According to people in the village of Linthwaite the sign has since been discreetly removed.
Former councillor Donna Bellamy described the error as an “embarrassing mistake” by the local authority.
“I would hope it’s the council that has taken it down and not some random member of the public,” she told Examiner Live.
“And if it reappears I would hope it’s several hundred yards further down the road – so that it’s actually in Cowlersley, not in Linthwaite.
“The fact that Linthwaite Church is across the road was a clue. This is just basic knowledge.”
Mr Wilson was born in a terraced house on Warneford Road in Cowlersley in 1916.
He became leader of the Labour Party in 1963 and served as Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.
The sign, which stated “Welcome to Cowlersley” with a sub-heading “Birthplace of Harold Wilson”, was spotted on Gilroyd Lane close to Linthwaite Church – around one mile away from his birthplace.
During his time as Prime Minister Wilson oversaw the creation of the Open University, the modernisation of GP surgeries through the 1966 Doctors Charter, ending capital punishment, and the legalisation of homosexuality and abortion.
After his death in 1995 he was honoured with a statue in Huddersfield which was unveiled by then Prime Minister Tony Blair in July 1999.
By contrast, the North East had the fewest households at 330, while there were 960 in Yorkshire and the Humber, according to the figures.
The statistics, while provisional, complete the first full year’s worth of data since the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) came into force in April 2018.
The Act created new legal duties for local authorities and public services in England to support those at risk of becoming homeless.
Since then, 58,290 households were classed as prevented from becoming homeless by securing accommodation for more than six months, according to the data.
Jon Sparkes, chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis, said: “Everyone has the right to a decent home and it’s great to see the success the HRA has had in its first year, preventing just under 60,000 households becoming homeless in England.
“Despite this over 7,000 households are currently in B&Bs, unable to access safe and secure accommodation.
“Our clients tell us of damaged, and even dangerous conditions, where they lack basic cooking and laundry facilities, and face the constant pressure of eviction at short notice. No-one should have to live like this.”
The Government recently announced £422m will be spent tackling homelessness and rough sleeping next year, with funding up by £54m in 2020-2021, which represents a 13 per cent real terms increase in funding compared with 2019-20.
Minister for Homelessness Luke Hall said: “The Homelessness Reduction Act is the most ambitious change to homelessness legislation in decades.
“Today’s figures show that progress is being made. The Act is helping people earlier so they are not having to experience homelessness in the first place.
“There is still more to do though, which is why we have committed a record investment to ending homelessness and rough sleeping for good.
“This vital funding will ensure progress continues to be made, with people given the help they need to turn their lives around.”
Ms Church, 33, said she wanted to “liberate” as many as 20 children by teaching them music.
But according to The Sun, Vale of Glamorgan Council said neighbours claim she is already teaching there.
Official investigation launched
Ms Church denies the claims, but the council said it has now launched an official investigation.
Cllr Eddie Williams, Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet member for legal, regulatory and planning services, told i: “The Council is currently considering an application for a change of use relating to a building at this address.
“We have also launched an enforcement investigation after receiving a number of complaints suggesting the use has started prior to planning permission. We will decide whether any formal action is necessary in due course.”
Ms Church hit back at claims she was teaching “illegally” by stating that a part-time home-schooling group is currently using her annex for less than 12.5 hours per week.
The singer added that the classes had been approved by Welsh school inspectorate Estyn and the Welsh Government.
“As far as I’m concerned I’m not aware of any breach of planning,” Ms Church said.
“If the council want to look at what we’re doing we will welcome them with open arms.
“If there are any problems we will be completely compliant. This is a charity venture.”
‘Mainstream is struggling’
Ms Church, a longtime advocate of homeschooling, said this week that she decided to set up the school in response to “underfunded” state schools.
She home schools her two children Ruby and Dexter and said they would attend the school if it gets the go-ahead.
She said: “Since I’ve had kids, I have become much more interested in education and child development.
The so-called “Global Climate Strike” will take place later this month starting on Friday 20 September and is expected to involve thousands of people in full-time education.
In March this year, an estimated 1.4 million pupils in around 2,000 cities worldwide staged walkouts to urge world leaders to take urgent action to stop global warming.
And it is hoped this year’s events will draw an even bigger following.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called for millions of workers to stop work for half an hour in a show of solidarity, while Amnesty International asked headteachers worldwide to allow their students to march.
When is the Global Climate Strike?
Strikes are due to take place for seven days beginning on 20 September in several cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Leeds.
There will also be smaller protests taking place across the UK, mainly in universities and schools.
However, activists have called on adults to join the movement by calling a halt to work for 30 minutes or more.
Teenage activist Greta Thunberg wrote in The Guardian: “Starting on Friday 20 September we will kickstart a week of climate action with a worldwide strike for the climate.
