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labour party general secretary iain mcnicol resigns, unite's jennie formby tipped as successor

pa archive/pa images labour’s general secretary iain mcnicol has resigned after nearly seven years in the post.the former union boss will “pursue new projects on behalf of the party and wider labour movement”, he said in a statement released late on friday.huffpost uk has been told that unite’s jennie formby is being tipped by insiders as the favourite to succeed him in the job.another contender could be unite’s andrew murray, a long-time ally of jeremy corbyn who took charge of the 2017 election campaign.it is understood that former elections supremo patrick heneghan, who quit last year, has categorically ruled himself out of the running.the gmb’s lisa johnson is a ‘compromise’ candidate whose name has been circulating in labour and union circles since the announc...





jeremy corbyn has 'questions to answer' over czech spy claims, says ex-mi6 chief

jeremy corbyn has “questions to answer” over his cold war links, a former spy chief has said.sir richard dearlove said the labour leader should have “taken care to avoid” meeting a czechoslovakian agent and cannot just “laugh off” the claims, the press association reports. the ex-mi6 boss said holding only a couple of meetings with jan sarkocy would amount to “stupidity” but if the spy’s claims that many more took place were true then “this affair takes on a completely different aspect”.labour said sir richard should not be “trying to give credence to these entirely false and ridiculous smears”. sarkocy,  a former agent of the czech stb intelligence agency, has been described as a fantasist by corbyn’s allies.but sir richard, who was “c” at the secret i...





meet the couples getting hitched on the same date as harry and meghan

lauren gosling-powell for huffpost uk what is it like to share your wedding day with the biggest nuptials of the year? meet six couples who were already pretty familiar with may 19 by the time prince harry and meghan markle announced their wedding date – because it’s when they are also getting married. over the next 12 weeks, we’ll be checking in with alexia and mike, julie and gary, monica and shailesh, dafydd and ceri, emma and rachel, and jo and will as they prepare for their weddings. from choosing the food, to trying on their outfits, to heading out on hen and stag nights, we’ll be asking them to share a little of how their plans are progressing. and of course, how they’re feeling as the big day nears.no two weddings are the same and that is certainly true of these...





stormzy urges fans to sign petition calling on theresa may to appoint more panel members in grenfell inquiry

following his politically charged performance at this year’s brit awards, stormzy has urged his fans to support a campaign calling for a prime minister theresa may to “take action to build public trust in the grenfell tower inquiry”.during his brits performance, which also lampooned institutionalised racism and the daily mail, stormzy branded the pm a “criminal”, asking: “yo, theresa may, where’s that money for grenfell? what, you thought we’d just forgot about grenfell?”since then, stormzy has tweeted his support for a petition, calling for theresa may to “appoint additional panel members with decision-making powers” in the inquiry, “to ensure those affected have confidence in [and] are willing to fully participate”.he wrote on friday (23 february): “this needs...





'emmerdale' star danny miller urges twitter to combat homophobic abuse

‘emmerdale’ actor danny miller has called for twitter to do more to combat homophobic abuse.danny plays aaron dingle in the itv soap, whose on-off relationship with rob sugden has dominated the show in recent years.but while his character has been a hit with fans, he revealed on friday (23 february) that the role has also repeatedly led him to be the subject of online abuse.after sharing a screengrab from twitter, who claimed that a tweet he’d received calling him a “faggot” didn’t violate “the twitter rules against abusive behaviour”, he urged the social media site to “sort [their] shit”.danny fumed: “this is my sixteenth complaint about the same dead leg with a different account.. won’t be on here much longer i can tell you that. sort. your. shit. out!!”he even ...





red cross reveals 21 staff have resigned or been fired over sexual misconduct since 2015

a total of 21 red cross staff have been fired or resigned over alleged sexual misconduct since 2015, the charity has said, as the aid sector reels from a sex abuse scandal.the charity also said it feared some incidents had not been reported, adding that those that were “are against human dignity and we should have been more vigilant in preventing this”.yves daccord, director-general of the international committee of the red cross, said: “since 2015, we’ve identified 21 staff members who were either dismissed for paying for sexual services or resigned during an internal enquiry.“another two staff members suspected of sexual misconduct did not have their contracts renewed. i am deeply saddened to report these numbers.”daccord added he was “concerned that incidents that should ...





