News round-up: The week's top stories (20-26 Oct)

Weekly news round-up

Friday, October 26, 2018

In this week's news, the saga of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi continued, half a million people marched for a People's Vote, and MP Michael Fabricant rode a bike through a London park in the nude.

In case you missed any of it, here's our guide to the top news stories this week.


Saturday 20th October


Over half a million protestors march for a People's Vote on Brexit

People's Vote campaigners. Image: Getty

Over half a million protestors descended on London to demand a People's Vote on Brexit.

People’s March organisers claim more than 560,000 anti-Brexit campaigners joined the march.

Celebrity chef Delia Smith, London mayor Sadiq Khan, and author Alastair Campbell were all in attendance at the event.


Monday 22nd October 


UK condemns the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi. Image: Getty

Theresay May broke her silence on the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying "we must get to the truth of what happened".

Saudi Arabia claimed that Mr Khashoggi died in a fight at the country’s consulate in Istanbul in October, but the claim has been widely dismissed.

International trade secretary, Liam Fox, pulled out of an upcoming conference in the country, and Boris Johnson penned a column in the Telegraph branding the journalist's death as a "barbaric act".


Michael Fabricant MP strips off to campaign for naked charity bike ride

Michael Fabricant on his nude bike ride.

Conservative MP Michael Fabricant turned heads as he indulged in a naked bike ride around a London park to promote a charity event for St Giles hospice.

The politician was campaigning for a naked charity bike ride to take place in his constituency of Lichfield in Staffordshire, England, to raise money for the hospice.

A video of the bike ride was posted online.


Backlash after video of Ryanair 'racist' goes viral

David Mesher was filmed shouting abuse at a fellow passenger.

A video of a man shouting abuse at an elderly woman on a Ryanair flight quickly went viral.

David Mesher was filmed calling 77-year-old Delsie Gayle an “ugly black b*****d”, and shouting “don’t speak to me in a foreign language, you stupid ugly cow”.

Mr Mesher issued an apology for his behaviour, blaming it on a "fit of temper", which was rejected by the subject of his verbal abuse.

Ryanair has come under fire after the incident for not removing the passenger from the flight. 


Tuesday 23rd October


Plastic particles found in human excrement

A study carried out by the Medical University of Vienna in Austria found microscopic plastic particles in the excrement of all of its eight participants who were from the UK, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Austria.

The scientists found 20 microplastic particles in every 10 grams of stool.

Senior oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK,  Louise Edge, said the study raised "a lot of worrying questions", and now needed to be scaled up.

Tommy Robinson's Contempt of Court case referred to Attorney General

The divisive founder of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, appeared at the Old Bailey facing allegations that he breached the Contempt of Court Act.

The case was referred to the Attorney General, and Robinson was released on bail.

Following his appearance in court, he went for lunch with UKIP leader Gerard Batten and peer Lord Pearson at the House of Lords.

His visit to Parliament sparked backlash in the House of Commons, with John Bercow branding him a "loathsome individual" .


Turkey's president claims Saudi officials planned to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image: Getty

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claimed he would tell the "naked truth" about what Turkish police had uncovered in relation to the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

Addressing Turkey's Parliament, he claimed Saudi officials planned to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi days before his death in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate.

He also called on Saudi Arabia's King Salman to allow the 18 suspects in the killing to be tried in Turkish courts.


Wednesday 24th October


Pipe bombs sent to prominent US politicians

WATCH: Counter terrorism specialist Simon Trundle blames Donald Trump for the bombs.

Glass-filled crude bombs were mailed to the former US president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and even the CNN offices in New York.

A counter terrorism specialist appearing on talkRADIO blamed Donald Trump for the spate of bombs, claiming he could have "inspired a mad man or woman" by openly criticising Clinton and Obama, and calling them "enemies of the state"

The bombs are still being intercepted, with another sent to actor Robert De Niro's restaurant and former vice president Joe Biden.

The targets of the bombs are some of the figures most frequently criticised by president Donald Trump.


Leading businessman at centre of sexual harassment and racism allegations granted injunction

A leading businessman - who has now been revealed as Arcadia Group chairman Philip Green - was granted an injunction to stop his name being revealed in a Daily Telegraph story about allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse.

Labour MP Jess Phillips threatened to use Parliamentary privilege to name the businessman, but was pipped to the post by Lord Peter Hain, who made the announcement in Parliament.

Theresa May has pledged to review the laws regarding non-disclosure agreements following the case.


Thursday 25th October


All military roles now open to women, says defence secretary

Defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced that all roles in the military will now be open to women.

The announcement left former British Army officer, Colonel Tim Collins OBE "baffled", and he claimed the announcement was a "smokescreen" to hide recruitment issues in the Army.

"There have been females in the Special Forces for more than 30 years," he told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.


Facebook fined £500,000 over ‘serious’ breaches in data protection

Social media giant Facebook has been fined £500,000 for the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

The fine was the maximum amount possible, and came after the data of up to 87 million users was harvested without their knowledge.


Friday 26th October


Backlash after SU president calls for mural to be painted over because it features "white men"

WATCH: Maurice McLeod from Race on the Agenda gives his thoughts on painting over the mural.

Southampton University's Student Union president, Emily Dawes, has faced backlash after posting on Twitter that she wanted to paint over an historic mural at the University because it only featured "white men".

Her tweet drew widespread criticism, and Ms Dawes was forced to issue an apology.

In a statement, the University claimed her views "were not shared by the University".

talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer branded Ms Dawes "stupid" on the breakfast show.

She said: "The fact that she is an astrophysics student at a British university thinking that a mural depicting ‘white men’ is in someway offensive – I find that really worrying. I am not offended by it, I just think it makes her stupid.”