Politics latest news: Government eyes taxpayer-funded loans amid crunch talks on energy crisis

© Reuters Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, will be meeting with energy bosses as crunch talks continue – Reuters

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Energy firms could be bailed out using taxpayer-funded loans, as the Government scrambles to resolve the mounting gas crisis.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, has had held several meetings with energy bosses over the weekend and they are expected to continue this week, amid warnings that dozens of companies could go bust. A bailout fund is one of several options on the table, with the industry fearing a financial crisis-style collapse. 

James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister, signalled a willingness to let some of them collapse, telling the BBC: “We would much prefer to see diversity in the market… but our priority is to protect the consumer and protect the integrity of gas supply.”

Speaking to Sky News, he added: “We will do absolutely everything we can to protect our consumer… Exactly how we do that will be up for discussion.”

Video: Emily Thornberry criticises Government’s positivity over Brexit amid food shortages (Evening Standard)

He insisted that the UK was “in a pretty good place” because of the nature of supply both domestically and from “reliable” partners such as Norway.

Speaking from New York, Boris Johnson said the bounce-back from Covid had caused a global “bottleneck”. Asked whether the problems could last for months, Mr Johnson said: “It could be faster than that, it could be much faster than that.”

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10:51 AM

British Gas to take on 350,000 customers from failed firm

British Gas has agreed to take on an extra 350,000 domestic customers from collapsed energy firm People’s Energy, regulator Ofgem has confirmed.

The company went bust last week, leading to Ofgem finding another supplier to take on the firm’s customers.

Outstanding credit balances including money owed to both existing and former domestic customers of People’s Energy will also be honoured.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, is expected to answer questions on the brewing energy crisis later today.

But there are several other firms fearing for their future – read on for more.

10:44 AM

ICYMI: Nancy Pelosio visits the Rovers Return

Sir Lindsay Hoyle welcomed fellow speakers from around the world to his home seat of Chorley over the weekend, for the G7 Speakers’ Conference. 

Nancy Pelosi and co were treated to Morecambe Bay shrimps, Lancashire hot pot and Chorley cakes during their visit – as well as a trip to the set of Coronation Street. 

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives looks somewhat bemused to find herself behind a fake bar….

As the annual G7 Speakers’ Conference comes to an end, I would like to thank G7 Speakers and Presiding Officers for coming to the North-West of England for a weekend of excellent discussion. And what a great way to end on the @itvcorrie set! pic.twitter.com/GCBvK7Cdqz

— Sir Lindsay Hoyle (@CommonsSpeaker) September 19, 2021

10:38 AM

UK is ‘especially vulnerable’ to energy crisis, says former government adviser

The UK is “especially vulnerable” to an energy crisis, a former government adviser on energy security has said. 

Clive Moffatt, founder and former chairman of  the UK Energy Security Group, told Sky News there were three reasons the UK was at risk from supply fluctuations: the “very high” reliance on gas for heating and power; the high reliance on imports, making up around 80 per cent; and the fact there is “very little storage of gas in the UK – less than two per cent of total annual gas demand”.

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that it was as a result of the post-pandemic recovery was “partly” right, but the problem was “not so short term as he implied,” Mr Moffatt added. 

A shift towards renewables would not be sufficient to address those issues for “the next few years”, he added. 

“Consumers will have to pay either more tax or more price, but at the end of the day, these situations are going to continue,” he added. 

10:27 AM

Government must fix ‘fundamental problems’ in UK energy supply

The Government has been called upon to fix the “fundamental problems” in the UK’s energy market, amid warnings the price cap has been “suffocating” the industry.

Dale Vince, chief executive of green energy supplier Ecotricity, told the BBC the electricity and gas shortages the county faces this week cannot be resolved short-term, saying: “It’s a question of what sticking plasters we can apply to get through the winter.”

But he added: “The energy market is in crisis anyway. Small suppliers have been going bankrupt at the rate of one in every six weeks for the last two years…. We have a price cap that sets the energy price super low which allows a margin of about two per cent for energy companies which is suffocating.

“We’ve got a Government stealth tax amounting to 25 per cent on everybody’s electricity bill, which really needs to be removed. And, of course, we’re dependent on foreign markets for oil and gas.

“We need to build renewable energy as if there’s no tomorrow. In the next 10 years we could go 100 per cent energy independent in our country for electricity and gas.”

