Theresa May to offer Labour MPs cash for their constituents in bid to win Brexit deal

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Downing Sreet could offer extra spending to leave-voting UK regions to try and win the support of Labour MPs for Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Government officials met with Labour MPs to discuss “economic support for towns and seaside villages that predominantly voted leave,” an MP present at the meeting told Business Insider.
The prime minister has calculated that she could need the support of some Labour MPs to push her deal through parliament in February.
Government officials will hold further talks with Labour MPs today.

LONDON — Theresa May has raised the prospect of offering extra spending to leave-voting UK regions in a bid to try and win the support of Labour MPs for her Brexit deal.

Government officials met with Labour MPs on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the prospect of “economic support for towns and seaside villages that predominantly voted leave,” an MP present at the meeting told Business Insider.

The prime minister met with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks on Wednesday and has calculated that she could need the support of some Labour MPs to push her deal through parliament in February.

She suffered a record defeat on her Brexit deal in the Commons earlier in January and has so far looked to win over the support of her Conservative colleagues and DUP partners.

But some Tory MPs appear determined to vote against her deal, leading May to court a small band of Labour MPs, many of whom represent Leave-voting constituencies and wish to be seen to deliver on Brexit.

A total of 24 Labour MPs defied the party whip in a Brexit vote on Tuesday, either by abstaining or voting against an amendment tabled by Yvette Cooper which sought to prolong Article 50 and delay the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

A number of MPs on Labour’s front bench joined the rebellion. However, a spokesperson …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah suggest U.S. intelligence chiefs might be better schooled that Trump

House and Senate negotiators met Wednesday to negotiate a shutdown-averting deal on border security, so naturally President Trump lobbed a tweet into the “delicate, complex negotiation,” like a heckler interrupting a bomb squad, Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show. “Luckily there is a hero riding in to save the day,” Jared Kushner and his sidekicks, the billionaire Koch brothers.

“Another group that disagrees with Trump about border security is our nation’s intelligence chiefs,” who testified before the Senate on Tuesday about their annual Worldwide Threat Assessment, Colbert said. “One thing missing from their report? Any evidence that would support building a wall on the southwestern border.” The U.S. intelligence leaders also contradicted Trump on Iran, North Korea, and ISIS. Colbert read and annotated Trump’s tweeted pushback.

The U.S. intelligence chiefs also had some warnings about Russia, on the same day the Financial Times reported that Trump met with Vladimir Putin for about 15 minutes in Buenos Aires — a meeting U.S. intelligence learned about from Russia. “At what point is Putin just going to cut out the middle man and give the State of the Union?” Colbert asked.

This must be especially infuriating for Trump because “after cleaning house and firing his enemies, Trump’s intelligence community is now led completely by people he handpicked,” Trevor Noah said at The Daily Show. Trump is understandably mad that “his own intelligence officials said that everything he believes is bulls–t,” but the North Korea assessment is especially “heartbreaking,” he said. “Trump is running around on the streets saying he loves Kim and how much they’re in love, and now his intelligence team is telling the whole world that Kim’s not that into him.” Anyway, America, “you have to make a choice,” Noah said. “Are you going …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle

      

Basketball roundup: Mitty boys catch fire to stay atop WCAL

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Traversing the West Catholic Athletic League can be a slippery slope.

Archbishop Riordan fell out of sole possession of first place last week after an upset loss at St. Francis, which got off to an 0-5 start in the WCAL.

The beneficiary of such unforeseen circumstances?

Archbishop Mitty, which entered the week tied atop the boys basketball standings and avoided a misstep of its own at Wednesday night on the same court in Mountain View with a 75-45 rout of St. Francis.

“The focus and the energy, the guys have been feeling that — and knowing that they can’t have a letdown,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy said. “Riordan was a good example of what can happen.”

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The Monarchs (14-6, 8-2 WCAL) never trailed after jumping out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter.

A brief spurt got the Lancers (11-9, 3-7) within four points in the second quarter, but a 10-0 run helped Mitty — which connected on seven 3-pointers before halftime — secure a 36-22 edge heading into the locker room.

“Our shots were on today,” Mitty junior Devan Sapp said. “But I feel this is just like we play and we’re just trying to keep it rolling.”

“We shot it real well, so we got separation,” Kennedy said. “St. Francis is a great team. They rebound the ball and they give you some trouble in transition, so we tried to clean that up and make sure to limit the opportunities in those occasions.”

A trio of Monarchs cracked double digits, but it was Sapp and fellow junior Marcus Greene striking the right chord for most of the night.

Each managed 12 points at the half, but it was free throw at the midway mark of the fourth …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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