Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.
The former track cyclist shared the news on his Instagram account, saying that he had hoped to keep the diagnosis private but that his “hand has been forced”.
Sir Chris said he was currently undergoing treatment, including chemotherapy, but added “I currently feel fine”.
The athlete’s full statement said: “I have a bit of news. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer, which came as a huge shock, having had no symptoms up to that point.
“I’m currently receiving treatment including chemotherapy, which thankfully is going really well. I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the medical professionals for their amazing help and care.
“For the sake of my young family, I had hoped to keep this information private but regrettably our hand has been forced. Whilst I’m thankful for any support, I’d like to deal with this privately.
“My heart goes out to the many others who are also going through similar challenges right now.
“I’m optimistic, positive and surrounded by love for which I’m truly grateful. As you might imagine, the last few months have been incredibly difficult.
“However, I currently feel fine – I am continuing to work, ride my bike and live my life as normal.
“It’s an exciting year of work ahead, not least with the Paris Olympics in July. I can’t wait to get stuck in, have fun and share it with you all.”
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Chancellor Jeremy Hunt says the former net zero chief is “wrong” after he quit the Tory party in protest of the government’s decision to ramp up oil and gas drilling.
Chris Skidmore resigned as an MP on Friday, accusing the government of “rowing ever further back from its climate commitments”.
Speaking on Saturday, Mr Hunt – who praised Mr Skidmore’s work as energy minister on climate change – said he “profoundly” disagrees with his reason for stepping down.
“The point is, I think he is wrong on North Sea oil and gas,” he told the BBC.
“When you have the problems in the Red Sea [with shipping routes under attack], it is very important for energy security that we have domestic sources of that kind of energy as we go into transition.”
It comes ahead of a vote in parliament on Monday on the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill, which, if passed, would mandate that licences for oil and gas projects in the North Sea are awarded annually.
Mr Skidmore said he could not vote for legislation that “clearly promotes the production of new oil and gas”.
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“To fail to act, rather than merely speak out, is to tolerate a status quo that cannot be sustained,” he said in his resignation statement.
But Mr Hunt said the independent panel for climate change state the UK will still get a “significant proportion” of energy from fossil fuels “even when we reach net zero in 2050”.
“And domestic oil and gas is four times cleaner than imported oil and gas,” he added.
Mr Skidmore’s decision leaves Prime Minister Rishi Sunak facing two tricky by-elections in early 2024, with another already in motion after voters last month ousted scandal-hit Peter Bone in Wellingborough.
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Kingswood, in South Gloucestershire, had been held by Mr Skidmore since 2010, after beating second-placed Labour by 11,220 votes at the last general election in 2019.
But that margin is far smaller than in the last two by-election defeats Labour handed to the Tories, with a majority of more than 24,000 overturned in Mid Bedfordshire and more than 19,000 in Tamworth.
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Labour says it will vote against Monday’s oil and gas legislation and has challenged Mr Sunak to call a general election rather than undergo more by-elections.
The prime minister has indicated the country will go to the polls in the second half of 2024.
More than £30,000 has been raised for the family of a Good Samaritan who died after being hit by a car while trying to help a stranger.
Father-of-two Chris Marriott, 46, died on Wednesday after he went to the aid of a woman who was unconscious in the street during a disturbance in the Burngreave area of Sheffield.
As he tended to the woman, a car hit the crowd, leaving several people injured.
Now a GoFundMe appeal to financially support Mr Marriott’s family has raised £31,610 as of 6.30pm on Sunday.
In a message posted on the fundraising page, his family said they were “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support being shown for Chris, and appreciate every comment and donation”.
“Chris would be amazed (and no doubt embarrassed) at the attention his actions have generated, but would also loved to have seen how friends, neighbours and complete strangers have come together to show support for his family and help financially. Thank you so much.”
Mr Marriott, who has been described as a Good Samaritan by police, worked for a debt counselling charity and was a leading member of his church, helping set up and run a food bank in Sheffield.