10:20 AM

Nick Timothy: With the Aukus treaty, ‘Global Britain’ is beginning to take shape

As the French make fools of themselves, it would take a heart of stone not to laugh, writes Nick Timothy.

The Aukus treaty, President Macron insists, is a humiliation because France was not invited to join. But in signing the treaty, his ministers say, Britain is becoming a “vassal” of the United States.

The country that demands a European army to counter American power, declares Nato “brain-dead”, and seeks European “strategic autonomy”, has recalled its US ambassador because America and Britain agreed to share secret nuclear submarine technology with Australia.

French histrionics reflect commercial frustration, the proximity of a presidential election, and geopolitical anxiety. The EU wants to avoid choosing sides between America and China. France wants to secure its future as a Pacific Ocean power.

Read more from Nick here.

09:58 AM

What’s on the agenda today? 

As always with Monday, things are only pencilled in until the Speaker has selected urgent questions or ministerial statements later on today – but here is the schedule as things stand. 

I’d be very surprised if there isn’t a debate on the energy crisis, but even without that the cost of living is likely to dominate this afternoon’s debate on the Social Security Bill.

See 10:31am and posts throughout for more.

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09:46 AM

Have your say: How damaging could a ‘cost of living crisis’ be for Boris Johnson?

It’s been many years since the country faced a real “cost of living crisis”, but many commentators believe that is precisely what we are in for. 

The energy crisis, food shortages and labour shortages are all pushing up prices, with warnings that Christmas could be cancelled (but this time, it’s the turkey that will be missing, rather than your family). 

That is combining with tax rises and the end of the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit – which could push more than 800,000 people into poverty, according to the Legatum Institute think tank.

Some of these issues are outside of the Government’s control – but many are very much within their power to resolve. Either way, there are warnings it could lead to political danger for Boris Johnson and co.  Have your say in the poll below.

09:31 AM

Boris Johnson braces for Tory backbench rebellion over Universal Credit cut

Boris Johnson might be in New York, but back in Westminster he risks a Tory rebellion over plans to cut the £20 uplift to Universal Credit led by two senior backbenchers. 

Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader, and Damian Green, the deputy prime minister under Theresa May, have tabled an amendment to pensions legislation in a bid block the end of the temporary benefits boost, which will coincide with higher gas bills and the end of furlough.

The architect of the Universal Credit system is hoping to have his amendment tacked onto the Social Security (Up-Rating of Benefits) Bill, although there are no guarantees it will be selected as it is not directly relevant. Even if Sir Lindsay Hoyle does so, the vote will be non-binding. 

However it could give the Government something of a bloody nose – at a point when the cost of living looks set to become a real political risk for the PM. 

See 10am for more

09:16 AM

YOLO at DLUHC: Michael Gove’s new department finally gets rebranded

© Anadolu Agency Michael Gove’s appointment initially appeared to be a demotion – but his responsibilities span the Government – Anadolu Agency

After a few days spent ironing out the branding, Michael Gove’s bolstered department has finally got its name. 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) will become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) – having narrowly avoided becoming DULU (the Department for the Union and Levelling Up). 

Mr Gove’s job title equally verbose: Levelling Up, Housing & Communities Secretary. and minister for intergovernmental relations. 

The change was announced over the weekend, along with the news that Andy Haldane, long-time chief economist at the Bank of England, will head the levelling up taskforce launched by Boris Johnson and Mr Gove.

He joins as a permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office, on secondment from the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for six months.   

09:05 AM

Keir Starmer must ‘nip abuse in the bud’ as Labour MP drops out of conference

Sir Keir Starmer should investigate whether abuse towards Rosie Duffield is coming from within Labour and make sure it is “nipped in the bud asap”, an MP has said. 

Ms Duffield, the MP for Canterbury, has said she will not attend the party’s conference next week over fears for her safety (see 8:56am). 

Colleague Emma Lewell-Buck told the BBC it was Ms Duffield’s “personal choice”, saying: “If she feels that she wouldn’t be safe then I think she’s got no choice but to stay away.”

She added: “This is symptomatic of how polarised and volatile debate has become in this country, people no longer respect other people’s views or other people’s opinions and they react to each other with anger and aggression. I’m really sad that Rosie doesn’t feel conference is going to be a safe space for her and that is something that we need to tackle.

“It’s something that Keir needs to have a look at and say: ‘Where is this coming from?’. If it’s coming from people  within our movement then that needs to be nipped in the bud asap.”

