Jersey outlaws smacking children

The move was put forward by Deputy Mary Le Hegarat, who referred to previous commitments by Jersey’s States Assembly to reform laws around children, following the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry’s final report. “Time, standards and society changes, and we need to reflect that change – violence breeds violence,” Deputy Le Hegarat said. “Let us demonstrate that Jersey is forward thinking and progressive. Let us listen to the voice of children,” she added ahead of the vote. Related Topics Children Original …

Reality Check: Do the Brexit letters change anything?

Mrs May’s letter highlights two big problems identified by MPs: the fear that the EU will “leave the UK permanently in the backstop” the separation between the legally binding withdrawal agreement and the non-binding political declaration on future relations Future relationship The fact that the part of the deal focusing on the future relationship with the EU was not legally binding, the prime minister’s letter suggested, had left MPs “concerned” that no-one could guarantee where negotiations might finally end up. …

Inflation at lowest in nearly two years

Inflation is being outstripped by average UK pay growth, with the most recent available figures showing that wages excluding bonuses were up by 3.3% for the three months to October 2018. Analysis: Andy Verity, BBC economics correspondent The price of petrol fell by 6.4p per litre on the month to 121.7p, which was the lowest price since April 2018. Diesel fell by 4.6p to 131.9p per litre, the weakest since July 2018. These downward effects were offset by upward contributions …

Can May find common cause in Parliament?

She promised MPs tonight that if she survives the confidence vote, then there will be an attempt to listen to what MPs really want – an effort, at this very late stage, to find common cause in Parliament. But her team has been quick tonight to suggest that, while she is promising to listen, she has no inkling at this stage of dropping her own firm commitments – making it clear that she wants to stick to setting an independent …

Mother dies and baby hurt in crash

Image copyright REX/Shutterstock Image caption The woman, thought to be in her 20s, was declared dead at the scene Officers were called to the scene at 20:08 GMT on Sunday. Image copyright @andythatcher1 Image caption The driver stopped and was taken to hospital “Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, the mother, believed to be in her 20s, was declared dead at the scene. “The baby has been taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as life-threatening.”

New NHS plan ‘to save 500,000 lives’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May launched the plan in Liverpool NHS bosses in England say a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases to shift the focus away from hospitals. Prime Minister Theresa May hailed the launch of the plan as a “truly historic moment”. But unions are concerned that staffing shortages …

Workers flee as ship slides back into water

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe ship was being slowly winched up the slipway when something went wrong Workers had to flee to safety after the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer broke free as it was being winched out of Loch Lomond. The 65-year-old ship was being taken from the water ahead of restoration work when it slipped its ties. Members of the restoration team were forced to run from the side of the vessel as …

Two British soldiers injured in Syria

Why is there a war in Syria? Trump slows down Syria troop withdrawal Theresa May says action in Syria ‘moral and legal’ In December, US President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing troops from Syria and claimed the IS group had been “defeated”. His decision to withdraw troops was met with surprise and strong criticism. The UK government distanced itself from the president’s comments, saying “much remains to be done”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionExclusive footage: …

Memorial to commemorate the dogs of war

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Airedale Terriers were taught to use gas masks as part of their military service Mr Walker said the sculpture would capture the dogs’ dedication and power, both mental and physical. He said: “It’s their relationship with their handler that’s important- it was usually one man, one dog.” Image caption Wendy Turner said the potential for dogs to carry out military duties was clear Wendy Turner from the Airedale Terrier Club of Scotland is the …

Minority take ‘life-saving’ NHS check

NHS England said identifying people with an irregular heartbeat or high blood pressure and giving them treatment would help to prevent dangerous blood clots which could lead to strokes. And if more people went for their health check, the number of people having a stroke or other heart problems would reduce, potentially preventing thousands of cases of vascular dementia. Who can have an NHS health check? Anyone between the age of 40 and 74 who is generally healthy and doesn’t …

Commons veto urged for Brexit trade deals

Brexit: A really simple guide What happens if MPs reject Brexit deal? Brexit vote: What could happen next? Theresa May faces an uphill struggle getting the agreement through the Commons, having postponed the crucial vote earlier this month in the face of what looked like a heavy defeat. Many Tory MPs are concerned that the agreement will keep the UK indefinitely tied to EU rules and regulations, and hamper its ability to strike trade deals with countries such as the …

England’s images of 2018

Image copyright Merseyside Fire and Rescue Image caption A fire broke out in the Echo Arena car park in Liverpool in January Image copyright PA Image caption Officers in protective suits inspect a site in Salisbury, where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by a nerve agent in March Image copyright Getty Images Image caption England’s unexpected World Cup success lifted spirits with thousands attending screenings, including this one in London’s Hyde Park Image copyright PA Image …

Five things I learned at my first ever panto

1. The pantomime dame is an icon Image copyright Chris Brudenell Image caption Coronation Street actor Will Cochrane as hype man Will Scarlet Normally, talking during a theatre performance leads to lots of stern looks and hushing from your fellow attendees. But in panto land, it seems anything goes. One minute there was booing, the next cheering, then a “Legend of Sherwood” chant, accompanied by everyone in the crowd having to get up and do the Macarena. I had to …

How Mrs Brown’s Boys became a critic-proof hit

In 2016, it was named the greatest British sitcom in a Radio Times audience poll. It has won Baftas as well as a viewer-voted National Television Award. Last year’s Christmas special brought in 6.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched programme of the day. Image caption O’Carroll’s real-life partner Jennifer Gibney (right) plays Cathy Brown in the show Before it was a TV series, Mrs Brown had a life in a radio series for RTE in Ireland, then a series …