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Tory leadership debate between Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss halted after presenter faints in studio | Politics News

Tonight’s Conservative Party leadership debate between Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak was halted after presenter Kate McCann fainted during the live broadcast.

Ms Truss held her hands to her face and said “oh my God” after a loud crash was heard – and then the contest was taken off air.

TalkTV said Ms McCann is “fine” but that the channel had been given medical advice not to continue.

“We apologise to our viewers and listeners,” it added in a statement.

As the debate was halted a message on TalkTV and The Sun’s stream read: “We’re sorry for the disruption to this programme.”

Truss and Sunak TV debate halted after incident in studio – live updates

The channel started broadcasting again shortly afterwards but cut to a different studio with presenter Ian Collins saying there had been a “medical issue”.

He said: “Everyone is OK so that is the good news. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are still currently in the studio chatting with readers and answering those questions.”

A Sun spokeswoman confirmed the incident was paused over a “medical issue”, adding: “We hope to be back on air soon.”

But TalkTV later tweeted that Ms McCann, their political editor, was not expected back on air.

Talk TV debate
The debate was taken off air following the incident

Ms McCann was meant to appear alongside The Sun’s political editor Harry Cole, but he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today.

He tweeted to say he was “very proud” of his friend, who he said was “absolutely bossing it”.

Rishi Sunak has also sent his well-wishes to the presenter, tweeting: “Good news that you’re already recovering @KateEMcCann.

“It was a great debate and I look forward to getting grilled by you again shortly.”

And Liz Truss said: “Relieved to hear Kate McCann is fine. Really sorry that such a good debate had to end. Look forward to catching up with Kate and the rest of the team again soon.”

Talk TV debate

The incident came as Mr Sunak and Ms Truss were clashing once again over taxes, NHS funding and the economy in their second head-to-head televised debate.

The programme saw the pair take questions from Sun readers, with a cancer patient asking what could be done to fix the “broken” NHS and a struggling mum questioning if she should go vegetarian because of the rising price of meat.


Taxes and the economy caused the most acrimony.

Mr Sunak said he was “brave” to introduce a £12bn tax increase to pay for health social care, telling the audience: “I made sure we got the NHS the funding it needed to help work through the backlogs, get everyone the care they needed and do that as quickly as possible.

“It wasn’t an easy thing for me to do, I got a lot of criticism for it, but I believe it was the right thing to do as I don’t think we can have an NHS which is ultimately the country’s number one public service priority that is underfunded and not able to deliver the care it needs.”

Raising taxes ‘morally wrong’

But Ms Truss, who has pledged to immediately reverse the national insurance hike if she becomes prime minister, said it is “morally wrong” to raise taxes during a cost of living crisis.

She said she was committed to the extra money that was announced for the NHS but that she would fund this through general taxation.

She said: “Under my plans, we will still be able to start paying the debt down within three years, so it is affordable.

“We didn’t need to raise national insurance in order to pay, we did have that money available in the budget, it was a choice to break our manifesto commitment and raise national insurance.”

However, Mr Sunak quickly shot back, saying it was “morally wrong” to heap more debt on future generations because “we can’t be bothered to pay it off” now.

On how to fund things like public services, he said it was “entirely reasonable” to ask the largest companies to pay “a bit more” in corporation tax because they received billions in support to help them stay afloat during the pandemic.

But Liz Truss, who wants to scrap the scheduled 19p to 25p increase in corporation tax, said Mr Sunak’s policies would make the UK less competitive and push the country into recession.

Cost of living

Tax has become the clear dividing line between the two Tory leadership contenders, with Mr Sunak advocating prudence with the nation’s finances and Ms Truss pledging tax cuts of more than £30bn.

Mr Sunak conceded more support would be needed to help families pay their bills in October, when the energy price cap is predicted to go up once again. But he stopped short of announcing any new help.

Ms Truss, meanwhile, said she would scrap the green levy on energy bills to help struggling households.

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While tonight’s debate was acrimonious at times, it wasn’t as heated as last night’s showdown on the BBC, which saw Mr Sunak accused of “mansplaining” by allies of Ms Truss after he repeatedly talked over her.

Tory MPs are said to be concerned the contest is becoming “far too nasty” after the two sides traded increasingly personal attacks over the weekend.

