A guide to the BBC Question Time leaders’ special

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionQuestion Time Leaders Special: Behind the scenes with Fiona Bruce On Friday 22 November, the leaders of four major UK parties will face an audience in a Question Time leaders’ special. The leaders of the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats will take part. Hosted by Fiona Bruce in Sheffield, the programme will air on BBC One at 19:00 GMT, and you can watch it live online, too. Each leader will take turns answering questions from the audience for 30 minutes, with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn going first. He will be followed by the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon, then Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats, with Conservative leader …

PM quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson on Russian donations and alleged interference in UK politics. Boris Johnson has been quizzed on Russia, flooding and his children by members of the public during a BBC Radio 5 Live and News Channel phone-in. During the programme, the PM said there was “no evidence” of Russian interference in UK politics, amid calls for the government to release a report on the subject before the election. He also said there were “big plans” for investing in flood defences. And he said claims none of his children went to state school were “wrong”. He also denied reports that Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had been offered a peerage in return for …

PM vows to close ‘opportunity gap’ after Brexit

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson: “Our ambition is unlock the whole nation’s potential” Delivering Brexit would help the UK close the “opportunity gap between rich and poor”, Boris Johnson has said. In his first big speech of the election campaign, he promised to boost regional industry and drive a “clean energy revolution” after the UK leaves the EU. He said a future Tory government would double investment in high-tech research and development to £18bn. But earlier former Tory David Gauke said Mr Johnson’s plan will lead to a “bad outcome for the country”. And Labour said Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal was flawed and another referendum was needed. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Johnson …

Tory plan to attract more NHS staff from abroad

The party would introduce a “points-based system” for migrant workers from EU and non-EU countries. It has yet to spell out in detail how this will work – but it has announced that extra points will be awarded for coming to work in the NHS. The cost of applying for a visa would also be reduced from £928 to £464 for medical professionals, and they would be guaranteed a decision within two weeks, under Tory plans. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “From its inception the NHS has recruited globally. This new visa will make it easier for us to hire the finest doctors and nurses from other nations to come and work in the NHS – so that patients can …

How much will this be a climate change election?

But this year something has shifted dramatically, according to YouGov. Chris Curtis, one of its researchers, says that in the most recent poll 27% of voters cited the environment as one of three top issues – behind Brexit and health. That puts it on par with crime and the economy. Image copyright Getty Images The past summer saw record-breaking heatwaves and scientists making it clear that rising temperatures are not a problem for the distant future, but something that’s threatening now. And on top of it all, the revered tones of Sir David Attenborough have been heard by millions, including right now with his new series ‘Seven Worlds, One Planet’, warning that the threat of climate change is real and …

DIY alternative to smear test ‘promising’

However, larger trials may still be needed before the NHS could decide whether to offer it to patients, say experts. Even then, it would only be one option for women – as the researchers believe smear tests would continue in their current form. But the researchers say that in the future, some women could order the test kits online, use them at home and then send their sample by post to be analysed. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionChloe Delevingne had a smear test live on the Victoria Derbyshire programme The 25% who do not attend Screening aims to pick up early warning signs of cancer – known as pre-cancers – that can be treated to prevent …

The wife killer who escaped justice for 20 years

But beyond this, nothing had changed. A central plank of the prosecution case was that Griggs killed his wife because he was having sex with a 15-year-old girl, yet police knew about this abusive relationship in 2003. The teenager, now a woman in her 30s, gave evidence for the prosecution, telling jurors that Griggs had groomed her at a time she was vulnerable. For many in Deal, where Mrs Griggs’s family had lived for generations, there was only ever one answer to the mystery: Griggs, a keen sailor from a family of fishermen, had, they believed, murdered his wife and disposed of her body at sea. However, the case was initially treated by police as a missing person inquiry, with …

Thousands invited to citizens’ climate assembly

“Finding solutions which are equitable and have public support will be crucial,” she said. “Parliament needs to work with the people and with government to address the challenge of climate change.” Random selection The invitees to Climate Assembly UK have been selected at random from across the UK. From those who respond, 110 people will be chosen as a representative sample of the population. They will meet over four weekends from late January in Birmingham, and will discuss topics ranging from transport to household energy use. A citizens’ assembly has been a key demand of the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion, whose protests caused widespread disruption this year. The group said they welcomed this as a first step, but warned …

