SNP MP sternly told off by Commons Speaker for breaking important Parliament tradition

SNP MP Drew Hendry clashed with a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons in which he was soundly told off. The Scottish nationalist was speaking in a chamber debate on the Government’s Internal Markets Bill. While railing against the Conservative’s Brexit plans, Mr Hendry was silenced by Dame Rosie Winterton.

The MP was replying to an intervention made by Bim Afolami.

The Tory politician had asked why Mr Hendry assumed that any food or safety standards legislated in the UK Parliament would “inherently always be lower” than those in the EU.

The SNP member shot back: “Perhaps you should ask your Honourable and Right Honourable friends on your backbenches who voted against your own backbenchers’ amendments.”

However, before he could continue, he was interrupted and forced to sit down by Dame Rosie.

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She told him: “The Honourable Gentleman does know that he should not really address another honourable member directly.

“When he uses the word ‘you’, he’s talking about me.

“And I’m sure he wouldn’t want to do that.”

During debates in Parliament, MPs do not address each other directly.

Peers also do not address each other directly.

Instead they speak to the House of Lords as a whole.

Both MPs and peers do not refer to each other by name but by a variety of formal titles according to their status.

This includes: ‘the Honourable Member for…’, ‘the Honourable gentleman’ or ‘the Honourable lady’.

This polite tone is adopted in an attempt to maintain order and good humour during debates.

Boris Johnson urged to fine rule breakers £10k for breaking quarantine – 'Round them up!'

Boris Johnson announced new strict rules on Saturday which will see heavy penalties ushered in for rule-breakers. As of September 28, anyone caught ignoring the rules risks incurring a £1,000 fine while repeat offenders could be fined up to £10,000. conducted an exclusive poll asking readers if the Prime Minister’s latest measure designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus was step too far.

Asked if people should be forced to fork out £10,000 for failing to quarantine themselves, 4,294 voters (57 percent) said yes.

While 3,009 readers (42 percent) said Britons should not face such a hefty penalty.

Only 83 (one percent) of respondents said they didn’t know.

A total of 7,386 readers took part in the poll which ran from 10.30am to 9pm on Sunday, September 20.

Many readers argued that the Government’s latest rule is unrealistic.

One person said, given the savage financial blow the lockdown dealt to many households, individuals would simply not have that sort of cash to spare.

One reader wrote: “For most, having the political jackboot applied imposing fines of £10K or £10million makes no difference they won’t be able to pay.

“Government is becoming more draconian because they can’t show real evidence for what they’re doing.”

A second questioned what would happen to members of the public who did not have the means to pay up.

They said: “I let out property. What will happen when my tenants can’t pay the fine?”
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Yet another reader fumed: “What use is a £10,000 fine when 50 percent of the country don’t earn that a year!”

But others backed Mr Johnson’s rollout of the fines in England.

One pensioner said he was sick and tired of abiding by the restrictions while watching youths blatantly flout social distancing rules.

He called for brazen youngsters to be “rounded up” by police if caught shunning rules designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said: “I am 70 so would – yet again – be required to self-isolate.

“I would not mind but you see pictures of thousands of the young who think they are invulnerable and immune partying like mad and inevitably spreading the disease.

“They should be rounded up wholesale and fined or locked up for thinking they know better than the rest of us.”

In addition to tighter rules on social gatherings across the country, several cities and regions in Britain have had ‘local lockdowns’ imposed, limiting even more strictly when, where and how many people can meet up socially.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wants fast action to halt the worsening spread in London, a spokeswoman for Khan said ahead of meetings on Monday when authorities in the capital will formulate recommended next steps for ministerial approval.

A spokeswoman for Mr Khan said: “The mayor wants fast action as we cannot risk a delay, as happened in March.

