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London Pride month guide & the noughties revival
Pride month is officially here. Taking over the calendars every June, there’s events, festivals, exhibitions and even more, all celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.
El Hunt, feature writer for the Evening Standard, explains the importance of Pride and gives you her top picks on the best things to see and do.
In part two, we look at why we’re in the midst of a noughties revival with music journalist Jonathan Kanengoni.
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Do armed police officers need more safeguarding?11:33The outcry over armed police officers continues as Sir Mark Rowley appears at the first meeting of the new policing board.The Scotland Yard chief admitted that there is "significantly less" armed police cover than normal in London, and the force was facing "difficult choices''. It’s after hundreds of officers stood down from firearms duties following a murder charge against one of their colleagues.The Evening Standard’s Home Affairs Editor, Martin Bentham, explains how we got to this point, the protections currently in place for armed police, and whether this is going to be an ongoing issue moving forward.
How WFH is changing the future of London13:14New data reveals that hybrid working has become a permanent way of life, and millions less rail journeys are being made in and out of the capital on weekdays. The stats come as Sadiq Khan calls on Londoners to return to the office and make the most our of our great city. Ross Lydall, our City Hall Editor & Transport Editor, takes us behind the data and looks at the potential repercussions of this new normal.In part two, the Evening Standard’s Financial Editor, Simon English, discusses what this all means for the City’s economy and why there's now a change of tone from the capital's big banks.
Leader Weekends: Girls exploited: Sex for water (Let Girls Learn)11:03In this special ‘Let Girls Learn’ episode, we’re finding out about life for pregnant teenagers in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Being a girl here can be tough, they can often be exploited for sex by men and boys offering them ways to jump the extremely long queue for the water pump line, something known locally as ‘water for water’. Teenage pregnancy can be common here but the girls are often rejected by their families, making them extremely vulnerable.The Evening Standard’s Radhika Aligh visits the 2YoungLives project in the capital Freetown to hear how a mentoring scheme is helping young mothers in the community.In the #LetGirlsLearn series, we’re aiming to shine a light on innovations and solutions that are helping girls to fulfil their right to education and healthy, productive futures around the globe.You can find out more online at www.standard.co.uk/optimist/let-girls-learn
London day Travelcard cull & future of family fares11:30It’s the end of the line for one of London’s iconic public transport fares - the day Travelcard.The special tickets offering unlimited journeys on Tubes and buses are being withdrawn after 40 years by Mayor Sadiq Khan from January in a bid to raise Transport for London an extra £40 million annually. Some 65,000 daily Travelcards are bought on most days, and these will be cut in a push for passengers to instead use contactless or Oyster.The Leader podcast is joined by the Evening Standard’s transport editor, Ross Lydall, and Dr James Fowler, a University of Essex Business School lecturer and author of Strategy and Managed Decline: London Transport 1948-87.We discuss the Travelcard’s history, the cut's wider financial impact on London's economy and the European cities offering best value public transport.
Le King’s speech...Charles first to address French Senate10:00It’s day two of King Charles’ French trip - and he’s made history as the first British monarch to address the Senate in Paris.The symbolic tour is his first visit across La Manche since Brexit, and he’s set out his hopes for improving Franco-British relations.His speech, in French, focused on combating climate change - potentially leaving him on a crash course with Rishi Sunak after the PM put the brakes on Britain’s plans to cut carbon emissions?The historic address to the French parliament’s upper chamber came after the king and queen Camilla dined on blue lobster and lychee-flavoured cheeses at a celebrity-packed black tie banquet hosted by President Emmanuel Macron in the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors.The Leader podcast is joined by Professor Peter Jackson from the University of Glasgow, an expert on Franco-British relations, along with historian and royal commentator Dr Ed Owens, who’s author of After Elizabeth: Can the Monarchy Save Itself?
What now for Sunak’s weakened net zero climate plan?10:01Rishi Sunak is to weaken some of the government’s key green commitments in a major policy shift.The Prime Minister reckons it’s possible to meet 2050 net zero carbon emissions goals but in a “more proportionate way”.With an eye on a general election expected next year, Sunak risks triggering a feud with Conservative party members who are progressive on green issues.His speech on Tuesday was pushed forward after a leak to the BBC suggested major u-turn include delaying a ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars by five years, and the phasing out of gas boilers.While the government’s 2030 target for banning new internal combustion engine cars could also reportedly be pushed back by half a decade.The Leader podcast’s joined by Luke Murphy, associate director for energy and climate at the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank.
Will Rishi Sunak concede to an early general election?13:52Exclusive Ipsos poll for the Standard finds six in ten adults want the next election to take place before the end of next June. Rishi Sunak V Keir Starmer: who’s in the driving seat? Does an earlier or later election benefit the Conservatives? Ipsos Director of Politics Keiran Pedley discusses the survey results, and when the PM might call the next general election. In this episode:Why there’s still everything to play for ahead of the general electionChances of a hung parliament explainedSunak V Starmer: popularity ratingsWhy the ball is in Labour’s court to convince the public to vote for themFollow us on X or on Threads.
Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam on West End show Frank & Percy12:55Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam discuss their new play Frank & Percy at The Other Palace, London. Talking to our culture editors, Nancy Durrant and Nick Clark, Allam describes the show as a 'gay rom com', and McKellen says it ‘will appeal to anyone’. This episode is a cut down version of an in-depth interview from the The Evening Standard Theatre Podcast, to hear the full interview click here. For all the latest news head to standard.co.uk
Leader Weekends: King Games President Tjodolf Sommestad (How to be a CEO)10:08This is a special episode taken from our business podcast, How to be a CEO.Tjodolf Sommestad is the President of King Games, creators of Candy Crush. One of the earliest 'freemium' games, over the last decade it's become the most downloaded match game in the world, with three billion downloads across platforms.