■ Watson: Corbyn’s office did interfere in anti-Semitism cases
TOM WATSON has said he believes there was ‘some participation’ from Jeremy Corbyn’s office in the disciplinary process of dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour.
The party’s deputy leader (pictured) claimed there was ‘almost a permissive culture’ towards anti-Jewish racism in the ranks, after damning claims about the party’s handling of accusations were broadcast.
Eight people told the BBC’s Panorama programme they were undermined in their attempts to tackle anti-Semitism in the party.
Former officials alleged that Labour’s director of communications Seumas Milne and its general secretary Jennie Formby interfered with investigations.
Four of those who spoke out, including former Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, broke non-disclosure agreements to do so.
Mr Watson said: ‘It does seem to me that there is obviously some participation in these disciplinary cases from the leader’s office, which means they are responsible for dealing with the rebuilding of trust in the Jewish community.’
Labour has denied the claims and written a complaint to the BBC.
■ Gatwick flights disruption continues
FLIGHTS to and from Gatwick Airport continue to be disrupted following an air traffic control problem.
Thousands of passengers are affected as airlines struggle to move aircraft and crew to their scheduled location after an issue at the West Sussex airport’s control tower caused flights to be suspended for more than two hours last night.
The problem was resolved but the knock-on effect is continuing to cause disruption, with six flights cancelled and a further 39 delayed between 6am and midday today, according to aviation data website FlightStats.
British Airways, easyJet and Norwegian were among the airlines affected by the closure of the runway.
Yesterday, at least 26 flights were diverted and eight cancelled as the airport worked with ANS, its air traffic control provider, to fix the problem.
■ Hammond: I’ll be a nightmare over no-deal Brexit
CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond has said he does not expect to serve in a Boris Johnson-led cabinet as he signalled he will be a ‘nightmare’ to the frontrunner in the Tory leadership race over a no-deal Brexit.
Mr Hammond insisted he would use the Commons backbenches to ‘vigorously’ battle any attempt at withdrawing from the EU without a deal.
Asked if he would jump before he was pushed if Mr Johnson takes the Tory crown in two weeks’ time, Mr Hammond told ITV’s Peston: ‘My expectation is that I will not be serving in the next administration.
‘But, I want to say this because I read some stuff in the papers earlier this week about how I would be a nightmare on the backbenches.
‘I will continue to argue vigorously against a no-deal Brexit.
‘And I will certainly do everything I can to prevent a no-deal Brexit without parliamentary approval.’
■ Apple disables Walkie Talkie app
APPLE has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app after a bug was discovered which could have allowed a person to listen in to someone else’s iPhone without consent.
The technology giant said there was currently no evidence of the flaw having been used but it had disabled the app as a precaution until a fix could be issued.
Walkie Talkie allows two users, each with an Apple Watch and who have accepted an invitation to chat from one another, to send audio clips back and forth using a ‘push to talk’ button on the Watch screen — similar to a traditional walkie talkie.
In a statement, Apple apologised for the bug, which is believed to have been flagged to the company through its own security issue reporting website.