Emily Thornton resigns over “snobby” Rochester tweet
Senior Labour MP Emily Thornberry has quit as attorney general from Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet after posting an Twitter picture which saw her accused of “snobbery”.
The photograph showed a terraced house covered in three St George’s flags. A white van was parked outside. Ms Thornberry’s tweet was captioned “Image from #Rochester.”
The image provoked strong reactions as tweeters and politicians alike asked what she was implying by the picture.
Although she soon apologised for causing offence, she has been chastised for not respecting the voters, with Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith accusing Ms Thornberry of "sneering at the electorate of Rochester".
Many inside the Labour camp reacted strongly to the incident.
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, told Mail Online: "I think she was being derogatory and dismissive of the people. We all know what she was trying to imply.
"It’s like the Labour party has been hijacked by the north London liberal elite and it’s comments like that which reinforce that view."
Ed Miliband was reportedly furious at the gaff.
In a statement on Thursday evening, Ms Thornberry said:
“I will not let anything distract from Labour's chance to win the coming general election.
"I have therefore tonight told Ed Miliband I will resign from the shadow cabinet."
Sheffield United retract training offer for Ched Evans
Convicted rapist Ched Evans will no longer be able to train with Sheffield United after the club bowed to public pressure and withdrew their offer of training.
Public reaction to news of Evans’ training had been overwhelmingly negative. Jennis Ennis-Hill announced she wanted her name removed from Bramall Lane if Evans was allowed to play for United.
In a statement issued by the club, the team announced they would be retracting the opportunity of training.
The statement read:
“The club initially accepted a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association for Ched Evans to be able to train. The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced.
“We recognise that a number of our supporters will be disappointed with this decision, but would ask that they remember the responsibilities we have not only to a fine and proud club, whose history stretches back over 125 years, but also to the communities in which Sheffield United is active and to the city we represent.
“The club condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms.”
Venice hopes to ban wheelie annoying suitcases
Venetians have declared an enemy: noisy suitcases on wheels.
According to the Telegraph, residents are being “driven mad” by the rumble of suitcases rolling over the city’s famed alleyways and bridges.
Venice council seek to introduce a band on luggage with hard rubber wheels, which would force the 27 million annual visitors to use suitcases on air-filled, softer wheels which make less noise.
Authorities have complained of the “growing noise pollution” and “progressive deterioration” of the centuries-old paving slabs, marble steps and foot bridges.
Those who use a hard-wheeled suitcase may find themselves liable for a fine of up to €500.
The Venetian council is under special administration after a corruption scandal was unearthed earlier this year.