Who Was Worse: Edward Cullen or Jacob Black? They Might Actually Have Something in Common

It’s been almost 12 years since Twilight premiered and came into everyone’s pop-culture consciousness. It’s received its fair share of hate but obviously wouldn’t have catapulted to become a major franchise if it didn’t have a lot of fans, too. There’s always been a debate between the Team Edward crowd and the Team Jacob kind, really popularizing the idea of
“teams” when it came to love triangles in fiction. But let’s face it: both sucked at different points in the five-movie/four-book saga. In fact, both exhibit signs of abusive partners often, with Bella being poor little Switzerland in a literal, harmful war over her. 

Edward Cullen’s cons

Oh, Edward Cullen, the sparkly, dreamy, and cold vampire who sulks around often. He’s gorgeous, of course. All the better to lure his unsuspecting prey in. He falls for Bella even though her blood is so delicious to him, he nearly kills her a few times. 

There are several pros to Edward, and Bella does end up with him in the end. But, there are many cons as well. Especially when it comes to their relationship. Despite being over 100 years old, Edward never got involved in romance as a 17-year-old boy in Chicago in the early 1900s, before he nearly died of the Spanish Influenza. That lack of emotional maturity might be why he was so horrible at treating Bella well, but there’s also no excuse for how bad it got. 

As Wired reported in 2011, livejournal user kar3ning pointed out 15 instances of abuse in just New Moon, based on a list from the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. For scale, you’re supposed to call the hotline if your partner exhibited even one thing on the list. For instance, they point out that Edward controls who Bella talks to, literally setting up a divorce-parent scenario when he drops Bella off to spend time with Jacob. He also puts her in danger outside of vampire stuff and abandons her in the middle of the woods when he breaks up with her. 

Edward also stalks Bella before she even knows what he is, watching her in her sleep. While we, as 13-year-olds, thought that was swoon-worthy, it’s concerning now. 

Jacob Black’s cons

On to Jacob Black. While Edward was emotionally stunted, Jacob literally had no emotional control nor maturity in general. He is a couple of years younger than Bella, and it shows in how they interact and how he deems their relationship when they had nothing romantic between them. 

He was the king of perpetuating the friendzone, a concept that in itself is majorly sexist. Bella tells Jacob that they can’t be anything more than friends because her mental health couldn’t handle anything. “You’re about to ruin everything,” she tells him in the theater in New Moon, referring to their friendship that was currently her only haven. Instead of respecting her very obvious boundaries and just honoring their friendship, he keeps pushing a romance. 

Not to mention, he coerces Bella into kissing him in Eclipse, telling her he’s going to kill himself if she didn’t kiss him. Threatening to kill oneself to get something in a relationship is absolutely one of the signs of an abusive situation. That also doesn’t even cover the fact that he sexually harassed her earlier in the book/movie, forcing a nonconsensual kiss. This resulted in her punching him in the face and breaking her wrist.  

In the end, they both weren’t great partners

Basically, as stated at the beginning, both boys suck, for lack of a better term. Neither men listen to what Bella wants or what Bella feels comfortable with. There are multiple occasions where Edward and Jacob choose something for Bella without consulting her, since they think they know what’s best.

For Jacob, it’s his continual pursuit of a relationship with her, despite all signs pointing to her not wanting one. Even before Edward came back, Bella might have been falling in love with Jacob. But instead of accepting her boundaries, he assaulted her. 

For Edward, it was leaving her in the woods and breaking her heart, saying he never loved her and their relationship wasn’t enough. He did all this because he thought it was best for her, but didn’t dare have a conversation about it first. You know, in a healthy way, to see what problems they were facing and if how they both wanted to move forward or if they should. Communication hardly happens in any of Bella’s relationships but is key in healthy ones. 

And let’s not forget, Bella also forced Edward to agree to sex with her in order to postpone her impending vampire transformation and agree to marry him. That type of coercion, even if Edward did want to be intimate eventually, is abusive because he didn’t want it at the time. 

While this doesn’t have to negate your love for the series, it is something really valuable to reflect on. As pre-teens, all fans read the books and fell in love with someone, whether it be Edward, Bella, or Jacob. It’s healthy to look back and realize that some of those infatuations weren’t the best. But that’s OK. And you can still rewatch them all for nostalgia’s sake.

