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Poet Kate Tempest talks about the country “coming apart” amidst Brexit

Sun, 2019-06-23 18:59

She’s been described as the poet laureate of south-east London.

Her first two albums were Mercury Prize nominated and now Kate Tempest is back with her latest, The Book of Traps and Lessons.

Cathy Newman spoke to the artist ahead of her UK tour later this year.

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US launches cyber-attack on Iran amid escalating tensions

Sun, 2019-06-23 18:54

As Donald Trump told the world on Thursday that he had pulled back from launching air strikes on Iran, he did, it seems, still authorise retaliation for the shooting down of a US drone.

Reports from America say a cyber-attack disabled computer systems controlling rocket and missile launchers and the US said today it will announce new sanctions, which the President described as “major”.

Harry Smith reports.

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Climate activists in Germany occupy coal mine in fossil fuel protest

Sun, 2019-06-23 18:52

Hundreds of climate change activists in Germany have temporarily occupied an open-cast coalmine in protest over the use of fossil fuels.

Police cleared the site, saying it was not safe, but many protestors resisted attempts to remove them and have accused the police of heavy-handedness.

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Jeremy Hunt backs calls for Boris Johnson to answer questions following a police call out to his girlfriend’s home

Sun, 2019-06-23 18:50

Jeremy Hunt has said his Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson, should be prepared to “answer questions on everything.”

The comments come as pressure mounts on Mr Johnson to explain why police were called to the home he shares with his partner Carrie Symonds – amid reports of a heated argument.

A poll carried out since the incident suggests Mr Johnson’s lead among Conservative Party voters has dropped by more than half.

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Boris Johnson refuses to comment on police call out after row

Sat, 2019-06-22 18:58

Boris Johnson isn’t answering any questions about what happened in the early hours of Friday morning when police were called to the London flat he shares with his partner Carrie Symonds, after neighbours reported sounds of screaming and shouting.

A neighbour who made the call – and handed a recording of the incident to the Guardian newspaper – told the paper today they hoped anyone would have done the same, out of concern for those involved.

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Have questions about the police call out at Boris Johnson’s girlfriend’s home harmed his leadership hopes?

Sat, 2019-06-22 18:48

Peter Kellner is the former president of the polling agency YouGov.

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Conservative Party leadership candidates face questions from members

Sat, 2019-06-22 18:47

Boris Johnson wouldn’t be drawn on his private life, but he did take questions on other issues at the first Conservative leadership hustings in Birmingham today alongside his rival Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Johnson claimed that when he made a promise in politics, “I keep that promise and deliver.”

Mr Hunt described himself as the underdog – but declared he was the man to deliver Brexit and unite the party.

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Queer Eye’s Tan France on racism and why he left the UK

Sat, 2019-06-22 18:26

It’s a wildly popular Netflix show that sees five gay men enter the homes of ordinary people in middle America and completely transform and uplift their lives.

Queer Eye is now entering its fourth season – and while the show is made in America, one of its stars is a British man from South Yorkshire.

Tan France has now written an autobiography tracing his journey from Doncaster to a completely different life in Salt Lake City.

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Foreign office urges “urgent de-escalation” in US-Iran tensions

Sat, 2019-06-22 18:22

The Foreign office minister Andrew Murrison is heading for Iran tomorrow for talks with the government, calling for “urgent de-escalation” in the region.

Tensions have been rising between the United States and Iran in recent days. Although today President Trump said he ‘appreciated’ Tehran’s decision not to shoot down a manned US plane, describing it as “very wise”.

Harry Smith reports.

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Mark Ronson on working with women and his break-up album Late Night Feelings

Fri, 2019-06-21 20:01

Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Lily Allen – musician and super-producer Mark Ronson has worked with a glittering array of vocal talent.

In the process he’s won pretty much every award going, from a Grammy to an Oscar.

Born in Britain, now living in LA, he’s just launched his fifth solo album, featuring once again an array of prestigious female vocalists. We sat down with him and asked how this album is a new direction for him.

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Police called to home of Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:57

The Guardian has published an account of a police callout to the home of the girlfriend of Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of this morning.