With postal ballots set to arrive on Tory members’ doorsteps by 5 August, Mr Sunak needs good performances in the remaining debates and the early hustings.

Opinion polls and member surveys have suggested that he trails Ms Truss in the battle to win the votes of card-carrying Conservatives, with the foreign secretary the bookmakers’ favourite to be elected as Tory leader on 5 September.

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will take part in a head-to-head debate on Sky News on Thursday 4th August at 8pm hosted by Kay Burley.

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Lloyds to close 66 branches this winter – full list of those shutting | Business News

Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will close 66 branches this winter.

Between October and January, 48 Lloyds Bank branches and 18 Halifax branches will shut – the latest in a broad trend of big banks quitting the high street.

It comes just two months after the lender announced plans to shut 28 branches between August and November.

Russell Galley, director of consumer relationships at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Our customers have more choice than ever in how they bank with us.

“As our customers do more online, visits to some branches have fallen by as much as 85% over the last five years.

“Alongside our digital, online and telephone services, we’ll continue to invest in our branches, but they need to be in the right places, where they’re well-used.”

Lloyds said there will be no compulsory or voluntary redundancies, with staff able to move to other branches or another part of the business.

According to trade union, Unite, more than 5,000 bank and building society branches have closed since 2015.

But Lloyds insists it has 19.1 million online customers and 15.6 million app users, showing the increasing popularity of digital banking.

It has also promised that all of the branches set to close have at least one free ATM within half a mile, and a Post Office within 1.1 miles.

Once all the announced closures are complete, there will be 646 Lloyds Bank, 510 Halifax and 165 Bank of Scotland branches remaining.

The branches due to close between October and January are:

Lloyds, Bromyard
Lloyds, Chigwell
Lloyds, Catterick Garrison
Lloyds, Malvern Link
Lloyds, Redruth
Lloyds, Lutterworth
Lloyds, Palmers Green
Lloyds, Cheadle
Lloyds, Lytham St Annes
Lloyds, New Ollerton
Lloyds, Paternoster Sq, London
Lloyds, Earls Court Rd, London

Lloyds, Leadenhall St, London
Lloyds, Axminster
Lloyds, Barton upon Humber
Lloyds, Belper
Lloyds, Intake, Sheffield
Lloyds, The Moor, Sheffield
Lloyds, Tilehurst, Reading
Lloyds, New Romney
Lloyds, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Lloyds, Weoley Castle, Birmingham
Lloyds, Billericay
Lloyds, Immingham

Lloyds, Tonbridge
Lloyds, Edgware Rd, Paddington, London
Lloyds, Notting Hill Gate, London
Lloyds, Sandbach
Lloyds, West Wickham
Lloyds, Darlaston
Lloyds, Purley
Lloyds, Aldridge
Lloyds, Rothbury
Lloyds, Wootton Bassett
Lloyds, Guisborough
Lloyds, Cheddar

Lloyds, Cinderford
Lloyds, Cleobury Mortimer
Lloyds, Holyhead
Lloyds, Wallingford
Lloyds, Bishop’s Waltham
Lloyds, Helston
Lloyds, Looe
Lloyds, Slaithwaite
Lloyds, Welshpool
Lloyds, Pwllheli
Lloyds, Caldicot
Lloyds, Llandrindod Wells

Halifax, High Holborn, London
Halifax, Hitchin
Halifax, Ripon
Halifax, Stowmarket
Halifax, Newry
Halifax, Whitchurch
Halifax, Dorking
Halifax, Mitcham
Halifax, Retford

Halifax, Tiverton
Halifax, Tottenham Ct Rd, London
Halifax, Windsor
Halifax, Stroud
Halifax, Ruislip
Halifax, Birmingham
Halifax, Rawtenstall
Halifax, Coleraine
Halifax, Warminster

Tory leadership race: Sunak accused of ‘mansplaining’ as blue-on-blue attacks escalate – with odds still favouring Truss | Politics News

The blue on blue attacks have ramped up after Rishi Sunak was accused of “mansplaining” to Liz Truss during their first head-to-head TV debate.

Mr Sunak spoke over Ms Truss several times as she attempted to explain her tax-cutting policies to the BBC audience of Tory members.

This prompted accusations of “mansplaining” – when a man explains something, typically to a woman, in a condescending or patronising manner.

