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Portrait of the week | 6 April 2017

Also in Portrait of the Week: Donald Trump threatens North Korea; Labour suspends Ken Livingstone for two years


Theresa May, the Prime Minister, visited Saudi Arabia without covering her hair, or even wearing a hat. Earlier, asked whether Britain’s response to Spain’s ambitions to rule Gibraltar meant war-war or jaw-jaw, said: ‘It’s definitely jaw-jaw.’ She was responding to a hoo-ha over remarks by Lord Howard of Lympne, a former leader of the Conservative Party, about a paragraph at the end of draft negotiation outlines circulated by Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, that said: ‘No agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom.’ Lord Howard had said on television that ‘another woman prime minister sent a task force halfway across the world to protect another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country’.

Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, said that patients faced longer delays before knee and hip replacements as a ‘trade-off’ for improvements in other areas. Nicola Sturgeon flew to California after signing a climate-change agreement with the state. Earlier, she had formally asked Mrs May for another independence referendum. The National Trust was accused of ‘airbrushing’ Easter from its activities by branding a children’s pursuit ‘Cadbury’s Egg Hunt’; the Prime Minister called the omission of the word Easter ‘absolutely ridiculous’. A house in Kingston, Surrey, worth more than £1 million, on which basement works were being carried out, collapsed into rubble.

The Chief Rabbi accused the Labour Party of ‘failing the Jewish community’ by not expelling Ken Livingstone, who was suspended by a party tribunal for two years (one already accounted for) after saying last April: ‘When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel.

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