NSW election roundup: Berejiklian hits back as stadium fight dominates campaign

By Josephine Tovey Michael Daley keeps the criticism coming. Plus: key promises this week and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers spray New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has tried to seize the narrative over the Allianz stadium knock-down, after a court lifted an injunction to allow the demolition to resume on Friday. The decision came…

Commuters warned of ‘teething problems’ with new rail timetable

By Seth Jacobson Rail Delivery Group says lessons have been learned following last summer’s chaotic timetable overhaul Passengers face “teething problems” on the rail network when new timetables are introduced in May, the organisation that represents the industry has warned. However, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) said that the introduction of more than 1,000 extra…

‘A slap in the face’: Barnier sets May on course for Brexit defeat

By Peter Walker, Daniel Boffey and Heather Stewart Prime minister rebuffed as she pleads for last-ditch EU concessions before MPs vote Theresa May appears set for a second humiliating defeat when she brings her Brexit deal back to parliament next week, after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, rebuffed her pleas for last-minute concessions. The…

Arron Banks ‘ignored deal to stop pro-Brexit ads’ after Jo Cox death

By David Pegg Channel 4 News says emails show co-founder of Leave-EU told group to ‘keep pumping’ Arron Banks ordered his Leave.EU campaign group to continue promoting pro-Brexit advertising in the wake of the murder of Jo Cox, despite an agreement to suspend campaigning, according to Channel 4 News. Immediately after the MP’s killing, politicians…

Holloway prison to be turned into affordable housing

By Clea Skopeliti Former women’s prison in north London was sold to Peabody housing association Holloway prison has been sold to a housing association and is expected to provide 1,000 homes, the majority of which will be affordable, it has been announced. The women’s prison in north London, which once housed Myra Hindley and closed…

Never Mind the Backstop: the Brexit comedy club for Euro standups

By Brian Logan European comics assembled for a gig about Britain’s departure from the EU – but ended up talking about sex and poultry It’s an article of faith among remainers that Brexit has made the UK a global laughing stock, right? So as I entered the Camden Comedy Club I was expecting the Miguel…

Ranger killed weeks after reopening of Virunga national park

By Jason Burke Africa correspondent Park in DRC shut last year for more than eight months after series of attacks on staff A forest ranger has been killed in the Virunga national park, only weeks after the reserve in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo was reopened to tourists. The Virunga, home to a world-famous…

UK’s Prevent guidance to universities unlawful, court rules

By Damien Gayle Court of appeal finds Prevent guidelines on inviting controversial speakers violates freedom of speech The government’s Prevent duty guidance to universities is unlawful and must be rewritten, judges have ruled after a successful judicial review argued that it violated freedom of speech. The court of appeal found that Prevent guidelines on inviting…

How a survivor of knife crime became a role model for children

By Sam Wollaston Amani Simpson says culture of youth violence and low aspiration should be seen as a community issue In a packed room at a college in Walthamstow in north-east London a former student is speaking to today’s class. Amani Simpson has shown them a short film he made, based on his life, now…

Defining Zionism, anti-Zionism and antisemitism | Letters

By Letters Readers respond to Peter Beinart’s long read article ‘Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic’ In his article (Debunking the myth that anti-Zionism is antisemitic, 7 March), Peter Beinart makes the common error that trips up many people trying to understand the problems in the Middle East – he tries to apply logic…