Phone scams: Rise in fraudsters making fake HMRC calls

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Victims of phone scams can often be older or more vulnerable An increasing number of scammers are using landline phone calls to con people out of money, after a crackdown on bogus emails and mobile phone texts.HM Revenue and Customs said it received 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months to January 2019 - up 360% compared with the previous six

Jeremy Corbyn calls on eight Labour defectors to quit as MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie and Chuka Ummuna quit Labour to join an independent group Labour MPs who have quit the party should "resign and put themselves up for election", Jeremy Corbyn has said.In a Twitter video, the Labour leader said it was the "democratic thing to do" because they wanted to "abandon the policies on which they were elected". Eight ex-Labour MPs have
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John McDonnell calls Winston Churchill a ‘villain’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaking at a Politico event, shadow chancellor John McDonnell called Churchill a "villain"John McDonnell has called Sir Winston Churchill a "villain" over his role in dealing with striking miners in 1910.At a Politico event, when asked to give a one-word answer on whether Churchill was a hero or villain, the shadow chancellor said: "Tonypandy - villain".During the Tonypandy riots of 1910,

Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson join calls for more women film directors

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Stars such as Tessa Thompson, Brie Larson and Bryce Dallas Howard are among the names to lend their support to the #4percentchallenge.It's an online campaign to raise the number of major movies directed by women in Hollywood.According to figures shared by the Time's Up movement, only 4% of the top grossing 1,200 films made in the past decade we directed by a female.They're calling on

Chinese censor calls Tencent news app ‘vulgar’

[ad_1] Image copyright Tencent Image caption Tencent's app was accused of spreading low-brow content One of China's leading news apps has been singled out for criticism by the country's internet watchdog.Tencent-owned Tiantian Kuaibao - which means "fast daily news" - was accused of spreading "vulgar, negative and harmful information, which damaged the online environment".The Cyberspace Administration of China added that it had "cleaned up" nearly 9,382 apps and closed 733

Men’s Fashion Week: Jeenu Mahadevan calls out colourism

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeenu Mahadevan modelling for Givenchy as part of Paris Fashion Week London, Paris, Milan, New York... it has been a frantic January for model Jeenu Mahadevan, as he flies around the world for Men's Fashion Week."There's no such thing as downtime in Fashion Week, it's just chaos for three weeks straight," he tells the BBC.Since the 20-year old made his international debut in
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Lion King: Petition calls on Disney to drop ‘hakuna matata’ trademark

[ad_1] Image copyright iStock Image caption Film merchandise and franchising are lucrative spin-offs A petition accusing Disney of "colonialism and robbery" for trademarking a phrase used in the film The Lion King has attracted more than 30,000 signatures."Hakuna matata" means "no problem" or "no worries" in the Swahili language, which is spoken across East Africa.Disney first applied to trademark the catchphrase in 1994 - the same year it released The

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