Manchester United have reached an agreement with Crystal Palace to sign right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The deal is worth £50m and the 21-year-old England Under-21 international is set to travel for a medical imminently before going on holiday.
United have offered Wan-Bissaka a long-term contract and wages of up to £80,000 a week.
He is on £10,000 a week at Selhurst Park, the lowest-paid player in Palace’s first-team squad.
Wan-Bissaka joined Crystal Palace academy when he was 11 and made his first-team debut in 2018.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to bolster his squad for the new season and identified Wan-Bissaka as having the youth and speed he is looking for.
The defender had been on England duty at European Under-21 Championship but, after they were knocked out at the group stage, a deal seems set to be swiftly concluded.
If the deal is completed, Wan-Bissaka will be United’s second summer signing, after 21-year-old Wales winger Daniel James joined from Swansea for £15m earlier in June.
Jeremy Hunt has urged Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson not to be “a coward” about facing public scrutiny.
Mr Hunt said he was “not interested” in his private life but he should “man up” and debate with him on TV this week.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has warned the UK will face a “democratic explosion” if it does not leave the EU by 31 October.
But Mr Hunt challenged him to reveal whether he would call a general election if MPs refused to allow the UK to leave without a deal on that date.
After Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get her Brexit deal through Parliament earlier this year, the date of the UK’s departure for the EU was moved to 31 October.
Mr Johnson is under pressure to answer questions about a row with his partner in the early hours of Friday which led to police being called to his London home.
The Metropolitan Police has said it will not be taking any further action over the incident and his supporters have rallied around him.
Former International Development Secretary Priti Patel told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme a recording of the argument, given to the Guardian newspaper, was part of a “politically-motivated series of attacks”.
“That is not the type of behaviour that you’d expect in our country, that’s the type of behaviour associated with the old Eastern bloc,” she added.
Mr Johnson refused to answer questions about the incident at a hustings event on Saturday, instead insisting his stance on Brexit was what mattered to the public and to the Conservative Party members who will choose the next leader.
In his Daily Telegraph column on Monday, he said of the 31 October deadline: “This time we are not going to bottle it. We are not going to fail.”
He said it was “disgraceful” the UK was still in the EU three years after it voted to leave, and exiting the EU would “renew the national faith in democracy”.
He did not address questions about his private life in the column.
The BBC’s Norman Smith says Mr Hunt’s shift in language is striking.
He is using a much more combative, pugilistic tone, our assistant political editor says, perhaps realising there is no point doing this softly and nicely because if he does, Mr Johnson is just going to walk into Number 10.
Writing in the Times, Mr Hunt called for a “fair and open contest, not one that one side is trying to rig to avoid scrutiny”.
“Only then can you walk through the front door of No 10 with your head held high instead of slinking through the back door, which is what Boris appears to want.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “very disrespectful” of Mr Johnson to refuse to do “any tough media interviews” and urged him to take part in a Sky News leadership debate scheduled for Tuesday.
The two men are due to face off on ITV in July, but by then voting papers will already have been sent to party members.
Mr Hunt said he feared a government led by Mr Johnson would rapidly collapse, because he would be unable to hold together a coalition of supporters that range from MPs who back no deal to others who feel it would be totally unacceptable.
“If you are not clear about exactly what you are going to do, that coalition will collapse immediately and you will have Corbyn in Number 10,” the foreign secretary said.
He said Mr Johnson must explain how he could guarantee the UK would leave the EU on 31 October if Parliament voted to stop a no-deal Brexit, as it did in a non-binding vote in March.
Mr Hunt ruled out calling a general election in such a circumstance – saying it would destroy the Conservative Party – and demanded that Mr Johnson be clear whether he would do the same.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who withdrew from the leadership contest after coming sixth in the first ballot of the party’s MPs, told BBC Breakfast Mr Johnson had the “best chance” of securing a new Brexit deal with the EU.
Mr Hancock said it was “total nonsense” to suggest Mr Johnson was not open to scrutiny, drawing attention to the various hustings he has taken part in.
“He’s got the energy, he’s got the support from right across the party, and I think that’s why he’s the right man for the job,” Mr Hancock added.
‘No confidence vote’
In a separate development, defence minister Tobias Ellwood told the BBC’s Panorama programme that “a dozen or so” Conservative MPs would support a vote of no confidence in the government to stop a no-deal Brexit.
A no-deal exit would see the UK leave the customs union and single market overnight and start trading with the EU on World Trade Organisation rules.
Opponents say it would cause huge disruption at the borders and be catastrophic to many firms reliant on trade with the continent.
Next month around 160,000 Conservative Party members will choose the next leader of the Tory Party – and the next prime minister.
