Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe has joined Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party and will stand in next month’s European elections. Brexit Party leader Mr Farage confirmed Ms Widdecombe had joined on Wednesday morning, saying she would be the lead candidate for the South West. Ms Widdecombe, 71, was the Conservative MP for Maidstone – and latterly Maidstone and The Weald – between 1987 and 2010 until she retired from politics.
Thunderstorms, hail and torrential downpours are set to lash Britain after a record-breaking Easter heatwave. While the warm, dry weather is expected to continue on Wednesday with highs of 22C predicted in some parts, this will quickly fade into unsettled cooler weather in the evening. Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the South West, which will then push into south Wales and central southern England into Thursday morning.
An IT director from Manchester has been named as as among the 310 killed in the Sri Lanka attacks, it has emerged.
If one thing’s for certain, it’s that we’re going to say goodbye to several Game of Thrones characters this weekend. As the Night King’s army approaches Winterfell, so too does inevitable death for many of the heroes to have graced our screens since the show began in 2011. Sadly, it seems there’s one extremely viable candidate – and it’s someone who has been on the show since its very first episode.
Mel B may not be back with her fellow Spice Girls, but that hasn't stopped her from powering through rehearsals alone. Scary Spice, real name Melanie Brown, has been in Los Angeles while her fellow bandmates Mel C, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton kicked off rehearsals in London last week. Brown promised fans she has been getting vocal ready and has now shared a video of herself pulling her signature Scary Spice pose as she stuck out her tongue and flashed a peace sign while posing alongside two dancers.
If you’re planning to visit Europe later this year, the chances are you’ll have wondered how to drive over there, especially if the repercussions of Brexit include changes to the validity of British driving licences. Whether you’re intending to take your own car to France or hire something further afield – Italy, Spain or Greece, perhaps – you’ll probably want to know what you’ll need to get on the road abroad, and what preparations you might need to make before you leave.
A Change UK candidate for the European elections who was forced to quit over remarks he made about Romanian pickpockets has said he is "embarrassed" by his "ignorant" comments. Ali Sadjady, a mixed martial arts fighter and former Conservative, agreed to resign after an old tweet was uncovered in which he said he wanted Brexit if it stopped Romanian pickpockets on the Tube. It came just hours after he was unveiled as a candidate for the European Parliament at the pro-European group’s launch in Bristol on Tuesday.
Small cans containing air have gone on sale in Japan, as imperial fever sweeps the nation - and inspires businesses - ahead of the abdication of the emperor next week.
All eyes have been on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex throughout their royal romance - from the courtship, right through to their beautiful Windsor wedding. Now, with their first child on the way in late April or early May, we are eager for any news on the new royal arrival.
Photos of a child's sexual abuse are still being shared online, six years after she was rescued from her abuser. The Internet Watch Foundation's report Once Upon A Year chronicles the experience of a child referred to as Olivia, who was raped and sexually tortured as a child. IWF is a charity which tries to stop the spread of child abuse images online.
1\\. EXECUTIVE RELIEFTheresa May was last night granted yet another extension, this time as Toryleader. In a move that offered short-term relief to No.10, the executive
Nigel Farage rallied support for his new Brexit Party on a walkabout tour of the seaside town where Ukip gained its first elected MP in 2014. His blue open-top Brexit Party bus arrived in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex on Wednesday and Mr Farage, wearing sunglasses, addressed people from the top deck with a megaphone.
E-cigarettes are contaminated with lung-damaging bacterial toxins of the type found in waste-incineration plants, scientists have discovered.
In the wake of the Christchurch attack, New Zealand said on Wednesday that it would work with France in an effort to stop social media from being used to promote terrorism and violent extremism. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement that she will co-chair a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 15 that will seek to have world leaders and CEOs of tech companies agree to a pledge, called the Christchurch Call, to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. A lone gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, while livestreaming the massacre on Facebook.
