A female police officer was stabbed while trying to stop a suspected attempted armed robbery in a grocery store in Westminster, police have said.The Metropolitan Police said the officer was stabbed in the abdomen as she attempted to detain two men who were trying to rob the store.Two officers were in Chapter Street, in central London, at about 3.42 pm on Sunday when they spotted the suspects, who were armed with knives. As the officers challenged the pair, the woman police officer was stabbed in the abdomen before chasing the men along Vauxhall Bridge Road. The suspects were arrested shortly afterwards. The officer was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”Related... Trump's Doctors Say He Could Be Discharged From Hospital Tomorrow 'Suspicion' Of 'Political Interference' Over Local Lockdowns, Says Labour Charles Moore Rules Himself Out Of BBC Chairman Race
Boris Johnson’s top choice to be chairman of the BBC has ruled himself out of the role, according to reports.Lord Charles Moore had been asked by the prime minister to take up the post as the successor to Sir David Clementi when he stands down as chairman of the BBC board in February.His appointment – if it had gone through – would have been controversial; Moore has previously been a longstanding vocal critic of the BBC and was in 2010 fined for not paying the licence fee. He has also previously come under criticism for his comments on race and same-sex marriage.But the Sunday Times reported he had decided against even applying “for personal reasons”.It had been said that the former editor of the Daily Telegraph and biographer of Margaret Thatcher was “virtually a done deal” after six weeks of wrangling over pay and conditions.The paper added that the BBC would have been forced to inflate the salary to at least £280,000 to attract him to the role. The current BBC chairman, Sir David Clementi, is paid £100,000 a year.Moore has previously written that the BBC could not carry on before and must “decolonise”. He received backing from Michael Gove, who told the Mail on Sunday: “Charles Moore is one of the most brilliant writers, journalists and thinkers in Britain today.“Anyone who knows him knows he is open-minded, fair-minded, passionate about this country’s success.“The BBC is an amazing institution and Charles is someone who would bring a properly Reithian approach to it. He would want to make the BBC succeed.”A formal recruitment process to find a new chairman has yet to be launched, but a job advertisement is expected to be issued shortly.Other potential candidates for the role are the former culture secretary, Baroness Morgan of Cotes, and the former home secretary, Amber Rudd, the Sunday Times has previously reported.Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail and another fierce critic of the BBC, remains Johnson’s choice to become chairman of Ofcom.Critics have raised concerns that such a move would threaten the broadcasting regulator’s reputation for fairness and independence.Gove said: “Paul Dacre is probably the single most successful newspaper editor of the past three or four decades and he is someone who has defied expectations in the campaigns that he’s run on the environment and to pursue the killers of Stephen Lawrence.“Because both men are right of centre, and because both of them – like 52% of the people in this country – thought we should leave the European Union, they have been painted in primary colours as somehow demon kings. That is just not true.”Downing Street declined to comment on speculation. around the recruitment process.A government spokesperson said: “We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly. It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.”Related... Cineworld To Close All UK, US And Ireland Cinemas After Delay Of New James Bond Film 'Suspicion' Of 'Political Interference' Over Local Lockdowns, Says Labour Boris Johnson Wants You To Live 'Fearlessly' But 'With Common Sense' Amid Covid
Kensington’s Labour MP made the claim after the local Labour group was refused core participant status in the investigation led by Sir Martin Moore Bick.At a press conference in London on Friday, Labour councillors said there would be a “clear conflict of interest” if they are represented at the inquiry by lawyers acting for the Tory-run authority.“I really object to being represented by the lawyers of a discredited organisation which is under criminal investigation.”Pat Mason, also a local Labour councillor, said the inquiry had “less and less credibility on the ground”, adding: “We don’t believe the inquiry is credible either.We don’t believe that it’s a fair process.“The inquiry are basically saying that we should go cap in hand to the lawyers at the council and they will represent our views to the inquiry.”
Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens has prompted a social media storm after likening those “squawking” about the Westminster sexual harassment scandal to “Militant Islamists”.The veteran writer’s column appeared in Sunday’s newspaper and online as British politics is engulfed in accusations in the fall-out from the Harvey Weinstein allegations.Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has quit and the Conservative Party, Labour and SNP are all probing claims made against their representatives, including an accusation that Jeremy Corbyn’s party ignored a rape allegation.It was the provocative headline on Hitchens’ piece - “What will women gain from all this squawking about sex pests?The headline drew comparisons to a widely-shared and similarly-derided Charles Moore column in the Telegraph a day earlier.I pray they share power with men, not crush us,” the headline of his piece ran.