage offer to waiting staff after a job advert was posted displaying rates below the current London living wage. The living wage is calculated independently of the government mandated minimum wage, and is set at £12 per hour for most of the UK, and at £13.15 per hour for London for the 2023 – 2024 period, starting in October 2023. Companies sign up to pay the rate. The current advert for waiting staff at the House of Lords in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster has a wage offer £13.02 an hour. The House of Lords says it plans to start paying the new rate in April, pointing to a deadline of 1 May 2024 to implement the new rate. Politics latest: Ousted Post Office chair sticks to claims Members of the House of Lords can claim £342 a day plus travel expenses for each day they attend. This is equivalent to more than 26 hours at the wage offered for waiting staff. Labour …

Calls grow for Sunak to appoint independent Islamophobia adviser amid Lee Anderson row | Politics News

Calls grow for Sunak to appoint independent Islamophobia adviser amid Lee Anderson row | Politics News

Calls are growing for the prime minister to appoint a new independent Islamophobia adviser amid the ongoing row over Lee Anderson. The Ashfield MP was suspended from the Conservative Party last weekend after he refused to apologise for claiming “Islamists” had taken “control” of London and that Labour mayor Sadiq Khan had “given our capital city away to his mates”. There has been wide condemnation of the remarks from ministers, but they – and Rishi Sunak – have repeatedly refuse to classify them as Islamophobic. Politics live: Ousted Post Office chair says he’s the victim Former Tory minister Rehman Chishti told Sky News Politics Hub W]]]]ith Sophy Ridge that the decision to categorise the comments should be taken by an independent adviser, rather than politicians, and criticised the prime minister for failing to appoint one since coming into office. Now the Liberal Democrats have written to the government, calling on them to take “a vital first step towards taking the type of action the British Muslim community deserves” by appointing someone to the role. Please …

Minister calls on Tory MP to withdraw comments about ‘no-go areas’ in Britain | Politics News

Minister calls on Tory MP to withdraw comments about ‘no-go areas’ in Britain | Politics News

A minister has called on a Tory MP who claimed there were “no-go areas” in London and Birmingham to withdraw his comments. Immigration minister Tom Pursglove said “I don’t recognise that depiction” when asked about comments made by former Tory minister Paul Scully. Mr Scully, who served as the minister for London until the latest reshuffle, told BBC Radio London that people were “concerned about, more and more, their neighbourhoods changing”. He also said Lee Anderson, who was suspended from the Tory party after refusing to apologise for claiming “Islamists” had achieved “control” over London, was “trying to reflect that in a really clumsy way”. Asked about Mr Scully’s claims on Sky News Breakfast, Mr Pursglove said: “I don’t recognise that depiction.” He said a “key part” of his role and the government’s migration plans were encouraging immigrants to integrate. “I think it would be best, again, if that comment was withdrawn,” he added. Politics latest: Rishi Sunak tries to put lid on Lee Anderson Islamophobia row “I don’t recognise that as being the situation …

Democrats warn of a potential government shutdown as Biden calls a meeting with lawmakers

Democrats warn of a potential government shutdown as Biden calls a meeting with lawmakers

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will host the top four congressional leaders at the White House to negotiate Tuesday as the Senate’s top Democrat warned of a potential partial government shutdown at the end of the week. The high-stakes meeting is set for just three days before funding for the departments of Agriculture, Energy, House and Urban Development, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs, as well as other programs, runs out late Friday. Funding for the rest of the government, including the Defense, State and Justice departments, will expire a week later, on March 8. “We are mere days away from a partial government shutdown on March 1,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a letter to his colleagues Sunday. “Unless Republicans get serious, the extreme Republican shutdown will endanger our economy, raise costs, lower safety, and exact untold pain on the American people.” Shutting down the Agriculture Department would threaten critical food aid programs for women and children and block loans for farmers, Schumer warned, while shuttering the Transportation Department could increase the risk …

Princess Anne misses Scotland’s rugby match as duty calls for King Charles – details

Princess Anne misses Scotland’s rugby match as duty calls for King Charles – details

The Princess Royal has long been an avid supporter of Scotland’s national rugby union team, but she missed the squad’s victory against England on Saturday. Instead, Princess Anne, 73, flew to Namibia, arriving on Saturday afternoon, according to the Court Circular. The royal was asked to represent King Charles at the burial service for Dr Hage Gottfried Geingob (former President of the Republic of Namibia) which was held at Heroes’ Acre, Windhoek, Namibia on Sunday. She later attended a state luncheon given by the new President of the Republic of Namibia, Nangola Mbumba. And on Saturday when she arrived, Anne paid a visit to Dr Geingob’s widow, Mrs Monica Geingos. It was a short visit to Namibia as the Princess is due to attend the British Horseracing Authority’s Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards 2024 at Ascot Racecourse on Monday. © GettyPrincess Anne arriving at the funeral at Heroes Acre, south of Windhoek, Namibia Since the King’s cancer diagnosis, as announced on 5 February by Buckingham Palace, Charles has postponed all public-facing duties, but is continuing with …