The organisers of the fundraiser said Mr Marriott was “a man who loved people”.
“His kindness, work ethic, generosity and willingness to walk people through the intricacies of setting up IT were part and parcel of what made him who he was and therefore much loved and irreplaceable.
“He died whilst administering first aid to a stranger putting their needs before his own safety.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and their two boys at this so so difficult time and we would like to remove any financial concerns they may have.”
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Hassan Jhangur, 23, of Whiteways Road, Sheffield, appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with murder and five counts of attempted murder.
He was remanded in custody during the brief appearance and will appear again at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.
Sheffield United captain Chris Basham had to be taken off the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a horror injury in his side’s Premier League game against Fulham.
The 35-year-old defender suffered a severe injury to his standing leg while attempting to cross the ball during his team’s 3-1 defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The match was stopped for 12 minutes while the star was given oxygen.
Sheffield United fans sang “One Chris Basham” during the stoppage and he was applauded by both sets of supporters as he was led off the pitch on a stretcher and into an ambulance.
Basham gave a thumbs-up to fans as he was taken off the pitch and replaced by Jack Robinson.
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In a post on X, Sheffield United said: “We send our best wishes to Bash, and will communicate updates as and when we have them.”
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Basham joined the South Yorkshire side in 2014 and has since played more than 390 games – featuring in every one this season.
The team sits bottom of the Premier League with one point from their opening eight games since being promoted from the Championship.
Firearms officers are “understandably anxious” after a force marksman was charged with the murder of Chris Kaba, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has said.
Mr Kaba, 24, died in Streatham Hill, southeast London, in September last year after he was shot through an Audi car windscreen.
The officer accused of his murder, named only as NX121 after an anonymity order was granted by a district judge, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and the Old Bailey on Thursday.
Sir Mark Rowley said he has met with 70 firearms officers who operate all across London after the murder charge.
He said he understands “why many of them are reflecting on the potential price of such weighty responsibilities”.
The Met Commissioner also said officers were anxious “as they consider how others may assess their split-second decisions years after the event, with the luxury of as much time as they want to do this”.
In a statement, Sir Mark said: “This week a Met firearms officer was charged with murder following the fatal shooting of Chris Kaba.
“I cannot talk about that case specifically as proceedings are very much active and I am mindful of the impact this is having on all those directly affected.
“On Thursday I met with 70 firearms officers to reflect on the events of this week.
“Like me, they understand the importance of transparency and accountability, and recognise the awful effect on everybody involved on the very rare occasions when lethal force is used by the police.
“That impact is exacerbated by the very slow speed that investigations, trials, inquests and hearings run at, meaning the lives of everyone affected are on hold for many years.”
Sir Mark continued: “They were understandably anxious as they consider how others may assess their split-second decisions years after the event, with the luxury of as much time as they want to do this, and the effect this can have on them and their families.
“As I continue my work today, our firearms officers are on patrol deployed on proactive crime and counter-terrorism operations as they are every day.
“They are not only prepared to confront the armed and dangerous to protect London’s communities but they do so recognising the uniquely intense and lengthy personal accountability they will face for their split-second operational decisions.
“Indeed, I understand why many of them are reflecting on the potential price of such weighty responsibilities.
“Bravery comes in many forms.
“When officers have the levels of uncertainty and worry I saw in my colleagues today, simply going in and doing their jobs not knowing what incidents are ahead of them is courageous.”
In the moments before the shooting, Mr Kaba had driven into Kirkstall Gardens and collided with a marked police car.
The officer fired one shot and hit Mr Kaba in the head.
Recorder of London Mark Lucraft KC told the marksman that a plea and trial preparation hearing will be listed for 1 December, with a possible trial date of 9 September next year.
NX121 was released on bail on the conditions that he lives at a named address, surrenders his passport and does not apply for international travel documents.
The parents of a man who was shot dead by police last year have led a protest in London as they continue to wait for answers a year after his death.