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Who is Alok Sharma? Business secretary and MP for Reading West

INDIA-born Alok Sharma – a chartered accountant – has been Reading West's MP since May 2010.

He was appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on February 13 this year.

Who is Alok Sharma?

Alok Sharma, 52, is Business Secretary and MP for Reading West.

According to his website, the politician is "very much a local Reading man, and he grew up in Earley and Whitley Wood".

Born in India, he moved to Reading at the age of five, reports NDTV.

Sharma attended Reading Blue Coat School – the same independent school attended by Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer – in Sonning.

He was elected in 2010 for Reading West, with one of the largest swings to the Conservatives in the country.

Prior to becoming business secretary in Boris Johnson's February cabinet reshuffle, Sharma served as a member of the Commons Treasury and the Commons Science and Technology select committees, and was a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Treasury and at the Cabinet Office.

Sharma was appointed in 2016 as the PM's Infrastructure Envoy to India and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from July 2016 to June 2017.

He was very involved in setting up Reading's first free school, and campaigned to let Gurkhas settle permanently in the UK.

Sharma is married with two daughters, and says he is a "big supporter of local businesses".

He's a qualified chartered accountant who – prior to entering Parliament – worked with Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte.

Sharma also spent nearly two decades in the banking sector, based in London, Stockholm and Frankfurt.

What did he announce in today's coronavirus press conference?

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, as part of the daily update on coronavirus, the Business Secretary said red tape will be reduced to allow new producers of hand sanitiser to bring products to market "in a matter of days".

More than 1,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the UK, and over 17,000 have been diagnosed with the disease.

From Downing Street, Alok Sharma added: "We are also introducing a range of measures to boost the supply of personal protective equipment, such as face masks, to protect frontline NHS staff.

"And we're removing administrative barriers to the production of hand sanitiser."

Sharma said that the PM is showing mild symptoms of the killer bug, and "he continues to lead the government effort in combating covid-19".

The fact that Johnson was also hit by the new virus showed that "no one is immune and it's precisely why we ask people to follow the government advice in terms of staying at home, when you're absolutely able to do that.

"We want to make sure we protect the NHS and ultimately save lives," he added.

The politician said the government's measures would be "led by scientific and medical advice", and he thanked businesses for "acting responsibly" – including the many which have temporarily closed.

Commenting on firms in the the manufacturing sector which continue to operate, he urged employers to "follow Public Health England guidelines and keep employees safe".

But, he said that firms seemed to be adapting.

Sharma added: "We are doing everything we can to support businesses and our people."

The politician was also grilled on repatriating Brits still stranded overseas during the pandemic.

He replied that officials "are working night and day to get them back from around the world, including repatriation flights – such as a chartered one which arrived from Peru yesterday".


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‘I know who my ancestors were’: a generation of unresolved territorial and tribal feuds

All Fred Dowling has to prove who he is are stories and an old photograph.

The photograph is of a woman he says is his grandmother. Her hair is dark, her eyes deep-set. She is wearing a Victorian-era lace collar and holding a puppy. Her mouth carries no hint of a smile.

“She told me all the stories about her past…She was definitely Aboriginal”: Fred Dowling with a photo of his grandmother “Annie Lewis”.Credit:Justin McManus

She appears to be Aboriginal. Dowling says her name was Annie Lewis.

“Annie used to take me on her knee and tell me all these stories,’’ he tells The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald from his Jerilderie home. “She told me all the stories about her past. Nobody can take that away from me. She was definitely Aboriginal.”

A genealogical history of Fred Dowling contained in a complaint to Victoria’s peak Indigenous body, the First People’s Assembly, confirms that Dowling’s grandmother was indeed named Annie Lewis. It also shows that Annie Lewis was the daughter of English immigrants who sailed from Southampton and arrived in Port Adelaide in 1854.

Descendants pay respect to esteemed ancestor Mary Jane Milawa (c. 1828- 1888).Credit:Justin McManus

If Fred Dowling’s family tree, researched through birth and death records, voting records, marriage certificates and newspaper reports, is correct, then Annie Lewis was not Aboriginal and neither is he.

Why does it matter whether an 82-year-old man, in ill health and nearing the end of his life, is Aboriginal? In the case of Dowling, there is more riding on his ancestry than cultural identity.

As a senior elder of the Bangerang people, Dowling is leading the push for his mob to be recognised as the traditional owners and custodians of a large swathe of northern Victoria stretching along the Murray River from Echuca to Albury, south to Mount Buller and north into the NSW Riverina.

