Thousands of people are protesting across the UK, with pupils leaving schools and workers downing tools as part of a global “climate strike” day.
Millions are taking part around the world with rallies in British cities including Glasgow, Manchester and London, urging “climate justice”.
Anna Taylor, 18, a co-founder of UK Student Climate Network said it was “very easy” to get people to show up.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said “every child should be in school”.
“They should be learning, they shouldn’t be bunking off and it’s very irresponsible for people to encourage children to do so,” he added.
Student Jessica Ahmed, 16, emailed her school to warn that she would be joining the protests instead of being in class.
Speaking at a protest in Westminster, Miss Ahmed said: “School is important but so is my future.
“If politicians were taking the appropriate action we need – and had been taking this action a long time ago when it was recognised the world was changing in a negative way – then I would not have to be skipping school.”
Demonstrations have also been organised in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Birmingham.
Students let off alarm bells at 13:00 BST to “raise the alarm” for the climate.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the climate change protest in Westminster, saying: “If we’re going to sustain this planet we need to get to net zero emissions a lot, lot quicker than 2050 [the government’s target].”
He said he wanted every country to sign up to the Paris Agreement and, referring to President Donald Trump, said it was “disgraceful when you get a president of a major country like the US” who says they will walk away.
The Paris deal commits signatory nations to keeping global temperatures “well below” 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.
Dozens of pupils from John Stainer Community Primary school in Brockley, south-east London, are among those taking part in protests in the capital.
Head teacher Sue Harte said “climate change is clearly a big issue” and “children need to know that they have a right to democratic protest”.
Sebastian, a pupil at the school, said he joined the protests to help fight global warming.
“They, the government, don’t understand that we’re going to go through it and they are not,” he said.
Eight-year-old Sohan and Nayan, five, also from south-east London, joined protesters with their mother, Celine.
Sohan said: “We want to save our planet and we hope that marching will help.”
Hundreds of climate activists – including children in school uniform – have staged a mass “die in” in Belfast, where they lay down in the city centre.
One Extinction Rebellion activist, Lorraine Montague from County Tyrone, was dressed as a swan to highlight the threat of climate change to wildlife.
“Our climate is at crisis point and the government is not doing anything about it. We have to support the young people, they are the ones who started this strike,” she said.
“We are grieving for our future. I don’t feel happy about having children the way our climate is going.”
Extinction Rebellion ‘solidarity’
Extinction Rebellion, which organised its own climate and environment protests in the UK earlier this year, said it stood “in solidarity” with those taking part.
It added that its members were joining the strikes and holding their own events, including a choir and “kids’ space” in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, and outside King’s College London.
Some trade unions, including the TUC, the University and College Union and Unite, are supporting members who take part in the “strikes”.
Co-operative Bank says it is supporting workers who want to join the action, while US clothing brand Patagonia is closing all of its stores and taking out adverts to back the protesters.
But in Norwich, protester Tiffany Wallace said her employer declined to give her time off work join demonstrators “because they didn’t think it was important”.
“The worst thing they can do is fire me,” said the 33-year-old.
“I don’t feel I should compromise my own values and integrity and what’s important, so I can make money for a business.”
The action follows school strikes inspired by activist Greta Thunberg.
The teenager, from Sweden, is set to join a rally planned in New York, where world leaders will meet at the UN next week to discuss climate change.
Energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he could not “endorse children leaving school” to take part in the protests.
But he said he did support “their energy, their creativity, and the fact that they have completely mastered these issues and take them very seriously”.
British Airways pilots have called off the next strike in their dispute, which had been scheduled for 27 September.
Last week, a two-day stoppage called by the pilots’ union, Balpa, forced BA to cancel almost all its flights.
The strike followed failed negotiations between the union and the airline over a pay offer of 11.5% over three years.
Balpa said the strikes on 9 and 10 September had demonstrated the anger and resolve of pilots.
It was now time for a period of reflection before the dispute “escalates further and irreparable damage is done to the brand”, the union said.
