Gary Lineker probably breached social media guidelines by taunting Grant Shapps in tweet, says BBC’s new chairman – after Match of the Day star sparked new impartiality row over Rwanda

Gary Lineker probably breached social media guidelines by taunting Grant Shapps in tweet, says BBC’s new chairman – after Match of the Day star sparked new impartiality row over Rwanda

Gary Lineker probably breached the BBC‘s social media guidelines when he taunted Tory minister Grant Shapps in a tweet amid a row over the Rwanda scheme, the BBC’s incoming chairman said today. Samir Shah, who is the Government’s choice to take over the Corporation, told MPs that he thought the Match of the Day star’s social … Read more

Rishi Sunak says he is ‘deeply sorry to all those who lost loved ones’ during the pandemic as he gives evidence to Covid Inquiry about claims his Eat Out scheme cost lives, his ‘Dr Death’ nickname, and wanting to close schools instead of shops

Rishi Sunak says he is ‘deeply sorry to all those who lost loved ones’ during the pandemic as he gives evidence to Covid Inquiry about claims his Eat Out scheme cost lives, his ‘Dr Death’ nickname, and wanting to close schools instead of shops

Rishi Sunak apologised to those who lost loved ones during the pandemic today as he kicked off a tough day of questioning over claims his Eat Out to Help Out scheme cost lives. The PM began a day of evidence on his role as Chancellor during the pandemic with a broard-beam apology and a pledge that … Read more

Tory Right brands Rwanda legislation ‘partial and incomplete’ as MPs warn it MUST be toughened up – with Rishi Sunak fighting to keep the plan alive ahead of crunch Commons vote tomorrow

Tory Right brands Rwanda legislation ‘partial and incomplete’ as MPs warn it MUST be toughened up – with Rishi Sunak fighting to keep the plan alive ahead of crunch Commons vote tomorrow

The Tory right branded Rishi Sunak’s Rwanda legislation ‘partial and incomplete’ today as he fights to keep the plan alive ahead of a crunch vote tomorrow. The so-called ‘Star Chamber’ of lawyers assembled by the ERG bloc has given a tepid reception to the PM’s emergency measures. In a 10-page assessment, it cautioned that it … Read more

Alistair Darling dies aged 70: How the man with the most striking pair of eyebrows in Westminster proved he also had the safest pair of hands, writes ANDREW PIERCE

Alistair Darling dies aged 70: How the man with the most striking pair of eyebrows in Westminster proved he also had the safest pair of hands, writes ANDREW PIERCE

In 1984, two years after Alistair Darling had been elected to Lothian Regional Council at 29, Labour leader Neil Kinnock went to Edinburgh to read the riot act to a council that had been dubbed ‘loony Left’ because it was charging illegally high rates. As Darling was seen as one of the ringleaders of the … Read more

‘The Falkland Islands are British. THAT is non-negotiable’: Grant Shapps shoots down new Argentinian president’s declaration that ‘reclaiming’ the territory was ‘non-negotiable’

‘The Falkland Islands are British. THAT is non-negotiable’: Grant Shapps shoots down new Argentinian president’s declaration that ‘reclaiming’ the territory was ‘non-negotiable’

Defence Secretary Grant Shapps today took a swipe at the Argentina’s newly elected president after the former ‘tantric sex coach’ vowed to ‘reclaim’ the Falkland Islands and said doing so was ‘non-negotiable’.  Shapps hit back and said the Falkland Islands ‘are British’ and that is ‘non-negotiable’ after Argentinian president-elect Javier Milei said the territory belongs to … Read more

Miss Universe Australia contestant Moraya Wilson is all smiles as she places third in beauty pageant – after family’s controversial business history came to light

Miss Universe Australia contestant Moraya Wilson is all smiles as she places third in beauty pageant – after family’s controversial business history came to light

Australia’s Moraya Wilson has come third in the annual Miss Universe pageant, seeming to put the revelations of her family’s dark history behind her.  This year’s event, which was held in the Central American country of El Salvador, was won by Sheynnis Palacios of Nicaragua, with Anntonia Porsild of Thailand coming second. Ms Wilson’s entry has sparked … Read more

Nigel Farage’s Coutts and NatWest woes sees the term ‘debanking’ added to the English dictionary

Nigel Farage’s Coutts and NatWest woes sees the term ‘debanking’ added to the English dictionary

‘Debanking’ has been added to the English dictionary following Nigel Farage‘s high-profile row with Coutts and NatWest. The term has been widely used since the former Ukip leader lost his account at Coutts, whose clients include members of the Royal Family, after an internal report said his views did not align with the bank’s values and … Read more

Ex-minister Robert Courts elected as new chair of Commons defence committee – despite lack of military experience – and takes over from Tobias Ellwood who quit in ‘Taliban propaganda’ row

Ex-minister Robert Courts elected as new chair of Commons defence committee – despite lack of military experience – and takes over from Tobias Ellwood who quit in ‘Taliban propaganda’ row

Tory MP Robert Courts was today chosen as the new chair of the Commons’ defence committee following his predecessor’s resignation over a ‘Taliban propaganda’ row. The former transport minister beat off competition from two Conservative rivals in a parliamentary ballot to be elected to the influential role. Mr Courts, MP for ex-prime minister David Cameron‘s … Read more

Tories demand an apology from BBC after Today presenter Mishal Husain’s ‘angry’ rant at Grant Shapps including ‘cobblers’ claim that Ofcom rules stop corporation calling Hamas ‘terrorists’

Tories demand an apology from BBC after Today presenter Mishal Husain’s ‘angry’ rant at Grant Shapps including ‘cobblers’ claim that Ofcom rules stop corporation calling Hamas ‘terrorists’

Grant Shapps and the BBC’s Mishal Husain were embroiled in an extraordinary spat today over the corporation’s refusal to brand Hamas ‘terrorists’. A clearly furious Defence Secretary suggested the broadcaster did not seem ‘interested’ in condemning the bloody attacks during a tense clash on the flagship Radio 4 Today programme. Stressing that Parliament had declared Hamas … Read more

Four Jewish schools in London CLOSE until Monday amid fears for pupils’ safety as Suella Braverman warns ‘medieval anti-Semitism’ by Hamas is no excuse to target Jews in Britain after surge in hate crime

Four Jewish schools in London CLOSE until Monday amid fears for pupils’ safety as Suella Braverman warns ‘medieval anti-Semitism’ by Hamas is no excuse to target Jews in Britain after surge in hate crime

Four Jewish schools in London will close today amid fears for their safety following a surge in antisemitic attacks – as Suella Braverman warned ‘medieval anti-Semitism’ by Hamas was no excuse to target Jews in Britain.  Torah Vodaas Primary School, Ateres Beis Yaakov Primary School and Menorah High School told parents last night they would not … Read more