The Duchess of Sussex is said to have contacted the for 'X Factor' winner on social media and suggested they meet up.
**Spoilers for Game of Thrones season eight, episode six “The Iron Throne” ahead**Game of Thrones has come to an end, with Bran Stark being named King of the Six Kingdoms and Daenerys Targaryen being murdered by her nephew Jon Snow.To perhaps some surprise, Tyrion Lannister survived the entire series and was named Hand of the King. We also see Tyrion at work, joined by Bronn (now Master of Coin), Davos (Master of Ships) and Brienne (Head of the Kingsguard) on the Small Council. After some debating over whether Bronn's money should be spent on brothels, Tyrion makes a familiar joke: "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel."We first heard Tyrion reference taking a "jackass and a honeycomb" into a brothel in season one. While a prisoner of Catelyn Stark and Lisa Arryn, Tyrion begins to make the joke before being interrupted. Then, in season five, while speaking with Grey Worm and Missandei, Tyrion attempts to tell the joke once again. This time, the Maesters returning to Meereen interrupt. Tyrion's last line, then, is a callback to a dirty joke that no one has yet heard. The Independent’s critic called the finale “misjudged and hammy”, and criticised the episode for “lacking emotional resolution”. Emilia Clarke, whose character Daenerys finally perished during the episode, has said “it was a f***ing struggle reading the scripts” but that the character’s final moments were “very taken care of… it’s a very beautiful and touching ending”.You can find a ranking of every character – from worst best – here. Flick through the below gallery for our ranking of every episode.Game of Thrones has come to an end. You can stream previous episodes of the show on NOW TV.
Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala had just joined Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million when the plane crashed into the Channel.
Jaguar Land Rover made a write-down of £3.1bn in the third quarter. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images Jaguar Land Rover made the biggest loss in its history last year, sinking £3.6bn into the red as it wrestled with a weak Chinese market, falling diesel sales and a one-off downward revision to the value of its business. Britain’s largest carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, pointed to a return to profitability in the fourth quarter of the year, when it recorded a £120m pretax profit. But the improvement was overshadowed by the vast loss for the year as a whole, which was mostly because of a write-down in the third quarter of the year. Half the £3.1bn non-cash charge was taken after JLR accepted that previous investments in property and machinery were worth far less than previously thought. The other half was attributable to goodwill impairments, an accounting correction that recognises future earnings potential is likely to be diminished. Even excluding such one-off, non-cash items, the company still made a pretax loss of £358m, with revenues down from £25.8bn in 2017 to £24.2bn. This was largely caused by weakness in the Chinese market, where sales fell by 5.8% year on year to 578,915 vehicles, offsetting gains made in the UK and North American markets, where sales were up 8.4% and 8.1% respectively. JLR has also been affected by the impact of falling diesel sales amid successive global pollution scandals, as well as uncertainty related to Brexit. The company announced plans to cut 4,500 staff earlier this year and said its efficiency plans had already delivered £1.25bn of savings. Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk The JLR chief executive, Ralf Speth, said: “Jaguar Land Rover has been one of the first companies in its sector to address the multiple headwinds simultaneously sweeping the automotive industry. “We are taking concerted action to reduce complexity and to transform our business through cost and cashflow improvements.” JLR is among several major automotive companies to have issued grave warnings about the potential impact of Brexit on its UK business, particularly in the event of a no-deal scenario. But despite concerns that JLR might further reduce its presence in the UK, the company made no mention of Brexit and detailed its plans for continued investment in British sites. This will include the assembly of electric drive units and battery packs in the UK and investment in the production of new Range Rover models at Solihull. The carmaker did not make any reference to rumours that it had held talks about a takeover by PSA, the French company that owns Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall.