A photo Dowling says is of his grandmother, Annie.Credit:Justin McManus

The Bangerang campaign is in part underpinned by Dowling’s claim to be a descendant of Mary Jane Milewa (sometimes spelled Milawa), an Aboriginal woman of historical significance who lived in Wangaratta at the time of white settlement. By claiming Mary Jane Milewa as an apical ancestor on behalf of the Bangerang, Dowling strengthens his people’s claim to be recognised as the traditional owners of Wangaratta.

The ancestral links which connect today’s Indigenous population to traditional culture, language groups and country are the map by which Victoria will be divided into a series of treaties with its First Nations people. Nowhere is this process more fractious than across the state’s bitterly divided north-east, where the failed Yorta Yorta native title claim has left a generation of unresolved territorial and tribal feuds.

The case against Fred Dowling, contained in a 115-page dossier, is detailed and deeply political.

He is accused of falsely claiming to be Aboriginal, of fabricating his links to the Bangerang and stealing the identity of Mary Jane Milewa, a woman who died in Wangaratta in the late 19th century. His accusers, Dhudhuroa Waywurru Aboriginal Corporation chair Garry Murray and representatives from the Waywurru, Dhudhuroa and Ngurai Illum Wurrung groups, are in conflict with Bangerang over claims to ancestors and country.

The case is also personal.

Megan Carter first came across Fred Dowling when she was researching her own family history and Aboriginal heritage. She is a descendant of Big Queen Mary, a sister of Mary Jane Milewa who was married to the chieftain of the Waywurru people, King Brangy. The Waywurru say Wangaratta falls within their traditional lands.

Megan Carter, a descendant of Mary Jane Wilewa.Credit:Rhett Wyman

Dowling says Mary Jane Milewa was the sister of his maternal great-grandmother, a woman he calls Luana. This history is set in stone in Wangaratta, where Dowling and his family paid for a plaque and headstone commemorating Milewa as a descendant of the Bangerang. Carter has examined Dowling’s connection to Mary Jane Milewa and believes it is fake. She says Fred Dowling has stolen her ancestor.

“The crux of the dispute is Freddie Dowling was married to an Aboriginal woman and he decided that he would claim to be Aboriginal,’’ she says. “He found Mary Jane Milewa, seemingly the last woman of her tribe, and adopted her as his own under fraudulent pretences.

“Mary Jane Milewa is a coveted ancestor to have. Yorta Yorta failed with that native title claim, Bangarang want a second crack and she’s the key to Wangaratta and those territories. With this advent of 'woke' culture, where people want to support Indigenous people and Indigenous communities and know about what country they are living on, he has been able to tap into that at Wangaratta."

It is a dispute that has nothing to do with skin colour. Dowling is fair-skinned, as are Carter and some of his other accusers. Professor Wendy Brabham, an Aboriginal educator who traces her heritage to the Wamba Wamba, Wergaia, Nyeri Nyeri and Dhudhoroa, says the problem is the lack of rigour attached to researching the genealogies that make up the clans or family groups of traditional owners.

“You can’t play around with the politics of identity and confirmation of identity. It is not fair to our ancestors or future generations. It is up to Freddie Dowling now to prove it,” Brabham says.

This is where it becomes difficult. Dowling’s parents and ancestors are dead. So too are the elders who vouched for him as a Bangerang man when, in the shadow of the contentious Yorta Yorta claim, he emerged as an influential and popular cultural figure and storyteller in the campaign for Bangerang recognition.

Dowling says he has never profited from his Aboriginal heritage and The Age has seen no evidence he has. He moved to Wangaratta in the 1970s with his then wife, an Aboriginal woman. His five sons are unquestionably Aboriginal through their mother. His cultural influence can be found in Wangaratta’s schools, where Dowling was for many years a regular guest speaker, and in his self-published books about Bangerang history and stories. He is a director of the Bangerang Aboriginal Corporation. Support for him runs deep within Wangaratta’s civic institutions and historical societies.

“I know what I know,’’ he says. “I know who my ancestors were."

On the day The Age visits Fred Dowling, friends and family come to support him. Ian Davidson, the vice-president of Wangaratta Land Care and Sustainability Inc, says he can’t think of anyone who has done more than Uncle Freddie to promote Indigenous culture and understanding in the Wangaratta district.

