The PM has set herself a huge test

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: MPs “have a duty” to deliver Brexit Twice my colleague in Paris asked the prime minister if she would resign if her Brexit plan is rejected by MPs again. Twice she completely swerved the question. You can watch the awkward moment above. You can’t blame her for wanting to avoid it. Theresa May is not exactly fond of revealing much in interviews in any case. And for her to go anywhere near tangling with her potential exit would have breathed even more fire into the frenzied speculation. And just for good measure, it is not exactly unusual, sadly, for politicians to ignore completely what they are actually asked. Image copyright …

Can you cram 16 gigs into a single day?

Report End of Youtube post by The Wood Burning Savages – Topic Image Copyright The Wood Burning Savages – Topic The Wood Burning Savages – Topic Glasgow’s Lucia walk on stage like they’ve just arrived from a school production of Grease, sporting pastel suits and slicked-back quiffs. But their set is less Greased Lightning and more Atomic Bomb – a short, sharp barrage of punk-pop explosions. Frontwoman Lucia Fairfull is a force of nature, glaring at the crowd with a Gallagher-esque, “Who the hell are you?” attitude. They’re the first band today to feel like the venue’s too small to contain them. Gig Five – Kitt Philippa Poor Kitt Philippa is having sound problems. There’s a weird hum on the …

Tributes paid after Starr reported dead

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.” Starr rose to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. He starred in several other TV programmes in the 90s and famously featured in the Sun’s “Freddie Starr ate my hamster” headline in 1986. In 2012, he was arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse but he was never charged. He later lost a defamation claim against an accuser in 2015. ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Starr began his career as lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s. His TV appearances included The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr in the 1990s. …

Labour ‘to end youth rate minimum wage’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “We will abolish the youth rate of the minimum wage” Labour will extend its plans for a higher £10-an-hour minimum wage to include workers under the age of 18, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. Currently, under-18s are entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, compared with £8.21 for over-25s. But under a Labour government this “youth rate” for the minimum wage would be ended in 2020, Mr Corbyn said. One business group said there was value in having the minimum wage set by an independent group, as it is now. Mr Corbyn had already pledged to raise the National Living Wage – a legally binding hourly rate …

Plaid Cymru manifesto backs Brexit reverse

During its election campaign launch in Cardiff, Mr Price said Plaid was targeting Labour voters in particular who felt let down on Brexit. All countries in the EU have committed to ensure that young people under the age of 25 receive an offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. One of Plaid’s manifesto pledges is to work towards full implementation of the EU’s Youth Guarantee scheme. Plaid is also pledging to create a Welsh Migration System if it is in government in Wales, but the party is currently in opposition in the Welsh Assembly, and migration policy is the UK Government’s responsibility. Election candidates clash over referendum A guide …

Harry and Meghan name son Archie

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince Harry held their two-day-old son The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. Introducing him to the cameras earlier in the day, Meghan said: “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream.” As they laughed, Prince Harry said: “I don’t know who he gets that from.” The announcement came after the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met their eighth and newest great-grandchild for the first time at Windsor Castle. There was no mention of a potential royal title for Archie. Skip Instagram post by sussexroyal View this post on Instagram Report End of Instagram post by sussexroyal Report Image copyright EPA …

Why Lewis Capaldi doesn’t feel like a pop star

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLewis Capaldi on fame, funny posts and sad songs For a man with the biggest sad song of the year, some of Lewis Capaldi’s social media posts have been among the funniest. There was the time when the Scots singer-songwriter – who topped the charts for seven weeks with Someone You Loved – filmed himself walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard in search of a plunger after having blocked his own hotel toilet. Then the one where he described his Brit Awards Critics’ Choice nomination as, ahem, “one for the Tinder” profile. And who could forget the 22-year-old posting footage of himself singing opera in the shower in a pair of daft …

Compulsory vaccination ‘not being ruled out’

And in England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be the level necessary to protect a population from a disease. The UK was declared free of the highly contagious measles disease for the first time by the WHO in 2017. But in 2018, it experienced small outbreaks, and in March this year there was a sharp increase of cases across Greater Manchester. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC investigated in 2018 why there’s been a measles outbreak in Europe ‘The science …

‘I think I lost sight in one eye’

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Despite crawling over the finishing line with the help of marathon marshals, Hayley still managed to beat her personal best time by three minutes, finishing in 02:33:59. She crossed the line in 18th place and says it was the toughest thing – physically and mentally – she’s ever had to do. “We started too fast and I got carried away with the excitement of being in the elite race and all the excitement of London really. “We ran the first half far too quickly and it just ended up being a survival fest.” Skip Twitter post by @mileswithhayley Today I learnt how NOT to run a marathon! 😂🤪 #londonmarathon atleast I PB’d … pic.twitter.com/iD1FYZSA5N — …

