Boris Johnson to face questioning over burka comments
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson will face a Tory party investigation into his comments about burkas. According to reports, dozens of complaints were made by peers and the investigation could result in Johnson’s suspension or expulsion from the party. In a Telegraph column, Johnson said women who wear burkas look like “bank robbers or letterboxes”. The MP is currently on holiday and has not made any statement regarding his remarks or the subsequent complaints.
House of Fraser goes into administration
Department store House of Fraser has called in administrators Ernst & Young to take over. The chain employs at least 17,500 people, but efforts to save the business have been unsuccessful since Chinese firm C.banner pulled out of a rescue deal earlier this month. Ernst & Young will reportedly continue store and office operations while they attempt to complete a sale.
NHS lifts hidden restrictions on leukaemia drug
The health service has removed restrictions on a potentially life-changing leukaemia drug, making it available to thousands of patients. Ibrutinib is a drug to treat people with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia whose earlier chemotherapy has not kept cancer at bay, and was declared as effective and good value for money by healthcare watchdog NICE in January 2017. Yesterday, health chiefs admitted the restrictions were too tough, saying the drug is “more effective than previously thought”.
Ryanair cancels hundreds of flights due to pilot strike
At least 250 Ryanair flights have been cancelled, after German pilots joined in a Europe-wide strike at the height of holiday season, forcing tens of thousands of passengers to take rerouted flights or rebook their holidays. The German pilots union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the strikes were over pay and working conditions, though Ryanair are keen to encourage all unions to strike a deal, calling the action “regrettable and unjustified”.
Authors' struggle to obtain visas is “unacceptable”, says Nicola Sturgeon
Authors booked to appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival are going through long and “humiliating” visa procedures, a process Nicola Sturgeon says undermines the festival itself. According to festival director Nick Barley, some visa applications are still outstanding, despite the festival opening this Saturday. Organisers of the festival – which features 900 guests from 55 countries – say they have experienced an increased amount of visa difficulties over the past few years.