NDAs: MPs call for ban on ‘gagging clauses’ over ‘cover-up’ fears

MPs have called for a ban on « gagging clauses » used by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Maria Miller, chairwoman of the Women and Equalities committee, said non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) were having a « destructive effect on people’s lives ». NDAs were designed to stop staff sharing secrets if they changed jobs. But MPs say they are now used to « cover up unlawful and criminal behaviour ». The Women and Equalities Committee says the government needs to clarify the rules on whistleblowing and tackle…

Hungary tourist boat accident: More bodies found as vessel is raised

Media playback is unsupported on your device At least four more bodies have been recovered as salvage crews raised the wreck of a tourist boat that sank on the Danube in Budapest last month. Divers entered the boat as a floating crane slowly brought it to the surface. The Mermaid was carrying South Korean tourists when it was in collision with a cruise ship and capsized, leaving 20 people dead and eight others missing. Recovery efforts by Hungarian and South Korean teams have been hampered by high water levels in…

UK weather: Heavy rain causes road and rail disruption

Heavy downpours across England are causing major disruption for road and rail users. Network Rail said some areas had seen two months’ worth of rainfall in one day with drains overwhelmed. Rail operator Southern has advised people to avoid travelling, delay journeys or use alternative routes. A total of 31 flood alerts are in place across the country, with some areas set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day. Southern tweeted « train services running across the whole network will be cancelled…

Tory leadership contest: Hopefuls vie for spotlight 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 – announced their backing for Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt. Tory MPs have until 17:00 BST to enter the leadership contest. Mrs May officially stepped down as the leader of the Conservative…

Tory leadership contest: Boris Johnson pledges to cut income tax

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 protesters demonstrate against extradition bill

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hundreds of thousands of people are marching in Hong Kong against a law critics fear could let China target political opponents in the territory. The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. The protests are thought to be the biggest since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, which saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets. The government says the bill has built-in protections and will plug loopholes. Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has pushed for the…

Michael Gove ‘profoundly regrets’ taking cocaine

Media playback is unsupported on your device Michael Gove says he made a « profound mistake » by using cocaine 20 years ago – but has denied accusations he was a hypocrite. The Tory leadership hopeful previously admitted taking the class A drug several times when he was a journalist. Speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, he said: « I do have a profound sense of regret about it all and I am very, very aware of the damage that drugs do. » Mr Gove acknowledged he was «…

Walker dies after being struck by lightning in Highlands

A woman has died after being struck by lightning in the Highlands. A group of seven walkers were on Na Gruagaichean, a mountain near Ben Nevis, on Saturday when the lightning struck, police said. The party were all airlifted to Fort William but the 55-year-old died as a result of her injuries. Another woman in the group who was also struck by lightning is in a stable condition in Belford Hospital, Fort William. The next-of-kin of the woman who died have been informed. Police said a report would be submitted…

Orient manager ‘rebuilt a broken club’

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has paid tribute to late boss Justin Edinburgh and said the club will continue to build on his legacy. Edinburgh died on Saturday aged 49, five days after a cardiac arrest. McAnuff described the Orient manager as a « leader, a fantastic manager and a truly great man ». « You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs, » the 27-year-old winger added. Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Tottenham player, managed…

Sudan crisis: ‘Mass arrests’ ahead of general strike

A number of Sudan’s bank, airport and electricity workers have been arrested ahead of a strike against the military rule, the main protest group says. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) says employees are also being threatened by the authorities. The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) has made no comment. Campaigners have called for ongoing civil disobedience from Sunday, days after a military crackdown left dozens dead in the capital Khartoum. The military took over after persistent protests led to the ousting of long-time President Omar al-Bashir in April, promising a…

Michael Gove: Cocaine ‘mistake’ a ‘deep regret’

Tory leadership candidate Michael Gove has said he « deeply regrets » taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. He told the Daily Mail that he had taken the drug at several « social events » while working as a journalist. The environment secretary said he believed the « mistake » should not be held against him in his bid to become prime minister. Members of the party are due to vote for a new party leader after Theresa May stepped down from the role. Mr Gove, who served as…