Texas man allegedly made .76 million from insider trading by eavesdropping on wife’s work calls

Texas man allegedly made $1.76 million from insider trading by eavesdropping on wife’s work calls

A Texas man allegedly made $1.76 million from insider trading by eavesdropping on several of his wife’s work-from-home calls about a merger, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tyler Loudon of Houston overheard his wife, a BP mergers and acquisitions manager, discuss the company’s acquisition of TravelCenters of America Inc. and bought 46,450 shares of the latter’s stocks ahead of the announcement on Feb. 16, 2023, the SEC said in a news release. Loudon’s wife wasn’t aware that her husband bought the stocks. Loudon, 42, sold his shares following the announcement, which led to a nearly 71% rise in TravelCenters’ stock, making him a profit of $1.76 million. “We allege that Mr. Loudon took advantage of his remote working conditions and his wife’s trust to profit from information he knew was confidential,” said Eric Werner, regional director of the SEC’s Fort Worth office. The SEC filed a complaint against Loudon in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas accusing him of “violating the antifraud provisions of the federal securities laws.” Loudon …

Belarusians Vote in Tightly Controlled Election; Opposition Calls for Boycott

Belarusians Vote in Tightly Controlled Election; Opposition Calls for Boycott

TALLINN, Estonia —  Polls opened Sunday in Belarus’ tightly controlled parliamentary and local elections that are set to cement the steely rule of the country’s authoritarian leader, despite calls for a boycott from the opposition, which dismissed the balloting as a “senseless farce.” President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron hand for nearly 30 years, accuses the West of trying to use the vote to undermine his government and “destabilize” the nation of 9.5 million people. Most candidates belong to the four officially registered parties: Belaya Rus, the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Party of Labor and Justice. Those parties all support Lukashenko’s policies. About a dozen other parties were denied registration last year. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is in exile in neighboring Lithuania after challenging Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, urged voters to boycott the elections. “There are no people on the ballot who would offer real changes because the regime only has allowed puppets convenient for it to take part,” Tsikhanouskaya said in a …

Elon Musk’s X is launching audio and visual calls for regular users. Yay.

Elon Musk’s X is launching audio and visual calls for regular users. Yay.

X, Elon Musk’s social media platform formerly known as Twitter, is set to launch audio and video calls for regular, non-premium users. It’s not exactly a feature folks have been clamoring for, but hey…it’s coming anyway. Previously, audio and video calls on X were only available to paying, premium users. An X engineer and CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed the news with posts on the site. Though, to be clear, it’s apparently not available to everyone just yet. The engineer, Enrique Barragan, noted they would roll the feature out slowly to non-paying users. Tweet may have been deleted Perhaps the feature has gone wider than Barragan suggested, however, because when I checked, I already had access to calls despite not being a premium user. X has directions on how to use the function, but basically you go into a DM, tap the phone icon, then choose an audio or visual call. I did not actually use the feature, however, because calling a friend via Twitter seemed like a bonkers idea. I don’t seem to be alone …

Nigel Farage calls on ‘cancelled’ Lee Anderson to join Reform and destroy the Tories | Politics | News

Nigel Farage calls on ‘cancelled’ Lee Anderson to join Reform and destroy the Tories | Politics | News

Nigel Farage has called on Lee Anderson to join Reform UK after he was dramatically suspended from the Conservative Party. Rishi Sunak has ordered the suspension of the Anderson after Labour wrote to Tory party chairman Ric Holden accusing the Ashfield MP of Islamophobia. Anderson, a former deputy chairman, had claimed that London is being “run by Islamists” in the wake of extremism on the city’s streets. He had failed to apologise to Sadiq Khan over suggestions that the London Mayor is an Islamist. However, Anderson’s suspension has shocked fellow Tory MPs at a time when Sunak’s own leadership is under question. Nigel Farage was quick to react, telling Express.co.uk: “Lee Anderson should join Reform UK.” Reform has previously flirted with Anderson joining the party after he had already turned his back on Labour to join the Tories. The former miner has become a hugely popular figure in the Conservative Party wiith his outspoken style loved by many who pay to attend fundraising dinners to hear him speak. Anderson had been an advocate of sticking …