ceon broughton charged with manslaughter

a 28-year-old man has been charged with the death of louella eve fletcher-michie at bestival music festival last year, police said.ceon broughton, from enfield, north london, has been charged with manslaughter, dorset police said on friday. michie, who was holby city star john michie’s daughter, was found dead at bestival at lulworth castle in september last year.an initial post-mortem examination showed no clear signs of assault on the 25-year-old’s body. further examinations, including toxicology tests, have been carried out.detectives said that broughton was known to michie.he was previously arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation. on thursday, he was re-arrested at an address in enfield. he was charged on friday.he is due to appear before poole magistr...





labour party general secretary iain mcnicol resigns, unite's jennie formby tipped as successor

pa archive/pa images labour’s general secretary iain mcnicol has resigned after nearly seven years in the post.the former union boss will “pursue new projects on behalf of the party and wider labour movement”, he said in a statement released late on friday.huffpost uk has been told that unite’s jennie formby is being tipped by insiders as the favourite to succeed him in the job.another contender could be unite’s andrew murray, a long-time ally of jeremy corbyn who took charge of the 2017 election campaign.it is understood that former elections supremo patrick heneghan, who quit last year, has categorically ruled himself out of the running.the officers of the party will meet to decide the process for the election of a successor in coming weeks.a spokesman said that mcnico...





theresa may's brexit plan is 'pure illusion', european council president donald tusk warns

theresa may’s position on the brexit negotiations is based on “pure illusion”, the president of the european council warned on friday.donald tusk told a press conference in brussels this afternoon that the uk is “cherry-picking” its future relationship with the eu, adding: “it seems like the ‘cake’ philosophy is still alive.”“i am glad that the uk government seems to be moving towards a more detailed position,” tusk said after 27 eu leaders - all apart from may - met in brussels.“however, if the media reports are correct, i am afraid that the uk position today is based on pure illusion.”his comments come after may hosted an eight-hour meeting of her so-called brexit war committee on thursday at chequers.although few details of the discussions were released, one so...





mps may have to ask the queen's permission for parliament refurb

mps may have to ask permission from the queen before a costly refurbishment of parliament goes ahead. the house of commons and house of lords are preparing to “decant” to another location while essential repairs to the palace of westminster are carried out. mps voted to allow the move to go ahead last month, but the government had admitted the ambitious project may not be able to get underway without the royal nod.in response to a written question from prominent historian and cross-bench peer peter hennessy, former chief whip lord young said: “as a parliamentary programme, the delivery of the restoration and renewal (r&r) of the palace of westminster is a matter for both houses of parliament.“i understand that the queen’s consent may have to be sought in relation to the bill to...





i worked for oxfam for eight years. its aid is vital but the sector must change

i left oxfam over a year ago, after eight years with the organisation. over the last few weeks, i’ve felt ashamed and conflicted. i’ve had an instinctive urge to defend an organisation that i love, without wanting to excuse wrongdoing or minimise the pain experienced by the abused women. as we are learning, what happened in oxfam is not unique to oxfam – this should be a wake-up call for the entire sector. if the current revelations lead to a transformational #metoo moment, together with a deeper examination of aid, then that can only be a good thing.i joined oxfam back in 2008, in juba, south sudan. i worked mainly with south sudanese colleagues, as well as ugandans, kenyans, brits, australians and pakistanis. it was gruelling work. talking to communities, we made tough decisions ...





is the care sector really a 'cinderella?'

some day, my prince will come...much like fairytale cinderella, the care sector is strikingly undervalued. care workers do invaluable work many in society wouldn’t do – yet so many of us rely on.as the chief executive of a not-for-profit provider of social care for adults with learning disabilities and autism i know the social care sector is taken for granted and underfunded, year after year. the work my colleagues do is incredibly important and makes a real difference in people’s lives. i would love to pay our staff more – i don’t know any ceo who doesn’t have a similar wish. we have lobbied government for years for the resources to be able to do so.yet they have not listened – funding remains inadequate – so it’s no surprise that care workers feel undervalued.in many ca...





i am a phd student who just started teaching

i am a first year phd student at the university of bath. i decided in my second semester that i wanted to start working as a graduate teaching assistant (gta). several reasons motivated this – including gaining experience teaching, understand whether teaching was something i enjoyed, and of course some extra money.i was assigned to a course on international politics and development and started to prepare for teaching with a mixture of nerves and excitement, delivering my first four seminars last week. then i became aware of the planned strikes by the university and colleges union (ucu) over the universities uk’s proposed changes to staff pensions. i had joined the ucu as a member due to both my belief in the value of unions and the free membership offered to postgraduate students, but ...





