Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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David Cameron, who was cutting up lettuce in his kitchen, told James Landale of the BBC that he would not seek a third term as Prime Minister, even if he secured a second. Mr Cameron was heckled the next day by pensioners at an Age UK conference. He had mentioned Theresa May, George Osborne and Boris Johnson as possible successors. Mrs May, the Home Secretary, made a speech promising action against extremists, such as the use of 'closure orders' against premises (such as mosques) used by extremists, and a 'positive campaign to promote British values'. Afzal Amin resigned as the Conservative candidate for the Dudley North constituency after allegations that he had negotiated with the English Defence League to take credit for stopping them holding a demonstration; he denied any wrongdoing. Ukip expelled Janice Atkinson, an MEP and candidate for a seat in the general election, after allegations about expenses claims for a party lunch. The annual rate of inflation, measured by the Consumer Prices Index, fell to zero in February; as measured by the Retail Prices Index, it fell to 1 per cent.

Remarkable scenes were played out in Leicester, where 70,000 watched as the coffin purporting to contain the bones of Richard III was drawn through the city and to the site of the battle of Bosworth before lying in state at Leicester cathedral. With the Archbishop of Canterbury in attendance, it was buried in a tomb that had been newly made as the focus of the building. Benedict Cumberbatch, soon to play Richard in a television drama, read a poem written by the Poet Laureate for the occasion. Neil Fox, the radio disc jockey, was charged with nine offences of indecent assault or sexual assault involving six people, three of them children, between 1991 and 1996. Solar power could provide 4 per cent of the nation's electricity by 2020, the government said. Alabama rot was blamed for the death of 30 British dogs in 18 months.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said that Britain was to 'modernise' the defences of the Falkland Islands at a cost of £180 million over the next ten years. The collapse of the Libyan state since the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011 had made it a security threat to Britain, the foreign affairs committee said. …

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