Newborn baby found dead in woodland sparking police search for mother

The child was discovered close to Shore Road in Hythe, near Southampton (Picture: Google) A newborn baby boy has been found dead in an area of woodland in Hampshire. Police are now trying to find his mother, who they say may be ‘very frightened’ after going through a ‘distressing experience’. The child’s death is being […]

‘It’s not just murder, it’s very narcissistic, twisting, ongoing torture’ – Sam Gillingham on not knowing where her mother’s murdered body was left

A bereaved mother has described the “ongoing torture” of seeing her daughter’s murderer released, despite the fact he’s never told police where he left her body. Helen McCourt was 22 years old when she was murdered by Ian Simms in 1988. “Helen’s Law” could see killers spend longer in prison if they refuse to reveal […]

Can the Commonwealth Fill the Gap?

I recently attended a conference at Clare College, Cambridge, organised by The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, considering the role of the Commonwealth in 2019 – its challenges and opportunities. The Commonwealth still struggles to an extent to articulate its role and significance in international relations. One session, which included myself as […]

‘The UK doesn’t need to involve itself more than necessary’, says Dr Lina Khatib on rising US-Iran tensions – Channel 4 News

5 Jan 2020 The Foreign Office has strengthened its travel advice for Iran and Iraq since the assassination of General Soleimani. The Foreign Office has strengthened its travel advice for Iran and Iraq since the assassination of General Soleimani. Only essential travel to the countries is advised. But hundreds of people are still in there. […]

#Brexit – ‘We are ready to start the next phase, to defend and promote Europe’s interests’ #EUCO

  The decisive victory by the British Conservatives in yesterday’s general election was widely and enthusiastically welcomed by European leaders attending today’s (13 December) European Council. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that they welcomed the certainty that the election provided and said that it had been difficult when things had been agreed in Brussels, […]

Former Labour MP slams Jeremy Corbyn saying party is ‘racist and nasty’

Ruth Smeeth, who said she had lost in Stoke-on-Trent constituency, slammed Jeremy Corbyn (Picture: Sky News) A former MP has torn into her own party and leader Jeremy Corbyn, blasting Labour as a ‘nasty, racist party’. Ruth Smeeth, the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North, said she had ‘definitely lost’ her seat, which she held since […]

‘The risk of #Brexit happening without a ratified deal still exists’ Phil Hogan 

European Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan Speaking at his first event in Ireland as the European Commissioner for Trade (6 December), Phil Hogan addressed what he described as the ‘seemingly endless’ question of Brexit, as well as other pressing trade issues.   Hogan is hoping that next week’s UK general election will provide clarity and […]

Man guilty of sex attacks on women and children – Channel 4 News

It took the jury foreman seven-and-a-half minutes to deliver the verdicts. Serial sex attacker Joseph McCann was guilty of 37 charges. His youngest victim was just 11 years old. McCann kidnapped, assaulted and raped women and children in terrifying attacks across England over a two week period. But 34-year-old McCann was released in error without […]

Teen accused of Jaden Moodie murder carried knife “for safety” – Channel 4 News

This report  contains some distressing images. A teenager accused of the murder of 14-year-old Jaden Moodie has told his trial that he carried a knife for “safety” but has denied ever using it. Nineteen-year-old Ayoub Majdouline is one of five young men who allegedly drove around Leyton in east London on January the 8th, looking for […]