The 1853 marriage certificate of Edmund Lewis and Rosannah Large.

Davidson despairs that the push towards reconciliation is fracturing along ancestral lines.

“This sort of stuff is so destructive and hurtful,’’ he says. “Instead of being an inclusive process where all of us can be part of supporting what goes on, it is about picking winners. At the end of the day he is a leader, certainly in a Wangaratta sense. To me, this is really a witch hunt; it’s an effort to discredit him and the standing of Bangerang.’’

Rodney Dowling, one of Fred’s sons, is angry that his father’s cultural heritage – and by extension his own – is being challenged. Darren Atkinson, a Bangerang man who serves with Dowling on the board of the Bangerang Aboriginal Corporation, says Fred Dowling has been at the forefront of his people’s struggle to be recognised on country which, under an agreement with the Victorian government struck after the failed native title claim, has already been allocated to the Yorta Yorta.

“It would be a shame to see him go out after all the years of fighting hard,’’ Atkinson says. “It’d be a shame to have it happen to a beautiful old man who has got a lot of dear knowledge and a lot of dear stories of connection.”

The relationship between the Bangerang and the Yorta Yorta typifies the First Nations tensions that plague northern Victoria. Bangerang, also written as Pangerang and more recently as Bpangerang, is a term synonymous with Yorta Yorta when referring to traditional country, culture and language. It is, principally, a 28-year fight over a name.

The feud between those who identify with Yorta Yorta and those who prefer the term Bangerang began when the architects of the native title claim opted to call it the Yorta Yorta claim without reference to the Bangerang.

The Yorta Yorta claim, one of the first to be lodged after the Mabo decision, was rejected by Federal Court Justice Howard Olney in 1998. Since then, the Yorta Yorta have been formally recognised by the Victorian government as the traditional owners of 50,000 hectares of Crown land which the Bangerang claim as their own. The Yorta Yorta have also been accepted by the government as a Registered Aboriginal Party, a status which gives them control over issues relating to cultural heritage on their traditional lands. The Bangerang have twice had RAP applications rejected.

It was during the failed Yorta Yorta claim that serious doubts about Fred Dowling’s connections to the Bangerang and Mary Jane Milewa were first raised.

In 1996, Dowling provided a statement to Wayne Atkinson, a Yorta Yorta elder, for the purposes of the native title claim. Dowling claimed he grew up in Wangaratta with his mother and learned about country from his father’s mother, Annie Milewa (Lewis). He further claimed that his great-grandmother was Luana, a word meaning "water lily", and that Luana was the sister of Mary Jane Milewa. Dowling told Atkinson that Annie Milewa was buried at the Cummeragunja mission and that his father Francis showed him how to hunt and taught him Pangerang language.

Dowling’s purported ancestry was reviewed by Helen Harris, a professional genealogist and historian called as an expert witness by the Victorian government during the Yorta Yorta claim. She told the Federal Court: “I have been unable to find any documentary proof of the existence of anyone named Luana. I believe that whether Luana existed or not is irrelevant at this stage, because the claimant Fred Dowling has shown no possible connection to either her or Mary Jane Milewa.”

Dowling tells The Age that Luana’s English name was Rose Anna. He says Luana grew up at Wahgunyah, on the banks of the Murray, and travelled as a young woman by paddle steamer to Adelaide. It was there she met and married an Englishman, Edmund Lewis, Dowling says. Annie Lewis was their daughter.

The public records included in the complaint against Dowling before the First People’s Assembly suggest a very different family history.

The marriage certificate of Edmund Lewis and Rosannah Large shows they were wed in Greenwich District in the English county of Kent in 1853. The South Australian Government Gazette records that the following year, Edmund and "Rosamond" Lewis arrived in Port Adelaide aboard the sailing ship Pestonjee Bomanjee to start a new life in the colonies.

A South Australian birth certificate transcript shows that Annie Lewis, the daughter of Edmund Lewis and "Rose Anna" Large, was born in Adelaide in 1861. Public records show she first married in Adelaide, moved to Melbourne and then broke up with her husband, a white man named Thomas Overton Haywood. At the time, they were living in a house in Collingwood, three doors up from a local musician named James Dowling. James Dowling moved in with Annie Lewis. They had a son named Francis; Fred Dowling's father.

