London’s mayor and several councils have called for a new system to be introduced for anyone wishing to offer short-term lets for visitors to the city.
Landlords cannot legally rent out their homes in the capital for more than 90 nights a year under strict regulations, but a BBC investigation found some landlords were being encouraged to break the rules.
The group have written to the government calling for a new mandatory registration system, so landlords would have to log short lets to tourists online.
Stoke City have signed Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay for £2m and goalkeeper Adam Davies, midfielders Jordan Cousins and Nick Powell and striker Lee Gregory on free transfers.
The club have not disclosed the length of deals that the quintet have signed.
Lindsay, 23 and Davies, 26, helped the Tykes win promotion by finishing second in League One in 2018-19.
Cousins, 25, Powell, 25, and Gregory, 30, left QPR, Wigan and Millwall respectively at the end of last season.
Gregory scored 64 goals in 204 league appearances for the Lions after joining from non-league Halifax in June 2014.
Cousins played under Potters boss Nathan Jones when he was in the academy at Charlton, while former Manchester United man Powell scored 29 goals in 92 league appearances for the Latics.
Jones told the club website: “I’m really pleased that we have managed to make these five signings. It has been an ongoing process for three to four months and I’d like to thank the club because they have backed my judgement.
“I’m delighted to get these guys in as early as we have done, although we still have a little bit of work to do.”
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Feliciano Lopez became the first wildcard to win the Queen’s singles title since Pete Sampras in 1999 by beating fellow veteran Gilles Simon.
Lopez, who won the 2017 title, triumphed 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-2).
The Spaniard had spent almost five hours on court on Saturday and France’s Simon, 34, had come through some long matches – and this was another slog.
Lopez, 37, returns to the court later in the doubles final alongside Andy Murray at the Fever-Tree Championships.
The Scot is playing his first tournament since having hip surgery in January and the pair will meet Joe Salisbury, another Briton, and American Rajeev Ram for the trophy.
For Lopez, lifting the Queen’s trophy again has capped an extraordinary week at the west London club.
Now ranked 113th in the world, he had won just three singles matches this year going into the tournament.
The victory – over former world number six Simon, who had also spent more than 10 hours on court in the singles going into the final – was Lopez’s eighth at Queen’s this week across the singles and doubles.
A ninth, alongside Murray, will make him the first man to lift both trophies at Queen’s since Pete Sampras in 1995.
“I don’t know how I did that,” the Spaniard said.
“I thought the best moment of my career was when I held this trophy in 2017 but it’s not. It’s right now.”
‘Now my girlfriend knows I’m a decent tennis player!’
The two players, with a combined age of 71, initially showed little movement and variation as they became locked in a baseline battle.
Lopez’s strong service game proved the difference in the first set and he broke in the first and fifth games – and held off three break points in the sixth – on his way to the opener.
Simon broke at the first attempt in the second set for a 2-0 lead, only to see that wiped out instantly by the Spanish left-hander.
The pair easily traded holds on the way to the tie-break, although Lopez did plant a straightforward volley into the net for 30-30 at 5-5, which would have given him a glimpse of an opportunity.
Lopez recovered to lead 3-1 and 4-2 in the breaker but then missed another volley for a 5-3 lead as Simon battled back to win and force a decider.
That was also an attritional set as Simon, bidding to become the first Frenchman to win the singles at Queen’s, kept finding passing winners when Lopez came forward.
Lopez eventually forced his first match point at 6-5 after a lengthy deuce, sending a tired forehand into the net.
In the deciding tie-break, Lopez moved 5-2 ahead with a stunning volley which left him screaming with delight, then pulled out a service ace out wide for four more match points.
He took the first when, after charging forward to the net again, Simon could only tap a forehand into the net.
Lopez ripped off his bandana after clinching victory, looking over to the stands where his fiancee Sandra Gago – who he is set to marry in September – was crying in celebration.
“When we met, things weren’t going too well and I kept losing,” Lopez, whose previous tour win was the 2017 Queen’s title, told the crowd. “Now she can see I’m a decent tennis player!
“I’m so happy for you; we can share this together.”
Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.
The MP has apologised for confronting Janet Barker and marching her away as protesters interrupted a speech by Chancellor Philip Hammond.
But he said he had been “genuinely worried” she may have been armed.
Ms Barker told the BBC Mr Field should “reflect on what he did” and suggested he “go to anger management classes”.
“He certainly manhandled me in a way in which was very disagreeable,” she said, but added that she did not intend to complain to the police.
BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said there were also “very serious questions to be asked” about security, as a “large number” of protesters had apparently managed to “walk through” to the event at London’s Mansion House.
Footage of the incident involving Mr Field has been widely shared on social media, with several Labour politicians calling for him to be sacked.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Prime Minister Theresa May had “seen the footage” and “found it very concerning”.
She added that Mr Field had “referred himself to both the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party. He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.”
Climate change protesters – wearing suits, red dresses and sashes with “climate emergency” written on them – entered Mansion House on Thursday night, as Mr Hammond was beginning his speech on the state of the economy.