09:00 AM

Cost of living crisis could pose ‘real political danger’ to Government

The combination of tax rises, cuts to Universal Credit and surging energy prices could present “real political danger” for the Government, a Tory peer has warned. 

Gavin Barwell, a former MP who served as chief of staff under Theresa May, told the BBC the rise in gas prices ” definitely has the potential to become a crisis”.

He added: “I think that the first concern of Government will be about ensuring security of supply, making sure that we’re all still getting the gas that we need, both domestic and businesses. But the second concern will be about prices that consumers are being asked to pay…

“More generally, they will also be worried about the cost of living. We’ve got the tax increases that they’ve just brought in, we’ve got the Universal Credit reduction, that’s about to come online, plus rising energy bills, I think there is a real political danger here of cost of living issues becoming a real difficulty for the Government.”

08:46 AM

Hertfordshire Police make 29 arrests as climate activists glue themselves to road

© Jeff Gilbert Police arrest climate change protesters who glued themselves to the road – Jeff Gilbert

A further 29 climate change protesters have been arrested at junctions on the M25 and A1M, Hertfordshire Police said, as Insulate Britain demonstrators glued themselves to the road.

Chief Superintendent Nick Caveney said: “Officers were on the scene within minutes of being alerted to protest activity, allowing us to put diversions in place to ease the traffic and to make numerous arrests. All protesters involved in this morning’s protests have been arrested and will be taken to custody.

“We are working closely with other affected forces to ensure that any further activity is dealt with effectively and efficiently,” he added. “I understand and appreciate the frustration regarding the considerable delays and inconvenience that has occurred as a result of the protests.”

In the last week, Hertfordshire Police have made 76 arrests, with a “full investigation” underway “to ensure that hose breaking the law are brought to justice.”

08:37 AM

Taxpayers should not ‘write a blank cheque’ to resolve energy crisis, says think tank

The Government should not expect taxpayers to “write a blank cheque” to resolve the energy crisis, but allow free-market forces to play their part, a think tank has said. 

Julian Jessop, economics fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: “The poorest households should be protected from soaring bills, but the taxpayer should not be expected to write a blank cheque to bail out energy companies.

“Market forces need to be allowed to work and if this means that relative prices have to change to balance supply and demand, then so be it.

“There may be a case for Government loans to fundamentally sound businesses that are facing temporary problems as a result of global shortages. However, these companies should still be expected to borrow on commercial terms.

“Otherwise, there is a risk that the industry fails to adapt and that it remains vulnerable to further shocks.”

08:27 AM

Ne Parly pas: France cancels defence summit with UK as submarine deal fallout continues

France has cancelled a ministerial defence meeting with Britain this week amid an escalating diplomatic row over a nuclear-powered submarine deal.

Paris was left blindsided by the announcement last week of a new trilateral security pact between the UK, US and Australia – known as Aukus – as Canberra cancelled a £72.8 billion deal with the French for diesel-electric submarines as a result. 

Reacting with fury this weekend, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused the UK of “permanent opportunism”, while the French Europe minister Clement Beaune accused Britain of being a vassal state of Washington.

On Sunday night it emerged that French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly had decided to scrap a meeting planned for this week with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace.

Read more here.

08:18 AM

‘Outlook is bleak’, warns small energy firm

One of the small energy firms grappling with the current crisis has warned that it is “unlikely we will see the winter through”, without Government support. 

Peter McGirr, chief executive of Green Energy, which supplies around 360,000 people in the UK,  told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “the outlook is looking bleak” with current events in the market, including continued rising prices and the shortage of gas.

Mr McGirr added: “It is not that I have a bad business model or I have a bad business.

“We just don’t have as deep pockets to keep going through this crisis. I think that all suppliers are feeling the pinch of this but some of them just have a lot deeper pockets to try and ride out the storm.”

08:10 AM

‘Ego-driven’ climate change protests ‘claiming credit for the sunrise’, says minister

“Ego-driven” protesters blocking the M25 are “adding nothing” to the cause of tackling climate change, a Government minister has said.

Foreign Office minister James Cleverly told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “It is a completely inappropriate way of making the point they’re trying to make.”

He added: “The vast, vast majority of people want to see us tackling climate change, we are tackling climate change… the UK is actually a real leader on this.

