BBC News'Royal' flower arranger Gillian Platt from Bolton awarded MBEBBC NewsA woman whose flowers have adorned Westminster Abbey, including the Queen Mother's funeral, has been appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours List. Gillian Platt, 72, from Bolton, said it was "just unbelievable" she had been honoured for her services ...and more »... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-35200556
Hugh MacDiarmid (pictured)SNP MPs and its members of the Scottish Parliament have made a tradition of wearing the floral button hole at all Westminster and Holyrood parliament openings.The flower was made famous by Scottish poet Hugh MacDiarmid in 'The Little White Rose of Scotland'.The poem reads:'The rose of all the world is not for me'I want for my part'Only the little white rose of Scotland'That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart.'But the claim appears to undermine the opening line of Hugh MacDiarmid's famous poem, which the flowers were supposed to honour.The poem starts: ‘The rose of all the world is not for me.'MacDiarmond says all he wants is the ‘little white rose of Scotland’ which ‘smells sharp and sweet and breaks the heart’. All 56 of the Scottish National MPs adorned themselves with the dazzling white rose in tribute to the poem as they arrived in Westminster for the Queen's Speech yesterday morning.But it emerged this morning that the rose chosen by the SNP - at a florist’s in Westminster - was not the Scottish variety glorified by MacDiarmid, but an ordinary ‘florists’ rose’ grown mainly in East Africa.The Royal Horticultural Society today confirmed the flower worn by the SNP MPs was not the Scottish rose.The organisation's chief horticulturalist Guy Barter told MailOnline: 'The Scottish white rose is a very pretty little thing. But they are seldom, if ever, offered by florists.'The SNP appear to be wearing white florists’ roses. Florists roses are a commercial form of rose bred to produce long-stemmed neat roses for button holes and arrangements.’He said the florists’ rose was actually derived from English tea roses about 50 years ago.But he said: ‘It is now a specialist branch of rose breeding with little in common with garden tea roses.'Rose cut flower production is dominated by Kenya, Columbia, Israel and Ethiopia, and to the best of my knowledge none are now grown in Britain and few even in Holland which is the centre of breeding cut flower roses.’He added: 'The tea-rose has a long lineage of Asian and European species and as the hybrid tea rose was first breed in France.'It has been and still is extensively bred in the UK, USA, France and Germany. It is not especially English, and the world register of rose varieties is held by the American Rose Society.'An SNP source this morning insisted said they had never claimed the flower was ‘an actual Scottish rose’.‘It’s insignificant where the rose comes from. It symbolises the whit... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3100643/The-rose-world-SNP-left-red-faced-floral-tribute-Scotland-exposed-AFRICAN-flower-exported-globe.html
A hush fell over Westminster this evening as a two-minute silence was held at Parliament Square for murdered Labour MP Jo Cox as Big Ben struck 8pm.
Heads were bowed for the two minute silence.
A vigil has been held for Ms Cox at Parliament Square.
After the silence Labour's Ilford North MP Wes Streeting paid tribute to the friend and colleague who he had been elected alongside in 2015.
He said: "The last 24 hours have felt as though we are drowning in tears for our friend Jo, we've suffered such a terrible loss.
"Only on Tuesday night we were together on Jo's boat, her now infamous boat down the Thames, we were laughing and crying and sharing stories of our year in politics together and that was Jo - she was someone who brought people together always."
Adding that she was "always the life and soul of the party" he said that "over the course of the last year she has made her mark more than many politicians make in the course of their lifetime", waking up everyday "thinking what can I do today to cha... http://www.itv.com/news/story/2016-06-17/mp-jo-cox-remembered-with-vigils-tributes-and-flowers/