Julia Hartley-Brewer

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

One of Britain's most notorious criminals, 'Yorkshire Ripper' Peter Sutcliffe, has been declared 'mentally fit' to be moved to a prison after 35 years in Broadmoor psychiatric hospital.

Yorkshire Ripper: Government has "a duty of care" to other prisoners, says leading QC

Yorkshire Ripper: Government has "a duty of care" to other prisoners

After 35 years in secure psychiatric hospital, Peter Sutcliffe is due to be moved to prison. A leading barrister tells talkRADIO that the government needs to think carefully about where he is placed…

Extremism: 'We need to offer an escape route for people', says counter-extremism expert

British schoolgirl 'death' in Syria: "We need to offer an escape route for people", says counter-extremism expert

British schoolgirl 'death' in Syria: "We need to offer people an escape route"

Teenager Kadiza Sultana fled to Syria in February 2015 to marry an ISIS fighter. With reports emerging of the British girl's death in an airstrike in May, one expert tells talkRADIO an "escape route" is needed…

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Possible Wimbledon poisoning 'stoops to a new low', says Barry Cowen

Wimbledon tennis poisoning "stoops to a new low", says British former player Barry Cowan

Wimbledon tennis poisoning "stoops to a new low", says British former player

Former tennis ace Barry Cowan, who took Pete Sampras to five sets at Wimbledon in 2001, says that if it is proved that junior Gabriella Taylor was deliberately poisoned at this year's Championships it represents a nadir for the sport…

UK online drugs market is the largest in Europe because it's 'safer', says drugs policy advisor

Illegal drugs? You're better off buying them online, explains former chief constable

Illegal drugs? You're better off buying them online, says former chief constable

With an average of 20,748 transactions taking place on the 'dark web' each month, Britain is Europe's largest online market for illicit substances. Drugs policy advisor Tom Lloyd explains why operating in this way beats a dark street corner…

The film Armageddon could be coming true...as there are plans to mine on asteroids!

Armageddon out of here: Hollywood fiction to become fact, with gold-mining planned for asteroids

Armageddon out of here: gold-mining planned for asteroids as life imitates movie

In what sounds like a Hollywood remake, US firm Deep Space Industries have announced plans to start mining for precious metals in space. Astronomer Andy Lound tells Julia Hartley-Brewer that the idea is not as far-fetched as it appears…

Syria Conflict: 'It's a tactic that's become known as sieging starve', says journalist as aid cannot get through to Aleppo

Syria Conflict: Government planning to "starve Aleppo rebels into submission", says war correspondent

Syria Conflict: Government planning to "starve Aleppo rebels into submission"

With UN and Russian calls for a ceasefire in Aleppo showing little evidence of having an effect, war correspondent Hannah Lucinda Smith tells talkRADIO that the starving of opponents is a recognised tactic of the conflict…

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Donald Trump 'wants more attention', says former vice chair of Democrats Abroad

Donald Trump's Clinton 'assassination threat' is just "attention seeking", says Democrat spokesperson

Donald Trump's Clinton 'assassination threat' is just "attention seeking"

Karin Robinson, former vice-chair of pressure group Democrats Abroad, says the Republican candidate's "deeply offensive" comments in North Carolina are just another example of his outbursts damaging his standing with the US electorate…

MP Maria Miller and talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer clashed today over sexual harassment in the workplace claims made in a survey carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC)

TUC claim that half of women are sexually harassed at work is "trivialising sexual assault", says talkRADIO host

TUC claim that 52% of women are sexually harassed is "trivialising assault"

A survey by the Trades Union Congress has today revealed that more than half of the women polled said they had been subject to sexual harassment in the workplace. Listen in as Julia Hartley-Brewer and MP Maria Miller clash over the findings…

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

'If everything is going well, why not', says doula on children being present at births

Why not let kids watch babies being born like Jamie Oliver did, asks birthing expert

Why not let kids watch babies being born like Jamie Oliver did?

