London’s mayor and several councils have called for a new system to be introduced for anyone wishing to offer short-term lets for visitors to the city.
Landlords cannot legally rent out their homes in the capital for more than 90 nights a year under strict regulations, but a BBC investigation found some landlords were being encouraged to break the rules.
The group have written to the government calling for a new mandatory registration system, so landlords would have to log short lets to tourists online.
Hull City have signed goalkeeper Matt Ingram from Queens Park Rangers on a three-year-deal with the option of a further 12 months.
The 25-year-old moves to East Yorkshire for an undisclosed fee, ending a three-season spell at Loftus Road.
Ingram played 19 games for Rangers during that time, and has made a total of 180 career appearances with spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton.
“I’m looking forward to a fresh start with Hull City,” he said.
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Jeremy Hunt has added his voice to calls for Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson to answer questions about a row with his girlfriend which led to police being called to their address.
Mr Hunt said someone who wants to be PM “should answer questions on everything”.
Cabinet minister Liam Fox said it was better to explain what happened than allow it to become a “distraction”.
But MPs campaigning for Mr Johnson argue that it is a private matter.
Leadership frontrunner Mr Johnson refused to answer questions on the issue on Saturday at a Conservative Party hustings held as part of the contest to replace Theresa May as leader and ultimately prime minister.
It comes after a neighbour called police and recorded a heated row at the home Mr Johnson shares with his partner, Carrie Symonds, in Camberwell, south London.
Defending his actions, neighbour Tom Penn told the Guardian he had been worried about his neighbours’ safety, adding: “I hope that anybody would have done the same thing.”
He said he began recording from inside his flat, after he heard “slamming and banging” in the early hours of Friday.
In the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Ms Symonds reportedly could be heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
Asked about the issue, Mr Hunt told Sky News: “I think someone who wants to be PM should answer questions on everything, but I’m not going to comment on character.”
But the foreign secretary also said he thought the story about Mr Johnson’s row with his girlfriend was “irrelevant to the leadership debate” because the country was in “such a serious situation” over Brexit.
“What happens in people’s personal lives is really a matter for them.
“What people care about is who is going to be the wise prime minister who navigates this country out of the biggest constitutional crisis in our lifetimes.”
Mr Hunt went on to criticise Mr Johnson for “shying away” from doing interviews and not answering “difficult” questions about Brexit.
“What we need is for him to engage properly,” he said.
Mr Hunt also said Mr Johnson’s premiership would not last if he was not straightforward with MPs about what his Brexit plans were.
“People are beginning to wonder about the coalition of people supporting him… what has he being telling them… which is the Boris we will get as prime minister?”
The comments came after International Trade Secretary Mr Fox – a backer of Mr Hunt – told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that it was “always easier to just give an explanation” about what had happened.
“The key thing is then how you get on to the issues,” Mr Fox said.
“What we can’t have is it being a distraction from explanations about wider policy.”
He said it was “fair” for candidates to be asked questions about their character, but added: “I’m not sure what we’ve seen over the last few days is a fair reflection of that.”
But Mr Fox dismissed suggestions that Mr Johnson was a potential security risk.
Recalling Mr Johnson’s previous role in government, he said: “Do you think Theresa May would make him foreign secretary if there were genuine worries about him being a security risk?”
“I think we have to get away from these distractions and talk about policy issues.”
Meanwhile, speaking to John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said Mr Johnson had a proven record, so “people know what he’s like in office”.
Asked about the row, she said: “There’s no point asking me. I believe it’s a private matter – I don’t think the public are concerned about that.
“Boris served for eight years as mayor of London, did a brilliant job; he’s served as foreign secretary – people know what he’s like in office, and that’s what’s important.”
But shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said Mr Johnson was “completely unsuitable” to be prime minister.
Speaking on Sky News, he said: “In one sense, of course, it is a private matter, but when you’re running for public office, when you are wanting to be the prime minister of the UK, then these matters are in the public interest.
“I’ve long held the view that Boris Johnson is unsuitable to be prime minister of this country.”
On Saturday, Mr Johnson repeatedly avoided questions about the incident as he and Mr Hunt made their pitches to Tory party members on why they should succeed Mrs May as prime minister.