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Allies of Ms Truss said Mr Sunak had demonstrated “aggressive mansplaining and shouty private school behaviour”.

But veteran Conservative David Davis, who has run for leader twice, dismissed the accusations and said former chancellor Mr Sunak is simply “passionate”.

He told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “I think he’s passionate about these issues, he cares about it.

“He really does care about the fact that either us or our children will face phenomenal costs on this policy, life destroying, you’d have to sell your house, move out.

“I think it actually reflects well on him that he’s that passionate about the policy.”

Mr Davis added that when he was fighting for the leadership against David Cameron in 2005 he was “just as forensic and difficult” with him, but nobody accused him of “anything untoward”.

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke, who is backing Ms Truss, said Mr Sunak was “pretty aggressive”.

He told Sky News: “There were some pretty aggressive moments from Rishi at the beginning as Liz tried to set out her case.

“But by and large, I think the debate was held in a reasonable spirit, reflecting obviously the importance of issues.”

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Despite the pair saying they want to run clean campaigns, the contest has become more and more angsty, with allies of the two trading increasingly personal attacks over the weekend.

During the debate, the first since they were whittled down to the final two, Ms Truss said she would impose a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy and reverse the national insurance rise.

She also said her plans would see the government start paying down the debt that mounted up through COVID relief measures implemented by Mr Sunak in three years’ time.

As she accused Mr Sunak of being “contractionary” by putting up taxes, which she said would lead to a recession, Mr Sunak interrupted her.

He said: “Liz, your plans… your own economic adviser has said that will lead to mortgage interest rates going up to 7%. Can you imagine what that’s going to do for everyone here and everyone watching? That’s thousands of pounds on their mortgage bill.”

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And as Ms Truss tried to continue, Mr Sunak said: “It’s going to tip millions of people into misery, and it’s going to mean we have absolutely no chance of winning the next election either.”

Sophie Raworth, who was hosting the debate, had to step in to insist Mr Sunak allowed Ms Truss to speak.

After that, the pair had some cordial exchanges, including when Ms Truss complimented Mr Sunak on his dress sense after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries earlier criticised his expensive taste in clothes.

They also said they would want the other to be involved in their government.

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Jon Craig - Chief political correspondent

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Chief political correspondent


The smiles didn’t last long. From the outset, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss argued bitterly for nearly half the debate on the economy and tax.

Her argument: “I’ll cut taxes now.” Him saying that it’s irresponsible and immoral. At times that got pretty fierce.

Mr Sunak, the underdog, was much more aggressive than in previous debates. But Ms Truss fought back strongly.

Most of it was more lively and more bitter, you might say, than the two previous debates they have taken part in.

China and Ukraine were dealt with only briefly. And then it got personal.

They also clashed on loyalty to Boris Johnson. There were personal questions as well about Ms Truss’s earrings and Rishi Sunak’s expensive suits. It all got quite passionate at times.

And finally, frontrunner Ms Truss invited Mr Sunak to be in her cabinet if she wins – and he appeared to say yes.

Ms Truss the frontrunner, but we’ve seen Mr Sunak catching up and a snap opinion poll last night suggested on the performances here in Stoke-on-Trent it’s neck and neck.

A snap poll by Opinium after the debate, based on a sample of 1,032 voters, found 39% believed Mr Sunak had performed best, compared to 38% for Ms Truss.

However, betting odds remain in favour of Ms Truss.

Postal ballots are set to arrive at Tory members’ doorsteps by 5 August, with another TV debate on Tuesday evening and a third on 4 August on Sky News.

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Eurovision 2023: How one slightly surprising town came to be in the frame as the UK host city | UK News

Internet rumours have surfaced about Swindon being a possible host for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, after it was ruled current winners Ukraine would not be able to stage the event.

Ukraine’s entry – folk rap group Kalush Orchestra – won the competition this year with their song Stephania, and would normally host the event the following year. However, the Russian invasion of their country presented too many security risks.

The UK was the runner up this year, and as such was invited to act as a host for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

And while it is still being decided in which city the event will be held, the Wiltshire town of Swindon – best known for its multi-ringed ‘magic roundabout’ – bizarrely began to creep into the fray.

