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Portrait of the Week - 3 November 2016

Portrait of the Week - 3 November 2016
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Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, said he would stay on for another year when his initial five-year term ends in 2018, to ‘contribute to securing an orderly transition to the UK’s new relationship with Europe’. More than 150 Conservative MPs, including cabinet ministers, voted to appoint Keith Vaz, a Labour MP, to the Commons Justice Select Committee, even though he had left the Home Affairs Select Committee when a newspaper revealed an alleged scandal involving rent boys. Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, told the Commons that he had assured Nissan, which decided to continue operations in Sunderland, that Britain would seek trade for the motor industry that was ‘free and unencumbered by impediments’ after Brexit. The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, founded in 1769, which looked over Cathedral Green, was destroyed by fire.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, told the Commons that there would be no inquiry into the clash between police and striking miners illegally blockading lorries carrying coke at Orgeave in 1984. Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, said that ministers would consult the public before deciding if there was any point in going ahead with the second part of the Leveson inquiry. NHS hospitals were found to be planning to reduce numbers of beds and close accident-and-emergency departments to try to make ends meet. Fifa, which prohibits ‘political, religious or commercial messages’ on team shirts, turned down a request from England and Scotland for players to wear armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day.

The British Infrastructure Group of MPs urged mobile phone companies to allow subscribers to make use of rival networks in areas of Britain where reception is bad. Lord Heseltine told Tatler he had strangled his mother’s alsatian: ‘I went to stroke him and he started biting me,’ he said. ‘If you have a dog that turns, you just cannot risk it. So I took Kim’s collar — a sort of choker chain — and pulled it tight. Suddenly he went limp.’ Later he explained that the dog had revived and been killed the next day by a vet.

Abroad

About 50,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurds, Sunni Arab tribesmen and Shia militiamen advanced on Mosul, which the Islamic State had occupied since 2014. Turkey expressed concern about the treatment of Turkmen as Shia militiamen advanced from the west towards Mosul. Sunday services were celebrated by the Christians of Qaraqosh, south-east of Mosul, after its recapture. France destroyed the last migrant shelters after clearing 7,000 people from the makeshift camp called the Jungle, near Calais. About 1,500 people regarded as unaccompanied minors wanting to enter Britain were taken to reception centres, where their cases could be investigated individually by UK officials, according to François Hollande, the President of France. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the UN, sacked the commander of the UN force in South Sudan after a report said it had failed in July to protect civilians. Crowds protested in Morocco after a fish seller was crushed by the compacter in a dustcart after he had climbed into it to retrieve the fish that police had confiscated.

James Comey, the director of the FBI, told Congress of new investigations of emails sent by Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate for the presidency, while she was secretary of state, on a private server, which might have been a security risk. Some voters in Wisconsin inquired how to make use of legislation that allowed them to change their early votes up to three times before the national polls on Tuesday. An American Airlines Boeing 767 caught fire at O’Hare airport, Chicago. Lebanon’s parliament elected as president Michel Aoun, a Maronite Christian as the power-sharing system stipulates, after being without a head of state since May 2014. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, aged 64, is to become king of Thailand on 1 December. The Metropolitan Opera, New York, halted a performance when a member of the audience sprinkled human ashes on to the orchestra.

Canada at last signed a trade deal with the European Union after seven years of negotiation, held up at the last moment by the resistance of the Walloons in Belgium. In Spain, the Popular Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, won a vote of confidence with the support of the Ciudadanos party and the compliance of the Socialists, enabling it to form a minority government after ten months of stalemate. Earthquakes in central Italy left 30,000 homeless and destroyed the medieval basilica of St Benedict in Norcia, among other historic buildings.     CSH