Wainfleet flooding: More homes evacuated

Media playback is unsupported on your device More homes are being evacuated following severe flooding in a Lincolnshire town. Residents in 580 properties in and around Wainfleet will be moved amid concerns about flood defences along 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. The Environment Agency has described the situation as « unprecedented…

Hong Kong extradition bill: Protesters vow to push ahead

Protesters in Hong Kong have vowed to push ahead with a rally on Sunday, despite the government’s decision to suspend its controversial bill to allow extradition to mainland China. Protest leaders urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign and permanently scrap the plan. The proposed bill led to mass demonstrations and sparked some of the worst violence seen in years. Protesters are concerned at increased influence by Beijing in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a former British colony, but was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under a « one…

India announces retaliatory trade tariffs against the US

India has said that, from Sunday, it will impose tariffs on 28 US products, including almonds and apples. The new duties, some as high as 70%, are in response to Washington’s refusal to exempt Delhi from higher taxes on steel and aluminium imports. Earlier this month, US President Trump also announced the US was withdrawing India’s preferential trade treatment. Tariffs of up to 120% were announced by India in June last year, but trade talks had delayed their implementation. In an announcement on Friday, India’s Ministry of Finance said the…

Tory leadership: Rival candidates say there must be ‘no coronation’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Rivals for the Conservative leadership have said there must be no uncontested « coronation » for leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. Several candidates said the party needed to learn from the experience of electing Theresa May unopposed in 2016. « Let’s not make the same mistake again, » said Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It comes as Mr Johnson expressed fears about damaging « blue-on-blue » attacks in forthcoming TV debates. While he has agreed to take part in the BBC’s debate on Tuesday, Mr…

Taekwondo black belt Angel Stevens ‘feels strong’ despite 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 London teens killed on night of violence

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…

Five listeria deaths prompt 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 evidence suggested the deceased ate the products before 25 May. Products from the Good Food Chain – linked to the outbreak – have been withdrawn and production stopped. « I have been incredibly concerned by…

Edexcel launches investigation after A-level maths paper leaked online

Exam board Edexcel has launched an investigation into how part of an A-level maths paper was leaked online. Blacked out images of two questions were shared on social media on Thursday afternoon. Pearson, which runs Edexcel, said the images were circulated « in a very limited way » shortly before Friday’s Maths Paper 3 exam. It reassured students no-one would be advantaged or disadvantaged and they would not have to re-sit the paper. The questions were first posted from a Twitter account in a since deleted post, where the user…

Jeremy Corbyn challenges UK government’s Iran accusations on oil tanker attacks

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether the government has « credible evidence » to show Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said responsibility for Thursday’s attack in the Gulf of Oman « almost certainly » lies with the Iranian regime. But the Labour leader tweeted that there was no evidence for this. Mr Hunt responded that Mr Corbyn’s comments were « pathetic » and said he should back British intelligence. It is the second time in the past few…

Hong Kong extradition protests: Government suspends bill

The Hong Kong government has suspended its highly controversial plan to allow extraditions to mainland China, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced. She had previously refused to scrap the bill despite mass protests from Hong Kong residents. « I feel deep sorrow and regret that deficiencies in our work – and various other factors – have stirred up substantial controversies, » she said. Protesters expressed concern at increased Chinese influence. Ms Lam said she had heard the calls for her government to « pause and think ». She also admitted…

Are too many Army officers privately-educated?

Nearly half of the British Army’s latest intake of officer cadets were privately educated, the BBC has found. A Freedom of Information request has revealed 49% of those who entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in January came from fee-paying schools. The Sutton Trust, which aims to improve social mobility, said those at the top of the armed forces were seven times more likely to go to private schools. The Army said it was « increasing our outreach to those in state education ». The figures stand in contrast…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US military has released a video which it says shows Iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of an oil tanker damaged in an attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. The US also released images of the Japanese tanker apparently showing the unexploded mine before it was removed. A Norwegian tanker in the gulf also reported being hit by three blasts. The US accused Iran of being behind the attacks. Iran said it « categorically » rejected…

Grenfell Tower: Hundreds of buildings still have ‘unsafe’ cladding

More than 200 high-rise buildings in England with cladding similar to that used on Grenfell Tower have yet to begin work to remove it. Out of 328 buildings that still have aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding, 221 are awaiting work to start. Events on Friday will mark the second anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people died. The government will pay £200m to remove ACM from privately owned blocks. There have been calls for the funding to be extended to other forms of cladding and fire safety…

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Iran calls US accusation ‘unfounded’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran says it « categorically rejects » US claims that it is behind attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blamed Iran for the « unprovoked attacks » on Thursday. He added that the US had made its assessment based on intelligence about the type of weapons used. But Iran dismissed the claim as « unfounded ». A senior Iranian official had earlier told the BBC that « Iran has no connection »…

‘Harmful’ gender stereotypes in adverts banned

A ban on adverts featuring « harmful gender stereotypes » or those which are likely to cause « serious or widespread offence » has come into force. The ban covers scenarios such as a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, or a woman failing to park a car. The UK’s advertising watchdog introduced the ban because it found some portrayals could play a part in « limiting people’s potential ». It said it was pleased with how advertisers had responded. The new rule follows a review of…

Chuka Umunna joins the Lib Dems after quitting Change UK

Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna has joined the Lib Dems. The Streatham MP told the Times he had been « wrong » to think « millions of politically homeless people… wanted a new option on the ballot paper ». « I also think I vastly underestimated the importance of having an infrastructure and existing relationships with voters, » he added. He was one of six Change UK MPs to quit last week, after it gained only 3.4% of the vote in the European elections. Change UK applies…