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Twitter searches threw up various comments from locals and out-of-towners alike, including from TV critic and broadcaster Scott Bryan, who tweeted: “Give them Eurovision immediately.”

But his hopes were soon dashed after the borough council issued an official statement.

A disappointing Bryan later told his followers to “cross Swindon off your list”.

It comes as representatives from cities including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Aberdeen, Leeds and Hull vied for the honour of hosting duties.

The bidding process for host city will begin this week, with the BBC and European Broadcasting Union jointly making the final decision on which city will host.

Kalush Orchestra sold their Eurovision trophy
Ukraine’s winners – Kalush Orchestra. Pic:AP

Oleh Psiuk – the lead singer of Kalush Orchestra – told Sky News the band was sad the contest would not be held in Ukraine next year.

But, he added: “We are grateful to the UK for their solidarity and for agreeing to hold the event in support of our country.

“We hope Eurovision 2023 will have a Ukrainian flavour and celebrate our beautiful, unique culture. We, in turn, will make all efforts to help Ukraine win next year as well, so that Eurovision 2024 can take place in a peaceful country.”

13 May 2022, Italy, Turin: Sam Ryder from Great Britain with the title "Space Man" with the title "Trenuletul" at the first dress rehearsal for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2022. The international music competition will be held for the 66th time. On 14.05.2022, the winning title will be chosen in the final from a total of 40 music entries. Photo by: Jens B'ttner/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Sam Ryder came second for the UK with Space Man

Free pass

TikTok star Sam Ryder was this year’s runner up with his track Space Man – a vast improvement on the UK’s disappointing 2021 score of nil points.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final alongside the so-called Big Five – the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – who each get a free pass because of their financial contributions.

As the world’s largest live music event, the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest reached a global audience of over 180 million viewers across TV and digital platforms.

The UK has previously hosted the event eight times – in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998 – that’s more than any other country.

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss trade blows in fiery head-to-head Tory leadership TV debate | Politics News

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss stepped up the blue-on-blue attacks in a fiery head-to-head showdown which saw them clash over taxes, the schools they went to and their loyalty to Boris Johnson.

The pair were grilled over their economic policy, China and even earrings in their first live TV debate since making it down to the final two in the Tory leadership race.

They came out neck and neck in a snap Opinium poll of who performed best, with Mr Sunak just ahead at 39%, compared to Ms Truss at 38%.

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The debate kicked off with a particularly heated discussion about the economy – which has been a key dividing line in the race to succeed Mr Johnson.

Former chancellor Mr Sunak claimed there is “nothing Conservative” about Ms Truss’s approach and it would give the party “absolutely no chance” of winning the next election.

Foreign Secretary Ms Truss in turn suggested her rival would lead the country into a recession and accused him of “doom and gloom” economics.

As well as reversing the National Insurance tax hike, Ms Truss has said she would put an economic growth plan in place “immediately” if she becomes prime minister, along with imposing a temporary moratorium on the green energy levy.

Ms Truss said her plans would see the government start paying down the debt in three years’ time, but Mr Sunak hit back: “You’ve promised over £40bn of unfunded tax cuts – £40bn more borrowing.

“That is the country’s credit card and it’s our children and grandchildren, everyone here’s kids will pick up the tab for that.

“There’s nothing Conservative about it.”

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Poll puts Sunak and Truss level

But Ms Truss said no other country was putting up taxes and accused Mr Sunak of having no plan for growth.

Mr Sunak spoke over Ms Truss a number of times as he warned inflation was a problem in the 1980s and it is a “problem we have now”, adding: “We need to get a grip on inflation.”

The heated debate came after a weekend that saw allies of the two Tory leadership hopefuls trade increasingly personal attacks.

The pair also clashed over China as Ms Truss claimed Mr Sunak’s new tough stance was “driven by the Foreign Office”.

But it wasn’t all bad tempered with the cabinet secretary at one point complimenting Mr Sunak’s dress sense.

Earlier today, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries hit out at Mr Sunak by comparing his expensive suit and shoes to Liz Truss’ £4.50 Claire’s Accessories earrings – and it caused quite a stir.

When asked to address the issue, Mr Sunak said the leadership hopefuls should be judged “by their character and their actions”.

He said he “wasn’t born this way” as his family emigrated to the UK 60 years ago and he had previously worked as a waiter at an Indian restaurant.