the housing crisis blighting the lives of britain’s millennials

the latest report from the institute of fiscal studies (ifs) on home ownership makes grim reading for our millennials (25 to 34 year olds). the number of young adults with a household after-tax income of between £22,200 and £30,600, owning their own home dropped from 65% in 1995 to 27% in 2016. during the period under study (1995-2016)house prices on average have increased by 152%. their wages, however, have increased by only 22%, while gdp (gross domestic product) per capita has increased by 47%. our poor millennials haven’t even received their fair share of the rising gdp.it is scandalous that such a basic need for shelter should become so unattainable for so many of our young adults. of course, with rising house prices comes a rise in the rent one has to pay for adequate accommodati...





managing mental wellbeing in the workplace: can health tech help?

reflecting on the many changes over my working life; starting in the city as a trainee accountant, when computers were the size of a room and auditors worked with tipp-ex and calculators; i recall the daily struggle and fear as i adapted to corporate life in a traditional, stiff upper lip environment, where admitting to stress was not an option!thankfully, things have moved on and awareness of mental wellbeing at work is increasing; supported by charities, like mind and even younger members of the royal family.the recent axa health tech & you roundtable discussion, hosted by 2020health and informed by the fourth yougov state of the nation survey, considered the role of personal health technology in workplace mental wellbeing.a widely known statistic is that “around 1 in 4 people will exp...





to tackle bullying on ‘honesty’ apps like sarahah we must understand what drives young people to bully their peers

anyone who has heard me speak, or rant, on the issue will know i get immensely frustrated by all the negative news and scaremongering around social media.this may in part be due to my blind ignorance in this area - i mean i do own a windows phone, and i occasionally tweet, but that’s about it.but, i like to think that i despise the scare tactics around social media because i recognise the important and integral role it has in young people’s lives today and its positive realities and potential.from my experience of travelling around the uk speaking to young people, as part of my role as policy and research manager for youth charity ymca, i’ve learned that the quickest way to disengage young people, or to seem completely irrelevant to their lives, is to talk about social media in very ...





corbyn and the czechs: nonsense on stilts

oh, how i wish more people remembered the recent past.which labour party leader was alleged by the cia and some senior mi5 officials to be a soviet agent?which deranged publisher of a mass market red-top newspaper tried to involve the royal family in a plot to overthrow that same labour prime minister?which labour leader sued the sunday times for libel ― and won ― after it suggested that he was regarded by the kgb as an ‘agent of influence’?which labour leader was alleged in the mail on sunday to have ‘colluded with soviet communists’ to defeat the conservatives?and which labour leader was attacked by a newspaper columnist for having a kitchen that was as ‘bland, functional, humourless, cold and about as much fun to live in as a communist era housing block in minsk’?in each...





it is time to recognise loneliness as an epidemic

many mortal illnesses are close to being cured, but there is one still barely acknowledged, and it’s an epidemic: loneliness.illness? i think so, an insidious, creeping menace; cruel, unforgiving and invisible, an embarrassment for many to even acknowledge.  and whilst we should applaud the prime minister for recently giving a minister responsibility for it, what a shame it’s been dumped with one based in the department for culture, media and sport, of all places.loneliness is above all else a health issue and should be identified properly as such. this would help everyone to acknowledge the impact that undesired solitude has on the well-being of people, causing depression, self-harm and even death. not really much to do with culture, media or sport, you might say.perhaps such casual ...





to find a 'cure' for dementia

in 2013, leaders of the g7 nations agreed the goal of finding a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025. this ambitious commitment has the hallmarks of a ‘moonshot’: being thought almost impossible to achieve and requiring a radical shake-up of the global research landscape in terms of funding, political intent, regulation and co-ordination.since then, we’ve seen all completed phase iii trials of promising alzheimer’s drugs fail, highlighting the scale of the tremendous challenge that lies ahead. undeterred by the lack of a ‘quick win’, this bold ambition has been a catalyst for dementia research investment. a $100m global dementia discovery fund was created, as well as a £250m uk dementia research institute with a predominant focus on understanding the biologic...





black panther, representation and me

as i sat down in the leicester cinema and took my singular seat, as the adverts and trailers began to roll, and as i took a deep breath, i found myself looking around discreetly and clocking all the other people attending this 2:40pm showing of black panther. it was half term in the uk so of course there were children with their parents, many of the families of colour, some of not, there were teens, students, some couples, some friends and some people alone like myself.as i squinted and craned my neck to see all those around me i wondered if they had the same feelings that i had in my bones, i wondered if they knew that the moment coming was about to be so sacred, so special, clothed with such divinity that really we had to be careful to respect the space we were in, the art we were about ...