Vigil for London Bridge victims to be held

A vigil will be held this morning to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack  and to honour the emergency services and members of the public who responded to the incident.

Former University of Cambridge students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were fatally stabbed by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.

Mayor Sadiq Khan will be among those who are due to gather at 11am today on at a remembrance service at Guildhall Yard.

The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison.

But the family of Mr Merritt asked for his death to not to be used to justify introducing “even more draconian sentences” on offenders.

 

General Election campaign resumes following terror attack

Labour and the Tories will resume their General Election campaigns  in earnest today as they seek to move on from the political row over Friday’s attack.

With just 10 days to go until the polls open, Jeremy Corbyn will announce plans to slash regulated rail fares in England by a third from next month if his party enters government.

The Tories, meanwhile, will set out a range of measures to strengthen border security after Brexit including automated entrance and exit checks to identify individuals who have overstayed their visa.

 

Panorama interview with Epstein victim broadcast tonight

Prince Andrew is bracing himself for Panorama’s interview tonight  with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims.

The BBC One investigative programme entitled The Prince And The Epstein Scandal has been extended to run for an hour and will feature Virginia Giuffre’s first UK television interview.

She claims she slept with the Duke of York when she was 17, allegations that Prince Andrew has vehemently denied.

Prince Andrew was also forced to deny newspaper claims yesterday that he exploited his role as a trade envoy for the UK to help a multi-millionaire friend.

 

Farage: Don’t demonise Donald Trump

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has warned it was a “great mistake”  for British politicians to demonise Donald Trump.

In last night’s seven-way TV election debate hosted by ITV, the parties clashed over the US president – who arrives in the UK today ahead of a meeting of Nato leaders.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said that, while the relationship with the US was important, Mr Trump did not share British values.

However Mr Farage said that while some of Mr Trump’s comments were wrong, it was essential to consider the national interest in maintaining the relationship with the US.

 

Second eviction on I’m A Celebrity

Andrew Maxwell has been become the second person  booted out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

The comedian was eliminated during Sunday night’s instalment of the ITV show and described the living in the camp as “an absolute pleasure”.

Maxwell said that there was no personal animosity with Ian Wright despite clashes between the pair.

 

On this day…

1697: The new St Paul’s Cathedral was opened.

1804: Napoleon was crowned Emperor in Paris by Pope Pius VII. On this day one year later, he defeated Austro-Russian forces at the Battle of Austerlitz.

1814: The Marquis de Sade, French aristocrat whose perverted lifestyle gave the word sadism to the language, died in an asylum.

1859: John Brown, anti-slavery campaigner whose soul marched on in the famous song, was executed for treason in Charleston, West Virginia.

1901: King Camp Gillette patented the safety razor.

1907: English footballers formed the Professional Footballers’ Association.

1954: Four years of anti-Communist witch-hunts in America came to an end when its instigator, Joseph McCarthy, was condemned for conduct unbecoming a senator.

1990: West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl won the first all-German election since 1933.

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