I have lived in Wales for the past 12 years with my wife and two children who were both born in the country. I love the Welsh people and its countryside where I spend a lot of my spare time mountain biking around the hills and valleys. My attachment to the country and my experience of seeing Brexit being frustrated is why I'm standing as a Brexit Party MEP candidate for the area. For the past six years I have worked on producing key economic indicators at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Newport and for the past 18 months I have been head of UK Trade, helping to deliver a multi-million-pound transformation of the government’s official trade statistics.I haven’t always had a good job. I wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until later in life and so I left school at 16 with virtually no qualifications. I then spent the next 12 years doing various low-skilled work, until at the age of 28 I decided to return to full-time education. After much hard work I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in psychology which I later followed up with a master’s degree in psychology from Cranfield University.The ONS has done a fantastic job improving UK trade statistics to support the Department for International Trade and the Department for Exiting the European Union as we leave the EU. So it has pained me greatly to watch so many MPs do everything they can to frustrate the referendum result.I have never taken part in any kind of protest before, but feeling frustrated, I joined the March to Leave six weeks ago to vent my anger. I met and talked with some amazing people who are passionate about Brexit, such as Tim Martin who owns Wetherspoons, Esther McVey the Conservative member of parliament for Tatton and Richard Tice who is now chairman of The Brexit Party.Some of the people on the march had walked 300 miles, from Sunderland to London, because they were also frustrated and angry. My experience on the march made me to want to do more to stand up to those MPs and say enough is enough.So, three weeks ago I resigned from the ONS with immediate effect to stand. Like England, Wales voted to leave the European Union and it is not good enough for politicians in Westminster to simply ignore this after voting overwhelmingly to put the decision to the people.I have never been politically active or had any inclination to enter politics. I joined the Conservative Party a year ago so that I could vote in a leadership contest if one was called, but I never attended any meetings or supported any campaigns.I have watched in despair as Conservative MPs have failed to remove Theresa May each time they had the opportunity. Our prime minister spent two years negotiating a deal that pleases no one and it is astonishing that some in the Conservative Party would see their party destroyed rather than remove May and honour the referendum result.Two weeks ago, I shared a stage with Ann Widdecombe and Nigel Farage at a rally in Newport and this week I spoke at a rally in Merthyr Tydfil. I have been campaigning across Wales to a fantastic reception. It is amazing to think that this is a Labour heartland, yet more and more people are deciding they will support The Brexit Party next Thursday.Like many, I believe our two-party political system is broken and that this is our opportunity to change it. I have no idea where my decision to resign will take me, but I have been on many journeys in my life and I will give everything I can to ensure that the democratic mandate from 2016’s referendum result is honoured.James Wells is a Brexit Party MEP candidate for Wales
The great niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming has backed Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Cillian Murphy as replacements for Daniel Craig.
The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.
Ginger Spice insists there is no rift within the band as they prepare to kick off their Spice World 2019 reunion tour in Dublin on Friday.
Prime Minister Theresa May and Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock Photograph: PAMPs have “a duty” to pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons and ensure the UK leaves the EU, the health secretary has said, as the prime minister and her team prepared for a final push to persuade MPs to back it.In a round of broadcast interviews on Monday morning, Matt Hancock insisted the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) was both a new measure and the only way to deliver on the referendum result.“It ultimately will come down to this when MPs are voting: do you want to deliver on the referendum result? Not, is this your perfect resolution to Brexit, and exactly what you want, but this is the piece of legislation that would deliver on the referendum,” he told BBC One’s Breakfast programme.“And I think, therefore, as I believe in democracy, we have a duty to deliver it.”Speaking later on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Hancock said: “Ultimately for me, this is about delivering on promises, and parliament has to step up.”May will ask her cabinet on Tuesday to sign off a package of Brexit concessions in a final attempt to push a package through the Commons, most likely in the week starting 3 June.With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in the European elections on Thursday, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her MPs and persuade them to support the bill.Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a “new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons”.While the widespread prediction is that the bill will be heavily defeated, Hancock said critics should hold their fire. “They haven’t seen the proposals. The proposals will be discussed in cabinet tomorrow, and then published,” he said.He insisted the Wab was not the same as the departure plan heavily voted down by MPs before. “That is different from the actual legislation that brings forward the agreement to leave the European Union, which includes in it a whole load of proposals for what the future relationship is, as well as details of the actual withdrawal agreement,” Hancock said.(May 23, 2019) European parliament elections take place across the UK and the rest of the EU, with any campaign likely to be dominated in the UK by smaller protest parties including Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and Ukip, as well as Change UK.(May 26, 2019) Results of the European elections are declared from 10pm, with the Conservatives expecting massive losses. From the limited amount of polling that has been carried out so far, the Brexit party or Labour look like the probable winners.(June 3, 2019) Theresa May is planing to bring her withdrawal agreement back to to parliament for another vote.(June 30, 2019) This is the crucial date past which May said she would not countenance the UK staying in the EU. May must have passed her withdrawal deal before this date in order avoid British MEPs taking up their seats. (September 5, 2019) The Commons is expected to return from summer recess, bar any early recall to deal with a Brexit crisis. (September 22, 2019) The Labour and Conservative party conferences are held on consecutive weeks.(October 8, 2019) MPs return to parliament after the party conference season, 18 working days before the UK would be due to leave the EU. (October 10, 2019) This is the last practical polling date on which a prime minister could hold a general election or second referendum – the final Thursday before the next meeting of the European council.(October 17, 2019) EU leaders meet for the final meeting of the European council before the UK’s extension is due to expire.(October 31, 2019) The six-month article 50 extension will expire.(December 12, 2019) The next date on which Tory MPs can hold a confidence vote in Theresa May, if she remains at the helm.Rowena MasonProposals are expected to include separate legislation to ensure parliament is given a vote on whether to adopt any improvements to workers’ rights introduced by the EU27 in future – though that would fall short of Jeremy Corbyn’s call for changes to be automatically adopted.The government is also keen to offer fresh reassurances to the Democratic Unionist party, which has been resolutely against May’s deal and is particularly concerned about the risk of regulatory divergence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.The plan would, Hancock said, show the government had “engaged with a huge amount of people, right across the house”.In a veiled warning to would-be successors to May who would want to change the approach to Brexit, Hancock noted even a new leader would face the same parliamentary arithmetic.“The only other way to get a different sort of Brexit … would be to have a general election. And to have a general election before we have delivered on Brexit would ultimately go to the heart of the failure so far to deliver on commitments,” he said.Hancock, who is expected to be among a crowded field seeking to take over from May, told BBC One he was “not going to rule it out”.Several cabinet ministers, including the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, are likely to press for the government to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations, in case May’s deal is defeated yet again.“Members of parliament do need to face facts, and if the deal were not to go through then there are only two alternatives … You either leave with no deal or you revoke,” he said.“If parliament won’t back a deal … I do think we need … to bring forward our preparations to mitigate no deal, because we will need to use the additional time we have, and we need to move at pace to do so.”Cabinet ministers keen on a softer Brexit prefer the idea of holding a series of votes in parliament before the bill is tabled, a process that could reveal a majority for a customs union – though that was not the outcome the previous time indicative votes were held.As well as the substance of the government’s “bold” offer, May must decide on when the crunch vote on the bill will be held.Downing Street has committed to the week beginning 3 June, but with Donald Trump and a string of world leaders visiting the UK that week to mark the anniversary of D-day, timing is tight.If the government hopes to hold the vote at the start of the week, before the US president arrives, it would face pressure to publish the bill this week, before MPs disappear for a Whitsun recess.But that could amplify objections to the government’s policy as voters prepare to head to the polling stations for European parliament elections.
Google has blocked Chinese communications company Huawei from using apps such as Maps and Gmail on its phones, it has been reported. Huawei is one of a number of phone manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its phones and tablets.
When it came to deciding how I wanted my hair to look for my wedding day in September 2018, I was a bit clueless. I’d got the dress (an off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen cady gown that was clean of embellishment) but for some reason the hair thing was proving to be a bigger point of contention.