‘Great admirer of his dress sense’

Ms Truss would not completely disown Ms Dorries’ comments, but she did appear to distance herself from them as she said she wasn’t sure where the £4.50 claim about her earrings came from.

But she said she does not have “any issue with how expensive anybody else’s clothes are” and is “not going to give Rishi fashion advice”, adding she is a “great admirer of his dress sense”.

On Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak said the outgoing PM is “one of the most remarkable people I’ve met” but said he would not let him serve in his cabinet if he were to become prime minister.

He got a round of applause when he said he resigned “on principle” as “enough was enough” due to issues over conduct and the economy.

Ms Truss would not say what it would have taken for her to resign. She would also not answer directly when asked if she would allow Mr Johnson to serve in her cabinet, instead saying she did not think that would happen.

Woman found guilty of infanticide of 10-week-old daughter who was discharged into her care against medical advice | UK News

A young mum shook her baby to death after social workers allowed her to go home from hospital despite medical staff warnings over her ability to care for the child.

Lauren Saint George, 25, was convicted of the infanticide of 10-week-old Lily-Mai George who died from a serious head injury and also suffered 18 rib fractures, two leg fractures and severe bruising.

She snapped and attacked her daughter six days after taking the baby home when social workers told her she would have to go into residential care if she wanted to keep her.

The verdict means the jury decided she had killed her daughter but was not fully responsible for her actions because of the effects of childbirth or lactation. Jurors cleared her of murder, manslaughter, and cruelty towards the baby.

Saint George wept in the dock at the Old Bailey as the verdicts were delivered.

Lily-Mai’s father Darren Hurrell, 25, was cleared of cruelty.

Lily-Mai was born prematurely in November, 2017, and kept in Barnet Hospital, north London, where staff were concerned about a lack of bonding between mother and baby.

Jurors heard that four days after the birth Saint George refused to visit her daughter on the ward, telling staff she was busy having her dinner.

When she finally agreed to visit her midwives were horrified to see her standing with her back to the baby. Her parents would feed themselves before feeding Lily-Mai.

Saint George and Hurrell had been homeless and staff had tried to stop them taking Lily-Mai away from hospital, believing they were incapable of looking after her.

‘Feeling of anxiety’

The mother had told staff that she hated the noises Lily-Mai made and wished she would “cry instead of groaning”.

Prosecutor Sally O’Neill QC told the Old Bailey jury: “Almost all of the professionals at the hospital were opposed to the baby being discharged into the parents’ care at home and had expressed their concerns about the parents’ ability to meet the baby’s emotional, developmental and physical needs on many occasions to the social services.”

Three referrals were made by hospital staff to social services expressing concern while Lily-Mai was still in hospital.

Alicia Jack, former social services manager at Enfield council, dismissed the first one as there was “no information” on their system about the family, the court was told.

She investigated and decided that no further action was needed regarding the second referral and rejected the third referral as the parents had moved and their case had become the responsibility of Haringey Council.

Sithembile Dzingai, a locality manager who had been involved in discussions about Lily-Mai’s care, said: “There was no robust discharge plan to safeguard Lily-Mai.

“In my 12 years as a health visitor I have never had such a feeling of anxiety about a case as I did about Lily-Mai being discharged.”

Early January 2018

In early January, 2018, the parents were provided accommodation in Belmont Road, North London and after two months in hospital Lily-Mai was discharged into the couple’s care on 25 January.

Responsibility for Lily-Mai’s case had been taken over by Haringey Social Services, the same authority heavily criticised for its failings in the notorious Baby P and Victoria Climbié child abuse cases.

Lily-Mai died at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital on 2 February after her parents found her unresponsive at their home two days earlier.

Details of what happened during Lily-Mai’s final weeks was explored in great detail during the trial, largely through evidence from health and social workers.

12 January 2018

Theresa Ferguson, a qualified social worker for two years, was allocated Lily-Mai’s case, her first of this scale, on 12 January 2018. At the time she said she had 36 open assessments and 41 allocated cases.

She told the court that she was given the case because the more senior member of the team could not take on any more work.

Ms Ferguson attended a professionals meeting to discuss Lily-Mai’s discharge and care on 16 January at Barnet Hospital.

