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Ben Stokes: Overcoming court case makes England Cricket win special

Ben Stokes says he was overcome with emotion when England lifted the trophy.

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In his first major television interview since his historic World Cup win, cricketer Ben Stokes told Good Morning Britain that winning the World Cup still hasn't sunk in.

Ben Stokes has said overcoming his court troubles has made his World Cup win even sweeter.

The 28-year-old escaped prison when he was cleared of affray last August, following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.

Speaking about his court case and the fact he could have been watching the final from a prison cell, he said: “It was coming back from all of that, it was tough. Getting back into cricket obviously massively helped [me get] straight after that. It was a stressful time for me, my wife, my family back home."

Stokes lost his England vice-captaincy and a place on an Ashes tour after footage of the fight, which left two men unconscious, was published by a newspaper website in the aftermath of his arrest.

The judge later declared the England cricket star had acted in self-defence, and he was reinstated to the England squad.

Reflecting on losing his place on the England squad amid his court battle, Ben said: "[Andrew] Strassy was obviously the main man there at the time, at the ECB and had to make all the decisions. He did a great job supporting me, Claire and everyone through that, although he had to do the right thing by the ECB as well. He’s a really, really good man, Straussy, I have a lot of respect for him.

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Oprah Winfrey’s lifelong partner Stedman Graham spoke about his 33-year relationship with his partner and opened up about calls for her to stand as the Democratic candidate for the next Presidential election in 2020.

Asked whether she would be a good President, he said: “Of course, she’s a person who has the qualities to run for president. You can trust her, she is one of the greatest communicators in the world. She is self-made, nobody gave her anything. She understands the America free enterprise system and how it works. She cares about people and she has empathy."

ITV studios tour to launch this summer

This summer, ITV will kick-off a new and exciting behind-the-scenes guided tour around the iconic studio sets at Television Centre in London, guaranteeing a truly unique and unforgettable television experience.

With ITV Daytime’s favourite programmes such as Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women all broadcasting from the same building, the new ITV Daytime Studios Tour will immerse fans into the glamorous showbiz world.

Guests will be able to explore sets, get a sneak-peek of what lies behind and discover how the shows are brought to life and onto their screens and devices.

As one of the busiest working studios in the UK, producing over 2000 hours of much talked about TV a year, guests will have unprecedented access into production and the day-to-day operations of a live studio with stories and filming insights from the studio floors shared with them along the way.

There'll be plenty of picture and selfie opportunities on the well-loved and instantly recognisable sets, a wander down the production corridors where the green rooms, wardrobe departments, make-up areas and production offices are housed, as well as walking amongst industry producers and crew.

We’re delighted to be welcoming viewers to our studios to get even closer to our flagship shows Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, This Morning and Loose Women," says Emma Gormley, MD ITV Studios Daytime.

Fans will be able to visit the set of Good Morning Britain and other flagship shows.

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"We’re proud to produce some of the UK’s most popular shows and their fans - our viewers - are extremely important to us, making this even more of an exciting opportunity.”

James Penfold, Controller of Partnerships for ITV added: “Being able to open our doors to the studio floors for the new ITV Daytime Studios Tour is going to take guests right to the heartbeat of such productions and promises to be a true insider experience that we’re incredibly proud to have curated.”

Sue Walton, Commercial Executive for ITV Studios Daytime said: “Every day our shows are welcomed in millions of homes around the country. The programme sets, as well as being familiar, have become iconic. We’re thrilled to turn the tables and bring viewers the chance to visit the home of our shows in what will be an unforgettable experience for fans and indeed anyone interested in television.”

The new Daytime Studios Tour is the latest addition to the portfolio of ITV live events and experiences, which includes Coronation Street The Tour, Emmerdale Village Tour, Emmerdale Studio Experience, This Morning Live and Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Parks.

ITV Daytime Studios Tour will last approximately 90 minutes and guests will have access to three of the four sets on any given tour (depending on production that day).