Members will receive their ballots between 6 and 8 July, with the new leader expected to be announced in the week beginning 22 July.
Police were called to the London home of Boris Johnson and his partner in the early hours of Friday after a neighbour reportedly heard a loud argument.
The Guardian said Carrie Symonds was heard telling the Conservative MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
The Metropolitan Police told the BBC it “spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well”.
In a statement, it said “there was no cause for police action”. A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “No comment”.
The Guardian reported that a neighbour had told the newspaper they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”.
The paper said the neighbour was inside their own flat when they recorded the alleged altercation.
It said that in the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and telling the woman to “get off” his laptop before there was a loud crashing noise.
Ms Symonds is allegedly heard saying the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”
‘No offences or concerns’
Conservative MP Dominic Grieve told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he could not comment on the Guardian’s report specifically but said character was relevant in the contest to be leader of the party.
“They are going to be in a position of responsibility where they have to make very important decisions,” he said.
The former attorney general added: “Clearly, things like reliability and honesty are very important things.
“And I think they matter in one’s private and personal life, and also they matter in one’s public life.”
BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar said questions about Mr Johnson’s private are hovering over the leadership contest.
He said: “It’s a question of his judgement, decisions that he’s made and how they might inform the way that he takes decisions in the future.
“It’s not just of immediate importance, it bears on the way the country might be run from 10 Downing Street at such a critical point in the country’s history.”
Journalist Sonia Purnell, who has written a biography of Mr Johnson, told the Today programme she believed it was important to know a future leader’s character.
She said: “It is the most unbelievably pressured job, crises will be coming at you day and night. You have to have equilibrium, a clear head, a stability in your life to be able to cope with that.”
But Daily Telegraph journalist Allison Pearson asked: “What right do we have to listen in to a private lovers tiff?”
She told the programme: “The Tory members won’t care about this. They’ve been waiting since 2016 to vote for Boris Johnson.”
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: “At 00:24 on Friday 21 June, police responded to a call from a local resident in the SE5 area of Camberwell.
“The caller was concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour.
“Police attended and spoke to all occupants of the address, who were all safe and well. There were no offences or concerns apparent to the officers and there was no cause for police action.”
Mr Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Theresa May as Conservative leader and the UK’s next prime minister.
The former foreign secretary and Mayor of London is in a run-off with Jeremy Hunt, with Tory party members due to vote over the next month.
Mr Johnson came top in a ballot of Tory MPs on Thursday. The first hustings of the second phase of the leadership campaign takes place on Saturday.
Salford City’s first game in the English Football League will be at home to Stevenage during the opening weekend of the League Two season.
Leyton Orient, promoted alongside Salford, host Cheltenham in what will be their first match since the death of manager Justin Edinburgh.
Newport County and Mansfield Town, who met in the play-offs in May, will also face each other on Saturday, 3 August.
Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield Town begin their campaign at Exeter City.
Relegated sides Bradford and Scunthorpe host Cambridge and Swindon respectively.
Plymouth – whose new manager Ryan Lowe took Bury up from the fourth tier last season – go to Crewe on the opening day, while Walsall, who also came down last season, start away at Northampton.
Opening League Two fixtures
Saturday, 3 August, 15:00 BST kick-off (unless stated)
- Salford City v Stevenage (12:30 BST)
- Bradford City v Cambridge United
- Carlisle United v Crawley Town
- Colchester United v Port Vale
- Crewe Alexandra v Plymouth Argyle
- Exeter City v Macclesfield Town
- Forest Green Rovers v Oldham Athletic
- Leyton Orient v Cheltenham Town
- Morecambe v Grimsby Town
- Newport County v Mansfield Town
- Northampton Town v Walsall
- Scunthorpe United v Swindon Town
Emotional occasion for O’s
Leyton Orient’s opening match is sure to be an emotional occasion for all at the club following the death of their popular manager, who passed away on 8 June aged 49 after a cardiac arrest.
Former Tottenham full-back Edinburgh led Orient to the National League title last season, ending their two-year absence from the EFL, while they were also beaten in the final of the FA Trophy.
On Sunday, Orient chairman Nigel Travis said several tributes were being considered to honour Edinburgh – among the ideas put forward by supporters was to rename a stand at their stadium.
Ross Embleton, who was Edinburgh’s assistant, was named interim head coach on Wednesday.
Salford prepare for EFL bow
Ambitious Salford, co-owned by six former Manchester United players, have won four promotions in five seasons to reach the EFL for the first time in their history.
They will be involved in the early kick-off on the first Saturday of the campaign, before a trip to Crawley on 10 August and a home fixture against Port Vale seven days later.
The Ammies will also be included in the Carabao Cup for the first time this season and they will find out their first-round opponents on Thursday at 19:00 BST.
