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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Nick Timothy fails at politics so walks straight into British sport’s blazer class | Marina Hyde

Having stormed it with the Windrush scandal and dementia tax, Theresa May’s former chief of staff is now in place to look after the 2022 Commonwealth Games in BirminghamApart from the rude ones, there is only one word for the fact that Theresa May’s fo…

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England World Cup team will be invited to 10 Downing Street

Theresa May expected to honour Gareth Southgate’s side with receptionTheresa May has said she wants to honour England’s World Cup team with a reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition of their achievements. Although football did not come home in th…

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Theresa May scores own goal by holding up Belgium football shirt

Prime minister commits PR gaffe after top handed to her by Belgian counterpart They say sports and politics make uneasy bedfellows, and Theresa May will no doubt agree. At the start of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, the British prime minister was …

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How a champion boxer got caught in Britain’s immigration dragnet

A little-known Home Office scheme designed to deport more ‘foreign criminals’ has left Kelvin Bilal Fawaz – and many others like him – living in an endless limbo. By Daniel TrillingThe opening ceremony of the London Olympics, on 27 July 2012, should ha…

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Geoffrey Boycott makes amends over Theresa May’s missing Tupperware

Cricket pundit sends PM new containers after she accused him of taking hers when she baked brownies for TMS teamGeoffrey Boycott has attempted to make amends with Theresa May after she accused him of taking her Tupperware when she baked brownies for th…

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UK Sport asks Theresa May to make up Olympic and Paralympic shortfall

• Decline in National Lottery sales may mean widespread cuts to sport
• Team GB athletes likely to suffer leading up to Tokyo 2020

UK Sport has appealed directly to Theresa May to make up a £30m shortfall in funding for Olympic and Paralympic athletes following a decline in national lottery sales. The body responsible for managing elite Olympic sport decided to go to the prime minister after its overtures to the treasury were rejected.

In the four-year buildup to the Rio Games, UK Sport received £350m to support British athletes and a similar amount was expected to be announced on Friday to help Team GB prepare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, especially after the exchequer announced a 29% increase in direct funding from £135m to £148m last year.

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Theresa May attacks Fifa over ‘utterly outrageous’ poppy ban

PM speaks out over world football body’s refusal of request for England and Scotland to mark Remembrance Day with armbands

Theresa May has launched a blistering attack on world football’s governing body, Fifa, which turned down a request from England and Scotland players to wear armbands featuring poppies when the sides meet on Remembrance Day.

Speaking at prime minister’s questions, May said the stance taken by Fifa was “utterly outrageous” and the strength of feeling across the House of Commons was clear.

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May promises increased security for England v Wales

French police will step up operation around stadium and there will be more UK ‘spotters’, home secretary tells MPs

The French police will provide a “greater police presence” inside and outside the stadium in Lens for England’s next match on Thursday, the home secretary has told MPs.

Theresa May said that British police are also immediately sending more officers to France to reinforce the “spotters” used to identify known troublemakers and to provide investigative support to the French police.

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Hillsborough relatives call for South Yorkshire police to be investigated

Law firm acting for families of victims asks home secretary to launch root-and-branch examination into ‘shambles’ at the force

Families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have urged the home secretary to send inspectors to investigate South Yorkshire police amid calls for the force to be disbanded.

The law firm Broudie Jackson Canter, which represents families of 20 of the 96 Hillsborough victims, has written to Theresa May, asking her to launch a root-and-branch investigation into the “shambles” at the force.

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Theresa May reads Hillsborough disaster jury findings to parliament in full – video

The home secretary Theresa May reads the jury findings from the Hillsborough disaster inquests to parliament in full. May says she wants to put the findings on record by reading the details to the House of Commons. The jury at the new inquests into the 96 deaths exonerated fans by ruling they did not contribute to the disaster at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Jurors also decided the 96 victims had been unlawfully killed

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Hillsborough disaster: those responsible could face charges, says May

Home secretary says there will be ‘no holding back’ in pursuing prosecutions after unlawful killing verdict at inquest

Theresa May has said those responsible for the Hillsborough football stadium disaster could face prosecution on charges including criminal negligence and perjury when two investigations are completed at the end of this year.

