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UK NewsMobile phones to be banned from Tory leadership vote

08:55  13 june  2019
08:55  13 june  2019 Source:   ft.com

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Mobile phones should be banned during class, but not from schools altogether. There is still some need for students to have contact with family while at school especially at the higher levels. The classroom is not an appropriate place for phones but between classes or after school should be okay.

Schools should ban mobile phones from the classroom, the culture secretary has said. Media captionKatharine Birbalsingh discussing her Tory conference speech in 2010. However, they don't actually ban them from the premises, as some parents want to be able to contact their children after

Mobile phones to be banned from Tory leadership vote © Provided by Financial Times Limited Britain's Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss (R) sits in the audience as she waits for Boris Johnson to speak at his Conservative Party leadership campaign launch in London on June 12, 2019. - Boris Johnson launches his campaign Wednesday to replace Theresa May as Britain's next leader, as lawmakers moved to stop him and other hardliners from delivering a "no deal" Brexit. The former foreign secretary is the favourite among 10 candidates to succeed May, who quit after failing to take Britain out of the European Union on schedule. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s Conservative MPs will be told to hand in their phones before they vote in the first round of the party’s leadership contest on Thursday, after claims that they could be “pressured” into taking pictures of their ballot paper to show who they supported.

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Cell phones were originally against school rules. Honestly it makes a lot of since for students not to be able to use their cell phones during school hours. Whatever the reason is the school gives us, should mobile phones be banned in schools? In daily life almost everyone now is reliable of their mobile

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The move came amid claims that previous Tory leadership contests had seen MPs trying to prove their loyalty to a particular candidate — in the hope of career advancement — by producing photographic evidence of their vote.

The decision to ban phones was announced this week by Charles Walker, acting chair of the backbench 1922 committee, saying that he did not want MPs to feel any “pressure” when they voted.

Bernard Jenkin, a member of the 1922 executive, said that previous Tory leadership contests had seen rival campaigns pressure MPs to prove how they voted. “It’s the kind of thing Putin would get his henchmen to organise,” he said.

Mobile phones to be banned from Tory leadership vote Several Tory MPs claimed that Gavin Williamson, the former Tory chief whip, had asked colleagues to produce pictorial evidence of their support for Theresa May when he organised the prime minister’s leadership campaign in 2016.

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Nick Gibb said he had concerns about the impact excessive phone use was having on children, and said the government would introduce lessons for pupils “Schools obviously are free to set their own behaviour policies but my own view is that schools should ban mobile telephones and smartphones

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But Mr Williamson, who is the unofficial “chief whip” of Boris Johnson’s current leadership campaign, denied that he had been involved in the practice. “I know nothing about it,” he said.

The idea of taking a picture to prove loyalty to one candidate might be seen as a sensible precaution for campaign organisers; it is not uncommon for MPs to pledge their allegiance to multiple candidates.

Mr Jenkin declined to say which campaigns had been linked to the practice before but he said it would not be allowed in the current contest. “These are supposed to be free and fair elections,” he said.

The first round of voting to find a successor to Theresa May takes place on Thursday with 10 candidates in the running. Mr Johnson, with about 80 declared supporters is the clear frontrunner. Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove are vying for second place.

The first round will eliminate any candidate who cannot muster 16 votes; a second round of voting on June 18 will knock out any candidate who cannot obtain 32 votes.

Further rounds of voting will then take place, if necessary, and the lowest placed candidates will be eliminated, with a view to whittling the list down to a shortlist of two by June 20.

The final choice will then be handed over to around 160,000 Conservative party members and the two candidates on the shortlist will tour the country for a series of hustings lasting four weeks. A result will be announced in the last week of July.

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