When the event moderator, Iain Dale, accused him of ducking the question, Mr Johnson did not respond directly, instead saying: “People are entitled to ask me what I want to do for the country.”
Mr Dale was heckled by some in the audience when he continued to press the MP, but Mr Johnson later defended his persistence.
“There will have been lots of other people in the audience who didn’t boo, and who actually did want to hear the answer to that question,” Mr Dale told the BBC.
It was the first of 16 events, or hustings, to choose the next Conservative party leader – and prime minister – following Mrs May’s resignation after she failed to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.
She remains in office until her successor is found.
Conservative Party members will vote for their next leader after an initial list of 10 candidates to replace Mrs May was whittled down to Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson following a series of votes by Tory MPs.
Members will receive their ballots between 6 and 8 July, with the new leader expected to be announced in the week beginning 22 July.
Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.
The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
But he said he had been “genuinely worried” she may have been armed.
Ms Barker told the BBC Mr Field should “reflect on what he did” and suggested he “go to anger management classes”.
“He certainly manhandled me in a way in which was very disagreeable,” she said, but added that she did not intend to complain to the police.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said there were also “very serious questions to be asked” about security, as a “large number” of protesters had apparently managed to “walk through” to the event at London’s Mansion House.
Footage of the incident involving Mr Field has been widely shared on social media, with several Labour politicians calling for him to be sacked.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Prime Minister Theresa May had “seen the footage” and “found it very concerning”.
She added that Mr Field had “referred himself to both the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party. He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.”
Climate change protesters – wearing suits, red dresses and sashes with “climate emergency” written on them – entered Mansion House on Thursday night, as Mr Hammond was beginning his speech on the state of the economy.
One of them began reading an alternative speech.
As Ms Barker walked past his table, Mr Field stood up, stopped her and pushed her against a column.
The Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster then put a hand on the back of her neck and led her out of the room.
‘We were polite’
Before his suspension, Mr Field told ITV News that guests had “understandably felt threatened” and he had “instinctively reacted” when Ms Barker rushed past.
“There was no security present and I was, for a split second, genuinely worried she might have been armed,” Mr Field said.
He added: “I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her, but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.”
Ms Barker told the BBC the purpose of the protest had been to speak to “men who are in power, the bankers, the investors that are continuing to invest into fossil fuels”.
“We were polite with people and said: ‘We’re here to deliver a message’,” she said.
City of London Police said they were looking into “a number of third-party reports of a possible assault”.
Asked if she felt Mr Field’s actions amounted to criminal assault, Ms Barker said: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t want this to turn into a mud-slinging match.”
The activist, who travelled from her home in Wales to take part in Thursday’s protest, said: “350 people were there and only one person reacted that way.
“It’s more the behaviour of that individual. I want him to reflect on what he did and not do it again. Maybe he should go to anger management classes.”
Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler tweeted: “This is horrific… [Mark Field] must immediately be suspended or sacked.”
But Mr Field was defended by some of his colleagues, with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer tweeting: “He panicked, he’s not trained in restraint and arrest, and if you think this is ‘serious violence’ you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities.”
Another Conservative MP, Bob Stewart, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that Mr Field had “probably” placed his hand on Ms Barker’s neck because if he had “touched her anywhere else he’d probably have been deemed highly inappropriate”.
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt, who, as Foreign Secretary, is Mr Field’s boss, said: “Mark has issued a full and unreserved apology. He recognised that what happened was an over-reaction.
“In his interest and in the interest of the lady involved we need a proper [Cabinet Office] inquiry and that’s what going to happen.”
The City of London Corporation said it was investigating how security had been breached at Mansion House, adding it would be “reviewing arrangements for future events”.
A British holidaymaker has accused an airline of discrimination after it forced him off a plane when he told cabin crew he had a nut allergy.
Josh Silver, 25, from Waltham Abbey, Essex was returning to Gatwick on a Turkish Airlines flight from Antalya with his girlfriend, Flavia Ivanaj.
He said he was escorted off the plane by Turkish police after cabin staff said it was against its policy to fly “someone like him”.
The airline said safety was “priority”.
