Prince Charles agrees to meet Trump during controversial state visit

Prince Charles agrees to meet Trump during controversial state visit

Prince Charles agrees to meet Trump during controversial state visit

Trump and Charles, heir to the UK throne, are expected to meet for afternoon tea at Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

While a state visit guarantees an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, visiting leaders don’t automatically get a one-on-one with Charles.

The Prince’s office declined to comment publicly on the meeting, or the agenda. But given Charles’ passionate and lifelong environmentalism, and Trump’s well-known climate-change skepticism, it seems inconceivable that the issue would not be discussed.

Charles warned against “potentially catastrophic global warming” in a speech during a tour of the Caribbean in March. “We demand the world’s decision-makers take responsibility and solve this crisis,” he said. The Trump administration, by contrast, has been accused of deprioritizing the issue, withdrawing from the Paris climate accords in 2017.

The most likely date for the Trump-Charles encounter is June 3, the first day of the US President’s visit. According to tradition, a state banquet, hosted by Queen Elizabeth, will take place on the first evening.

It’s unclear whether the meeting came at the behest of Downing Street, which steers the itinerary of state visits in consultation with the Palace, the Prince’s office, or the White House.

Downing Street declined to comment, saying it was a matter for the Palace. CNN has sought comment from the White House.

A political prince

In the past, Charles has come under fire for testing the boundaries of the custom that senior British royals stay out of politics. He has often written to government ministers on subjects close to his heart — like the environment and modern architecture.

But in a recent BBC documentary celebrating his 70th birthday, the Prince promised not to meddle in matters of public debate once he takes on the role of the monarch.

Trump’s meeting with Charles will be the first since being elected. They previously met during a 2005 tour of the US by Charles and Camilla.

Prince Charles, Camilla and Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckinbham Palace in 2018.
British Prime Minister Theresa May first invited Trump for a full state visit shortly after he took office in 2016. The invitation prompted 1.8 million to sign a petition in protest.

Trump’s first trip to the UK as president, in July 2018, was subsequently styled as a working visit. It nevertheless prompted huge protests in central London, including a 20-foot “Trump baby” blimp that flew over the UK Parliament — all with the blessing of London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The two men have verbally sparred frequently and last week Khan said he didn’t see a reason to roll out the red carpet. But Khan doesn’t get much of a say in the protocols of a presidential visit, and this time around Trump will enjoy the full trappings of a state occasion.

Max Foster reported and Sheena McKenzie wrote from London.

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The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

Monday’s report said austerity-motivated cuts to the country’s welfare system since the Conservative Party took power in 2010 have left thousands of families with children without adequate food. As a result, families have become reliant on aid organizations.

“The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world. It really beggars belief that in this country increasing numbers, year on year, of families are going hungry,” Kartik Raj, HRW’s Western Europe researcher and author of the report, told CNN.

“The government has really shirked its responsibility in terms of protecting the rights of people to food,” Raj continued. “The government has a responsibility to make sure that every single one of its residents enjoys the right to food, that they have an adequate standard of living.”

The report delved into food insecurity in Hull, Cambridgeshire and Oxford, three areas of England with high deprivation levels.

HRW visited the areas to document how welfare changes and cuts to government funding have impacted Britons, conducting 126 interviews with families, volunteers and staff at food banks. The group also examined official government data and statistics.

Dependence on charitable aid has surged in the last 10 years with a 5,146% increase in emergency food packages distributed, the report said, citing statistics from the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest national food bank charity.

One 23-year-old mother from Hull revealed she has skipped meals so her four-year-old daughter can eat, according to a statement from HRW.

“When you’re a single mum there are very few jobs you can do that let you drop your child to school in the morning, then go to work and be back at 2.30 to pick them up. I skip meals, so my daughter can eat,” said the mother who relies on a low-cost community pantry that redistributes surplus food from supermarkets.

HRW outlined three key reasons hunger has skyrocketed in Britain. The group analyzed public spending data and found successive governments since 2010 have cut public welfare funding by 44%, “outstripping cuts in many other areas of government expenditure.”