Shoppers in some of the UK's biggest supermarkets have been filmed in an effort to make them spend more cash, it has been reported.Tesco, Sainsbury's, Boots and the Co-op commissioned a team of behavioural experts to record customers in their stores, the Daily Mail reported.It said an agency called SBXL filmed customers in a bid to manipulate their future behaviour when browsing. Some footage was placed on its public YouTube channel.The firm insists it posted clear signs for shoppers and that their consent to be filmed was obtained.But it was reported that the Information Commissioner's Office will investigate to check if data protection laws were breached.ICO director of investigations Steve Eckersley said: "The Daily Mail's investigation has highlighted concerns about the use of CCTV. We will be examining the material provided and making appropriate inquiries."YouTube videos on SBXL's public channel showed footage of customers in stores, some of which had remained on the channel for eight years, according to the newspaper.The Mail claimed SBXL's sales chief, Andy Bromley, showed an undercover reporter footage taken in UK shops, telling her: "These people don't know they're being filmed."A spokeswoman for SBXL told the Mail that it had "never carried out covert recording of customers in stores" with research "only ever carried out with the full co-operation from the public involved".Boots said it had been "let down" by SBXL and would not be working with the firm again.The retailer said in a statement: "When conducting research for Boots, SBXL were under a contractual obligation to comply with all data privacy laws, keep any information gathered confidential and destroy it after the project had finished."Clear signage and highly visible cameras were in place in the area of the store where the SBXL market research was happening and at no point were hidden cameras used, nor was filming hidden from customers. Further, all customer data was intended to be used for research purposes only."We work hard to ensure our processes are robust but whenever anything happens we will learn from it to make them tighter still. We've been let down by SBXL who have breached the terms of their contract with us by using our research clips in their promotional material and as a result we will not be working with them again."Sainsbury's said: "We do not work with this company and have never had a direct relationship with them."SBXL has assured us that they have deleted all data captured in Sainsbury's stores and removed all references to Sainsbury's from its website and YouTube channel."Danone said: "We have not worked with this company for several years and have no current relationship with them. All our suppliers are contractually required to operate in an ethical way and ensure compliance with all applicable legislation, including data protection regulations."Tesco said it "does not covertly film customers in stores nor would we allow any other company to do so".In a statement, it added: "Protecting the privacy of customers is paramount to us. When filming does take place in our stores we have strong protocols to follow to ensure we display signs advising that filming is taking place and that we comply with data protection obligations in relation to the use of this footage."We worked with SBXL on a one-off trial in 2011 during which a number of customers gave permission to take part in a series of interviews. We have not worked with SBXL since."A Co-op spokesman said: "Protecting our customers' privacy is a priority and we have strict data protection policies, which include being clear with people about how their information is being used and making sure it's only seen by the right people."We have only used SBXL for two limited trials, lastly in January 2018, and both times clear customer signage was in place, in line with the Market Research Society's Code of Conduct rules and Data Protection legislation. All footage was deleted within three months and SBXL have confirmed that no images from this were posted online."\- This article first appeared on YahooRead moreBritons among the dead after eight explosions in Sri LankaPrince Harry and Meghan's touching message to the Queen on her 93rd birthdayLabour Party must back another referendum on Brexit says Tom Watson
E-cigarette cartridges and vape liquids are contaminated with bacteria and fungi that could cause lung infections and asthma, a study has found. A quarter of the 75 brands of US vaping products studied by Harvard researchers showed traces of bacteria – and four out of five had fungal contamination. The researchers looked for chemical markers that can trigger lung conditions such as asthma, including bacterial endotoxins produced by the E coli bug, and β-D-glucan, part of the cell wall of invasive fungi.
The IWF added 345,961 individual images to its watchlist in 2018. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA More than 100,000 webpages containing child sexual abuse imagery (CSAI) or videos were identified and blocked over the last year by the UK charity tasked with maintaining the nationwide blacklist, an increase of more than a third on the year before. The Internet Watch Foundation, the charity that does much of the groundwork required to populate the anti-CSAI filters operated by internet service providers such as BT and Sky, says that much of the increase was due to an improvement in the technology it uses to detect and assess criminal content. But since each blocked webpage regularly contains more than one abuse image, the total number of unique images discovered and blocked by the charity is higher still: 345,961 individual images were added to the IWF’s watchlist in 2018, with their digital fingerprints shared with technology companies such as Facebook and Google to prevent them being reuploaded in the future. “Despite us removing more and more images than ever before, and despite creating and using some of the world’s leading technology, it’s clear that this problem is far from being solved,” said the IWF’s chief executive, Susie Hargreaves. “The cause of the problem is the demand. Unfortunately, and as the police tell us often, there are 100,000 people sitting in the UK right now demanding images of the abuse of children. With this continued demand for images of child rape, it’s a constant battle.” The IWF found that the proportion of images hosted in the UK had hit an all-time low: just 0.04% of the content it found and blocked was hosted from a UK address, down from 18% when the IWF began operating in 1996. While this speaks to the success of British law enforcement, it also shows the difficulties the organisation faces in pushing for lasting change when much of the problem lies overseas. Of the webpages added to the blocklist in 2018, 47% were hosted in the Netherlands, with the US, Russia and Slovakia each contributing more than 10% of the total. Hargreaves welcomed the government’s Online Harms white paper, first revealed by the Guardian in April, as “a huge opportunity for us all to step up and have a greater impact”. The white paper proposes strong new internet regulations. Hargreaves said the IWF was now planning to begin working on issues including online grooming of children, recently outlawed after a campaign from the NSPCC, and on how to tackle the live-streaming of child sexual abuse.
Senior Tories are expected to hold further talks on whether to try and force an early leadership challenge in Theresa May. Under current party rules, MPs cannot mount a fresh leadership challenge until 12 months after last December's failed attempt. Sri Lanka remains on high alert after police carried out a controlled explosion near the Savoy cinema in Colombo.