League Two club Leyton Orient have signed forward Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year old joins the O’s having netted 12 times in 23 National League games for the Daggers last term.
The forward has also had spells in the football league at Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
He scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Earlier, Orient chairman Nigel Travis told supporters that the club planned to “build on” Justin Edinburgh’s coaching team when they name a successor to their late manager.
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Police made 14 arrests after four separate London attacks left two teenagers dead and three men injured in the space of 12 hours.
A 18-year-old man was stabbed to death at about 16:42 BST on Friday in Wandsworth, south London.
Police were called minutes later, at 16:54, to Plumstead, south-east London, where a 19-year-old man was shot dead.
In the early hours of Saturday two men were stabbed in Clapham and another was stabbed in Brixton.
The condition of two of the men is not yet known, while the third has injuries not deemed to be life-threatening or changing.
London mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “sickened” following the death of the two teenagers.
Six males – aged between 16 and 19 – have been arrested on suspicion of murder of the teenager in Wandsworth, who died from stab wounds in Deeside Road.
Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the killing was “heartbreaking” and “absolutely tragic”.
After the shooting in a car park on Hartville Road in Plumstead, three boys aged between 16 and 17 and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of murder.
Armed police, local officers, the London Ambulance Service and an air ambulance all attended, but the teenage victim died a short while later.
A section 60 order has been authorised in the Greenwich and Bexley areas.
Police were then called to a fight on Bedford Road near Clapham North Tube station in south-west London at 03:22, where two men suffered slash and stab wounds.
Four men have been arrested – two for violent disorder, one for carrying a bladed instrument and the other for possession of a Taser.
At 04:00 police were called by the ambulance service after an altercation at a pub in Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, south London, where two men were injured.
One was stabbed and remains in hospital while the other received minor injuries.
The two deaths take the total number of murders in London in 2019 to 55.
Last year there were 132 homicides – the highest level for a decade.
Another Caledonian Sleeper service has been cancelled after a train’s wheels were damaged earlier this week.
Passengers who left London bound for Scotland on Tuesday night had to use a replacement bus service after their journey terminated in the West Midlands early on Wednesday morning.
It meant that Wednesday night’s service back to London was not able to run.
Caledonian Sleeper has now cancelled the overnight service from London Euston for Edinburgh on Thursday.
The firm said the train had sustained “wheel damage” on Tuesday night.
It has offered passengers alternative transport by coach and a full refund.
The problems come shortly after the introduction of a new £150m fleet, which began running at the end of April.
Sim Harris, the editor of Rail News, told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme that the train had been hit with “wheel flats”.
“In other words the wheels weren’t actually going round but the wheels are still being dragged along the track,” he said.
“And that leads to part of the wheel being eroded away by the friction. Then you end up with what’s known as a flat.”
He said there was likely to be a “tremendous investigation” going on into the cause of the problem.
“It’s great shame that this uncertainty is over these otherwise very good new trains,” he said.
“It was a remarkable development that the Caledonian Sleeper was getting these new ‘hotels on wheels’, as Caledonian Sleeper called them.
“They are far superior to the old British Rail sleepers so it’s a great shame, a great pity. I hope they do get it sorted out very soon.”
Caledonian Sleeper said all its other services, including the London Euston to Glasgow service, would run as scheduled.
Heavy downpours across England are causing major disruption for road and rail users.
Network Rail said some areas had seen two months’ worth of rainfall in one day with drains overwhelmed.
Rail operator Southern has advised people to avoid travelling, delay journeys or use alternative routes.
A total of 31 flood alerts are in place across the country, with some areas set to see up to 60mm of rain, particularly over the first half of the day.
Southern tweeted “train services running across the whole network will be cancelled or delayed”.
A Network Rail spokesman said engineers were “out in force” pumping water away from areas.
“Across the south east, we suffered over a month’s worth of rainfall in just one day and in some areas the downpours equated to two months’ rain,” he said.
“We’ll continue working to keep passengers moving and then we’ll review the drainage systems which have suffered problems to see if we can do any more to avoid similar incidents in the future.”
Leicestershire Police said it was receiving a “high level” of calls about blocked roads, while a driver narrowly escaped injury when a tree fell on his car in Thurnby.