“We’re asking adults to step up alongside us,” she added.
“There are many different plans under way in different parts of the world for adults to join together and step up and out of your comfort zone for our climate.”
This month’s event comes days before world leaders meet in New York to discuss the climate crisis, and organisers said it was essential that adults join students on the streets to send an unequivocal message.
What do strikers want?
Scientists believe the world is currently heading for more than 3C of warming, though the Paris Agreement commits them to curb temperatures to 1.5C or 2C above pre-industrial levels in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Activists say more needs to be done by governments around the world to halt the rising temperatures.
A record-breaking number of migrants were intercepted by Border Force while attempting to cross the English Channel on Tuesday, the Home Office has revealed.
Some 86 men, women and children attempted the journey in small boats, with some managing to land on beaches before being detained.
It is thought to be the most intercepted by UK authorities alone on a single day so far and comes amid warnings over the closure of a French migrant camp.
A charity has criticised the imminent closure of a gym in Dunkirk where up to 1,000 migrants are living and said it is likely to prompt even more crossing attempts.
Several crossing attempts
Early on Tuesday, two small vessels carrying a total of 23 people were intercepted by a Border Force cutter before being taken to immigration officials for questioning. They were Iranians, Afghans, Pakistanis and Filipinos, the Home Office said.
At about midday, a boat carrying 18 people near Dungeness, Kent, was taken to Dover by the Border Force, with 14 presenting themselves as Iranian, three as Iraqis, and one as Vietnamese.
Around the same time, a boat carrying 23 people was also intercepted in the Channel, with those on board saying they were both Iranian and Ethiopian, the department added.
Two separate groups, who said they were from Iran, Iraq and Turkey, made it to beaches in East Sussex without being detected at sea, but were later detained and transferred to immigration officials.
Refugee charity Care4Calais expects French authorities to conduct forced evictions at Dunkirk and Calais this week, with hundreds of migrants displaced as a result.
Founder Clare Moseley said the charity has been told the gym is to be closed following a failed court appeal and she expects this to lead to rise in attempts to cross the Channel to the UK. Many of those living at the Espace Jeunes du Moulin gym are families with young children, some of whom have fled the Islamic State conflict in Iraq.
She said: “There has been a bit of uncertainty as to when it’s going ahead. The latest we have heard is it’s likely to be Thursday. We think the Calais one is probably going to be tomorrow.”
‘Dangerous and illegal activity’
Mrs Moseley said the French government will offer evicted migrants alternative accommodation, but predicts a significant number will return to the coast based on previous instances.
Asked if the closure of the gym will lead to an increase in attempted crossings, Mrs Moseley said: “Absolutely, yes. It’s not that they are not trying to cross now, because they are, but it can only make it worse. At the end of the day they are trying to get their families to safety.”
Last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel said urgent action was needed to put a stop to the wave of crossings, after she met French interior minister Christophe Castaner in Paris.
A plan drawn up in January included a £6 million investment in security equipment, CCTV coverage of beaches and ports and a mutual commitment to return migrants under international and domestic laws, the department said, but the number of migrants taken in by UK authorities so far this year is thought to have already passed 1,000.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We are working closely at all levels with the French authorities to tackle this dangerous and illegal activity.”
Mr Netanyahu made no mention of what he would do with the territory’s more than two million Palestinian residents.
Later, rocket fire interrupted a Likud party campaign rally where Mr Netanyahu was speaking in the southern city of Ashdod.
The Israeli military said it intercepted two rockets launched from the Gaza Strip.
After being taken away by security guards, Mr Netanyahu returned minutes later and continued addressing the crowd.
Mr Netanyahu’s announcement was denounced by world leaders.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat labelled the move “manifestly illegal” and added that annexation could be considered a “war crime” that would “bury any chance of peace”.
Stephane Dujarric, a United Nations spokesman, said the organisation maintains that any Israeli move to impose its administration over the Palestinian territory “would be devastating to the potential of reviving negotiations, regional peace and the very essence of a two-state solution”.
The Arab League also condemned his remarks as “a serious development and an Israeli aggression” that, if carried out, amount to “an Israeli declaration for the end of the peace process”.
Jordan’s foreign minister, Ayman Safadi, said in a statement that annexation of Israel’s West Bank settlements would fan the flames of conflict around the region.
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said all agreements with Israel will be cancelled if Mr Netanyahu presses forward with his plan.
“We have the right to defend our rights and achieve our goals by all available means, whatever the results, as Netanyahu’s decisions contradict the resolutions of international legitimacy and international law,” he said.
Israel has maintained a presence in the West Bank since 1967 but has stopped short of annexation.
Palestine has claimed the entire area for a future independent state but Mr Netanyahu previously insisted Israel would always have a military presence there.
