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Luciana Berger: Watch ‘horrific and brutal’ videos of Hamas attacks in Israel, ex-MP tells public | Politics News

A Jewish former Labour MP, who quit the party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, has urged people to watch videos of the “horrific and brutal” treatment of Israelis at the hands of Hamas.

Luciana Berger – who left Labour amid the antisemitism row within the party, but re-joined earlier this year – told Sky News’ Politics Hub programme that it was “very, very difficult” to see the unfolding scenes, calling it “the greatest attack on the Jewish community” since the “end of the Holocaust”.

But she encouraged the public to watch the videos coming from the area to see what was happening for themselves.

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“There are so many things that have been put on social media by the Hamas terrorists, the perpetrators of these horrific acts, that people wouldn’t have even seen because they are so brutal,” she told Sophy Ridge. “We can’t broadcast them on our television screens.

“A lot of it is on various social media outlets and I urge people to have a look at how horrific and brutal it is and to see the scenes of people who had gone to… a peaceful music festival.”

Sophy Ridge interview with Luciana Berger
Sophy Ridge interview with Luciana Berger

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Describing the scene where at least 260 young people were “gunned down” by Hamas militants, Ms Berger added: “That would be equivalent to 2,000 people at Glastonbury being gunned down. I mean, it just doesn’t bear thinking about.”

The ex-MP for Wavertree also warned of the impact closer to home and on the Jewish community in the UK.

“I live in north London,” she said. “Just down the road from where I live last night, a kosher eatery that I go to for my takeaway was vandalised and graffiti was put in the bridge just above it.”

She added: “My children go to Jewish schools and there’s a lot of concern around the safety of whether it’s young Jewish people or people going about the Jewish way of life going to synagogues.”

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Ms Berger also criticised former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who told journalists outside this week’s Labour conference he did not support terrorism but failed to condemn Hamas.

“He is not in any way a representative of the Labour Party when he makes those remarks and those remarks are wrong,” she said. “These are not new remarks. This is not a surprise.

“Jeremy Corbyn is unable to call out Hamas for what it is as a terrorist organisation that has engaged itself in the most brutal and horrific of attacks in the last few days. And shame on Jeremy Corbyn for not calling it out for what it is.”

Calling on people to speak out against antisemitic incidents in the UK, Ms Berger said people should “acknowledge that there can never be any justification for the sheer brutality that we’ve seen”.

COVID inquiry to begin with ‘difficult to watch’ film of family testimonies | UK News

The long-awaited COVID inquiry will hold its first public hearings today with an opening statement from chair Baroness Hallett and a film of testimonies from bereaved families that’s been described as “difficult to watch”.

Baroness Hallett, a retired judge, has promised to put the 226,000 victims of the pandemic at the heart of the investigation into the government’s response.

However, she has been criticised by some families for not giving more time to hear their stories – with a demonstration planned outside the London hearing.

Only one bereaved family member is due to give evidence during the opening module examining the country’s resilience and preparedness.

Baroness Hallett has said that more bereaved families will be heard during later modules.

Leshie Chandrapala believes her father, Ranjith Chandrapala, would still be alive if he had been better protected as a key worker during the height of the pandemic.

Mr Chandrapala, a bus driver from northwest London, died in May 2020.

“It is a monumental day for us and we have been fighting for it ever since the pandemic started,” she said.

“We wanted to learn lessons very early on but the government were reluctant.

Ranjith Chandrapala
Mr Chandrapala was one of 27 London bus drivers to die in the first three months of the pandemic

“We want to learn the lessons so that in future pandemics we’re not going to have a death toll near as much as a quarter of a million people.”

She added: “My dad was a key worker and I need to know what measures were in place and how the Department for Transport, TFL, the bus operators, were working together to keep those bus drivers safe.

“We know that bus driver deaths were very high, disproportionate numbers of transport workers died during the pandemic. And why is that? Was there a lack of preparedness?”

Leshie Chandrapala
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The inquiry has published a list of witnesses who are due to give evidence this week.

It includes Sir Michael Marmot, the author of a report into key worker deaths that found London bus drivers aged 20 to 65 were 3.5 times more likely to die from COVID between March and May 2020 than men in other occupations across England and Wales.

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Tuesday’s session will hear from Professor Jimmy Whitworth, an infectious diseases expert from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Dr Charlotte Hammer, an epidemiologist from Cambridge University.