A spokesman for BA said: “We have just received this news. We are considering the implications and we will give updates in due course.”
British Airways had already started cancelling flights for 27 September last Thursday – just outside the 14-day window when the company must pay passengers compensation if their travel is cancelled.
The airline has said it will try to reinstate as many of the flights as possible, but it is not yet clear if they will all be put back on the schedule for 27 September.
British Airways said it will be in touch with customers to let them know.
The airline was forced to cancel 1,700 flights last week during the pilots’ walkout over pay.
Some 200,000 passengers had to change their travel plans because of the strikes.
Balpa said it hoped BA would “now change its approach and negotiate seriously” with a view to ending the dispute.
Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: “Someone has to take the initiative to sort out this dispute and with no sign of that from BA, the pilots have decided to take the responsible course.
“In a genuine attempt at establishing a time out for common sense to prevail, we have lifted the threat of the strike on 27 September.”
However, Balpa said it retained the right to announce further strike dates.
What’s the row about?
BA had offered pilots an 11.5% pay rise over three years in July, but this was rejected.
Balpa said that its members had taken lower pay rises and made sacrifices during tougher times for the airline.
It said that now BA’s financial performance had improved – its parent company IAG reported a 9% rise in profits last year – pilots should benefit.
BA said the 11.5% offer was “fair and generous”.
It has already been accepted by Unite and the GMB, whose members include BA cabin crew, ground staff and engineers.
Body scanners used to screen passengers for hidden explosives and weapons are being used for the first time at a London railway station.
A Home Office sponsored five-day trial has started at Stratford station, east London.
Portable scanners are being used to screen passengers from up to 30ft away without them having to pass through a security checkpoint.
The Home Office said the scheme was part of a “battle against knife crime”.
Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “No one should feel they can walk the streets with a knife and expect to get away with it.
“We are pulling out all the stops in a battle against knife crime in London and across the country.”
The scanners, built by British firm Thruvision, reveal objects hidden inside clothing that block body heat.
Sensitive cameras capable of screening 2,000 passengers an hour will enable officers to see the size, shape and location of any blade or gun.
It does not show any intimate body parts, the Home Office said.
The station, which connects several Transport for London lines with overground services, has an average of 110,000 passengers a day.
The trial will also look at how officers can use technology to reduce reliance on controversial stop and search powers.
Thruvision is already used on the Los Angeles Metro, which last year became the first mass transport system in the US to adopt it.
Assistant Chief Constable Robin Smith, from British Transport Police, said: “Fortunately, knife crime on the rail network is very low.
“In support of the Home Office and other police forces, we are keen to explore how technology can assist us in tackling violent crime head on.”
West Bromwich Albion maintained their unbeaten Championship record as they came from behind to rescue a point with a draw in the south west London sunshine at Fulham.
Both goals owed a good bit to fortune, as Semi Ajayi’s controversial late headed equaliser cancelled out a left-foot attempted chipped cross from Anthony Knockaert which deceived Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in flight and dipped in at the far post.
Knockaert’s 49th-minute goal – his second in three home games – looked likely to earn all three points for the hosts at Craven Cottage.
But, from deadline signing Matheus Pereira’s 80th-minute corner, home keeper Marcus Bettinelli was distracted by Albion striker Charlie Austin attempting to lay his hands on him on the line.
The indignant Bettinelli and could only parry the ball tamely, allowing Nigerian international Ajayi to nod in at the far post for his first goal for the club.
Slaven Bilic’s Baggies have gone behind in six of their seven games and yet still not lost in the league – earning them the most points from losing positions in the Championship this season (12).
But Fulham were the better side for the first hour and went closer to breaking the deadlock before the break.
Tom Cairney evaded the linesman’s flag to get free inside the box and latch onto Harrison Reed’s pass, but his left-foot strike was touched onto the bar by the outstretched fingertips of Johnstone.
Reed was then also denied by the alert Baggies keeper, who reacted sharply to keep out his close-range header.
Austin, still to score his first league goal for Albion, volleyed over, then could only direct a tame header straight at Bettinelli.
