Met police pay out £700,000 to detained anti-fascist protesters

Exclusive: undercover officers spied on activists demonstrating against Tommy Robinson

Scotland Yard has been forced to pay a total of more than £700,000 in compensation to 153 anti-fascist campaigners who were arrested by police during a demonstration and detained for up to 14 hours.

The campaigners had been detained while protesting against another demonstration led by the far-right activist Tommy Robinson.

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First world war peace treaties go on display at UK National Archives

Private display for historians attending peace conference marks centenary of treaty of Versailles

From the elaborate red velvet, silk and gilded treaty of London, signed by the 19th-century prime minister Lord Palmerston, to the Locarno postwar territorial settlements, Europe is largely defined through the peace treaties of the first world war.

On the centenary of the signing of the treaty of Versailles, which marked the formal end of the war, the beautifully bound originals of all those treaties have now been brought together for the first time.

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Man appears in court over alleged hoax bomb threats to parliament

Andreas Dowling is also charged with making a hoax threat to the US Super Bowl

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with making a string of hoax bomb threats including to the Houses of Parliament and the Super Bowl.

Andreas Dowling, 23, from Torpoint, Cornwall, appeared at Exeter magistrates court on Wednesday accused of committing 30 offences in the UK and the US. He entered no plea and the case was sent to crown court.

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UK population rises to 66.4 million but rate of growth slows

Number of migrants up 10% on previous year, offsetting effect of births and deaths

The population of the UK has risen slightly to 66.4 million people but the rate of growth has stalled over the past two years to its slowest increase since 2004, official estimates show.

In the year to mid-2018, there were 2% fewer births and 3% more deaths, but the population increased by 0.6% for the second year running, due to a net increase in international migration.

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Moors murderer Ian Brady had contact with vulnerable boys in jail

Home Office files show child killer stayed in same hospital as youths with mental illness

The Moors murderer Ian Brady came in contact with vulnerable borstal boys for more than five years at Wormwood Scrubs prison, Home Office files in the National Archives show.

The child killer was allowed to stay in the prison’s hospital for several months after one of the young inmates alleged he had sex with him, according to the records, seen by the BBC.

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Liam Fox ’tilting at windmills’ over tariffs, say Tory Eurosceptics

Trade minister rejected Boris Johnson’s claim exporters would be spared tariffs after no deal

Eurosceptic Conservative MPs have hit back at the trade secretary, Liam Fox, for “ludicrously tilting at windmills”, after he rejected Boris Johnson’s claim that exporters would be spared tariffs if Britain left the EU without a deal.

The former foreign secretary has promised to take Britain out of the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal, “do or die”.

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Boris Johnson hires Lynton Crosby ally as campaign chief

Mark Fullbrook to run daily operations and Iain Duncan Smith is campaign chair

Boris Johnson has appointed Lynton Crosby’s business partner Mark Fullbrook to sharpen up his Tory leadership campaign.

The frontrunner relied heavily on two MPs, Gavin Williamson and Grant Shapps, as well as a former MP, James Wharton, to win over colleagues during the initial phase of whittling down the candidates to a shortlist of two.

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Suzanne Moore of the Guardian wins Orwell prize for journalism

Columnist’s articles on Brexit and #MeToo aftermath made her joint winner with Steve Bloomfield of Prospect

The Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore has won the Orwell prize for journalism for her “stubborn and brave commentary” on the aftermath of Brexit, #metoo and the politics of remembrance.

Moore won the prize for articles on attitudes to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in the wake of the #MeToo movement; why she was wrong to refuse to wear a poppy for remembrance; and why she didn’t take part in the march for a People’s Vote.

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Families fight government in court over ‘chronic underfunding’ for special needs

Case to argue councils are unable to provide education to children with Send because of cuts

Families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send) and their supporters have staged an emotional demonstration outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, before a legal hearing challenging government funding cuts.

They were there on Wednesday to support three families, from Birmingham, East Sussex and North Yorkshire, who have put their names to what has been described as a landmark case against the education secretary, Damian Hinds, and the chancellor, Philip Hammond. It will argue that the government’s Send funding policies are unlawful.

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Homelessness lawyers complain of legal aid ‘culture of refusal’

Applications for legal aid in homelessness cases have fallen by 34% in six years

Lawyers who help people in danger of losing their homes claim they are being forced to take on cases at their own financial risk as the Legal Aid Agency adopts a “culture of refusal”.

Applications for legal aid in homelessness cases have tumbled despite a steep rise in the number of street sleepers over the past six years, the agency’s figures show.

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We’re stuck in a climate disaster movie – it’s time to rewrite the script | Nicky Hawkins

The climate story must balance talk of urgency with hopeful and creative ideas if we are to inspire positive change

“Hell is coming,” one weather forecaster tweeted this week, warning not of further political turmoil but of the hottest heatwave in decades that’s advancing across continental Europe. Extreme weather events like this remind us that climate change is not a remote and distant threat – but a reality that is already taking an unacceptable human toll.

In recent months, Extinction Rebellion and the school climate strike have turned up the heat on the climate debate. They’ve both done an astonishing job of getting the climate change back on the public and political agendas. Their warnings of impending apocalypse, disruptive tactics and robust demands that others “tell the truth” about climate change have made huge waves. Parliament has declared a climate emergency. The Guardian has updated its own editorial guidelines to use language that accurately reflects the threat that climate change poses.

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Evening Standard reports £11.5m loss amid ad struggles

Free London newspaper edited by George Osborne has not been in the black since 2016

The Evening Standard made a loss of almost £12m last year as the freesheet continues to struggle in a tough advertising market.

The title, which is controlled by Evgeny Lebedev and edited by the former chancellor George Osborne, made a pre-tax loss of £11.5m in the year to the end of September 2018. It takes losses at the Standard, which recently cut jobs as part of a cost-saving merger of print and online operations, to more than £23m in the last two years.

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