Hammond ‘won’t exclude’ backing no-confidence vote

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has discounted the possibility if he becomes prime minister, but his rival in the Conservative Party leadership race, Boris Johnson, has refused to give the same assurance. No-deal Brexit ‘could cause £30bn economic hit’ MPs ask EU to protect UK citizens in no-deal Brexit Scheme to block no-deal Brexit ‘could involve Queen’ The leadership candidates trying to stop Brexit In an interview with Le Monde and Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mr Hammond said he would “take steps to avoid an exit without agreement apart from an explicit parliamentary approval”. Speaking on Tuesday at the G7 conference in Paris, he told the French and German newspapers: “There should be a new and sincere attempt to reach a consensus. “If …

‘Poverty link’ to youth violence – London mayor

London has experienced a rise in killings since 2012 – and 2018 was the worst year on record for the city for a decade. The study for the mayor’s office shows that the poorer an area of the city is, the higher the rates of youth violence are likely to be. Richmond upon Thames has the lowest level of youth violence in the capital – and it is also the least deprived borough in the city, based on official figures. With schools breaking up for the summer holidays, Mr Khan said he was putting £360,000 into 43 projects intended to work with 3,500 young people who are at risk of getting involved in crime. Half of the summer projects are …

PC’s body armour ‘aided early cancer diagnosis’

After talking about it with friends she decided to get checked out. Small indentation The doctor told her there were no lumps but referred her to hospital where a consultant noticed a small indentation to the side of her nipple. After an MRI and biopsies, she was told she had early-stage breast cancer. “I was just in shock,” she said, adding that she was “more upset that my mum was sat there with me and she had to hear the news that her 33-year-old daughter had cancer.” BBC – Information and Support – Cancer What not to say to someone with cancer The officer, who underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove the tumour, is awaiting the results of further tests …

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘in psychiatric ward’

Her father said he visited the hospital on Tuesday but was not allowed to see his daughter and that she has not been allowed to contact her family. What is the Zaghari-Ratcliffe case about? Jailed Nazanin begins new hunger strike Iran travel warning for dual nationals How does six days on hunger strike feel? The campaign said before being transferred, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had told relatives: “I was healthy and happy when I came to Iran to see my parents. “Three and a bit years later and I am admitted to a mental health clinic. “Look at me now – I ended up in an asylum. It should be an embarrassment. “Prison is getting harder and harder for me. I hate …

Should we stop eating fish and chips?

Image copyright The Fish and The Chip Image caption Owner Aatkin Anadkat (centre) said he started thinking about the environmental issues around fishing during a break from work Mr Anadkat said during a recent break, he started researching fishing methods and became concerned. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An assessment by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea found cod stocks have fallen to critical levels Sustainable fishing is catching or farming fish and seafood in a way that considers the long-term future of a species. That means leaving enough fish in the ocean for the population to replenish, respecting their habitats with fishing practices and protecting the livelihoods of fishing-dependent communities. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) …

Are sugary drinks causing cancer?

That included fruit juice (even with no added sugar), soft drinks, sweetened milkshakes, energy drinks and tea or coffee with sugar stirred in. The team also looked at diet drinks using zero-calorie artificial sweeteners instead of sugar but found no link with cancer. Ultra-processed food linked to early death How big is the cancer risk? The study concluded that drinking an extra 100ml of sugary drinks a day – about two cans a week – would increase the risk of developing cancer by 18%. For every 1,000 people in the study, there were 22 cancers. So, if they all drank an extra 100ml a day, it would result in four more cancers – taking the total to 26 per 1,000 …

Hunt: I expect Brexit by Christmas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC’s Andrew Neil interviews Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt Tory leadership contender Jeremy Hunt has refused to guarantee that the UK will leave the EU before Christmas, but said he “expects” it to happen by then. He would not say when Brexit would take place if he became PM, telling the BBC: “I’m being honest with people”. Rival Boris Johnson said the UK would leave by 31 October “come what may”. He also defended his remarks on the UK ambassador in Washington, who quit this week over leaked criticisms of Donald Trump. Mr Johnson added he did not accept that his failure to support Sir Kim Darroch during a debate on …

Three Labour peers resign whip over ‘anti-Semitism’