“So I have to say, my belief is that those disruptions and protests are more ego-driven, rather than issues-driven. And I would strongly urge the people involved in it not to put themselves and others at harm by this continued disruption.”

He added: “These protesters are waking up at lunchtime and claiming credit for the sunrise. The simple fact is the UK is already pushing the world to do more and we are walking the walk as well as talking the talk and these protesters are adding nothing to that discussion.”

07:59 AM

Poultry and pork shortages ‘two weeks away’, warns industry body

The chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association, has said the country could be two weeks away from British meat disappearing from supermarket shelves because of a shortage of CO2.

Nick Allen told Sky News: “The meat industry, in particular the pig and poultry industry, use CO2 for humane slaughter. Eighty per cent of pigs and poultry are slaughtered using that process… [the fertiliser plants] closed at very short notice with no warning. It really hit us cold.

“We’re hoping and praying the Government can negotiate with these plants to reopen. But even then, it’ll take about three days to restart.”

Mr Allen said meat manufacturers have said they have between five and 15 days’ supply left.

He added: “Then they will have to stop. That means animals will have to stay on farms. That will cause farmers huge animal welfare problems and British pork and poultry will stay off the shelves. We’re two weeks away from seeing some real impact on the shelves.”

07:56 AM

Labour MP: My presence at party conference ‘would irritate’ certain groups

© PA Rosie Duffield has decided not to attend the Labour Party Conference as she wants people to focus on Sir Keir Starmer’s first conference speech since the pandemic. – PA

A Labour MP who will miss her party conference this week amid fears over her safety has said abuse against women “always turns to violence”. 

Rosie Duffield, who has clashed with transgender rights campaigners, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that male ministers who “have had to resign” – such as Matt Hancock – get “jokey, off-the-cuff and silly” abuse, while women “get the violence, pictures of guns, pictures of mocked-up nooses”. 

Ms Duffield added: “There are groups that would be at the Labour Party conference where my presence would irritate. 

“It is hard to know how serious to take threats from people who post them online – I don’t always very often take them that seriously – but they are pretty awful and I did not want to subject myself and other people to that kind of abuse.”

07:49 AM

Boris Johnson won’t need to ‘bang tables’ when he meets Joe Biden over travel ban

© PA Boris Johnson is in New York where he will attend the UN General Assembly before his first White House trip since entering Number 10 – PA

There will be “no need” for Boris Johnson to “bang any tables” as he looks to persuade Joe Biden to restart travel between the UK and US, a minister has said. 

The Prime Minister is expected to make an “impassioned” case for why the US President should lift his travel ban by allowing fully vaccinated people in the UK to travel directly into America.

James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister, told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Obviously international travel is incredibly important for the UK. We want to get to situation where Brits can travel to one of our closest partners in the world.”

Mr Johnson will be making the case that “travel to and from UK is safe, it is important to us and as a strong international partners it is what we should be looking to do”, he added, stressing that the recent Ausuk deal demonstrated that the two countries were “very much on the same page”. 

He added: “I have no doubt there will be no need to bang any tables to get the point across.”

07:45 AM

Government pledges to protect ‘diversification of supply’ during energy crisis

The Government will be looking to maintain the “the diversification of supply”, during crisis talks with energy firms this week, a minister has said. 

James Cleverly, the Foreign Officer minister, told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Ultimately, [Kwasi Kwarteng], the Business Secretary, will be discussing with the market, with the sector, what we can do to ensure two things happen.

“Firstly to protect consumers from unpredictable price hikes- and the cap is in place to do that. But also security of provision.  Exactly how we do that will be up for discussion.

“But we want to make sure diversification of supply – it is better for consumers, it is generally healthier.”

07:40 AM

Food crisis could ‘stimulate greater diversification’ in market, says minister

The looming food shortage crisis prompted by the closure of two  large fertiliser plants in Teesside and Cheshire could prompt more CO2 suppliers to launch, a minister has said. 

James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister, told Radio 4’s Today programme that the number of suppliers would be “defined largely by the market”, but that the crisis did “highlight a situation where there small number of providers”. 

He added: “It may well stimulate greater diversification in the market.”

But Mr Cleverly stressed that it was “short-term challenges, driven by the world economy coming out of Covid-19”. 

07:35 AM

Minister refuses to disclose number of British dual nationals held in Iran

A minister has refused to say how many British dual nationals were being held in Iran, saying it is not in their best interest to do so. 

