The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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The Government is being challenged in the High Court over Article 50

The Government is being taken to court again over Brexit following claims the UK never made the constitutional decision to leave the EU, in a case campaigners say could bring negotiations to a halt. A judicial review being filed in the High Court on Friday seeks to challenge the legality of the Article 50 notification of the UK’s intention to leave the EU. Campaigners argue the referendum result was not ratified by an act of Parliament which they claim means the triggering of Article 50 is inv
By Chloé Farand
The Independent

UK health watchdog bans using vaginal mesh to treat prolapse

The UK’s health watchdog has recommended banning vaginal mesh as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) ruled that evidence for the long-term efficacy of the treatment is “inadequate in quality and quantity”. It mirrors Australia's recent decision to ban mesh implants specifically to treat prolapse, declaring them “too risky”.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

New Zealand has just become the first country in the world to fully ban scandal-hit vaginal mesh procedures

New Zealand has become the first major country in the world to ban all vaginal mesh procedures, which have been called “the biggest health scandal since thalidomide”. The New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe) declared it would remove from supply and limit the use of surgical mesh products. According to its statement, most suppliers in New Zealand have indicated that by January 2018, medical companies will "be taking the same steps to limit supply as they are in Australia".
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

A medical company failed to fully inform doctors of vaginal mesh risks, Panorama investigation reveals

A global medical company failed to fully inform doctors of the risks of vaginal mesh implants, a BBC Panorama investigation is set to reveal. The programme, which will air on Monday night, documents the conflicts of interest, improper trialling and weak regulatory system behind the vaginal mesh scandal, as reported in The Independent this year. The Panorama investigation reveals that Ethicon, which markets mesh in the UK under brand name Gynecare TVT, did not update doctors with the extent of risks.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

The first woman has died from complications related to the mesh scandal – and she probably won’t be the last

So it’s finally happened. A woman has died from complications related to her vaginal mesh implant. Mesh implant, severe complications, partial removal, repeated infections, antibiotic resistance, sepsis, organ failure. She was just 42. But Chrissy Brajcic is only the first we know of to lose her life in what has become known as the vaginal mesh scandal, or “the new thalidomide”. Her death would not have even made the news just a few short years ago, before the scandal broke.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

This campaigner is the first to die from complications due to controversial vaginal mesh surgery

A well-known campaigner against vaginal mesh procedures has died from sepsis, it has been reported. Christina Brajcic, 42, of Ontario, Canada, is believed to be the first woman to die in what has become known as the vaginal mesh scandal, which Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke called “the new thalidomide”.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Germany's far right says it is 'ready' to take advantage of political stalemate

Germany’s traditional parties risk handing further gains to the country’s resurgent far-right movement if they cannot find a way out of the current political crisis. Weeks of coalition talks collapsed in spectacular fashion on Sunday when the liberal Free Democrats walked out of negotiations with Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance and the Greens, possibly paving the way for fresh elections. There are fears a new vote would play into the hands of the far-right Alternative fur Deutschland (Af
By Chloé Farand
The Independent

The secret way airports are monitoring you to reduce queuing times

If only we could zip through the necessary but tedious checkpoints at the airport without waiting – at check-in, bag drop, passport control, security. There would be more time to spend in the oyster bar or browse the latest “bargains” in those natty airside boutiques. Airports are equally keen to speed you through the bottlenecks, for every minute spent queuing is a minute that could be spent in retail therapy, which generates around half of all airport revenue.
By Paul Sillers
The Independent

Donald Trump is doing more damage to the world's climate than we ever realised

As the UN climate talks drew to a close in Bonn on Friday, delegates will look back on these talks as the moment the US tried to present Donald Trump’s vision for environmental action – and was met with outrage and derision. These two weeks have seen nearly 200 countries come together to support the Paris agreement, in an unprecedented effort to coordinate against climate change. Now with Syria on board, the US is left as the only country outside of this global endeavour. For its part, the Ame
By Chloé Farand
The Independent

David Davis says he will consider plans for Brits to keep opt-in EU citizenship after Brexit

