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Small-town French mayor and deputy go on trial for complicity in drug trafficking

Small-town French mayor and deputy go on trial for complicity in drug trafficking

[ad_1] The trial on Monday of a small-town mayor and her deputy for complicity in drug trafficking appears to illustrate the scale of France’s drug dealing problem, highlighting how drug barons have encroached upon some rural French communities and even held sway over their elected representatives.  France is “submerged by drug trafficking”, according to a particularly alarming investigative report delivered by a group of French senators on May 7. Just one week later, a notorious French drug baron was freed by gunmen in a spectacular attack on a prison van that killed two police officers, wounded three others, and shocked the nation. Now the story of a small-town mayor on trial for complicity with drug trafficking appears to illustrate the scale of France’s drug dealing problem.   Nineteen people went on trial in Paris on Monday in connection with drug trafficking in the northern French town of Canteleu, home to 14,000 residents in the Normandy region.    The defendants include the town’s former Socialist mayor, Mélanie Boulanger, elected in 2014, and her deputy, Hasbi Colak. Both are accused …

David McLean: Former Winchester mayor cleared of attempting to murder his terminally ill mother who medics thought was about to die | UK News

David McLean: Former Winchester mayor cleared of attempting to murder his terminally ill mother who medics thought was about to die | UK News

[ad_1] A former mayor of Winchester has been cleared of attempting to murder his terminally ill mother after the case was thrown out of court. David McLean was charged with the attempted murder of 92-year-old Margaret McLean at her home in Waltham Chase, Hampshire, in the early hours of 7 October 2022. But after legal discussions, judge Mrs Justice McGowan told the jury at Winchester Crown Court that there was not enough evidence available for them to decide on a verdict. Prosecutors had accused the 72-year-old of smothering Mrs McLean with a cushion because he “could not stand to watch her suffering”. During the trial the former mayor told the court he said “I’m sorry mum” as he pressed the pillow over her face as she was “suffocating in her own snot”. Mrs McLean was undergoing end-of-life care and medics thought she was about to die, jurors were told. Image: McLean told the jury at Winchester Crown Court he could not stand to see his mother suffering. Pic: PA The court was shown body-worn video …

Tory Mayor Blames PM For Party Chaos

Tory Mayor Blames PM For Party Chaos

[ad_1] A Tory mayor praised by Rishi Sunak following his re-election last week has said the prime minister is ultimately to blame for the “chaos” in the party. Ben Houchen said the Conservatives were “fighting like rats in a sack” and needed to urgently unite ahead of the general election. Houchen was the only Tory mayor to be re-elected in last week’s local elections. Appearing alongside Houchen in Darlington last Friday, Sunak said: “Ben has delivered more for this region in seven years than the Labour Party managed in 30 years.” But in an interview with BBC Radio Tees today, the mayor hit out at the in-fighting tearing the Tories apart. Asked if the prime minister was to blame, he said: “Ultimately it always rests on the shoulders of the leader, all responsibility goes back to the top, it’s the same in my job as well. “Ultimately, you’re the one responsible for it. But there are lots of people who are involved in the problems with the Conservative Party. It’s a bit of chaos at …

Richard Parker elected as Mayor of the West Midlands

Richard Parker elected as Mayor of the West Midlands

[ad_1] Richard Parker has been elected as Mayor of the West Midlands. The Labour Party candidate was declared winner of the Mayoral election following the count at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham this evening (Saturday May 4). Mr Parker, who runs his own small business and is a qualified public finance accountant, will serve as Mayor for the next four years and as chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and its cabinet of the seven metropolitan West Midlands council leaders. Following the declaration, Mr Parker said: ““What a privilege it is to lead the West Midlands Combined Authority. “I’m looking forward to getting to work, delivering my policies and my pledges and being a voice for the West Midlands nationally and internationally. “This is the honour of my lifetime and I won’t let you down.” Mr Parker is originally from Bristol and his parents were a dock worker and school secretary. He left school at 16 and got a job at the local port authority. However, he later studied for a degree in …

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson face test with Chicago convention

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson face test with Chicago convention

[ad_1] Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson will face a test this summer with the Democratic National Convention, which protesters of the Biden administration’s handling of Israel’s war with Hamas are already targeting. The success of the convention could provide a boost to Pritzker, a two-term governor seen as a future candidate for the 2028 Democratic nomination, and Johnson, who has been struggling with a low approval rating and the potential for a recall effort down the line.  The last thing either need is a Chicago convention that might draw comparisons to the chaos of the 1968 convention, when police in the city battled those protesting the Vietnam War. Projecting leadership that protects free speech, public safety and a sense of order, on the other hand, could benefit the Illinois and Chicago leaders hosting President Biden and his party. “The whole world will be watching how the governor performs here, and regardless of his political ambitions, he has an opportunity here to show the whole world what he’s been for Illinois — …

