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June 26, 2019

Team GB sprinter considers stop and search legal action, as scenes of ‘driving while black’ spread across social media

The Metropolitan Police have urged the Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner to get in touch – and discuss an incident where they were stopped and searched while driving in west London. The couple claim they were racially profiled – and while the police say each stop is made on its own...

‘There needs to be acknowledgement there is racial discrimination within criminal justice system’ – barrister Abimbola Johnson

Victor Olisa, the Metropolitan Police’s former head of diversity, and a former borough commander in Tottenham joined us from Godalming in Surrey and the barrister Abimbola Johnson was in South London.

National Crime Agency launches investigation into Leicester’s textile industry over exploitation allegations

What price for fast fashion? The National Crime Agency has launched an investigation into Leicester’s textile industry over allegations of exploitation – while the fashion firm Boohoo says it’s investigating one of its suppliers in the city – saying they will take a zero tolerance approach, and end...

Grenfell inquiry resumes, but families unable to attend because of social distancing

The public inquiry into the Grenfell tower disaster has resumed its hearings – but hundreds of survivors and bereaved families will not be able to attend because of social distancing rules. Three years on from the tragedy, some feel that their voices aren’t being heard.

Prosecutors request Friday court appearance for Ghislaine Maxwell

The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested last week over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal has been moved to detention in New York and is expected to appear in court later this week. She’s been indicted on a series of charges, including to entice girls as young as 14 to be sexually abused...

‘To bring pandemic under control globally, we need fair system for global allocation of vaccine’ – CEPI’s Dr Richard Hatchett

We were joined by Dr Richard Hatchett, who heads CEPI – an organisation which coordinates and finances the development of vaccines. He has also advised both the Bush and Obama White Houses and worked for the agency which protects Americans against pandemics.

Pubs and cafes with outside tables allowed to reopen in Scotland

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged the public to behave responsibly as pubs and cafes were allowed to have customers outside for the first time – as the country continues its tentative opening up. But with tourism worth billions of pounds to the Scottish economy – and uncertainty...

‘The economics of social distancing still only allows us to operate with a 30% capacity’ – Young Vic’s Kwame Kwei-Armah

We spoke to the artistic director of London’s Young Vic theatre Kwame Kwei-Armah. We began by asking him how much money the theatre had lost because of the lockdown.

Arts sector given £1.5 billion support package by UK government

The government is handing more than £1.5 billion in emergency funds to major arts venues, like theatres, galleries and museums – in an effort to shore up their future. The Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the cash would help major institutions like the National Gallery and the Royal Albert Hall...

Raab unveils UK sanctions against human rights abusers

The government has announced a new regime of sanctions for individuals accused of gross human rights abuses. Our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman, reports from outside the Foreign Office.

‘Without global pressure China will always be authoritarian’ – Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law

We spoke to the pro-democracy activist and former Hong Kong lawmaker, Nathan Law. He has previously served time in prison for his role in protests in Hong Kong – and after China imposed the sweeping controversial security law last week he fled the city. We asked if he thinks he will ever return to...

China accuses UK of ‘gross interference’ over Hong Kong

Ban the Chinese tech giant Huawei from the UK’s 5G network and there will be consequences, Beijing’s ambassador has warned – declaring “you cannot have a golden era if you treat China as an enemy”. Relations between the two countries have already hit a new low over Hong Kong – with China accusing...

The kids and teens marching for Black Lives Matter

While Donald Trump has renewed his attacks on anti-racism protests, the demonstrations have continued. One of the striking things about the Black Lives Matter marchers is how overwhelmingly young they are. And in some cases, very young indeed. Children have joined in after watching protests on TV...

‘It’s okay for us to be appreciated by clapping… but they need to be doing more than that’ – Francis Fernando on NHS funding

I am joined by Dr Matthew Morgan, an intensive care consultant from Cardiff and Francis Fernando who is former vice-president of the Filipino Nurses Association UK who has worked in the NHS for over 20 years.

England’s relaxed lockdown divides nation after revellers celebrate ‘Super Saturday’

The relaxing of lockdown has gone very differently across the UK. Pubs only reopened in England and Northern Ireland while Scotland and Wales must wait. And while some went out with friends to celebrate, many normally busy areas were quiet. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the majority “acted...

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