0 Have your say David Miliband, who was famously beaten by his brother Ed for the Labour Party leadership, is, I understand, being seriously considered as the ideal person to head up a proposed new Centrist Party, which many people would like to see established in this country. Recent reports have suggested Labour MPs involved in talks about potentially setting up such a new party are hopeful that he could make his political comeback in the near future, ahead of Brexit deadline date of March 29, when the UK is due to leave the European Union. But you would need to be someone with superhuman persuasive powers to lure him back to these shores. For Miliband is in New York running the International Rescue Committee, a US charity, at an eye-watering salary of £680,000.You do not give up that kind of money in a hurry. And anyway, it defeats me how on earth a salary of those gargantuan proportions for one individual can be equated with a charity.But that aside, … [Read more...] about Chris Moncrieff: Don’t bet on David Miliband leading a new Centrist Party to success
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0 Have your say The First Minister has said she “wouldn’t put money” on Theresa May being in Number 10 by the time the UK leaves the EU. It comes as the Prime Minister is braced for a furious backlash from Tory Brexiteers over the withdrawal agreement’s content. Ms Sturgeon had voiced her dissatisfaction with the deal, but has now gone on to say Ms May could lose her position by March 29.She told ITV’s Peston programme: “The Prime Minister has proved to be resilient over the last months, so let’s not count her out in that respect.“I thought her language about the collective decision of the Cabinet - not a unanimous decision - said something.“I thought her body language looked very shaky, and I wouldn’t rule out Cabinet resignations tonight.READ MORE: Brexit deal: What we know so far“I cannot see how she gets this deal through the House of Commons.”Ms Sturgeon has likened the deal to being … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon: Don’t bet on Theresa May being PM through Brexit
THE Chancellor is poised to bring forward a crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals to April in a humiliating u-turn. Whitehall sources said the climbdown would be announced later today in a “policy update”. It follows a huge revolt over Budget Day plans to introduce a cut in the maximum FOBT stake to £2 from £100 next October. The original announcement sparked the resignation of Sports Minister Tracey Crouch. The Sun revealed on Monday that over 70 MPs including Boris Johnson were demanding the date be brought forward. As many as 150 Tories including 12 Ministerial aides and the entire Labour Party planned to back an amendment next week - meaning the Government faced an inevitable defeat. A source previously told The Sun: "It could even be more. "There’s support across the House for this." Ms Crouch quit as Sports Minister last month in protest at the Treasury refusing to cut the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to £2 next April. The Chancellor … [Read more...] about Chancellor set to bring forward crackdown on fixed odds betting terminals
GENERAL elections in the UK by law have to be held within five years of each other. Here is all you need to know about when we are likely to next head to the polls. What is a General Election? A General Election is the chance for people in the UK to select an MP to represent their local area in the House of Commons. Normally there will be several candidates, each from a different political party, standing to be MP in each constituency. The vote will also determine who will be elected as the UK Prime Minister. The last General Election was held on June 8, 2017. How often are General Elections held in the UK? General elections have to be held at least every five years in the UK. Previously elections could be called simply by the Prime Minister going to the Queen at any point within five years of the last one. But after the Fixed Term Parliament Act was passed in 2011 the five-year gap was enshrined in law. The act states that general elections are to be held on the first Thursday in … [Read more...] about When is the next UK general election due to take place and how often do the votes have to be held?
BORIS JOHNSON will this week lead a cross-party rebellion over delays to a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), The Sun can reveal. Sources claimed he is one of SIXTY Tory, Labour, DUP and SNP MPs who will support an amendment demanding the Chancellor bring forward a cut in the maximum stake to £2 from October 2019. The amendment could be laid by former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith and Labour’s Carolyn Harris as early as Monday. And it will leave Theresa May and the Treasury facing a crushing defeat when the issue goes to a Commons debate on November 20th. Sources claimed it was now inevitable the Treasury will have to budge and bring forward the crackdown on high street bookies. Former Sports Minister Tracy Crouch quit in protest at the crackdown being pushed back from April 2019. She is thought to be another of the 20 Tories who have put their name to the amendment along with the former Foreign Secretary. But insiders claim FOUR TIMES as many Tories … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson to lead cross-party rebellion against Theresa May over delays to fixed-odds betting crackdown