Your Questions Answered: Who can stand for election?

Everyone present at the vote count will be issued with a ticket or entrance pass. They must maintain the secrecy of the vote and ensure the votes are not tampered with. If I have a postal vote, can I still vote in person? – Anna Bennett, Torquay If you decide you don’t want to post your ballot, or you miss the deadline, you can hand in your postal vote at your registered polling station. But you can’t vote in person in the polling booth. If you want to cancel your postal vote you can contact your local authority. How do I know that my postal vote has been received and not altered? – Mark Stolarek, Kirkcaldy To prevent fraud and …

How are lorries checked for concealed migrants?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Containers can be transported unaccompanied Containers can be accompanied, which means the tractor crosses with the container, or unaccompanied, meaning it is left at a port and loaded by ferry staff with a second driver collecting it at the other end of the crossing. “It is all down to cost or flexibility and the urgency of the load,” Ms Wallace said. Accompanied is normally quicker because the truck will get on the next available crossing but unaccompanied can be cheaper because you don’t have to pay to transport the driver, which also frees that driver to complete other jobs. Essex lorry deaths: What we know How some of the UK’s ports are not watched Channel …

Climate protesters ‘uncooperative crusties’ – PM

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDozens of people have been arrested around the world Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London have been labelled “uncooperative crusties” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The demonstrators – who are demanding action on climate change – should abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” and stop blocking roads, the PM added. Police have already arrested 280 people in London at the start of two weeks of protests by environmental campaigners. Mr Johnson made the comments at a book launch on Monday evening. “I am afraid that the security people didn’t want me to come along tonight because they said the road was full of uncooperative crusties and protesters of all kinds littering the …

Johnson defends language after criticism from MPs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohnson “deplores threats” against MPs but doesn’t apologise for his use of language Boris Johnson has insisted he “deplores any threats to anybody, particularly female MPs”, after he described one MP’s safety concerns as “humbug”. The PM also said that “tempers need to come down” in Parliament. It follows a stormy debate as MPs returned to Parliament after a Supreme Court decision that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful. Mr Johnson defended his description of a law seeking to block a no-deal Brexit as “the surrender bill”. The law, known as the Benn bill, forces the government to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline. What is the Benn bill? When …

PM defends actions over conflict of interest claims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “Everything done in the proper way” Boris Johnson has denied any impropriety following claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest while London mayor. The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri – who knew Mr Johnson – joined trade missions he led and received thousands of pounds in sponsorship grants. The PM earlier refused address the allegations, but later said “everything was done entirely in the proper way.” She told the paper it was part of her role as a legitimate businesswoman. Labour has said Mr Johnson must give a full account of his actions, but pressed by journalists during a flight to New York on Sunday night, the …

Pair jailed over ‘morbid’ Sala mortuary CCTV

The judge said they had taken place within “a culture” at the company where staff watched post-mortem examinations even though they “had no justification to do so”. Wiltshire Police started investigating when an image appearing to show Sala’s body appeared on social media. On 18 February, officers investigated Camera Security Services (CSS) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and found the post-mortem test in Bournemouth had been viewed live on 7 February and then played back twice on 8 February. Image copyright Family photo Image caption Bray also took a photo of Andrew Latcham’s body which was in the same mortuary – he is pictured here (centre) with his son and grandson Bray’s phone also revealed she had taken a picture of another …

Trump resort posts annual losses of more than 1m

And they reveal that 77 people were employed by the business – down from 84 in 2017. Mr Trump promised to spend £1bn and create 6,000 jobs developing the golf course. Trump and Scotland Trump’s mother: From a Scottish island to New York’s elite Last week, the Trump Organisation was given approval to build hundreds of new homes at the Menie Estate. However, the company said there was now no market to support its original plans for a five-star hotel. Donald Trump’s Menie golf development: A rough guide

