It has been widely trailed that Theresa May will announce a clampdown on immigration in her speech to Tory conference. Labour and Tory policies could hardly be further apart on key issues of the economy, on the need to rebuild our public services, on housing, on foreign policy and all aspects of home affairs, such as crime and policing.
Experts are “99% sure” that Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World) stars Parisian ballet dancer Constance Queniaux. Art historians have been convinced for decades that the naked torso and genitalia the painting depicts belonged to Courbet’s lover, the Irish model Joanna Hiffernan, who also had a relationship with his friend, American artist James Whistler. Now, a book to be published by Claude Schopp in early October reveals correspondence between the son of Alexandre Dumas and George Sand that points directly to the ballerina, Queniaux.
New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern made history as the first female leader to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting with a newborn in tow. Ardern appeared with her infant daughter and husband at the UN on Monday evening. While she spoke, her partner Clarke Gayford held the three-month-old baby on his lap.
Labour MPs are "likely" to be ordered to vote against any Brexit deal based on Prime Minister Theresa May's Chequers plan, says Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer. Sir Starmer said there was however still hope for a deal, but that the PM was currently a long way from home.
McDonald’s workers staged protests in several cities last week as part of what organizers billed as the first multistate strike seeking to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Last Tuesday, McDonald’s workers in 10 US cities walked off the job to protest pervasive sexual harassment. A week earlier, female janitors in California marched 100 miles from San Francisco to the state capitol in Sacramento to support anti-harassment legislation.
Novartis will cut 2,550 jobs in Switzerland and Britain over four years, it said on Tuesday, as the Swiss drugmaker strives to boost profits and focus on new medicines. Switzerland will bear the brunt, with 2,150 cuts planned at four factories and its Swiss-based business services unit. Novartis currently employs around 124,000 people worldwide.
Temperatures will rival parts of the Mediterranean this week as Britain enjoys an extra burst of warmth and sunshine this week, despite the official arrival of autumn. Forecasters said the south and east of the UK could enjoy highs of 23C on Thursday beating Athens and the Greek islands and matching Barcelona. By Wednesday it will turn increasingly warm in southeast England, although there will be persistent rain in the west and cloud and wind across the northern half of the UK.