One of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s most senior lawmakers said on Tuesday he would step down as head of parliament’s security committee and leave the House of Commons in May after becoming embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal.
Malcolm Rifkind, whose committee oversees the work of Britain’s intelligence services, was secretly filmed offering his services for cash to a fake Chinese company.
Rifkind, who denies any wrongdoing, said he would leave parliament after a May 7 national election and would be stepping down immediately as head of the Intelligence and Security Committee, both moves designed to limit damage to Cameron before what is shaping up to be a tight vote.
Britain’s economic recovery is evidence that David Cameron “must be doing something right”, Barack Obama has said, in a huge pre-election boost to the Prime Minister.
In what will be seen as an effective endorsement of Mr Cameron, the American President hailed Mr Cameron’s leadership and described him as one of his “closest and most trusted partners in the world”.
His comments, delivered alongside Mr Cameron in the East Room of the White House, will be a major boost to the Prime Minister with less than four months until the general election.
Bad news comes tonight about Nurse Pauline’s condition.
A British nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is now in a critical condition, the London hospital treating her has said.
The Royal Free Hospital said it was “sorry to announce that the condition of Pauline Cafferkey has gradually deteriorated over the past two days”.
Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, was given an experimental anti-viral drug and blood from disease survivors.
Twitter and Facebook are refusing to take down hundreds of inflammatory Islamophobic postings from across their sites despite being alerted to the content by anti-racism groups, an investigation by The Independent has established.
The number of postings, some of which accuse Muslims of being rapists, paedophiles and comparable to cancer, has increased significantly in recent months in the aftermath of the Rotherham sex-abuse scandal and the murder of British hostages held by Isis.
The most extreme call for the execution of British Muslims - but in most cases those behind the abuse have not had their accounts suspended or the posts removed.
The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in Britain after returning from volunteering in Sierra Leone has been named as Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey.
Miss Cafferkey, 39, had written movingly of her work treating Ebola patients in an online diary published shortly before she was diagnosed with the disease.
Miss Cafferkey is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, having been transferred on a military-style plane from her local hospital in Glasgow on Tuesday.
A super-extreme version of parasitic payday lenders offering pocket money advances to children as young as three has opened in Finsbury Park - but relax everyone, it’s just a hoax.
A fake website was even set up to maintain the ruse (Picture: Darren Cullen/Pocket Money Loans)
The loan shop, which claims to sell credit to kids in the capital who don’t want to save up for toys, ice cream or football stickers, is a bang-on piece of satire by artist Darren Cullen.
There is an amazing website to go with it, mimicking those of real companies, which even offers a free ‘Mr. Repayment’ coin toy if any youngster runs up a late-payment rollover charge of £400 or more.
You can actually go into the Pocket Money Loans shop on Stroud Green Road in north London and find Darren behind the counter this week and next, offering up credit to pre-schoolers at eye-watering rates of 5,000 per cent (though it says this is still 853 per cent cheaper than Wonga).
Britain’s leading Jewish organisation has accused Nigel Farage of putting Ukip’s credibility on the line by striking a deal with a far-right Polish party whose leader has a history of Holocaust denial, racist remarks and misogynistic comments.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews said Farage had “very serious questions to answer” after the Ukip leader confirmed that an MEP from Poland’s Congress of the New Right would be allowed to join his European grouping.
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Korwin-Mikke, whose party has two remaining MEPs and received 7.5% support in Poland during May’s European parliamentary elections, is one of the most outspoken figures within the far-right groupings of parliament.
In July, he declared in English that the minimum wage should be “destroyed” and said that “four million niggers” lost their jobs in the US as a result of the US president John F Kennedy signing a bill on the minimum wage in 1961.
He went on to claim that 20 million young Europeans were being treated as “negroes” because of the minimum wage. He refused to apologise and was fined 10 days of allowances for his comments.
Korwin-Mikke has also called for the vote to be taken away from women, has claimed that the difference between rape and consensual sex was “very subtle” and has said that Adolf Hitler was “probably not aware that Jews were being exterminated”.
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I don’t expect many Americans to be interested in this, but we should be— UKIP is like the Tea Party in the US— a xenophobic, nationalist, anti-immigration, nativist and populist party, that appeals to scared older white people. They appeal to the same sorts of people that the US Tea Party appeals to, and they present the same dangers. UKIP is gaining more ground in the UK, as Lumberhead pointed out the other day, and we should be worried about this— it’s one of the reasons Jimmah and I are for an independent Scotland.
They are bankrolled by ex-Tory multimillionaires like hedge-fund supremo Christopher Mills and insurance tycoon Arron Banks. Ukip talks of breaking the “political cartel” while peddling policies the entire political elite agree on, quibbling only on scale and detail: tax cuts for the rich, privatisation, slash-and-burn austerity, curtailing workers’ rights. They are the lone critics of immigration - leaving aside, of course, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Times, the Tories and, oh, the Labour leadership too.
But fair play to Ukip. Britain’s political elite has fuelled more than enough disillusionment for enterprising charlatans to exploit. Yes, there are honourable exceptions, but it has been abundantly clear what the political elite has been becoming for quite some time. Technocratic, rootless, soulless; a professionalised morass of time-servers who see ministerial posts as springboards to nice little earners on corporate boards; manoeuvring constantly not on the basis of political principle but for shameless self-advancement.
It was expected to do well in two by-elections run on Thursday, but the unexpectedly wide margin of its victory with 60 per cent of the vote in the seaside town, and its strong performance in an election in northern England, has come as a surprise.
In Heywood and Middleton in northern England, a traditional stronghold for the opposition Labour party, it secured almost 39 per cent of the vote, up from less than 3 per cent in 2010.
The British National Party (BNP) announced yesterday that it expelled its former leader, Nick Griffin, who was once convicted of Holocaust denial. Griffin had been in charge of the white’s only BNP for 15 years until he was removed from his post last July.
The BNP accused Griffin, whose most recent position was honorary president, of harassing party members, attempting to destabilize the party and “causing disunity by deliberating fabricating a state of crisis.” The BNP’s conduct committee published a detailed list of complaints about Griffin’s behavior including “disobeying legitimate, constitutional instructions,” “publishing, causing to be published or being reckless as to the publication of untrue allegations against the Party,” and in one case “making physical threats” against a party member.
Griffin’s woes had been growing since he lost his seat in the European Parliament earlier this year and declared personal bankruptcy “due to a series of legal bills he ran up over several years as a result of both pursuing and defending a series of long-running cases,” according to the BNP.