One of them began reading an alternative speech.
As Ms Barker walked past his table, Mr Field stood up, stopped her and pushed her against a column.
The Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster then put a hand on the back of her neck and led her out of the room.
‘We were polite’
Before his suspension, Mr Field told ITV News that guests had “understandably felt threatened” and he had “instinctively reacted” when Ms Barker rushed past.
“There was no security present and I was, for a split second, genuinely worried she might have been armed,” Mr Field said.
He added: “I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her, but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.”
Ms Barker told the BBC the purpose of the protest had been to speak to “men who are in power, the bankers, the investors that are continuing to invest into fossil fuels”.
“We were polite with people and said: ‘We’re here to deliver a message’,” she said.
City of London Police said they were looking into “a number of third-party reports of a possible assault”.
Asked if she felt Mr Field’s actions amounted to criminal assault, Ms Barker said: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t want this to turn into a mud-slinging match.”
The activist, who travelled from her home in Wales to take part in Thursday’s protest, said: “350 people were there and only one person reacted that way.
“It’s more the behaviour of that individual. I want him to reflect on what he did and not do it again. Maybe he should go to anger management classes.”
Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler tweeted: “This is horrific… [Mark Field] must immediately be suspended or sacked.”
But Mr Field was defended by some of his colleagues, with Conservative MP Johnny Mercer tweeting: “He panicked, he’s not trained in restraint and arrest, and if you think this is ‘serious violence’ you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities.”
Another Conservative MP, Bob Stewart, told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that Mr Field had “probably” placed his hand on Ms Barker’s neck because if he had “touched her anywhere else he’d probably have been deemed highly inappropriate”.
Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt, who, as Foreign Secretary, is Mr Field’s boss, said: “Mark has issued a full and unreserved apology. He recognised that what happened was an over-reaction.
“In his interest and in the interest of the lady involved we need a proper [Cabinet Office] inquiry and that’s what going to happen.”
The City of London Corporation said it was investigating how security had been breached at Mansion House, adding it would be “reviewing arrangements for future events”.
Shrewsbury Town have signed veteran Millwall striker Steve Morison on a season-long loan deal.
The 35-year-old Millwall legend, who scored 92 goals for the club in 336 appearances, has a further year to run on his Lions deal but now appears to have played his last game for the club.
“It was a sad day to leave Millwall,” said Morison. “However, I wanted to join what Sam Ricketts is doing here.
“The opportunity has come up here and he’s been well backed by the chairman.”
Morison becomes Shrewsbury manager Ricketts’ third signing of the summer.
Morison’s near century of goals at The Den was topped by the goal which beat Bradford City at Wembley to return Millwall to the Championship in May 2017.
He scored five times in the Lions’ first season back up but the majority of his appearances came off the bench last season and he scored just once.
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League Two club Leyton Orient have signed forward Conor Wilkinson from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year old joins the O’s having netted 12 times in 23 National League games for the Daggers last term.
The forward has also had spells in the football league at Bolton Wanderers and Gillingham.
He scored two goals in 13 appearances for the Republic of Ireland at Under-21 level.
Earlier, Orient chairman Nigel Travis told supporters that the club planned to “build on” Justin Edinburgh’s coaching team when they name a successor to their late manager.
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A British-Iranian mother detained in Iran has begun a new hunger strike.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies.
Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, who is joining her in refusing food, said she wanted her unconditional release.
It comes amid growing tensions between the UK and Iran, after Britain said the Iranian regime was “almost certainly” responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Iran has denied being behind Thursday’s explosions but the UK Foreign Office said “no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible”.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt urged Iran to “do the right thing” and release Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
“Our message to Iran is whatever the disagreements you may have with the United Kingdom, there is an innocent woman at the heart of this,” he said.
Mr Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary that she had begun a hunger strike – although she would still drink water – to protest her “unfair imprisonment”.
He added that his wife sounded “nervous but calm”.
“Her demand from the strike, she said, is for unconditional release.
“She has long been eligible for it. I do not know the response from the Iranian authorities,” he said.
He said his wife had made the decision following the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella.
Gabriella has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother’s arrest and is living with her maternal grandparents.
“Nazanin had vowed that if we passed Gabriella’s fifth birthday with her still inside, then she would do something – to mark to both governments – that enough is enough,” Mr Ratcliffe said.
“This really has gone on too long.”
Friends and family gathered outside the Iranian embassy in London on Saturday, singing Happy Birthday via a video call to Gabriella, who celebrated her birthday on 11 June, and sharing a unicorn-shaped birthday cake.
As he began his own hunger strike, Mr Ratcliffe said: “I said that if she did it again I would stand in solidarity with her.
“A hunger strike in prison, nobody gets to see it – a hunger strike here is much more public. I will keep her story public.”
The next UK prime minister should make it their top priority to “protect British citizens from unfair imprisonment, from torture”, said Mr Ratcliffe.
Mr Ratcliffe has urged the Iranian authorities to allow British embassy officials to visit her to check on her health during her hunger strike.