A woman in her 80s and her dog were rescued from a flooded property in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks in the early hours.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service said she had been trapped in her home up to waist height.
The M25 was closed in both directions for almost eight hours after two sinkholes were discovered following a crash at about 23:30 BST, and in Devon, a thatched house caught fire when it was struck by lightning overnight. No-one was injured in the blaze.
Exmoor is likely to see up to 40mm of rain on Tuesday but could have up to 60mm.
Rain has also hit the Cricket World Cup for the second day in a row as Bangladesh’s game against Sri Lanka in Bristol has been delayed.
BBC Test Match Special’s Simon Mann said: “It’s a grim scene. Play today is extremely unlikely.”
Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, has also been hit by flooding but health bosses said patient services were “unaffected”.
Fire crews have been at the hospital since 03:00 pumping water out of the hospital’s boiler room.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said the UK was in for “some treacherous weather”.
Weather warnings are expected to remain in place for much of the day, with forecasters predicting parts of the UK could be inundated during the rest of the week.
North-eastern parts of England and the Midlands are expected to bear the brunt of the downpours on Tuesday, with a yellow warning in place until midnight.
The Environment Agency has issued three flood warnings in south-east England, for the River Wandle at Morden, south London, the Emm Brook at Wokingham and Ravensbourne at Bromley.
The agency said on its website: “River levels have risen as a result of localised thunderstorms. Flooding of property is expected imminently. Please take action.”
The Met Office said some parts of the country could see 60 to 80mm of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly up to 100mm.
Mr Burkill described the figures as the “worst-case scenarios”.
“If you add it all up some places are likely to see over 100mm this week, which is around double the average they would get in the whole of June,” he added.
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Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has paid tribute to late boss Justin Edinburgh and said the club will continue to build on his legacy.
Edinburgh died on Saturday aged 49, five days after a cardiac arrest.
McAnuff described the Orient manager as a “leader, a fantastic manager and a truly great man”.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs,” the 27-year-old winger added.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Tottenham player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.
McAnuff said he was “a man who inspired so many of us with his drive, passion and sheer desire to win.”
“A man who had so much love for this game and even more for his family, my heart goes out to them at this tragic time,” he added.
The winger said Edinburgh “always did it with a smile on [his] face and with a huge respect for others”.
“I am so grateful that I got to share some truly amazing moments with you and know how much wining the league with this club meant to you,” he added.
“It was a privilege and an honour to serve as your captain and these happy memories will lie with me forever.
“You were always at the centre of all the jokes and the banter with the boys and staff, we had so many laughs and good times.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs.
“That will be your legacy here and as difficult as it will be, it’s now up to us to carry that on and make sure all of that hard work is continued and built upon.”
‘They all bought in to Justin’s vision’
BBC London Leyton Orient correspondent Dave Victor – a supporter since 1971, who started reporting on the side in 1983:
“I don’t think we can still quite believe what has happened. It was only three weeks ago when there were over 23,000 Leyton Orient supporters at Wembley for the final of the FA Trophy, and although Leyton Orient missed out on that occasion, it didn’t really matter because everyone was there to celebrate Leyton Orient’s return back to the Football League.
“When Justin took over in December 2017, Leyton Orient were on course for what would have been their third relegation in four years, they had gone three months without a win. They didn’t get off to a good start under Justin, they lost their opening game, but Justin took responsibility immediately.
“He had an incredible impact on the club. And what is remarkable is Leyton Orient’s success was built on the squad that Justin inherited; virtually every player got better because of the way he inspired and changed the culture of the club.
“He was very committed to them; he was very loyal to his players; he was very critical of supporters that got on the back of individuals. He wasn’t just loyal to those in the side, often when I spoke to him after the game, he made a point of talking about the players who weren’t actually in the squad, but had still contributed to the success because of the way of which they had gone about their training.
“There was an integrity about Justin Edinburgh. There was a clarity about Justin Edinburgh. Everybody bought in and it felt as if it was just the beginning. You got the sense that it was the start of something special at Leyton Orient and Justin Edinburgh would have gone on to be a very successful manager in the Football League. But this is about reflecting on a man who had enormous passion and pride, and what he was proud of more than anything in football was his family and, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with them.”