Symeon Brown , Reporter

  • 30 Mar 2018

    The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party needs to “do better” in the fight against anti-Semitism – as 49 Labour MPs and peers signed an open letter urging him to suspend a leading Momentum supporter from the ruling NEC. Christine Shawcroft – who was forced to resign after opposing the suspension of a…

  • 8 Mar 2018

    Footage of the horrifying moment when a fireball ripped through a London Underground carriage last September has been shown to jurors at the Old Bailey. Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan is accused of leaving an improvised bomb on a train which then partially exploded at a station in the west of the capital. Today his…

  • 5 Mar 2018

    Last night’s Oscars set out to celebrate and champion diversity, so is this a moment which really could mark a sea change, reflecting true multiculturalism in film? The all-black superhero movie Black Panther has just been breaking box office records, and it has drawn attention to Afrofuturism, which merges science fiction with African identity and…

  • 21 Feb 2018

    While America grapples with gun violence, here it is knife crime which is snatching too many young lives, too soon. On another night of knife violence in London, a teenager and another young man were killed less than a mile from each other. It means 16 people have been stabbed to death across the capital…

  • 11 Feb 2018

    Charities that receive government funding have been warned they must be accountable and report any allegations of abuse if they want to continue receiving taxpayers’ money. Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for International Development, also accused Oxfam of a failure of ‘moral leadership’. Oxfam has faced criticism for the way it handled allegations that…

  • 8 Feb 2018

    It was a particularly violent night in London on New Year’s Eve, four young men were stabbed to death within just a few hours. One of them was  20 year old Taofeek Lamidi – who died that night  in East London, after being stabbed repeatedly. With no parents at his funeral, his friends are determined…

  • 5 Feb 2018

    A neo-Nazi has been convicted of a terror offence after plotting to carry out a machete attack on a gay pride event at a pub. Twenty-year-old Ethan Stables was picked up by officers in Cumbria after police received a tip-off he had made threats against the event. During the trial, Stables, who has an autism…

  • 2 Feb 2018

    The number of council houses which have been sold into private hands has shot up five fold over the last six years, according to new figures, thanks to £3.5bn in public money to help tenants buy their homes at a discount. Councils warned that the government’s right to buy scheme has become unsustainable, without more…

  • 14 Jan 2018

    Tenants could be given stronger legal powers to force landlords to ensure their properties are safe, after the Government announced it is to back new laws proposed by a Labour MP. Labour’s Karen Buck wants to bring in rules which will make it easier for tenants in the social and private rented sectors to take…

  • 13 Jan 2018

    For many, the post-Christmas period is a time of rethinking what we eat and drink. Some try a dry January while others start the year with the good intentions of eating more healthily. But what about eating more sustainably? This week the government published a 25-year plan for the environment and targeted excess packaging, while…

  • 5 Jan 2018

    Confused messages about diesel and tax increases have sent new car sales plummeting for the first time in six years, with diesel car purchases slumping by 17% last year compared to 2016. And the market hasn’t been helped by Brexit uncertainty either.

  • 4 Jan 2018

    The Prime Minister has rejected comments from the Conservative leader of Windsor and Maidenhead council who has called on police to clear all rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding in May. Complaining of “aggressive begging and intimidation”, Councillor Simon Dudley said some rough sleepers had made a “commercial life choice praying on residents and…

  • 2 Jan 2018

    A senior police officer has appealed for help to tackle knife crime – after what police called a “truly unusual” number of fatal stabbings over New Year. Four young men died in London on New Year’s Eve and the early hours of January 1st, while there were other knife attacks around the country. The Met’s…

  • 29 Dec 2017

    ‘The NHS doesn’t stand for the National Hangover Service’ – so said the head of NHS England Simon Stevens today as he warned that ‘drunk tanks’ might be needed to relieve pressure on A&E. Mr Stevens revealed that a staggering 70 per cent of attendances at A&E on Friday and Saturday night are due to…

  • 28 Dec 2017

    Hundreds of airline passengers were left stranded overnight at Stansted Airport as flights were delayed or cancelled due to snow and ice.  The sub-zero temperatures are due to cause disruption across large parts of the UK until the end of the week.