David Davis has said he will look at proposals that would allow British nationals to opt-in and keep their European Union citizenship after Brexit. The Brexit Secretary said he would “look seriously” at “associate citizenship” – and idea backed by the European Parliament to allow Brits to keep the right to live and work in the EU.
By Vlad Bourceanu
The Independent

10 best single malt scotch whiskies

A scotch single malt is a drink like no other, synonymous with the sophistication of James Bond yet sewn into the fabric of proud working class life. It’s a drink that demands appreciation and another glass. Mark Twain mused that “too much of anything is bad, but too much good whisky is barely enough”, and we can’t help but agree. Despite a lot of competition in recent years from the Far East and elsewhere, we think there are still ample grounds to argue that there’s no beating the classic scotc
By Brendan Hodrien
The Independent

MPs pass motion ordering Theresa May to release secret Brexit studies

MPs have passed a motion ordering Theresa May to release 58 secret studies into the economic damage from Brexit, triggering a huge political row. Ministers provoked fury by refusing to say they will abide by what independent parliamentary clerks advised would be a “binding” decision. The Conservatives refused to take part in a vote – prompting accusations that the Prime Minister knew she would lose and has lost control of the parliamentary process for Brexit.
By Vlad Bourceanu
The Independent

Labour leads Lords plot to inflict defeat on Government's Brexit plans

Labour is leading a plot in the Lords that is expected to inflict an embarrassing defeat on Theresa May’s plans to eradicate the EU rights charter from domestic law after Brexit. In a sign of the party flexing its muscles in the upper chamber, The Independent understands that Labour – with support from the Liberal Democrats – will force the Government’s hand in a vote on a critical amendment on Monday. The anticipated defeat would be humiliating for Theresa May and the Brexit Secretary David D
By Vlad Bourceanu
The Independent

If you're surprised by what Jared O'Mara said about women, you really haven't been paying attention

Labour MP Jared O’Mara has just been suspended from the party after constituent Sophie Evans claimed that, among other comments that she told the BBC “aren’t broadcastable”, he called her “an ugly bitch”.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

10 best celebrity cookbooks

From TV chefs to former Bake Off contestants and well-known restaurateurs, there are so many celebrity cookbooks nowadays that it can be hard to know which ones to go for. We’ve compiled a recently published selection here, looking for innovative yet easy-to-follow recipes to suit amateur home cooks as well as the more culinary adventurous. It’s easy to see why this book has already sold over one million copies. This is a new, updated edition of an old favourite, and we love how comprehensive
By Rhian Williams
The Independent

Betty Campbell: Wales’s first black headteacher took civil rights history into classrooms

Betty Campbell was an inspiration to black pupils; a career pioneer; a community activist and racial education champion – and Black History Month in the UK can be traced back to her efforts in the 1970s. But Wales’s first black headteacher remained so grounded that she preferred to be known simply as Betty. Born Betty Johnson in 1934, she grew up in Butetown, south Cardiff, a social and cultural milieu that could have held her back from success, but instead forged her mettle.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Government refuses to ban vaginal mesh despite it causing severe issues for women

The Government has refused to ban controversial surgical mesh implants, despite calls for suspension of the treatment and a Labour push for a full public inquiry into the scandal. Following a debate in Westminster, minister for care and mental health, Jackie Doyle-Price, acknowledged the severity of the issues surrounding the treatment – but ruled out a public inquiry or a suspension.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Government refuses to ban vaginal mesh despite it causing severe issues for women

The Government has refused to ban controversial surgical mesh implants, despite calls for suspension of the treatment and a Labour push for a full public inquiry into the scandal. Following a debate in Westminster, minister for care and mental health, Jackie Doyle-Price, acknowledged the severity of the issues surrounding the treatment – but ruled out a public inquiry or a suspension. She also insisted the risks were associated with clinical practice, not the mesh implants themselves, despite
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

9 best pet subscription boxes

As a country, we’re clearly a nation of pet lovers. Whether you are team cat or team dog, we all can’t help but shower them with love and affection. However, lots of us are now showering them with gifts too. A recent survey estimated that the average owner spends £1252 on their pet each year. The latest development is pet subscription boxes. In which owners purchase a regular subscription (or sometimes a one-off box) to receive goodies for their pet, delivered direct to their door each month. We
By jenna farmer
The Independent