Women are forced to choose between “being an MP and being a mum” because of Parliament’s rules, a pregnant Labour MP has said.
Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy said that Ipsa – the body which regulates MPs’ pay – told her it does not recognise when members go on maternity leave.
Consequently, no paid cover is available for work done outside the House of Commons.
Writing in the Guardian, Ms Creasy also revealed she has had two miscarriages.
She continued working “aching and bleeding” during her first miscarriage and led a public meeting the day after her second.
“Now I’m pregnant once more and terrified – not just that it will go wrong again, but because I know that my resolve to keep my private and professional lives separate has become impossible,” she said, explaining her reason for speaking out.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, she said: “It doesn’t seem right that communities should be penalised for having a woman as its MP.
“We’re giving people another reason not to appoint women to the House of Commons,” she added.
Ms Creasy said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) turned down her approach for paid cover during maternity leave.
“Humiliatingly, it is making me beg for extra staff funding – or give up any chance of spending time with my child to make sure my constituents don’t miss out,” she wrote.
Maternity rights in the UK
- Women are entitled to up to 52 weeks maternity leave
- They must take at least two weeks’ leave after the baby is born (or four weeks if they work in a factory)
- They are eligible to be paid for six weeks at 90% of their average weekly earnings and 33 weeks at £149 per week or 90% of their average weekly earnings (if lower)
- Fathers can take two weeks’ statutory paternity leave at £149 a week
In January, MPs backed a year-long trial to allow MPs who were about to give birth or had recently become a parent to nominate another MP to vote on their behalf in the Commons.
The debate over Parliament’s rules was reignited when Labour’s Tulip Siddiq delayed a Caesarean section to attend a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Later that month, the Hampstead and Kilburn MP became the first to vote in the Commons by proxy.
However, in her Guardian article, Ms Creasy said the lack of maternity cover meant her colleague “had to return to casework three days after a C-section”.
“For all the talk of being family friendly, Westminster is still struggling to offer deeds instead of words,” she wrote.
“And if we can’t get this right for MPs, how can we get this right for parents elsewhere?”
In 2017, former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman called for MPs to be given six months’ maternity leave.
US President Donald Trump has once again criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a “national disgrace” who is destroying the UK’s capital.
His comments came after five attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three others injured.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was “absolutely awful” Mr Trump was using the “tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor”.
President Trump’s tweets follow a long-running feud between the two men.
Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins about this weekend’s violence in London, the president said Mr Khan was “a disaster” and the capital needed a new mayor.
Mr Trump later followed it up with another post saying: “He is a national disgrace who is destroying the city of London!”
In response, Mr Khan’s spokesman said the mayor’s thoughts were with the victims’ families and he “is not going to waste his time responding to this sort of tweet”.
The mayor was focused on supporting the city’s communities and “over-stretched” emergency services, he added.
Mr Khan later tweeted: “Violent crime has no place in our city, and there’s no higher priority for me than Londoners’ safety.”
Mr Corbyn tweeted in defence of Mr Khan, saying he was “rightly supporting the police to do their job while Katie Hopkins spreads hateful and divisive rhetoric”.
Police have made 14 arrests – including several boys and a girl – following the five separate attacks.
An 18-year-old man was stabbed to death on Friday afternoon in Wandsworth, south London, then minutes later a 19-year-old man was shot dead in Plumstead, south-east London.
A man in his 30s then died after he was stabbed in Tower Hamlets on Saturday afternoon.
In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton.
The deaths take the total number of murders in London in 2019 to 56. Last year there were 132 homicides in the capital.
President Trump and Mr Khan have clashed many times in the past.
The president called Mr Khan a “stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London” shortly before landing in Stansted ahead of his three-day state visit to the UK earlier this month.
It followed comments from the mayor of London that the UK should not be “rolling out the red carpet” for Mr Trump during his visit.
Former Labour and Change UK MP Chuka Umunna has joined the Liberal Democrats, saying he was “wrong” to think “millions of politically homeless people… wanted a new party”.
The Streatham MP said he had “massively underestimated just how difficult it is to set up a fully fledged new party without an existing infrastructure”.
He was one of six MPS to quit Change UK – founded in February – last week.
It gained only 3.4% of the vote in the European elections.
In contrast, the Liberal Democrats – who, like Change UK, campaigned on a strongly pro-EU message – saw a surge in support, coming second after Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
Mr Umunna’s move to the the Liberal Democrats brings the party’s number of MPs to 12.
The former shadow business secretary, who had previously criticised the Lib Dems for “enabling Tory austerity” during the 2010 to 2015 coalition government, acknowledged that not everyone in the party would welcome his arrival.
However, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme “things have changed”, as the Lib Dems had voted against every single Conservative Budget since 2015 and had stood on an anti-austerity manifesto in the 2017 general election.
