Rebel MPs back May’s Brexit bill in Commons vote
Theresa May has avoided a potential defeat on the Brexit bill vote, after rebel MPs decided to support her at the last minute. The bill, which is due to go back to the House of Lords next week, was supported by 324 MPs to 298. According to reports, May met with 14 Tory rebel MPs just before the vote to reassure them that their concerns would be addressed – and agreed to many of their proposed changes to the bill. However, a number of Brexiters are not happy with May’s handling of the situation, claiming that allowing MPs to manipulate the bill will not help the prime minister’s attempts to bring her party together.
“Neo-Nazi” plotted to murder MP Rosie Cooper, court told
Jack Renshaw, a 23-year-old alleged neo-Nazi, has admitted to plotting the murder of Rosie Cooper MP, a court heard yesterday. After pleading guilty to the charge of preparing an act of terrorism by purchasing a machete, Renshaw told the jury he was planning the killing in the name of what he called “white jihad”. According to his testimony, he also wanted to murder the former home secretary, Amber Rudd, but she was too well-protected and so settled his target on Cooper to “make a political point”.
North Korean media declares Kim Jong Un and Trump meeting a “great win”
State media in North Korea have celebrated the summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump, reporting that the US will lift its sanctions on the country. However, after the meeting Trump confirmed that sanctions would only be removed once North Korea had been denuclearised. Trump has also reportedly promised Kim Jong Un a halt to US military exercises. The leaders’ summit was dubbed “the meeting of the century” by the official state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, and media agency KCNA praised the actions of Trump – which some Western commentators have seen as concessions.
French magazine using “provocative” images of Meghan Markle to claim Kate Middleton topless-pictures payout was wrong
Lawyers for the French edition of Closer magazine will use “provocative” advertising images and videos of Meghan Markle in an attempt to reduce the amount of damages paid to Kate Middleton over topless images published in 2012. The magazine is contesting the £92,000 it was ordered to pay to the Duchess of Cambridge after it published topless paparazzi photographs of Middleton sunbathing on a private beach. Lawyers are expected to argue that the royal family are “hypocritical” for being “happy with sexy photos” of Markle, but expecting a large payout for the publication of the photos of Middleton.
Building contractors and housing associations should be subject to FOI requests in the wake of Grenfell and Carillion collapse, says MP
A private member’s bill, due in front of parliament later this week, is calling for an extension of freedom of information powers, following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. Under the proposed changes, put forward by Labour MP Andy Slaughter, building contractors and housing associations would be subject to freedom of information requests in order to increase transparency and make it easier to hold groups to account. Slaughter says the public have a “right to know” about the operations of private companies such as Carillion, which unexpectedly collapsed last year causing the loss of thousands of jobs.