Despite international condemnation Israel has built about 140 settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem which are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.
The UK’s largest bus operators have committed to only buying ultra-low or zero-emission vehicles from 2025 onwards.
The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT), which represents Arriva, FirstGroup, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach among others, hopes the move will boost the popularity of bus travel across Britain.
The CPT said over the coming years it also hoped to introduce lower fares for jobseekers and apprentices, smart ticketing and innovative, sustainable solutions for rural areas.
Graham Vidler, the CPT chief executive, told The Guardian: “Buses are already the cleanest form of road transport and have a crucial role to play in tackling environmental issues and helping to meet important targets on improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
Most popular form of transport
“With the right support from government to make the transition, the bus industry will buy only ultra-low or zero-emission buses by 2025, reducing CO2 emissions by 500,000 tonnes a year.”
Bus travel is currently the most popular form of public transport even though passenger numbers have waned in recent years because of fewer services and higher fares.
On average, more than 2 million people a day travel to work by bus, and 1 million more to school or college.
The CPT has now called on the government to increase spending on bus travel to help fight climate change.
It aims to increase passenger numbers from their current rate of 4.4 billion per year to 5.4 billion by 2030.
Mr Vidler added: “If everyone switched just one car journey a month to bus, there would be 1bn fewer car journeys and a saving of 2m tonnes of CO2 a year.”
Department for Transport figures showed 1.2 billion local bus journeys were made between April and June 2018 in Britain.
That figure represented a 10% decrease since the peak of 1.33 billion between July and September 2008.
Nearly half of all bus routes in England receive partial or complete subsidies from councils.
But budgetary constraints mean councils are spending less on discretionary items such as free peak travel, post-school transport and supported rural services.
Particularly at risk are rural networks which have been severely impacted by falling passenger numbers. Around 134 million miles of network coverage were said to have been lost over the past decade alone.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) are taking their first ever industrial action against BA, grounding thousands of flights in a dispute over pay.
Almost all the airline’s 1,700 flights to and from Heathrow and Gatwick on Monday and Tuesday have been disrupted, leaving around 200,000 passengers stranded.
The airline has spent weeks offering refunds to passengers or the option to re-book to another date of travel or an alternative airline.
BA has offered a pay rise of 11.5 per cent over three years but Balpa says its members wanted a bigger share of the company’s profits.
‘Frustration and disruption’
BA said in a statement: “We understand the frustration and disruption Balpa’s strike action has caused our customers. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this.
“We remain ready and willing to return to talks with Balpa. Unfortunately, with no detail from Balpa on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100 per cent of our flights.”
The airline operates up to 850 flights a day, with most expected to be cancelled, affecting up to 145,000 passengers. Heathrow airport will be worst affected as it is the busiest hub for BA.
Both sides have said they want to resume talks, but there is little or no sign of the deadlock being broken.
Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton said: “British Airways needs to wake up and realise its pilots are determined to be heard. They’ve previously taken big pay cuts to help the company through hard times. Now BA is making billions of pounds of profit, its pilots have made a fair, reasonable and affordable claim for pay and benefits.
“Balpa has consistently offered up chances for the company to negotiate a way forward. British Airways must now put the needs of its staff and passengers first and accept that its pilots will not be bullied or fobbed off.
“The company’s leaders, who themselves are paid huge salaries and have generous benefits packages, won’t listen, are refusing to negotiate and are putting profits before the needs of passengers and staff. This strike will have cost the company considerably more than the investment needed to settle this dispute. It is time to get back to the negotiating table and put together a serious offer that will end this dispute.”
£40 million per day
Balpa said the strike will cost BA £40 million per day, claiming the dispute could be settled for £5 million. BA said its offer would take the pay of some captains to more than £200,000.
BA chief executive Alex Cruz apologised to passengers for the disruption and insisted the airline had worked tirelessly to contact everyone affected by the strike to offer alternative arrangements.
He said: “I’m really sorry for the position the cynical actions the pilots’ union has put us in. It’s by all accounts an own-goal for the union.
“It’s going to punish customers, it’s going to punish our brand, it’s going to punish the rest of our colleagues – over 90 per cent (of BA colleagues) have already accepted the 11.5% deal. It will also punish the pilots that want to come to work every day to make it the best airline in the world.”
BA said 195,000 customers will be hit by the two-day strike action. For the first strike period of 9/10 September, the strike has led to more than 1,700 flights being cancelled.
BA Cityflyer flights are not affected by the dispute. The airline said that since Balpa issued the strike dates it has tripled the number of staff supporting customer contact teams.
Since 23 August, when the strike dates were announced, BA said its expanded customer relations teams have received 111,000 tweets and 394,000 calls as they worked to help customers make alternative arrangements including refunds, rebooking, and working with more than 50 other airlines to take their passengers.
