Connect with us


Here’s who could replace Liz Truss as prime minister

A number of Conservative MPs are reportedly gearing up to be the country’s next leader…

Avatar photo



Number 10 / Flickr

Liz Truss resigned as prime minister this afternoon, making her the shortest serving leader in British history with just forty-five days in office under her belt.

Despite there being numerous calls for a general election – namely by opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer – the chairman of the Tory 1922 Committee Sir Graham Grady says he expects to see a new Conservative leader in place by next Friday (October 28th).

There are a number of hopeful candidates expected to replace Truss in her role as PM; here are some of the favourites, according to Odds Checker.

No 10 / Flickr

Rishi Sunak 13/8

The former chancellor, who was runner-up to Truss in the Tory leadership race six weeks ago, is one of the favourites to become the next prime minister.

Sunak previously warned Truss that her tax-cutting plans would send the economy plummeting, accusing her of ‘fairytale economics’ as she promised unfunded tax cuts.

He won every voting round among MPs in the Tory leadership race, though his ability to unite the party was questioned as a result of the role he played in former PM Boris Johnson’s resignation earlier this year.

Number 10 / Flickr

Penny Mordaunt 9/2

The leader of the Commons and former defence secretary came in third place behind Sunak in this year’s Tory leadership race before she backed Truss’s bid, making her one of the more popular candidates for PM.

However, she did cause a stir at the Tory conference earlier this month when she said the party’s ‘comms is s***’.

In text messages leaked to Sky News, Tory MP Crispin Blunt was seen throwing his support behind Mordaunt and Sunak, with him writing: “Step forward Rishi and Penny, with our support and encouragement in the interests of us all.”

Number 10 / Flickr

Ben Wallace 6/1

The defence secretary and former soldier remained neutral in the Tory leadership race before eventually backing Truss.

However, there are doubts as to whether Wallace would even want to run for PM, with him recently telling The Times that he wants to remain in his post amid speculation he could be a unity candidate to become leader.

Wallace, who has been applauded for his response to the war in Ukraine, said: “The public wants stability and security and if the government fails to deliver that then they will send us into opposition.”

Number 10 / Flickr

Suella Braverman 40/1

Braverman’s declaration to run for Conservative party leader over the summer and her resignation as home secretary last night has made her a contender to be Britain’s next PM.

Following her resignation last night, which came as a result of her sharing secure information through a private email, Braverman lashed out at Truss’s ‘tumultuous’ leadership, and accused the government of ‘breaking key pledges’.

However, Braverman hasn’t been without her controversy, with her previously accusing the Tory critics who forced Truss into U-turning over her income tax plans of a ‘coup’.

Number 10 / Flickr

Boris Johnson 14/1

Quite remarkably, there are high expectations for former PM Boris Johnson to run for the leadership once again after he was forced to resign following the lockdown ‘partygate’ scandal in Number 10 just three months ago.

According to reports, a number of Tory MPs – Nadine Dorries included – are openly suggesting that the party asks Johnson to make a ‘sensational’ return to Downing Street.

When Johnson resigned, he compared himself to Roman statesman Cincinnatus, who battled against invasion before returning to his farm. According to tradition, Cincinnatus later returned to serve a second term.

Number 10 / Flickr

Jeremy Hunt 7/2

The newly-elected Chancellor of the Exchequer is now regarded as one of the most powerful figures in government, and has twice unsuccessfully tried to become Tory leader.

Hunt was in the final two contenders to be Tory leader in 2019 – but lost to Boris Johnson by 66% to 34% in the members’ vote.

MP Crispin Blunt has said Hunt should be the party’s next leader, saying:”Jeremy Hunt has in a few short days impressively exercised his known personal qualities and has made the first critical contribution to restoring the primacy of serving the national interest. He should complete this work as our next prime minister.”


Everything we know so far about Chanel’s upcoming fashion show in Manchester

Global superstars are expected to jet into the city for the huge fashion event

Avatar photo



Manchester's Finest Group

Chanel is coming to town and here’s all we know so far about the huge event, and the celebrities rumoured to be attending.

