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19 August 2019

Five things you need to know today: Corbyn denounces Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump”

Plus, seized Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar, Prince Andrew "appalled" by claims against Epstein, Donald Trump confirms wish to buy Greenland. 

By New Statesman

Corbyn brands Johnson a “fake populist and phoney outsider”

Jeremy Corbyn will denounce Boris Johnson as “Britain’s Trump” and warn that the Conservatives have “lurched to the hard right” in a speech today. Addressing supporters in the Tory-held marginal seat of Corby, the Labour leader will brand the Prime Minister a “fake populist and phoney outsider, funded by the hedge funds and bankers, committed to protecting the vested interests of the richest and the elites, while posing as anti-establishment”. In advance of a potential autumn general election, Corbyn will also reaffirm Labour’s pledge to hold a Brexit referendum that would  “give voters the final say, with credible options for both sides, including the option to remain”. 

Seized Iranian tanker leaves Gibraltar 

An Iranian supertanker held by Gibraltar since July on suspicion of transporting oil to Syria has left port. The marine traffic monitoring site Refinitiv showed the ship moving east into the Mediterranean and listed Kalamata in Greece as the destination. Gibraltar earlier rejected a request by the US to again seize the vessel, the original detention of which prompted Iran to seize the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Gulf. 

Prince Andrew “appalled” by sex trafficking claims against Epstein

Prince Andrew has said he is “appalled” by sex trafficking claims surrounding his friend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York issued a new statement after footage published by the Mail on Sunday showed him inside the convicted paedophile’s Manhattan mansion. Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.” 

North set to receive £2,389 less per person than London in transport spending

The north of England is set to receive £2,389 less per person than London in transport spending according to a new study which has further highlighted the UK’s regional inequalities. The think tank IPPR North, which analysed the government’s planned infrastructure projects between now and 2033, found that planned transport spending on the capital was set to be £3,636 per person, compared with £1,247 on the north. Yorkshire and the Humber will receive the least of all of England’s regions with just £511 per person, followed by the north east with £519.

Trump confirms wish to buy Greenland in “large real estate deal”

Donald Trump has confirmed that he wishes to buy Greenland while conceding that the idea is not “number one on the burner”. The government of the semi-autonomous territory of 57,000 people has already stated that the island is not for sale. But Trump insisted that he was attracted by the prospect of a “large real estate deal.” He said: “They [Denmark] carry it at a great loss and strategically for the United States it would be very nice.”

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