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Your Morning Briefing

MSN UK 22/05/2019 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Liji Varghese. 

Tories 'to launch bid to oust' May after Brexit gamble falls flat

Tory Brexiteer MPs could launch a bid to oust Theresa May today after her Brexit deal compromise was blasted as 'dead on arrival.' In a dramatic gamble on Tuesday, the Prime Minister offered MPs a binding vote on a second EU poll - if they backed her withdrawal deal at the fourth attempt next month. But her new 10-point compromise plan has been savaged by every group she was attempting to woo, including Labour, the DUP and Tory Brexiteers. (Daily Mail)

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England

Plastic © Other Plastic Michael Gove is taking action on plastic pollution by banning plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England from next spring. The Environment Secretary has confirmed a ban on the supply of the items from April 2020 after a consultation revealed "overwhelming" public support for the move. Around 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds are thought to be used in England each year. (Sky News)

Swap Mozart for Stormzy in schools, schools urged

Stormzy should be taught in schools instead of Mozart to prevent pupils from being excluded, a charity study said. Youth Music, a national charity endorsed by the musician and presenter Myleene Klass, is calling for an “urgent transformation” of the music curriculum. (The Telegraph)

A.I. voice assistants 'reinforce harmful gender stereotypes'

AI © Getty\ AI Artificial intelligence-powered voice assistants, many of which default to female-sounding voices, are reinforcing harmful gender stereotypes, according to a new study published by the United Nations. The paper argues that by naming voice assistants with traditionally female names, like Alexa and Siri, and rendering the voices as female-sounding by default, tech companies have already preconditioned users to fall back upon antiquated and harmful perceptions of women. (The Verge)

In-depth: Why Britain is losing its appetite for casual dining

Jamie Oliver standing in front of a store: Jamie Oliver' © Getty Jamie Oliver' The collapse of Jamie Oliver's restaurants empire is merely the latest and most high-profile continuation of a trend that was established in the eating-out sector two years ago. Jamie's Italian and Barbecoa now join a roll-call that, during 2019, has seen Boparan Restaurant Group announce plans to close around a third of its Ed's Easy Diner and Giraffe outlets and Patisserie Valerie close more than 70 outlets since unearthing accounting problems late last year. (Sky News)

Video of the day: China opens world's first 5G self-driving bus line

a bus driving down a city street © Provided by Newsflare Limited This 5G self-driving bus had a trial operation for the first time on a road in central China. The bus was equipped with radar, laser, ranging sensors and camera, thus it can recognise the traffic lights, pedestrians and obstacles. (Newsflare)

On this day

© The Print Collector/Getty Images 1445: The 30-year struggle to rule England begins as forces of King Henry VI meet those of the Duke of York at the First Battle of St Albans. The sitting House of Lancaster chooses the red rose as its symbol, while a white rose embodies the House of York, as the Wars of the Roses commence. (Bing)

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