The cat is out of the bag, after weeks of strange goings on around Manchester’s Northern Quarter, including the construction of a huge roof, we now know Chanel will be bringing its Métiers d’Art show to our city.

Shrouded in secrecy over the past weeks, the iconic French luxury fashion house Chanel will showcase its new collection on a catwalk along Thomas Street and High Street on Thursday, December 7th.

Manchester’s Finest Group

The annual Métiers d’Art show will be Chanel’s first show in the UK in ten years. On why the luxury designer label chose Manchester for its upcoming show, Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel, said the city is ‘audacious and interesting’.

Around 600 invite-only guests are expected to turn out including supermodels, celebrities, fashion editors, influencers and industry insiders.

It’s believed 400 of those will be VIPs with strong Manchester links including former Manchester United and England star David Beckham and his wife, Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.

Manchester’s Finest Group

These Chanel fashion shows usually choose a location that ties in with the theme of the collection which typically fuses art, fashion and culture in a show that is expected to last around 45 minutes.

Luxury hotels around the city are fully booked out in preparation for the huge event, attracting superstars in the world of showbiz and fashion from all around the world.

Many businesses located along the street of the catwalk have signed Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) while the transformation has been taking place, and are set to close for three days.

Manchester’s Finest Group

Some local establishments in the area have accepted a sum of money to compensate for the disruption caused to business, with one reportedly being given around £47,000 to close for ‘a couple of weeks’ – as reported in the Manchester Evening News.

An ultra-exclusive after party has reportedly been planned to take place in the Grade-II listed building of Victoria Baths, with its stunning art nouveau stained-glass windows and tiled interior with unique features.

The website of the baths, located on Hathersage Road, doesn’t have any upcoming events listed – as the heritage building usually does.

Many Mancunians have asked for the Thomas Street roof structure to be left as a gift from Chanel to Manchester, as it will also help shelter people from typical Northern weather.

David Dixon / Geograph

For those who won’t be able to attend the event and are feeling a little left out, Chanel has now confirmed that the runway show will be released as a film for everyone to see. It will go live on Friday morning at 9am in the UK (10am in France).

The French designer shared an Instagram post stating: “The film of the show will be revealed on Friday, December 8th at 9am Manchester time, 10am Paris time.”

The Métiers d’Art Chanel show is a celebration of haute couture and a testament to Chanel’s dedication and contribution to fashion, known for its timeless elegance, and will showcase the hottest trends to come in the new season.

Fans across the city will be getting their hopes up of seeing the likes of Timothée Chalamet or one of the Kardashians – who are rumoured to be attending. We can’t wait to find out…

Continue Reading


Boy, 14, tragically dies after eating berries on walk at park in Manchester

A coroner has issued a warning

Avatar photo



Lairich Rig / Geograph & Bob Harvey / Wikimedia

A 14-year-old boy has tragically died after consuming berries while on a family walk at a park in South Manchester.

Benn Curran-Nicholls collapsed and died after eating the berries while on a walk with his dad, the coroner said.

He was poisoned after ingesting leaves and berries from a yew tree in Fletcher Moss Park, in Didsbury.

The inquest heard how the teenager had severe autism and liked the routine of his daily walks with his father in the park where he enjoyed climbing the yew tree – both were unaware of the risks.

Wikidwitch / Wikimedia

After returning home from a walk on September 18th last year, Benn became unwell and ‘slumped’ before his ‘eyes started to roll around his head’ and was rushed to hospital by emergency ambulance.

He was given ‘several hours of medical attention’ at the Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital, where he tragically died, the inquest heard.

A post-mortem concluded Benn had suffered ‘refractory cardiogenic shock’.

Coroner Andrew Bridgman has now issued a report to stress the dangers of eating yew tree berries.

Sarah smith / Geograph

He also criticised the ‘illogical’ decision not to put out a public health warning following Benn’s death.

In the report, Mr Bridgman wrote: “Benn Curran-Nicholls moved to Didsbury with his family from Australia in June 2022.

“Benn suffered severe autism with intellectual impairment, and daily walks in the local parks became part of his daily routine.

