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Downing Street declares war on BBC with plan to ABOLISH license fee

Such a move could leave to multiple BBC TV and radio channels being sold off or closed in the biggest shakeup of British broadcasting in decades. According to the Sunday Times senior figures in Downing Street have decided the BBC needs to be dramatically cut down in size. A source told the newspaper: “We are not bluffing on the licence fee. We are having a consolation and we will whack it. It has to be a subscription model. “They’ve got hundreds of radio stations, they’ve got all these TV stati

Melania Trump: FLOTUS set for incredible trip with husband at end of month

The POTUS is set to be in the South Asian country for two days. He has yet to visit India during his Presidency. An official spokesman told Hindustan Times: “Yes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed with chief minister Yogi Adityanath the arrangements being made for the visit of US president Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Agra on February 24. “Both of them will remain in Agra for nearly three hours.” The Trumps are also set to visit the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad in northwest In

UK weather forecast: Fears of further deaths as Storm Dennis ravages Britain

Yellow warnings are in place for wind in Scotland and Northern Ireland with delays to transport likely and the chance of power cuts and large waves around coastal communities. These warnings are in place for 10:00AM to 12:00PM. The situation in England and Wales is more varied. As well as yellow warnings for wind, there are also amber warnings for rain affecting parts of the northeast and Yorkshire, south and central Wales, most of the southeast of England and parts of Devon at various over Sun

The Queen told Diana she ought to divorce Charles says butler in stunning claim

The letter was sent a few weeks after Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir in 1995, according to Paul Burrell, Diana’s former butler. Diana had claimed in the interview there were “three of us” in the marriage, referring to Charles’ relationship with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Mr Burrell told The Sun: “It is a myth that the Princess wanted a divorce. “She never wanted a divorce, but just a separation. “Princess Diana showed me a letter one day which was sent by the Queen.” He explained: “It

Royal split: Zara Tindall played major role in preventing fellow royal from leaving UK

Her elder brother, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn recently announced had separated last year and intended to divorce. Autumn was born in Canada and still lived there when she met Peter at the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix. According to The Sun, she considered moving back following the separation, but a source revealed: “Zara first stepped in to help mediate the couple when she heard of their struggles last October.” Anne, Princess Royal, is the mother of Peter and Zara. The source continued: “Za

Britain Unleashed: Boris Johnson prepares to reject EU rules in these two key areas

Number 10 is understood to have rejected stipulations in the negotiation mandate submitted to EU leaders by the European Commission. Mr Johnson’s advisor David Frost has had talks with official to finalise the UK negotiating position. According to the Sunday Telegraph Brussels insist the UK must agree to a “level playing field” in order to guarantee Britain will not become a low tax jurisdiction in the style of Singapore. The paper reports Mr Johnson’s team want a deal similar to deals with Can

Storm Dennis LIVE: Two dead as RED ALERT issued - latest updates, maps and warnings

The warning is in place from 6.10am to 11am today. The Met Office said:" Storm Dennis is expected to bring further heavy rain for a time on Sunday morning, increasing the likelihood of high impacts. "Prolonged, heavy rain will continue until mid-morning, easing slowly into the middle of the day. This rain will bring event totals to between 100 and 140mm over higher ground in south Wales." 07:00am update: Flights cancelled According to the Telegraph, more than 300 flights from major airlines h

'Think again!' - Campaigner warns against potential Saudi takeover of Newcastle United

The fund is reported to be closing in on a takeover of English Premier League football club Newcastle United. This is despite Mr bin Salman and the Saudi government facing scrutiny over the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen. Speaking to express.co.uk, Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “There should always be strict regulations regarding state bodies and individuals who are using institutions in the UK for personal enrichment or self-promotion, especia

Storm Ciara LIVE: Huge storm to smash UK with deadly winds - updates, maps and warnings

Aviation experts are hailing a journey from New York to London as possibly the fastest ever post-Concorde, thanks to wind from Storm Ciara. Twitter account Flightradar24 recorded British Airways flight BA112 completing a time of four hours and 56 minutes, just ahead of Virgin jet VS4, which came in at four hours and 57 minutes. Pilot Scott Bateman MBE said: "This is a great story for the media to report about Storm Ciara. "The record has been smashed this evening by Boeing. I think this is a sub

Ireland election exit poll: Varadkar HUMILIATED as Dublin announces THREE-WAY TIE

Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein leader, soared in the exit poll of the crunch Irish general election, which saw Fine Gael leader Mr Varadkar humiliated. Irish voters took to the polls today to elect the 33rd Dail. The first votes were cast yesterday as people living on islands off the coast of Galway, Mayo and Donegal went to the ballot boxes, while the mainland voted today. The results of the exit poll put Fine Gael at 22.4 percent, Sinn Fein at 22.3 and Fianna Fail at 22.2 percent. This means th

