UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has flown to the Caribbean, in the wake of devastating Hurricane Irma. Five people in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla were killed by the storm, and the islands have been left devastated. Conditions have been described as uninhabitable with calls for mass evacuation. Boris arrived yesterday in Barbados and is expected to visit British Virgin Islands and Anguilla today, the worst hit British territories. His visit follows criticism of the UK aid effort to date.
Storm Aileen swept across the country during the night bringing wind speeds of up to 75 mph. Storm Aileen is the first storm to be named this year as part of a scheme by the MET Office to raise awareness of extreme weather in the UK.
The Government has scrapped its public pay cap, announcing pay rises for police and prison officers this year, and signalling possible pay rises for nurses, teachers and other public sector workers from next year. But critics say the rises for police and prison officers - between 1.7% and 2% - are well below inflation, and are demanding real terms increases across the board.
EU and UK citizens are expected to descend on Westminster Wednesday to lobby their MPs to guarantee their rights post-Brexit. Upwards of 1,000 people are expected to attend. The lobby will be followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square at which senior political figures are expected to speak, in addition to EU and British citizens.
A new report by the National Literacy Trust shows that fake news is a serious problem for children and young people in England and our children do not have the critical literacy skills they need to identify it. In response to the report, the All-Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy will launch a Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools today in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Facebook, First News and The Day.