UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals
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UK will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides, Michael Gove reveals

The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed. The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids have contaminated the whole landscape and cause damage to colonies of bees. It also follows the revelation that…

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Thursday briefing: Truth catches up with don’t-tell Patel
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Thursday briefing: Truth catches up with don’t-tell Patel

Top story: Minister forced to resign over Israel meetings Hello – it’s Warren Murray with the news you need to know. Priti Patel’s exit from the cabinet over unsanctioned meetings with Israeli ministers, businesspeople and a senior lobbyist has rocked Theresa May’s government. It is the second cabinet resignation in a week after Michael Fallon’s…

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Catalan parliament speaker appears in court on sedition charge
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Catalan parliament speaker appears in court on sedition charge

The speaker of the Catalan parliament and five of its members appeared before Spain’s supreme court in Madrid on Thursday to answer charges of rebellion and sedition over their roles in staging a banned referendum on Catalonia’s independence last month. The court will decide whether to remand Carme Forcadell and the five MPs in custody…

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Kevin Spacey cut out of film and replaced by Christopher Plummer
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Kevin Spacey cut out of film and replaced by Christopher Plummer

Kevin Spacey is being cut out of Ridley Scott’s forthcoming film about oil magnate J Paul Getty and replaced by Christopher Plummer little more than a month before its release. As fresh allegations of sexual harassment against a teenage boy were directed at the double Oscar-winning Spacey, Plummer was starting reshoots immediately in the role…

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