“It is better for both health and business to move too early than too late.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked on Times Radio about the possibility of Londoners being told to work from home later this week, and said: “Well, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

EU’s Brexit fury unravelled as proof of bloc breaking international law exposed

On Monday, the House of Commons voted on a controversial new bill published by the Government. The UK is currently in a transition period that keeps it bound to the EU’s rules until December 31. The two sides are trying to negotiate a new trade deal that would come into effect once this period ends, but talks have been characterised by perpetual deadlock.

With the new Internal Market Bill, the Government is essentially seeking to prevent disruption to trade between the four nations of the UK if no deal is reached with the EU.

Downing Street has described it as a “vital legal safety net”.

However, the move has enraged the EU and prompted a fresh rebellion within the Conservative Party.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has set Prime Minister Boris Johnson a three-week deadline to ditch his plans or face financial and trade sanctions, with the clear suggestion that negotiations over a future relationship will fail unless the most contentious parts of the proposed legislation are removed.

While it is true that if Mr Johnson went ahead with his plan, Britain would essentially break international law – unearthed reports prove the EU has done exactly that in the past, while arguing its innocence.

Professor of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE) Alan Sked recently made an example of this.

He wrote on Twitter: “The European Court of Justice ruled in the Kadi-Barakaat case that the EU should ignore the UN Charter (the highest source of international law) if it conflicted with the EU’s internal constitutional order.”

Mr Kadi, a Saudi resident with assets in Sweden, and Al Barakaat, a charity for Somali refugees, claimed that his assets being frozen was unlawful.

Their property was seized without any court hearing or right of redress or allegation of wrongdoing.

The UN Security Council adopted resolutions under Chapter VII to freeze assets of people and groups associated with the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden. The EU adopted regulations to give effect and Sweden had given effect to the regulation.

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The claimants were named in the resolution and regulation. They claimed the regulation should be annulled under TFEU article 263 and it was a breach of human rights.

In the opinion of Advocate General Maduro, EU law did not need to unconditionally bow to international law, if the consequence could be a violation of basic constitutional principles.

In a recent report for the Telegraph, the newspaper’s International Business Editor Ambrose Evans Pritchard echoed Mr Sked’s claims and also cited the Kadi-Barakaat case.

Referring to the International Market Bill, he argued Britain has the right to defend itself against Brussels’ diplomacy.

The prominent journalist wrote: “This is not to say that the EU is the most egregious scoff-law of the Western world but rather that it picks and chooses when it will be bound by international law like everybody else.

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“It will not sacrifice core interests, and it is surely the UK’s core interests that are at stake right now.”

He concluded: “At the end of the day, Europe’s refusal to offer its immediate neighbour and security ally even a bare-bones Canada trade deal is a hostile posture.

“The EU could have opted for subtler statecraft, recognising that Brexit requires a fundamental rethink about the EU’s near abroad, a chance to create an outer ring of friendly trading nations that do not wish to be locked into an emerging unitary state. Instead it has driven the UK further away. Historians will judge this to have been a strategic failure of the first order.

“This final squalid slide towards an acrimonious rupture is sad for those of us who love l’Europe des Patries. But the UK has to defend itself against predatory diplomacy, deal or no deal.”

EU row: Bloc ‘breaking international law' over migrant crisis

Greece has been forced to send three ships to help thousands of migrants sleeping rough on the island of Lesbos after fire destroyed their overcrowded camp. Families of those fleeing conflict or economic impoverishment spent their second night in a row sleeping on roads, fields and car parks after Moria camp burst into flames. Around 13,000 people had been living in sub-par conditions.

About 400 teenagers and children have been flown to mainland Greece.

The disaster is part of the southern European nation’s second migrant crisis wave.

Beginning in 2015, the European Commission claimed the crisis to have ended in 2019.

However, in recent weeks, countries as far away as Britain have experienced an influx of those hoping to make a better life.

EU latest: The bloc has been accused of breaking international law over the migrant crisis

EU latest: The bloc has been accused of breaking international law over the migrant crisis (Image: GETTY)

Moria camp: The sprawling camp became engulfed in flames displacing 13,000 migrants

Moria camp: The sprawling camp became engulfed in flames displacing 13,000 migrants (Image: GETTY)

Hundreds of ships have been intercepted in the Mediterranean Sea and English Channel in recent weeks.