The march to mark the one-year anniversary of Chris Kaba’s death began at New Scotland Yard and ended in Parliament Square on Saturday.
The 23-year-old was killed after the car he was driving was followed through south London by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens.
He then turned into Kirkstall Gardens, a narrow residential street in Streatham Hill, where there was a collision between the vehicle he was in and an unmarked police car that was waiting for him at the scene.
A police officer who was in that marked vehicle is now referred to as NX121 for legal reasons.
The marksman fired one shot through the windscreen, hitting Mr Kaba in the head.
With the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yet to make a decision to charge the officer involved in the case, the message from the protesters was clear – they want answers now.
At the forefront of the protest was Mr Kaba’s father Prosper Kaba and mother Helen Kaba, who both spoke at the event.
“Chris’s matter is our matter,” said Ms Kaba.
“I know I am vulnerable, but I’ve got strength. God has given me the strength to fight till we’ve got justice. We need accountability, we need an answer for what happened to Chris.”
Ms Kaba also criticised the length of the legal process, which began with an Independent Office for Police Conduct investigation in the aftermath of Mr Kaba’s shooting on 5 September last year, before a file was passed to the CPS this March.
“The CPS have got everything, they’ve got evidence to decide to charge the officer who killed Chris,” she said in front of the crowd.
“Why in the 21st century should this happen to Chris? No matter what, we need an answer and we need a charging decision without delay.”
The incident last year sparked protests across the country, taking place on two consecutive weekends in September.
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On Saturday the crowd was smaller, a fact some of the speakers alluded to, urging people to continue to support the campaign.
Those who turned out were in full voice, chanting and carrying placards that include the words “justice for Chris Kaba” and “no justice, no peace”.
Mr Kaba’s father has asked why the officer involved was not jailed.
He said: “This officer broke trust between our community and them. To build up this trust they [the police] need to change.”
Speaking before the event, the team campaigning around the family said they want to see the case spark a wider change.
The CPS said it did not provide timescales for charging decisions and prosecutors were “carefully considering the file of evidence”.
A CPS spokesperson said: “As always, we will make that decision independently, based on the evidence and in line with our legal test.”
Disgraced ex-MP Chris Pincher was urged by Tory high command to “help the prime minister” by quitting parliament now so the by-election in his Tamworth constituency could be held on the same day as the Mid Bedfordshire poll.
After Mr Pincher formally resigned as an MP following his failed appeal against an eight-week Commons suspension for drunken “groping”, senior Conservative MPs told Sky News they expected the by-election for his seat to take place on 19 October.
That means voters in Tamworth – where Mr Pincher had a 19,634 majority over Labour in 2019 – will go the polls on the same day as those in Mid Beds, where the Tories will defend a 24,664 majority won by Nadine Dorries at the last election.
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“That was the plan,” a senior Conservative MP with knowledge of the by-election process told Sky News. “It makes sense to hold both these difficult by-elections on the same day.
“It was pointed out to Chris that as a former deputy chief whip, he would appreciate that it would help the prime minister if he would go now and not prolong the agony by going through a recall petition, which he had no chance of winning, and land us with another by-election further down the road.”
A senior government minister also told Sky News: “We expect Tamworth to be held on 19 October. As the prime minister has said, mid-term by-elections for incumbent governments are always difficult.”
Top Tories, including chief whip Simon Hart and party chairman Greg Hands, wanted both by-elections to be held with a decent interval after the party’s conference – taking place between 1 and 4 October – and to stretch the resources of their Labour and Liberal Democrat opponents.
It’s thought the Conservatives also want to get both polls out of the way quickly because they’re not confident of winning either, given the perception of sleaze that Mr Pincher and Ms Dorries have created for the party and the embattled Rishi Sunak.
Tamworth has been described by political guru Professor Sir John Curtice as a “totemic target” for Labour. That’s because a year before Tony Blair’s 1997 landslide, the party won a spectacular by-election victory in the seat when it was called South East Staffordshire.