And the visitors were still second best before the second-half introduction just before the hour of their first two substitutes Filip Krovinovic and Kyle Edwards, followed by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Albion even went close to a winner right on 90 minutes but Darnell Furlong’s header flew wide.
Fulham boss Scott Parker:
“I’m disappointed with the result and the way the match ended because for 60 minutes we controlled the game.
I don’t think anyone would have begrudged us if we had been 2-0 up at half-time. But then we stopped doing it. We went from front to back very early and played into the hands of a team that has a lot of pace on the break.
“We kept turning the ball over and if we turn games into basketball games, we are going to be beaten because we haven’t got the players to play like that.
“I want the players to understand the best way was for us to be successful is how we played in the first hour.”
West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:
“We knew we would have to defend aggressively with numbers but, for the first hour, we lost the majority of the 50-50 balls.
“Then we change the mindset to what would we wanted it to be at the start and then we could smell that it was only a matter of time before we capitalised.
“They ended up more happy to hear the final whistle, which means something, especially here away, but we have to be that way from the very first minute.
“We were in their box with numbers and Semi was hungry to score. The lad is totally focused. He has been marvellous for us.”
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Lord’s (day three):|
|Durham 147& 191: A Robson 64; Harris 3-43 Finn 3-49|
|Middlesex 143 & 151: S Robson 765; Carse 6-26|
|Durham (19 opts) beat Middlesex (3 pts) by 44 runs|
Durham boosted their promotion chances and dented Middlesex’s hopes of a place in Division Two’s top three with a 44-run victory at Lord’s.
Pace bowler Brydon Carse took a career-best 6-26 as the home side were bowled out for 151, having been set a target of 196.
Resuming on 21-0, they lost three wickets in the first nine overs of play, including skipper Dawid Malan.
Sam Robson made 65, but Carse cleaned up the tail to seal Durham’s win.
The north-east county picked up 19 points to move into the third and final promotion place, although results in other games will decide whether they stay there, and put them 27 clear of Middlesex, who only earned three.
And they may need to win their last two games against unbeaten leaders Lancashire and Derbyshire to have a chance of returning to Division One in 2020.
Durham were soon among the wickets at start of play with Nick Gubbins and Stevie Eskinazi quickly back in the pavilion, followed by Malan, who was lbw to Ben Raine.
Robson put on 51 with Max Holden, and reached his half-century off 87 balls, only to edge Rushworth to the keeper to leave Middlesex on 107-5.
And after Carse had George Scott caught behind for 14 and bowled James Harris second ball, Durham had the match in their hands.
John Simpson made 15 before chopping a ball from the paceman into his stumps and Carse ended the game by comprehensively bowling Tim Murtagh.
Durham Coach James Franklin told BBC Newcastle:
“It’s been a huge occasion for a number of guys in our team, playing their first game at Lord’s and they have really embraced it. Ultimately they have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
“We have two big games to go now, with Northampton away on Monday first. I think the majority of the division has exciting cricket left.
We have eight big days coming but it’s what you want. You want to be in contention and it’s about who can hold their nerve and take their opportunities.”
Geoffrey Boycott has said he “couldn’t give a toss” about criticism over Theresa May awarding him a knighthood in her resignation honours list.
Domestic abuse charities and Labour said the honour should be removed from the ex-cricketer, who was convicted of beating his girlfriend in 1998.
Boycott, who has always denied the assault, later questioned why the issue had been raised by the media.
Mrs May’s list of 57 names was made up of mostly political figures.
Every departing prime minister can draw up a resignation honours list, which the Cabinet Office has to approve.
Mrs May announced her resignation in June after failing to get support for the withdrawal agreement she had negotiated for the UK to leave the EU.
The former prime minister showed her love of cricket with knighthoods for Boycott and fellow former England captain Andrew Strauss.
Boycott was fined £5,000 and given a three-month suspended sentence in 1998 after being convicted of beating his then-girlfriend Margaret Moore in a French Riviera hotel.
