PM ‘won’t be deterred’ from Brexit on 31 October

Bercow warns PM against disobeying Brexit law 10 ways no-deal Brexit could affect you How are the UK’s talks with the EU going? Earlier this week Parliament passed a law forcing Mr Johnson to ask for an extension to Brexit. He will have to write to the EU on 19 October to ask for an extra three months, unless he returns with a deal – then approved by MPs – or gets the Commons to back a no-deal Brexit. But despite the new law, Mr Johnson said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension. The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, vowed to act with “creativity” if Mr Johnson ignored the law, saying it …

Mike Ashley: I want to be one of the big fish

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMike Ashley tells the BBC’s Emma Simpson his strategy is to take Sports Direct upmarket Mike Ashley has defended Sports Direct’s strategy and said he still has faith in High Street retail. “It’s going to be a lot smaller pond, but the fish are going to be enormous. I want to be one of those enormous fish,” he told the BBC. His comments came after a difficult annual general meeting (AGM), where shareholders criticised his strategy. The businessman admitted he had bitten off more than he could chew with the firm’s slew of recent purchases. Sports Direct has admitted that last year’s £90m acquisition of House of Fraser was a mistake, describing …

BA strike: Why are pilots walking out?

The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said the strikes were a “last resort” born out of “enormous frustration” with airline management. Pilots have rejected a pay increase worth 11.5% over three years, which the airline proposed in July. Balpa says that its members have taken lower pay rises and made sacrifices during the tougher times and now that BA’s financial performance has improved – its parent company IAG reported a 9% rise in profits last year – they should see a greater share of the profits. No 10 tells BA and pilots to ‘sort out’ strike Ryanair pilots vote for further strikes Passengers angry at BA ‘silence’ amid strike chaos BA says its pilots already receive “world-class” salaries, that pay …

Copperfield’s colour-blind casting ‘felt natural’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArmando Iannucci and Dev Patel at the Toronto screening of David Copperfield A new adaptation of David Copperfield is the latest project to take a colour-blind approach to casting. Dev Patel plays the titular character in The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is directed by Armando Iannucci. Speaking to BBC News at the film’s Toronto premiere, Iannucci said the casting process felt “very natural.” “When I wanted to make David Copperfield, I instantly thought of Dev,” he explained. “And I also wanted it to feel contemporary, although it’s set in 1840. For the characters in it, it’s the present day, so it should feel like the present day, and feel reflective …

Wife’s lover’s DNA ‘found in murdered man’s car’

Mrs Taylor, of Charlton Road, Charlton, is accused of encouraging Mr Cannon, of Pirton Road, Hitchin, to set light to Mr Taylor’s car on 26 May 2018 when it was parked outside his home in Harkness Hall, in Gosmore near Hitchin. St Albans Crown Court heard a white towel doused with liquid was wrapped around the steering wheel and an end placed into a green petrol-type can. DNA samples from a partially burned white towel and a blue and white checked shirt recovered from the scene matched that of Mr Cannon. Image copyright South Beds News Agency Image caption Police officers searched a farm belonging to Mrs Taylor

6.5m to breathe new life into Celtic rainforests

The rainforest scheme is a partnership of environmental organisations, including RSPB Cymru, the Woodland Trust, Natural Resources Wales, and Welsh Water. A nation of tree-huggers? ‘Mythical’ forest uncovered by storm Britain’s legendary trees It is being led by the Snowdonia National Park Authority, which is one of five areas of Wales covered by the project. Other woodlands include the Meirionnydd oak wood and bat sites in Gwynedd, Artists Valley in Ceredigion, the Elan Valley in Powys, and Cwm Doethie-Mynydd Mallaen spanning Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Related Topics Environment Natural Resources Wales RSPB Forest Wildlife conservation Conservation Welsh government Original Article : HERE ;

No-deal Brexit: Three-year stay for EU nationals

UK ‘cannot end freedom of movement’ on Brexit day EU migration to UK ‘underestimated’ Why don’t we know how many people come to the UK? The new scheme will be open to European Economic Area and Swiss citizens – as well as “their close family” – who move to the UK for the first time, the government said in a statement. It added that the online applications process “will be simple and free”. Meanwhile, EU citizens who are already living in the UK have until 31 December next year to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Announcing the new scheme, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the “tougher checks and ending free movement as it currently stands” will help the UK …

Smart motorway widow sues Highways England

More Yorkshire stories How smart are smart motorways? ‘Stop smart motorway rollout’, say MPs Image caption Ms Mercer said the system of replacing motorway hard shoulders with live traffic lanes should stop while independent bodies “analyse the facts” Follow BBC Yorkshire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.news@bbc.co.uk.