Amazing pictures from around the world as rare 'Snow Moon' becomes visible

This phenomenon is the second full moon of winter. There is debate amongst astrologers as to whether or not this counts as a supermoon. This is when the Moon is at the closest point to the Earth in it’s orbit. Supermoon LIVE stream: How to watch the Full Snow Supermoon live? Supermoon UK: How to see the beautiful Snow Moon this weekend? According to CNN, expert Fred Espenak says it does, but another, Richard Nolle, says that will happen on March 9. The full moon signals the start of the Jewi

Storm Ciara: Flights cancelled as epic winds cause transport chaos across Britain

Met Office Weather warnings are in place for the whole of the UK on Sunday, ranked at either yellow or the more extreme amber. British Airways are offering flexible rebooking services in anticipation of the effects of the storm. On Saturday evening, the airline’s website wrote: “Like all airlines operating in to and out of the UK tomorrow, we are expecting to be impacted by the adverse weather conditions across parts of the UK on Sunday 9th February. Storm Ciara path update: THIS is how bad sto

Fears of Chinese influence in US surge as Mike Pompeo delivers incendiary warning

As reported by South China Morning Post, Mr Pompeo delivered the warning in speech at the National Governors Association (NGA) winter meeting. Mr Pompeo’s role is the American equivalent of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. He said: “Competition with China is happening inside of your state and it affects our capacity to perform America’s vital national-security functions. “Competition with China is not just a federal issue.” Mr Pompeo said US engagement with China from the end of

UK weather forecast: Danger to life as Storm Ciara to savage Britain

The public have been advise to say indoors as 90mph winds and heavy rain are expected with the 1,000 mile wide storm. Power cuts are thought likely as overhead cables come down with severe travel disruption also expected. London Heathrow has agreed with airlines to consolidate flights to minimise disruption. Other modes of transport are affected too with rail operators advising passengers to avoid travel. Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern and South Western have said Sunday rail tickets wi

Katherine Jenkins reveals her crippling fears over lunch with the Queen

The Welsh operatic singer told LBC she feared her table manners were inadequate for the Queen. Ms Jenkins who has an OBE said Her Majesty helped her feel at ease. She explained: “I was so nervous I could hardly speak. “I was particularly worried whether my table manners would be up to scratch. "So when they put an enormous finger bowl in front of me, I thought, 'Oh no. I have no idea what to do with this.’” “I think Her Majesty noticed I felt uncomfortable about what to do next and caught my e

Tory civil war: MPs and campaigners stunned over planned tax raid

Sources have told The Telegraph that the ideas have been discussed at Downing Street and at The Treasury in recent weeks. It is not yet clear what form the tax would take if it was to be included in the next budget. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, John O’Connell of the TaxPayer’s Alliance said: “It seems to be a misunderstanding of what the ­Tories’ new voters were looking for. “They may be new converts to the message, but they still expect the ­Conservatives to be the ones backing them when t

Brexit Day LIVE: We're out! After YEARS of hard work and campaigning, we've finally left!

The 10 Downing Street account has posted a video on Twitter showing a live countdown until 11pm. The colours of the union jack and the time remaining is projected on to the front of the building. Mr Johnson concludes: “And when I look at this country’s incredible assets, our scientists, our engineers, our world leading universities, our armed forced, when I look at the potential of this country waiting to be unleashed, I know that we can turn this opportunity into a stunning success. “And whatev

Silence from EU leaders as Britain finally quits the European Union

This was 1,318 days after the original vote to leave. None of the leaders of the three main EU institutions have tweeted since the exit. European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli was the most recent to have tweeted . Remainers go into meltdown online after the UK leaves the EU At 2.48pm, in Italian, Mr Sassoli said that a new beginning was about to be marked. The Central Italy MEP added the EU would look to defend its interests but wants friendly relations with Britain. European Coun

Brexiteers celebrate Britain’s EU exit around the world - in pictures

With the vote to leave occurring on June 23 2016, this meant 1,318 days passed between the vote and the actual exit. Brexiteers celebrated the day jubilantly. Though the celebrations in Parliament Square were widely reported, there were also wild celebrations elsewhere. Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns posted on Twitter a video of herself rehearsing a rendition of ‘Jerusalem’ for a ‘Big Brexit Bash’ in her Morley and Outwood constituency. Images shared with express.co.uk show celebrations from outside Br

UK weather forecast: Danger to life as powerful gusts set to batter Britain

On Saturday morning England and Wales will enjoy a brighter, much milder morning. Scotland and Northern Ireland will have a cloudier, wetter and windier experience. Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond explained: “It does look like around dawn the cloud will clear in southern England and after that it will turn into a clear, mild day with decent spells of sunshine. Ms Diamond said “things will start to brighten up” later in the day. The maximum high for Saturday will be 13C (55.4F) in the so
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