Former Health Minister Lord Darzi said that as an Armenian descendant of a “survivor of the Armenian genocide”, he had “zero tolerance to anti-Semitism,” adding that his decision to resign the whip “has not been lightly taken”. Former president of the Royal College of Physicians Lord Turnberg told BBC Newsnight that his differences “lie with the party leadership and machine and not with my very supportive colleagues in the Lords who share my values”. “It is not just the policies on foreign affairs… and Brexit vacillation and bypassing parliamentary opinion but the overt anti-Semitism that permeates the party machine that is no longer possible for me to tolerate,” he said. ‘Deep prejudice’ Labour said it was taking “decisive action against …

More patients ‘struggling to reach GP on phone’

The latest figures have been published just days after it emerged some hospital doctors are refusing to do overtime shifts. This is because they are being landed with large tax bills after changes to the way the pension system works. The figures are fresh evidence of the impact on patients of the stand-off. Around one in eight have been waiting longer than 18 weeks – the maximum length of time they should have to wait. The places with the worst access to GPs Across England one in three patients, on average, reported problems getting through to their GP on the phone. But in some local areas it was as many as one in two. Luton 51% Thanet 51% Hull 48% …

UK ‘not acting fast enough’ on climate change

She also aspired to the UK hosting a hugely important global climate summit next year. But the CCC said that the UK was already stumbling over measures needed to achieve the previous target of an 80% emissions cut. Its report says new policies must be found to help people lead good lives without fuelling global warming. Policies are needed to ensure that people living in care homes, hospitals and flats can stay cool in increasingly hot summers. And ministers must show how funds will be found to protect critical infrastructure – like ports – from rising sea levels. The committee said unless it delivered on these issues, the government would not have the credibility to host a global climate change …

Freeman ‘overruled’ opening of sick kids hospital

Image caption The new hospital had been due to open in autumn 2017 The health secretary said she was informed on Tuesday that the “final validation check” of the ventilation system in Critical Care at the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People was not meeting national standards. She said: “Because this was picked up so late I want to be sure that all other safety checks in the rest of the hospital are also conducted again. “The decision I took was that it was too great a risk.” Image caption Staff were ready to leave the old Sick Kids hospital Ms Freeman said she should have the results of the additional safety checks “very soon”. If everything was …

Seaside resort holds first Pride festival

“Recent television documentaries and my son inspired us to come out in support of groups fighting prejudice,” Ms Waugh said. Image caption Friends Ben, Howard, Paul and Darren attended the event together Mr Jeal, who is serving his second term as mayor, said the day had been “absolutely fantastic and I hope similar events will be staged in the future”. Great Yarmouth and Waveney Pride plans to hold similar days in future to raise awareness of its work in promoting equality, diversity, mental and sexual health. The organisation’s stated aim on its website is: “We believe that every human, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation …

Is there a Brexit ‘war chest’?

At the time of the announcement this money was widely referred to in the media as Mr Hammond’s Brexit “war chest”. He said the release of that money for spending and tax cuts – combined with the end of Brexit-induced uncertainty – would result in a “deal dividend” for the economy. Both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson have ideas about what they’d like to do with the £26.6bn – see below – when it is one of them (and their choice of chancellor) in charge of the public purse. However, in his Mansion House speech earlier this month, Mr Hammond warned that a no-deal Brexit would soak up this money so an incoming prime minister could no longer call on …

Hunt ‘would give Johnson cabinet job’

May refuses unconditional support for next PM Tory leadership: Compare the candidates The two contenders are taking part in 15 hustings across the country as Conservative Party members decide on their party’s next leader – and the next UK prime minister. The 160,000 members will begin voting next week and the winner is expected to be announced on 23 July. The pair were quizzed by the audience on a number of issues, from Brexit and Russia, through to animal welfare and the sugar tax. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson responds to claims of avoiding debates Asked by an audience member whether he would give Mr Johnson a role in his government, Mr Hunt made a joke …

Boris Johnson backtracks over Scottish funding

The Barnett formula is used to share funds across the UK with allocations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland linked to their populations and any changes in spending in areas such as health and education in England. It’s controversial because levels of public spending per head are higher in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales than they are in England. Boris Johnson, a former London mayor, has been a persistent critic. In 2014, he said the then prime minister, David Cameron, had made a “slightly reckless promise” to retain it. He had previously described the system as being of “amazing political antiquity” and producing “inequitable outcomes”. Public services The SNP were among those expecting Boris Johnson to review funding arrangements for …