Reporting to MPs on the damning findings of the Hillsborough inquests, which gave their verdicts on Tuesday, the home secretary said the Crown Prosecution Service would decide later this year whether charges should be brought, when two criminal investigations into the 1989 disaster, in which 96 people died, were complete.

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Hillsborough: investigators recover 2,500 police notebooks

Home secretary Theresa May refuses to confirm or deny that families of victims were spied on in police operations

More than 2,500 police pocket notebooks that could provide vital information about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and which were not available to previous inquiries have finally been recovered by investigators, the home secretary has revealed.

MPs told Theresa May they were shocked to learn that only now had the missing police pocket notebooks been handed in by officers and the forces who had stored them.

The home secretary also fuelled concerns that some of the families of the 96 Hillsborough victims were spied on in undercover police operations, including tapping their phones, when she told the Commons that convention meant she was unable to confirm or deny that such activity had taken place.

However, she said the Independent Police Complaints Commission was aware of the concerns and, although no formal complaint had been received, would pursue any evidence that secret surveillance had taken place. May said she was considering writing to all chief constables to remind them of the need for full disclosure to the Hillsborough inquiry. It was disappointing, she said, that it had taken so long for the police pocket notebooks to be produced.

“They have been treated [by the officers concerned] as personal possessions which they could take home and do with as they wish,” she told MPs.

She appealed to any officers, retired or serving, who still had notebooks from that day to come forward.

May was updating the Commons on the progress of the new inquiry into the disaster, which happened during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday FC’s Hillsborough stadium on 15 April. May confirmed that the fresh inquests were due to start on 31 March and reported that more than 1,600 witnesses, including 250 who had not come forward before, had responded to the IPCC’s witness appeal.

She said the number of police accounts believed to have been “amended” had reached 242 and 160 interviews had already taken place in relation to them.

The fresh criminal inquiry, Operation Resolve, led by the former Durham chief constable Jon Stoddart, which is investigating the deaths has so far completed 1,000 interviews of witnesses.

The home secretary said IPCC investigators were analysing the 2,500 police notebooks that had not been made available to previous investigations. “I think everybody has been perhaps not surprised but disappointed that there have been further documents that have come forward as a result of the two investigations, particularly documents like the police pocket notebooks.

“I have written both to Dame Anne Owers, as chairman of the IPCC, and to Jon Stoddart to ask them whether they would find it helpful for me to ask all police forces … whether they are having any problems in relation to getting material and whether it will be helpful for me to write to chief constables to ask them for their forces to look at any material that they might have.”

The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, called for the immediate release of any surveillance material to do with the Hillsborough families and campaigners. She said the last 25 years had been extremely difficult for the families and the next few months would also be very hard for them.

Maria Eagle, Labour MP for Liverpool Garston, tweeted after the statement that MPs had been shocked that the 2,500 police notebooks had only just been brought forward.

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Media Talk podcast: BT ups its game against Sky

John Plunkett is joined by Steve Ackerman, MD of content creation company Somethin’ Else and Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, to discuss the biggest media stories of the week.

As BT acquires the rights to the Champions League from next year, has Sky – which saw its shares drop at the start of this week – taken its eye off the ball?

Home secretary Theresa May has suggested that the decline in sales of local newspapers is the fault of the BBC; Emily Bell compares the UK market with the what’s happening in the BBC-less US.

A new campaign called Rewind and Reframe launched on Monday, just as wrecking ball aficionado Miley Cyrus declares herself “one of the biggest feminists in the world”. Helen Zaltzman reports on the pressure put on the UK government to bring in a age advisory system for online videos.

Plus, we join Rebecca Nicholson in her TV lair where she discusses daytime television, the ongoing Homeland unpleasantness and MasterChef: the Professionals.



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Drink, disorder and Theresa May’s modest proposal

No wonder the home secretary can afford to be out of country for her big announcement on alcohol: it’s more cautious than it looksIt is a measure of Theresa May’s confidence in office that she is able to announce the biggest public health intervention …

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Drink, disorder and Theresa May’s modest proposal

No wonder the home secretary can afford to be out of country for her big announcement on alcohol: it’s more cautious than it looksIt is a measure of Theresa May’s confidence in office that she is able to announce the biggest public health intervention …