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DUP saved PM from defeat - and they won't let her forget that

16 January

Theresa May has won a no-confidence vote in her government, allowing her to continue as prime minister. 

In a turn of events which you really couldn't make up, Mrs May won the vote thanks to Conservative and DUP support by a margin of 52% to 48% - the same as the EU referendum.
The vote was tabled by Jeremy Corbyn, who warned in his opening speech that the prime minister can no longer run the country because she has lost the support of the House of Commons.
After hours of debate and widespread support from her MPs, Mrs May asked the Environment Secretary Michael Gove to sum up the debate.
He gave a well-received speech in which he listed the reasons Mr Corbyn should never be allowed to lead the country, using the words of a former Labour MP against him.
John Woodcock, who now sits as an independent member of the Commons, had told MPs the Labour leader is not fit to govern.
Mr Gove's speech united Conservatives, who cheered and waved their papers as his rousing address came to an end.
Tom Watson, Labour's deputy leader, gave a reflective speech to sum up Labour's argument for a general election in which he said the prime minister's character and lack of empathy stood in the way of her reaching a new deal.
The prime minister was widely expected to win the vote so Labour's loss comes as no surprise, but without the backing of the DUP she would have been in trouble.
Speaking immediately after the result the Westminster leader of the DUP, Nigel Dodds, reminded Mrs May that her victory was down to him, saying it illustrated the importance of the "supply and confidence" arrangement with the Conservatives.
In a speech after the vote Mrs May invited party leaders to Downing Street for talks on Brexit next steps, adding that the meetings would begin this evening with Jeremy Corbyn.
However the Labour leader stood straight away to warn he would not take up her offer unless the prime minister ruled out a "no-deal" Brexit.
She did not have the chance to respond to the call, but Mrs May has repeatedly said she wants the UK to leave the EU with a deal - although "no-deal" remains the legal fall back option if nothing can be agreed.

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No-confidence vote: Did your MP support May's government? Find out here

16 January

Theresa May has survived a bid to bring down her government - securing a narrow victory of 325 votes to 306 votes in Labour's no-confidence vote.

She was challenged by Jeremy Corbyn, who sought to capitalise on Tuesday's historic defeat on the Brexit deal.
The result was expected, after Conservative and DUP MPs rallied round the prime minister in the run-up to the vote.
This is how the votes stacked up:
To find out how your MP voted, put their name into the search field below.
If you don't know your MP's name, you can also search by constituency.

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Pregnant Meghan called a 'fat lady' during visit to animal charity

16 January

It's not the first thing you should say to a pregnant woman or a former actress but the Duchess of Sussex was left laughing after a pensioner called her "a fat lady". 

Meghan was visiting the animal welfare charity Mayhew in London when she was introduced to an elderly lady called Peggy, who gets visits from their Therapaws therapy dogs at the care home where she lives.
Peggy and Meghan shared a lovely moment talking to each other with Peggy saying: "Lovely lady, you are, may the good Lord always bless you."
Smiling and looking at her baby bump, she added: "And you're a fat lady."
Meghan took it as a compliment - laughing and saying: "I'll take it."
On Monday the Duchess told crowds in Birkenhead that she was six months pregnant and expecting the baby around the end of April or the start of May.
Last week the animal charity Mayhew was announced as one of four charity patronages that Meghan has taken on that reflect her passions and interests.
The charity helps to rehome cats and dogs, but also carries out work in the community to offer support and educate people on how best to care for their pets.
Their Therapaws programme promotes the positive therapeutic impact that animals can have through visits to residential homes.
During the visit Meghan, a keen dog lover, spoke about her own rescue dogs. Before she met Harry she had two dogs from shelters but had to leave behind Bogart, who was thought to be too old to make the move to the UK.
Her other dog Guy, a Beagle, did make the journey and is now part of the family.
One little Jack Russell called Minnie seemed to catch her eye, with Meghan picking her up for a cuddle.
On Wednesday night, she joined Prince Harry for the charity premiere of Cirque du Soleil's "Totem", to raise awareness and funds for Harry's Sentebale charity.

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Enes Kanter: Turkey seeks arrest of New York Knicks star over 'ties to terror group'

16 January

Turkey is seeking an international arrest warrant for a US basketball player - claiming he has ties to a terror organisation.

NBA star Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, has emphatically rejected the allegations against him, tweeting: "The only thing I terrorize is the rim.
"Turkish Government can NOT present any single piece of evidence of my wrongdoing. I don't even have a parking ticket in the US. I have always been a law-abiding resident."
Prosecutors are seeking an Interpol Red Notice after claiming that Kanter has ties to the exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who was blamed for a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.
The sports star is also accused of providing financial support to Gulen's group.
Kanter was due to travel to London as his team prepare to play the Washington Wizards at The O2 Arena on Thursday - but earlier this month, he announced he would not be joining them over fears he could be killed over his opposition to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Describing Mr Erdogan as "the Hitler of our century", he had said: "They've got a lot of spies... I think I can get killed there easy. It would be a very ugly situation."
His Turkish passport was revoked in 2017.
Kanter also recently wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post, in which he said: "My decision not to travel to London was difficult from a competitive standpoint but much easier from a safety one.
"It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey - people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned, and countless lives have been ruined. That is no game."

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Patisserie Valerie: Scale of alleged fraud may be worse than first feared

16 January

The crisis-hit owner of Patisserie Valerie is examining "options" for the business, warning the scale of alleged fraud in its accounts may be much worse than initially feared.

Trading in shares of Patisserie Holdings were suspended in October when it flagged a black hole in its accounts from "potentially fraudulent" accounting irregularities.
The fallout saw its former finance director arrested and released amid a Serious Fraud Office investigation.
The company said on Tuesday evening: "The work carried out by the company's forensic accountants since (October) has revealed that the misstatement of its accounts was extensive, involving very significant manipulation of the balance sheet and profit and loss accounts.
"Among other manipulations, this involved thousands of false entries into the company's ledgers.
"It will take some time before a reliable trading outlook can be completed while the above work streams progress.
"The initial indications from the work carried out to date is that the cashflow and profitability of the business has been overstated in the past and is materially below that announced in the trading update on 12 October 2018, which was based on limited work carried out over a 48-hour period."
That work last year had resulted in estimated revenue and profits for the year to September being slashed to £120m and £12m respectively.
Patisserie added on Wednesday that advisers from KPMG were currently working with it to review its options and secure value for stakeholders.
Patisserie Holdings, which has over 2,000 staff at 200 shops, was saved from collapse following a cash injection by its chairman Luke Johnson and the purchase of new shares by investors.
It has since hired a new chief executive and appointed an interim chief financial officer.
The company also confirmed a story by Sky News that it had appointed a new auditor in RSM.
Grant Thornton, which had overseen Patisserie's books since 2006, is the subject of a Financial Reporting Council inquiry for its handling of the contract.

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