Tours will run on select weekday and weekend dates until the end of the year, with tickets going on general sale later this month. Register details www.daytimestudiostour.co.uk for advanced priority booking which will open for 24 hours on Friday 28th June.

BREAKING NEWS: Tommy Robinson jailed for contempt of court

Tommy Robinson was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday

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Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, has been sentenced to nine months for contempt of court at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

Robinson, 36, of Luton, Bedfordshire, served two months in jail before his appeal, so his sentence will be 19 weeks. He is expected to be released on license after 10 weeks.

The ex-English Defence League leader was found guilty last week of interfering with the trial of a sexual grooming gang at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.

Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby found Robinson was in contempt in three respects when he filmed men accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on Facebook, in breach of a reporting ban.

Giving reasons for the contempt finding on Tuesday, Dame Victoria said Robinson encouraged “vigilante action” in the video, which lasted an hour-and-a-half and was viewed online 250,000 times on the morning of the broadcast.

During the Old Bailey hearing last Thursday and Friday, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain.

But Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby found he was in contempt by breaching the reporting restriction imposed on the trial, by live-streaming the video from outside the public entrance to the court and by “aggressively confronting and filming” some of the defendants.

Robinson broadcast the footage while the jury in the second of a series of linked grooming trials was considering its verdict.

The video was eventually viewed 3.4 million times after being shared following his arrest.

A reporting restriction was in place which postponed the publication of any details of the case until the end of all the trials involving 29 people, in a bid to ensure all defendants received a fair trial.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months after being found in contempt of court on the day of the broadcast.

He served 10 weeks in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.

But the case was then referred back to the Attorney General, who announced in March that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings against Robinson.

Dame Victoria and Mr Justice Warby gave permission for the Attorney General to bring a new case against Robinson at a hearing in May.

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BREAKING: Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as British Ambassador

Kim Darroch has resigned from his role as British Ambassador to the United States.

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Sir Kim Darroch has resigned as British Ambassador to the United States in the wake of leaked emails which saw him describe the Trump administration as 'inept' and 'incompetent'.

In a letter to Sir Simon McDonald, the permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, Sir Kim wrote: "Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador. I want to put an end to that speculation.

"The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.

"Although my posting is not due to end until the end of this year, I believe in the current circumstances the responsible course is to allow the appointment of a new ambassador."

The letter was posted on the Foreign Office website, and included Sir Simon McDonald's response.

McDonald's letter of response read: "On behalf of the Diplomatic Service, I accept your resignation with deep personal regret.

"Over the last few difficult days you have behaved as you have always behaved over a long and distinguished career, with dignity, professionalism and class. The Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary and whole of the public service have stood with you: you were the target of a malicious leak; you were simply doing your job. I understand your wish to relieve the pressure on your family and your colleagues at the Embassy; I admire the fact that you think more of others than yourself. You demonstrate the essence of the values of British public service.

"I want to stress my deep appreciation for all you have done over the last four decades. In a series of demanding roles - including National Security Adviser and Permanent Representative to the European Union - you have loyally served the government of the day without fear or favour. We have been lucky to have you as a friend and colleague. You are the best of us."

Richard Tice MEP says Darroch should resign after leaked Trump emails

Richard Tice has slammed Sir Nigel Kim Darroch for leaked emails describing Donald Trump's administration as inept, claiming he has 'embarrassed' the UK.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Richard said: "Our ambassador in Washington has completely humiliated and embarrassed our country by describing and the US president as inept and permanently, serially incompetent.

He added: "You're supposed to make accurate judgements, not subjective opinions...The reality is, he can no longer do his job with any credibility whatsoever.

"This man should have already offered his resignation, the fact that he hasn't, shows that he has no integrity, no moral decency, and he should be recalled with immediate effect."

There are now questions as to whether the British Ambassador to the United States should quit his role after he became embroiled in controversy.

In a scathing assessment of the White House, he said: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."

President Donald Trump later hit back on Twitter, in a series of explosive tweets in which he said the diplomat was "not well liked or well thought of within the US", adding that the White House "will no longer deal with him".