Spelman amendment: Full list of how MPs voted on Dame Caroline Spelman’s attempt to block a no-deal Brexit

MPs voted in favour of a non-binding amendment that rules out the prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. The amendment to block a no deal, which was tabled by Midlands MPs Dame Caroline Spelman and Jack Dromey, was narrowly passed by 318 votes in the Commons to 310. An amendment tabled by Sir Graham Brady, which asks Theresa May to go back to the EU and seek “alternative” arrangements on the Irish backstop, also passed in a night that saw MPs vote on seven separate amendments. MPs

No confidence letters: Full list of Tory MPs known to have written to 1922 Committee to spark Theresa May vote

Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership after 48 Conservative MPs were confirmed to have written letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister, in a bid to oust her from Downing Street. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Tory MP backbench committee, known as the “1922 Committee”, confirmed on Wednesday morning that the total needed to trigger the vote of no confidence had been reached. It means 15 per cent of MPs – equating to 48 letters – had written to the committee.

New £50 note: Margaret Thatcher one of 174,000 nominations for banknote – here’s how to vote

Margaret Thatcher is among an initial list of nominations to be considered as the new face of the £50 note. The former prime minister joins a long list of British scientists including Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Professor Stephen Hawking and Marie Stopes. The Bank of England specifies nominated characters must “have contributed to the field of science”, but quite what Thatcher’s scientific contribution was to earn a place on the long list is unknown. Claims that she helped inv

Topshop removes display on feminism 20 minutes after it was assembled

Topshop has apologised and promised to donate £25,000 after removing a pop-up display in store to promote a book about feminism. Penguin, the publisher of the book, said the pop-up was dismantled by Topshop just 20 minutes after it had been assembled. The high street fashion chain said its decision to remove the pop-up – which celebrated the release of the book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), curated by Sunday Times journalist Scarlett Curtis – did not reflect its stance on feminis

Local elections 2018 results: Ukip vote collapses as party loses 92 council seats

Support for Ukip appears to have collapsed in the local elections, with the party winning just two seats nearly seven hours into counting in a night of mixed results for all parties. With results declared from 94 of 150 councils by breakfast time on Friday 4 May, Ukip had lost 92 seats by 7.15am. The anti-EU party, which fielded candidates in just 540 seats compared with 2,193 in 2014, lost all 10 seats it contested in Basildon, Essex, five in Thurrock, Essex, and seven in Dudley, West Midland

Hot cross buns are set to cost more money this Easter

Hot cross bun lovers could be in for an unhappy Easter as the price of the popular baked good is set to rise due to a sultana shortage. The price for dried fruits, including raisins and sultanas, has shot up due to an unexpected crop shortage in California. US raisin prices have risen by 50 per cent since September due to low production yields. The amount of dried fruit produced by farmers in California have fallen over several years due to low profits, which have made farmers switch to growi

Spice Girls won't reunite for tour says Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham has dismissed reports of a Spice Girls reunion tour, following reports she had agreed to perform on the condition she didn’t have to sing. Beckham, aka “Posh Spice”, was claimed to have given her blessing to a reunion, only agreeing on the assurance she would not have to sing, The Sun reported last week. But the pop star turned fashion designer, 43, rejected reports the much-loved Nineties girl band would perform across the UK and US this summer. It comes after the fivesome c

Lloyds Bank bans credit card customers from buying Bitcoin

Lloyds Bank has banned customers from buying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their credit cards amid fear they could be left in debt due to the volatile nature of online currencies. The banking group, which includes the Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA, is thought to be the first in the UK to ban credit card customers from borrowing to buy the digital currency. Customers will still be able to purchase cryptocurrencies on their debit cards. What other banks say A spokeswoman for Barcla

Wetherspoon's ran out of steak on steak night

Wetherspoon’s customers looking forward to Tuesday steak club were left disappointed after the pub chain ran out of sirloin, rump and gammon. The pub chain had to pull its popular steak club across all 900 branches due to a supply problem, which it said was likely to continue for a few days. The rump, sirloin and gammon steaks had to be recalled due to a “precautionary measure because of mislabelling”, according to suppliers Russell Hume. JD Wetherspoon apologised in a statement to customers

Read Carrie Gracie's resignation letter in full over BBC equal pay

The BBC’s outgoing China Editor Carrie Gracie has resigned from her post due to a “crisis of trust” in the BBC over pay inequality between men and women. In an open letter to licence fee payers, originally published on her personal website, she explains why she left her post at the corporation: My name is Carrie Gracie and I have been a BBC journalist for three decades. With great regret, I have left my post as China Editor to speak out publicly on a crisis of trust at the BBC. The BBC belong

Priti Patel's resignation letter in full

Priti Patel has quit her Cabinet role and acknowledged that her “actions fell below the standards of transparency and openness” she had advocated. Her decision to resign as International Development Secretary came after being summoned back from an official visit to Africa for a showdown with Theresa May in Downing Street. Ms Patel had been intending to spend three days in Kenya and Uganda, but was forced to cut short her trip and return home from Nairobi to explain the disclosure of further un

Eddie Izzard wants to join Labour's governing body again

Eddie Izzard has launched a fresh bid to join Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) after failing to win a place on the party’s governing body last year. The comedian, who has previously spoken about running for London Mayor, said he is “not standing for any faction” and will focus on the inclusion of underrepresented groups in his campaign. Izzard said he was “fighting for an open, tolerant party” and is dedicated to supporting Jeremy Corbyn in his effort to become prime minister. He s

Aldi £10 gin beats £40 rival to be named best in the world

An Aldi dry gin that sells for £10 has won top prize at an international spirits competition, beating a £40 rival. Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, which retails for £9.97, won gold in the dry gin category at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, an award judged by industry experts from across the world. Experts awarded second place to Foxhole London Dry Gin, which sells for £39.99, and describes itself as “velvet textured with violet notes”. The British-made Aldi dry gin also b

Laura Kuenssberg 'given bodyguard' after online abuse

Laura Kuenssberg was given “personal protection” during the general election campaign, according to reports. The BBC’s political editor was subject to online abuse over accusations of biased reporting largely levelled against her by Jeremy Corbyn supporters. Many voices on the right also accused Ms Kuenssberg and other BBC journalists of biased coverage ahead of the vote on 8 June. At one hustings Ukip supporters booed and heckled her, shouting at her to “crawl back down her hole”. Ms Kuenssb

The state of student loans today: The numbers in full

Students in England are set to graduate with debts of more than £50,000, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned. The independent research body estimates it will take 30 years for graduates to pay off their loans, after a shake-up to university funding that saw student fees raised to £9,000 a year in 2012. Student fees became a high-profile issue during the General Election, with Labour gaining traction among young voters after promising to scrap them. But the IFS figures suggest the issu
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