Sir Lenny Henry calls for TV and film tax break to boost diversity

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The letter says diversity in some parts of the industry is "in crisis" Sir Lenny Henry will deliver a letter to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to increase the number of women, BAME and disabled people working in film and TV.The letter calls for tax relief to help boost diversity behind the camera. Actor Adrian Lester will hand deliver the letter with
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London university calls for £100m slavery reparation

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities in the UK which benefited in previous centuries from the slave trade should contribute to a £100m fund to support ethnic minority students, says a university leader.Geoff Thompson, chair of governors of the University of East London, says it would be "ethical and right" for universities to contribute.He says it would help young people who otherwise could not afford to graduate.Last month, Glasgow University

Bercow calls for independent body to examine Commons bullying claims

[ad_1] Commons Speaker John Bercow has called for an independent body to be set up to investigate allegations of harassment and bullying in Parliament. He told MPs they must learn the lessons of the expenses scandal, which led to external oversight of MPs' claims.The Speaker has faced calls to quit after a report said harassment had been tolerated and concealed for years.Conservative MP Maria Miller told Mr Bercow that "new

Brexit: David Davis calls for cabinet rebellion over PM’s plan

[ad_1] Image copyright Downing Street Image caption David Davis has been a persistent critic of the PM's plans since quitting in July Cabinet ministers should "exert their collective authority" and rebel against Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal, ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis has said.The prime minister has suggested a temporary arrangement for the whole UK to remain in the customs union while the Irish border issue is resolved. Brexiteers fear this
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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia calls murder claims ‘lies’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Saudi Arabia has called accusations it ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its Istanbul consulate "lies and baseless allegations".Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz's denial comes 11 days after Mr Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate.Turkish sources allege he was then

Theatre calls for learning disability Oscar winner

[ad_1] Image copyright ITV Image caption Liam Bairstow plays Alex Warner in Coronation Street An inclusive theatre group is challenging the film industry to ensure an actor with a learning disability wins an Oscar by 2030.Hijinx tour theatres across the UK and train actors with learning disabilities to feature in their shows.Hijinx's Clare Williams said: "It would be shocking to see an actor 'black up' to play a character of
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London mayor Sadiq Khan calls for second Brexit vote

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSadiq Khan: 'The British public should have a say on the outcome of negotiations'London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a second EU referendum, criticising the government's handling of Brexit negotiations with the EU.Writing in the Observer, the Labour politician said that with the UK due to leave the EU in six months, it now faced either a "bad deal" or

Debenhams calls in KPMG to assess future options

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Debenhams has brought in advisors from KPMG to assess a number of options to improve the fortunes of the department store chain.It is in the midst of a turnaround plan designed to cut costs and boost sales.Industry insiders say the firm and KPMG are looking at a number of potential options, including a company voluntary arrangement (CVA), but it is just one possible measure under

Sepsis survivor calls for ‘life-saving’ machines for Wales

[ad_1] Image copyright David Boyce Image caption The last thing Tom remembered before his health deteriorated was arriving at the hospital in Cardiff. A student who almost died from sepsis says the machine that saved his life should be made available in Wales. Tom Boyce, 19, was only able to access a specialist machine that resembles an artificial lung when a specialist team brought it to him from England.In June,

Fresh crackdown on nuisance calls

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images People being harassed by cold calls about PPI compensation or personal injury claims could gain some respite under new rules being introduced by the government.The new measures mean companies will only be allowed to contact people who have opted-in to receive the calls.Claims management companies that break the rules can be fined up to £500,000.Minister for Digital Margot James said: "Today we are one step