Mum feared losing autistic daughter over rent debt

“Nobody disputes that debts need to be repaid, but currently most landlords don’t do enough to give people a second chance. “For example, only a few landlords in Wales will agree to give people a new tenancy alongside an affordable repayment plan for the old arrears.” More than a million on social housing waiting lists Landlord ‘evicted us after we complained’ Housing ‘crisis’: Shelter Cymru urges investment Ms Bibbings said it was “high time” local authorities worked with social landlords to revise former arrears policies to take people’s vulnerabilities and individual circumstances into account. Image copyright Sarah Hillier Image caption Sarah Hiller, her partner Gavin and their daughter Michaela with their pet Jack Russell terriers Ariel and Fifi Sarah Hillier …

Ruth Davidson quits as Scottish Tory leader

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRuth Davidson said “much had changed” both politically and personally for her in recent months Ruth Davidson has quit as leader of the Scottish Conservatives after eight years in the job. In a statement she said it had been the “privilege of my life” to have led the party. But she added that “much had changed” both politically and personally, which had led her to tender her resignation. Ms Davidson had a baby last year, and has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson – particularly over his approach to Brexit. She said her personal priorities had changed, and the prospect of spending hundreds of hours away from her son …

What to do with your inflatable when it goes pop

Georgia Wyatt-Lovell and her husband Steven Lovell, from the Isle of Wight, have come up with an alternative solution. Since 2017, their company has been collecting inflatables and turning them into accessories. She says that the business has saved over 100 tonnes of material from landfill. Image copyright Plastic Free North Devon Image caption Inflatables collected by Plastic Free North Devon Image copyright Rob Evans, Kids Against Plastic Image caption Amy Meek (right) and her sister, Ella, run the Kids Against Plastic charity Meanwhile, Amy Meek, 16, runs environmental charity Kids Against Plastic with her younger sister, Ella. She says the plastic used in inflatables is designed to be durable. “It’s highly unsustainable to use plastic to produce these items …

Sterns: The raves in the house on the hill

Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Parties at Sterns often went on into the early hours The house formerly known as Sterns was bought in 1919 by Sir Frederick Stern – banker, horticulturalist and one-time private secretary to ex-Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Image copyright Rachel Jones Image caption Rachel Jones and Mensa would regularly travel to London to hear the latest music Life in Britain in the early 1990s was punctuated by Freedom to Party marches and Conservative rule, while the headlines were dominated by ecstasy and illegal raves. The prevalence of the latter, particularly those in warehouses and fields around the M25, eventually led to the Criminal Justice Act, which famously targeted music “characterised by the emission of …

Green MP criticised over all-female cabinet plan

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCaroline Lucas tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire why she wants an all-women cabinet A Green Party MP has been criticised after suggesting an all-women “emergency cabinet” could meet to try to stop a no-deal Brexit. Writing in the Guardian, Caroline Lucas said the cross-party group, formed of 10 female politicians, could “bring a different perspective”. Ms Lucas said the cabinet could organise another EU referendum if the PM is defeated in a no-confidence vote. But cabinet minister Liz Truss criticised the plan as sexist. Ms Lucas – a former leader of the Green Party – has also apologised after receiving criticism for only inviting white women to sit on her proposed group. …

King’s Cross developer defends facial recognition

In a statement, developer Argent said it used cameras “in the interest of public safety” and likened the area to other public spaces. “These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public,” it said. A spokeswoman declined to say what those systems were, how long the facial recognition had been in operation or what the legal basis was for its use, as is required under European data protection law. Potential for inappropriate use In addition to the National Rail, London Underground and Eurostar stations, King’s Cross is home to a number of restaurants, shops and cafes, as well as offices occupied …

How reality TV produced a new generation of presenters

But in an industry which is so difficult to succeed in, what qualities might they need to connect with viewers? Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Ovie Soko presented a cooking segment with Ruth Langsford on This Morning last week Rylan Clark-Neal, for example, has become one of TV’s most familiar faces since he first appeared as an X Factor contestant in 2012. As that year’s novelty contestant, his career could easily have gone the same way as Wagner and Honey G. But Rylan endeared himself to viewers (and the show’s judges) in a way that others had struggled to do. “Even Gary Barlow, who had little in the way of nice things to say about his audition, praised his personality …

Gangs moving away from cities, police data shows

But just 20 miles away in Westminster, central London, drug crime more than halved over the same period, from 4,041 to 1,832. The pattern is repeated in many other areas around the capital, a BBC analysis of police-recorded crime showed. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map The map above used a statistical model to classify areas that have experienced a significant change in drug crime. Weight is given to areas with a strong overall trend of increasing or decreasing crime across several years. Where there is no strong overall pattern in a particular location, those areas have been labelled as having “no change”. Tap here if you can’t see the interactive map above In Liverpool drug crime has fallen …