Police leaders urge next PM: reverse cuts to tackle violent crime

Letter calls on winner of Tory leadership contest to provide funding to tackle violent crime Police leaders have written to the two Conservative leadership candidates to say whichever of them becomes prime minister should make providing more money to police and youth services their first priority. The letter from 10 Labour police and crime commissioners overseeing the four biggest forces, and others across England and Wales, was sent to Boris Johnson, who has said he wants to hire an cuts have gone too far. Since 2010, police funding and 19% drop in struggling to maintain an effective service. The number of police officers and civilian staff has fallen from 244,497 in 2010 to 199,752, though the government says police are …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

The 140-tonne, fire-breathing crane: inside Glastonbury’s hottest attraction

Powered by chip fat, this enormous crane rescued from Bristol docks is about to become the festivals dance hotspot. We have no idea if it will work, say the duo behind it The idea, says Pip Rush, is to take over the sky. Were standing on a 140-tonne crane, 30 metres above the Glastonbury festival site. Rush and his collaborator Bert Cole are sanguine as they take in the view, but Im clutching the railings, summer breeze blowing through the jasmine of my freaking mind. From its birth in 1975 until it was rendered obsolete by bigger kit, this crane lifted loads at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. Rush and Cole bought it for an undisclosed sum, chopped it into two …

Tory leadership race: Stewart out as Johnson extends lead

MPs suggest Johnson backers lent previous votes to Stewart to eliminate Brexiter rival Raab Rory Stewart has been ousted from the Conservative leadership contest after losing 10 votes since the last round, sparking MPs speculation that Boris Johnsons operatives may have previously pushed fellow supporters to vote for the outsider to help eliminate his Brexiter rival Dominic Raab. Stewart was leapfrogged by Sajid Javid, who increased his support by five votes to stay in the race. The home secretarys team insisted the momentum was now with him as the insurgent after his defeated rival underperformed in the TV hustings on Tuesday night. Saj has always had a funny habit of defying the odds, one campaign ally said. One former cabinet …

Sajid Javid knocked out in fourth round of Tory leadership contest

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove will face fifth vote to decide final two candidates later on Thursday Sajid Javid has become the latest candidate to exit the Conservative party leadership race, with the home secretary coming last in the fourth round of voting by Tory MPs, behind Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt. With all 313 MPs again casting votes, Johnson was once more the clear winner, on 157 votes, with Gove overtaking Hunt into second place, with 61 votes to 59. Javid was fourth on 34 votes. All 313 MPs voted but two ballots were spoiled. The focus now shifts to a fifth and final round of votes, in which the final two will be selected, …

Julian Assange to appear in court after Javid signs US extradition request

Home secretary opens way for court to consider whether Assange should be sent to US The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has revealed he has signed a request for Julian Assange to be extradited to the US where he faces charges of computer hacking. Speaking on BBC Radio 4s Today programme on Thursday, Javid said: Hes rightly behind bars. Theres an extradition request from the US that is before the courts tomorrow but yesterday I signed the extradition order and certified it and that will be going in front of the courts tomorrow. Javids decision opens the way to the court sending the WikiLeaks founder to the US. Assange faces an 18-count indictment, issued by the US Department of Justice, that …

‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

May’s emotional farewell kicks off battle for Tory leadership

Prime minister remains in office until successor has been chosen by her party Theresa May has given an emotional farewell to the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold, pledging to step aside as Conservative leader on 7 June and kicking off a frantic scramble to become Britains next prime minister. Calling time on a turbulent three-year premiership punctuated by revolts and resignations, a crowded field of contenders, with the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, declaring his candidacy on Friday. A host of others are expected to follow. Johnson was quick out of the blocks after Mays resignation, insisting the UK must leave the EU on 31 October, Lancaster House speech outlining her approach to navigating …

‘That show has ruined my life’: Jeremy Kyle guest speaks out

Exclusive: Dwayne Davison, labelled most hated guest ever, says he has faced sustained abuse Millions of Britons have watched Dwayne Davisons appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show. He was labelled the most hated Jeremy Kyle guest ever. He wants them to know he struggled for work and was mocked in the street as a result, and tried to kill himself after sustained public shaming. Its the worst thing that has ever happened in my life, Davison said. They put the spoon in and stirred around my whole life. He said the show was designed to provoke participants into causing offence, footage was edited to portray them in an unflattering light, and any attempt at aftercare by the production team was …

What is the European parliament and do the elections matter?

As Europe prepares to go to the polls, we look at the workings of the union and where its power lies Why do the European elections matter? Europes twice-a-decade parliamentary elections are the second largest democratic contest in the world after Indias (which are incidentally still ongoing). An estimated 374 million people are old enough to vote in European Union elections that will see MEPs elected for a five-year term. First contested in 1979, the vote is now being taken more seriously than ever before. Both pro- and anti-EU politicians see the elections as a springboard to seize control of Europes agenda. French president Emmanuel Macron has said the contest will be decisive at the most perilous moment for Europe …

Scientists use editing tool to identify key cancer genes

Hopes of new treatments after research uncovers genes essential to diseases survival Researchers working with a revolutionary gene editing tool have discovered thousands of genes that are essential for the survival of cancer cells, holding out the prospect of major advances in treatment. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridgeshire worked with Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The best form of self-help is a healthy dose of unhappiness | Tim Lott

Were more likely to find solace by accepting reality rather than in positive thinking, says author Tim Lott Booksellers have announced that sales of self-help books are at Blink, or The Power of Now, or A Course in Miracles)? Or a combination of both (The Road Less Travelled)? Is it about success (The Seven Secrets of Successful People) or accumulating money (Mindful Money, or Think and Grow Rich)? Is Caitlin Morans The Secret, You Can Heal Your Life and Robin Skynner in the 1980s, and Depression: The Way out of Your Prison by How to Win Friends and Influence People through to The Power of Positive Thinking and Who Moved My Cheese?, positive thinking seems to be the unifying principle …

Reality check: life behind Insta-glam image of social media influencers

Online they feature in glossy posts as the epitome of cool. But that is often worlds apart from how they live their lives Standing amid the reeds and staring pensively into the distance, Jordan Bunker looks every part the moody model, dressed head to toe in black in a direct contrast with the setting. Another image from his portfolio shows him in industrial environs, sporting a minimalist brown trench coat as he looks directly at the camera. However, the reality for the 24-year-old is far from the glamour associated with the fashion world. In his pyjamas in bed hes fighting a cold at the home he shares with his parents in Leicester, Bunker says his set-up is worlds apart from …

Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link

UK women claim they were not told enough about potential risk of rare breast cancer A group of more than 200 women are considering legal action over controversial breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The women claim they were not sufficiently informed about the risks of textured Allergan implants, Women who have the implants and capsules removed can make a full recovery, but if left untreated the disease can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. Last year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) advised its members to stop using Allergan implants as a precaution, but said the scientific data did not suggest the need to remove or exchange any current implants. …