The celebrity chef's eldest children were in the delivery room as wife Jools gave birth to the couple's fifth child this week. "If everything's going well, why not?" asks doula Bridget Baker…

'If you're aware of it, do something now' - Money-saving expert advises families how they can save after survey results

"If you're aware of it, do something now" - Money-saving expert offers budgeting advice after survey shock

Money-saving expert advises families how they can save after survey shock

Sally Francis, from Money Saving Expert, says "If you're aware of it, do something now", as she offers budgeting advice in the wake of research saying one family in three would struggle with bills "within a month" following job loss…

'It doesn't matter what people think, it's what the evidence shows' - GP disputes CAMRA's call for public consultation on drinking guidelines

"It doesn't matter what people think, it's what the evidence shows" - GP dismisses call for public consultation on drinking guidelines

Booze limits: "It doesn't matter what people think," says GP

Dr. Laurence Buckman tells talkRADIO that "what the evidence shows" is far more important than the Campaign for Real Ale's claim that recommended drinking guidelines are "at odds with common sense"…

'Banning the veil would divide communities', says equalities campaigner

"Banning never works. It would divide communities", equalities campaigner responds to UKIP candidate's veil policy

UKIP candidate's veil-ban policy "won't work and will divide communities"

Equality campaigner Akeela Ahmed dismisses plans from Lisa Duffy, a leadership candidate for the UK Independence Party, to introduce a 'show your face in a public place' rule limiting the places women can wear a full-face veil…

A recent survey revealing that one out of three families would not be able to make rent or mortgage payments after one month if they were to lose their primary sources of income "shows how tricky some people's lives are", leading financial specialist Hilary Osborne has told talkRADIO

It "shows how tricky people's lives are" that families are just one paycheck away from losing their homes, says financial expert Hilary Osborne

It "shows how tricky life is" that families are one paycheck from losing homes

Guardian Money editor Hilary Osborne tells Julia Hartley-Brewer that the results of a recent survey into the cost of living are worrying, but should not come as a surprise in the current climate…

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

'Who has a laugh about a gas chamber?' - Journalist says Christopher Biggins' comments will result in action against anti-semitism

"Who has a laugh about a gas chamber?" - Journalist says Christopher Biggins' comments will result in action against anti-semitism

Celebrity Big Brother furore "a good sign" in anti-semitism battle

Jewish Chronicle journalist Sandy Rashty says the reaction to Christopher Biggins' comments on Celebrity Big Brother is a step in the right direction in the fight against religious prejudice…

Top bosses' £5.5m salaries "a stitch up", financial expert Mike Ingram tells talkRADIO

Top bosses' £5.5m salaries "a stitch up", financial expert Mike Ingram tells talkRADIO

Top bosses' £5.5m salaries "a stitch up", says financial expert

Market specialist Mike Ingram says that shareholders need to take more responsibility for the enormous sums being paid to chief executives…

'British men want to be viewed as more equal to mothers', says journalist Martin Daubney

Parenting: "British men are good men. We want to do this. We want to be equal" - former Loaded editor says UK needs to follow Sweden's example

Parenting: British men 'are not valued' in bringing up their kids

Former magazine editor Martin Daubney is calling for people to recognise that men make capable stay-at-home parents, and says the UK needs to develop a Scandinavian-style system to encourage equal parenting…

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with Mick Cash of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers over Southern Rail strikes

RMT union defends five-day Southern Rail strike action, the longest in nearly 50 years

RMT union defends five-day Southern Rail strike action

Under pressure from talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer, the general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers is forced to defend the industrial action that begins today…

Grammar schools: 'It creates elitism, and doesn't deal with academic ability', says shadow education secretary

Grammar schools: shadow education secretary and talkRADIO presenter clash over "elitist" education

Grammar schools: shadow education secretary and talkRADIO presenter clash

As it's revealed that Theresa May wants to lift the ban on opening new grammar schools, Angela Rayner MP and Julia Hartley-Brewer enjoy a robust exchange of views over who benefits from selective education…

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday, August 5, 2016

'The demand is extremely high for segregated swimming pools', says Imam Ajmal Masroor

Segregated swimming: "Women want to enjoy themselves without being an object of desire," says imam

Segregated swimming: "Women want to have fun without being an object of desire"

British imam Ajmal Masroor has defended gender-specific pool sessions in Luton, telling talkSPORT that "the demand is extremely high", despite men seeming to get much the better deal…

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with former Operation Trident chair Claudia Webbe over Mark Duggan

Julia Hartley-Brewer clashes with former Operation Trident chair Claudia Webbe over Mark Duggan commemoration

Julia Hartley-Brewer vents her feelings over Mark Duggan commemoration

talkRADIO's morning show presenter clashes with former Operation Trident chair Claudia Webbe over plans to mark the anniversary of the death that sparked the English riots of August 2011…

'Hackney Heroine' Pauline Pearce on the London riots and political engagement

'Hackney Heroine' Pauline Pearce on the London riots and "speaking for the unheard"

'Hackney Heroine' on the London riots and "speaking for the unheard"

East London woman Pauline Pearce became a YouTube sensation after confronting rioters in the streets in 2011, and tells Julia Hartley-Brewer how her new-found fame has given her a platform…