“On the morning of September 18th 2022, Benn and his father went for a walk in Fletcher Moss Park where, among other things, there was a yew tree that Benn liked to climb.

Gerald England / Geograph

“Benn ate some yew tree berries and also some of the leaves. Benn’s father was not aware of the poisonous nature of the yew tree berries/leaves, and so took no action.

“Interestingly, neither was, in his evidence to me, Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Manager for Environmental Health aware that yew trees were poisonous.

“Later that day at about 6pm, Benn suddenly collapsed. He was admitted to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital by emergency ambulance where he died in the early hours of September 19th, 2022.

“Toxicological evidence was that yew tree poisoning in humans was rare, but that a number of cases had been reported.”

Lairich Rig / Geograph

Following Benn’s death, discussions took place between the council and the UK Health Security Agency regarding alerting the public to the dangers of yew trees.

An email from UKHSA to the council read: “We agreed at present that there was probably a risk of doing more harm than good from any comms put out, we would be very concerned about unintended consequences from comms messages, e.g. highlighting the risk of harm which may in turn provide a source for people to self-harm as a potential route for suicide.”

The coroner recorded the cause of death as ‘yew tree poisoning’ and described the decision not to issue a warning as ‘illogical’ in his prevention of future deaths report.

In the report, he continued: “Berries and the like might be attractive to young children who would not recognise the dangers and risks, of even illness let alone death. Poisonous nature of the yew tree is not, on the evidence, well known to the public.

Eirian Evans / Geograph

“The decision appears to be focused on comms solely about the yew tree and the risks of identifying an additional means of deliberate ingestion for suicide. No consideration was given to highlighting the risks of eating wild berries and/or leaves in more general terms.

“In the circumstance it is my view that the decision not to put out public health messages, either specific to the yew tree or in more general terms, was not properly and fully thought through. It should be re-visited.”

The coroner also asked the council to consider placing signs warning the public about the dangers of yew trees around the park, adding: “There is a risk of a death arising in similar circumstances, and informing the public will clearly reduce the risk of those deaths.

“Perhaps particularly so for a child whose carer would be so informed.”

Continue Reading


‘Homeless’ man found dead in city centre shop doorway amid freezing temperatures

Sad news, RIP

Avatar photo



Google Maps

A man who was ‘sleeping rough’ has sadly been found dead amid the freezing temperatures.

Emergency services were called to Bloom Street in Manchester’s Gay Village after the man, believed to be homeless, was found shortly after 10am on Sunday, December 3rd.

The man was sadly ‘declared deceased’ in a doorway between the Village Chippy and Roadie’s fast-food takeaway, close to the taxi rank.

Greater Manchester Police say they are not treating his death as suspicious, with the cause of death yet to be determined.

Google Maps

The tragedy followed a yellow weather warning for snow and ice across the North West region, issued by the Met Office.

Officers said the man was found ‘on the street’ although nearby witnesses say he was discovered lying on the steps of a doorway. The man has not been named at this time.

Following the tragic discovery, a police tent was erected at the scene and the street was taped off while officers carried out investigations.

A man who passed by the area at around 9am said he saw the man, who is known in the area, and assumed he was sleeping, it has been reported.

Google Maps

He told the Manchester Evening News: “I spotted him and thought he was sleeping. I’ve been here since this morning.

“A couple came out of the car park opposite and went over to him and he didn’t flinch or move at all so they rung the ambulance.”

A staff member working at a shop close by said they saw police at the scene as they opened up shortly before midday.

A GMP spokesperson said: “At approximately 10.20am on Sunday, December 3rd 2023, officers were called to reports of an incident on Bloom Street in Manchester.

Google Maps

“The body of a man was discovered on the street and he was sadly declared deceased.

“This investigation is in its very early stages and the cause of death is yet to be ascertained. A scene has been put in place and enquires are ongoing.

“Police are not treating the death of the man as suspicious nor is there believed to be any at third-party involvement.”

The age and any further details of the man have not been released at this time and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Continue Reading

Receive our latest news, events & unique stories

Privacy and data policy

We may earn a commission when you use one of our links to make a purchase

Copyright © 2023 Manchester's Finest Group