The first module will run for six weeks, until 20 July.

An interim report will be published shortly afterwards, ending fears of a lengthy delay in publishing evidence gathered by the inquiry.

Coronation procession route, the best spots to watch the King and Queen and how to get there | UK News

The King and Queen Consort will travel the same route in a procession before and after the coronation on 6 May – with two key differences.

On the return journey, they will use the 260-year-old Gold State Coach rather than a newer, air-conditioned model.

And by the time the afternoon procession sets off, Camilla will be known as the Queen.

What route is the procession taking?

On the way to Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace, the procession will travel down The Mall via Admiralty Arch.

It will then take the south side of Trafalgar Square and go along Whitehall and Parliament Street, take the east and south sides of Parliament Square to Broad Sanctuary, before arriving at the Abbey.

The 1.3 mile route is a tried and tested one, having been used for many royal occasions.

The route the royal couple will take
The route the royal couple will take before and after the coronation

Where are the best viewing spots?

Viewing areas will be set up on both sides of the coronation route in central London.

The areas will open at 6am on the day of the coronation and people are asked not to arrive before then.

Capacity at the viewing areas will be limited and once they are full they will be closed. Large crowds and queues to enter the viewing areas are expected.

If the viewing area you intend to visit is full when you arrive, you will be directed to one of the other viewing areas or a screening site.

There will not be big screens along the procession route, so people wanting to watch a broadcast of the ceremony are advised to instead attend one of the screening sites.

After the coronation procession has passed down The Mall following the ceremony, the route will be opened to allow people to move onto the road.

People will be able to walk down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace to watch the balcony appearance.

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How long does the procession take and what time is it?

The processions will last for about 30 minutes.

The first procession – known as the King’s procession – will start at about 10.20am in time for the ceremony to begin at Westminster Abbey at 11am.

The ceremony will finish at 1pm and the return procession – the coronation procession – is expected to arrive at Buckingham Palace at 1.30pm.

The second procession will be a larger ceremonial procession, but the route will be the same.

What will be available at the viewing areas and what should I bring?

There will be first aid points, water refill stations, toilets and welfare points at the viewing areas.

There will also be and food and drink kiosks along the procession route.

As the day will involve a lot of standing and being exposed to the elements, wear comfortable shoes and bring a raincoat or sunscreen depending on the weather.

People have been told not to bring stools or folding chairs to the procession route viewing areas.

I’ve got accessibility requirements – where can I watch the procession?

Access to accessible viewing points will operate on a first come first served basis and space will be limited.

People using the accessible area can have a carer or companion with them.

The accessible viewing area for the procession will be on the north side of the Mall, close to Trafalgar Square.

At the Green Park and St James’s Park screening sites, both accessible areas are close to the main screen.

The accessible areas will have viewing points at ground level, suitable for wheelchair users and people with mobility issues.

There will be British Sign Language interpreters and a hearing loop for people using hearing aids.

There will also be accessible toilets and Changing Places toilets and assistance dog facilities.

The viewing areas and screening sites also have quiet spaces which people can use if they feel overwhelmed or need some time out.

The quiet spaces will have soft seating and ear defenders will be available.

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What’s the best way to travel to procession viewing areas?

There will be diversions and road closures, so the best station for accessing viewing areas may not be the one you would normally use.

For viewing areas along The Mall, use Waterloo, Charing Cross, Piccadilly Circus or Green Park stations.

For Whitehall viewing areas, use Embankment, Westminster or Charing Cross.

What happens after the final procession?

The newly crowned King and Queen receive a salute from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Armed Forces in the Buckingham Palace Gardens at the end of the procession.

They will then appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony with other members of the royal family for a ceremonial flypast.

How will this procession be different from the last coronation?

The late Queen’s outward procession was 1.6 miles long but her return procession was five miles, taking her down Piccadilly, along Oxford Street and Regent Street and Haymarket.

It took two hours to complete, featured 16,000 participants and was designed to allow her to be seen by as many people as possible.

She travelled in both directions in the Gold State Coach, famously describing the bumpy ride as “horrible”.

Phillip Schofield’s brother Timothy ‘forced teen boy to watch pornography and sexually abused him’, court told | UK News

The brother of TV presenter Phillip Schofield forced a teenage boy to watch pornography and sexually abused him, a court has heard.

