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Football must confront the unending scourge of racism

Why is English football so incapable of protecting black players from racial abuse? It’s a question I have found myself asking too many times. Writing as a 18-year-old black teen, I am always being told that the situation was much worse before the creation of the Premier League in ...

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Suspended Tory MPs are suddenly allowed to vote – while still facing sex offence claims

There are 317 Tory MPs eligible to vote in the party’s confidence motion tonight. This includes two MPs who had been suspended. Both have had the Conservative party whip restored this afternoon.

One is Andrew Griffiths, who had to resign as business minister in July after sexual ...

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Trump’s election stunt at the border cost US taxpayers $210 million

Trump’s deployment of more than 5,000 American troops to the southern border – a mission that cannot in good conscience be called quixotic only because at least Don Quixote actually believed the windmills at which he was tilting were real monsters – will cost American taxpayers at ...

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The night that changed my life: Josie Rourke on an all-male As You Like It in Manchester

I grew up in Salford, next to Manchester. There was great theatre in Manchester in the 1990s: the Royal Exchange. It was like the Contact but, for an ardent geek like me, you’d have worked your way through that by the top of the month.

Although I saw everything that was on, it ...

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The night that changed my life: Lavinia Greenlaw on Anni Albers at the Tate

We studied the Bauhaus at school: Walter Gropius’s theories of design, Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color, Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chairs. I don’t remember a single woman’s name being mentioned. Years later, when I visited the Bauhaus archive in Berlin, everything that seemed ...

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The life of England’s last great pub landlady

A few decades from now, this book could well find its way on to the reading lists of those who wish to understand the nuances of a particular kind of Englishness of the mid-to-late 20th century. Through the story of her grandmother’s rural Home Counties pub (its exact location never ...

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Some NHS trusts are spending as little as £238 on cyber security training

Nearly 25 per cent of NHS trusts across England and Wales have failed to recruit specialist cyber security professionals or give existing staff sufficient cyber security training since the WannaCry ransomware attack, a report from cyber security firm Redscan has found.

The WannaCry ...

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Why aren’t financial markets panicking over the confidence vote in Theresa May?

In the early days of discussions about what the UK would look like after leaving the EU, there was the economically comforting option of Norway Brexit, where Britain swapped its pretensions to be a world power for the hygge of access to the single market. That was contrasted with the ...

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Five things we learnt from this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions

It is, of course, true, that the joy of a secret ballot is that Conservative MPs can tweet or say that they are going to support Theresa May in the confidence vote and then vote against her. But it is nonetheless striking that of the eight backbench Conservative questions, all eight were drawn ...

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How will Theresa May try to keep her job? By promising to give it up

Ahead of tonight’s vote of confidence in Theresa May, Downing Street has given its strongest indication yet of how the Prime Minister intends to keep her job: by promising Tory MPs that she will give it up.

Addressing reporters after a surprisingly bloodless session of Prime ...

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Welfare revolt in Corbyn Country: Why Islington voted to scrap Universal Credit

On 6 December 2018, Islington Council voted unanimously to scrap Universal Credit. The north London borough, where 70 people are switching to the new welfare system every day, ruled that it has “no confidence” in Universal Credit and is urging the Prime Minister to replace it with a ...

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How will the Conservative vote of confidence in Theresa May work?

Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has just given a wide-ranging briefing to journalists in Westminster ahead of this evening’s vote of confidence in Theresa May.

Tonight’s vote marks the first time that a serving prime minister has faced a challenge under the ...

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Labour should prepare to fight neoliberalism within the EU - Lexit is not an option

In the Brexit crisis, the next steps for Labour are difficult and disputed. They will stand back and let civil war break out inside the Conservative Party. They will vote against Theresa May’s deal (assuming she survives as Tory leader), tweaks or no tweaks. They will, at a point where it ...

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How much gold does China have? A lot more than you think

This article is taken from our FREE daily investment email Money Morning. Every day, MoneyWeek's executive editor John Stepek and guest contributors explain how current economic and political developments are affecting the markets and your wealth, and give you pointers on how you can ...

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Whether May wins or loses, what will the confidence vote mean for Brexit?

Theresa May is facing a vote of no confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party tonight.

First, a brief reiteration of the rules as they stand: to survive, Theresa May simply needs a bare majority of Conservative MPs to vote confidence in her – that’s 158 MPs. There are ...

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Conservative MPs can remove Theresa May but they have no route to a harder Brexit

The sword of Damocles has finally fallen on Theresa May. At least 48 Conservative MPs have submitted letters expressing no confidence in the Prime Minister to the backbench 1922 committee, triggering a secret ballot of all 315 MPs tonight.

The surprise, if anything, is that it took ...

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Conservative MPs trigger confidence vote in Theresa May’s leadership

Conservative MPs have triggered a confidence vote in Theresa May’s leadership of the party, the first step towards removing her and staging a full leadership contest. Under the rules of the Tory party constitution, a vote is held when 15 per cent or more of MPs (48) demand one in ...

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The middle of the Tory party is turning against Theresa May - she is in real trouble

Predicting whether and when the Conservative Party will trigger a confidence vote in Theresa May is a fool’s errand. We are operating from a position of total ignorance about two things: how many people have signed letters of no confidence already and how many people are signing letters ...

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Labour must hold its nerve, not unite the Tories with a no-confidence motion

I’m not sure how many people watch BBC Newsnight anymore, but if you were one of the few who tuned in last night, you might have witnessed presenter Emily Maitlis calling Anna Soubry the “real opposition.”

Given that Soubry herself said that she would support the government in a ...

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Could the next Tory leader really pull off a “managed no-deal Brexit”?

When Jo Johnson resigned from the government last month, his departure was immediately chalked up as a victory for second referendum campaigners. “Given that the reality of Brexit has turned out to be so far from what was once promised,” he said, “the democratic thing to do is to give ...

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From the King Across the Water to the best Self-Own, roll up for our 2018 political awards

Roll up to roast your fair-trade chestnuts over a sustainably sourced open wood fire, it’s time for the New Statesman 2018 political awards.

The How in God’s Name Are You Still in the Cabinet? Award goes this year, as every year since 2012, to Chris Grayling.

The Dear ...

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