The first transgender lead actress of colour to star in a film at the Cannes Film Festival speaks to Eve Jackson about making history, trans rights in the US and why it was important her movie "Port Authority" was authentic. Also on the programme, another woman breaking glass ceilings at Cannes, Mati Diop, becomes the first black female director to have a film in competition.
“A week is a long time in politics” was a famous saying of Labour prime minister Harold Wilson. It means a month is an eternity. A lot has changed since the UK was set on a course leading, unexpectedly, to the European elections this Thursday in the UK to vote in British MEPs. That set of events was triggered following the emergency European Union Council meeting which took place on 10th April.All of the Remain parties in these elections have been campaigning for the issue of Brexit to be given back to the people for a Final Say on whether to proceed with this disaster. We are also all committed to campaigning to retain our European Union membership. As you would expect, I would urge readers to vote for Change UK – which is one of them – on Thursday. Not only do we have a clear position on remaining in the EU – unlike Labour which is committed to facilitating Brexit – but we are the only Remain party standing that is clear Article 50 will need to be revoked.Meanwhile, the passage of time constantly changes the context of this national political crisis. As things stand, the default position is for the UK to leave the EU on 31 October 2019 after an extension was granted to the Article 50 process, and it looks quite unlikely to be extended again for reasons I will come to. This has two ramifications.The official People’s Vote campaign, which I co-founded, has estimated that it would take at least six months to hold a referendum – around three months to legislate for it and a minimum of three months for a campaign. It is now impossible to hold that people’s vote before the October exit day – which is the only way to resolve the political impasse in the country – without stopping the clock and halting the Article 50 process. Parliament would have had to have begun legislating for such a public vote several weeks ago and it has not done so yet.Last week the prime minister announced that she would be bringing her deal back to the House of Commons, yet again, in the week of 3 June in the form of the withdrawal agreement bill. If this bill is defeated that week, which is a certainty, then she has committed to set out the timetable for her departure.The consensus view is that a Conservative leadership contest – which is already under way – will continue over the summer months with a new prime minister being installed at the Conservative Party conference at the beginning of October. The runners and riders in that contest are already falling over themselves to promise to take the UK out of the EU without a deal, come what may.The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, who has not ruled out standing in the leadership contest, said this last week: “I think that if the House of Commons doesn’t approve the withdrawal agreement bill, the Barnier deal is dead in that form, and I think that the House of Commons will then have to address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue … a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.” He restated his view yesterday that no deal is the option that must be pursued.The chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, who is standing for the leadership, told BBC Newsnight that “if parliament fails to take a decision and we are left with the choice of revoking Brexit, of not doing Brexit, and no deal, I would rather have no deal”. This will be the standard position for anyone wanting to win the Tory crown.As ever, Conservative Party politicians’ main concern is their own personal and party interests – they will carry on as if no one else is watching. Of course, our EU partners will be watching this closely. EU leaders’ main concern when granting an extension to the Article 50 process in April was that the Brits would disrupt EU business while still a member. France’s President Macron, in particular, has concerns in this regard. This will be heightened when a new hard-Brexit PM takes office in the autumn. This significantly reduces the chances of a further extension being granted by the EU, never mind a new Tory leader being bound by leadership election promises to take us out on WTO terms.It is for these reasons that there is an approaching and very real national emergency looming: the UK leaving the EU without a deal in just five months time. Six million people signed the parliamentary petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked. They were right. It is the only option left to halt such a disaster: stop the clock and give the UK the time to resolve this mess through a public vote. Brighton is buzzingIf it’s a sunny day and you fancy a trip to the coast, the natural destination for many southwest Londoners is Brighton and I had the pleasure of making the trip yesterday for a campaign rally. Brighton can claim many firsts: the first recorded commercial flight from Shoreham to Brighton in 1910; it had the first casino in the world; one of the first ever movies was filmed there and even the UK’s first naturist beach in 1979! Such is its diversity, buzz and openness, I’m sure it’ll keep breaking new ground. Our coasts are wrongly often painted as not moving on from past glories but Brighton always reminds you what a load of rubbish that is.Chuka Umunna is the Change UK MP for Streatham
A wounded survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and speaker whoinspired others to overcome drug addiction, has been found dead in his home
Turkish authorities ordered the arrest of 249 foreign ministry personnel over suspected links to the network of a U.S.-based cleric accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, broadcaster NTV said on Monday. Authorities have carried out regular operations against the alleged followers of Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, since the failed coup attempt on the night of July 15, 2016. Gulen denies allegations he was behind it.
