Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters gather for new march

Crowds have begun to gather in Hong Kong for another mass protest on Sunday, despite a government climb-down on a controversial extradition bill. The bill, which would have allowed extradition to mainland China, prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the past week. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Saturday that the plans had been « suspended » for the time being. Protest leaders, however, are demanding it be permanently scrapped. Some have urged Ms Lam to resign over the unrest. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by…

Donald Trump hits out again at Sadiq Khan over London violence

US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a « national disgrace » who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three others injured. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was « absolutely awful » Mr Trump was using the « tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor ». President Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two men. Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator…

Wainfleet flooding: Hundreds spend night away from town

Hundreds of people spent the night away from their homes following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents of 580 homes in and around Wainfleet were told to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the River Steeping. The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days. The Environment Agency said it had a plan to manage the flood water around Wainfleet, and that work would continue in daylight. Earlier, Lincolnshire Police issued a list of about 140 postcodes in which homes could be…

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson’s bid. Ms McVey – eliminated in the first ballot – told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but his rivals have insisted they will not drop out. He is the only one of the six remaining candidates who will not take part in the first TV debate on Channel 4 later. His team reportedly have reservations…

Taekwondo star unbowed by her disability

A teenager with special needs who has a black belt in taekwondo says the sport makes her “feel strong”. Angel Stevens, 17, from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, was born with foetal valproate syndrome, a rare condition which causes brain damage and physical deformity. She won a gold medal at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in 2016. Now her family are raising money for her to take part in a taekwondo competition in New Zealand for people with special needs. “It feels like I’m strong and I can do things when I…

Two teens killed on night of violence in London

Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours. An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London. Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead. In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton. The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third…

Wainfleet flooding: More evacuations of homes

More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a town. Residents in 290 properties in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, will be moved over concerns about flood defences on the River Steeping. The Environment Agency said water levels remained high and a decision had been made to « evacuate the highest risk areas and the most vulnerable ». The town flooded on Wednesday after two months’ worth of rain fell in two days and the river burst its bank. Three RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 270 one-tonne bags of aggregate to repair the…

Listeria outbreak: Health secretary orders NHS food review

A « root and branch » review of hospital food has been ordered by the health secretary after two more patient deaths were linked to an outbreak of listeria. Public Health England (PHE) confirmed on Friday the total number of deaths related to pre-packed sandwiches and salads had risen from three to five. It said all but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Trump dismisses Iran denials

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump has dismissed Iran’s insistence it had no involvement with the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mr Trump cited footage that Washington says shows Iranian forces in a small boat taking an unexploded mine off the hull of one of the ships. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the truth needed to be « clearly established ». Russia has warned against drawing « hasty conclusions ». The blasts came a month after four oil tankers…

Two more hospital patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak

Two more hospital patient deaths have been linked to an outbreak of listeria in pre-packed sandwiches and salads. Friday’s announcement from Public Health England (PHE) takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine and the deaths from three to five. Last week PHE confirmed two patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and another patient at Aintree Hospital had died. All of the cases were found in hospital patients in England. All but one of the deaths happened more than a month ago, PHE said. Sandwiches and salads from The…

Margaret Fleming trial: Carers guilty of murdering missing teenager

Media playback is unsupported on your device Two carers have been convicted of murdering a 19-year-old woman whose death they covered up for 20 years and whose body has never been found. Edward Cairney, 77, and Avril Jones, 59, killed Margaret Fleming in December 1999 or January of the following year. The authorities only became suspicious in October 2016 when concerns were raised about a benefits claim made by Jones on Ms Fleming’s behalf. A huge police search operation has failed to find any trace of Ms Fleming. Cairney insisted…

Tory leadership: Matt Hancock ‘mulling over’ pulling out

Tory leadership candidate Matt Hancock is understood to be considering pulling out of the race, as the remaining candidates consider how best to challenge frontrunner Boris Johnson. PCF political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the health secretary could make a decision within hours, after getting 20 votes in the first ballot of Tory MPs. That left him in sixth place in the race, well behind Mr Johnson on 114. The top two left after further ballots will be voted on by party members. Mr Johnson received than double the number of…

Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. Iran said it rescued the 21 crew members on board the Kokuka Courageous and the 23 on the Front Altair, though the US said its Navy had rescued some. The cause of the blasts in one of the world’s busiest oil routes is unclear and both vessels are still afloat. The incident comes a month after four oil tankers were attacked off the UAE. US-Iran tensions explained ‘Sabotaged’ tanker in…

Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson tops first ballot

Boris Johnson has secured the highest number of votes in the first ballot to select the Conservative party leader and next prime minister. Three contenders – Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – have been knocked out, in the secret ballot held in the House of Commons. Mr Johnson received 114 votes, Jeremy Hunt was second with 43 and Rory Stewart was the final successful contender, through with 19 votes. Source: The Guardian

Sajid Javid: Exclusion from Trump state banquet ‘odd’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Home Secretary Sajid Javid has said his exclusion from the state banquet held for the US President was « odd ». Several other ministers, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, attended the event earlier this month. Mr Javid criticised Donald Trump when he shared tweets from far-right group Britain First in 2017. The PM’s spokesman said places were limited and it was not appropriate to comment about who asked to attend. « A large number of ministers who requested…

The worst places for cancer care waits revealed

Nearly three-quarters of services are failing to treat cancer patients quickly enough, PCF research shows. Hospitals are meant to start treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by a GP in 85% of cases. But 94 out of 131 cancer services in England failed to do that during 2018-19 – compared with 36 five years ago. The worst performer was Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which saw fewer than 61% of patients within 62 days. Bosses there said they had seen a surge in demand – above what…

Knife possession at nine-year high, Ministry of Justice figures show

The number of people caught carrying knives and offensive weapons in England and Wales has reached a nine-year high. Figures for the year to March show 22,041 offences were dealt with by police and the courts. The Ministry Of Justice says this has increased 34% since 2015, and is the highest number since 2010. Almost two-thirds of cases did not result in immediate prison – but for those jailed, the average term was 7.9 months, up from 7.1 months in 2017-18. The figures record the number of people possessing or…

Tory leadership contest: 10 rivals face first ballot of MPs

Conservative MPs will begin the process of choosing their new leader and the next prime minister later when a first round of voting is held in Parliament. Voting will take place by secret ballot in the Commons, with a result expected some time after 13:00 BST. Any of the 10 candidates who fails to secure at least 17 votes will be eliminated from the contest. Further ballots will be held next week, with the two most popular MPs moving to a run-off of Tory party members. The winner of the…

Tory leadership: Boris Johnson says there can be no further Brexit delay

Boris Johnson has warned any further delay to Brexit will spell disaster for the Conservatives ahead of the launch of his leadership campaign. He will tell supporters the UK must leave on 31 October and any more « can-kicking » will mean defeat for the party at the next general election. He will say his two election victories as London mayor mark him out as the person most able to beat Jeremy Corbyn. Home Secretary Sajid Javid will also make his pitch to MPs on Wednesday. In a campaign video…

Climate change: UK government to commit to 2050 target

Greenhouse gas emissions in the UK will be cut to almost zero by 2050, under the terms of a new government plan to tackle climate change. Prime Minister Theresa May said reducing pollution would also benefit public health and cut NHS costs. Britain is the first major nation to propose this target – and it has been widely praised by green groups. But some say the phase-out is too late to protect the climate, and others fear that the task is impossible. The UK already has a 2050 target –…

Hong Kong extradition: Protesters gather as controversial bill debated

Media playback is unsupported on your device Protesters are gathering in Hong Kong as anger grows ahead of the second reading of a controversial bill allowing extradition to China. Thousands held an overnight vigil at the pro-Beijing Legislative Council, which is likely to pass the bill. As demonstrators blocked key Hong Kong streets, a number of businesses and workers said they would go on strike. The city already saw huge protests on Sunday, but the government has said it will continue to push for extradition. Opposition to the extradition bill…