Midwife Marie Creighton said the social worker had a “generally disinterested attitude” when she first attended the meeting.

“I remember her…sauntering in with a miserable look on her face,” she said.

“She said she had been to Lauren and Darren’s flat and everything was fine and she didn’t understand why she was called into the meeting, ‘Why are we even discussing her?’ She displayed a generally disinterested attitude.”

Ms Creighton went on to say that Ms Ferguson’s attitude changed as hospital staff explained their concerns.

22 January

Ms Ferguson attended a further discharge planning meeting on 22 January and two days later made a referral for a “legal gateway meeting”.

The day after taking this first step to intervene in Lily-Mai’s care, Ms Ferguson went on annual leave. She went away for four days on the day of the baby’s discharge on 25 January.

Ms Ferguson told the court she did not feel that proposed plans to protect Lily-Mai once she was discharged would safeguard guard her.

She said: “I was really worried about her going home. I was told that with the management there had been conversations and there was not a consideration for a placement at that point and Lily-Mai would be returning home.”

Duty social worker Muriel Caboste was allocated the case in the meantime and visited the family on 26 January. She said she left feeling there were no increased child protection issues but noted that the parents were not following the feeding and medication chart.

No visits were made on 27, 28 or 29 January.

29 January

On 29 January the family went to see Darren Hurrell’s support worker, Anthony Monbelly and he described Hurrell as a “very proud dad” and a “doting parent” compared with Saint George who he said had “little or no intervention” with the baby.

On 30 January, on her return from annual leave, Ms Ferguson visited the parents.

Prosecutor Ms O’Neill told jurors: “Lily-Mai’s skin had a mottled appearance and although Darren Hurrell told Ms Feguson what they had been told to look out for by the hospital, which included the baby developing a pale appearance. He explained it by saying that the baby had a marble complexion.”

Health visitor Alberta Nyantaki also visited that day and said Saint George was “on the bed” the whole of her visit and not “fully engaged”. She felt that Hurrell was the main carer and saw him give Lily-Mai cuddles and kisses.

The health visitor expressed “serious concerns” to Ms Ferguson after her visit, but was reassured by her that the threshold for a child care protection plan had been met and the legal process had been started.

31 January

The social worker visited the family again the next day, 31 January, to tell the parents that they would need to go into a residential unit or Lily-Mai might be taken away from them. Residential placement meant professionals could observe the parents taking care of the baby.

Ms Ferguson said Saint George was “very despondent” on hearing the proposed plan and told her: “You want to take her, just take her, that’s fine.” But Hurrell was willing to go into the residential unit.

Ms Ferguson said: “I had quite a thorough conversation with Darren making it clear that he was not to leave Lily-Mai with Lauren.

“He felt he would be able to call the police if he needed to and there would be options where he could go to stay if he needed to. I was confident that Darren was able to safeguard Lily-Mai.”

Four or five hours later Saint George called 999 to report that her baby had stopped breathing. Lily-Mai died two days later.

Saint George told police she had tried to be a good mother but had suffered from depression. She said she had never shaken or harmed Lily-Mai.

Hurrell said the baby’s injuries could have been caused accidentally: a bump in the bath, a sudden jolt in her pram on a bus or when he had grabbed her leg to stop her falling off a bed.

Neither parent gave evidence in court.

‘Deeply saddened’

Haringey Council chief executive Andy Donald and Haringey Council leader Cllr Peray Ahmet said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Lily-Mai and our thoughts are with those who loved and cared for her during her short life.

“We would like to say how sorry we are that Lily-Mai did not receive the care and protection she deserved.

“There are clearly lessons to be learned and the Haringey Safeguarding Children Partnership has already commissioned a Serious Case Review from an independent expert which, now the trial proceedings are complete, will be concluded and published.

“We are confident we have now made improvements which could have better protected Lily-Mai and we are absolutely committed to protecting children and young people in our borough.”

Firefighters’ plea for public to help as they battle more ‘weather-related’ blazes in London and Surrey | UK News

Firefighters have urged people to stop using barbecues and remove rubbish in open areas to help prevent fires in hot weather – as yet more blazes have broken out.

At least eight hectares of land were affected by a fire declared a major incident on Sunday, at Hankley Common, near Farnham in Surrey, which has previously been used to film part of the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall.

Crews are expected to remain at the scene through Monday.

