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News for Mar 04, 2023

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Former PM Liz Truss admits she "didn't do everything perfectly" -- BBC News (UK)

Liz Truss admitted she "didn't do everything perfectly" while UK PM last year; South West Norfolk MP said she had been trying to "turn around an economy that wasn't growing" She refused to apologise for increasing national borrowing in her mini budget

Outline: (what is this?) former pm liz truss

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Liz, ++ Sherlock, - Tory

West Ham used club money to donate 9,000 to Conservative party in 2022 -- The Guardian

The donation was made on 26 September, less than a month before Liz Truss was forced to resign as prime minister; It is not the first time West Ham have given money to the Conservatives

Outline:  west ham united

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? tories, ? Tory, ? Boris

River Severn campaigners make stand on river sewage -- BBC News (UK)

Water bill protest over River Severn sewage

Outline:  river sewage water bill protest

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? africa, ? Brexit, ? peterborough

Netflix F1 show Drive to Survive criticised for lack of women -- BBC News (UK)

Drive to Survive dropped its fifth series last week and went straight into Netflix's Top 10 charts; Only six women are actually named on screen throughout the season

Outline:  netflix f1

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + F1, -- W, -- BBC

Lewis Hamilton given permission by Bahrain Grand Prix to wear nose stud in races -- BBC News (UK)

Stewards at the Bahrain Grand Prix gave Hamilton a medical exemption to leave his stud in place; The ruling will be seen as a climbdown from governing body the FIA after it took a hard line on jewellery last season

Outline:  races lewis hamilton

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? Verstappen, ? UK

Conservative MPs angry over Labour job offer for Partygate probe chief Sue Gray -- BBC News (UK)

Sue Gray produced highly critical report into lockdown parties under Boris Johnson; Labour has insisted it did not approach her until after it was published

Outline:  partygate probe chief sue gray conservative mps

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Tory, + BBC, + Sue Gray

Keir Starmer defends Sue Gray appointment as next chief of staff -- The Guardian

Labour ready to delay Sue Gray appointment amid growing row

Outline:  sue gray appointment

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Sue Gray, ± Johnson, ++ Starmer

Sue Gray: The Partygate investigator and civil servant -- BBC News (UK)

Who is Sue Gray? - The civil servant in row over Labour job

Outline:  senior civil servant sue gray

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Johnson, ± Tory, ? Boris

Huntingdon cyclist death: Police warn over ill-informed views -- BBC News (UK)

Police urge against "ill-informed comments" after a pedestrian was jailed for killing cyclist

Outline:  huntingdon cyclist death

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Celia Ward, - Highway Code, ± Grey

Owner spends 3,000 on speed camera outside his caf -- BBC News (UK)

Oystermouth Road in Swansea "could be the fastest 30mph road in the UK", says driver; Swansea Council says the majority of drivers drove within the speed limit

Outline:  speeding

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Swansea Council, ? Prick

Bus driver helps rescue sheep from busy Sussex road -- BBC News (UK)

Bus driver helps rescue sheep from busy road on her first day behind the wheel

Outline:  busy sussex road bus driver

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? bbc, ? Mint Sauce, ? onthebuses

Half of world on track to be overweight by 2035 -- BBC News (UK)

More than four billion people will be affected, with rates rising fastest among children; Low or middle-income countries in Africa and Asia expected to see the greatest rises

Outline:  world obesity federation

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  -- UK, ? KFC, ? BBC

Tomato shortage: How far is Brexit to blame? -- BBC News (UK)

Some of the UK's biggest supermarkets are limiting sales of tomatoes and other salad items; But it said the current tomato shortages in the UK were "due to the weather reasons mentioned

Outline:  eu supermarkets

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Brexit, - EU, -- BBC

HS2 delays being considered to cut rising costs -- BBC News (UK)

HS2 Ltd's CEO Mark Thurston says he is looking at the project's timing and phasing; The cost of the project has swollen from £33bn outlined in 2010 to £71bn

Outline:  hs2 delays

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Manchester, ++ HS2, ± London

Stephen Bear jailed for sharing sex video on OnlyFans -- BBC News (UK)

Todays sentence is a vindication of what Ive been put through Reality TV star Georgia Harrison says she is happy and relieved after her ex-partner Stephen Bear was jailed for sharing a private video of them having sex online

Outline:  reality tv star georgia harrison

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Georgia, - CCTV, ? Stephen Bear

James Cleverly says Falklands are British as Argentina ends deal -- BBC News (UK)

UK says Falklands are British as Argentina breaks co-operation deal

Outline:  falkland islands

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Argentina, - Falklands, + UK

Netanyahu has brought Israel to a dangerous moment. We, the Jewish diaspora, cannot just stand by | Margaret Hodge -- The Guardian

There must be outside intervention to facilitate new negotiations with the Palestinians – and international pressure to halt his excesses

Outline:  knesset

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Israel, - Hodge, -- Labour

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Saturday's Guardian: "Partygate: fresh evidence that Johnson misled MPs"

Outline:  double murder case

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Boris, + Johnson, - BBC

Wagner chief calls on Zelenskiy to abandon encircled Bakhmut -- The Guardian

Yevgeny Prigozhin says his troops are fighting against old men and children; He says only one road remains under Ukrainian control in Bakhmut, calling on president to abandon city

Outline:  eastern ukraine town

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Ukraine, ? Russia

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