Brexit Party ‘at risk’ of illegal donations

Amounts below that do not have to be declared, but some critics – among them ex-PM Gordon Brown – have said there is no way of telling whether those smaller amounts come from British or foreign sources, and therefore the system may be being abused. How are political parties funded? The Brexit Party topped the polls at last month’s European elections. During the campaign, it said donations of £25 or less had accounted for 90% of its total funding. It raised more than £2m from small donors, thousands of whom paid £25 each to become registered supporters. But Mr Brown suggested the party was getting round the declaration rules by accepting multiple “untraceable” donations directly online. Political parties have 30 …

Border War: Los Angeles officials clash with burbs over homeless ‘dumping’

A view of the homeless camp on the Los Angeles side of Venice Blvd. (Andrew O’Reilly/Fox News) These accusations come amid a damning report to local lawmakers that revealed Los Angeles saw a 16 percent increase in its homeless population over last year – soaring to more than 36,000 people living on the streets and landing a blow to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials working to add more affordable housing and social services. Overall in the bigger Los Angeles County, the homeless population rose 12 percent compared with last year’s count, bringing the total population to almost 59,000. “We came down here from Santa Barbara because there are more opportunities for work and it seems like …

Tory leader candidates clash over Brexit

Jeremy Hunt, another leadership contender, said the EU would be “willing to negotiate” on the Brexit deal if the UK takes the “right approach”. Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, the foreign secretary said he had spoken with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and suggested she was open to looking at new solutions for the Irish border issue in talks. “She said that […] with a new British prime minister, we would want to look at any solutions you have,” he added. Brexit: All you need to know Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand on Brexit? What’s the plan for a no-deal Brexit? Gove: ‘I was lucky to avoid jail’ Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEsther McVey defended …

What happened with Lorraine and Esther McVey?

Kelly curtly replied: “Yep. Yes I do. Right, coming up after half past eight…” That set tongues wagging on social media, with many picking up on the fact that Kelly had implied she had nothing nice to say about her memories of working with McVey. McVey was asked about her relationship with Kelly later in the day. “We used to share a dressing room,” she explained during a Q&A session at her campaign launch. “And she used to be on the programme afterwards, and obviously she used to be partnered with Eamonn Holmes. And then I was promoted to be partnering with Eamonn Holmes. “But she’s great and it was a great show, and I can’t believe it was 20 …

Labour seeks to block no-deal Brexit

Skip Twitter post by @michaelgove While I would prefer to leave the EU with a better deal, we must not rule out no deal. If ultimately it came to a choice between no deal and no Brexit, I would choose no deal. Labour’s plans to seize control of the business of the Commons must be resisted. #ReadytoLead — Michael Gove (@michaelgove) June 11, 2019 For other candidates, including Rory Stewart and Mark Harper, the prospect of leaving without a deal is unacceptable. However, neither man appears prepared to back the opposition motion. Mr Harper said his “instinct” was to oppose it while Mr Stewart – despite saying he was “wholly supportive” of the idea at his campaign launch in London …

Blanket free TV licence for over-75s scrapped

The number of households which could be eligible to apply for pension credit could number 1.5 million by 2020. The BBC Board said it was the “fairest option to help the poorest pensioners”. BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavid Clementi on the BBC’s decision to scrap blanket free licences for over 75s “We think it’s fair to those over 75 but also to all our audiences for whom there was no appetite for the level of cuts that would have been necessary if the concession had been extended,” he added. “There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid …

He’s One Of The Last Anti-Abortion Democrats In Congress. His Time May Be Up.

“It’s a true neighborhood,” Bury, the Democratic mayor of this Chicago suburb, beamed as she sipped her iced white wine at the veterans’ watering hole, greeting every person who came in. “It’s a small town with the amenities of a big city. We have a Level 1 trauma center. It’s great if you have a problem. For example, I’ve got a disabled brother, and he swallowed part of his dental partial. It had to be surgically removed. It was really nice having that just a mile away.” About 57,000 people live in this mostly Catholic, blue-collar community. The economy is “very much at the mercy” of the railroad, as Bury put it, which runs right through town and carries people …

Tory leadership hopefuls vie for spotlight

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA Michael Gove-led government would take “back control of our money, our borders, and our laws”. The race to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister is officially under way, with contenders setting out their pitches. Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Matt Hancock outlined their plans at campaign launches on Monday. It comes as two cabinet ministers – Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt and Remainer Amber Rudd – announced their backing for Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt. Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST to enter the leadership contest. Mrs May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative Party last week, but will remain as prime minister until her …

