Morning news headlines: Mayor urges calm as police probe terror motive in knife attack that killed woman; Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith in first Labour leadership live debate
MAYOR URGES CALM AS POLICE PROBE TERROR MOTIVE IN KNIFE ATTACK THAT KILLED WOMAN
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the public to remain “calm and vigilant” as police investigate whether a knife attack that left one woman dead and five people injured was terror-related.
Mr Khan said his “heart goes out to the victims of the incident in Russell Square and their loved ones” after the death of the woman, who has not been identified but is believed to have been in her 60s.
Two women and three men suffered “various injuries” in the incident in central London and are receiving treatment in hospital.
JEREMY CORBYN AND OWEN SMITH IN FIRST LABOUR LEADERSHIP LIVE DEBATE
Jeremy Corbyn is to unveil his blueprint to “rebuild” Britain before going head to head with Owen Smith in the campaign’s first Labour leadership showdown.
The incumbent leader is expected to outline 10 pledges aimed at detailing how the country can respond to its “broken” economic model when he campaigns in east London.
Front-runner Mr Corbyn will later travel to Cardiff for a live debate with Mr Smith, who has warned he is “deeply worried” the Labour Party is going to split.
BANK OF ENGLAND POISED TO CUT INTEREST RATES TO 0.25%
The Bank of England is expected to push the button on the first cut in interest rates for more than seven years as the economy falters in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Economists predict that policymakers on the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will vote to slash rates to a new historic low in an effort to ward off the threat of recession.
Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargeaves Lansdown, said it was “almost certain” that rates will be cut, with financial markets pricing in a reduction from 0.5% to 0.25%.
RELOCATE 25,000 WHITEHALL STAFF ACROSS THE UK, THINK-TANK RECOMMENDS
One-third of Whitehall’s civil servants – some 25,000 people – should be relocated outside London to help drive devolution, a new report has recommended.
The report from right-of-centre think-tank Policy Exchange argued that placing thousands of London-based civil servants in city regions and local authorities around the UK would boost productivity and innovation in public service delivery.
Its author, Damian Hind, said it was time for Theresa May to end the “outdated Sir Humphrey model of government” in favour of a “bottom-up and localised approach” to solving problems in services like health, welfare, criminal justice and education.
59% OF US ARE HOOKED ON OUR INTERNET DEVICES, OFCOM SAYS
A third of UK internet users have undertaken a “digital detox” with well over half saying they are “hooked” on their connected devices, according to an Ofcom report.
Some 15 million people, or 34% of all internet users, have taken between a day and a month away from the web to strike a healthier balance between technology and life beyond a screen, the survey of 2,025 adults and 500 teenagers found.
Most (59%) consider themselves to be “hooked” on their connected device and a third (34%) say they find it difficult to disconnect.
PM SEEKS VIEW OF SMALL BUSINESSES ON BREXIT TALKS OBJECTIVES
Theresa May will ask small businesses to set out what they want from Brexit negotiations so they can take advantage of the UK leaving the European Union.
The Prime Minister will host a roundtable discussion with small and medium-sized enterprises with less than 250 employees and trade associations in Downing Street on Thursday.
She will ask for their views on how the Government can help them seize on any potential new opportunities offered by Brexit, particularly on exports.
RISE IN ANTI-SEMITIC HATE INCIDENTS AS 557 CASES REPORTED FROM JANUARY TO JUNE
Anti-Semitic hate incidents jumped in the first half of this year as the Jewish community was targeted three times every day, figures have revealed.
The Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which monitors anti-Semitism, recorded 557 hate incidents in the UK between the start of January and the end of June.
This was an 11% increase compared to the same period last year, and the second-highest total for the first six months of a year since the organisation began compiling the data in 1984.
SUPERMARKETS MUST PLAY THEIR PART IN FIGHT AGAINST OBESITY, SAYS WHICH?
A consumer group has called on supermarkets to play their part in the fight against obesity after finding that more than half of offers were on less healthy foods.
Some 53% of the 77,165 promotions at major supermarkets between April and June were on less healthy foods – those high in fat, saturates, sugar or salt – according to mySupermarket data analysed by Which?
Which? looked at promotions at Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, finding that offers on unhealthy food varied between 52% and 55%.
REPUBLICAN LEADERS MOVE TO PERSUADE DONALD TRUMP TO AVERT PARTY CRISIS
Republican party leaders scrambled to persuade Donald Trump to abandon the divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale.
However, with their party in crisis, there was one piece of good news with superstar actor and director Clint Eastwood praising the billionaire tycoon for being an enemy of political correctness.
Party chairman Reince Priebus appealed to Mr Trump’s adult children to help amid new signs of a campaign in trouble.
UN WILL CONDEMN NORTH KOREA BALLISTIC MISSILE LAUNCHES, US PREDICTS
North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches will be condemned by the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Samantha Power predicted following an emergency meeting.
She told reporters after the closed meeting there were “strong condemnations across the board” from all 15 council members, which she found encouraging.
However UN diplomats said attempts to condemn the launches have been held up by China.