PM ‘had no role’ in Jennifer Arcuri grant

But she said she did “care a lot about how this government manages conflicts of interest and how it spends taxpayers’ money”. “The fact that we are back in the Commons today is because the prime minister has been shown to have ridden roughshod over the laws of the land. “It would be disappointing if we were to find that the prime minister has form in bending the rules for personal or political gain.” ‘Not based in UK’ So far, £47,000, out of the £100,000, has been paid to Hacker House under the government’s Cyber Security Immediate Impact Fund, with the remainder put on hold until the review has been completed. Ms Moran said the government fund was meant to …

‘We live in LS Lowry’s house’

There was a plaque on the wall. But “one of the locals pinched it”, Steve explains. “I believe he’s got it in his bedroom, this particular fella. What use it is in his bedroom, I don’t know.” Image copyright Vertigo Releasing Image caption Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall in Mrs Lowry & Son The Johnson family may well notice more people lingering uncertainly outside their front door after the release of Mrs Lowry and Son on Friday. The house plays a starring role in the film, which depicts the artist’s claustrophobic relationship with his bedridden, unsupportive mother. Elizabeth Lowry, played by Oscar-winner Redgrave, is unhappy at being forced to move to a working-class suburb because of her husband’s debts. A …

The UK’s ‘worst’ airport revealed

People could mention up to four experiences, and an airport would only be included if it got more than 30 responses, with the results then weighted. Related Topics Birmingham Airport Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Luton Airport Doncaster Aberdeen Airport Air travel Companies Belfast International Airport London Heathrow Airport Manchester Airport Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Londonderry bomb ‘attempt to kill police officers’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStones and petrol bombs were thrown at police A bomb in Londonderry was an attempt by dissident republican group the New IRA to murder police officers, the PSNI has said. The bomb was found after up to 80 police officers took part in a security search targeting the New IRA on Monday. Police said the device contained “commercial explosives”. Fifteen families had to leave their homes after the discovery of the device in Creggan Heights, but they have since returned home after it was made safe. Timeline of Irish dissident activity More than 40 petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police during the security search. Image copyright PSNI Image caption …

Rees-Mogg ‘bullying Brexit whistleblowers’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob Rees-Mogg likened Dr Nicholl to Dr Wakefield during a debate in the Commons A doctor who spoke out against the government’s no-deal plans has said Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg is “bullying whistleblowers”. David Nicholl expressed concern over medical plans for a no-deal Brexit during a radio phone-in this week. On Thursday, Mr Rees-Mogg told MPs that Dr Nicholl was “as irresponsible as Dr [Andrew] Wakefield”, who inaccurately linked the MMR vaccine with autism. The Conservative MP later apologised to Dr Nicholl for making the comparison. The British Medical Association called Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments “irresponsible”. What were Dr Nicholl’s concerns? By Newsnight correspondent Deborah Cohen Dr Nicholl came …

Pound sinks after general election speculation

Pound v Dollar British Pound -0.58% Percentage change -0.006 Price change Source: WebFG – 2nd Sep 2019 ‘ scrolling=’no’ frameBorder=’0′ class=”news-vj-spw-frame”> Mr Johnson is considering seeking an early general election if MPs wanting to block a no-deal Brexit defeat the government this week. Political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it could happen as soon as Wednesday, but no final decision had been taken. Meanwhile, a cross-party group of MPs is expected to put forward legislation on Tuesday to stop no deal under “SO24” or Standing Order 24 – the rule allowing MPs to ask for a debate on a “specific and important matter that should have urgent consideration”. Sources have told the BBC the bill would force the prime minister to …

Should you pack a ‘grab bag’?

Image copyright Jo Gardner Image caption Jo Gardner’s “grab bag” It was 2am when Jo Gardner and her husband were woken by a knock at the door. It was the police, warning that a fire had broken out at a works unit on their road. In the 10 minutes they were given to evacuate the house, they searched frantically for documents, keepsakes and hard drives. “We had to go there and then, there was no waiting. It was very dramatic, very sudden,” says Mrs Gardner, who works in education in Lincolnshire. Image copyright Dominic Mottram Dom Mottram, who works on railways in the Midlands, also keeps a bag with him in case of emergencies such as fires or car breakdowns. …