Birmingham brought to standstill by YouTuber James Charles

Birmingham was brought to a standstill on Saturday, with motorists abandoning cars and the city gridlocked for hours after thousands of teenagers flooded the city centre to see a 19-year-old YouTuber make a 30-second public appearance at a cosmetics store. Shoppers heading to other stores were forced to cancel their trips, while parts of the…

Davos 2019: Greta Thunberg says it’s time to panic about climate change – live

Kristalina Georgieva has also got the message that climate change is going to hurt younger generations, (who didn’t create the problem, of course). She tells delegates: When you think about climate, get a photo of your children and grandchildren in front of you. I guarantee you it will change your perspective. I did this and…

Brexit: People’s Vote MPs drop plan to table second referendum amendment for vote next week – Politics live

Although the MPs backing the People’s Vote campaign are not going to table their second referendum amendment ahead of the Brexit vote next week, the Lib Dems have tabled an amendment calling for one. The Lib Dem amendment says: Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and add “instructs the government to take all…

Patisserie Valerie falls into administration as bank talks fail

Patisserie Valerie has collapsed into administration, putting more than 3,000 jobs at risk, after failing to secure a financial lifeline from its banks. About 70 of the cafe group’s nearly 200 stores and concessions will close immediately, with the loss of about 900 jobs. Patisserie Holdings, the parent company that also owns the Druckers Vienna…

Diane Abbott accuses BBC Question Time of legitimising racism

Diane Abbott has accused BBC Question Time of legitimising racist abuse after claims that the shadow home secretary was singled out before and during Thursday night’s episode of the political discussion programme. The Labour politician claimed she had been unfairly mocked in the warm-up and had been interrupted more often than other panellists by Fiona…

‘More animal than ever’: Europeans find joy in John Bercow

As Europeans on the continent have watched the UK’s Brexit car crash, one figure offered some light relief to those new to the peculiarities of British politics. The often thunderous pronouncements of the right honourable John Bercow, the verbose Speaker of the House of Commons, have become the subject of numerous profiles in newspapers, and…

Mark Carney: Financial markets think no-deal Brexit less likely – business live

How should this Brexit crisis be fixed? Our writers’ verdicts | Matthew d’Ancona and others Goldman Sachs’ European economist Adrian Paul has added his weight to the growing City chorus predicting that Britain will remain in the EU beyond March. In a research note published today, Paul says: “We still expect a slim majority of…