UK election: What we know so far

first_img— Former Small Business Minister Anna Soubry was blunt in her assessment of the Conservatives’ performance. “I’m afraid we ran a pretty dreadful campaign and that’s me being generous,” she said, “She’s a very talented woman and she doesn’t shy from difficult decisions but she has to consider her position.”— The Scottish National Party has lost seats to the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour.— UKIP leader Paul Nuttall fared very badly in Boston and Skegness, picking up just over 3,000 votes and finishing third with the Tories taking the seat. UKIP’s vote has collapsed across the country. Nuttall on Friday said he was stepping down as party leader.— European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU was ready to commence Brexit talks and he hoped the U.K. would be able to form a government as soon as possible. “We are ready to start negotiations,” Juncker told POLITICO. Also On POLITICO UNREALITY CHECK UK election bingo By Paul Dallison — High-profile losses: Nick Clegg, former Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister; Angus Robertson, leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster; Ben Gummer, Tory MP who was the architect of the Tory manifesto; Jane Ellison, financial secretary to the Treasury; Alex Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National Party; Gavin Barwell, minister of state for housing and planning; Simon Kirby, city minister.— Back in Westminster: Vince Cable, Lib Dem former business secretary; Jo Swinson, Lib Dem former employment minister; Ed Davey, Lib Dem former energy minister.— Just about hanging on: Amber Rudd, home secretary; Tim Farron, Lib Dem leader; Justine Greening, education secretary; Nigel Dodds, Democratic Unionist Party’s deputy leader.— Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Theresa May to quit in his acceptance speech in Islington.— Theresa May said the country needs “a period of stability” and that if the Tories are “the largest party with the largest number of votes, it would be incumbent on us to form a government.”— May will go to Buckingham Palace at 12:30 p.m. U.K. time on Friday to seek permission from the Queen to form a government, Downing Street said. — Polls closed at 10 p.m. local time. According to the latest results, the Tories are on 318 seats, down 12, with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party behind on 261, up 32.— As the vast majority of seats were declared, it became apparent that no party could win a majority, meaning the election would end in a hung parliament.— The Labour stronghold of Newcastle Central was the first to declare.last_img read more

It’s Opening Night for Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing at the Atlantic Theater Company

first_imgIt’s the due date for Ethan Coen’s pregnancy comedy Women or Nothing. The first full-length play from the Oscar winner officially opens off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company on September 16 and will continue through October 13. Directed by David Cromer, the world premiere production stars Susan Pourfar, Robert Beitzel, Deborah Rush and Halley Feiffer. Women or Nothing View Comments Women or Nothing features scenic design by Michele Spadaro, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Bradley King and original music and sound design by Daniel Kluger.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Women or Nothing is about two women (Pourfar and Feiffer) so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man (Beitzel). Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother (Rush) of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense?last_img read more