‘Thousands of new victims’ in child abuse case

Identifying the thousands of alleged victims has become a “mammoth task” the court was told, with the investigation stretching as far as New Zealand. “Catfishing” is a term used when online scammers use a fake identity or social network profile to contact victims and trick them into believing they are someone they can trust. The scale of the global investigation into an alleged paedophile network was outlined in a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. It was confirmed that the Police Service of Northern Ireland has set up a “dedicated team” to specifically examine this case, due to the number of potential victims. ‘Tip of the iceberg’ The court heard 12 computer devices were seized from Mr McCartney following his arrest. The …

Steampunks descend on Bronte village for festival

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Steampunk often features steam-powered machinery imagined in the future Organisers said Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, provided the perfect setting for a steampunk event because of its cobbled streets and Victorian aesthetic and buildings. Image copyright PA Media Image caption Hundreds of people descended on the small village Image copyright PA Media Image caption Compasses, headwear and umbrellas are some of the more typical accessories Image copyright PA Media Image caption Visitors come from all over the UK and Europe Follow BBC Yorkshire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.news@bbc.co.uk.

Cyber-criminals are ‘threat to society’

“We’ve got the transport sector, the energy sector, the health sector, other public organisations, the criminal justice system. “We’re all vulnerable,” he said. What is ransomware? More than half of British firms report cyber-attacks Cyber-crime victims ‘lose £190,000 a day’ ‘Grinding halt’ The cyber-attack affected Eurofins’ IT systems in the 47 countries where it operates. Mr Pearse said he was first told about it in a call at 05:00, as he was about to catch a flight from Manchester Airport, and spent the day on the phone dealing with the fallout. “The labs are quite dependent on IT and everything these days is either controlled by IT, all the data is stored on servers, and so the processes quickly came …

How reality TV is changing the way we consume fashion

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‘Big gap’ remains as Brexit deal talks to continue

Meanwhile, the UK and EU negotiating teams are due to meet again in Brussels today, as efforts continue to reach a deal before a summit on Thursday and Friday. The government says that, if it can strike an agreement at the summit, it will introduce a withdrawal agreement bill to be voted on next Saturday in a special Parliamentary session. It is seen as the last chance to do this before Brexit is due to happen at 23:00 GMT on 31 October. Queen’s Speech 2019: What can we expect? Could MPs reject the Queen’s Speech? Amnesty for veterans ‘won’t be in Queen’s speech’ PM says ‘significant’ work to do on Brexit deal On Sunday, Mr Johnson told cabinet ministers he …

A brief history of gender neutral pronouns

Gender-neutral pronouns are defined by the LGBT Resource Centre as providing an identity for a singular person who does not identify as he/him or she/her. Now, in English, the word “they” is used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun – even though some critics argue that “they” should really only be used to refer to plural nouns. But these identifiers are nothing new and have actually been used throughout the history of literature. Examples of the singular “they” being used to describe someone features as early as 1386 in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales and also in famous literary works like Shakespeare’s Hamlet in 1599. “They” and “them” were still being used by literary authors to describe people in the 17th …

Pair jailed over ‘morbid’ Sala mortuary CCTV

The judge said they had taken place within “a culture” at the company where staff watched post-mortem examinations even though they “had no justification to do so”. Wiltshire Police started investigating when an image appearing to show Sala’s body appeared on social media. On 18 February, officers investigated Camera Security Services (CSS) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, and found the post-mortem test in Bournemouth had been viewed live on 7 February and then played back twice on 8 February. Image copyright Family photo Image caption Bray also took a photo of Andrew Latcham’s body which was in the same mortuary – he is pictured here (centre) with his son and grandson Bray’s phone also revealed she had taken a picture of another …

Job applications ‘filtered by university rank’

‘Fairer recruitment’ It pointed out that some of the best academic universities, such as Aberdeen, St Andrews and Lancaster, did not belong to the prestigious research-focused Russell Group. Young ‘pessimistic’ about social mobility Private school and Oxbridge ‘take top jobs’ The Russell Group is made up of 24 leading universities: Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Imperial College London, King’s College London, Leeds, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, University College London, Warwick and York. Georgina Brazier, a graduate jobs expert at Milkround, said businesses were missing out on the chance to recruit some “fantastic grads from other universities”. She also urged …