The swing then was 22% and this time, a year before an election expected next autumn, Labour needs a 21% swing to win the seat.
It’s a big ask – although in July, Labour achieved a 23.7% swing in Selby and Ainsty, where it only needed an 18% swing for victory.
The Tamworth poll comes after Mr Pincher lost his appeal against a ruling by the Standards Committee of MPs that he “groped” two people at the Tory “holy of holies”, the Carlton Club, on 29 June last year, and was therefore guilty of an abuse of power.
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His appeal against the eight-week suspension, which he claimed was “disproportionate”, was rejected by an independent expert panel, meaning he would have faced a recall petition in his constituency, requiring only 10% of voters to call for him to go.
“We consider that the appellant’s arguments are misconceived or erroneous,” the panel concluded as it upheld the Standards Committee’s recommendation. “The sanction is far from being arbitrary or disproportionate.”
The Pincher scandal was one of the “three Ps” that brought down Boris Johnson – the other two being (Owen) Paterson and partygate. Mr Johnson was also said to have remarked to Tory colleagues: “Pincher by name, pincher by nature.”
That was in 2020, after former Olympic rower Alex Story claimed in 2017 that Mr Pincher made an unwanted pass at him when he was a 26-year-old Tory activist back in 2001 “like a pound shop Harvey Weinstein”.
That claim led Mr Pincher to resign as a junior government whip, though he was cleared of wrongdoing by a party investigation. He later served as Europe minister and housing minister.
But given the embarrassment Mr Pincher has caused the Conservative Party, it’s no wonder Tory MPs believe the least he could now was to help the prime minster out.
Tory MP Chris Pincher has resigned after he lost his appeal against an eight-week suspension from the Commons following groping allegations made against him.
The Commons Standards Committee announced the sanction in July following an investigation into the claims and whether the former deputy chief whip caused “significant damage to the reputation of the House” – a breach of the members’ code.
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The move means there will be a by-election in his constituency of Tamworth, in Staffordshire,
Mr Pincher – who resigned from Boris Johnson’s government over the allegations last summer – did not appeal against the breach, but argued to the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) that the punishment was disproportionate.
In his resignation statement he said: “I have said already that I will not stand at the next general election.
“However, following the Independent Expert Panel’s decision I wanted to talk to my office team and family.
“I do not want my constituents to be put to further uncertainty, and so in consequence I have made arrangements to resign and leave the Commons.
“Tamworth is a wonderful place and it has been an honour to represent its people.
“I shall make no further comment at this time.”
Tamworth has a majority of nearly 20,000. Mr Pincher has represented the constituency since 2010.
The by-election is likely to come as unwelcome news to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, following a series of Tory losses at the ballot box recently.
Mr Pincher resigned as deputy chief whip in June 2022 after reports he had he groped two men while drinking at the Carlton Club in central London, and was later suspended by the Conservative Party.
His departure is touted by many as the reason for Mr Johnson’s exit from Downing Street, as numerous ministers turned against him after reports the then-PM knew about other claims relating to Mr Pincher’s behaviour when he gave him a role in his government.
An investigation by Commons Standards Committee gave details of the Carlton Club allegations.
A House of Lords employee claimed Mr Pincher had stroked his neck and squeezed his bottom.
The second complainant – a civil servant – said he touched his bottom before moving his hand to touch and squeeze his testicle.
The watchdog said Mr Pincher’s conduct had been “completely inappropriate, profoundly damaging to the individuals concerned, and represented an abuse of power.
The eight week suspension they recommended was enough to trigger a re-call petition which in turn could have led to a by-election.
The IEP, in upholding his punishment, said Mr Pincher’s arguments were “misconceived or erroneous”, adding: “The sanction is far from being arbitrary or disproportionate.”
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Chris Evans has revealed he has been diagnosed with skin cancer.
