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2 October 2019

Five things you need to know today: Johnson speaks, Facebook leaks

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By New Statesman

PM to close Conservative conference

Following a rambling, bizarre speech at the United Nations and a rambling, bizarre speech in front of a group of police recruits, the Prime Minister – who was paid more than £400,000 to give speeches at private corporate events last year – will give the closing speech at his party’s conference in Manchester later today.

Bankers bet Brexit belated

US investment bank JP Morgan has revised its estimated chance of a no-deal Brexit from one in four to one in ten. In a research note the bank’s head of UK Economics, Malcolm Barr, described the Benn Act as “looking Boris-proof” and put the chance of Article 50 being extended at 85 per cent.

Meghan sues Mail

The Duchess of Sussex has begun legal proceedings against the Mail on Sunday after the newspaper published a letter written by her. In a statement, the Duchess described the reporting on her private life as “a campaign… to publish false and deliberately derogatory stories about her, as well as her husband”.

MPs to debate Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill will receive its second reading in the Commons today. The bill creates a legal definition of domestic abuse, appoints a Domestic Abuse Commissioner and creates Domestic Abuse Protection Orders in an effort to protect the UK’s estimated two million victims of domestic abuse.

Zuckerberg squares up to Warren

Leaked audio of a meeting between Facebook staff and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reveals he is already planning for a legal battle against Elizabeth Warren: “if she gets elected president,” he is heard to say, “then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge”. Zuckerberg, who recently travelled to meet Donald Trump at the White House in what Trump described as a “nice meeting”, added that breaking up his monopoly on social media would not “make election interference less likely. It makes it more likely”.

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