Politics

Mid-term elections: Trump hails ‘big victory’ despite House losses

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe story of election night in two minutesPresident Donald Trump has hailed a "big victory" in US mid-term elections after Democrats seized the House of Representatives but Republicans consolidated their grip on the Senate.The Democratic majority in the lower chamber will be in a position to block Mr Trump's legislative programme.But controlling the Senate ensures Mr Trump can still make key
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Former G4S Brook House security guard not to be prosecuted

[ad_1] Image copyright G4S Image caption Brook House holds up to 508 adult male asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and foreign national offenders A former G4S security guard who allegedly choked a man on suicide watch at an immigration removal centre will not face prosecution.The incident, at Brook House, near Gatwick Airport, was filmed by an undercover reporter for BBC Panorama. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there wasn't enough evidence
Politics

Staff call for action on House of Commons bullying

[ad_1] A letter calling for action to tackle bullying and sexual harassment in the House of Commons has been signed by 80 current and former senior staff. The signatories all claim to have experienced such behaviour by MPs or seen it first-hand "left unchallenged". Addressed to the House of Commons Commission, the letter demands recommendations from a report by Dame Laura Cox are implemented immediately. A spokeswoman for the Commission
Politics

House of Commons abuse cases ‘tolerated and concealed’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images "Disturbing" cases of bullying and sexual harassment have "long been tolerated and concealed" in the House of Commons, according to a report.The report, by Dame Laura Cox QC, said there was a culture of "deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence".She said the procedures for protecting staff were inadequate and said "broad cultural change" was needed.The inquiry was commissioned following a BBC investigation earlier this year.'Behaviour code'
Business

Mike Ashley blames greed for House of Fraser store closures

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mike Ashley bought House of Fraser for £90m Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley has blamed "greedy landlords" for the closure of three House of Fraser department stores.Mr Ashley, who bought the retailer out of administration for £90m, announced on Sunday that 15 sites previously earmarked for closure will stay open.But stores in Edinburgh, Hull and Swindon will close after the failure of negotiations
Entertainment

Roxanne leaves Celebrity Big Brother house after ‘punch’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The actress made her name playing Jo Sugden in ITV soap Emmerdale Roxanne Pallett has left the Celebrity Big Brother house, Channel 5 has said, following an episode in which she was "punched" by housemate Ryan Thomas.The former Emmerdale actor's exit comes after media watchdog Ofcom received thousands of complaints. Many are understood to focus on her reaction.Pallett, 35, said the former Coronation
US & World

Don McGahn: Trump says White House counsel to depart

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Don McGahn (left) is to leave the White House in the autumn, according to Donald Trump US President Donald Trump has said White House lawyer Don McGahn will leave his post in the coming months.The president tweeted that Mr McGahn would depart after the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee in the autumn.His exit follows reports of White House unease at the extent of
Business

House of Fraser attacks ‘greedy’ landlords

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA House of Fraser has criticised "greedy landlords" that are resisting new owner Mike Ashley's attempts to cut rents on the store chain's 59 outlets.Earlier this month the Sports Direct owner bought the retailer for £90m after it collapsed into administration. It has been seeking to cut rents in an attempt to prevent stores from closing.The British Property Federation criticised Sports Direct, saying one party cannot "cry
US & World

John McCain death: Trump lowers White House flag after criticism

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"I lived and died a proud American," McCain said from his deathbedUS President Donald Trump has announced that the White House flag will be returned to half-staff, after critics attacked his response to the death of Republican senator John McCain.Flags at some federal buildings were fully raised on Monday, far earlier than would normally be expected after such an event.Mr Trump