Army tanker drivers to be put on standby amid fuel supply issues
Army tanker drivers will be put on a state of readiness in preparation for deployment to ease the chaos on fuel supply chains, the Government has announced in the face of mounting pressure.
Military drivers will now get specialised training in preparation for their possible deployment, ministers announced on Monday night.
An extension to ADR driver licences permitting drivers to maximise their available capacity instead of being taken out of circulation for refresher training purposes was also announced.
The move comes after many filling stations ran dry after drivers made a dash for the pumps amid fears a shortage of tanker drivers would hit supplies.
Labour battles to get conference back on track following Andy McDonald’s resignation
Labour is battling to get its party conference back on track after the dramatic resignation of a shadow cabinet minister.
Andy McDonald suggested the leader was not honouring “our commitment to socialist policies” as he quit as shadow employment rights secretary in a blow for any attempt to portray a united front.
He accused Sir Keir Starmer of abandoning the pledges of his leadership campaign and struck out at the his office for instructing him to argue against a national minimum wage of £15 per hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage.
The left-winger is scheduled to appear at a discussion at the fringes of the conference in Brighton today with former leader and ally Jeremy Corbyn.
The row threatens to overshadow the message the wider shadow cabinet wishes to present, with shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth announcing that a Labour government would double dementia spending.
Man charged with murder of teacher Sabina Nessa
Detectives have charged a man with the murder of teacher Sabina Nessa whose body was found in a south east London park.
Koci Selamaj, 36, has been accused of killing Ms Nessa, 28.
She was found dead in Cator Park, close to her Kidbrooke home, the day after she went out to meet a friend on 17 September.
Selamaj was arrested at 3am on Sunday in Eastbourne, East Sussex, where he lived.
He has been remanded in custody to appear in Willesden Magistrates court later today.
R Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking
US singer R Kelly has been found guilty of running a scheme to exploit his fame to sexually abuse eleven people over two decades.
Nine women and two men took the stand in a six-week trial in which victims described sexual humiliation and violence inflicted by the Grammy winner.
The jury of seven men and five women found Kelly, 54, guilty on all the charges he was facing after two days of deliberation.
He had pleaded not guilty to racketeering and eight counts of violating a federal law making it illegal to transport people across state lines for prostitution.
Kelly, whose face was shielded by a white mask required by covid rules, kept his head down as the verdict was read in the courtroom in Brooklyn, New York.
Royals to attend James Bond premiere as Daniel Craig bows out as 007
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the glittering world premiere of the new Bond film No Time To Die.
In a rare joint engagement, Charles, Camilla, William and Kate will step out on to the red carpet to meet 007 star Daniel Craig and other cast members including Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux and Lashana Lynch at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The royal foursome will also be introduced to screenwriters Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, and singer Billie Eilish and her musician brother Finneas O'Connell, who co-wrote the new Bond theme song.
A number of healthcare workers and members of the armed forces will join the royals in the auditorium to watch the movie as a thank you for their work during the Covid pandemic.