- For a number of reasons, the death of Ahmed Merabet should provide a way into our understanding of Wednesday's horrific shooting in Paris. Merabet, one of the two policemen shot and killed in Charlie Hebdo massacre, was a 42-year-old French Muslim man who died defending the laws that allow satirists to mock his religion. "We don't know how many Muslims are French citizens. The French census doesn't ask citizens questions about their religion."
- First-time buyers have never been more dependent on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ or inheriting money, a government-backed commission on social mobility has found, as it warns inequality will widen.
New research by the Social Mobility Commission says the increasing trend is making it almost impossible for young people on low incomes to buy a home.
In a blog for Huffington Post UK, former Labour Cabinet Minister Alan Milburn, chair of the Commission, warns home ownership is bec
- Restrictions on more affluent families reduce payments to 2003 levels
- Donald Trump handed Angela Merkel a fake £300 billion bill for money he claims Germany “owes” Nato during the German Chancellor’s visit to Washington, the Sunday Times reported.
The paper quoted an unnamed German minister saying the gesture made during private talks was “outrageous” as the US President appeared to continue to heap pressure on Nato members to spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence by 2024.
“The concept behind putting out such demands i
- Opposition party to step up scrutiny of government over leaving the EU
- No time to replace key agencies before departure, officials say
- No time to replace key agencies before departure, officials say
- Fresh elections or direct rule could be imposed unless parties get more time to talk
- A 30-year-old man has been arrested in Birmingham by officers investigating the Westminster terror attack, the Metropolitan Police said.
A 58-year-old man is still in custody and a 32-year-old woman has been released on bail until late March after the attack that left four victims dead and 40 injured.
The attacker, Khalid Masood, was also shot dead.
Officers have carried out a total of 15 raids in east London, south London, Brighton, Surrey, Carmarthenshire, Birmingham and Manchester.
- Home Secretary Amber Rudd today did a round of Sunday morning TV interviews to signal a crackdown on terrorists using social media to plot their attacks.
Westminster attacker Khalid Masood used WhatsApp just minutes before ploughing his car into pedestrians in central London.
Rudd indicated she wants WhatsApp and other social media companies to do more to help the Government catch those planning terror - but it was her suggestion that she wanted help from people who “understand the necessa
- Move could increase pressure on May to reveal more of UK strategy in talks
- Fresh elections or direct rule likely if Sinn Fein and DUP cannot agree a deal
- Leaving the EU without a deal would cause the UK significant harm
- The Andrew Marr Show
Baroness Warsi, the first Muslim to attend Cabinet back in 2010, appeared on Marr to discuss the Westminster terror attacks and Islam in Britain. Warsi, who has a book on Muslims in Britain coming out at the end of the month, made the point that it is “incredibly difficult” for any community to root out lone attackers such as Khalid Masood.
“He was a violent Christian long before he was a violent Muslim,” said Warsi, who also called for the Government
- Prime minister deals in facts not relationships but she will also need ingenuity
- Home secretary says it is unacceptable that terrorists can use messaging services to avoid detection
- WhatsApp's 'end to end' encryption is "absolutely unacceptable...there should be no place for terrorists to hide" says @AmberRudd_MP #marr pic.twitter.com/aVtDP6FRvD— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) March 26, 2017
Home Secretary Amber Rudd today claimed it is “completely unacceptable” for WhatsApp to allow terrorists to “hide” behind its encrypted messaging system.
Appearing on two politics shows this morning, Rudd made it clear she wants WhatsApp and other social
- Maurer sees potential partner in battles with Brussels
- A slew of rulings by the press watchdog Ipso reveal the extent of inaccuracy and misleading coverage of EU issues in the run-up to last year’s Brexit vote.
An analysis of Ipso’s judgements archive has found nine occasions where complaints against a variety of EU-related articles were upheld on accuracy grounds.
While several publications feature in the judgements, The Daily and Sunday Express, and their website, had five rulings upheld against its EU coverage between January 1st and
- Northiam remembers what Khalid Masood was like before his radicalisation
- Scotland Yard reveals new details as it investigates whether attacker worked alone
- At a critical time for the party, workers’ groups have to fulfil their traditional role
- The anti-Brexit march coincides with the 60th anniversary of the European Union's founding agreement.
- Donald Trump was interviewed by Time Magazine this week and questioned about “truth and falsehoods”.
Here are nine jaw-dropping highlights...
1) Claims he predicted riots in Sweden
“I talked about Sweden, and may have been somewhat different, but the following day, two days later, they had a massive riot in Sweden, exactly what I was talking about. I was right about that,” Trump said in the interview, brushing off the fact that he was claiming to have referred to somethin
- Protesters pay silent tribute to Westminster attack victims
- The party's only MP says he is quitting to become an independent and says he is doing so "amicably".
- Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of London as part of the Unite for Europe march.
The protest against Brexit is set against the backdrop of the triggering of Article 50 by Theresa May next week on 29 March.Best #MarchForEurope2017 sign yet #marchforeurope pic.twitter.com/ekUYqeUX2k— Steve Anglesey (@sanglesey) March 25, 2017
The mood has been jovial and slightly subdued as people were due to gather in Parliament Square near the scene of this week’s terror attack.
- UKIP's Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he will not trigger a by-election.
- Former Tory who defected in 2014 to sit as independent
- The Last Leg has responded to the week’s tragic events at Westminster in a fashion only it can - brutal, hilarious and searingly honest.
Host Adam Hills addressed the deceased terrorist directly as he laid out just why the attack failed.The Last Leg responds to events in London as only #TheLastLeg can... pic.twitter.com/RNJZJTdEd9— Channel 4 (@Channel4) March 24, 2017"The only thing that has shut down London is inclement weather" #TheLastLeg— The Last Leg (@TheLastLeg) March 24
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