Keir Starmer rejects handshake with new mayor Richard Parker | Politics | News

Keir Starmer rejects handshake with new mayor Richard Parker | Politics | News

[ad_1] An awkward moment between Sir Keir Starmer and newly-elected West Midlands mayor Richard Parker has been picked up by eagle-eyed viewers. The leader of the Labour Party sprung up miraculously in Birmingham to congratulate Mr Parker, who beat the Tories’ Andy Street in a shock election battle. Mr Street had been hoping for a third term in the role, but was narrowly beaten by Mr Parker who received a total of 225,590 votes in comparison to Mr Street’s 224,082. The shock turn of events saw Labour supporters gather with their placcards as they faced cameras – but a clip on BBC News unearthed a slightly tense moment between Sir Keir and Mr Parker. Sir Keir was eager to seal his victory, and addressed crowds, clutching the new mayor’s shoulder: “We started in Blackpool, we had a 26 percent swing – and we’ve ended in the West Midlands with our new mayor, Richard Parker.” As more cheers erupted, Sir Keir paused with both hands in front of him as the new successor looked towards him …

Who is the new West Midlands Mayor Richard Parker? | UK News

Who is the new West Midlands Mayor Richard Parker? | UK News

[ad_1] Richard Parker has pulled off a surprise victory in the West Midlands mayoral election. The Labour candidate unseated Andy Street, winning by just 1,508 votes, to end the Tory’s seven-year term. Here’s what you need to know about the relatively unknown politician. Originally from Bristol, Mr Parker’s father was a dock worker and his mother a school secretary. He left school aged 16 and went straight to work at a local port authority before getting an economics degree. Mr Parker went to work for PwC in 1989, where he gained his accountancy qualifications and went on to become a partner, managing the accountancy firm’s relationship with the Labour Party. Mr Parker also worked with council leaders to set up the West Midlands Combined Authority in 2016 before leaving to set up his own company RP Strategy. The firm works with small and medium-sized companies and social enterprises on initiatives such as green investment, housing and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Image: Liam Bryne with Richard Parker. Pic: Liam Byrne/X Read more:Conservative Andy Street suffers …

Sadiq Khan Re-elected Mayor of London in Latest Win for Labour Party

Sadiq Khan Re-elected Mayor of London in Latest Win for Labour Party

[ad_1] Sadiq Khan, the two-term center-left mayor of London, on Saturday became the first three-time winner of the job by a comfortable margin delivering a new setback to Britain’s governing Conservative Party ahead of a looming general election. Mr. Khan, from the main opposition Labour Party, was initially elected to the post in 2016, becoming London’s first Muslim mayor, and is now the first politician to win three consecutive terms since the role was created in 2000. With the Labour Party well ahead in the opinion polls ahead of a looming general election, many analysts had expected Mr. Khan to cruise to a comfortable victory in a city that tends to lean to the left, but some saw the potential for an unexpectedly tight race against Susan Hall, representing the Conservatives. That prospect quickly faded on Saturday, as it became clear that victory was looming for Mr. Khan and, in the final results, he won more than one million votes and 43 percent of the total, with Ms. Hall securing around 32 percent. “We faced …

Labour Wins West Midlands Mayor Election

Labour Wins West Midlands Mayor Election

[ad_1] Labour has dramatically won the West Midlands mayoral contest in another stunning blow for Rishi Sunak. Richard Parker narrowly defeated Tory incumbent Andy Street following a nail-biting count which went right down to the wire. In the end, he came from behind to win by just 1,508 votes following the final count in the borough of Sandwell. Street was going for a third term in office and did his best to distance himself from both the national Conservative Party and the prime minister throughout the campaign. But he was unable to defy the national swing against the Conservatives, which has seen the party lose nearly 500 councillors and a raft of Tory-run councils. On Friday night, senior Labour sources feared Keir Starmer’s stance on the Middle East had cost them the West Midlands mayoralty as disenchanted supporters backed the pro-Gaza independent candidate Akhmed Yakoob. Votes being counted ahead of the declaration for West Midlands Mayor. Anthony Devlin via Getty Images But Parker’s victory, in an area containing many vital parliamentary constituencies, will increase Labour …