The report also condemned the overhaul of the welfare system known as Universal Credit — a government program for people on low incomes that replaces many previous benefits and tax credits, combining them into a single payment.

A file photograph of volunteers at London foodbank preparing food parcels in 2017.

Thirdly, the report slammed the UK government’s apparent snub of “growing evidence of a stark deterioration in the standard of living for the country’s poorest residents, including skyrocketing food bank use, and multiple reports from school officials that many more children are arriving at school hungry and unable to concentrate.”

A government spokesperson rejected the report’s findings as “misleading,” in a statement to CNN.

“It’s misleading to present these findings as representative of England as a whole,” the spokesperson for the UK Department for Work and Pensions said. “We’re helping parents to move into work to give families the best opportunity to move out of poverty. And it’s working — employment is at a record high and children growing up in working households are five times less likely to be in relative poverty.

“We spend £95 billion ($120 billion) a year on working-age benefits and we’re supporting over 1 million of the country’s most disadvantaged children through free school meals. Meanwhile we’ve confirmed that the benefit freeze will end next year.”

A free hot meal is served by volunteers from Refugee Community Kitchen to people outside Camden Town Underground Station on April 17 in London, England.

UK named Europe’s worst offender

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly attacked the government for neglecting the country’s poorest citizens. In November, he wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May slamming her government’s response to a recently published UN Special Rapporteur’s report into poverty in the UK.

“The UN report should be a wake-up call about the rising levels of poverty and destitution that exist in Britain today — this is a national emergency,” Corbyn wrote, adding that the “government shames our nation by being condemned for its neglect of its poorest citizens.”

“Austerity was a political choice and the UN Special Rapporteur has laid out the consequences of your Government’s policies. These policies have hit disabled people, women and BAME communities particularly hard,” Corbyn continued, using a British term for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

In January, the British Medical Journal put out a report that said food insecurity in UK was among the worst in Europe, particularly for children.
A protester stages a food bank demonstration in central London in 2017 in London.
Billy McGranaghan, founder of Dad’s House, an organization assisting single fathers, told CNN of his distress at seeing so many families on the breadline.

“Poverty is everywhere, it’s universal,” McGranaghan said on Friday shortly after dropping off a food parcel to a property in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of capital’s most affluent areas.

“No one understands the poverty in Kensington and Chelsea, especially south of the borough, where it’s all stucco buildings and beautiful houses. But around the corner there’s a housing estate where families are on Universal Credit and they don’t have anything.”

His voice broke as he recalled going into homes and talking to parents who are struggling to get by.

“When you see the poverty with the children, they haven’t (got) enough, it gets to you,” he said with tears in his eyes.

How 'holiday hunger' is haunting British families

HRW acknowledged that some steps had been taken by the government to alleviate the impact of its welfare policy changes but said more needed to be done.

It suggested fully revoking the two-child limit on some welfare payments, preventing delays in accessing Universal Credit payments, ensuring that payments keep up with inflation rates and incorporating the rising cost of food.

It also called on the government to come up with a strategy for combating the hunger crisis, “including a legal requirement to measure food insecurity and to report the results to parliament.”

Raj said: “This rise in hunger has the UK government’s fingerprints all over it.

“Standing aside and relying on charities to pick up the pieces of its cruel and harmful policies is unacceptable. The UK government needs to take urgent and concerted action to ensure that its poorest residents aren’t forced to go hungry.”

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The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

The UK’s austerity policies have left thousands without enough food, HRW says

Monday’s report said austerity-motivated cuts to the country’s welfare system since the Conservative Party took power in 2010 have left thousands of families with children without adequate food. As a result, families have become reliant on aid organizations.

“The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world. It really beggars belief that in this country increasing numbers, year on year, of families are going hungry,” Kartik Raj, HRW’s Western Europe researcher and author of the report, told CNN.

“The government has really shirked its responsibility in terms of protecting the rights of people to food,” Raj continued. “The government has a responsibility to make sure that every single one of its residents enjoys the right to food, that they have an adequate standard of living.”

