An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.
Top Story: Tory MP Brooks Newmark resigns: The Minister for Civil Society and MP for Braintree announced his resignation after “having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper”. He also asked for the media to respect his family’s privacy. This makes three losses for the Tory party in a month.
- Related: Newmark accused of sending explicit photos to undercover journalist: The male journalist, posing as a female party activist, claims that Mr. Newmark send explicit pictures of himself and asked for some in return. Mr. Newmark decided to get ahead of the controversy and resign early.
The Labour Party holds its party conference: The annual meeting of Labour politicians and supporters is held in Manchester Central.
UKIP holds its party conference: The annual meeting of UKIP politicians and supporters is held at Doncaster Racecourse.
- Related: Tory MP Mark Reckless defects to UKIP: Marking the second defection in a month, the MP for Rochester and Strood announced his surprise defection at the UKIP Party Conference and was met with screaming cheers. A by-election has been triggered in Rochester and Strood with Reckless standing as the UKIP candidate.
Obama condemns ISIL “network of death”: In a speech before the UN, President Obama vowed to eliminate the terrorist group and called on foreign leaders to assist the fight.
- Related: Former PM Tony Blair calls for ground troops in the fight: The former Prime Minister, who, according to many political activists and bloggers, is guilty of war crimes, says the fight against ISIL requires boots on the ground and cannot be won with air strikes alone.
- Related: House of Commons votes to join air-strikes against ISIL: MPs were recalled to debate whether to support air strikes against ISIL, and voted to go ahead.