Many have lamented the EU’s action or lack thereof to diffuse the dire humanitarian crisis and relieve stress on the nation’s worst hit.

Last year, the Council of Europe (CoE), an international human rights organisation, claimed that in its treatment of migrants, the EU broke international law.

The group urged the bloc to do more in sea rescues, especially in the Mediterranean.

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Greece latest: Greece and its islands have been hard hit in the news wave of migrant influx

Greece latest: Greece and its islands have been hard hit in the news wave of migrant influx (Image: GETTY)

The CoE said EU member states were “too focused on preventing refugees and migrants from reaching European shores” and have adopted restrictive policies with “too little on the humanitarian and human rights aspects”.

Member states adopted tighter controls following the 2015 crisis that saw an estimated one million migrants cross the sea from the Middle East and Africa.

Policies, that many decried as fanning the flames of discord, such as providing aid to Libya and Turkey to help deter would-be migrants were put in place.

At the time, the bloc said it would continue its newfound approach in its Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024.

Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner claimed many European countries had breached their “legal obligations”.

In a statement at the time, she said: “A number of states have adopted laws, policies and practices contrary to their legal obligations to ensure effective search and rescue operations, swift and safe disembarkation and treatment of rescued people, as well as the prevention of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment.

“Whilst states have the right to control their borders and ensure security, they also have the duty to effectively protect the rights enshrined in maritime, human rights and refugee laws.”

The watchdog called for policies preventing human rights violations while cooperating with third countries and for states to work more effectively with charities and NGOs.


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Migrant clashes: Migrants clash with security forces at the Greece-Turkey border

Migrant clashes: Migrants clash with security forces at the Greece-Turkey border (Image: GETTY)

Migrant crisis 2015: The crisis has been raging since 2015 when one million migrants entered Europe

Migrant crisis 2015: The crisis has been raging since 2015 when one million migrants entered Europe (Image: GETTY)

It flies in the face of the EU’s insistence it is doing all it can to help.

On a trip to Greece’s border with Turkey earlier this year, the EU’s president, Ursula von der Leyen promised €700million (£648m) in aid to Greece.

She also gave more details of a European intervention force to be deployed in the area to help the Greek authorities.

She told Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis: “This border is not only a Greek border but it is also a European border. And I stand here today as a European at your side.

“Turkey is not an enemy and people are not just means to reach a goal. We would all do well to remember both in the days to come. I thank Greece for being our European ‘aspida’,” the Greek word for “shield”.

However, many additional charities have also spoken out against the bloc and its handling of the crisis.

Oxfam and 49 other major organisations accused EU governments of being complicit for the deaths of more than 5,300 people crossing Libya for Italy.

Mediterranean: Migrants from the Middle East and Africa tackle the waters in a bid to reach Europe

Mediterranean: Migrants from the Middle East and Africa tackle the waters in a bid to reach Europe (Image: GETTY)

In an open letter published in February 2019, they warned that thousands of people are still at risk from sexual abuse, slavery and other human rights abuses by Libyan coast guards and in Libyan detention camps.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed on a plan for the EU to take in about 400 unaccompanied minors from Lesbos, according to AFP news agency.

It is not yet clear if they will be the ones already flown to mainland Greece.

The EU has previously tried to resettle migrants among various member states but only a minority have been transferred from overcrowded camps in Greece and Italy.

Dover: Pro-migrant and anti-migrant protestors clash in Dover

Dover: Pro-migrant and anti-migrant protestors clash in Dover (Image: GETTY)

A quota system was rejected by a group of member states.

In the UK, many migrants have arrived in Kent in recent weeks.

Roger Gough, Kent County Council’s leader, told the Home Affairs Committee that 450 young solo migrants had crossed the Channel up until 14 August this year.

At the start of the year most were coming in lorries, but since lockdown most have come by small boat, he said.