And fire crews in London had also been battling wildfires – with blazes in Rammey Marsh in Enfield, Cranford Park in Hayes and Thamesmead, all described as “weather related”.

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Appealing to the public for help, London Fire Brigade urged people to cancel all planned barbecues, remove rubbish, especially glass, from grassland and dispose of cigarettes properly.

The service tweeted: “Please help us prevent further fires by cancelling all planned BBQs, removing rubbish especially glass from grassland & disposing cigarettes correctly. Our firefighters & control officers are doing a fantastic job in challenging conditions. Your co-operation will help us greatly.”

Surrey Fire Service joined the call. It said: “Speak to young relatives about safety outdoors, pack a picnic instead of a BBQ, dispose of cigarettes and litter correctly.”

Temperatures across the southeast of England reached 29C (84F) on Sunday, according to the Met Office.

The fire at Rammey Marsh was the size of four football pitches. Pic: LFB
A fire at Rammey Marsh was the size of four football pitches. Pic: London Fire Brigade

Images of blackened ground were tweeted by the fire service after the Enfield grass fire at Rammey Marsh over an area of 20 hectares was brought under control.

Some 70 firefighters were sent to the grass fire in Cranford Park, Hayes, where around five hectares of grass and shrubland were alight and smoke spread across west London.

Big Jet TV, which live commentates on planes landing at Heathrow, said visibility was reduced at the airport, sharing a picture of a smoke covered runway from the nearby fire.

Meanwhile, in Thamesmead around 65 firefighters and the fire boat dealt with a grass fire on Defence Close.

The UK has been experiencing a heatwave with a record-breaking high of 40.3C, in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday.

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That day the fire service saw its busiest day since the Second World War as a result of the extreme temperatures with crews attending 1,146 incidents on that day alone.

Man shot dead at gathering in Waltham Forest in ‘reckless act of violence’ named as police appeal for witnesses | UK News

A man who was fatally shot in Waltham Forest at a gathering of up to 100 people has been named by police.

Two men checked themselves into hospital following the incident, with Sam Brown, 28, dying from gunshot injuries.

His family has been informed.

A second man in his 30s has been discharged from hospital after suffering from stab wounds.

Officers were called to Cheney Row Park in Waltham Forest shortly after midnight on Sunday morning, after reports of shots being fired.

DCI Kelly Allen of Specialist Crime at the Metropolitan Police said: “My heart goes out to the family of Sam, who has lost his life in this reckless act of violence. I can assure them of my total dedication, and that of my team, to ensuring that they get justice.

“I believe there were 50 to 100 people gathered in and around Cheney Row Park at the time of the shooting with music playing. I urgently need to speak with everyone who was at that event – even if you do not believe you saw anything significant, you need to come forward and speak with officers.

“There will have been footage and images captured at the event, and we need to see these. Please ensure that all such material is saved – we will provide a link for it to be uploaded shortly.

“To anyone considering whether or not to come forward to police, I ask you to put yourself in the position of the victim’s grieving mother and father this morning. They deserve answers.

“And whoever took a gun to a gathering like this does not deserve your protection, nor do they deserve to be free to inflict further harm on others. Please do the right thing and make contact today.”

Anyone with information is asked contact police on 101, quoting reference 267/24jul – or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

London and Surrey fires: Firefighters battle large blazes around the capital with one declared a ‘major incident’ | UK News

The fire service in Surrey has declared a major incident as crews battle an open fire – as crews in the capital fight three other large blazes, with people in west London told to keep their doors and windows shut.

In Surrey, a fire at Hankley Common near Farnham has drawn “several fire engines” to the area.

The fire service tweeted: “There is a great deal of smoke so please avoid the area, windows and doors should be closed if nearby and pets kept indoors.”

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Pictures online show plumes of smoke rising over the county, with people as far away as Guildford reporting they can see it.

The fire service later tweeted to ask those nearby to stop calling 999 to report smoke clouds, after receiving “an incredibly high” number of calls.

It added some local roads have been closed as a result of the incident.

Fire crews in London are also battling wildfires – with blazes in Rammey Marsh in Enfield, and Cranford Park in Hayes.

In Enfield, close to Epping Forest, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said around 100 firefighters were battling the grass fire, which had grown to the size of four football pitches.