Birthday Honours 2019: Olivia Colman and Bear Grylls on list

Oscar-winner Olivia Colman has been made a CBE and adventurer Bear Grylls an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours – alongside hundreds of campaigners and volunteers. Sculptor Rachel Whiteread, Confederation of British Industry chief Carolyn Fairbairn, and Maggie’s cancer centres founder Laurie Lee are among the new dames. The knighthoods include acclaimed theatre actor Simon Russell Beale and Andrew Parker and Alex Younger, the heads of MI5 and MI6 respectively. Jack Reacher author Lee Child and novelist Joanna Trollope become CBEs, and musician Elvis Costello, singer Alfie Boe and comedian…

Tory leadership: Brexit deadline ‘not fixed date’ says Gove

Conservative leadership contender Michael Gove has said he regards the UK’s 31 October Brexit deadline as « arbitrary » and is « not wedded » to it. He told an event in London the UK must not be bound by a « fixed » date if it needs slightly more time to get a deal. But he insisted any further delay would be a matter of weeks, not months. Other candidates, including Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, insist the UK must leave on 31 October whether it has approved a…

D-Day: May and Macron in France to mark 75th anniversary

PM Theresa May will join Emmanuel Macron in northern France for a second day of events marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Mrs May and the French president will attend an inauguration ceremony for a memorial to honour the British troops who died in the Battle of Normandy. The prime minister will then attend a cathedral service in Bayeux, alongside veterans and the Prince of Wales. D-Day was the start of the liberation of Nazi-occupied western Europe. Hundreds of veterans have gathered in Normandy for the anniversary of…

Closure fears for Bridgend Ford plant

An announcement on the proposed closure of Ford’s Bridgend plant will be made on Thursday, the BBC has been told. Ford Europe and bosses from the United States will meet union leaders at its Essex headquarters. The GMB said closure would « mean disaster » for the plant, which opened in 1980 and employs 1,700 workers. Ford said it would not comment on speculation and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said he was in ongoing dialogue with the company. It comes just months after Ford said it was cutting its Welsh…

Matt Hancock brands Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite

Tory leadership contender Matt Hancock has described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite during an election hustings in Parliament. If Mr Corbyn became PM, the UK « could end up with the first anti-Semitic leader of a Western nation since the Second World War », Mr Hancock said. Labour called the health secretary’s remarks a « baseless political attack ». A number of Labour MPs have left the party in protest at what they say is its tolerance of anti-Semitism. The Labour party has been plagued by accusations of…

High rents ‘make young people less mobile’

Rising rents mean young people are less likely to move to UK cities where average salaries are higher, a report indicates. The number of young people in private rented accommodation who moved for a new job has almost halved in 20 years. Despite the higher wages available, financial incentives for moving are lower, say researchers. « Pay gains are being swallowed up by high housing costs, » said Lindsay Judge of the Resolution Foundation. « For young people in particular, there are real advantages to moving when it comes to…

ABC raid: Australia police search headquarters of public broadcaster

Media playback is unsupported on your device Police have raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC), in a second day of searches targeting journalists. Officers arrived at the public broadcaster with search warrants naming two reporters and the news director. The ABC has protested over the raid. The police action is related to articles about alleged misconduct by Australian forces in Afghanistan. On Tuesday police searched the home of a News Corp journalist, sparking alarm. The leading journalists’ union said the two raids represented a « disturbing…

Donald Trump joins world leaders for 75th D-Day anniversary

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Portsmouth to join the Queen and other world leaders to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Theresa May will host 15 world leaders to honour the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. Figures from every country that fought alongside the UK will be attending. Coming to the end of a three-day state visit to the UK, Mr Trump said he was looking forward to marking what « may have been the greatest battle ever ». The countries being…

Mike Thalassitis: Love Island star left notebook at scene of death

Love Island star Mike Thalassitis left a notebook with messages to his family at the scene of his death, an inquest has heard. The 26-year-old reality star and former footballer was found hanging in a park in Edmonton, north London, on 16 March. His death sparked calls for improved aftercare for people who take part in reality TV shows. North London Coroner’s Court concluded on Wednesday his cause of death was suicide. Senior coroner Andrew Walker said Mr Thalassitis left messages « which clearly set out his intention that his…

Michael Barrymore apologises over Stuart Lubbock pool death

Entertainer Michael Barrymore has made an emotional apology over the death of a man found in his swimming pool. The comedian said he « couldn’t be more sorry » for the death of Stuart Lubbock in 2001, but was « 100% innocent ». He told Piers Morgan’s Life Stories he hoped for « an answer… within what is left of my life ». In 2007 Barrymore was arrested in connection with the death of the 31-year-old but later released and withdrew from public life. Mr Lubbock’s body was found in…

