Members of the British parliament on Wednesday approved Theresa May’s plan to call a general election on June 8.They voted by 522 to 13 in favor of the government’s motion to call an election after a debate in the House of Commons — a majority of 509.May needed the support of two-thirds of MPs — that’s 434 lawmakers. “This election is about her government’s failure to rebuild the economy and living standards for the majority. It is about the crisis her government has plunged the NHS into, the cuts to to our children’s schools which will limit chances of children, 4 million of whom live in poverty, a chance of an alternative to raise living standards, as more and more people do not have security in their work or over their housing.”The Scottish National Party’s leader in the Westminster parliament, Angus Robertson, said: “For months we have heard from her that now is not the time for the public to vote, that no one wants it, that it is important to get on with the day job, that nothing should get on the way. But now as we have all learned, all of that was empty rhetoric.” Also On POLITICO Theresa May calls snap UK election on June 8 By Tom McTague and Charlie Cooper The Labour Party had already indicated that it would back May while the Scottish National Party had said its lawmakers were going to abstain.Of the 13 MPs who voted against, nine were from Labour, one was from Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party and three were independents.Parliament will be dissolved on May 2 to allow the the formal election campaign to begin.The prime minister, who had previously ruled out an election before 2020, told the House of Commons before the vote: “Today we face a new question — how best to secure the stability and certainty we need over the long term in order to get the right deal for Britain in Brexit negotiations and make the most of the opportunities ahead — and I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer to that question is to hold a general election now in this window of opportunity before the negotiations begin.“A general election is the best way to strengthen Britain’s hand in the negotiation.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the prime minister that “Britain is being held back by her government. Most people are worse off than they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago, the election gives the British people the chance to change direction.
Manuel Niño has been appointed Secretary General of Infrastructure at Spain’s Ministry of Development, while his former post as Director General of Railways has been filled by Miguel Pozo.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInKerry Wilkinson, 36, is a carer at Notwen House, which is a 24-bed care home situated in Kirkpatrick Fleming between Lockerbie and Gretna, where some of the worst effects of the snow were seen.Recalling the challenge she faced last week, Kerry said: “I live at Chapelnowe, down a very long track off the main road, and because of the heavy snow and the drifts ‑ the drifts were above the height of the car – I couldn’t get out.“I phoned work and explained the situation because I was due on shift on the Saturday night.“I phoned them on Thursday and said, ‘I really can’t think of a way out, but then I remembered the quad bike. I could take the quad bike over the fields and to the main road, and if someone could get me there I’d be fine.“But I actually slept at Notwen House on Saturday night because I was due in for a shift again on the Sunday morning.“I said, rather than repeat the whole process again, I’ll just stay there.”Kerry’s husband Mark helped her make the journey via quad bike from her cut-off home to the main road.Explaining what prompted her to take such action, Kerry said: “I know those little old people up there need 24-hour care, so it’s my duty to be one of the people who provide that to them.“I wasn’t going to let them down. “I’ve got a young family, but they were warm, they were fed, they were with my husband, and they were safe, but those little people there – if staff can’t get in they’re the ones that suffer and I didn’t want to add to that.“So I found a way to get to them.”Kerry was just one of many members of staff across Health and Social Care who went to lengths to ensure services continued relatively unaffected.Recalling what her managers said to her, Kerry said: “They were over the moon. They said, ‘I can’t thank you enough’.“I said, ‘There’s no need – I’m just doing my job; I’m doing my duty. I see it as part of my job’.“I don’t see that I’ve done anything special. It’s just part of my job, but using a different vehicle.“If I was working in a clothes shop I would have said people don’t need a new dress that day, but these older people were depending on me and others.“And it has to be said, I don’t deserve any special attention for this, as many others did great things to get into work’
Jacksonville Jaguars, Leonard Fournette, Louisiana State Fournette, who is in London to attend Wimbledon, told UK NFL website Gridiron on Thursday that he knows Nichol, who has worked on the training staff for LSU’s football team.“She was my trainer at LSU. She took care of me,” Fournette said. “…She is from my hometown. Why not?“A little giveback to where I’m from. I feel like everybody needs that chance to do something they want to do in life.”Fournette, 23, played for LSU from 2014-16, finishing sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2015 after totaling 1,953 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 300 carries.He was taken fourth overall in 2017 by the Jaguars and signed a four-year contract worth more than $27 million, before rushing for 1,040 yards and nine scores as a rookie last season. NEW YORK – Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette made a kind gesture to a Louisiana State student and trainer this week, offering to pay the woman’s tuition.Jhane Nichol, a Tigers student, posted a request on Twitter on Monday asking people to donate any amount to a GoFundMe page to support her senior year tuition. Fournette replied on Tuesday by offering to pay the whole remainder. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5