The public records do not indicate Annie Lewis and James Dowling ever lived in Wangaratta or on the traditional lands of the Bangerang, including the Warby Ranges. They lived in Abbotsford until James died. After Annie remarried a second time, she remained in inner-city Melbourne, at a Collingwood address. Annie Lewis is buried in Cheltenham, not Cummeragunja, as Dowling previously claimed. “I don’t know why I said that,’’ Dowling tells The Age. “I must have got mixed up between Cummeragunja and Cheltenham.”

When all this is put to Fred Dowling, he is more confused than angry. He accepts the records show his great-grandparents were white but insists his grandmother was Aboriginal. He can’t see how Luana, his link to Mary Jane Milewa, now fits into his family tree, but insists that she must. “Those two that came on the boat, I accept that. But somehow she came into it. I don’t know how. Maybe somebody jumped the fence.’’

These are difficult questions to put to an old man. Supporters of Uncle Freddie, many of whom contacted The Age prior to publication, are furious he is being asked to defend his ancestry.

But for Gary Murray at the Dhudhuroa Waywurru Aboriginal Corporation, there is a bigger issue at stake. He argues that if Victoria’s treaty process is to lead to reconciliation, the genealogies of the First Nations must be carefully researched and mapped so that territorial disputes can be identified and resolved.

“If you don’t respect the dead, you disrespect the living,’’ he says. “Fred Dowling has disrespected Mary Jane Milewa by stealing her identity and creating a sister for her. It is culturally disrespectful and repugnant.’’

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Who is Emily Thornberry and what is her constituency?

EMILY Thornberry is the Shadow Foreign Secretary for the Labour paty.

After Labour lost the 2019 election, she announced she would be running for the leadership of the party.

Who is Emily Thornberry?

Emily Thornberry was born in Guildford, Surrey, on June 27, 1960.

Her father stood as the Labour candidate in the 1966 General Election.

Prior to entering politics, Thornberry had practised as a barrister specialising in human rights.

She now lives in London with her husband Sir Christopher Nugee, a High Court judge, and their three children.

What's her constituency?

Thornberry is the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury and the current shadow foreign secretary.

Her political career began in 2005 when she was elected with a small majority of 484.

She was returned as MP with an increased majority in 2010 and was promptly promoted to the Shadow Cabinet.

However she resigned from Ed Miliband's team in 2014 amid accusations of snobbery.

The 57-year-old made a return to the front bench in September 2015 after Corbyn appointed her Shadow Employment Minister.

One of Corbyn's closest allies in Parliament, Thornberry has since covered foreign affairs and defence.

On December 18, Thornberry became the first candidate to confirm they wanted to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

She pulled out of the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader after failing to get the necessary 33 nominations to continue.

Why did Emily Thornberry resign from the Shadow Cabinet in 2014?

The MP landed herself in hot water in November 2014 after she tweeted a picture of a house decorated with St George’s flags while campaigning.

She captioned the picture of Dan Ware's house with "image from Rochester".

Thornberry was criticised for her “disrespectful” message, which was labelled as mocking ‘white van man’ and “snobby”.

Dan told The Sun at the time: "I've not got a clue who she is – but she's a snob. We put the flags up for the World Cup (in 2014) and will continue to fly them."

Thornberry said she had "made a mistake" and apologised "if she had upset or insulted anybody".

Then-Prime Minister David Cameron said the Labour MP's actions were "completely appalling", suggesting that she was "sneering at people who work hard, are patriotic and love their country".

She resigned from her shadow cabinet following the tweet.

In January 2020, she said she regretted failing to explain her motives behind her decision to mock Dan Ware for displaying three England flags on the front of his house in 2014.

What did she say on BBC Question time?

The politician branded Boris Johnson a "reckless liar" surrounded by "Rasputin-like" cronies.

She criticised the Prime Minister for his handling of Brexit.

Thornberry also hit out at his strategy guru Dominic Cummings.

She said: "I shadowed Boris Johnson for two years, I knew how bad he was going to be as Prime Minister, well at least I thought I did.

"I think that this man has no judgement and most important of all he is determined to drag our country out of the European Union without a deal.

"He's reckless, he's a liar, he certainly isn't in the interests of this country.

"Until recently people have acted in accordance with rules and have accorded to the law and haven't played games and haven't had slightly sinister Rasputin-like creatures in No.10… and I'm thinking about someone called Cummings who's not even a member of your party but who seems to be pulling all of the strings."

