I wouldn’t be pretty enough now – Rantzen

“A few generations later, I wasn’t nearly pretty enough.” She said it was “taken for granted” earlier in her career that she would not be promoted because of her sex. After getting her job on That’s Life! she said she was conscious that “women weren’t given this responsibility before”. “I was aware that if I didn’t do a job well, preferably better than a man would, then I would make it much harder for the next generation of women,” she said. The BBC One TV series featured light-hearted items alongside serious investigations, including reports on child abuse.

How does a museum remember a defeat?

Image caption The site of the battle is near the village now known as Azincourt, in the Pas-de-Calais region When the old museum opened on the site in 2001, its exhibition boards said 9,000 English soldiers fought 30,000 French at Agincourt. Image caption A monument with flags marking the site of the battle fought between French and English armies in 1415 “Both armies were essentially professional, paid troops so we have a lot of financial records on them – we can find out the size of the armies and even the names of a lot of the soldiers,” said Prof Curry. Records show that Henry V took 12,000 men with him when he set out from Southampton and left many …

Struggling towns to get post-Brexit funding

Council spending cuts, in seven charts ‘Worst yet to come’ in council cuts Brexit: All you need to know In January, MPs rejected the withdrawal deal Theresa May has reached with the EU by 230 votes – the biggest defeat for a sitting government in history. To win another vote, which Mrs May has promised will be on or before 12 March, she could find herself relying on the votes of Labour MPs from Leave-voting parts of the country. John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, a former coal mining area in Nottinghamshire, told the PM last month to “show us the money” with “transformative investment” in areas that voted to leave. The Labour MP, who backed Mrs May’s Brexit deal at …

Which Brexit amendments will be debated?

This then allows MPs to table amendments, putting forward their proposals on what they think should happen next. This time, a total of 12 amendments were tabled. Speaker John Bercow makes the final call on which amendments are put before the Commons, as he explains in a tweet below. Skip Twitter post by @HouseofCommons Ever wondered how the Speaker chooses which amendments MPs debate and vote on? We asked the Speaker, John Bercow, to tell us. pic.twitter.com/BY4W6kNGuS — UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) February 27, 2019 He has selected five amendments for debate by MPs. So what are the proposals and who has put them forward? Labour amendment on alternative Brexit plan Image copyright PA The SNP, led at Westminster …

Hollywood star launches homeless helpline

“It was quite sudden, it was a lot of stress… I panicked, I didn’t know where to go or what to do. It was overwhelming,” he said. “When I left I had a spare set of clothes and that was it. I didn’t have much money or anything, it was difficult.” Image caption The number of young people asking for help with homelessness is increasing The charity Llamau has joined forces with other homeless charities under End Youth Homelessness Cymru. Frances Beecher, from Llamau, said: “Homelessness is a hidden epidemic and what is so scary is that 76% of homeless young people have no idea where to turn. “This helpline is trying to respond to what young people are asking …

No-deal Brexit impact assessment published

Theresa May’s Brexit deal was comprehensively rejected by MPs on 15 January and she has said they will get a second chance to vote on it – possibly with some changes – by 12 March. The UK is currently due to leave the EU on 29 March – with or without a deal. May offers MPs Brexit delay vote Brexit will make UK worse off, government warns Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation The government’s report, which was drawn up for the cabinet, said: “One of the most visible ways in which the UK would be affected by delays in goods crossing the Channel is our food supply, 30% of which comes from the EU.” Possible disruption to cross-Channel trade …

Are the police still institutionally racist?

Twenty years on, what do people think of the police service he criticised with such force? ‘Disheartened and appalled’ Leroy Logan, 62, is a former Met officer and ex-chairman of the National Black Police Association. Twenty years after Macpherson, he says the force remains institutionally racist. Logan says improvements were made post-Macpherson, such as hate crimes now being identified, but adds: “We still don’t have the promotion of equality and justice in the organisation. “Black officers are disproportionately subjected to discipline compared to their white counterparts. “You still see black staff hugging the lower ranks and they aren’t breaking through to the upper levels of the organisation.” He adds: “We still have disproportionality in stop and search, where a black …

