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Your morning briefing: What you should know for Wednesday, December 19

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/12/2018 Sean Morrison
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Robbie Williams wins planning row with Jimmy Page over mega basement

Robbie Williams has won a planning row over the instalment of mega basement at his west London home.

The singer’s plans for an underground swimming pool were conditionally approved last night at Kensington Town Hall.

The decision could put an end to a five-year spat between Williams and his Led Zeppelin guitarist neighbour Jimmy Page.

Brexit latest: Opposition parties table no confidence vote in Government

Opposition parties have tabled a vote of no confidence in the Government.

The SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party put forward the motion this morning.

But it is understood that the Government only has to give time to motions tabled in the name of the official opposition leader.

The parties’ leaders hit out at Jeremy Corbyn for not making the move himself as official Leader of the Opposition.

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May faced criticism for saying a vote on her Brexit deal would not happen until after Christmas.

'I chose the wrong words', Lewis Hamilton says after 'slum' comments

Lewis Hamilton has said he "chose the wrong words" when he referred to his hometown of Stevenage as "the slums".

The five-time Formula 1 champion was under fire for the remarks he made during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Mr Hamilton attempted to explain the comments in a video message to his millions of Instagram followers.

He said he was “super proud” of his home town, adding that he "definitely makes mistakes quiet often".

London mayor 'likely to raise council tax to maximum' to help pay for policing

Sadiq Khan has said he is likely to raise council tax by the maximum amount possible next year to help pay for policing London’s streets.

It would be the second year in a row the mayor has opted for the biggest tax hike available to him.

And it comes after Mr Khan faced calls to take “drastic action” on violent crime as the capital’s murder rate reached a record high.

Holly Willoughby rules out I'm A Celeb return

Holly Willoughby has ruled out a return to presenting I'm A Celebrity, saying it was a "once in a lifetime adventure".

The This Morning host's double-act with Declan Donnelly proved a huge hit with viewers after she stepped in to replace Ant McPartlin.

Speaking yesterday at the launch of Dancing On Ice, which she will host will Phillip Schofield, she said the position was a “one-off”.

Blind, burrowing creature named after Trump

A blind amphibian will be officially named after Donald Trump in recognition of the president’s climate change denial.

The name for the newly-discovered creature was chosen by a company that paid thousands at auction for the right.

The animal is blind and has an ability to bury its head in the ground.

These features, the company who bought the naming rights said, match the US leader’s opinion on climate change.

On this day...

1154: Henry II became King of England.

1848: Emily Bronte, English novelist who wrote Wuthering Heights, died aged 30 from tuberculosis.

1851: Painter Joseph Turner died in his Chelsea house under the assumed name of Admiral Booth, where his demand for privacy was strictly enforced by his housekeeper.

1905: London County Council set up the first motorised ambulance service for traffic accident victims.

1984: Britain and China signed an agreement for the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

1984: Ted Hughes was named Poet Laureate in succession to Sir John Betjeman.


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