Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 30 Apr 2012
PM FACES HUNT QUESTION IN COMMONS
Prime Minister David Cameron was today called to the House of Commons to face an urgent question from Labour over why he hasn't opened an inquiry into whether Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code in his dealings with News Corp over its bid for BSkyB. He was summoned by speaker John Bercow.
MOTORIST DIES IN FLOODS
A man has died in Berkshire after his after his car was submerged in a swollen ford. There are currently 141 flood alerts across the country, with 41 in the South West, 37 in the Midlands and 31 in the South East. The Environment Agency has set up an incident room in Tewkesbury, which was flooded by the River Severn in 2007.
CONCERN GROWS OVER HEATHROW QUEUES
The Home Office has asked BAA, the owner of Heathrow, to stop travellers from taking pictures of long queues at immigration, The Daily Telegraph claims. Immigration Minister Damian Green is due to make an emergency Commons statement on the situation and London Mayor Boris Johnson has expressed "serious concern".
OLYMPIC SECURITY TEST UNVEILED
A nine-day military and police security test for the Olympics was unveiled today. The exercise, codenamed Olympic Guardian, will begin on Wednesday and involve RAF jets and naval helicopters. Plans to place missiles and radar systems on the roofs of two residential blocks and four other sites in London have caused some concern amongst residents.
CHAMBERS LIFE-TIME BAN LIFTED
Sprinter Dwain Chamber and cyclist David Millar are expected to be cleared to compete for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics later today. The Court for Arbitration in Sport will rule that the British Olympic Association's policy of a life-time ban for athletes caught doping is illegal.
UK AID WORKER MURDERED IN PAKISTAN
The International Committee of the Red Cross has appealed to the Pakistani media not to show footage of the execution of British aid worker Khalil Dale, 60, whose body was found in the city of Quetta on Sunday. The ICRC said it had been in contact with the Taliban, who seized him, but had refused to pay a ransom.
PM CASTS DOUBT ON EURO
David Cameron, frustrated at the effect the eurozone crisis is having on the UK economy, has suggested the euro might not survive. The Prime Minister told Andrew Marr: “It's going to be a very long and painful process in the eurozone as they work out do they want a single currency… or are they going to have something quite different?"
HODGSON APPROACHED OVER ENGLAND JOB
West Bromwich Albion have given the Football Association permission to approach their manager Roy Hodgson about the vacant England coaching job. The news will be a blow to Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who had been considered the favourite. An appointment could be announced this week.
BILLIONAIRE BUILDS REPLICA TITANIC
Billionaire Australian businessman Clive Palmer is to build a replica of the ill-fated cruise liner Titanic, which sank 100 years ago this month. The new ship will be built in China by the state-owned Jinling Shipyard and is due to start sailing in 2016. It will have the same dimensions as the original but will run on deisel not coal.
HOT TICKET: NORAH JONES HEARTBREAKER
Little Broken Hearts, the new album by Norah Jones, is released this week. The multi-million album selling, multiple Grammy winning US singer-songwriter has teamed up with Black Keys producer Brian Burton for a sultry collection of songs about her recent break-up. “Pretty melodies at unsettling angles", says The Daily Telegraph.