Mrs May, who introduced a landmark Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament earlier this year, was accused of sending a “dangerous message” by Women’s Aid’s co-acting chief executive Adina Claire.
She said the honour “should be taken away” from Boycott, adding that it sent “completely the wrong message” to survivors of domestic abuse.
Asked about the criticism from Women’s Aid by presenter Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Boycott responded: “I don’t give a toss about her, love. It was 25 years ago so you can take your political nature and do whatever you want with it.”
The 78-year-old, who is part of the BBC’s cricket commentary team for the current Ashes series, added: “It’s very difficult to prove your innocence in another country, in another language.
“I have to live with it – and I do. I’m clear in my mind, and I think most people in England are, that it’s not true.”
In a subsequent BBC interview, Boycott said: “Is that what interviewing is about – is it always to ask difficult questions? Shouldn’t it be just a nice day for me?”
The shadow minister for women and equalities, Dawn Butler, joined the calls for Boycott’s knighthood to be rescinded.
“Honouring a perpetrator of domestic violence just because he is the former prime minister’s favourite sportsman shows how out of touch and nepotistic the honours list is,” she said, adding that the whole system needed “radically overhauling”.
Those who criticised the decision included former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who tweeted that he was “a disgrace to Yorkshire”, adding that the “perpetrators of domestic abuse shouldn’t be held up as heroes EVER”.
The Woman’s Trust charity said it was “disappointed” to see Boycott included in the honour’s list because it either suggested that, despite his conviction, he was believed over the survivor, or his fame meant it did not matter.
Boycott also had to apologise in 2017 after joking that he would have to “black up” to be given a knighthood, reportedly saying they were handed out to West Indian cricketers “like confetti”.
Mrs May once compared her determination to delivering Brexit with the fighting spirit in Boycott’s batting marathons.
Telling journalists he was one of her sporting heroes, she said in November 2018: “Geoffrey Boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end.”
The 37 men and 20 women on the list include members of Mrs May’s Downing Street staff, political aides and lifelong supporters of the Conservative Party.
It includes recipients from all four nations of the UK as well as non-political figures and members of civic society.
Labour said the honours rewarded “big Tory donors and No 10 cronies”.
Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Mrs May’s former chiefs of staff who left their jobs after the 2017 general election in which the Conservatives lost their majority in the Commons, become Commanders of the Order of the British Empire, or CBEs.
The former prime minister’s chief EU negotiator Olly Robbins receives a knighthood.
The senior civil servant helped to create Mrs May’s Brexit deal before it was defeated in Parliament three times. It has been announced that Mr Robbins is to join investment bank Goldman Sachs.
There is also a knighthood for her former director of communications, Robbie Gibb.
When her predecessor David Cameron awarded a knighthood to his own head of communications, Craig Oliver, Mrs May later joked that she “retched violently” at seeing his name on the list.
Gavin Barwell, the former Tory MP who Mrs May brought in as her chief of staff to replace Mr Timothy and Ms Hill, is one of eight new Conservative peers.
Sir Kim Darroch – who was forced to resign as ambassador to the US after comments he made about President Trump were leaked – has been made a crossbench peer.
Boris Johnson, who was then running in the Tory leadership contest prior to becoming prime minister, was criticised at the time for not showing enough support for Sir Kim.
Meanwhile, there is a damehood for Cressida Dick, whose police career started at the age of 23 after a brief spell working in a fish-and-chip shop. She is one of just a few non-political figures on Mrs May’s list.
Sir Simon Woolley, the founder of operation Black Vote, and Ruth Hunt, the ex-chief executive of Stonewall, have been made crossbench life peers.
British Empire Medals, or BEMs, have been awarded to Graham Howarth and Debra Wheatley – Mrs May’s head chef at Chequers and housekeeper at Downing Street respectively.
The list of peerages – which sees those appointed sit in the House of Lords – include several nominated by other parties to sit on their benches.
‘Policy of restraint’
Among them are former NUT general secretary Christine Blower, for Labour, and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, who will become the party’s second peer in the House of Lords.