James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister, told LBC that Iran “currently hold a number of British dual nationals in detention, completely arbitrary detention”.

He insisted he did know the figure, but refused to disclose it, saying: “I’m not going to discuss that this morning because, actually, it’s not always in the best interests of the people that we’re trying to help….  It’s not always in the best interest of the individuals for their cases to be publicised.”

Pushed as to whether he knew the figure, he said: “I do, I work on this all the time.”

07:31 AM

Ausuk deal ‘not about France’, minister says, as diplomatic row escalates

The major military deal struck between the UK, US and Australia is “not about France,” a minister has said today, amid a diplomatic row. 

James Cleverly, the Foreign Office minister, told Sky News: “With any international relationship there are ups and downs. I have no doubt we will be able to resolve any frictions that there are currently with France… This is Global Britain engaging with the world, working with all partners across the world – including Australia and the US.”

Responding to reports this morning that France has said trade talks with Australia are now “unthinkable”, Mr Cleverly said: “Contractual relationships between Australia and France is for Australia and France.”

07:30 AM

No link between Brexit and energy crisis, says minister

There is no connection between the growing energy crisis and Brexit, Foreign Office minister James Cleverly has said.

Asked if there was a link, he told LBC: “No, no, this is hitting a number of countries around the world and it is – I think the Prime Minister summed up rather well – this is a byproduct of the sudden increase in demand as we come out of Covid.

“Globally, the UK is in a better position than many countries because, obviously, we have a domestic gas production capability, and our imported gas is from very, very reliable partners like Norway.

“So whilst this is affecting many, many parts of the world simultaneously, actually the UK is in a better position than many.”

07:25 AM

Release of dual nationals ‘top of agenda’ in UK-Iran meeting

© Shutterstock Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is one of several dual nationals being held by Iran – Shutterstock

The release of dual nationals by Iran will be “top of the agenda” at a meeting between new Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her Iranian counterpart, a Foreign Office minister has said.

Ms Truss will meet with Hossein Amir-Abdollahian at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

James Cleverly said: “We will continue pushing and we will not rest until we get them all home. Their incarceration is arbitrary, it’s completely unjustified and we have made it clear that we will not stop working to get those British dual nationals home.”

Asked how confident he was that Ms Truss would succeed where others had failed, he said: “Well, it is never easy negotiating with the Iranian leadership. But… she’s an incredibly focused and energetic minister, she’s well-regarded for that, and I have no doubt that she will apply that energy to these negotiations.”

07:22 AM

‘We will put food on the tables’, minister promises, amid warnings that Christmas could be cancelled 

The Government’s “priority” is ensuring that food supplies are unaffected by gas shortages, a minister has said. 

Speaking after the owner of Bernard Matthews warned that C)2 shortages mean “Christmas will be cancelled” (see post below), James Cleverly said the Government was working to address “some short-term shortages.”

The Foreign Office minister added: “We will ensure that we are able to put food on the tables, that is a real priority.” 

On the medium and longer-term, he said the Government wanted to ensure “the UK is increasingly self sufficient in terms of good production, logistics chain – HGV drivers and so on.”

07:20 AM

CO2 shortage means ‘Christmas will be cancelled’, warns Bernard Matthews boss

Iceland is not the only food business to raise a warning over the impact of CO2 shortages on Christmas. 

This weekend, Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of Bernard Matthews and 2 Sisters Food Group, said the closure of two large fertiliser plants in Teesside and Cheshire due to a sharp rise in gas prices could mean “Christmas will be cancelled”. 

CO2 is essential to the humane slaughter of livestock, extends the shelf life of products and is vital to cooling systems for refrigeration purposes, industry leaders have said.

He said: There are less than 100 days left until Christmas and Bernard Matthews and my other poultry businesses are working harder than ever before to try and recruit people to maintain food supplies.”

He said that “the gaps on the shelves” that he had warned about in July were “getting bigger by the day”.

Boparan continued: “The supply of Bernard Matthews turkeys this Christmas was already compromised as I need to find 1,000 extra workers to process supplies. Now, with no CO2 supply, Christmas will be cancelled.

07:18 AM

Supermarket boss raises warning over Christmas food shortages 

A shortage of CO2 could cause food shortages in the run-up to Christmas, the managing director of Iceland supermarket has said.

Richard Walker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that suppliers who are looking at some of the stock they hold and their just-in-time chains are suggesting this “could become a problem over the coming days and weeks”.