He said that if she was not freed within the next few weeks, he wanted the Iranians to grant a visa so he could visit her himself.
The 40-year-old aid worker was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016 and has always maintained the visit was to introduce her daughter, Gabriella, to her relatives.
She is serving a five-year sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
Mr Hunt granted Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe diplomatic protection in March, but Tehran refuses to acknowledge her dual nationality.
Amnesty International UK’s director Kate Allen said her plight was “truly heart-breaking”.
“Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, unfairly jailed after a sham trial and subjected to all manner of torments – including months in solitary confinement and endless game-playing over whether she would receive vital medical care,” she said.
A coroner has raised concerns at pedestrian crossings after a woman died when she was hit by a bus as she crossed a road.
Julia Luxmore Peto, 27, was crossing Deptford Broadway in south-east London when she was hit by a bus going through a green traffic light.
A coroner said there was a possibility she was confused by a green light on the other side of the road.
He has written to the government to warn it over “two-stage crossings”.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokesman said it was “updating our planning guidance to help councils ensure pedestrian crossings are clear and not misleading”.
Christopher Williams, assistant coroner for Inner London South, wrote in a prevention of future deaths report that Ms Peto had been crossing the three-lane eastbound carriageway of the road at about 16:53 BST on 16 September.
The first two lanes had stopped at a red light, but the third filter lane – separated from the first two by a pedestrian island – was showing green.
CCTV footage from the bus showed that Ms Peto was looking left when she stepped out in front of the bus coming from her right and was hit. She died in hospital the following day.
Mr Williams said that at the time of her crossing the eastbound side, a green pedestrian light was displayed on the westbound carriageway.
He concluded she died as the result of a road traffic accident but said he remains “concerned that there is a strong possibility” she was confused by the far light but could not say for sure on the balance of probabilities.
Transport for London has since modified those lights to reduce the risk of “see-through” for pedestrians and were putting in “look left” and “look right” markings.
The DfT is set to publish fresh guidance for local authorities on all types of pedestrian areas, which includes ensuring that the risks of a layout misleading pedestrians are considered.
A spokesman said: “The guidance will be published later this year and all councils should apply it to their own roads.”
Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has paid tribute to late boss Justin Edinburgh and said the club will continue to build on his legacy.
Edinburgh died on Saturday aged 49, five days after a cardiac arrest.
McAnuff described the Orient manager as a “leader, a fantastic manager and a truly great man”.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs,” the 27-year-old winger added.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Tottenham player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.
McAnuff said he was “a man who inspired so many of us with his drive, passion and sheer desire to win.”
“A man who had so much love for this game and even more for his family, my heart goes out to them at this tragic time,” he added.
The winger said Edinburgh “always did it with a smile on [his] face and with a huge respect for others”.
“I am so grateful that I got to share some truly amazing moments with you and know how much wining the league with this club meant to you,” he added.
“It was a privilege and an honour to serve as your captain and these happy memories will lie with me forever.
“You were always at the centre of all the jokes and the banter with the boys and staff, we had so many laughs and good times.
“You’ve helped rebuild what was a broken club and been the driving force returning it to where it belongs.
“That will be your legacy here and as difficult as it will be, it’s now up to us to carry that on and make sure all of that hard work is continued and built upon.”
‘They all bought in to Justin’s vision’
BBC London Leyton Orient correspondent Dave Victor – a supporter since 1971, who started reporting on the side in 1983:
“I don’t think we can still quite believe what has happened. It was only three weeks ago when there were over 23,000 Leyton Orient supporters at Wembley for the final of the FA Trophy, and although Leyton Orient missed out on that occasion, it didn’t really matter because everyone was there to celebrate Leyton Orient’s return back to the Football League.
“When Justin took over in December 2017, Leyton Orient were on course for what would have been their third relegation in four years, they had gone three months without a win. They didn’t get off to a good start under Justin, they lost their opening game, but Justin took responsibility immediately.
“He had an incredible impact on the club. And what is remarkable is Leyton Orient’s success was built on the squad that Justin inherited; virtually every player got better because of the way he inspired and changed the culture of the club.
“He was very committed to them; he was very loyal to his players; he was very critical of supporters that got on the back of individuals. He wasn’t just loyal to those in the side, often when I spoke to him after the game, he made a point of talking about the players who weren’t actually in the squad, but had still contributed to the success because of the way of which they had gone about their training.
“There was an integrity about Justin Edinburgh. There was a clarity about Justin Edinburgh. Everybody bought in and it felt as if it was just the beginning. You got the sense that it was the start of something special at Leyton Orient and Justin Edinburgh would have gone on to be a very successful manager in the Football League. But this is about reflecting on a man who had enormous passion and pride, and what he was proud of more than anything in football was his family and, of course, our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Fans pay their respects at Brisbane Road
Supporters laid flowers outside Leyton Orient’s home ground Brisbane Road on Sunday as they paid their respects to Edinburgh.
Floral tributes, signed football shirts and scarves were left as a mark of respect as both home supporters and fans from other clubs marked a solemn day for the east London club.