About 10 percent of those are unaccompanied children, the council says.

Electric car interest dependant on breaking down ‘perceived myths’ on vehicle charging

A dramatic survey conducted by target AA has revealed that a lack of public charging points was the most common reason for drivers not wanting to make the switch. Nearly 7 in 10 road users said this was the main reason for their concern with respondents in Wales most likely to view this as a barrier.

The AA survey revealed that 41 percent of road users believe that more rapid charging stations on the motorway network or outskirts of towns could encourage them to buy a new model

But 47 percent of road users said a reduction in upfront costs to bring models in line with petrol or diesel was a key issue.

The findings were backed up by a new survey from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

They revealed that purchase prices were the biggest factor holding back drivers with 52 percent putting this as the leading issue.

Some 44 percent of participants said that the lack of charging points was the biggest factor with 28 percent worried about “range anxiety” problems.

The report shockingly revealed that 24 percent of road users don’t think they will be ready to make the switch to an electric vehicle by 2035.

Almost a quarter of road users said they can’t ever see themselves owning one of the new models at all.

The survey comes after the SMMT has pushed the government to invest in extra incentives and infrastructure to boost demand.

The government has already paid out more than £1.7billion to projects aimed at boosting infrastructure.

An extra £500million has also been committed to installing rapid charging stations on motorways with £200million extra for a public charging network expansion

However, the SMMT has warned this is just a “fraction” of what is needed in total to meet ambitious targets.

Mike Hawes, Chief executive of the SMMT said: “Manufacturers are working hard to make zero and ultra-low emissions the norm and are committed to working with government to accelerate the shift to net zero – but obstacles remain.

“Until these vehicles are as affordable to buy and as easy to own and operate as conventional cars, we risk the UK being in the slow lane, undermining industry investment and holding back progress.” 

BREAKING: Carnage in Birmingham after multiple stabbings – ‘Major incident’ declared

Officers have confirmed a number of people have been injured but their conditions are currently unknown.

In a statement West Midlands Police said: “We can confirm that at approximately 12:30am today we were called to reports of a stabbing in Birmingham city centre.

“We immediately attended, along with colleagues from the ambulance service.

“A number of other stabbings were reported in the area shortly after.

“We are aware of a number of injured people, but at the moment we are not in a position to say how many or how serious.

“However, all emergency services are working together at the scene, and making sure that those who are injured receive medical care.”

More to follow…

Boris Johnson accused of breaking own COVID rules – Opposition MPs demand police action

Currently, gatherings of more than 30 people are illegal under the Government’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Those who break the rules could risk a fine of up to £1,000.

Opposition MPs are demanding an investigation and for police action if the claims are found to be true.

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Kenosha protesters arrested for breaking curfew while police supporters were allowed to 'roam,' lawsuit says

The civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday comes after protesters took to Kenosha’s streets decrying the police shooting of Jacob Blake earlier this month. A lawyer for Kenosha County and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department called the lawsuit “entirely without merit.”

“The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has worked tirelessly to bring order back to the community and has been careful to protect the rights of all citizens throughout that process,” attorney Sam Hall said, explaining he would seek immediate dismissal.

The four protesters named in the suit allege their constitutional rights, including their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, were violated when they were arrested in Kenosha.

Over nine days, more than 150 peaceful protesters were arrested for violating curfew, but not a single pro-police demonstrator was arrested, the lawsuit alleges. It also claims that starting the curfew so early in the evening, at 7 p.m., “leaves no room for any free expression.”

The plaintiffs demand a temporary restraining order against the city and Kenosha County and monetary damages. They also want the curfew ruled unconstitutional, according to the complaint.

City and county police “have used the curfew ordinance to silence the voices of those who peacefully demonstrate against police brutality while also allowing pro-police activists and militias to roam the streets without fear of arrest,” plaintiffs’ attorney Kim Motley said.

Two videos are mentioned in the complaint. In one, police are seen thanking “militia members,” telling them, “Hey, thank you guys again” and “We appreciate you guys; we really do,” according to the complaint.