He said: “This is not an issue that is months away, that is for sure. We are building up our stocks on key lines like frozen meat just to make sure we can deal with any unforeseen issue.

“At the moment we are fully stocked and our suppliers are OK, but we do need this sorted as quickly as possible.”

07:16 AM

Price cap will not prevent rise in prices, minister admits

Foreign Office minister James Cleverly said the energy price cap was not there for “preventing any increase in prices in perpetuity” ahead of a planned 12 per cent rise on October 1.

He told Times Radio: “It was about making sure that those increases were modest, and predictable, and it’s doing exactly what it was designed to do.

“It’s already protected hundreds of thousands of people from volatile energy prices and will continue to do so. It’s about making sure that people can budget and they know what’s coming, and it has done exactly what it was designed to do.

“But, as I say, we will explore with the sector about how to make sure we protect the consumers of energy, both domestic and commercial, and also make sure we protect the long-term supply of energy to the UK.”

07:00 AM

 Boris Johnson to tell Joe Biden: ‘Lift travel ban and let Britons back into America’

© PA Boris Johnson with Dame Barbara Janet Woodward, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations as he lands in New York – PA

Boris Johnson will push Joe Biden to change Covid-19 travel rules and let Britons fly to America when they meet on Tuesday in the White House for the first time.

The Prime Minister will make an “impassioned” case for why the US President should lift his travel ban by allowing fully vaccinated people in the UK to travel directly into America.

Mr Biden’s failure to ease restrictions – despite both leaders pledging to take action when they met at the G7 summit in June – has frustrated Whitehall and left UK businesses despairing.

There will also be a push for Mr Biden to promise billions of dollars more in climate financing for developing nations to help Mr Johnson hit a flagship Cop26 UN climate conference target.

06:58 AM

Good Morning

The Prime Minister flew to New York on Sunday, kick-starting a four-day US visit where he will attend the UN General Assembly before his first White House trip since entering Number 10 in July 2019.

But there is plenty of drama back here in Westminster, with the Government scrambling to address the energy crisis – and questions about whether it could even lead to Christmas being cancelled (again). 

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Jack Fincham joins Towie to confront Frankie Sims as the exes have explosive row on-screen

JACK Fincham is set to confront ex Frankie Sims on The Only Way Is Essex following their split in July. The Love Island champ, 30, reportedly filmed the scenes for ... Read more »

‘Great signing!',' Didn't expect that' – Many Bournemouth fans react to emerging transfer news

© Provided by Football League World robbie brady AFC Bournemouth have announced the signing of winger Robbie Brady on a free transfer. The Cherries have bolstered their squad with the ... Read more »

Forget Dier: £60m-rated Spurs star who lost possession 14x endured a nightmare at NUFC - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast Spurs defender Cristian Romero in action against Chelsea’s Kai Havertz in the Premier League Cristian Romero had an afternoon to forget as Tottenham Hotspur defeated ... Read more »

Carlton Palmer makes win-win claim on West Brom's Sam Johnstone situation

© Provided by Football League World Championship – West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City Ex-West Bromwich Albion midfielder Carlton Palmer believes it could be a ‘win-win’ for both the club ... Read more »

Klopp could land perfect Mane heir at Liverpool in “pure class” £22.5m-rated star - opinion

© Provided by Football FanCast noa lang celebrates With 22 goals scored in their opening eight Premier League games of the season, it’s safe to say Liverpool have not been ... Read more »

Aston Villa, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea all face the same January problem

Marvelous Nakamba, Bertrand Traore, and Trezeguet could miss up to three games for Aston Villa in the month of January due to their possible involvement in the Africa Cup of ... Read more »

'Should've been sold years ago' - Many Newcastle fans slam star who's 'League One level at best'

Many Newcastle fans have taken to an official club Tweet to lay into Jonjo Shelvey in the wake of Newcastle’s 3-2 defeat against Spurs. © Provided by This is Futbol ... Read more »

Opposition party writes to Agong over 12th Sarawak state election

© Provided by New Straits Times KUCHING: Parti Sarawak Bersatu has written an appeal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah not to accede to any ... Read more »

UK MPs to pay tribute to slain colleague in parliament

© Adrian DENNIS Tributes have been paid to David Amess, since he was stabbed to death on Friday British lawmakers will on Monday pay tributes in parliament to their fallen ... Read more »

Military veterans to appear in court over hostage drama

© Provided by eNCA JOHANNESBURG – 56 military veterans are expected to appear in connection with Thursday night’s hostage drama, at the St George Hotel in Centurion. The members of ... Read more »

Aren't you supposed to be ill? What ARE the rules around medical parole?

