John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

John McDonnell: Grenfell victims 'murdered by political decisions'

Labour’s John McDonnell has claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered” by “political decisions”. The shadow chancellor made the claims at a Glastonbury Festival event on Sunday – a day after Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of people there. Mr McDonnell claimed the decision to “view housing as only for financial speculation” meant the Grenfell Tower victims were “murdered”. He also said closing fire stations “contributed” to the deaths. At least 79 people are…

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John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John Avildsen, Oscar-winning director of Rocky, dies aged 81

John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 81. Avildsen’s son Anthony told US media the filmmaker had died of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rocky – starring Sylvester Stallone as a rags-to-riches boxer – became the highest grossing film of 1976, despite having a relatively low budget. It won an Oscar for best picture, as well one for Avildsen as…

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Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes dies at 83

Media playback is unsupported on your device Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83. Noakes was the BBC children’s show’s longest-serving presenter, appearing for more than 12 years, and was often seen with his dog Shep by his side. He was also known for his daredevil stunts like climbing Nelson’s Column and jumping out of planes – and for his famous encounter with…

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John Boyega 'shines' in Woyzeck play

John Boyega 'shines' in Woyzeck play

John Boyega has made his first return to the stage since his career went stellar in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In Woyzeck, at London’s Old Vic theatre, he plays a young British soldier in 1980s Berlin during the Cold War. While the play is a dark experience to sit through, Boyega’s performance has been widely praised. The Guardian described him as “compelling to watch”. We first meet Woyzeck in the grim Berlin apartment where…

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John Cleese to make BBC sitcom comeback

John Cleese to make BBC sitcom comeback

In 2015, John Cleese said there was “no way” he’d work at the BBC. Now, though, he appears to have changed his mind. Almost 40 years on from Fawlty Towers, the 77-year-old is to make a new BBC sitcom that will reunite him with his Clockwise co-star Alison Steadman. In Edith, they’ll play old flames whose rekindled romance hits the buffers when her 50-year-old son moves back in. According to Cleese, Charles McKeown’s “are the…

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Exclusive: Elton John – 'Vinyl just sounds better'

Exclusive: Elton John – 'Vinyl just sounds better'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Rock star Sir Elton John says vinyl albums provide a better listening experience than CDs or streaming music. “It does sound better,” said the star. “I know people say it doesn’t, but it does. “I’ve been around long enough to know. I’ve been in so many studios, I’ve made so many records. It just sounds better.” Sir Elton’s comments came as he was named a “Record Store Day…

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Cheltenham Festival 2017: Sizing John wins Gold Cup

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Sizing John wins Gold Cup

Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington, powered home to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Victory completed a big-race double for the 7-1 chance, who won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February. He finished two and three quarter lengths ahead of Minella Rocco (18-1) in the Cheltenham showpiece, with Native River (7-2) in third. Lizzie Kelly, the first woman for 33 years to ride in the race, was unseated…

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Speaker John Bercow criticised over Donald Trump comments

Speaker John Bercow criticised over Donald Trump comments

Several Conservative MPs have criticised Commons Speaker John Bercow for voicing his opposition to Donald Trump addressing Parliament. Mr Bercow, who cited opposition to the US president’s “racism and sexism”, was accused by one ex-cabinet minister of “damaging” the national interest. Tory MP Nadine Dorries warned his position could become “more and more in jeopardy”, although others disagreed. No 10 said the Speaker’s comments were “a matter for Parliament”. But US Congressman Joe Wilson called…

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