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General election 2019: Greens supporting Labour in Chingford

Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith

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Iain Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, when the constituency was known as Chingford

The Green Party has stood down its candidate to help Labour try to unseat former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for Chingford and Woodford Green since 1997, and has a majority of 2,348.

The Green Party, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru formed an electoral pact earlier this month. Supporting Labour in Chingford does not form part of that pact, the Greens said.

The Conservatives have been contacted for comment.

In a statement the local Green Party said the decision for John Tyne not to contest the election was made with the “ultimate hope of favouring the campaign of the Labour candidate” Faiza Shaheen.

A Green Party spokesperson it “was a decision taken by the local party”.

However, they added: “If Labour were serious in their concern for the environment they should reconsider their isolationist position on arrangements.”

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Faiza Shaheen will contest the constituency for Labour

Ms Shaheen, head of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, said she was “so grateful” for the decision.

She said: “I will continue to fight hard for climate policy and democratic reform.”

The Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Geoffrey Seeff as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the constituency.

Mr Duncan Smith has been MP for the area since 1992, representing Chingford until 1997 when the boundaries were re-drawn to include Woodford Green.

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N’Golo Kante in Chelsea squad to face Ajax in Champions League

Kante has made just six appearances this season, including five starts

Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is back in the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League Group H game with Ajax.

Kante, 28, has made just five starts in an injury-hit season, most recently suffering a groin problem.

“We’ve been able to get some work into him, he’s in the squad and he’s available,” said manager Frank Lampard.

Midfielder Ross Barkley (ankle) and defender Andreas Christensen (thigh) are also in training after injury lay-offs last month.

Victory at Stamford Bridge would see Chelsea go three points clear of Ajax in Group H and put them in a strong position to progress to the quarter-finals, with games against Valencia and Lille remaining.

“I said at the start that this group would be tight because all the teams could take points off each other. That has been proved to be correct,” said Lampard.

“After losing the opening game against Valencia, which was disappointing, we have shown a great reaction from that.

“I have to accept it’s expected of Chelsea to go through and that is no disrespect to any other teams. I have said already how hard the group is but it is more about our own expectations.

“That is maybe why we had that reaction. We wanted to prove ourselves, we wanted to go to Ajax and Lille and get results, and we did.

“But we won’t get carried away with ourselves in this group.”

Can Chelsea maintain 100% record against Dutch sides? – the stats

  • Ajax have never lost an away Champions League match in England (W1 D3 L0), winning most recently away at Spurs in April 2019. Their last away European Cup defeat on English soil was in April 1980, a 2-0 semi-final defeat against Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side.
  • Chelsea have a 100%-win record in Champions League matches against Dutch opponents, beating Feyenoord twice in the 1999-2000 season and Ajax this season.
  • Ajax have won their last five away Champions League matches – prior to this run, the Dutch side had won just four of their previous 38 away games in the competition (W4 D13 L21).
  • Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has managed more away UEFA Champions League games without losing than any other manager (seven games), winning five and drawing two. Only two managers have lost none of their first eight away games in the competition – Louis van Gaal (first 14 games) and Pep Guardiola (first 11 games).
  • Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has scored one goal every 47 minutes for the Blues in the Champions League (3 goals in 141 minutes) – the best minutes per goal ratio of any Chelsea player in the competition.
  • Dusan Tadic has been directly involved in eight of Ajax’s last 14 goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League (five goals, three assists), including six of their last seven away from home (three goals, three assists).

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Lee Rigby killer admits attacking Broadmoor nurse

Michael Adebowale

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Michael Adebowale killed Lee Rigby in the street in 2013

One of the men convicted of murdering soldier Lee Rigby has admitted assaulting a nurse at the high-security Broadmoor Hospital.

Michael Adebowale, 28, punched a healthcare assistant while being held in the Berkshire hospital on 20 July last year, Reading Crown Court heard.

Adebowale was serving a 45-year term for the 2013 killing of Fusilier Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London.

He was jailed for eight months to be served at the end of his sentence.

After denying a more serious charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm, Adebowale pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Adebowale, who now uses the name Ismaail Kuti, along with Michael Adebolajo, drove into Fusilier Rigby with a car before hacking him to death.

The court heard Adebowale had been a patient at Broadmoor when health assistant Jason Taplin asked him to turn down music he was playing through his MP3 player on the TV in the day ward.

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Fusilier Lee Rigby was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top when he was murdered

Prosecutor Sarah Whitehouse QC said Adebowale had returned to his room “upset and annoyed” before reappearing and attacking Mr Taplin, who was doing paperwork at his desk.

The nurse was taken to hospital for an injury to his left jaw which took six weeks to heal, the court heard.

Sasha Wass, defending, said Adebowale was being treated for paranoid schizophrenia.

“He is clearly unwell, he clearly had a lapse in self control and he regained his self control and he immediately showed his remorse by writing a letter to Mr Taplin,” she said.