Tory leadership contest: Rory Stewart warns over ‘electoral bribes’

Rory Stewart has warned Tory leadership rivals against offering « cheap electoral bribes » to win support, saying party members who will choose the next PM are « smarter than this ». Rather than being « straight » with people, he said opponents had pledged « eye-watering » tax cuts worth £84bn. Boris Johnson kicked off his campaign by pledging an income tax cut for those who earn more than £50,000 a year. He has won the endorsement of former party leader Iain Duncan Smith. Writing in an editorial piece…

Nurseries in deprived areas ‘face closure over funding gap’

A shortfall in government funding means some nurseries in England’s poorest areas are facing closure, a charity has said. A report by the Early Years Alliance (EYA) found 17% of childcare providers surveyed in the most deprived areas of the country « anticipate closure in the next twelve months ». Some nurseries said they had lowered the quality of food given to children. The Department for Education said it spent £3.5bn a year on early education. Since September 2017, most working parents in England have been entitled to a scheme…

Tory leadership: Final 10 contenders named ahead of race to No 10

The final candidates for the Tory leadership race have been confirmed, with 10 running to become the next PM. Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove – who launched their campaigns ahead of the nomination deadline – are on the final list. Conservative MPs will now take part in a series of votes to whittle the candidates down to the final two. The two MPs will then face the wider Tory membership to decide on the next leader of their party, and the country. Vice chairman of the…

TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Up to 3.7 million pensioners who previously received a free TV licence will now have to pay for it. The PCF will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, but those households with one person who receives Pension Credit will still be eligible. The PCF said « fairness » was at the heart of the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020. It follows a consultation with 190,000 people, of which 52% were in favour of reforming or abolishing free licences. According to the PCF, around 900,000 households are claiming…

Tory leadership contest: Candidates outline stance ahead of ballot

Media playback is unsupported on your device The race to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister is officially under way, with contenders setting out their pitches. Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Matt Hancock outlined their proposals at campaign launches on Monday. It comes as two cabinet ministers – Brexiteer Penny Mordaunt and Remainer Amber Rudd – announce their backing for Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST to enter the leadership contest. Mrs May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative…

UK economy hit by ‘dramatic’ fall in car output

A « dramatic » fall in car production and an easing of stockpiling by manufacturers meant the economy shrank in April, official figures show. The economy contracted 0.4% from the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The contraction meant growth for the three months to April slowed to 0.3%. Factory shutdowns designed to cope with disruption from a March Brexit slashed UK car production in April by nearly half, the industry said last month. BMW’s Mini factory in Oxford brought forward its summer maintenance shutdown to…

‘He apologised – so why did the CPS drop my rape case?’

Media playback is unsupported on your device A woman who was raped by a former partner as she slept says she still does not understand why the case was never brought to trial. Bonny Turner has messages on her phone from the man apologising for his actions. But the case never made it to court after the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop the case. The CPS said decisions to prosecute are based on legal tests being met. But campaigners say they want to take the CPS to court as…

Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson pledges to cut income tax for high earners

Boris Johnson has pledged to cut income tax bills for people earning more than £50,000 a year if he wins the race to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. The former foreign secretary told the Telegraph he would use money currently set aside for a no-deal Brexit to raise the 40% tax rate threshold to £80,000. His promise came as Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said she believed Jeremy Hunt should be prime minister. Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST to enter the race to become party leader and…

Hong Kong protests: Leader Carrie Lam defiant after massive protest

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will not scrap a controversial plan to allow extradition to China, despite mass protests. On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people rallied against the bill which critics fear allows China to target political opponents in the city. Speaking to reporters on Monday, she insisted the law was necessary and said human rights safeguards were in place. Chinese state media said « foreign forces » were behind the protests. Organisers estimate that one million people took…