Child sex abuse inquiry: 'The first two appointments were seriously incompetent', says child protection campaigner

Child sex abuse inquiry a "fiasco in a state of utter chaos", says leading barrister Jeremy Dein QC

Child sex abuse inquiry a "fiasco in a state of utter chaos", says leading QC

Top barrister Jeremy Dein tells talkRADIO that the departure of Dame Lowell Goddard as chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is simply the latest in a series of costly setbacks that will diminish public confidence…

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thursday, August 4, 2016

'People say they didn't think it would happen to them', says pharmacist on prescription drug abuse

British abuse of prescription drugs among the worst in Europe

British abuse of prescription drugs among the worst in Europe

A new study has shown the United Kingdom to be one of the biggest culprits for misusing painkillers and other drugs intended for someone else. Pharmacist Neal Patel says a user's first stop should always be a health professional…

Do you need a digital detox? A senior analyst at Ofcom explains how we use our devices

Texting friends in the same room? It might be time to go offline for a while…

Texting friends in the same room? It might be time to go offline for a while…

A report from communications regulator Ofcom has revealed a growing trend for people taking time away from the internet amid fears that digital communication is becoming all-consuming. Have you taken a digital detox yet?

'It's highly likely that at some point, she could be killed' - Practical Solutions Charity director explains the growing threat to Amina Al-Jeffery with increased exposure

British woman Amina Al-Jeffery "highly likely to be killed" in Saudi kidnap case

British woman Amina Al-Jeffery "highly likely to be killed" in Saudi kidnap case

As the High Court rules for her return to the UK, the 21-year-old from Swansea is in increasing danger in the Gulf state, 'honour-based violence' expert Mussurut Zia tells talkRADIO…

'We are on the verge of a recession unless something's done soon', says economist Chris Williamson

"We could be on the verge of a recession", warns economist Chris Williamson

"We could be on the verge of a recession", economist warns

Market specialist Chris Williamson says the government could be running out of options following Thursday's Bank of England interest-rate cut to 0.25%…

Russell Square: Security expert on the motivation behind the attack which has left one woman dead

Russell Square Murder: What was the motivation behind the attack which left one woman dead?

Russell Square Murder: What was the motivation behind the attack?

The Metropolitan Police will move fast to establish what lay behind the fatal stabbing of a woman in central London on Wednesday evening, security expert Will Geddes tells talkRADIO…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

'One of the most exciting things I've done on TV' - Richard Osman on Child Genius

"One of the most exciting things I've done on TV" - Richard Osman on Child Genius

"One of the most exciting things I've done" - Richard Osman on Child Genius

The Pointless presenter talks to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the challenges and delights of hosting the smash-hit kids' TV quiz…

'Great fun that someone like him is doing it' - Edwina Currie praises Ed Balls for taking part in Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing: "Don't take it too seriously" - Edwina Currie offers Ed Balls some words of waltzing wisdom

Strictly Come Dancing: Ed Balls told "don't take it too seriously" by former MP

Ex-Conservative politician Edwina Currie says it is "great fun" that the former shadow chancellor is to appear on the hit TV show…

Zika expert provides advise on the virus and how to avoid contracting it following confirmed presence in Florida

How to avoid the Zika virus, by 'Mr Anti-Mosquito'

How to avoid the Zika virus

'Mr Anti-Mosquito' Howard Carter has told talkRADIO listeners that, despite the scaremongering, proper precautions will help prevent virus-spreading mosquito bites…

Terrorism threat: 'Mobile phones mean people are not aware of their surroundings', says security expert

Terrorism threat: Filming video on your phone "not the way to behave" in threat situation

Terrorism threat: Filming video on your phone "not the way to behave"

There will be more armed police on London's streets after the Met Police announced an additional 600 officers to deal with potential terror attacks. A security expert tells talkRADIO that we all have to take responsibility for our own safety…

Should the UK bring back the navy blue Passport after leaving the EU? Daniel Hannan insists it's 'emblematic of the fact we are a free people'

Should the UK bring back its navy blue passport after leaving the EU? MEP Daniel Hannan insists it's 'emblematic of the fact we are a free people'

Should the UK bring back its navy blue passport after leaving the EU?

