Labour faces calls to suspend MP and other stories

Labour faces calls to suspend MP over anti-Semitism comments

MP Chris Williamson. Photo credit Getty Images

Labour is receiving pressure to suspend MP Chris Williamson for ‘deeply offensive’ comments about the party’s handling of anti-Semitism.

At an event in Sheffield last week, Chris Williamson said ‘The [labour] party that has done more to stand up to racism is now being demonised as a racist, bigoted party… we have backed off far too much, we have given too much ground, we have been too apologetic.’

He went on to say: ‘We’ve done more to address the scourge of anti-Semitism than any political party.’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said there were grounds for disciplinary action.

He told the Emma Barnett show on BBC Radio 5 Live that Labour needed to get its house in order through ‘swift, robust action’ against offenders.


BBC and ITV set to launch Netflix rival


The British broadcasters BBC and ITV have confirmed their plans to create a new, joint streaming service called BritBox before the end of this year.

BritBox will mainly feature older BBC and ITV shows, alongside newer programmes made specifically for this platform.

It will not, however, feature the latest BBC and ITV shows, which will remain available through the current BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub catch up services.

BritBox is already available in the US, where 500,000 American customers pay for a selection of British shows.

The UK launch means that the companies are likely to stop licensing their archive material to rival services like Netflix, who eat more and more into traditional broadcaster’s share of viewership.


Surrey earthquake ‘shakes houses’

One of the largest earthquakes in the area since last year occurred near Surrey early this morning.

The tremor was felt at 03:42 GMT and measured 3.0, shaking houses for 4 or 5 seconds.

This is the fourth recorded earthquake in the area in the last two weeks.

Locals have been questioning whether these tremors are due to recent drilling for oil in the area.

Dr Stephen Hicks said: ‘There’s nothing in the data to show that there was any plausible explanation why these earthquakes could have been induced or caused by drilling activities.’


Marsden moorland fire: ‘Apocalyptic’ moorland blaze put out

Fire crews have finally extinguished the ‘apocalyptic’ fire that’s blazed moorlands in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said it was ‘one of the biggest moorland fires we’ve ever had to deal with’.

The blaze started at about 19:30 GMT on Tuesday and covered about 1.5 sq km of land near Marsden.

A fire service spokesperson said the fire looks to be out but said crews and specialist moorland firefighting units ‘will remain at the scene for much of the day to tackle any further hot spots’.

There have been no reports of any injuries.

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