‘Festival of Brexit’ boss says 120m event will prove cynics wrong

Martin Green vows to bring nation together with a bit of joy and hope and happiness It has been mocked and pilloried as a Martin Green said the aims would be to bring the nation together, showcase British creativity, and on a basic level bring some joy, hope and happiness. The idea of a post-Brexit festival of Britain was announced by Theresa May in May 2018 and Hulls year as UK City of Culture, was announced as festival leader over Christmas, and while he is a long way from announcing what might be commissioned, he has a clear idea of its broad aims and of what it wont be. There is obviously a big narrative going on around healing and …

Man tells of using narwhal tusk during London Bridge attack

Civil servant Darryn Frost confronted terrorist and pinned him to the ground A civil servant has described the moment he confronted the London Bridge terrorist with a narwhal tusk as the terrorist threatened to detonate a suicide vest. Darryn Frost, 38, a South African who has lived in the UK for 14 years and works in the Ministry of Justice, intervened after Usman Khan had fatally wounded Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt at a criminal justice conference at Fishmongers Hall on 29 November. Video footage of the incident showed Frost and other members of the public fending off Khan as they moved on to London Bridge. Frost could be seen pinning Khan to the ground and being pulled away by …

What time will we know who won? Hour-by-hour election night guide

What to look out for overnight, including results for key marginal seats, potential upsets, and how to tell who is doing well Conservatives ended up with majorities on both occasions. The fieldwork for Thursdays exit poll will be conducted by Ipsos Mori, with tens of thousands of interviews conducted at 144 polling stations across the country. For the first time there are plans to make constituency-level exit poll projections available on the BBC website from shortly after 10pm, with seats called for each party on a likely, possible, or too close to call basis. This could enliven the first hour of coverage by giving a local dimension to the headline exit poll figures.

Turkey agrees to back Nato plan for Baltic states and Poland

Nato chief says Ankara has dropped opposition to plan as fractious London summit draws to close Turkey has dropped its opposition to a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia, the Nato secretary general has said, as the alliance attempted to paper over the cracks at the end of a summit in London. Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference that Nato leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Before the summit marking the 70th anniversary of Nato, Ankara had refused to back a Nato defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members …