Labour seeks to increase pressure on Tory MPs with windfall tax Commons vote

C onservative MPs are facing fresh pressure to support a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers in a bid to cut energy bills. Labour on Tuesday will seek to force a Commons vote on its amendment which expresses regret at the omission of the policy from the Queen’s Speech. It comes as MPs … Read more

British Prankster Ruthlessly Trolls KKK Leader In Bonkers ‘BBC’ Interview

A British YouTube prankster met up with a notorious KKK leader ― then quickly pulled one of the oldest tricks in the book on him. And it worked like a charm. Niko Omilana traveled to Harrison, Arkansas, reputedly one of the most racist towns in America. Instead, he found many people resented that perception, saying … Read more

Eurovision Song Contest 2022, review: Night belongs to Ukraine as Space Man returns to Earth

And then to the main event as the votes came in. First the national juries and a deluge of douze point for Ryder, whose cheery charm has worked a treat all week (all the more so because it is obviously completely unforced). Incredibly, he was in first place, ahead of Sweden going into the public … Read more

Eurovision 2022 results: Sam Ryder does the UK proud; Ukraine favourites to win

Here is the full running order: 1. Czech Republic: We Are Domi – Lights Off 2. Romania: WRS – Llámame 3. Portugal: MARO – Saudade, Saudade 4. Finland: The Rasmus – Jezebel 5. Switzerland: Marius Bear – Boys Do Cry 6. France: Alvan & Ahez – Fulenn 7. Norway: Subwoolfer – Give That Wolf A … Read more

TikTok’s Sam Ryder to represent UK at Eurovision 2022 – will he win?

W here do you turn after your last attempt at Eurovision glory ended in an unmitigated nul points catastrophe? TikTok, of course! Sam Ryder, the social-media-sensation-turned-major-record-label-signee, has today been confirmed by the BBC as the man we’ll be shipping off to Turin for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in May, hoping to become the first … Read more

Lemon trifle is crowned Platinum Pudding for Queen’s Jubilee celebrations

T he winner of the Platinum Pudding competition says the experience was “surreal” – after only deciding to enter after a friend suggested it to her. Jemma Melvin’s lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts to become the official pudding of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. The trifle, inspired by the 31-year-old copywriter’s grandparents … Read more

Veteran journalist set to assist inquest as witness to loyalist blast

A veteran Irish journalist is set to assist an inquest into the death of a man in a loyalist bomb attack in 1972. Vincent Browne as well as former Going For Gold host Henry Kelly were approached by the Coroner’s Service to give evidence to an inquest into the death of John Moran. Mr Browne … Read more

How the residents of Ambridge might benefit from BBC Radio’s mindfulness obsession

So, a podcast “combining music and meditation to help listeners deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life” doesn’t seem too radical a departure. Presented by the Grammy and Mercury Prize-nominated singer Nao – an engaging new radio voice – it also plays to Radio 3’s strengths, featuring not only a “curated classical soundtrack” … Read more

Deborah James’ cancer fundraising campaign tops £2million as tributes pour in

Podcaster and bowel cancer sufferer Deborah James has set up a JustGiving page to help raise money for cancer research after revealing her condition is getting worse Deborah James’ fundraising campaign for cancer research has topped £2million BBC podcast host Deborah James has raised over £2million after setting up a fundraising campaign for cancer research, … Read more

Cabinet talks could spark further cost-of-living help, minister suggests

M inisters could make further announcements to tackle the cost-of-living crisis after Cabinet meets this week, the Welsh Secretary has said. The Prime Minister appeared to be knocked back by the Treasury after he hinted at future help for households under strain when he spoke of using the “fiscal firepower” of the Government. Boris Johnson, … Read more