Hundreds of protesters march with Jacob Blake's family demanding justice

The police and sheriff’s deputies “can be heard providing support and supplies to the militia members while simultaneously enforcing the curfew against protesters,” the complaint says.

“The video makes clear that there are two sets of laws — one for those whose message the police support, and one for those whose message the police oppose,” it says.

Many of the pro-police protesters carry weapons, “typified by Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who murdered two peaceful demonstrators this week,” according to the lawsuit.

The Antioch, Illinois, teenager faces two felony homicide charges, as well as a felony attempted homicide charge for wounding a third protester. Attorneys representing Rittenhouse say he opened fire in self-defense.

Neither the city nor the Kenosha Police Department immediately returned CNN’s calls seeking comment.

Simon Cowell health latest: Britain’s Got Talent judge gives update after breaking back

Britain’s Got Talent’s Simon Cowell, 60, has undergone a lifestyle overhaul over the last few years, meaning the star’s in the best shape of his life. But earlier this month, the star announced he wasn’t doing so well on the health side of things, revealing he’d had a bike accident and broken part of his back.

According to reports, his treatment included having a metal rod put in his back.

He continued: “And a massive thank you to all the nurses and doctors.

“Some of the nicest people I have ever met.”

While Britain’s Got Talent returns to screens on Saturday, September 5, Simon will be at home making a full recovery.


How do you know if you’ve broken your back?

Symptoms of a spinal fracture vary depending on the severity and location of the injury, according to Mayfield Clinic, but symptoms may include back or neck pain, numbers, tingling, muscle spasm, weakness, bowel and bladder changes, and paralysis.

The Clinic explains: “Paralysis is a loss of movement in the arms or legs and may indicate a spinal cord injury.

“Not all fractures cause spinal cord injury and rarely is the spinal cord completely severed.”

The NHS offers some general advice for broken bones.

It says the three most common signs are pain, swelling and deformity.

The health body adds: “If you’ve broken a bone you may hear or feel a snap or a grinding noise as the injury happens.

“There may be swelling, bruising or tenderness around the injured area.

“You may feel pain when you put weight on the injury, touch it, press it, or move it.

“The injured part may look deformed – in severe breaks, the broken bone may be poking through the skin.

“You may also feel faint, dizzy or sick as a result of the shock of breaking a bone.

“If the break is small or it’s just a crack, you may not feel much pain or even realise that you’ve broken a bone.”

If you think you’ve broken a bone you should get medical help as soon as possible. 

Bank holiday breakdowns: The vital car parts in danger of breaking this weekend

Bank holiday traffic chaos is expected with the RAC predicting that 18million leisure trips will be taken over the weekend. This would be 1.8million extra trips compared to the year before with Friday set to be the busiest day of the three.

He said: “If you have not used your car as much over recent months, whether this is due to lockdown or other reasons, take your car for a short test-drive before your trip.
“If you are not a regular driver, it is generally good practice to frequently go for short drives to ensure the battery does not go flat.
“Also ensure you have a spare tyre, in case of wheel problems during your journey.
“In the hot weather we have been experiencing recently, it’s also a good idea to have handy extras packed in case you breakdown.

Driving for a prolonged period of time can put pressure on the engine which may begin to overheat and cause a breakdown.
To prevent this, vehicle owners have also been urged to check their engine coolant and fill up with water.
LV Britannia Rescue has also urged drivers to check their car’s lights and inspect their oil levels before heading off for a trip.
RAC breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said many incidents “can be avoided” through a range of simple checks.
He warned this could make the difference between a smooth trip and one “blighted by a breakdown”.
He said: “Our teams will be working incredibly hard to rescue drivers who run into trouble, but in so many cases breakdowns can be avoided.

“A quick check of a car’s ‘vitals’ – tyre pressure and tread, oil and coolant levels – can make the difference between a smooth trip or one blighted by a breakdown.

“It’s also very important those towing caravans and trailers complete a range of checks, too.”