Miley Cyrus: ‘I won’t be grabbed without consent’

Miley Cyrus has responded angrily online after apparently being grabbed by a stranger in Barcelona. The singer, writing on Twitter, said: « She CAN’T be grabbed without her consent. » A video posted online appears to show a fan grabbing the singer by the neck before trying to kiss her. Miley’s reaction seems to have been a direct response to some social media users who suggested her lyrics or what she wears made her a deserving target. The Wrecking Ball singer and her husband Liam Hemsworth were being escorted to…

Donald Trump to hold talks with Theresa May amid protests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Donald Trump is to meet Prime Minister Theresa May for « substantial » talks on the second day of the US president’s three-day state visit to the UK. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be among the senior ministers present at the talks, where issues such as climate change will be discussed. It comes as large-scale protests are planned in several UK cities, including a demonstration in Trafalgar Square. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is due to address protesters at the London rally. In pictures:…

Donald Trump to arrive at Stansted Airport for UK state visit

US President Donald Trump will arrive in the UK on Monday morning for a three-day official state visit. Air Force One is expected to land at London Stansted Airport at 09:00 BST. The Queen will host a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening for the president and the First Lady Melania Trump. Protests are planned across the UK during the visit – including rallies in London, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham. Ahead of his visit, President Trump told The Sun he was backing Tory leadership contender Boris Johnson…

Champions League: Crowds number 750,000 at Liverpool parade

Media playback is unsupported on your device Hundreds of thousands of Liverpool fans have celebrated the club’s historic Champions League win at a parade through the city. Jurgen Klopp’s team became champions of Europe for a sixth time when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid. The team arrived at Liverpool Airport ahead of the open-top bus parade. It began at Allerton Maze and ended near the waterfront after moving slowly through a sea of red. Police estimated more than 750,000 fans turned out. The Reds won the all-Premier League…

Virginia Beach: 11 people killed in mass shooting, police say

Eleven people were killed and six others injured in a mass shooting at a government building in the US state of Virginia, police said. Police said the suspect, a long-term and current employee at Virginia Beach Municipal Center, where the shooting occurred, fired « indiscriminately ». The gunman, whose identity has not yet been released, also died, police said. A police officer was among the wounded. Police said shooting started shortly after 16:00 (20:00 GMT) on Friday. « This is a tragic day for Virginia Beach and our entire Commonwealth,…

Sir Philip Green charged with misdemeanour assault in US

British retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has been charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault. The charges come after a fitness instructor in Arizona alleged that he repeatedly touched her inappropriately. The incidents, which Sir Philip strenuously denies, allegedly occurred at the Canyon Ranch resort in Tucson in 2016 and 2018. Pima County Attorney’s Office said each count carries a potential sentence of up to 30 days in jail. Sir Philip could also face a fine of up to $500 (£400) and up to a year of…

Birmingham LGBT row: Protesters banned from school

Protesters against LGBT teaching at a primary school have been banned from gathering outside the gates by a High Court injunction. Birmingham City Council pursued the legal action after months of demonstrations outside Anderton Park Primary School. The school had to close early before half-term due to escalating action. The council said it sought the urgent injunction after the risk to children became « too serious to tolerate ». It said the behaviour of demonstrators was « increasingly unacceptable ». The authority said it made the application in order to…

London Bridge inquests: Chances ‘galore’ to stop attack, says lawyer

There were « opportunities galore » to identify that the London Bridge extremists were plotting an attack, an inquest has heard. Gareth Patterson, the lawyer representing several victims’ families, said there was evidence the attackers had been in contact since January 2017. Eight people died in the attack on 3 June 2017. But investigating officer Acting Det Ch Insp Wayne Jolley denied there had been missed opportunities. Mr Patterson told the hearing at the Old Bailey in London that « any reasonably competent investigation » had the chance to detect…

Mexico ‘won’t be provoked by US’ over migrant row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Mexico’s president has insisted his government will not be provoked, after President Donald Trump announced escalating tariffs on all goods unless Mexico curbed illegal migration. Andrés Manuel López Obrador described Mr Trump’s slogan « America First » as a fallacy and said universal justice was more important than borders. Stock markets saw sharp losses following Mr Trump’s announcement. Mr Trump declared a national emergency at the US-Mexico border in February. He said it was necessary in order to tackle what he claimed was…