Senior GPs are urging the government to make the MMR jab compulsory for children before they begin primary school.
A group of leading doctors have penned a letter to health secretary Matt Hancock and education secretary Gavin Williamson, in which they say the move is essential to stop the resurgence of measles and mumps.
The practicioners recommend asking parents to prove their four or five-year-old children have had their two recommended doses of the vaccine before they are allowed to attend school.
Exceptions would only be made for parents who registered a conscientious objection to the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or for children where the jab could pose a health risk.
‘Complacency’ over vaccination
“There seems to be a complacency about getting children vaccinated,” the doctors say in the letter, seen by i.
“To achieve herd immunity we need a community approach.
“Parents [and] guardians need to recognise that vaccination saves lives. Health professionals across the board need to make every contact count to encourage vaccination. Schools need to check that all their pupils have been vaccinated.
“In other countries, certificates of vaccination are required prior to school entry. Here in the UK we could mandate that all children need to be vaccinated by a health professional, allowing for exemptions for either conscientious objection or medical contraindication.
“There is a precedent in the UK. Vaccination against smallpox was made compulsory for all children born after 1853 and today doctors need to show evidence of vaccination or immunity from various illnesses so we do not put patients at risk,” they say.
Sir Sam Everington, the chair of all 32 of London’s NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), was among the four doctors to sign the letter.
He helped advise former health secretary Jeremy Hunt and was acting chair of the British Medical Association.
Other signatories included Dr Mohini Parmar, Dr Andrew Parson and Dr Josephine Sauvage, who also hold senior roles within the NHS.
Increase in measles cases
It comes as the proportion of five-year-olds in England receiving both doses has fallen in recent years to 87.2 per cent, below the 95 per cent the World Health Organization guidelines needed to ensure full immunity against the illness.
Last month the UK lost it’s three year “measles-free” status from the World Health Orgnanisation following a rise in confirmed cases and a fall in the number of children getting the vaccination.
The virus was eliminated in the UK in 2016, but there have now been 231 confirmed cases of measles recorded in the first quarter of 2019, alongside a decline in the number of children getting the second dose of the MMR jab.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered urgent action in response to the rise in measles cases, and is calling for health leaders to ensure that 95 per cent of the population have full coverage.
Only 87.2 per cent of children in the UK are getting the second dose of the vaccination, a fall from the 88.6 per cent rate recorded in 2014-15.
i has contacted the Department for Health and Department of Education for comment.
The storm crashed into the island nation as its strongest hurricane on record earlier this week, but had weakened greatly since – down from a category five to a category two storm before increasing again late on Wednesday.
It is now threatening to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to south-west Virginia with a dangerous storm surge and winds of up to 115 mph.
People seeking shelter
In South Carolina, more than 1,500 people have sought refuge in 28 shelters as authorities worried about the historic and vulnerable port city of Charleston.
Dorian was centred overnight about 105 miles south of Charleston and moving north, just offshore.
A flood chart posted by the National Weather Service projected a combined high tide and storm surge around Charleston Harbour of 10.3 feet; The record, 12.5 feet, was set by Hugo in 1989.
Stores and restaurants were boarded up with wood and corrugated metal in the city’s central area, and about 830,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders on the South Carolina coast.
In North Carolina, where authorities said an 85-year-old man died after falling from a ladder while getting ready for the storm, governor Roy Cooper warned about the threat of storm surge and flash flooding from heavy rains.
The Outer Banks were particularly vulnerable. Georgia’s coastal islands were also at risk, the state’s governor Brian Kemp said.
“We are very worried, especially about the barrier islands getting cut off if we have these storm surges at the same time as … the high tides,” Mr Kemp said.
‘Ready to go’
The acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Peter Gaynor, said 4,000 federal emergency personnel; 6,000 National Guard members; and 40,000 utility workers were on standby for the hurricane.
“We are ready to go,” Mr Gaynor said, “We’ll follow Dorian up the coast until it is not a threat to the US.”
Same-sex couples around the world are getting less paid parental leave than heterosexual couples, a new study of developed countries has found.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that same-sex couples in multiple countries have been left struggling to pay household bills because of current paterntity leave laws.
On average, gay men have been left worst off, with five fewer months of paid leave than people in different-sex couples, while gay women received three fewer months of paid leave, researchers said.
Australia, New Zealand, Iceland and Sweden were the only countries across the globe to offer male same-sex couples the same paid leave as both female-same sex and different sex couples, ranging from 18 to 70 weeks.
Turkey and Israel offered same sex couples no leave, and Switzerland offered no paternity leave to any men. The US was the only country to offer no entitlement to new birth parents.