MEP Daniel Hannan insists the forerunner to the current red European document is "emblematic of the fact we are a free people" following the referendum vote

Nottingham Women's Centre manager Melanie Jeffs on the online abuse after helping to make misogyny a hate crime

Barrage of online abuse for women who helped make misogyny a hate crime

Barrage of online abuse for women who helped make misogyny a hate crime

Melanie Jeffs, from the Nottingham Women's Centre, tells Julia Hartley-Brewer she has suffered ongoing online abuse since police made prejudice against women an offence in July…

'Lets be honest with customers, standard rate is the out of contract tariff', says director of First Utility

Price caps and shopping around could save you £300 on your bills, says energy regulator Ofgem

Price caps and shopping around could save you £300 on your energy bills

On the day they announce a price cap for pre-pay users, energy regulator Ofgem has told talkRADIO it will also help customers shop around to make sure they are getting the best deal…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Leytonstone Tube Attack: John Cooper QC on the impacts of Muhiddin Mire's sentence

Leytonstone Tube Attack: "Mental illness is not a blank chequebook to commit crime"

Leytonstone Tube Attack: "Mental illness not a blank chequebook to commit crime"

Leading QC John Cooper tells talkRADIO that the sentencing of 'lone wolf' knifeman Muhiddin Mire emphasises the balance needed in criminal prosecutions…

'I can't believe he's gone this far' - Republicans Overseas spokeswomen in disbelief over Donald Trump's attack on the Khan family

Friendly fire: Donald Trump slammed by own side for "unprecedented" attack on fallen US soldier

Friendly fire: Trump slammed for "unprecedented" attack on fallen US soldier

Republicans Overseas have told talkRADIO that their party's US presidential candidate's spat with the family of a fallen American serviceman was "baffling"…

'There would be an overwhelming call for an immediate reform' if the House of Lords blocked Brexit, says MP Nigel Evans

Blocking Brexit would bring "an overwhelming call for reform" of the House of Lords, says MP Nigel Evans

Blocking Brexit would bring "an overwhelming call for reform" of the Lords

Conservative MP Nigel Evans warns of dire consequences following claims from Baroness Wheatcroft that the House of Lords could intentionally delay invoking Article 50 and cause a second EU referendum…

'I think it's legally quite difficult' - Journalist explains BBC legal difficulty with salary disclosure

Revealing BBC salaries "legally quite difficult", says media commentator

Revealing BBC salaries "legally quite difficult", says media commentator

The House of Commons select committee for culture, media and sport has called on the BBC to reveal the names of anyone who earns more than the Prime Minister's £143,000 salary. Easier said than done, explains one observer…

New HIV drug: 'This is another tool, condom use alone is not working', says National AIDS Trust

Anti-HIV drug on the NHS: "This is another tool, condom-use alone is not working", says National AIDS Trust

Anti-HIV drug on the NHS: "This is another tool, condom-use alone isn't working"

In a ruling welcomed by anti-AIDS campaigners, the High Court has dismissed claims that local authorities, rather than NHS England, should fund new treatment…

'When the housing crisis was only affecting the poorest people, it wasn't taken seriously', says politician Tom Copley

Housing crisis "wasn't taken seriously when it only affected the poor", says politician Tom Copley

Housing crisis "wasn't taken seriously when it only affected the poor"

As figures reveal that home ownership in Britain has hit a 30-year low, what is the answer to the country's housing crisis? Estate Agent Ed Mead and politician Tom Copley discuss potential solutions…

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

A member of the Scottish parliament has blasted Britain's immigration system as "downright stupid" following news that an Australian family living in the Scottish Highlands face deportation if they do not secure an extension to their visa by midnight today (Monday). Kate Forbes MSP has criticised the UK government for its treatment of Kathryn and Gregg Brain and son Lachlan, 7, and called for an overhaul of the visa system.

"Our immigration system is downright stupid", says MSP as Australian family faces Monday deportation

"Our immigration system is downright stupid", says politician

MSP Kate Forbes has called for an overhaul of the UK immigration rules as Australian family face deportation if mother Kathryn Brain fails to meet Tier Two visa requirements by the end of Monday…

Saatchi and Saatchi sexism row: were comments inflammatory or just debate? Experts disagree over whether the advertising agency were right to suspend chairman Kevin Roberts over comments made about women in leadership roles in the industry…

Saatchi & Saatchi sexism row: Were comments inflammatory or just debate?

Saatchi & Saatchi sexism row: Were comments inflammatory or just debate?