How Phil Mitchell ended up on Time cover

Cold War Steve, whose real name is Christopher Spencer, tells BBC News he was shopping in his local Asda in Birmingham when the “incredible” email offer came through last week. “I was in the condiment section and saw it was from Time magazine in New York and I was like, ‘bloody hell! This is it… break the States!’” he says. “As with Brexit, America and the Trump administration is such a rich seam for my kind of work and we were thinking how on earth would we take this British brand of satire and humour to America?” Image copyright Cold War Steve/Time Image caption Bungle can be seen selling tea and chips next to Phil Mitchell Follow us on Facebook, …

Greg Gutfeld: Biden is ‘toast’ after latest campaign hiccup

Are former Vice President Joe Biden‘s presidential hopes ‘toast’? “The Five” discussed Biden’s “flip-flop” Friday on the Hyde Amendment, and co-host Greg Gutfeld voiced his thoughts, saying this latest hiccup may push the Democratic presidential frontrunner “out the door.” “I think he is actually toast, I really do, I think that this is going to push him out the door.  The more people see of him the less they like him,” Gutfeld said.

Inside Jerry Nadler’s private push to open up impeachment inquiry

(CNN)At a frank meeting this week, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler again lobbied to win Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. But Nadler met powerful resistance. First was from Pelosi, who said she would rather see Trump “in prison” than impeached, according to Politico. He was also rebuffed by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who himself is also playing a major role investigating Trump and his conduct while in office, according to another source familiar with the matter. The previously unreported details on Nadler’s pitch to Pelosi offer new insight into the under-the-radar effort by the House Judiciary chairman to try to sway the speaker to reconsider her opposition to launching an impeachment probe. …

Joe Biden’s rift with progressives on display as he skips California Democratic convention

(CNN)The tensions between former Vice President Joe Biden and liberal progressives were on full display this weekend in California, where most of the Democratic Party’s presidential contenders were campaigning. Biden’s leading challengers won those audiences over by using him as a punching bag. They didn’t say Biden’s name, but they made clear references to his campaigning on the notion that Trump’s four years will be treated as an “aberration,” his calls for a return to normalcy in Washington and his prediction that Republicans will have an “epiphany” once Trump leaves the White House. “Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges. If they dream at all, they dream small,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren …

A Budding Movement Is Helping Progressive Asian American Christians Feel Less Lonely

“Having a place where all of the things that made me weird in the rest of my life were normal was completely life-changing,” Lin recalled. Like many progressive Asian American Christians today, Lin felt she was being forced to choose between theology and community. This quandary swirled through her head in late 2016, as she observed the presidential election and the betrayal that many Asian American evangelicals felt as they watched their white co-religionists vote in droves for Donald Trump. She wondered if there were others like her, people who wanted a space where they could be progressive, Asian American, and Christian. “I know you’re out there, and I wish we all could meet somehow,” Lin wrote in an article published on …

How the Brexit timetable could unfold

EU leaders are due to review progress on Brexit at a regular summit on 20 to 21 June. But by that time they will not even know who is going to be in charge after Theresa May leaves No 10. Holidays and party conferences August of course is holiday time, particularly in the EU, when very little business gets done in Brussels, and the chances of the UK having meaningful talks about Brexit with other governments or the EU institutions are limited. So that already takes us to the beginning of September, only two months before the Brexit extension comes to an end. And in the second half of September, the UK Parliament is once again in recess, as political …

Hammond rejects idea millions in dire poverty

Mr Hammond said: “I reject the idea that there are vast numbers of people facing dire poverty in this country. “I don’t accept the UN rapporteur’s report at all. I think that’s a nonsense. Look around you, that’s not what we see in this country. “Of course there are people struggling with the cost of living. I understand that. But the point being is that we are addressing these things through getting to the root causes.” Market system must ‘evolve’ The chancellor said that for many people, the market economy was not working as it is “supposed to” work, and the idea the economy is “generating and distributing wealth is at odds with the practice that they are experiencing.” He …

US will not ignore China’s behavior in South China Sea, acting defense secretary Shanahan says

Singapore (CNN)The United States can’t fully trust China until Beijing starts playing by the rules. That was the overarching message delivered by acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at Asia’s premier defense forum Saturday morning in Singapore. Shanahan said that the Indo-Pacific region was the US’s most important theater from a security perspective. “We can’t … continue to look the other way as countries use friendly rhetoric to distract from unfriendly acts,” he said, adding that Washginton had a “deeper and broader” network of allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific than China. Peter Layton, a former Australian military officer and analyst at the Griffith Asia Institute, called Shanahan’s speech “a little disappointing.” “It continues the criticism of China but does …