Five fewer months
The study, published in the Journal of Social Policy, involved a team at the World Policy Analysis Centre looking at countries’ employment legislation by studying government websites and other official sources.
A total of 33 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) were examined as part of the groundbreaking study.
And the research found that male same-sex couples received the same number of weeks off as different sex couples in just 12 per cent of those nations.
Women same sex couples received equitable time off in just under 60 per cent of the countries studied, it said.
Study leader Elizabeth Wong, from the University of California in Los Angeles, said: “Many of the differences we found may be the indirect consequences of gender-restrictive language that assumes women are the primary caregivers and that every family has one mother and one father.
“These assumptions often undervalue the importance of fathers’ involvement. When they do, same-sex male couples and male partners of mothers are the most disadvantaged.”
Laws in most countries did not prohibit same-sex couples from paid leave, but policies only referenced the needs of heterosexual couples and did not acknowledge same-sex couples.
As of 2019, same-sex marriage was legal in less than 30 countries, and gay sex remains illegal in about 70 countries.
Equal leave in four countries
The rise of far-right political parties around the world has raised concern around LGBTQ+ rights, and the fight for parenthood or adoption rights is a legislative battle even in countries like Germany.
“There’s little doubt that if you want to avoid discrimination, it’s far better for paid leave to be done through social insurance,” said Heymann of government funded public health programs.
A 2018 report from the World Policy Analysis Center found that OECD countries that offered six months paid parental leave saw increased numbers of workers and no change to unemployment or economic growth.
Expanding paid leave can also lead to reduced government spending on public assistance, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in the United States.
Adoption leave for same-sex couples ranged from zero to 104 weeks, while different-sex could expect seven to 178 weeks, and male couples continued to see a starker difference in leave than female couples.
“Many of these laws have gender unequal assumptions about who is going to provide care and who is going to provide work … we have to undo them,” said Heymann.
A series of 24-hour walkouts have been arranged on 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 September, while a 48-hour stoppage will take place on 18-19 September.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) have already taken strike action on 22 and 23 August as well as the first part of this week.
BALPA accused the company of refusing to take part in talks at the conciliation service Acas.
Ryanair flights to and from Britain have been running as scheduled over the past three days during BALPA’s latest strike, having also caused no cancellations during the union’s first walkout last month.
So far only 14 Spanish flights have been affected by the industrial action, representing less than one percent of the Irish airline’s daily schedule to and from Spain.
“While this action has considerably disrupted Ryanair, forcing them to engage contractors and bring in foreign crews to run its operation, it has had limited impact on the public’s travel plans.
“Ryanair should stop dragging its feet and get back to the negotiating table.”
A Ryanair spokesman said: “These latest strikes are pointless given that during five days of strikes (22-23 August and 2-4 September ) all Ryanair flights to and from UK airports operated as scheduled – with zero cancellations – thanks to the efforts of over 95 per cent of our UK pilots who flew as rostered and did not support these failed BALPA strikes.
“We again call on BALPA to return to talks as these failed strikes have not achieved anything.”
“Staff were creating a lot of waste from going to the supermarket and having a load of unnecessary packaging,” he told the newspaper, and staff were buying meal deals that left the bins overflowing. “It was driving me mad,” he said.
The boss claims his staff were initially supportive of his idea to outlaw single-use plastics but some reportedly didn’t realise there was plastic in coffee cups.
To sweeten the deal, Mr Cameron has provided free cakes and fruit to avoid staff needing to bring in snacks in plastic wrapping.
He now says he wouldn’t feel bad about firing a member of staff who breached his rules as they would “basically be saying I don’t care about the mentality of this business” and what it’s trying to achieve.
A range of plastic items including straws, cotton wool buds, plastic plates, balloon sticks and polystyrene fast food containers will be banned from the EU market in a bid to tackle marine pollution.
There are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the oceans, entangling wildlife, polluting beaches and being eaten by creatures such as sea turtles, with impacts on their nutrition and exposure to chemicals, the European Parliament said.
They can also be eaten by fish which are caught for human consumption, with as yet unknown consequences for people’s health.
Outraged parents have hit out at a school after teachers reportedly placed around 120 pupils in “isolation” because of their shoes.
Pupils at Ashby School in Ashby de-la Zouch, Leicestershire, were allegedly marched out of classrooms for wearing the wrong type of footwear.
The school reportedly updated its uniform policy over the summer and required children to wear shoes “that can be polished”, but scores of children fell foul of the new regulations on their first day back.
One disgruntled parent posted the news on a local Facebook group called “Spotted: Ashby de-la Zouch” to complain, and soon sparked a heated debate among other parents.