Announcing the news on his Virgin Radio show, he said it was discovered in the early stages, adding he was told it is treatable.
He said: “We need to discuss what’s going on with this issue.
“It is a melanoma. There’s this phrase called a malignant melanoma – you know once you get something, and you find out all about it – that is a redundant phrase because if it is a melanoma it is malignant.
“But it’s been caught so early, just so you know, that it should be completely treatable.”
He added he will be treated for the condition on 14 September.
Evans, who is an avid runner, said he was told he will be unable to exercise in the month following the treatment, joking he will do nothing but run until his appointment.
It comes after he became concerned about skin cancer back in 2019, saying the high UV levels during the summer heat prompted him to go to the doctor.
However, Evans was told he had “nothing to worry about”, and that he should get checked for the condition once a year.
The broadcaster also spoke about a similar scare in 2015, when he was checked for prostate cancer after developing some symptoms.
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Evans joined Virgin Radio in 2018, when he left the coveted BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, taking most of his production team with him.
He had been a mainstay at the BBC, hosting The One Show and a stint on Top Gear, and before that fronting chaotic Channel 4 shows, TFI Friday and The Big Breakfast.
Chris Packham has told a court he fears for his and his family’s security – and that he does not “expect to live a long life free from violence and intimidation”.
On the second day of a libel case which he initiated, the TV star said he was a “victim of a campaign of vile and relentless intimation”, adding: “I do go to walk my dogs in the woods and wonder: is today the day that a psychopath fuelled by all this hate turns up and kills me?”
The BBC Springwatch presenter, 61, is suing three men over allegations in nine articles relating to his involvement in Wildheart Trust, a charity that runs a wildlife sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.
Mr Packham told the High Court trial he believed the “defendants’ unsubstantiated claims have misled, agitated and fuelled a vocal and violent conspiratorial fringe who increasingly post threatening and vile material about me and my family”.
The environmentalist said his post had often been stolen and “random dead animals and human faeces are regularly posted to me”.
“I have become accustomed to the plethora of dead animals people leave at my home,” Mr Packham went on.
The TV naturalist is suing Dominic Wightman, editor of the online site Country Squire Magazine, along with writer Nigel Bean and a third man, Paul Read.
Mr Packham has been accused of defrauding and manipulating people into making donations to the charity to rescue tigers while knowing they were well cared for.
Mr Packham denies the allegations
It is also alleged he dishonestly raised money for the charity at the beginning of COVID while knowing it was due to receive a £500,000 benefit from its insurance. Mr Packham has strongly denied the claims.
Mr Wightman and Mr Bean’s lawyers said the articles in the claim could be defended as true, while Mr Read said he was not responsible for the publications as he was a “mere proofreader”.
In a 50-page witness statement, Mr Packham said: “I genuinely no longer expect to live a long life free from violence and intimidation.
“Because it may only take the one wrong person to read Country Squire Magazine for things to go horribly wrong.”
Mr Packham said his “deeply held views” had attracted criticism from people who shoot and fox hunt – while revealing details of the threats he gets.
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He also said that “masked attackers” in October 2021 set fire to a car and burned down the gate to his home, with police said to believe the arson was carried out by paid professionals.
Nicholas O’Brien, a lawyer for Mr Wightman and Mr Bean, said the allegations in the articles in the claim were true and could also be defended as under the public interest.
The barrister said: “It is clear that the tigers had not been rescued from a circus, were not then in need of rescue, and were not rescued by Mr Packham.”
But Mr Packham said it was correct to use the word “rescue” when talking about the tigers and a move to the sanctuary.
He has called the allegations against him “ridiculous, utterly unfounded, and plainly designed to be as upsetting, threatening and reputationally damaging as possible”.
Mr Packham denied fraudulently raising money for the charity, adding that “we weren’t hopeful that we would be insured against COVID-19 closures”.
The trial before Mr Justice Saini is due to end on 12 May, and a decision is expected at a later date.