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Michael Gove to stand for Prime Minister

Michael Gove's decision to stand for the Tory leadership changes everything.

It could scupper Boris Johnson's campaign.

Many pro-Brexit MPs were reluctant to support Boris: they think he's not a serious enough character to lead Britain through the next few years, and they wonder whether his heart was ever really in leaving the EU.

Michael Gove ticks those boxes.

He has repeatedly said he doesn't want to be Tory leader. But this morning it looks likely that the two names eventually selected by MPs to be put to the membership will be Theresa May and.....well, it could just be Michael Gove.


Kent photographer raising funds for Battle of Britain Trust

A stunning photograph of The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne, taken to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, is set to raise much-needed funds for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Local amateur astronomer Greg Esson turned The Wing – the new visitor centre at the Trust’s home on the white cliffs – red, white and blue in honour of Her Majesty.

It has been professionally printed by Templar Art in Dover.

Credit: Greg Esson

MS sufferer who can't walk to cycle 2,200km for charity

Brain damage means that Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Justin Kendell can't walk further than half a kilometre.

But next week, he'll set off from the foot of Snowdon in North Wales, to cycle 2,200km in a five-week trip to the Pyrenees in southern France.

"I have limited feeling in my legs, so I don't know where they are all the time. Even if they're a little bit tired, they have a life of their own and that makes it very difficult to walk."

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2013, he thought his cycling days were over.

"Riding bikes had been my passion since I was a teenager living in Snowdonia," he says. "But I gave up riding soon after my diagnosis. It was my daughter, Sioned, who persuaded me to get back on my bike. I was full of doubt but she pushed me to try – and it was wonderful! It was amazing to be able to move and not feel like I was about to fall over at any moment. And I could ride where I couldn't walk anymore."

Justin will be riding from his teenage stomping ground of the mountains of Snowdonia to the Pyrenees mountains close to his current home in Aveyron, southern France.

Justin is raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, and hopes his ride will inspire others with potentially life-impairing conditions to think about what they can do, rather than focusing on the things they can't manage anymore.

Paul Gascoigne pleads not guilty to verbal abuse

Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial later this year after pleading not guilty to a racially-aggravated public order offence.

The former Newcastle, Tottenham and Rangers midfielder is alleged to have used "threatening or abusive words" towards a security guard during An Evening With Gazza show in Wolverhampton in November last year.

The 49-year-old ex-footballer, who lives in Dorset, was granted unconditional bail at Dudley Magistrates' Court until a trial on September 19.


Paraclimber, 15, brings home gold for Team GB

A teenager from Guildford who was born without his right arm has won gold at a climbing competition in Italy.

Matthew Phillips 15, was taking part in the World Paraclimbing Cup as a part of the GB Paraclimbing Team in the Italian Alps.

He competed against climbers from across the world and brought home a Gold medal in his first ever international climbing competition.

Matthew, a student at Salesian College in Farnborough, who was born missing his right arm below the elbow, said: "Competing was daunting at first when I began to realise it was against the whole world but to win a gold in my first international competition feels amazing."

He joined four other members of the GB Paraclimbing Team, 2 of whom are leg amputees and 2 are arm amputees. In total they came home with 3 Gold and 1 Bronze medal making it a good start to their competition season.

Bangladeshi community forced to cancel Southampton prayer

The British Bangladeshi community have decided to cancel their planned gathering in a Southampton park amid "political unrest in the the UK".

The British Bangladeshi Cultural Academy together with other organisations fear that the mass Eidul Fitre prayer could spark racism.

Organisers say if they hold prayer in City Park in September, they will work closely with MCS and all the Mosques and the Police and City Council.

The Eidul Adha event later this year is one of the biggest Islamic annual gathering at one time, gathering thousands of people. together in an open air park.

Appeal after man exposes himself in teen in Fareham

An investigation has begun after a teenager reported that a man indecently exposed himself to her in Fareham on Monday.

The 14-year-old girl was walking along Somervell Drive at 5.30pm, when she was approached by a man who briefly spoke to her before exposing himself.

No contact was made and the girl was not harmed.

She described the man as: • White. • Aged in his late 30's to early 40's. • 5ft 8ins tall. • Average build. • Brown hair. • He was wearing black clothing and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Constable Julie Way said: “We have not received any similar reports in the area and are speaking to a number of individuals as part of our enquiries.

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