School uniform changes
Sent in:Ashby School have got it hugely wrong today! 127 children in ‘Isolation’ (at times unsupervised) for the wrong…
“Ashby School have got it hugely wrong today!” the original post read, “127 children in ‘isolation’ (at times unsupervised) for the wrong shoes! Totally inappropriate and completely unnecessary when a letter home would have sufficed.
“Still have no idea what’s wrong with my child’s shoes because no-one from school will tell me,” the post continued, “What’s more important, a child’s education or their shoes? What happens to the families that can’t afford to keep spending on school uniform?”
A spokesperson for the school told The Mirror that around 120 students were spoken to about uniform throughout the day.
But they also claimed many of the issues were quickly resolved and students were allowed to return to their normal classes.
However one mother, Lisa Watson, claimed her child had missed a “whole day of lessons” because of the uniform changes.
“This isn’t just about not wearing uniform,” Ms Watson commented on Facebook, “My child had the correct uniform and what we thought would class as leather-look shoes.
“A notification to say they didn’t meet the spec is more appropriate than my child missing a whole day of lessons! Appalling priorities!”
The school claimed guidelines on what children are now allowed to wear had been circulated to parents weeks before the start of term.
Headteacher Geoff Staniforth also told the newspaper that parents had been made aware of the consequences of not conforming to the new uniform policy, and said students had been supervised by staff and provided with work to do while thei uniform issues were resolved.
People left stranded by Hurricane Dorian have been rescued by jet skis and a bulldozer as officials desperately attempt to evacuate survivors.
The US coast guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and aid groups are currently trying to get food and medicine to the worst affected areas after the most powerful storm ever to hit the Bahamas struck earlier this week.
Airports were flooded and roads impassable on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, as winds of up to 185mph and torrential rains caused carnage before finally moving into open waters towards Florida.
At least seven deaths have been reported in the Bahamas, with the full scope of the disaster still unknown.
Homes and hospitals destroyed
The storm’s punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters destroyed or severely damaged thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics.
“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” said Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and flew over the Bahamas’ hard-hit Abaco Islands.
Britain’s plan to abandon several oil rigs in the North Sea has been labelled “grotesque” by EU nations.
Hundreds of rigs in the region are set to be decommissioned over the next few years as their oil reserves dry up.
Oil giant Shell recently announced it will attempt to offset the huge cost of disassembling the drilling platforms by leaving behind one steel jacket and three concrete bases at its Brent oilfield installation.
The scheme looks set to be approved by the British government despite concern from several EU nations about the estimated 11,000 tonnes of raw oil and toxins which could be left behind.
One senior German official, Jochen Flasbarth, told The Guardian the UK’s proposal is a “grotesque idea” that amounts to a “ticking timebomb”.
“I’m genuinely taken aback by this,” the state secretary at the German environment ministry said, “We usually collaborate very closely with the United Kingdom on environmental issues.
Bags of heroin worth more than £120m have been discovered on board a container ship, in what officials have said is the largest ever seizure of the Class A drug in the UK.
The 1.3 tonne haul was recovered from a container on board the MV Gibraltar after the vessel docked at the port of Felixstowe on 30 August. The bags had been hidden under towels and dressing gowns the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Video footage of the seizure shows the drugs were stored in packets labelled as protein powder, which were inside boxes filled with towels and dressing gowns.
Officers spent almost six hours removing the haul from the ship, which is said to have a street value upwards of £120m and a wholesale value of £27m to organised criminals.
Protein powder packaging
The NCA said intelligence had ascertained the drugs would be on the MV Gibraltar as it docked in the UK en-route to Antwerp.
“We can be certain that some of these drugs would eventually have been sold in the UK, fuelling high levels of violence and exploitation including what we see in county lines offending nationwide.”
Jenny Sharp, Border Force assistant director at Felixstowe, said: “This is a huge seizure, there is no other word for it given the quantities involved, which has kept dangerous drugs off the streets of the UK and mainland Europe.
“The smugglers had hidden the drugs within a cover load of towels, stitching the 1kg blocks of heroin inside some of the towels.
“In total it took my officers nearly six hours, working in the early hours of Saturday morning, to remove the drugs.”
Areas near the Thames, including in central London, were also said to be at risk of flooding with “low-lying roads and footpaths” in danger of being covered.
Becky Mitchell, a meteorologist at the Met Office, told i: “The weather over the next week is looking fairly changeable. Weather fronts from Atlantic are pushing in, meaning most parts of the country will see some rain.
Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarding up their homes.
‘No loss of life’
“It’s devastating,” said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.”
On Sunday, Dorian’s maximum sustained winds reached 185mph, with gusts of up to 220mph, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore. It equalled the Labour Day hurricane of 1935, before the storms were named.
Forecasters said Dorian was most likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early on Tuesday and curve to the north-east towards the US.