The report delved into food insecurity in Hull, Cambridgeshire and Oxford, three areas of England with high deprivation levels.

HRW visited the areas to document how welfare changes and cuts to government funding have impacted Britons, conducting 126 interviews with families, volunteers and staff at food banks. The group also examined official government data and statistics.

Dependence on charitable aid has surged in the last 10 years with a 5,146% increase in emergency food packages distributed, the report said, citing statistics from the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest national food bank charity.

One 23-year-old mother from Hull revealed she has skipped meals so her four-year-old daughter can eat, according to a statement from HRW.

“When you’re a single mum there are very few jobs you can do that let you drop your child to school in the morning, then go to work and be back at 2.30 to pick them up. I skip meals, so my daughter can eat,” said the mother who relies on a low-cost community pantry that redistributes surplus food from supermarkets.

HRW outlined three key reasons hunger has skyrocketed in Britain. The group analyzed public spending data and found successive governments since 2010 have cut public welfare funding by 44%, “outstripping cuts in many other areas of government expenditure.”

The report also condemned the overhaul of the welfare system known as Universal Credit — a government program for people on low incomes that replaces many previous benefits and tax credits, combining them into a single payment.

A file photograph of volunteers at London foodbank preparing food parcels in 2017.

Thirdly, the report slammed the UK government’s apparent snub of “growing evidence of a stark deterioration in the standard of living for the country’s poorest residents, including skyrocketing food bank use, and multiple reports from school officials that many more children are arriving at school hungry and unable to concentrate.”

A government spokesperson rejected the report’s findings as “misleading,” in a statement to CNN.

“It’s misleading to present these findings as representative of England as a whole,” the spokesperson for the UK Department for Work and Pensions said. “We’re helping parents to move into work to give families the best opportunity to move out of poverty. And it’s working — employment is at a record high and children growing up in working households are five times less likely to be in relative poverty.

“We spend £95 billion ($120 billion) a year on working-age benefits and we’re supporting over 1 million of the country’s most disadvantaged children through free school meals. Meanwhile we’ve confirmed that the benefit freeze will end next year.”

A free hot meal is served by volunteers from Refugee Community Kitchen to people outside Camden Town Underground Station on April 17 in London, England.

UK named Europe’s worst offender

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly attacked the government for neglecting the country’s poorest citizens. In November, he wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May slamming her government’s response to a recently published UN Special Rapporteur’s report into poverty in the UK.

“The UN report should be a wake-up call about the rising levels of poverty and destitution that exist in Britain today — this is a national emergency,” Corbyn wrote, adding that the “government shames our nation by being condemned for its neglect of its poorest citizens.”

“Austerity was a political choice and the UN Special Rapporteur has laid out the consequences of your Government’s policies. These policies have hit disabled people, women and BAME communities particularly hard,” Corbyn continued, using a British term for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

In January, the British Medical Journal put out a report that said food insecurity in UK was among the worst in Europe, particularly for children.
A protester stages a food bank demonstration in central London in 2017 in London.
Billy McGranaghan, founder of Dad’s House, an organization assisting single fathers, told CNN of his distress at seeing so many families on the breadline.

“Poverty is everywhere, it’s universal,” McGranaghan said on Friday shortly after dropping off a food parcel to a property in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, one of capital’s most affluent areas.

“No one understands the poverty in Kensington and Chelsea, especially south of the borough, where it’s all stucco buildings and beautiful houses. But around the corner there’s a housing estate where families are on Universal Credit and they don’t have anything.”

His voice broke as he recalled going into homes and talking to parents who are struggling to get by.

“When you see the poverty with the children, they haven’t (got) enough, it gets to you,” he said with tears in his eyes.

How 'holiday hunger' is haunting British families

HRW acknowledged that some steps had been taken by the government to alleviate the impact of its welfare policy changes but said more needed to be done.