May offers MPs Brexit delay vote

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: “An extension cannot take no deal off the table.” Theresa May has promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal next month. Mrs May made a statement to MPs about Brexit on Tuesday, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers. The PM has promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of another “grotesquely reckless” Brexit delay. LIVE: Reaction to May’s Brexit update Kuenssberg: Not quite ‘simples’ Reality check: How could Brexit be delayed? Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation …

Judge lifts ban on naming Alesha killer

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAaron Campbell is facing a life sentence The identity of the teenage boy who raped and murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail has been revealed. The judge who presided over the trial has lifted a ban on naming 16-year-old Aaron Campbell. Media outlets, including the BBC, made a case for reversing the court order which had protected his identity because he was under the age of 18. Judge Lord Matthews said: “I can’t think of a case in recent times that has attracted such revulsion.” After hearing the legal arguments on Friday, he said: “I intend to grant the application. The press may name the accused and publish images of him.” Image caption Alesha …

Harry and Meghan visit Morocco girls’ school

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Duchess of Sussex had henna applied to her hand during the visit Samira Ouaadi, 17, who drew a floral pattern on Meghan’s left hand and wrist with brown henna paste, said: “It’s tradition for pregnant women in Morocco to have a henna tattoo. We do it for major celebrations like getting married or having a baby.” Image copyright Reuters The couple’s first official trip to the north African nation is aimed at strengthening links with the UK. The secondary school is run by a Moroccan group that provides classes for girls from rural areas whose families cannot afford their education. Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco Kensington Palace said the charity Education for …

Tommy Robinson in BBC Panorama protest

Image copyright PA Image caption A counter-protest was also held at MediaCityUK by anti-fascists Mr Yaxley-Lennon said the aim of the protest was to make a stand “against the corrupt media” and called for the BBC licence fee to be scrapped. Image copyright PA Image caption Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, spoke to a crowd of about 4,000 UKIP leader Gerard Batten told demonstrators that Mr Yaxley-Lennon “speaks up for things that are right, he tells the truth and he can mobilise lots of people like you, and that’s what they fear”. A rally organiser also took to the stage and told demonstrators: “Don’t touch the photographers or any of the media companies. Let them be. Just …

Boy, 16, guilty of Alesha rape and murder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlesha MacPhail murder: Teenager found guilty A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty of the abduction, rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail. Her naked body was found on the Isle of Bute after she was reported missing on the morning of 2 July last year. Alesha had suffered 117 injuries and died from significant pressure being applied to her face and neck. The teenager – who cannot be named because he is under 18 – was found guilty after a nine-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow. Judge Lord Matthews told the killer he had stolen Alesha’s life by “committing some of the most wicked and evil crimes this court …

MP charged with forgery on expenses claims

A CPS spokesperson said: “In November 2018, the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to an allegation that Christopher Davies, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, falsified two invoices in support of Parliamentary expenses claims. “Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has today charged Mr Davies with two offences of making a false instrument and one offence of providing false or misleading information for allowance claims. “He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22 March.” The charges are: Forgery between 25 January 2016 and 11 March 2016 Forgery between 28 March 2016 and 12 April 2016 Providing false or misleading information for allowances claims between 6 and 11 March 2016. Mr …

Harold Wilson’s powerful secretary dies

“I don’t think I ever had any influences on policies because, as I say, it wasn’t my role really. Everyone knew where I stood on things,” she once said. “If I had any at all, it’s because they heard my voice and very often if there were a crowd of people around, mostly civil servants of the prime minister, he would be arguing policy out and he would be saying the things he wanted to hear. “I might possibly be the only voice in the room saying things he didn’t want to hear.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Harold Wilson pictured with Baroness Falkender following his 1966 election win In 2007, Lady Falkender successfully sued the BBC for libel …

Honda confirms Swindon car plant closure

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHonda Europe boss Ian Howells says the decision to close Swindon was driven by big changes in the car industry Honda has confirmed it will close its Swindon car plant in 2021, with the loss of about 3,500 jobs. The Japanese company builds 160,000 Honda Civics a year in Swindon, its only car factory in the EU. Honda said the move was due to global changes in the car industry and the need to launch electric vehicles, and it had nothing to do with Brexit. Business Secretary Greg Clark said the decision was “devastating” for Swindon and the UK. A fall in demand for diesel cars and tougher emissions regulations have shaken …