Theresa May urged to leave role as prime minister
Ex-Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has been leading calls to oust Theresa May as prime minister, following her performance during her key speech at the Conservative party conference. In an interview with the BBC, Shapps said that Tory MPs are “perfectly within their rights” to back a resignation from May. According to Shapps, 30 Conservative MPs support calling the prime minister to quit, just 18 people shy of the total needed to prompt a leadership contest should they all write to Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee.
Trump to abandon Iran nuclear deal
Donald Trump is expected to announce plans to desert the Iran nuclear deal shortly, US media has reported. Trump has until October 15 to make a decision, but should the US president decertify the deal, Congress will have to grapple with whether or not it will reimpose economic sanctions on Iran. Speaking to the press prior to a dinner with military commanders, Trump said: "You guys know what this represents? Maybe it's the calm before the storm," which some have interpreted as a reference to the president’s impending announcement.
Harvey Weinstein exposed for decades of sexual harassment allegations
An investigation from The New York Times has uncovered years of accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, with Weinstein having paid at least eight settlements to women over the years. Weinstein, whose accusers include actress Ashley Judd, is being represented by Lisa Bloom. He provided a statement to The New York Times yesterday, apologising for his behaviour. He said: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
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Half of over-55s suffer from depression
Research has found that half of over-55-year-olds suffer from depression, prompting doctors to attempt to spot mental illnesses in older people who tend to take a “stiff upper lip” approach to emotional issues. The YouGov poll for Age UK uncovered that 7.7m of over-55s experienced depression, while 7.3 million had anxiety. The national clinical director for dementia at NHS England said: “Older people mustn’t miss out on help because of a ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to dealing with problems, or because they aren’t offered or don’t know where to go for help”. Losing loved ones, declining health and financial issues were among the most common triggers for anxiety and depression.
Kazuo Ishiguro wins nobel prize for literature
Japanese-born British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has won this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, it was announced yesterday. Author of The Remains Of The Day, for which he won the Man Booker Prize in 1989, as well as a host of other acclaimed novels, Ishiguro initially thought the announcement was a hoax. Reacting to the news, Ishiguro said he was “taken completely by surprise”, but was honoured to receive the accolade. Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “This is a very weird time in the world, we’ve sort of lost faith in our political system, we’ve lost faith in our leaders, we’re not quite sure of our values, and I just hope that my winning the Nobel prize contributes something that engenders good will and peace.”