It suggested fully revoking the two-child limit on some welfare payments, preventing delays in accessing Universal Credit payments, ensuring that payments keep up with inflation rates and incorporating the rising cost of food.

It also called on the government to come up with a strategy for combating the hunger crisis, “including a legal requirement to measure food insecurity and to report the results to parliament.”

Raj said: “This rise in hunger has the UK government’s fingerprints all over it.

“Standing aside and relying on charities to pick up the pieces of its cruel and harmful policies is unacceptable. The UK government needs to take urgent and concerted action to ensure that its poorest residents aren’t forced to go hungry.”

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Prince William and Duchess Catherine just released some adorable new family photos

Prince William and Duchess Catherine just released some adorable new family photos

Prince William and Duchess Catherine just released some adorable new family photos

The “Back to Nature” garden, also designed by architects Andrée Davies and Adam White, will be unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which starts on Tuesday. The garden is aimed at getting children to go outside and play.

“In recent years I have focused much of my work on the early years, and how instrumental they are for outcomes later in life,” the Duchess said in a statement released by Kensington Palace. “I believe that spending time outdoors when we are young can play a role in laying the foundations for children to become happy, healthy adults.”

It also gives the public an excuse to look at adorable photos of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis nestled in nature.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

One new thing we learned is that 1-year-old Prince Louis can walk. Here, he’s pictured wielding a large twig as Prince William looks on.

Kensington Palace said the garden is a place where families and communities get together. Most of the family seems to be having a bonding moment here, though Princess Charlotte is nowhere to be seen.

Oh wait, there she is. She and her brother, Prince George, are seen here living their best life, blissfully dipping their toes in the water without a care in the world.

And because we can never get enough of Prince Louis, here he is again, sitting on a swing and looking like he has something very serious to tell William.

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Tommy Robinson far-right rally turns violent

Tommy Robinson far-right rally turns violent

Tommy Robinson far-right rally turns violent

The clashes occurred Saturday afternoon at a campaign event in Oldham, Greater Manchester, and left two police vehicles damaged, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed in a statement.

Footage of the event posted on social media shows supporters of Robinson — whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon — clashing with counter-demonstrators.

Police reported that the clashes turned violent and objects including eggs and bricks were thrown. They added that many of the individuals involved in the clashes were not thought to be from Oldham.

“Everyone has the right to free speech and we will always do our best to facilitate this so people can exercise this right in a safe environment,” Chief Superintendent Neil Evans said in a statement.

“This evening, people took advantage of this and turned to violence, throwing objects including eggs and bricks.”

Evans noted that officers responded quickly to the disturbance, bringing it to a close without any reported injuries. “Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt and damage was only caused to vehicles,” he said.

He added that those involved in the incident can expect to be arrested and dealt with “robustly.” “Whoever is responsible, this behavior will not be tolerated by GMP, our partners or the people of Oldham,” he said.

Jim McMahon, a local politician from the opposition Labour Party, expressed his sadness over the incident.

Police stop McDonald's from selling milkshakes near Nigel Farage rally

“It’s horrible to see our town being used for hate and division when our own future is a shared one, long after the circus has left town,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Very different from our own stall in Oldham earlier today where we celebrated our town.”

Police appealed for more information regarding the incident, and called on anyone with footage of the clashes to contact officers directly.

The force also stated that officers will remain in the area for some time in order to provide “reassurance” and to “deal with any further concerns.”

Robinson was appearing in Oldham to campaign ahead of the European elections on Thursday, in which he is running to become a member of the European Parliament for the North West region.

Everything you need to know about the European elections

Andy Burnham, the Labour mayor of Manchester, said he understood why people in Greater Manchester are “frustrated with politics,” but warned against voting for Robinson.

“We don’t make our politics better, and bring the north west back together, by giving any legitimacy to people with extreme, divisive views,” he told The Independent.

“We urge people to reject the politics of Tommy Robinson. The fact that he has no connection with the north west but has sought out our region as a platform for his views exposes him as an opportunist.

“This man incites division, trouble and hate wherever he goes. He is not fit to represent the northwest of England.”

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