Hopes for Stormont as May heads to Belfast

Theresa May is in Belfast today, as hope blooms for the restoration of Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly, which collapsed just over a year ago after a row over a green energy scheme. Also visiting the city will be Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who will hold talks with May. Talks on restoring the assembly are likely to end this week.

Oxfam faces loss of funding over scandal

Charity Oxfam could lose its government funding today, because of its handling of a 2011 crisis when it was revealed that staff had paid for sex in Haiti, possibly with underage prostitutes. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has threatened to strip funding from the charity at the meeting unless it shows “moral leadership”.

More ice and snow forecast for parts of UK

Drivers in the south-west of England, Wales and the southern Midlands have been warned to expect icy conditions today, with temperatures falling as low as -3C overnight. Yellow warnings for ice and snow have been issued by the Met Office for today in the south and east of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, where it could be -6C.

Grand Canyon helicopter crash victims named

Three Britons who died on Saturday afternoon when a helicopter crashed in the Grand Canyon have been identified as Becky Dobson, 27, Jason Hill, 32, and Stuart Hill, 30. Three others were injured and airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital, along with pilot Scott Booth, 42. They are Ellie Milward, 29, Jonathan Udall, 32, and Jennifer Barham, 39.

London City airport closed over WWII bomb

London City airport will remain closed all day today, with all flights cancelled, as police and the Navy work to make safe a Second World War bomb found in the Thames. The device was uncovered in George V Dock at around 5am on Sunday by contractors working on an extension to the airport. A 700-foot exclusion zone is in force.

Fathers fail to take up parental leave offer

The Department for Business says take-up by fathers who are eligible for shared parental leave – around 285,000 couples qualify – may be as low as 2%. Around one half of the general public does not know the option exists, nearly three years after it became law. A publicity drive has been launched to try to make fathers aware of the offer.

Relief for football fans over royal wedding

Royalist football fans will be relieved to hear there is no clash between Prince Harry’s wedding and the FA Cup Final, after more details were released by St James’s Palace about his marriage to actor Meghan Markle. The couple will marry on the same day as the match at Wembley Stadium but at noon, five and half hours before kick-off.

Soros makes further donation to anti-Brexit group

Billionaire investor George Soros has pledged an extra £100,000 to a group opposing Britain’s exit from the EU, defying critics who have objected to his previous donation of £400,000. The 87-year-old told The Guardian the extra funding was a direct retort to a Daily Telegraph article which accused him of “meddling in [the] nation’s affairs”. 

Aldi takes over as Britain’s favourite supermarket

Consumer group Which? says its annual survey of 6,800 customers suggests Aldi has taken over from Waitrose as the UK’s favourite supermarket. The ranking is not based on sales or footfall but on customer satisfaction. Waitrose had been in the top spot for three years but is now in fourth place, behind Aldi, Marks & Spencer and Lidl.

Briefing: James Bulger murder, 25 years on

Today is the 25th anniversary of the abduction of James Bulger. His murder at the hands of two ten-year-olds shocked Britain and sparked a nationwide debate as to the criminal responsibility of children.

The then Prime Minister, John Major, famously remarked that, in response to the killings, “we must condemn a little more, and understand a little less”.

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