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Tory hopefuls told not to squander UK science progress

Tory hopefuls told not to squander UK science progress

Science
The Conservative leadership candidates have been urged to make a pledge to put scientific research at the heart of their economic policy. Scientific bodies have called on Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson to set out their long-term plans for research.They want them to commit to ensuring that the UK remains a world leader in research and innovation.There is also alarm that the political uncertainty is stalling efforts to develop a strategy for UK science.The president of the UK's Royal Society, Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, told BBC News that the uncertainty "could threaten the research and innovation that are vital for the long-term health of our economy". More stories like this:Science has been relatively well-funded under Theresa Ma...
Band dropped from Glastonbury over ‘Kill Tory Scum’ lyrics

Band dropped from Glastonbury over ‘Kill Tory Scum’ lyrics

Entertainment
By Russell Hope, news reporter A band with a song entitled Kill Tory Scum (Before They Kill You) has been dropped from this year's Glastonbury music festival.Killdren, who describe themselves as "a two-bit rave punk band who pen politically charged slapstick anthems", had been booked to play the Shangri-La section of the festival. They were due to perform at Glastonbury's Shangri-Hell International TV stage on Friday 28 June.But the booking, which was revealed in several Sunday newspapers, was quickly condemned by, among others, the Jo Cox Foundation, which called the language "completely abhorrent"."We're seeing a legitimising and normalising of harmful words and actions," it said. Advertise...
Tory vice-chair admits hacking Labour MP's website

Tory vice-chair admits hacking Labour MP's website

Technology
A rising star in the Conservative Party has apologised after she admitted she hacked a Labour MP's website and altered its content.Kemi Badenoch, the hotly tipped MP for Saffron Walden, made the confession in a video obtained by The Mail On Sunday.Asked what is the naughtiest she's ever done, the 38-year-old replied: "About 10 years ago I hacked into a Labour MP's website and I changed all the stuff in there to say nice things about Tories."This was a foolish prank over a decade ago, for which I apologise."Mrs Badenoch did not name the Labour MP in question but former cabinet minister Harriet Harman later tweeted: "@KemiBadenoch has written to me apologising. I have accepted her apology."In 2008, it was reported Ms Harman's personal website was hacked and updated with a post apparently ann...
Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Revolt forces Rio to ditch Tory chief Davis

Business
The FTSE-100 mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint the Conservative Party's boss as the company's next chairman in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt.Sky News has learnt that Sir Mick Davis is "no longer in the running" to replace Jan du Plessis less than a fortnight after it emerged that he was the frontrunner for the post.A group of leading shareholders, representing roughly 20% of Rio's stock, wrote to the miner's board earlier this week to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.City sources told Sky News this weekend that several institutions were drawing up plans to oppose the re-election of Rio's nominations committee members next year if they had proceeded with recruiting the former Xstrata chief.The existence of the letter, sent by the Investor ...
Florence and Calvin Harris upset at Tory conference music

Florence and Calvin Harris upset at Tory conference music

Entertainment
Florence Welch and Calvin Harris have complained about their music being used at the Conservative Party conference. Both musicians said they did not approve of their songs being played and were not happy about it. Prime Minister Theresa May took to the stage for her speech to the music of Harris's 2016 Rihanna collaboration This is What You Came For. "I do not support nor condone happy songs being played at such a sad event," Harris tweeted.Skip Twitter post by @CalvinHarrisConservative party conference playing my song was not approved - I do not support nor condone happy songs being played at such a sad event— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) October 4, 2017End of Twitter post by @CalvinHarrisFlorence Welch from Florence and the Machine also tweeted that the use of her version of You've Go