Still, the powerful and slow-moving storm was expected to stay close to shore and hammer the coast with dangerous winds and waves, while authorities cautioned that it could still make landfall in Florida.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire coast of the state amid Dorian’s threat. The order, which covers about 830,000 people, goes into effect at noon local time on Monday, when state troopers will begin reversing lanes so they all head inland on major coastal highways.
“We can’t make everybody happy,” Mr McMaster said. “But we believe we can keep everyone alive.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to be 40 to 50 miles off Florida with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.
Anti-racism organisation Tell Mama said there was surge in incidents in August last year after Mr Johnson wrote a column in The Telegraph comparing Muslim women who wear the veil as “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.
Just one week after the article’s publication, anti-Muslim incidents reportedly increased by 375 per cent from the week before compared to the week after – up from eight incidents to 38.
Of those incidents, 22 involved “visibly Muslim women who wore the face veil”, according to the organisation.
Three weeks after the column was published a total of 57 incidents had been recorded, 42 per cent of which were related to Mr Johnson and the language used in his column, according to Tell Mama.
In a newspaper column last year, Mr Johnson argued against following the lead of other European countries and banning face-covering veils such as the burka and niqab.
But he said it was “weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces” and described the burka as “ridiculous”.
The former foreign secretary went on to say Muslim women wearing burkas “look like letter boxes” and compared them to “bank robbers”.
Then Prime Minister Theresa May and Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis urged Johnson to apologise for the column, which he failed to do.
Mr Johnson later defended his words, insisting that the backlash against them was nothing more than “confected indignation” at his “strong views” on Brexit.
An investigation by an independent panel eventually cleared him of breaking the Conservative party’s code of conduct.
“Between 5 August and 29 August, 42 per cent of the street-based incidents reported to Tell Mama directly referenced Boris Johnson and/or the language used in his column,” a statement from the organisation said.
In its publication of statistics on Islamophobic incidents for 2018, Tell Mama said there was also a “significant spike” in activity after the “Punish a Muslim Day” letters were sent to Islamic households, organisations and places of work suggesting people could win “points” for attacking Muslims.
Among the suggestions were acts including removing a headscarf from a woman or beating people up.
The letters, which sought to insight violence against Muslims, led to reports of 37 public incidents which directly referenced them.
After the letters were sent there was a period of “heightened tensions, fears, and anxieties around the proposed day”, the statement added.
Tell Mama said it recorded 2,963 anti-Muslim hate incidents in 2018, which includes reports made to both the organisation and the police.
The organisation said that there had been an 11 per cent reduction in reports of anti-Muslim incidents carried out in public from 2017.
This could be because “there were four major terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom in 2017, which led to sharp spikes of reported anti-Muslim hate incidents to Tell Mama”, according to the organisation.
Last year, the majority of victims of Islamophobia were female (57 per cent) and the majority of perpetrators were male (73 per cent), their statement added.
‘Muslims must feel safe’
Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick said: “I am utterly appalled by hatred aimed at Muslims in Britain or at those of any faith, and I am determined to tackle it.
“We have put millions into protecting all places of worship and we continue to fund education courses to tackle this scourge at its root. While it is welcome to see that reported incidents of abuse online and on our streets has fallen, it’s clear that there is more to do.
“Muslims, and people of all faiths, must feel safe in Britain. As Communities Secretary, I will do everything in my power to stamp out hatred in all its forms, wherever it appears.”
Iman Atta, director of Tell Mama, told i: “We are in a period of instability, politically and socially. Even in 2018, when there were no major terrorist attacks in comparison to 2017, when there were four of them in the UK, levels of anti-Muslim hatred or Islamophobia have remained stubbornly high. In fact, levels in 2018 equalled those of 2017 when the major terrorist attacks took place.
“Anti-Muslim hatred has become an issue that is not going away and which has been growing since we started supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate in 2011. We ask all politicians to reflect on the future of our country. Do we want a divided country with polarised positions and with extremist groups seeking to gain ground in our country, or do we want proud, settled and valued communities? We opt for the latter and we believe that anti-Muslim hatred can be reduced and challenged if we counter it through social media, through political discourse, through the courts and through schools. Now is that time.”
Scores of Harry Potter fans descended on King’s Cross station in London on Sunday to mark the fictional beginning of term.
In JK Rowling’s bestselling novels, the first day back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry takes place each year on 1 September.
The date is celebrated annually by fans of the franchise with Back To Hogwarts Day.
As part of the celebrations, people gather each year at the busy transport hub to recreate the scene of students pushing through a wall to the hidden Platform 9 and 3/4 where the Hogwarts Express train awaits them.