“If you want to end austerity you cannot do that if you are going to sponsor Brexit in the way that the two main parties are doing,” he added.
Mr Umunna said he had realised “there isn’t room for more than one centre ground option” in British politics, adding that he believed there were “a good handful” of Conservative and Labour MPs who knew their parties were “broken” and could also be prepared to join the Lib Dems.
The MP, who withdrew from the 2015 Labour leadership contest days after announcing his candidacy, told the Times he did not want to take sides between the two contenders to replace Sir Vince Cable as Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson and Ed Davey, adding: “I’m a newbie.”
Welcoming him, Sir Vince said: “Chuka and I have worked together effectively for many months, campaigning for a People’s Vote and to stop Brexit.
“I know that he will be a great asset to our party not just on Brexit, but in fighting for the liberal and social democratic values that we share.”
Change UK – formerly known as The Independent Group – was formed by MPs who quit Labour and then joined by some former Conservatives.
It pledged to push for any Brexit deal negotiated by the government to be voted on at a referendum – or “People’s Vote” – in which it would campaign for the UK to remain in the EU.
After last month’s European Parliament elections, six of its 11 MPs quit. On Thursday it applied to change its name to The Independent Group for Change, to avoid a protracted legal dispute with petitions website Change.org.
Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery called for a by-election in Mr Umunna’s constituency, tweeting: “Three parties in as many months… who’s next?
“Put your immense popularity to the good people of Streatham… let’s have a PV [People’s Vote] on you and your principles.”
The Met Police will recruit part-time police constables for the first time as the force tries to “break down barriers” deterring women from joining.
From November, all new constable recruits will be able to choose between full-time or part-time working hours.
The force said it believed it was the first in the UK to offer part-time positions.
The Met’s own research showed full-time working hours deterred some women from considering a career in policing.
“The case for doing this was clear – we know that one of the obstacles stopping people from fulfilling their dreams of becoming a police officer has been the lack of flexibility in how they have to train and balance their family life”, Commissioner Cressida Dick said.
“We will continue to break down barriers where we know they exist as we strive to open up a career in policing with the Met to even more people.”
Commander Catherine Roper, force lead on professionalism, said: “I am thrilled that the Met is now able to offer this opportunity.
“Many people wish to join our incredible organisation but have other responsibilities that make a full-time commitment extremely difficult.”
Previously, all new police constable recruits were expected to complete their training and then their probationary training period on a full-time basis before they were able to apply for part-time working.
The first intake of constables to be offered part-time positions will begin training in November.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with murdering a man who was stabbed in north London.
Baris Kucuk, 33, was stabbed in the leg in the early hours of 1 June in Seven Sisters Road, Haringey. He was taken to hospital, where he died two days later.
Adam Tarik, of Vale Road in north London, has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
He will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Scotland Yard said.
A 17-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder on June 3 has been released under investigation.
The father of a murdered 17-year-old has said he feels “more pity than hate” for his son’s killer.
Malcolm Mide-Madariola was standing up for a friend when he was stabbed to death near Clapham South Tube station in south-west London on 2 November.
Olumide Wole-Madariola said he would be willing to meet the boy convicted of murdering his son if given the chance.
Since Malcolm’s death, his family has launched a charity for vulnerable youngsters.
Speaking about those involved in Malcolm’s death, Mr Wole-Madariola said: “Their future is practically gone with what they’ve done.
“When a youth’s life is destroyed there’s a future leader’s life destroyed, a future leader in the family, in society.”
“If I have the opportunity I’d be willing to meet [Malcolm’s killer] because they’ve still got years ahead of them,” Mr Wole-Madariola said.
Last month, a 17-year-old boy was found guilty of Malcolm’s murder and a 19-year-old admitted having a knife in connection with his death.
Both will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 5 July.
“When they come out they’re going to be in their adulthood so I would be wiling to speak with them and hope they use the best part of their years to be a better part of society,” Mr Wole-Madariola said.
‘Your future matters’
He said the Malcolm Mide-Madariola World Foundation – being launched on Saturday – aimed to have an “educational approach to recharge youths’ lives”.
“When you have kids that are not engrossed in anything they tend to wander away,” he said.
“Regardless of where they’re coming from, if their parents are divorced, criminal, or been to jail, they should know that their own personal future matters.”
Malcolm’s father said his son “shared with people that didn’t have as much”, and his outlook has inspired the charity’s mission.
The foundation plans to rent space to put on lectures and vocational courses, before eventually finding a permanent home in Clapham.
The charity will also help those who cannot afford school meals and school clothing.
Mr Wole-Madariola said he had received messages of support from Prime Minister Theresa May and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.