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Man in court following protest over drag queen children’s event at London’s Tate Britain

A man who was arrested following protests outside the Tate Britain over a drag queen story-telling event for children is due to appear in court. Lance O’Connor, 53, of Plaistow, east London, is accused of assault on an emergency worker, obstruction of a police officer and two homophobic aggravated public order offences. The Tate, in Millbank, central London, had been ...

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BBC faces outrage for making documentary about IS-bride Shamima

Viewers have vowed to cancel their television licences as they slammed last night’s ‘sickening’ 90-minute Shamima Begum documentary on the BBC. The programme aired on the back of the corporation’s 10-part podcast that ‘retraces’ the journey she took eight years ago from her home in east London to Syria, where she joined the terrorist group Islamic State. Begum, now 23, ...

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Zelensky in surprise visit to UK – first since Russia invasion

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky will make his first visit to the UK since Russia’s invasion of his country today, Downing Street has said. The surprise visit will see the war leader meet King Charles III, Rishi Sunak and address MPs in parliament on Wednesday. The prime minister also announced plans to train Ukrainian fighter jet pilots as part of a ...

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Harry and Meghan to be questioned in defamation case

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be questioned as part of a US defamation case brought by Meghan’s half-sister. This comes after a motion to stop depositions in the civil case from taking place was dismissed by a judge. Samantha Markle is suing Meghan for “defamation and injurious falsehoods” following the royal couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2021. ...

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Terminally ill Frank Field cheered as he swears oath to King in Lords

A terminally ill peer was cheered as he made his first appearance in the House of Lords for almost two years. Frank Field, 80, arrived in the chamber in a wheelchair and was pushed to the despatch box so he could pledge allegiance to the King. The former minister, known as Lord Field of Birkenhead, waved to colleagues who then ...

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Boris Johnson: Putin threatened to lob missile at me

Former UK prime minister Boris Johnson has claimed President Vladimir Putin threatened to target him with a missile attack before ordering Russian forces into Ukraine. The apparent threat — denied by the Kremlin — came in a telephone call just ahead of the February 24 invasion, according to a BBC documentary to be broadcast on Monday. Johnson and other Western ...

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UK PM Sunak fires Conservative Party chairman after tax probe

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has fired Conservative Party Chair Nadhim Zahawi after an independent investigation into his tax affairs found a ‘serious breach’ of the ministerial code. “Following the completion of the Independent Adviser’s investigation – the findings of which he has shared with us both – it is clear that there has been a serious breach of the ...

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Rishi Sunak fined for not wearing seatbelt in back of car

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been fined for not wearing a seatbelt in a moving car while filming a social media video. Lancashire Police said it had issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of a fixed penalty. No 10 said Mr Sunak “fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologised”, adding that he would ...

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UK police ‘looking into’ video of Sunak sans seatbelt

British police will be “looking into” a video in which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak can be seen riding in a car without a seatbelt — an “error of judgment” for which he has apologised, according to Downing Street. In Thursday’s video, produced for distribution on Sunak’s social media channels, the seatbeltless Conservative leader speaks from the back seat of a ...

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