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Helen Lewis on political journalism: ‘We have ended up with a system that’s almost designed to produce group think’

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:54

The outgoing deputy editor of the New Statesman, Helen Lewis, has broken ranks with her colleagues, saying that they, by and large, get it wrong.

Their predictions and assumptions are wide of the mark and this, she reckons, has led many to distrust the way our politics is reported.

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Inside North Korea: a rare glimpse of life in the secretive state

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:49

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hailed the “invincible ties” with China during President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit.

Ahead of the visit, we were allowed in to North Korea, where we were given a highly-controlled tour of the country.

We were offered a rare glimpse of life in the secretive state, but seeing is not always believing.

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General Jack Keane: ‘Trump displayed a level of restraint’

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:41

Retired four-star General Jack Keane is the former vice-chief of staff of the US Army, and currently serves as the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War.

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Woman takes on CPS for not charging man who filmed her naked and unconscious

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:35

Four years ago, Emily Hunt was having lunch with her father. Hours later, she says she woke up with no clothes on next to a man she’d never seen in her life. She alleges she was drugged and raped.

The Crown Prosecution Service never brought any rape charges, saying there wasn’t enough evidence.

Ms Hunt later discovered police knew she’d been filmed while she was naked and unconscious.

When she tried to launch a voyeurism case, she says the CPS told her she had no reasonable expectation of privacy. She’s now seeking a judicial review, arguing the CPS are not applying the law on voyeurism properly.

We asked her what she believed happened that day.

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‘Jihadi Jack’ parents receive suspended jail sentences for funding terrorism

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:30

“We were just doing what any parent would if they thought their child was in danger,” the parents of a young man dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ have claimed, as they were found guilty under the terrorism act for sending their son money in Syria.

John Letts and Sally Lane were handed suspended jail sentences after prosecutors claimed they had “turned a blind eye to the obvious” by sending money to Jack Letts, despite repeated warnings from police.

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By-election triggered after voters sign petition to remove MP

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:26

Whoever becomes the next Tory leader will face an immediate political test, with a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.

It was triggered after more than 10,000 people signed a petition to recall the Conservative MP Chris Davies, convicted of falsely claiming expenses for his constituency office earlier this year.

Mr Davies said he would be standing again, and hoped voters would forgive him, claiming he’s already won the backing of both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

Jane Dodge reports.

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Mark Field suspended as minister after grabbing protester

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:24

Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister, pending an investigation, after he grabbed a female climate change protester during a black-tie dinner.

The MP has now apologised to Janet Barker, although he insisted that guests had “understandably felt threatened”, while Ms Barker suggested Mr Field should “go to anger management classes”.

Number 10 said Theresa May had seen footage of the incident and found it “very concerning”.

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Trump says US was ‘cocked and loaded to retaliate’ against Iran

Fri, 2019-06-21 19:14

Just ten minutes from the brink – President Trump backed off from armed confrontation with Iran, claiming he cancelled planned air strikes with just a few minutes to go after being told that 150 people could die as a result.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed that a manned US spy plane was flying near the drone it shot down, but Tehran had chosen not to target it.

The rising tension has led major airlines from around the world to re-route their flights over the region.

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Who is the real Boris Johnson? | Politics: Where Next? podcast

Fri, 2019-06-21 14:22

Listen and subscribe to Politics: Where Next? on Apple PodcastsSpotify and other good apps.

In this week’s episode, we talk to two journalists who have studied Boris Johnson – his biographers, Andrew Gimson and Sonia Purnell.

Their biographies – both still available in good bookshops, new editions probably following soon and often – track Boris Johnson from his earliest years; through his early career in his own brand of journalism; into Parliament; to London Mayor…twice.

This week, his odyssey entwined again with our national story. He’s been Foreign Secretary, he’s now soaraway winner of the ballots amongst Tory MPs to be their next leader and our Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson now faces Jeremy Hunt in a series of hustings around and a postal ballot of party members which he’s expected to win comfortably

What do Andrew Gimson and Sonia Purnell think his past life tells us we can expect next?

There are new episodes of Politics: Where Next? every Friday.

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