‘Bond with the story’
Wachirun Terakosolphan was one of hundreds of fans at the station for the communal countdown to the famous locomotive’s 11am departure, which was marked Edinburgh via Hogsmeade on the departures board above the concourse to represent the village where the fictional school is based.
“I felt I turned back to be a young boy again when being surrounded by a group of Potterheads who are so much into in the same thing,” the 30-year-old, originally from Thailand said.
“I grew up with this magical story, so did they… It’s a bond between this story, characters, casts and the fans.”
Mr Terakosolphan said it was his first Back to Hogwarts Day, which this year included a dance performance from the cast of the West End musical Harry Potter And The Cursed Child.
Journalist Stefanie Gerdes was also at the King’s Cross event, which she estimated was attended by more than 300 fans, with many dressed as their favourite characters from the books, films and stage franchise.
‘Often laughed at’
“Harry Potter has been such a big part of my life growing up, so doing this feels a little bit like fiction coming true,” she said.
“It’s also nice to have such a big, public celebration of fandom itself – something that’s so frequently a thing where young people find home and a community to express themselves, but which is often shamed and laughed at.”
Last year the 1 September celebration was attended by actors Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, who surprised fans ahead of the release of the latest in the Harry Potter spin-off film franchise Fantastic Beasts.
As of 2018, the Harry Potter franchise was the best-selling book series in history having sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. In 2016, the total value of the Harry Potter franchise was estimated at $25 billion.
Appearing on the same programme just minutes later, Michael Gove, refused to guarantee the government would abide by any such legislation, saying it needed to see what it said.
Mr Gove, who is co-ordinating no-deal contingency plans, said he believed a majority of MPs would back the prime minister and defeat the proposals.
Pressed repeatedly on whether the Government would abide by a successful bid by Commons opponents to pass legislation preventing a no-deal withdrawal, Mr Gove added: “Let’s see what the legislation says.
“You’re asking me about a pig in a poke. And I will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward.”
“In this sense, the backstop is the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer to a non-member state.”
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson restated his case for a harder Brexit, telling The Sunday Times the country needed to “come out of the incarceration of the backstop”.
He added: “Everybody understands what is wrong with the current withdrawal agreement: it keeps the UK locked into the EU. It means they can boss us around on trade policy or on how we legislate forever.”
Eight weeks left
The interventions from both sides come ahead of another pivotal week in the Commons and an expected clash on the green benches when opponents of no deal look set to try to seize control of the parliamentary agenda to push through legislation delaying Brexit beyond 31 October.
Mr Johnson – who spoke of “interesting signs of progress” in conversations with European leaders in Paris, Berlin and at the G7 – took aim at would-be rebels who may look to block a no-deal departure.
He told the paper: “I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?
“Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people – and plunge this country into chaos.”
“There’s a good chance we’ll get a deal and there’s a good chance that we won’t,” Mr Johnson told Cabinet colleagues last week, according to The Sunday Times.
Boris Johnson has warned rebel Tory MPs that Jeremy Corbyn will take over and “plunge the country into chaos” if they fail to back him.
Speaking to The Sunday Times the Prime Minister said he wanted to “put a tiger in the tank” and get on with “delivering the mandate of the people”.
It comes amid reports Conservative MPs who vote against no-deal when parliament returns this week could be barred from standing in a snap general election.
He told the paper: “I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?”
Mr Johnson continued: “Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people — and plunge this country into chaos?”
“Or are you going to side with those of us who want to get on, deliver on the mandate of the people and focus with absolute, laser-like precision on the domestic agenda? That’s the choice.”
The comments came ahead of an expected Commons clash on Tuesday when opponents of no-deal look set to try and seize control of the parliamentary agenda to push through legislation that would force the PM to seek a Brexit extension from Brussels beyond 31 October.
Staunch ally of the PM and Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg strongly attacked such an action.
Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “They dare not use the confidence procedures because they know that Jeremy Corbyn is too unpopular, and therefore they seek deceitful ends by underhand means.”
Philip Hammond backlash
Reports that any bid to extend Brexit to stop a no-deal exit would be treated as a no confidence issue, with supporting Tory MPs stopped from standing for the party, drew a harsh response from Philip Hammond.
Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible planned 32 #StopTheCoup protests to take place in England, Scotland and Wales.
Mr Corbyn also did an impression of Boris Johnson as he mocked the Prime Minister for lacking detail in his announcements.
It comes as Mr Johnson warned of “lasting damage” if Brexit is delayed as former prime minister Sir John Major said he would fight the current premier in court.
“I’m afraid that the more our friends and partners think, at the back of their mind, that Brexit could be stopped, that the UK could be kept in by Parliament, the less likely they are to give us the deal that we need,” he told Sky News.
He also said there would be a backlash if people’s votes in the 2016 referendum were not respected.