Baby joy for couple who lost 13 babies to miscarriages

A woman who suffered 13 miscarriages gave birth to a girl after pioneering work by a fertility expert. Eleven of Laura Worsley’s pregnancies ended in the first trimester but she also lost two boys at 17 and 20 weeks. Professor Siobhan Quenby discovered she had two conditions affecting her ability to have children. Mrs Worsley and her husband Dave, from Kenilworth, got pregnant a 14th time and, with the help of Prof Quenby and her team, had a daughter named Ivy. « Even now, nine months on, I can’t believe…

Boris Johnson tops first ballot in Tory leadership contest

Media playback is unsupported on your device 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 Michael Gove third with 37 votes. Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week. The two most popular MPs will…

Conservative leadership: 10 rivals face first ballot of Tory 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…

Police ‘sorry’ over Higgins football sex abuse case

Police have apologised to six victims of football coach Bob Higgins for the way the case was handled in the 1990s. Their lawyer is now calling for « double jeopardy » laws to be changed so child sex abusers can be retried if new evidence emerges. Higgins has been handed 24 years in jail for indecently assaulting 24 boys. But six other victims were told their allegations could not be tried in court because the claims were part of a 1991 court case against the coach. One told the BBC…

West Midlands Police advertises unpaid forensics jobs

A police force’s appeal for volunteer digital forensic analysts has been branded a « disaster waiting to happen ». West Midlands Police has advertised the unpaid roles, which involve sifting through « distressing [and] indecent images ». Forensics professionals have expressed concerns that volunteers working at least 16 hours a month will not receive adequate emotional support. The force said welfare was important and check-ups would be offered. Its job advert warns applicants they will « routinely come across distressing imagery », while recovering and processing data from computers, mobiles…

UK man donates frostbitten toe to Yukon bar

A former British commando has made a very special donation to a remote Canadian hotel – his severed toe. Nick Griffiths had his big toe posted to the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City after he lost it to frostbite competing in an extreme winter marathon in 2018. The ex-Royal Marine promised to donate it in the hope of returning to the Yukon to do the Sourtoe Cocktail with his very own keepsake. The cocktail’s famed ingredient is another mummified human toe. For over four decades, tourists and residents have been…

Students want parents to be told in mental health crisis

Two-thirds of students support universities being able to warn parents if students have a mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests. There have been concerns about student suicides and the survey indicated worsening levels of anxiety on campus. Only 14% reported « life satisfaction », in this study of 14,000 UK students. And most thought even though students were independent adults, universities should in an emergency be allowed to disclose information to parents Published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and Advance HE, this is one of the biggest…

Brexit: Boris Johnson says he is ‘not aiming for no deal’

Boris Johnson has said he is « not aiming for a no-deal outcome » for Brexit at the launch of his campaign for the Tory leadership. But he said leaving no deal on the table was a « vital tool of negotiation » and the UK « must do better than the current withdrawal agreement ». « Delay means defeat, delay means Corbyn, » he said, saying the UK must leave the EU on 31 October. Home Secretary Sajid Javid will also make his pitch to MPs on Wednesday. In…

Hong Kong extradition: Protest mounts as controversial bill debated

Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of protesters have gathered in Hong Kong as anger grows over a controversial bill allowing extradition to China. An overnight vigil was held outside the Legislative Council, which is set to debate the bill on Wednesday. In the early hours, the number of protesters swelled as they blocked key roads around government buildings. Despite widespread opposition the government has said it will continue to push for extradition. Critics cite the alleged use of torture, arbitrary detentions and forced confessions in the Chinese…

Trump reveals Mexico migrant plan by waving document around

US President Donald Trump has inadvertently revealed some details of his immigration deal with Mexico. Speaking to reporters, he refused to give details of the plans to curb migration, saying that he wanted to let Mexico announce it « at the right time ». However, he said this while waving around a single sheet of paper that had the details of the deal written on it. As a result, the contents of the sheet were then captured in photographs taken by news media. The document contained references to a regional…

Brexit: Labour seeks to block no deal

Labour has tabled a cross-party motion to try to stop a future prime minister pushing through a no-deal Brexit against the wishes of MPs. The party plans to force a vote on Wednesday which would give MPs control of the timetable on 25 June. Labour says if the motion passes, MPs will be able to introduce legislation on that day to avoid a no-deal scenario at the end of October. Some Tory leadership hopefuls have said they would leave the EU without a deal. For others, including Rory Stewart and…

Oxfam criticised over Haiti sex claims

Oxfam has been severely criticised by the Charity Commission for the way it dealt with claims of serious sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. Four employees were fired after claims that prostitutes were used by staff sent to help victims of the earthquake there in 2010. The commission said the charity failed to spot signs of a « culture of poor behaviour, » and did not report claims of child abuse. Oxfam has repeatedly apologised. Source: BBC

UK wage growth faster than expected

Wage growth beat market and economist expectations in the three months to April. Pay rose by 3.4% compared with a year ago. After taking inflation into account, wage growth was 1.4%, official figures show. The unemployment rate remained at 3.8%, and has not been lower since the October to December 1974 period, the Office for National Statistics said. The employment rate for women was 72%, the highest on record. This is after changes to the state pension age leading to fewer women retiring between the ages of 60 and 65.…

Brexit: Tory leadership rivals split over Brexit deadline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Leaving the EU by the end of October is a « hard red line » and will happen in « all circumstances », Andrea Leadsom has said in her pitch for leadership. The ex-Commons leader said she had a plan for a « managed exit », adding that Parliament could « not stop us leaving ». But her rival Mark Harper said it was « not possible » to leave by 31 October, while Matt Hancock said Brexit could not be solved by…