Who could replace Theresa May as leader?

Theresa May won a vote of confidence on Wednesday evening, which was called after the required 48 letters demanding a contest were submitted. But despite winning, her future looks far from certain. Here – based on the latest odds at the bookmakers – are the fancied runners tipped to be vying for the top job, if and when Mrs May’s tenure as prime ministers comes to an end. None has so far declared their intention to stand. Boris Johnson His …

Facebook chief’s emails exposed by MPs

He wrote that: Facebook allowed some companies to maintain “full access” to users’ friends data even after announcing changes to its platform in 2014/2015 to limit what developers’ could see. “It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted,” Mr Collins wrote Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of users’ calls and texts would be controversial. “To mitigate …

iPhone artist Prodger wins Turner Prize

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTurner prize winner Charlotte Prodger: ‘I wouldn’t be in this room without public funding’ A highly personal film shot by artist Charlotte Prodger on her iPhone, which recalls her experiences of coming out as gay in rural Scotland, has won her the prestigious £25,000 Turner Prize. The Glasgow-based artist, known for exploring queer identity, won the annual art award for two of her videos. One of those, titled Bridgit, was filmed entirely …

Ted Baker staff complain of ‘forced hugs’

The petition on the workplace website Organise had more than 2,000 signatures by Sunday evening. It is also claimed that as well as engaging them in unwelcome embraces, the brand’s founder asked young female members of staff to sit on his knee, cuddle him, or let him massage their ears. They also allege that millionaire Mr Kelvin, who launched Ted Baker more than 30 years ago, regularly uses sexual innuendo. ‘Clear and robust HR policies’ But Ted Baker also said …

Do Scots think differently about immigration?

Image copyright ScoCen The authors write: “Far more people in Scotland think that immigration is good for Britain’s economy (46%) than think it is bad (17%), but the figures are almost identical in England and Wales. Image copyright Getty Images A number of previous studies have indicated that older people – especially those with few formal educational qualifications – are less likely to be favourable to immigration than younger voters and university graduates. Does that hold true in Scotland? The …

Hugging at work: Your rights

“Nothing wrong with that, but these hugs were extremely physically imposing, as well as awkwardly long, often conducted very publicly in front of the whole office. “There was nothing inherently wrong with the actual hugs, but the uncomfortableness came from what tended to accompany them. Unwanted personal comments, kisses on the cheek, neck-stroking all used to happen after [the hugs] – particularly with women. “My ‘welcome’ hug was in a relatively private environment of a meeting, but even so, I …

‘Laddish’ staff at immigration centre

Since the programme was broadcast in September 2017 the report said 15 of the 21 staff allegedly involved in the incidents have either left G4S, resigned or been sacked. Researchers supported by consultants Verita – which visited Brook House over a five-month period – acknowledged the behaviour of some of the men held there was “challenging” because they were “highly resistant” to removal. A third of around 300 men currently detained are foreign national offenders facing deportation after completing prison …

Minister quits over ‘naive’ Brexit deal

He said he intended to vote against the deal negotiated with Brussels, and called for another referendum. The UK’s interests “will be repeatedly and permanently hammered by the EU27 for many years to come”, Mr Gyimah said in a Facebook post setting out his reasons for resigning. However, prominent Brexiteer and cabinet minister Michael Gove has defended Mrs May’s plan, writing in the Daily Mail that leaving the EU is under “great threat” if the deal is rejected by MPs. …

Jamil joins Disney Indian-inspired cartoon

Image Copyright @jameelajamil @jameelajamil Freida Pinto also joins the cast and will voice Queen Shanti alongside New Girl’s Hannah Simone, who will portray a young commoner named Pinky. “We are eager to introduce kids and their families to the rich, diverse cultures and customs of India through Mira,” said Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s senior vice president of original programming. “We hope that she will encourage our audience to actively engage with the inspiring world around them, and appreciate the little …

Sally Rooney tops Waterstones 2018 list

It was described as “a future classic” by the Guardian, “superb” by the Irish Times, and “quite astonishing” by the Independent. The book will be turned into a BBC drama series by Irish director Lenny Abrahamson, who made his name with 2014’s Frank. His next film, Room, won Brie Larson a best actress Oscar in 2016. The other books on the Waterstones shortlist were: Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton The Penguin Classics Book by Henry Eliot Why …

Don’t be scared of men in tights

Yesterday, Mr Zuckerberg was empty-chaired by committee. This is all a strange turn of events. Our Parliamentary committees are entitled to summon people and documents in order to conduct inquiries. If you fail to heed their grand summons, which may be delivered by the Serjeant-at-Arms, you can be considered “in contempt of Parliament” – much as failing to comply with a court order can lead you to contempt of court. So which of these two companies has understood the state …

‘I use Snapchat to sell sexual videos’

She advertises her service on other social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. When people contact her to sign up, they must agree to a series of rules that Jodie herself has written up, and transfer the money for the first month into her account, before she allows them to follow her. She says she is also careful to check the accounts belong to real people before accepting. Image caption Jodie’s subscribers pay between £20 and £200 a …

Botanical treasures ‘under huge threat’

“People think of Herbaria as being dead, old plants and not relevant,” says Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford. “It’s living in the sense that the information it has is as relevant, if not more relevant, to society presently than it was in the past.” Image copyright Oxford University Image caption Dried plant specimens have been collected for centuries across the planet A recent fire at Brazil’s oldest historical and scientific museum has focussed attention on …

What are the rules on building skyscrapers?

The skyscrapers about to change London’s skyline Visitors to the Tulip, should it be built, are likely to have plenty of other skyscrapers to look at. In its latest survey, for the year 2017, the discussion group New London Architecture, found 510 buildings of 20 storeys or more were “in the pipeline” in London. And high-profile projects are planned in other cities including Manchester,Bristol and Norwich. Image copyright St Michael’s Image caption The St Michael’s scheme in Manchester was given …

‘Bullying culture’ at baby deaths trust

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford Staff at a hospital trust being investigated over baby deaths say there is a “culture of bullying and harassment”, a report has revealed. Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH), which is already in special measures, has now been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Emergency and maternity services at its two hospitals were deemed unsafe. Trust chief …

MPs begin debate on ‘gender recognition’ laws

Do trans rights affect women’s rights? The answer from some is an emphatic yes. The leading LGBT campaign group Stonewall is among those calling for a simpler, more streamlined process. The Scottish government has also said it is committed to reform and has just published some analysis following its own consultation. To change a birth certificate a person currently has to: Provide two medical reports, one showing a diagnosis of “gender dysphoria” and the other outlining details of treatment received …