How should the drug-dependent homeless be helped?
Out in the cold and dependent on drugs. Britain’s second city, Birmingham, is facing a twin crisis: high levels of homelessness and drug use. The city’s mayor is trying a new strategy, getting people back into housing, before tackling their drug problem. Meanwhile outreach workers are trying to create safe areas, called drug consumption rooms,…
Marilyn Manson on music, politics and sexual harassment
He calls himself the Antichrist Superstar. Now armed with a new album, Heaven Upside Down, Marilyn Manson is playing sell-out concerts across the UK. He’s back on tour despite breaking his leg after two giant prop firearms fell on him during a previous show. He talks about his controversial music and the shock-rock tactics which…
Salford house fire: three in court charged with murder
The family of four children who were killed in a house fire on Monday in Salford say they are dreading breaking the awful news to their mother, who’s still in a critical condition in hospital. Three people appeared in court this morning charged with their murder.
Samantha Bee on Trump and sexual harassment
While many of Donald Trump’s critics see his Presidency as no laughing matter, to late-night TV hosts, Trump is like a never-ending Christmas, an infinite reservoir of material. But for some comedians, the time for light-hearted joking has come and gone. Samantha Bee, is funny, make no mistake, but it’s her biting political commentary on…
Jerry Hayes on Liam Allan: ‘The system nearly failed’
A man who was accused of rape and faced at least 10 years in jail won’t now face trial after the case dramatically collapsed in court. The case against Liam Allan, who’s 22, was dropped after it emerged that police had withheld around 40,000 messages from the complainant. The judge called for an investigation “at…
Jo Cox Commission calls for national strategy to combat loneliness
Christmas, so the song goes, can be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also the loneliest. Now the government has been urged to adopt a national strategy to tackle what’s being called a “loneliness epidemic”. A cross-party commission set up by the MP Jo Cox before she was murdered says that…
David Campbell Bannerman: ‘No place for death threats or attacking democrats’
Journalist and Remain campaigner, Hugo Dixon, and the Conservative MEP and international trade spokesman, David Campbell Bannerman, discuss Brexit.
EU leaders agree to second stage of Brexit talks
For once, some Brexit news which Theresa May can put under the Christmas tree. European leaders have given the green light for the Brexit negotiations to continue to their second stage. But at the Brussels summit, they warned that the next phase of talks would be more difficult than the first. And they said Britain…
Sadiq Khan: ‘Rough sleeping is a blight on London’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been out launching a new rough sleeping campaign, in conjunction with 18 different charities.
Lynnette Kelly and Victor Adebowale on drug consumption rooms
West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Lynnette Kelly, and Lord Victor Adebowale, the chief executive of Turning Point discuss homelessness and drug abuse.
A delicate diplomatic dance: Brexit talks move on to second-stage
As the European Council ended, there was snippy language from some EU27 leaders about the need for the UK Government to get on with making its mind up about where it wants to go with the future relationship with the EU post-Brexit. But there was also guidance that the EU is ready to start exploratory…
More than 6000 Rohingya muslims killed in one month in Myanmar say MSF
The humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres says it believes more than 6,700 Rohingya muslims were killed in one month in a government crackdown in Myanmar. This is in stark contrast to figures from the Myanmar government which says that 400 people have been killed since August. Jane Deith’s report contains themes that some viewers may find…
Government figures say number of homeless people went up this year
The urgent demand for more homes has been underlined by the latest government figures. The number of homeless households went up six per cent between June and September this year. A spokesman for the local government association said today that over the last three years the task facing councils was the equivalent of finding temporary…
Bereaved relative of Grenfell victim: ‘We need the public inquiry to uncover the truth’
Survivor Antonio Roncolato and bereaved relative Karim Mussilhy discuss the Grenfell tragedy six months on.
Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter: ‘I framed all 40 of Trump’s tweets to me’
After over a quarter of a century at the helm of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, famed for his Oscar parties, is stepping down as editor. I’ve been speaking to the man once dubbed “the ringmaster of Hollywood” about his life, his feud with Donald Trump and whether he could have done more to investigate rumours…
Ed Miliband on Fox/Disney deal: ‘I think it’s good for our broadcasting landscape’
Former Labour party leader Ed Miliband and Bloomberg’s entertainment reporter Anousha Sakoui discuss Rupert Murdoch’s decision to sell 21st Century Fox to Disney.