“His medication was not sufficient to deal with the psychotic state he experienced on July 20 of last year and as a result of that state he administered the blow.”

Adebowale has spent three periods in Broadmoor since his conviction, and is expected to spend the next “five or 10 years” there, the court heard.

The court heard a family visit for Adebowale had been cancelled, as well as a canteen visit, before the attack.

He appeared via video link from the secure hospital for the hearing.

Sentencing Adebowale, Mr Justice Jay said: “It was a combination of the illness and the stress working on your mind which was a material factor in our case.”

The victim sustained a “serious injury” which “would have been very painful, he added.

The charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm was left on file.

Fusilier Rigby, a father-of-one, died as a result of multiple cut and stab wounds after the attack fuelled by Adebowale and Adebolajo’s extremist beliefs, described as a “betrayal of Islam” at their murder trial in 2014.

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Haringey Borough v Yeovil Town FA Cup tie to be replayed

Haringey players walked off the pitch during the second half of Saturday’s tie

Haringey’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie with Yeovil, which was abandoned amid reports of racial abuse, is to be replayed on 29 October.

Saturday’s game was halted when Haringey boss Tom Loizou took his players off the field following reports of racist abuse from Yeovil fans.

The FA Challenge Cup committee have told the sides to replay next Tuesday, at Borough’s Coles Park ground.

Both teams are in Monday’s first round draw, live on BBC Two from 19:00 BST.

Yeovil’s National League away game against Chesterfield, due to be played on 29 October, will now be rescheduled.

Police are continuing to investigate after Haringey’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Valery Douglas Pajetat was reportedly spat at and struck by an object thrown from the Yeovil supporters’ section.

The visitors had just taken a 1-0 lead through Rhys Murphy’s 64th-minute penalty.

It was announced earlier on Monday that two men, aged 23 and 26, had been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.

An FA statement read: “Following the incident in the original tie and the two arrests already made, the FA’s investigation is ongoing.

“We continue to work with the relevant authorities on our investigation into the matter.”

The FA also announced that, should the rearranged tie finish in a draw, 5 November has been set aside as a replay date.

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Hair salon murder ‘reminiscent of Hollywood film’

Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck.

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Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck died after being stabbed five times

Two men and three teenagers have gone on trial accused of a gangland murder described as being “reminiscent of a Hollywood film”.

Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, bled to death after being stabbed at a hair salon in Vincent Road, Wood Green.

He was killed in an attack on 22 February as a result of “a longstanding and mutual hatred” between two rival gangs, the Old Bailey heard.

Another man, Jason Fraser, 20, was shot and stabbed eight times but survived.

Tyrell Graham, 18, and four others who cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murder and attempted murder.

The jury heard the five defendants and two other men had gone to Wood Green armed with knives, a handgun and a shotgun.

Mr Gabbidon-Lynck ran into a hair salon when he was confronted by the group.

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Members of the public witnessed the stabbing unfold in Wood Green, the jury heard

The court heard the teenager, who was linked to a North London gang called the WGM, died after one of the knife blows severed an artery.

His alleged killers were said to be linked to Tottenham gang the NPK.

They were part of “an armed group who chased down their targets, they produced their weapons and they butchered them”, said prosecutor Oliver Glasgow, QC.

Members of the public, including mothers with pushchairs, ran for their lives as the violence unfolded, the jury heard.

Mr Glasgow added it was “more reminiscent of a Hollywood film than a winter’s night in north London”.

The trial continues.

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‘Humpback whale’ spotted swimming in River Thames

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Richard Banner saw the whale surfacing while sailing on the Thames on Saturday

A whale has been spotted swimming in the River Thames, following on from the visit of “Benny the beluga” a year ago.

The mammal was first spotted over the weekend, with sightings of it either side of the Dartford Crossing.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), who saw it surfacing off Greenhithe on Sunday, said it was “definitely a humpback” and did not appear to be in any distress.

Ships have been advised to proceed with caution through the area.

“Benny the beluga” spent about three months in the busy waterway at the end of last year, although the new whale is not the same species as it is dark coloured and has a dorsal fin.

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The whale is not showing any signs of being ill or stressed

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Ships have been advised to proceed with caution through the area

Julia Cable, the BDMLR’s national coordinator, said a group of volunteers had observed the mammal surfacing repeatedly over a three hour period.

She told the BBC that it “seems to be fine” and was likely to have arrived because of a navigational error, possibly during the recent high spring tides.

“It really shouldn’t be there but hopefully it’ll find its way out,” she said.

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“Benny the beluga” was regularly seen in the River Thames at the end of last year

The Port of London Authority (PLA) said “numerous sightings” had been made from passing boats either side the Dartford Crossing, while there have also been reports of it off Rainham and Erith Pier.

A spokesman said people who had seen it had estimated it was five or 10 metres in length.

He added that its behaviour would be monitored by experts while it remained in the river and ships had been told to “proceed cautiously” when travelling through the area.