The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler, said Mrs May’s list was “substantially smaller” than those drawn up by predecessors, helping to reduce the size of the House of Lords.
Several MPs have received honours:
- Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales (Companion of Honour)
- George Hollingbery, Conservative MP for Meon Valley (Knighthood)
- David Lidington, Conservative MP for Aylesbury (Knighthood)
- Charles Walker, Conservative MP for Broxbourne (Knighthood)
- Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth (CBE)
- Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon (CBE)
- Seema Kennedy, Conservative MP for South Ribble (OBE)
John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw and an independent government adviser on anti-Semitism, received a non-affiliated peerage.
Mr Mann is standing down as MP, citing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s handling of the party’s anti-Semitism crisis.
Margaret Ritchie, who was leader of the SDLP in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2011, also received a non-affiliated peerage.
The former South Down MP made history in 2010 when she became the first leader of a nationalist party to wear a remembrance poppy.
A source close to Mrs May said the list “recognises the many different people who have made a significant contribution to public life” during her political career.
Criticising Mrs May’s choices, Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery said: “It comes as no surprise that big Tory donors and Number 10 cronies are being honoured yet again.
“The Tories only care about looking after their own and will only stand up for the wealthy few who fund them.”
The SNP’s Pete Wishart accused Mrs May of “handing out peerages like sweeties”, adding that it was the “worst kind of cronyism”.
Beth England’s excellent 25-yard goal to give Chelsea victory over Tottenham in their first Women’s Super League match at Stamford Bridge.
England, who made her international debut for Phil Neville’s team against Belgium last week, fired into the top left corner within four minutes.
Chelsea could have extended their lead when Guro Reiten and Drew Spence both hit the woodwork in the second half.
The hosts dominated the game in large parts in front of 24,564 fans at the men’s stadium but they were tested by the newly-promoted side.
Spurs were a threat going forward – Rachel Furness and Gemma Davison both had opportunities to equalise either side of half-time.
But it was always going to be a difficult afternoon for Tottenham and they were up against it from the off when Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson poked inches wide from an unmarked position.
There was a carnival feel throughout the match, set in place before kick-off with a DJ set from former JLS singer Marvin Humes and countless popcorn stands around Stamford Bridge.
And on the pitch, the 24,000 fans who had picked up free tickets, were rewarded with attacking football and a feast of World Cup talent in the Blues line-up, including England defender Millie Bright, Norway’s Maren Mjelde and South Korea’s Ji So-yun.
The attendance was just over 6,000 short of the record WSL figure set at the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Transport for London (TfL) will install a 20 mph speed limit on all central London roads it manages from next year, following a consultation.
The scheme would see a new limit along 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment and Borough High Street by May 2020.
There were nearly 2,000 responses to a public consultation which ran for five weeks until 10 July.
But critics pointed out traffic meant average car speed in London was 6 mph.
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, said: “A 20 mph speed limit is pretty academic.
“We support TfL’s aim to make London a safer place. However, this can only be done by reducing the excessive number of private hire vehicles on the road.”
The plan is part of the mayor of London’s Vision Zero scheme, which aims to eliminate all road deaths in the capital by 2041.
The affected roads include all those managed by TfL within the congestion zone, along with the Aldgate Gyratory.
The height of pedestrian crossings will be increased in seven “high-risk” locations, such as on the Embankment and outside Tate Britain.
Of the 1,912 public responses, about half said the plans would lead to more people walking. Some 59% said many more people would choose to cycle.
Nearly 50% of respondents believed the proposals would have no impact on the number of car journeys. Some 58% believed the number business journeys would not be affected.
Penny Rees, of TfL, said: “We know that lower speeds save lives; it’s that simple.
“It’s clear people agree that making our roads safer will encourage Londoners to travel in more active and sustainable ways.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Every single death on London’s streets is one too many so I’m really pleased that Londoners have backed our plans.”
