Theresa May accuses Putin of interfering with election
The prime minister has accused Vladimir Putin and the Russian government of meddling in elections and taking part in cyber espionage. Speaking at a dinner for business leaders, while May said the UK did not want “perpetual confrontation” with Russia, she also accused their government of trying to “undermine free societies” and condemned their “planting fake stories” to “sow discord in the West”. The comments come a month before foreign secretary Boris Johnson makes an official visit to Russia next month.
One in five European doctors plans to quit NHS over Brexit
A survey conducted by the British Medical Association has found that one in five European doctors has planned to quit the NHS amid Brexit. The latest figures recorded in September show that 10,000 NHS staff originating from the EU have already quit since the referendum and the number of nurses coming to Britain from the EU has dropped by 89 per cent in the last year. These figures add to fears that Brexit will cause a “medical brain drain” of the NHS.
Victoria writer accuses a Downing Street official of groping
Daisy Goodwin, the writer behind ITV’s Victoria, has said that a Downing Street official touched her breast during a meeting to discuss a television show. The accused official has not been named, though Goodwin claims he told her she looked like a Bond girl before he groped her. “He put his hand on my breast,” wrote Goodwin in the Radio Times. “I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said, ‘Are you actually touching my breast?'” The accusations come in the wake of many other sexual-harassment claims aimed at MPs and Westminster workers.
Man found guilty of acid attack in a London nightclub
A man who left 22 people injured in an acid attack in a London nightclub has been found guilty. Arthur Collins, who is the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, admitted to throwing the substance into the crowd, but told the court he thought it was a date-rape drug rather than acid. One victim required a skin graft after suffering third-degree chemical burns on the side of his face. Collins will be sentenced later this year.