Just five Channel migrants have been returned to Europe this year, admits minister

He warned that the use of small boats to smuggle people into Britain was well-established and lucrative, noting that two weeks ago a boat intercepted by Border Force had been carrying 88 people.  Mr O’Mahoney said the boat could have... Read more

Sir Paul McCartney on his Marmite, hummus and honey mustard sandwich: Trust me, they come together

Mary McCartney added: “In a McCartney sandwich, we are not afraid of a condiment.” Having inherited a love of cooking from their mother, Sir Paul said he regularly visits his daughters for a home-cooked meal, while embracing his own “big... Read more

Andrew Neil: BBC and Sky are acting as the ‘PR department of Greenpeace’

The BBC and other broadcasters have become “the PR department of Greenpeace” with their coverage of climate change, Andrew Neil has claimed. The former BBC and GB News presenter also said British broadcasters had colluded in the “conspiracy theory” that... Read more

Using two screens at once ‘harms children’s mental health more than video games’

Children who use more than one form of media at the same suffer more with mental health problems than those who spend several hours a day playing online games, a study has found. The findings indicate that it is not... Read more

Nicola Sturgeon faces backlash over support for Cambo oilfield, says former SNP spin doctor

Nicola Sturgeon faces a backlash from voters and the SNP over her opposition to any new North Sea fields, the party’s former head of communications has warned, amid fears it would lead to thousands of job losses and “more imported... Read more

Prince William: ‘Climate change is threatening the very survival’ of British Overseas Territories

The Duke of Cambridge has called for the world to keep up pressure on its leaders to combat climate change, as he spoke up for those on the “front line” in British Overseas Territories. The Duke, who met young people... Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell ‘rested high-heeled boot’ on Boris Johnson’s thigh after meeting him at university

“I intersected briefly with her at Oxford,” she wrote. “As a fresher I wandered into Balliol JCR one day in search of its subsidised breakfast granola-and-Nescafé offering and found a shiny glamazon with naughty eyes holding court astride a table,... Read more

Beaver Moon partial lunar eclipse: when to see it in the UK and full moon dates for 2021

June: Strawberry Moon This full moon is named after the beginning of the strawberry picking season. It is also known as Rose Moon or Hot Moon, commemorating the start of the summer’s warm weather. It appears in the same month as the summer... Read more

French dictionary adds gender-neutral ‘iel’ as personal pronoun, sparking backlash

Jean-Michel Blanquer, the education minister, also waded in to tweet: “Inclusive writing is not the future of the French language”. “Just as our schoolchildren are consolidating their basic skills, they don’t need to have this as a reference,” he added.... Read more

David Cameron quits Afiniti after photos show employee’s alleged abuse injuries

David Cameron has quit his role at the software company Afiniti after its founder was accused of sexual abuse against a female employee. A spokesman for the former prime minister said on Wednesday that he was resigning as chairman of... Read more

RAF F-35 fighter jet crashes into sea as pilot ejects over Mediterranean

An F-35 fighter jet crashed into the sea after a pilot had to eject over the Mediterranean. The incident involved one of the RAF’s eight F-35b aircraft, which are currently on board HMS Queen Elizabeth as she continues her maiden... Read more

Nine Insulate Britain protesters jailed for blocking roads in legal first

The group and their supporters chanted “We are unstoppable, another world is possible”, as they were led to the cells through the dock by security officers. Raj Chada, a solicitor at Hodge Jones and Allen, a law firm that supported... Read more

Queen holds first engagement since missing Remembrance Sunday service

Festival of Remembrance Each year, the Royal family gathers at the Royal Albert Hall for a commemorative event the night before Remembrance Sunday. The Festival of Remembrance, in which poppy petals fall from the ceiling during a two-minute silence, is... Read more

Royal bombshell alert as Duchess of Sussex holds interview with US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres

The show, which is broadcast on Thursday night will also be her first major TV appearance since her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the Duchess spoke of her unhappiness at her life in the Palace. On this occasion... Read more

Prince Charles and Camilla trace the footsteps of Christ in Jordan

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall went on a long walking tour accompanied by Princess Dana Firas, a global advocate for heritage protection.  They climbed 25 steps and Charles was heard to say: “It’s very hot.” Their... Read more

Patients urged to ‘take themselves to A&E’ after ambulance service declares critical incident

Patients have been urged to “take themselves to A&E” after an ambulance service declared a critical incident following an IT failure. South East Coast Ambulance Service Trust said on Wednesday morning it had experienced a “significant IT issue overnight”. Tom... Read more

Leonid meteor shower 2021: how to watch the peak and other key UK dates

Many of us have marked our calendars for November 17 and 18 in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower as it reaches its peak. The shower occurs when the Earth passes through the Tempel-Tuttle comet, which rotates around... Read more

David Cameron quits tech firm after photos show employee’s alleged abuse injuries

David Cameron has quit his role at the software company Afiniti after its founder was accused of sexual abuse against a female employee. A spokesman for the former prime minister said on Wednesday that he was resigning as chairman of... Read more

Amazon customers blocked from using Visa credit cards

Millions of Amazon customers will be blocked from shopping on the website next year after the online retailer banned the use of Visa credit cards in the UK. In a email sent to customers, Amazon said it would no longer... Read more

Nine Insulate Britain protesters jailed for blocking roads

  Smart said she would go on hunger strike after being jailed.  The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Chamberlain, said there was no alternative to custodial sentences given that the group’s actions were so serious and they had made it... Read more

Queen holds face-to-face meeting in first engagement since missing Remembrance Sunday service

It is the first time in nearly a month that the monarch has been pictured carrying out an in person engagement since she hosted a reception for the global investment summit at Windsor on October 19. She held a face... Read more

RAF tests green fuel made of ‘air and water’ to power the planes of tomorrow

A defence source said while the breakthrough was still in its infancy, “it may change the type of fuels for all aircraft in years to come”. “It will likely be one of several options for powering aircraft and, from a... Read more

Mentally ill criminals commit a quarter of all offences, study shows

A quarter of all crimes are committed by people with mental health problems, the first study of its kind has revealed amid a sharp decline in NHS care for the mentally ill. The findings by six criminal justice and health... Read more

Nazis took inspiration from ‘Fuhrer-like’ public school headmasters

He added: “Even as famous, prominent leaders in public life, these men confess their pride in their Anstalt (institution), [and] appear whenever possible at the annual reunions.” The admiration went both ways, with George Olive, Dauntsey’s School headmaster, writing in the... Read more

Wednesday morning UK news briefing: The asylum ‘merry-go-round’

More details have emerged about al-Swealmeen’s time in Britain. Elizabeth and Malcolm Hitchcott, a Christian couple who took him into their home, described the 32-year-old as an “artistic” individual.  It emerged last night that al-Swealmeen attended the City of Liverpool... Read more