What happened during her 'car crash' Woman's Hour interview in the 2017 election campaign?

Thornberry stepped in for Diane Abbott and appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour during the 2017 election campaign.

On the show she said: "The difficulty is that you can make a mistake and if you arrest the wrong Mohammed and you keep him locked up for three months and you eventually realise you’ve got the wrong guy and you let him out – if he wasn’t radical before he certainly will be by the time he gets out."

She also was forced to root around in her handbag to find the figures while she was live on air.

But she still failed to give a figure even with the Labour manifesto in front of her.

Who is Thornberry's husband and children?

Thornberry married High Court judge Sir Christopher Nugee in 1991.
He studied at Oxford for continuing his legal studies at City University.

He has been a Justice of the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) since 2013.

Thornberry and Nugee have three children together.

She told politicshome that her children used to have pet rats and one of them escaped in a John Lewis.

She said: "My children taught them to ride on their shoulder and sit in their pockets, they used to take them to school.

"Once we went to John Lewis, and one of them escaped in the ladies changing room. It was quite an adventure, having pet rats."

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People who cough at police or NHS staff could face a year in jail, cops warn

PEOPLE who cough at police or NHS staff could face a year in jail, cops have warned.

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced they would prosecute anyone who coughs on or at emergency service staff during the coronavirus crisis.

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Doing so against emergency workers would be punishable by up to a year in prison, while coughs directed as a threat towards other key workers or members of the public could be charged as common assault.

Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “Emergency workers are more essential than ever as society comes together to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am therefore appalled by reports of police officers and other frontline workers being deliberately coughed at by people claiming to have Covid-19.

“Let me be very clear: this is a crime and needs to stop. The CPS stands behind emergency and essential workers and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody who threatens them as they go about their vital duties.”

The warning comes after Darren Rafferty, 45, admitted on Wednesday to deliberately coughing at Metropolitan Police officers before claiming he was suffering from coronavirus.

He also admitted causing grievous bodily harm to his former partner and three counts of assault on an emergency worker and now faces sentencing next month.

It comes as police began have using checkpoints to stop vehicles and ask drivers if their journey is essential during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cops across the UK have been asking drivers today where they are going and why they are going there.

Road blocks have been set up today in Plymouth, Devon and in Cornwall, with 150 cars checked in Penzance, Hayle and St Ives.

Other areas have come up with their own approach to stopping crowds, with police in Manchester reportedly using sirens and a loud hailer while officers in Derbyshire have been using drones.

Meanwhile police were today handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1000 for breaking rules for being outside their homes.

Officers will aim to slow the spread of by asking people to go indoors and will be authorised to use force if they refuse.

The base rate for the fine is £60, which is then reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Several of the same offences will see the charges soar, with Brits hit with a £960 fine for not doing their bit.

Those who keep disobeying can be arrested and locked up.



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Who is Akshata Murthy? Rishi Sunak’s wife and daughter of billionaire N. R. Narayana Murthy – The Sun

AKSHATA Murthy is the daughter of Indian billionaire N.R Narayana Murthy – and believes we "live in a materialistic society".

She's married to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, but what else do we know about their family life?

Who is Rishi Sunak wife Akshata Murthy?

Rishi Sunak, 39, tied the knot with Akshata Murthy in 2009, in a two-day wedding in Bangalore, after the pair met at Stanford University.

The couple have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.

Ms Murthy runs fashion label Akshata Designs and is also a director of a venture capital firm founded by her dad in 2010.

She is the daughter of the sixth richest man in India, billionaire N.R Narayana Murthy, who is co-founder of Infosys, an IT company.

The Times of India says her father is "one of India's top entrepreneurs".

Akshata used to work in finance and marketing.

But she turned to fashion design, working with artists in isolated villages in India.

Akshata loved clothes as a child – a penchant that baffled her "no-nonsense engineer mother".

She told Vogue India in 2011: "I'm about the story behind a particular garment, its authenticity, craftsmanship and protecting a rich heritage."

Akshata was also quoted saying: "I believe we live in a materialistic society, and over the last few decades it has become easier to sell products to a wide audience, given the advent of globilisation."

The Times reported in February 2020 that she has a stake in her dad's IT firm that is reportedly worth £185million.

The couple are understood to own "at least four properties", the publication says, including a five-bedroom mews house in Kensington, valued at about £7million.

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