Cameron in trouble over EU arrest warrant
Prime Minister David Cameron came close to losing the support of the Commons last night after denying parliament a vote on whether Britain should rejoin the European Arrest Warrant.
The European Arrest Warrant allows for direct extradition of suspected criminals between EU countries.
Mr Cameron arrived at the Houses of Parliament in white tie, having dashed from the lord mayor’s banquet. He was met by scenes described as “chaotic and angry”. MPs had expected to be voting on the European Arrest Warrant but instead were offered a vote on a 11 of 35 European Justice measures, which did not include the warrant.
The Government were accused of “playing fast and loose with the British justice system” by Labour when it emerged there would not be an individual vote. John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, called the event “a sorry saga.”
Tory ministers were themselves infuriated too, saying the decision was tyrannical and underhand.
MPs may return to the Commons to debate the issue on Tuesday, after Shadow home secretary Yvetter Cooper attempted to force a vote.
Insurance company to investigate mental health of L’Wren Scott in $12.7m claim
A federal judge in Utah has allowed insurance underwriters to seek evidence of L’Wren Scott’s mental health before her suicide in March.
Her partner Mick Jagger was advised by doctors not to perform for at least 30 days as he was diagnosed as suffering from acute traumatic stress disorder. The Rolling Stones postponed their concert tour of Australia and New Zealand and later filed for a $12.7million claim for losses owing to postponement.
The Stones had taken out a $23.9 million insurance policy before the tour to be paid out in the event of a death of a family member or a select few others, which included Scott.
Underwriters are denying the claim, saying Scott may have had a pre-existing mental illness, meaning her death may not be covered under the policy. The Rolling Stones have subsequently sued the insurance firm for this denial.
Loo break? That’ll be £50, say marketing firm
Madeline Moon MP has asked Parliament to intervene after it emerged a Welsh call centre had fined an £50 employee for making multiple trips to the loo.
Solution Marketing had logged every time one of their employees had taken toilet breaks that month and later fined the man £50. Outraged, the man took it to his MP, Ms Moon.
Solution Marketing said: ‘It is not a Solution Marketing company policy or practice to make payroll deductions for toilet breaks.
‘Ad hoc deductions can occur where call operatives are missing from their desks for excessive periods of time.’
William Hague said he hoped the matter could be resolved without needing a Common debate.