Timothy Schofield is accused of carrying out 11 sexual offences between October 2016 and October 2019 – the most serious charge involving a sex act with the child.

The 54-year-old civilian police worker denies three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.

The accuser told Exeter Crown Court that he felt “emotionally blackmailed” by Schofield into taking part in sex acts.

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Phillip Schofield did not appear on his ITV show on Tuesday

The complainant said “emotionally there was no escape from what we had to do” and there was a “tremendous amount of pressure and expectation for me to fulfil what was being asked and wanted”.

“I felt that that was why I was feeling forced to participate.”

Schofield “does not dispute” that he and the complainant watched pornography together and that they would “masturbate” when they did so, but disputes “when it started”, according to Schofield’s lawyer Peter Binder.

The complainant told the court he was around 13 when Schofield’s alleged offending started.

But Mr Binder said: “It is his [Schofield’s] case that you have exaggerated the length of time that this practice went on for, that it only lasted 18 months or so from when you were 16 to roughly 17 and a half and that is right, is it not?”

The complainant replied that the lawyer’s claim was “completely incorrect and false”.

The court previously heard Schofield, from Bath, carried out the alleged attacks while working for Avon and Somerset Police as an IT technician.

His brother Phillip Schofield, 60, did not appear on Tuesday on his ITV show This Morning. The studio said he is taking “pre-planned leave” this week.

Timothy Schofield’s trial continues.

Queen’s funeral: Public to be able to watch funeral on big screens across UK | UK News

The public will be able to watch the Queen’s funeral on Monday on large screens being put up in public parks and venues across the UK.

Around 125 cinemas across the UK will also be screening the events – alongside Sky News and other TV broadcasters.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said the occasion will be shown in various locations – including Hyde Park in London; Centenary Square in Birmingham; Coleraine Town Hall in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland and Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

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The list of locations also includes Cathedral Square, Sheffield; Bitts Park, Carlisle; Bedford Corn Exchange; Bradford Cathedral; University Square, Coventry; Northernhay Gardens, Exeter; Sandy Park conference centre, Exeter; Exeter City Football Club; Millennium Square, Leeds; Manchester Cathedral and Old Eldon Square in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Hundreds of thousands of mourners will line the streets from London to Windsor in Berkshire, with more than 10,000 police officers on duty – the largest police presence on record.

People are being advised by the government to “plan ahead and prepare for delays to travel”.

A total of 500 foreign dignitaries will attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey alongside 2,000 guests including politicians, civil servants, some celebrities and many ‘ordinary’ members of the public selected for charitable or community works.

After Monday’s service, the late monarch’s coffin will be driven to Windsor in the state hearse before travelling in procession to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.

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The route the hearse will take from west London to Windsor Castle
The route the hearse will take from west London to Windsor Castle

At 10.44am, the Queen’s coffin will be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, which will begin at 11am and be followed by a national two-minute silence at 11.55am.

A public procession will begin at 12.15pm as Her Majesty’s coffin travels from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch in London.

The procession, which will proceed in seven groups and be supported by a service band, will travel along Broad Sanctuary, Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Road, The Mall, Constitution Hill and end at London’s Wellington Arch.

Space dedicated for those with accessibility requirements is available at the Green Park side of The Mall and the St James’s Park side of The Mall.

The Albert Memorial viewing areas will have British Sign Language interpreters and a hearing loop.

Queen Elizabeth II in her carriage during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.

Her Majesty‘s coffin will then be carried from Wellington Arch by the State Hearse to Windsor, where The Queen will be laid to rest.

The hearse is due to arrive in Albert Road and, at 3.10pm, it will travel in procession along Albert Road and the Long Walk before arriving at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the committal service, where The Queen will buried next to the Duke of Edinburgh, which is not open to the public.

There are a limited number of public viewing areas on The Long Walk, including a number of viewing spaces for those with accessibility needs, and there will be big screens for people to watch the services and procession from London.

A National Moment of Reflection in the form of a one-minute silence will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.

Community groups, clubs and other organisations, as well as people at home, and expats across the world, are being encouraged to mark the moment.

Watch and follow the Queen's funeral on TV, web and apps on Monday from 9am
Watch and follow the Queen’s funeral on TV, web and apps on Monday from 9am