Experts disagree over whether the advertising agency were right to suspend chairman Kevin Roberts over comments made about women in leadership roles in the industry…

Former Metropolitan Police Detective examines how safe the UK is following a number of terror attacks on mainland Europe

Terror threat: "You're not being a snitch or a grass, you're potentially saving lives"

'You're not being a snitch by reporting strange behaviour, you're saving lives'

Former police detective Peter Bleksley explains how the public can help in the fight to prevent major attacks on the British mainland…

'They were put into a corner' - Immigration lawyer defends Byron Hamburgers after Home Office migrant sting revelation

Byron Burgers had "no choice but to cooperate" in Home Office illegal workers sting, says immigration lawyer

Byron Burgers had "no choice but to cooperate" in Home Office sting

Immigration lawyer Harjap Singh Bhangal says the hamburger chain was "put into a corner" over a government crackdown on illegal workers…

'The problem is transphobia', says Stonewall charity on criticism of transgender fertility treatment

NHS transgender fertility treatment: "Everybody has the right to a family", says Stonewall charity

NHS transgender fertility treatment: "Everybody has the right to a family"

The Stonewall charity has hit out at 'transphobic' claims that people undergoing gender reassignment should be denied access to high-profile NHS services…

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Happy 100th birthday, have a mountain! Norway to give rather large gift to Finland to mark centenary of independence

'Happy birthday to you, what a fantastic view, happy birthday dear Finland...', Norway gift wrap a towering treat for their neighbours

'Happy birthday to you, what a fantastic view, happy birthday dear Finland...'

What do you give the independent state that has everything? Norway are considering tying a bow on Mount Halti and handing it to Finland to mark their Nordic neighbour's 100 years of independence from Russia…

Amina Al-Jeffery: Dual nationality could mean 'national or traditional laws apply', says community organisation

'I'm surprised she's still alive', says campaigner on British woman held against her will in Saudi Arabia

'I'm surprised she's still alive', says campaigner on British woman in Saudi

Swansea-born Amina Al-Jeffery's father has been accused of imprisoning her in Saudi Arabia "for her own protection". A British charity head says that the lack of reciprocal law with the Gulf state makes a legal solution difficult…

One in ten bingo players are at risk of developing a gambling addiction

Bingo can lead to gambling addiction, experts claim

Bingo can lead to gambling addiction, experts claim

Iain Corby, from the Gambling Association, explains that all forms of betting can lead to addiction, and offers advice on where to go for help if a hobby is becoming a habit…

'We're utterly incompetent as a country at planning any strategy for our infrastructure', says market commentator

Hinckley Point: Utter necessity, or better off shelved?

Hinckley Point: Utter necessity, or better off shelved?

Within hours of getting the green light from French energy firm EDF, the building of the £18bn Hinckley Point nuclear power station will be delayed by a government review. Who is right?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Shock figures published on Thursday that only one of 2,000 people in the UK suspected of being radicalised by terrorist groups has been subjected to a curfew by police have been challenged by an expert in international security

'Only 1 in 2,000 extremists under curfew' claims misleading, says security expert

'Only 1 in 2,000 extremists under curfew' claim misleading - security expert

Security expert Raffaello Pantucci says police are simply using different tools to monitor potential jihadists, as critics claim only one person has been subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures…

Ice bucket challenge: 'This is one step closer to developing an effective treatment', says head of research for MNDA

Splash hit! Ice bucket challenge funds vital medical research

Splash hit! Ice bucket challenge funds vital medical research

2014's viral internet sensation has raised more than $100m towards treating serious illness, but the fight goes on says the UK's Motor Neurone Disease Association…

'Poll says Trump and Clinton are more disliked than Voldemort' - American journalist Tom Rivers on the race to the White House

Clinton and Trump 'more disliked than Voldemort' - American broadcaster Tom Rivers on the race to the White House

Clinton and Trump 'more disliked than Voldemort', says US broadcaster

London-based ABC correspondent Tom Rivers gives an insider's view as the race for the Oval Office hots up…

'I miss Team GB - but I don't miss cycling' - Victoria Pendleton joins Julia Harley-Brewer

'I miss Team GB - but I don't miss cycling' - Olympic cycling star Victoria Pendleton

'I miss Team GB - but I don't miss cycling', says Victoria Pendleton

The double Olympic champion tells Julia Hartley-Brewer that she is looking forward to her first Olympic Games out of the saddle, and reveals her thoughts on how Britain's cyclists will fare in Rio…

The man appointed by Brussels to oversee Britain's exit from the EU is a "serious negotiator" who will be "no pushover", says Birmingham MP Gisela Stuart

EU's Brexit boss Michel Barnier will be a 'serious negotiator', says former colleague

EU's Brexit boss Michel Barnier will be a 'serious negotiator'

Labour MP Gisela Stuart says the man appointed to lead the European Commission's negotiations will be "no pushover" as Britain prepares to split from Brussels…

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