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UK: Pressure on Twitter to install ‘report abuse’ button. Page 3, not online porn, is the real threat.

Mrs May’s message: I’m fit to be the PM Daily Mail Why has Home Secretary Theresa May revealed to us that she has Type 1 diabetes, meaning she has to inject herself daily with insulin for the rest of her life?

Because, it’s suggested, her loss of weight due to the illness has caused gossips at Westminster to conclude she was dieting in preparation for fighting David Cameron for the Tory leadership. So she had to clear the air.

‘This was not some great Machiavellian plan because there is no  leadership bid,’ Ms May tells the Mail on Sunday.

Almost two-thirds of Tory members believe Cameron will be PM after 2015 Conservative Home (blog) The figures are as follows from our latest monthly survey –

  • 26 per cent believe that there will be a Conservative majority (up from 15 per cent).
  • 23 per cent of those polled believe that there will be a minority Conservative Government (down slightly from 24 per cent).
  • And 16 per cent believe that there will be a second Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition (up by more than double from seven per cent.

That adds up to 65 per cent of those polled expecting David Cameron to return to Downing Street as Prime Minister after the next general election.  That total is up sharply from 46 per cent, and suggests that Party members have been impressed by a better run of news from the Government and a worse from Labour – whose fortunes we look at in a special series on LeftWatch this week, which opens with Christian Guy’s excellent piece today.

Pressure on Twitter to install ‘report abuse’ button Channel 4 News There are calls for Twitter to add the button so that users can flag up aggressive and intimidating behaviour on the social networking site.

It follows a sustained tirade of abuse against Caroline Criado-Perez, one of the women behind the campaign to get a woman – Jane Austen – onto a British banknote.

After Wednesday’s announcement, when the new-look notes (below) were revealed by the Bank of England, Ms Criado-Perez experienced first overwhelming praise but then a sudden bombardment of increasingly vicious tweets, including rape threats.

Claire Perry, Tory MP And Online Advisor To David Cameron Reveals Extent of Twitter Abuse Huffington Post UK Tory MP Claire Perry, who has been advising David Cameron on measures to tackle the spread of extreme pornography and child abuse on the internet, has revealed the extent of the abuse she had received from Twitter users.

The Devizes MP wrote: “I am tempted to shut down my Twitter account given the trolling going on incl. to me – but that would be giving in.” In a message to her Twitter user @epivalent said: “Please disappear into obscurity and/or alcoholism. or die, whatever. the main thing is you should f*** off and never return.”

It’s page three, not online porn, that is the real threat to young women’s health and happiness New Statesman David Cameron is confused about pornography. The coalition government has just moved to impose mandatory filtering on the distribution of online smut, putting measures in place to ban certain search terms and impose an “opt-in” filter on explicit content. When challenged, however, about page three of the Sun – the topless softcore wank-matter that’s still distributed daily in Britain’s most-read newspaper – the Prime Minister was loath to support a ban. “On this one,” he argued, “I think it’s probably better to leave it to the consumer rather than regulate.”

This may or may not have anything to do with Cameron’s career-defining hesitancy to challenge Rupert Murdoch under any circumstances. Yet the fact remains that, according to the Conservatives, boobs on the internet are “toxic” for children, but soft porn all over the paper, where little boys and girls can easily find it and see their parents reading it, is just fine.

Lads’ mags given cover-up deadline Belfast Telegraph The retail group, which describes itself as one of the UK’s largest magazine sellers, had already introduced opaque screens on shelves earlier this month to shield children from “lewd pictures” on front covers. It comes amid increasing debate about the effects of sexual images on children, with David Cameron setting out a raft of reforms this week which will introduce family-friendly filters that automatically block internet porn unless customers choose to opt out.

The Co-operative said the move was a response to concerns by its members, customers and colleagues, with Steve Murrells, retail chief executive for the Co-operative Group, saying: “As a community-based retailer we have listened to the concerns of our customers and members, many of whom say they object to their children being able to see overt sexual images in our stores.

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