Roads which would have the new limits are:
- Albert Embankment
- Lambeth Palace Road
- Lambeth Bridge
- Victoria Embankment
- Upper Thames Street
- Lower Thames Street
- Tower Hill
- Aldgate gyratory including: Leman Street, Prescot Street, Mansell Street, Minories and Goodman’s Yard
- Borough High Street
- Great Dover Street
- Blackfriars Road
- Part of Druid Street (between Tower Bridge Road and Crucifix Lane)
- Crucifix Lane
- Part of Bermondsey Street (between Crucifix Lane and Tooley Street)
- Part of Queen Elizabeth Street (between Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road)
Transport bosses have said they also hope to introduce lower speed limits on 93 miles (150km) of streets run by TfL across London over the next five years.
Florence Eshalomi, chair of the London Assembly transport committee, said: “We suggest the Mayor considers going further to areas outside of the Congestion Charge Zone where walking and cycling should be safer.
“Every life lost on the road is tragedy, particularly when the cause is a driver not obeying the speed limit.”
|Betfred Super League|
|Venue: KCOM Craven Park Date: Friday, 6 September Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: BBC local radio; live scores BBC Sport website|
Bottom club London Broncos could be relegated from Super League, depending on the outcome of Friday’s five games in the penultimate round of fixtures.
Craig Hall, Mitch Garbutt and Matt Parcell are recalled to Hull KR’ squad, while Broncos make one change, bringing in Daniel Hindmarsh for Mark Ioane.
The visitors are two points behind second-from-bottom Rovers, who will be safe from the drop if they win.
If Broncos lose, their current -277 points difference counts against them.
They would be relegated anyway in the unlikely event of both ninth-placed Wakefield winning at Warrington and 10th-placed Huddersfield winning at St Helens.
If ninth-placed Wakefield and 10th-placed Huddersfield lose, then Broncos would still have one or possibly two slim hopes.
But both rivals are currently better off on points difference, by significant margins.
Huddersfield, who are 112 points better off, would have a second chance to secure survival if they win at home to Catalans on Friday week.
That would then leave Broncos having to not only win at Wakefield but turn around a points difference between the two clubs that currently stands at 160.
If Rovers lose, they could still stay up, as their points difference is currently 62 better off than the London club.
Along with the retiring Danny McGuire, Rovers are to release three players at the end of the season – and two of them, Chris Atkin and Josh Drinkwater, are included in their 19-man squad.
This is the third time Rovers and Broncos have met this season – and the two previous encounters were both won by the home side.
Hull KR (from): Hall, Crooks, Keinhorst, Shaw, McGuire, Mulhern, Masoe, Tomkins, Hauraki, Garbutt, Atkin, Addy, Linnett, Drinkwater, Dagger, Murray, Parcell, Hadley, Trout.
London Broncos (from): Abdull, Armitage, Battye, Butler, Cunningham, Dixon, Fozard, Gee, Hindmarsh, Kear, Krasniqi, Lamb, Lovell, Mason, Morgan, Pitts, Walker, Williams, Yates.
A man has died and another is in hospital following a stabbing at a Tube station.
Police were called to Elephant and Castle station at about 23:30 BST on Sunday and found two men with stab wounds in a street nearby.
A 24-year-old man died on Monday and a 25-year-old is in a serious condition.
British Transport Police said it was “a shocking act of violence” and two men had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
Officers said they believed the stabbing happened during a fight between two groups of men and added they were treating the death as murder.
Keylin Tejeda, 32, from Elephant and Castle, said one of the victims was a regular customer at her pattie shop El Monte.
“I was coming from a restaurant with my partner and when we were passing by we saw him lying down.
“I could see who he was, I saw him. The ambulance were operating on him on the floor,” she said.
Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn said: “This was a shocking act of violence and we are working tirelessly to identify and trace those responsible.
“While the investigation is still at an early stage, at this time we believe there was an altercation between two groups of men inside the Underground station and it is here the victims sustained their injuries before making their way on to the street.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the death “a senseless loss of a young life” and urged witnesses to contact police or Crimestoppers.
The death brings the number of homicides in the capital to a total of 92 so far this year.