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Emotional Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says he is ‘guilty of looking after MPs’ facing ‘frightening’ threats | Politics News

Emotional Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle says he is ‘guilty of looking after MPs’ facing ‘frightening’ threats | Politics News

An emotional Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he never wants to pick up the phone “to find a friend has been murdered” – as he defended his actions in the Commons on Wednesday. The Commons Speaker is facing a backlash for allowing a vote on a Labour amendment to an SNP motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Politics Live: Starmer ‘categorically’ denies threatening Speaker Usually there would only be a government amendment to an opposition motion, but Sir Lindsay said he wanted all sides to have a say given the importance of the topic, and the fact MPs are facing increasing levels of abuse over their views on the war. However, some Conservative and SNP MPs have accused Sir Lindsay – a former Labour MP who must be impartial in his current role – of making a “political decision” and said they no longer have confidence in him. Having already apologised for the chaos that ensued last night, Sir Lindsay again said sorry to MPs today. “I made a mistake – we do make …

Why is the Commons speaker facing calls to quit and what happens next? | House of Commons

Why is the Commons speaker facing calls to quit and what happens next? | House of Commons

The speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, is facing calls to resign over his handling of a vote by MPs on calling for a ceasefire in Gaza, which led to walkouts and claims of a stitch-up that favoured the Labour party. What was expected to have happened? Much of the anger towards Hoyle comes from the Scottish National party (SNP), whose position as the third largest party in the Commons permits it to pick three opposition days every parliamentary session when it chooses the topic for debate. On this occasion it had put forward a motion calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, reflecting its long-term stance. This had placed particular pressure on Labour, whose leadership had been avoiding the explicit use of this wording. Amendments had been put forward by the government, which sought an “immediate humanitarian pause”, and by Labour, which had come up with carefully crafted wording backing a ceasefire but in language different to the SNP’s. As many as 100 Labour MPs, including shadow cabinet ministers, had been …

Brits facing £100 council tax hike as authorities opt for maximum increase | Politics | News

Brits facing £100 council tax hike as authorities opt for maximum increase | Politics | News

The average Brit faces a £100 council tax hike this year as 95% of local authorities raise bills by the maximum amount. The County Councils Network (CCN) says 129 of the 136 unitary local authorities across England will increase council tax bills by 4.99% this year. That is the maximum amount the Government allows without holding a local referendum. It means the average Band D household will be paying £103 more across the year, reports MailOnline. Only three in four councils planned to increase bills by the maximum last year, CNN says. Council leaders have now warned families face the additional payout because of the increased cost of living. Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council and vice-chairman of the CCN, said: “County authorities face a £1.1billion budget shortfall over the next two years. “With council tax now accounting for two-thirds of the average county authority’s funding, we have little choice but to take the difficult but necessary decision to raise council tax by 4.99 per cent to continue to protect services and ward off …

Exodus of long-serving MPs leaves Commons facing wave of change | Politics

Exodus of long-serving MPs leaves Commons facing wave of change | Politics

Whatever its result, the next election will bring a wave of change to the House of Commons. So far, 90 of 650 sitting MPs have announced they will not be seeking re-election. Of those, 14 are former secretaries of state – 11 of them Tory – and nine are select committee chairs. This is the highest number of departing MPs since 2010, with more retirements expected to come. The exodus is greater on the Tory benches, which are on track for their biggest wave of departures since the 1997 Labour landslide. High-profile former cabinet ministers including Sajid Javid, Ben Wallace and Dominic Raab – all of whom in other circumstances might have risen further in their political careers – are among those stepping down. The 11 Conservative former secretaries of state who are leaving have nearly 40 years of cabinet experience between them. Now senior Tory figures are worried these departures will mean that, win or lose, the party will be left with a particularly inexperienced crop of MPs at the next election. One Tory …

‘Why not wait until you’re retired?’: Sportswomen still facing questions over motherhood | World News

‘Why not wait until you’re retired?’: Sportswomen still facing questions over motherhood | World News

Chelsea player Melanie Leupolz is a one-off in her team and a rarity in women’s professional sport. She’s a mum. A mum who came back to her sport at an elite level after giving birth. But the 29-year-old German international and Olympic gold medallist had to answer plenty of questions about her decision to take time out and start a family. “At the beginning, I got some comments like how can you start a family at your prime time of being a footballer, why did you not wait until you retired? “I didn’t listen, I knew what I wanted – a child and playing football as well – and everything was possible.” And it was possible because Chelsea has a progressive attitude towards women’s health, helped no doubt by having a female coach in Emma Hayes, herself a mother, who also worked in women’s football in the US, where maternity leave among players is much more common. “I told Emma straightaway for my safety and for the baby’s safety. So I was training with the …