The service urged people to help prevent further fires by not having barbeques and disposing of cigarettes correctly.

A fire in Hayes can be seen from across west London, with the LFB adding 70 firefighters are at the scene. It says people in the area should close doors and windows.

Big Jet TV, which live commentates on planes landing at Heathrow, says that visibility is reducing at the airport, sharing a picture of a smoke covered runway from the nearby fire at Hayes.

In east London near Newham, another fire is being dealt with in Thamesmead. LFB say 65 firefighters and a fire boat are at the scene close to London City Airport, with those nearby asked to keep doors and windows closed.

It comes after a swathe of wildfires in London and the surrounding area after last week’s record temperatures left the ground tinder-box dry.

The UK hit record temperatures on Tuesday, with Coningsby in Lincolnshire reaching a sweltering 40.3C (104.5F) – the first time since records began that the mercury has exceeded 40C in the country.

Some parts of the UK saw significant damage as a result of the extreme heat, such as house and wildfires, melting airport runways and expanding railway tracks.

Board of Cricket Scotland resigns with immediate effect following racism claims | UK News

The board of Cricket Scotland has resigned with immediate effect following allegations of racism.

The directors sent the letter of resignation to the interim chief executive officer this morning.

It comes after Sky News revealed yesterday that a “devastating” review into Scottish cricket has found it be institutionally racist.

Scotland correspondent James Matthews reported that the review – expected to be published on Monday – has led to multiple referrals to a number of organisations, including Police Scotland, for racist behaviour.

A spokesperson for Cricket Scotland said: “Cricket Scotland will work in partnership with SportScotland with immediate effect to ensure appropriate governance, leadership and support is in place for the organisation and the sport in the days ahead, and these arrangements will be reviewed after the publication of the report into racism in cricket in Scotland and updates given accordingly.”

In the letter to the interim chief executive Gordon Arthur, the board wrote that “we are all truly sorry” to everyone who has experienced racism in Scotland, and “we believe we must now step aside to enable the required progress to be made in the coming months”.

The board had six members who stepped down.

A spokesperson for SportScotland said: “This has been an exceptionally challenging time for everyone involved in Scottish cricket.

“We have been made aware of the board’s decision and as the national agency for sport, we will take immediate steps to provide significant additional governance and leadership support to Cricket Scotland.”

Aamer Anwar, who is representing two of the complaints, said that his clients welcomed the resignations.

Leading wicket-taker spoke of abuse

The review was conducted following allegations made by Scotland’s all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haq that Cricket Scotland was “institutionally racist”.

In an interview with Sky Sports, last November, Haq and former team-mate Qasim Sheikh spoke of abuse that both had suffered throughout their careers.

Both men said they were treated differently from team-mates because of the colour of their skin.

The following month, SportScotland appointed Plan4Sport – an organisation that specialises in issues around equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) – to conduct a review, which has taken contributions from several hundred people.

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Former Scotland cricket player Qasim Sheikh told Sky News he felt he was treated differently because of his skin colour

Cricket Scotland is ‘dysfunctional’

On Saturday, it was revealed that investigators will support the claims of institutional racism within Scottish cricket.

One source told Sky News: “The fundamental claim at the start of this was about institutional racism at the heart of cricket. This review concludes that it’s very much the case.”

Mr Anwar spoke to Sky News ahead of the report’s publication and said: “Cricket Scotland is dysfunctional and institutionally racist – if that is confirmed by this review, it will be devastating for Cricket Scotland.

“There are those within the organisation who should be ashamed of their treatment of Majid and Qasim and so many other cricketers who gave their lives to cricket but saw their careers taken away from them.

“In any other walk of life, the individuals responsible would find themselves out of a job, in a jail cell, or banished from public life.

“Yet, when it comes to cricket, they are rewarded with promotions and status.

“Racism exists in Cricket Scotland and my clients know that has been the case for many years, through generations of cricketers.”

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Majid Haq is Scotland’s leading wicket taker. Pic: Action Images/Paul Harding

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Events in Scotland follow a racism scandal in English cricket.

Last year, several top officials resigned from Yorkshire County Cricket Club following allegations by former captain Azeem Rafiq.

He complained of institutional racism at the club and said abuse regarding his Pakistani heritage had left him close to taking his own life.