Walk the line: behind the story of Michael Gove’s cocaine use

Tory leadership hopeful revealed he had taken drug in mock-media interview for 2016 campaign In the run-up to his 2016 campaign to be Tory leader, Michael Gove was being subjected to a mock media interview by his team, as they tried to anticipate what questions he could face from journalists. In his soon-to-be published biography, Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry, the journalist Owen Bennett writes that the then justice secretary was asked if he had ever taken drugs. Yes, cocaine, he replied, according to someone described as having intimate knowledge of the event. According to Bennett: He was firmly instructed not to give that answer in public, and told instead to fall back on the words [David] Cameron …

‘A bleak prospect’: why legal weed in Britain may be a pipe dream

While public interest is growing, experts say a mix of political and social factors is holding back change The legalization of cannabis in the US shows no signs of slowing down but the prospect of a green rush in the UK, experts say, is bleak. The consultancy Hanway Associates aims to bring North American-style cannabis capitalism to the UK and Europe. This month, the group is hosting the 59%opioid crisis, or the subsequent disillusionment with mainstream pharmaceuticals and the medical field. Nor is there an entrenched constituency of veterans suffering from PTSD, concussive brain injuries and other ailments, which have led to a desperate search for alternatives. While the British public is interested in medical marijuana, and cannabis oil she …

Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland makes for painful viewing | John Crace

With sketch writers banned from his press conference with Theresa May, I was forced to endure it on TV Monday Sometimes I worry I am more psychically connected to Tottenham Hotspur than is healthy. Having done my two events at the festival, I went back to the friends I was staying with to watch the Shoulder to shoulder with the president, negotiating a new trade deal. Instead, she cut a forlorn, diminished figure as she was both patronised and ignored by Trump, who made no secret that he was 75th anniversary commemorations profoundly moving, especially the handful of surviving veterans and letters from the dead. But theyve also generated some anger, because politicians may talk a good game about the …

Justice system smeared our mother, say Sally Challens sons

Family had to live with false narrative of killing before courts finally quashed domestic abuse victims murder conviction Sally Challen was portrayed as a controlling and jealous lover who planned to kill her husband by a criminal justice system that allowed the creation of a false narrative, her sons have said. In doing so it failed to recognise the decades of abuse and coercive control she had suffered at his hands, David Challen Observer that is heavily critical of how abused women continue to be viewed by the courts, a concern that womens rights campaigners said they shared. three times as likely to develop a mental health condition than those who do not, according to research by Birmingham University published …

Footballer Hctor Bellern calls on sport to oppose Alabama abortion ban

Arsenal defender says ban also an issue for men, and garners support from Ian Wright Hctor Bellern, the Arsenal and Spain defender, has challenged fellow football professionals to speak out against the Ian Wright (@IanWright0) May 18, 2019 The BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe said, while he supported Arsenals great rival Tottenham, some issues transcended football: Bravo. Im Spurs but that matters little compared to this, he tweeted. The LGBT activist Jack D said on Twitter: Absolutely thrilled to see a footballer using their platform to send a positive political message. Good on you!!! Now if only we could get more of this to support players coming out too. Solidarity. Other US states have followed the lead of …

US begins extradition case against Julian Assange in London

WikiLeaks founder declines to consent to being taken to US to face charges Julian Assange has declined a chance to consent to his extradition to the US at a hearing in London as Washington started pressing its case to take him across the Atlantic. Appearing via video link from Belmarsh prison, Assange said: I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many, many people. Ben Brandon, the counsel for the US government, presented details of the US case against Assange at Westminster magistrates court on Thursday. He said the charges related to one of the largest compromises of information in US history. They were connected to the downloading …

The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spains feminists and the far right

The long read: The wolf pack case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far right to its biggest gains since Franco In the early hours of 7 July 2016, surrounded by throngs of revellers dancing and drinking, an 18-year-old woman suddenly found herself alone. She was standing on Plaza del Castillo, a square in the centre of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, which was hosting its annual festival, the running of the bulls. The weeklong festival combines a religious celebration of the citys patron saint, San Fermin, with the eponymous bull run and copious amounts of alcohol. Every morning at the stroke of 8am, …

Who owns the country? The secretive companies hoarding England’s land

The long read: Multi-million pound corporations with complex structures have purchased the very ground we walk on and we are only just beginning to discover the damage it is doing to Britain Despite owning 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of land, managing a property portfolio worth 2.3bn and having control over huge swaths of central Manchester and Liverpool, very few people have heard of a company named Peel Holdings. It owns the Manchester Ship Canal. It built the Trafford Centre shopping complex and, more recently, sold it in the largest single property acquisition in Britains history. It was the developer behind the MediaCityUK site in Salford, to which the BBC and ITV have relocated many of their operations in recent years. …

Robert Winston calls for cycle number plates after street assault

Labour peer claims he was kicked and abused by a cyclist who was riding on pavement Prof Robert Winston, the Labour peer and fertility specialist, has called for cyclists to be required to have number plates after he claimed he was kicked and abused after challenging a woman not to ride on the pavement. In a letter to the Times, Lord Winston, 78, said he encountered the cyclist on Wednesday riding on the pavement in Bloomsbury, central London. After he pointed out that she was breaking the law, the woman became abusive, grabbed my phone and attempted to damage it. She subsequently assaulted me by repeated kicking. He was helped by fellow pedestrians while the cyclist rode off. He identified …

Shamima Begum moved after threats in Syria camp, says lawyer

Nineteen-year-old Briton and newborn son relocated to new camp due to safety concerns Shamima Begum and her baby have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after threats were made against them, according to her familys lawyer. The 19-year-old and her son were moved from the al-Hawl camp in the north of the country to another site nearer the Iraqi border. Begum, who left the UK in 2015 with two school friends to join Islamic State in Syria, said last month she Sajid Javid, has ordered the British-born womans citizenship to be revoked. Begum, who gave birth days after telling a Times journalist of her wish to return, has since said she wished she had kept a low profile. The …