Advertising Standards Authority chairman David Currie said the regulator was in conversation with platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Many species of bee are on the brink of extinction in parts of the UK – and some types have been lost entirely, a report has found.Climate change, habitat loss, pollution and disease are threatening the pollinators, the analysis of 228 species concluded.It discovered that 17 species were regionally extinct – including the Great Yellow Bumblebee, the Potter Flower Bee and the Cliff Mason Bee – with 25 types threatened and another 31 of conservation concern.The bee’s pollinating services are worth £690m a year to the UK economy.Published on World Bee Day, the ‘Bees Under Siege’ report by WWF and Buglife recommends a number of conservation actions to help reverse declines: * Ensure that coastal management plans protect coastal habitats and promote the management of sea walls * Safeguard wildlife-rich brownfield sites and promote beneficial management * Identify opportunities to connect disjointed habitat fragments and promote coordinated management between landowners and landholdings * Local authorities can work with and support local communities in urban areas to restore and create new habitats * Ongoing survey and monitoring of bee populations * Maintain and increase awareness, advice, support and funding for practical delivery projects. * The report also called on the new Westminster Environment Bill to be “ambitious enough” to develop a nature recovery network for bees.The research centres were in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk – all home to nationally and internationally significant pollinating populations.International scientists nearly three weeks ago warned of the world’s alarming loss of biodiversity.Just weeks ago, a separate report warned that wild pollinating insects have vanished from a quarter of their former habitats across Britain.Last year the European Union agreed to ban neonicotinoids, the world’s most widely used insecticides, from all fields because they were killing bees.Tanya Steele, chief executive at WWF, said: “The UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, and the fact that our precious pollinators are in peril is a sad illustration of the dramatic decline in wildlife we’re seeing all around us.“We desperately need targeted action if we’re going to bring under-pressure wildlife back from the brink.“The Environment Act gives us a golden opportunity to restore our natural world – we need to ensure it’s ambitious enough to do that.”Matt Shardlow, chief executive at Buglife, said: “Our study found that many of the rarer, more specialist bees are battling to keep up with the changing face of their landscape and increasingly hot weather.“Although a few species have expanded their populations and range, more species are in decline, 17 species are already extinct in the region and another six species are now so endangered they are only known to survive on single sites – this is a very unhealthy picture.”A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We are working hard to support our bees and other pollinators – as these species are essential for pollinating crops and in turn human survival.“Through our 25-Year Environment Plan, we have already committed to developing a Nature Recovery Network to protect and restore wildlife, and our Biodiversity and National Pollinator strategies have helped to create over 130,000 hectares of wildlife-rich habitat.“Furthermore the Bees Needs campaign brings together conservation groups, farmers, beekeepers to promote good practical advice so we can all do more to provide suitable habitats for bees and other insects.”
The decision to cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show last week amounts to unfairlytaking away the "plaything" of "fat, unintelligent Brexiteers", according toJeremy Clarkson
Countryfile presenter Adam Henson has expressed anger over the online intimidation increasingly dished out by militant vegans as he called for agriculture to be taught at GCSE level.
New office building in central London is at a three-year high, with 13.2 million square feet of space under construction, up 12% on the figure six months ago, Deloitte Real Estate's London Office Crane Survey said on Monday. "London's office market remains resilient in the face of uncertainty as we witness an encouraging increase in new construction starts," said Mike Cracknell, director at Deloitte Real Estate.