© Provided by CapeTalk – Jacob Zuma was spotted at a Durban casino on Friday, weeks after being released on medical parole – One does not need to be terminally ... Read more »

Ferrari: P3 in F1 championship clear target after gains on McLaren

© Charles Coates / Motorsport Images Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M Ferrari cut into McLaren’s advantage in the fight for third in the standings last time ... Read more »

Guantanamo Bay detainee could give evidence on torture

© MCT Zayn al Abidin Muhammad Husayn, a Palestinian known as Abu Zubaydah, is imprisoned at Guantanamo. (Department of Defense/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) A suspected high-ranking Al Qaeda ... Read more »

1 dead, 7 injured as US college endures two shootings in a week

© Provided by Khaleej Times 1 dead, 7 injured as US college endures two shootings in a week One person was killed and another seven were injured at a US ... Read more »

Australia's Queensland state to open to vaccinated travellers

© Provided by Khaleej Times Australia’s Queensland state to open to vaccinated travellers Australia’s Queensland state announced plans on Monday to open up to vaccinated travellers, ending the status it ... Read more »

Twins 'trying to see moon' fall to death from 25th-floor flat

© Provided by Khaleej Times Twins ‘trying to see moon’ fall to death from 25th-floor flat Two brothers, aged 13, died after falling from the 25th-floor balcony of their apartment ... Read more »

German greens vote to join coalition talks

© Martin Meissner A preliminary agreement in coalition talks calls for Germany to accelerate its exit from coal-fuelled power. Photo:AP Germany’s Greens have voted to enter coalition talks to form ... Read more »

Akifcafe instant coffee to enter Middle East market

© Provided by New Straits Times KOTA BARU: A Kelantan-based company which produces instant coffee powder, is spreading its wings into more Middle East markets. Deputy Agriculture and Food Industry ... Read more »

Sultan Selangor terima menghadap Menteri Kesihatan

© Provided by Sinar Harian SHAH ALAM – Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah berkenan menerima menghadap Menteri Kesihatan, Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar di Istana Bukit Kayangan pada Isnin. Menerusi ... Read more »

#Showbiz: Duet gets Namewee, Kimberley Chen blocked by Weibo

© Provided by New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese social media platform Weibo has blocked the accounts of Malaysian singer-actor Namewee and Australian singer Kimberley Chen, for their satirical duet ... Read more »

#Showbiz: 'I have to talk loudly due to the voices in my head' - Janna Nick

© Provided by New Straits Times KUALA LUMPUR: Award-winning actress Janna Nick who suffers from bipolar disorder, constantly hears voices in her head, which consequently cause her speak loudly. The ... Read more »

Ahmadinejad: ‘No War in the Region Will Have Any Winners'

US has helped install Taliban in Afghanistan which will lead to a resurgence of Al Qaeda, only to clash with Iran, but this plan will be foiled soon, Iran’s former ... Read more »

Dos penggalak untuk 'frontliners' Pulau Pinang bermula Isnin

© Provided by Sinar Harian GEORGETOWN – Program Imunisasi Covid-19 Kebangsaan (PICK) bagi dos penggalak untuk petugas barisan hadapan peringkat Pulau Pinang bermula pada Isnin. Ketua Menteri, Chow Kon Yeow ... Read more »

PH Melaka bawa isu pembuburan DUN ke mahkamah

© Provided by Sinar Harian MELAKA – Pakatan Harapan (PH) Melaka akan meneruskan langkah membawa isu pembubaran Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Melaka ke-14 ke mahkamah dalam minggu ini. Pengerusinya, Adly ... Read more »

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar unveils 'Bhoodan Grove' plaque at Jerusalem Forest in Israel

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday unveiled the “Bhoodan Grove” plaque at the Jerusalem Forest, bringing out lesser-known aspects of Indo-Israel relations before the establishment of full-fledged diplomatic ties ... Read more »

Tata Power zooms 15 per cent on renewable energy unit IPO buzz

New Delhi: Shares of Tata Power zoomed as much as 15 per cent on Monday as the company is eyeing to raise funds for the initial public offering (IPO) of ... Read more »