Here are this week’s headlines:
- Met police appoint their first ever female commissioner
It has been announced that Cressida Dick is to succeed Sir Barnard Hogan-Howe as the metropolitan police commissioner. The appointment is significant as Ms Dick is the first female to manage London’s police force in its 188-year history. It is also the first time that the top three UK policing roles have been held by women; the Met commissioner, the head of the National Crime Agency and the president of the National Police Chief’s Council. Ms Dick is ‘looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London and working again with the fabulous women and men of the Met.’
Ms Dick was appointed from an interview panel which included the home secretary, Amber Rudd, and London mayor, Sadiq Khan. The home secretary made the final decision on the successful candidate however had to consider Khan’s views in accordance to the law. Cressida Dick was selected from fellow applicants; Sara Thornton, National Police Chiefs’ council chairwoman, Stephen Kavanagh, Essex Police chief constable and Scotland Yard’s Mark Rowley.
The 56-year old appointee previously worked at the foreign office and is the former head of national counter-terrorism. Her appointment has been criticized by the family of Jean Charles de Menzes who was the victim of a wrongful terror shooting in 2005 when Dick was head of counter-terrorism. The Brazilian electrician was shot dead following the 7/7 London bombings when he was mistaken for a terror suspect. However, the jury exonerated Ms Dick and found her to have ‘no personal culpability in the mistake.’
On the other hand, many UK influential leaders and experts have supported Dick’s appointment; including Theresa May. The prime minister commented that ‘her skills and insights will be crucial in shaping the Met as the job of police reform continues, co-ordinating the national response to the ongoing threat of terrorism and serious criminality as well as keeping Londoners safe.’ Moreover, the previous metropolitan police commissioner described his successor as ‘a brilliant beacon for women within and beyond this force”.
- UK Net migration falls
The Office for National Statistics have said that Net Migration in the UK has fallen to 273,000 in the year to September, which is 49,000 less than the previous year. The figures also show that nearly 12,000 more East Europeans left the UK in the three months following the Brexit vote.
The figures, which compare the amount of people coming to live in the UK with those who are leaving, are short of Theresa May’s target for migration of 100,000, but is significantly lower than previous years.
Under more detailed analysis, the figures show that approximately 40,000 applications for British residence by EU nationals and their family members were refused.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers over the next quarters are affected by the impact of Brexit, and whether the forthcoming negotiations will have any benefit for EU nationals who wish to enter the UK.
- Barclays’ annual profits treble
Barclays’ annual profits have almost trebled to £3.2bn because of strong restructuring strategies. This is up from £1.1bn the year before. The strategy and reorganization included the sale of its Africa business and selling off noncore assets. The restructuring of hiving of its Africa business will see the group pay the division £765m.
Mr. Staley is aiming to ensure that Barclays is a transatlantic, consumer, corporate and investment bank, anchored in London and New York.
Chief executive Jes Staley said, “We are now just months away from completing the restructuring of Barclays, and I am more optimistic than ever about our prospects in 2017, and beyond”.
Although the profits can be attributed to the fact that costs of past misconduct falling, the prospect of US action over its sale of mortgage-backed financial products still hangs over Barclays.
- Whirlpool tumble dryers should not be used until repaired
Whirlpool, a company which manufacturers tumble dryers under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, has stated that customers should unplug the machines and not use them until they have been repaired. The dryers subject to this were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015. The London Fire Brigade concluded that a blaze in a West-London tower block was caused by one of these tumble dryers. The blaze took approximately 120 firefighters to combat. The problem with the tumble dryers is that excess fluff can build up and come into contact with the heating element, which can cause fires.
Whirlpool offered different advice previously, but after receiving two enforcement notices from Peterborough Trading Standard, the company has updated its advice to consumers. The machines should not be used until they have been repaired. Which?, a prominent UK consumer group, has argued that a total recall of the tumble dryers is necessary, and have argued that Trading Standards should take stronger action.
The safety defect was identified in November 2015, and since then Whirlpool has been replacing or repairing, free of charge, any machine that has been affected by the incident. Figures indicate that approximately 1.3 million machines have been fixed, but nearly 3 million tumble dryers await repair.
Whirlpool said in a statement that safety is the primary concern for the company. The company went onto say that “Trading standards have confirmed that our actions to date in this campaign have been undertaken diligently and responsibly.” They also said that they have complied with Trading Standards instructions.
Should you have any concerns you can contact Whirlpool’s free helplines at 0800 151 0905. If you live in the Republic of Ireland, please contact 1800 804320.
- Mexico refuses to accept deported migrants from the US
The Mexican Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray, has said that the Mexican government will use the United Nations in order to protect migrants from being deported from the US, by defending their rights. Donald Trump’s plans to enforce immigration rules more aggressively against undocumented migrants, could lead to mass deportations. This will affect many of the Latin American countries. Videgaray stated that Mexico does “not have to accept measures that one government wants to unilaterally impose on another.” The President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is due to meet with US representatives in order to discuss these late issues.