“Essentially it is a natural animal in a natural environment and we wouldn’t intervene with that at this stage,” he said.

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Dina Asher-Smith wins 200m heat to reach World Championships semi-finals

Dina Asher-Smith won world 100m silver on Sunday
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Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Doha Dates: 27 September-6 October
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Dina Asher-Smith showed no signs of fatigue from winning 100m silver as she ran the fastest time of the day to reach the 200m semi-finals at the World Championships.

The 23-year-old Briton, who claimed her first major global medal on Monday, won her heat in 22.32 seconds.

Compatriots Jodie Williams and Beth Dobbin also reached Tuesday’s semis.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson also advanced, but former bronze medallist Blessing Okagbare was disqualified.

That disqualification, plus the withdrawal of 100m bronze medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, have boosted Asher-Smith’s hopes in an event that was already without Dutch defending champion Dafne Schippers and 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce of Jamaica.

Asher-Smith is ranked number one in this event this season and is the odds-on favourite to win her first global outdoor title.

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Boris Johnson refuses to address conflict of interest claims

Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri

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Boris Johnson with Jennifer Arcuri at an event in 2014

Boris Johnson has refused six times to address claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in how money was given to a US businesswoman while he was London mayor.

The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri joined trade missions he led and was given £26,500 of public money.

She told the paper it was part of her role as a legitimate businesswoman.

The newspaper also claimed she was awarded a £100,000 government grant earlier this year.

Labour has said Mr Johnson must give a full account of his actions, but pressed by journalists during a flight to New York, the now-prime minister refused to comment.

Ms Arcuri, a technology entrepreneur, is thought to have moved to London seven years ago.

The Sunday Times reported that one of her businesses received £10,000 and £1,500 in sponsorship money from a mayoral organisation when Mr Johnson was in office, and a £15,000 government grant for foreign entrepreneurs to build businesses in Britain.

The newspaper also said Ms Arcuri got a £100,000 grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year.

The grant was intended for “English-based” businesses – although she had moved back to the US in June 2018.

The Sunday Times said it had found the registered address on the grant application form was a rented house in the UK and no longer connected to her.

The government has confirmed to the BBC it is investigating, but said the funds were awarded to a UK-registered company.

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Boris Johnson was asked about his links with Jennifer Arcuri during a flight to New York

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said it was “perfectly normal” for entrepreneurs to join trade missions, aimed at promoting British businesses overseas.

He told the BBC: “British companies and entrepreneurs go on trade missions. It’s quite right and proper and I’m sure that’s exactly what’s happened there.”

The current London Mayor, Labour’s Sadiq Khan, said he has ordered City Hall officials to look into the allegations.

Journalists asked Mr Johnson about the allegations when travelling with him to the UN General Assembly in New York.

The PM – who was London mayor between 2008 and 2016 – told reporters he was there to “talk about what we’re doing in the UN and this country’s commitment to tackle climate change”, as well as “the crisis in the Gulf and any other issues that may arise”.

Asked again, he replied: “I’m here to talk exclusively about the work of the UN.”

Ms Arcuri was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying: “Any grants received by my companies and any trade mission I joined were purely in respect of my role as a legitimate businesswoman.”

Who is Jennifer Arcuri?

The woman at the centre of this story is Jennifer Arcuri, who describes herself on Twitter as an entrepreneur, cyber security expert and producer.

She began her career as a DJ on Radio Disney, before moving into film – where she wrote, produced and directed a short film that went on to be sold at Cannes Film Festival.

Ms Arcuri then brought in her tech skills to create a streaming platform for independent film makers.

But it was her founding of The Innotech Network in London that saw her path cross with Boris Johnson.

The network hosts events to discuss tech policy, and Mr Johnson was the keynote speaker at the first of those in 2012.

Since then, Ms Arcuri has also founded another company called Hacker House, which uses ethical hackers to find tech solutions for businesses.


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Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: James Maddison fires Foxes past Spurs

James Maddison’s long-range finish helped Leicester come from behind and extend Spurs’ miserable record away from home

James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.

Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.

Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the season had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.

Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.

Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.

The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.

Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.

Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.

There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.

The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.

Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.

Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.

Leicester prove top-six credentials

After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.

They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.

Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.

Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.

Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.

The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.

Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)

As well as his goal, Maddison also attempted more shots (four) and played more key passes (two) than any of his Leicester team-mates

VAR takes centre stage – the stats

  • There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
  • Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
  • Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
  • Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
  • Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
  • Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
  • Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).

What’s next?

Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.

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Ilias Chair: QPR midfielder signs new three-year contract

Ilias Chair was born in Belgium but also qualifies for Morocco

QPR midfielder Ilias Chair has signed a new three-year contract.

Chair, 21, has impressed since being given a run in the Rangers side by manager Mark Warburton.

He has made eight appearances this season and 21 in total for the Championship club since being signed from Belgian outfit Lierse SK in 2017.

The Morocco Under-23 international spent the second half of last season on loan with Stevenage, scoring six goals in 16 appearances.

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