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle facing ‘real trouble’ with Royals after latest PR blunder | Royal | News

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle facing ‘real trouble’ with Royals after latest PR blunder | Royal | News

Now GB News’ royal correspondent Cameron Walker claimed with this move, the Sussexes showed they “are clearly still wanting to use that royal connection, which could prove a bit of a problem for them”. When they left the Royal Family in 2020, Harry and Meghan made an agreement with Buckingham Palace that they would not use their HRH titles and the word “royal” to advertise themselves. The website they created at the time – Sussex Royal – was also banned from use. Walker went on to quote a source, who recently told the Mail the Sussexes’s latest move could get them into “real trouble” if there is a hint of commercialism. The insider told the publication: “They are going to have real trouble with the use of Sussex. “It is a royal title and if there is any hint of commercialism about this it will be shut down. It’s just staggering they cannot see how gauche it is.” Walker added that whilst the couple agreed to not use the word “royal” commercially, they didn’t agree …

Canadian Man Facing 5 Murder Charges in the Deaths of His Wife, Children and Teen Relative

Canadian Man Facing 5 Murder Charges in the Deaths of His Wife, Children and Teen Relative

CARMAN, Manitoba (AP) — A Canadian man has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, three young children and a 17-year-old female relative, authorities said Monday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Insp. Tim Arseneault said Ryan Howard Manoakeesick, 29, has been charged and said the dead are the suspect’s 30-year-old wife, the couple’s 6-year-old daughter, 4-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter, as well as the wife’s 17-year-old niece. The five died Sunday at multiple crime scenes in and around the town of Carman, 85 kilometers (53 miles) southwest of Winnipeg. Police responded to a hit-and-run and found the woman lying dead in a ditch on Sunday morning. More than two hours later and 70 kilometers (44 miles) to the north, officers were called to a report of a burning vehicle and found the children outside the car. Photos You Should See The children were pronounced dead at the scene and police took Manoakeesick of Carman into custody while the body of the teen girl was found later at a home …

Teachers facing redundancy as record number of English schools fall into deficit | Education

Teachers facing redundancy as record number of English schools fall into deficit | Education

Schools across England are warning they will soon be unsafe because they are having to cut teachers and support staff to save money, with record numbers now in deficit. With escalating behavioural problems, soaring numbers of children with special educational needs, and increased pupil numbers, schools say staff are already stretched to the limit. Yet heads across the country say they now have no choice but to plan redundancies or not replace leaving staff in order to balance their books. One in eight local authority maintained schools were in deficit in 2022-23, the highest number on record since schools took control of their own bank balances in 1999, according to data released by the Department for Education at the end of January. This was a big jump from one in 13 schools the year before, fuelled largely by spiralling energy costs and fully or partially unfunded staff pay rises. There has been a steady upward trajectory of schools being pushed into the red since the Conservatives came to power in the coalition government of 2010. …

Labour MPs facing wave of independent challengers over stance on Gaza | Labour

Labour MPs facing wave of independent challengers over stance on Gaza | Labour

Labour MPs are warning they face a growing challenge from a well-funded slate of independent candidates opposed to Keir Starmer’s position on the Israel-Gaza war, amid an increasingly coordinated campaign in the build-up to the next election. With several MPs warning they continue to face anger over the party’s handling of its position on the Middle East, the Observer has been told that meetings have been taking place in recent days to identify, fund and champion a list of independent candidates to take on Labour MPs who failed to back an immediate ceasefire in a parliamentary vote last November. The Bethnal Green and Bow seat in east London, held by the shadow business minister Rushanara Ali, is among the constituencies being discussed. An independent candidate has already been installed to stand against shadow health secretary Wes Streeting in Ilford North, with a major fundraising campaign already under way to back her. One MP said that the funds being talked about were substantial and would cause concern among colleagues with large Muslim populations, as well as …

Taylor Swift is facing criticism for her private jet’s CO2 emissions amid Super Bowl speculation

Taylor Swift is facing criticism for her private jet’s CO2 emissions amid Super Bowl speculation

The nation is abuzz with questions about the Super Bowl and, it seems, foremost among them is: Will Taylor Swift be able to get to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl on Feb. 11 after performing in Tokyo on Feb. 10? The answer is pretty simple: Swift has a private jet, so yes.  You likely already know about Swift’s private jet, if you’ve spent any time online in the last few years. A 2022 study by the sustainability marketing agency Yard found that Swift is one of the worst contributors to climate change when it comes to CO2 emissions from private jets. Her emissions at the time were 1,184.8 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions. Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted Tweet may have been deleted The chatter has picked up a bit more lately, though. Part of that uptick could be attributed to the fact that Swift’s legal team sent a cease-and-desist letter to Jack Sweeney, a …