Runners and racers in record marathon

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEileen Noble started running in her fifties Runners in an array of colourful costumes have been pounding the streets in the 39th London Marathon. Participants dressed as Batman to Spiderman have run the tough 26.2-mile race, in what has been a record-breaking year for applications. More than 40,000 took part to the cheers and applause from crowds. Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s race with a new course record and second fastest time ever, while Sir Mo Farah finished fifth. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei won the women’s race with compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot coming in second – a role reversal from last year when she beat Kosgei to the crown. Image copyright Reuters Image caption …

What’s gone wrong at Green’s Topshop empire?

Image copyright Daily Herald Archive Image caption Arcadia grew out of Burton Group, whose roots go back to 1903 What is the history of Arcadia? The Arcadia Group’s origins date back to 1903 and the formation of the Burton menswear chain, which grew to acquire brands such as Topshop and Dorothy Perkins, and renamed itself Arcadia in 1998. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Topshop is considered the jewel in Arcadia’s crown What was behind the rise of the fashion empire? The group seemed to be doing well, particularly the jewel in its crown, Topshop, which became known as a trend setter and attracted celebrity endorsements. Kate Moss has twice worked with Sir Philip on Topshop lines, while Cara Delevingne, …

What happened at the Bafta Craft Awards?

Here’s a round-up of the big winners and some highlights from Sunday’s ceremony: Image copyright PA/BBC The ceremony was hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan, who referenced one of the biggest TV hits of last year in an opening parody sketch. He dressed up as Jodie Comer’s ruthless assassin Villanelle from Killing Eve – complete with the frothy pink dress – and was seen auditioning for hosting duties. “You don’t frighten me, I’ve worked with Jeremy Irons,” he tells two psychiatrists in a scene titled “Killing Steve” (brilliant). Skip Youtube post by BAFTA Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report The two men questioning him refer to the “psychopathic quality” he brought to his recent awards presenting. After …

Sturgeon wants independence vote by 2021

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNicola Sturgeon says a second independence referendum will need a transfer of power from Westminster Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence by 2021 if the country is taken out of the EU. The first minister told Holyrood that she would introduce legislation soon to set the rules for another vote. But she indicated that she would need the agreement of the UK government before actually holding a referendum. Downing Street has previously said it will not grant a new Section 30 order, which underpinned the 2014 referendum. Ms Sturgeon claimed this position was “unsustainable” and challenged her party to increase support and demand for …

Five Britons killed in Sri Lanka attacks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDeadly explosions strike across Sri Lanka Five British citizens have been killed in explosions at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Police say at least 290 people have been killed and 500 injured in eight blasts, six of which were in Colombo. Three Britons and two with joint US and UK citizenship were among the dead, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said. It has been widely reported that they include a mother and her 11-year-old son who were having breakfast at the Shangri-La hotel. The woman’s daughter is unaccounted for, while her husband is believed to have survived. Image copyright Reuters Image caption St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo was severely …

Queen attends Easter service on 93rd birthday

The Duke of Edinburgh, who has retired from public duties, and the Duchess of Sussex, who is heavily pregnant, did not attend. But Prince Harry and Meghan posted a joint birthday greeting to the Queen on Instagram, saying: “Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny.” Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny. Wishing you the most wonderful day! 🎈Harry & Meghan Photo credits: Glenn Harvey (CP), Adrian Dennis (Getty), Chris Jackson (Getty) A post shared by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@sussexroyal) on Apr 21, 2019 at 12:14am PDT Image Copyright sussexroyal sussexroyal As the Queen left the chapel, she was presented with two posies – one yellow and one white – by two boys. Gun salutes will also be fired …

Listen to climate scientists, Greta urges

“I am just speaking on behalf of them, I’m trying to say what they’ve been saying for decades,” she said. ‘Non-violent disruption’ The teenager sparked an international youth movement after she staged a “School Strike for Climate” in front of the Swedish Parliament in August last year. Since then she has met Pope Francis and addressed the European Parliament. Speaking about her newfound fame, she said: “It’s unbelievable, I can’t really take it in.” The interview comes as Extinction Rebellion activists took over part of the Natural History Museum on Monday. More than 1,000 people have been arrested since the protests began in central London a week ago. Miss Thunberg, who spoke to the crowds in Marble Arch on Sunday, …