View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
August 25, 2023

News diary 28 August – 3 September: Trevor Phillips takes Sky News Sunday morning slot, ULEZ expansion, CITV closes

A look ahead at the key events leading the news agenda next week, from the team at Foresight News.

By Foresight News

Leading the week

The controversial expansion of London’s ultra-low emission zone comes into effect on Tuesday (August 29) despite fierce opposition from councils and campaigners. Initially introduced in central London in 2019, the new ULEZ will cover all of London’s 32 boroughs, meaning drivers of high-polluting vehicles such as certain diesel cars, vans and older motorcycles will have to pay a daily charge of £12.50 to drive within the city. The expansion recently became a wedge issue in the Uxbridge and Ruislip parliamentary by-election in July, with many commentators pointing to the Labour Party’s tacit support for the expansion as a contributing factor to the Tories’ narrow victory in the seat. Any hopes of a prospective government block on the expansion were quashed this week when government lawyers advised the courts would reject any attempt to halt the scheme, as the High Court did in July when five Conservative-run councils challenged the plans.

Refugees who fled the Taliban in Afghanistan face a deadline to leave temporary accommodation on Thursday (August 31) as part of government plans to clear the number of people living in hotels two years on from the fall of Kabul. Despite pleas from local councils for more support, the government maintains that hotels shouldn’t be used as long-term accommodation and that refugees will need to leave by the end of the month. Veterans’ Affairs Minister Johnny Mercer has vowed that no families will be left on the streets, though councils argue that many refugees have nowhere to go as housing shortages and discrimination have made it difficult to find private rentals.

Thursday also marks the government’s own deadline to clear a backlog of applications for its much-criticised Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP). The scheme was designed as a safe immigration route to aid current and former UK government staff escaping the Taliban, but the application process was beset by delays, with over 70,000 people awaiting a decision at the beginning of the year and only two applications processed between April and June. Campaigners and senior Conservatives have urged the government to do more to help those who worked alongside British forces after it emerged that an Afghan pilot who fought the Taliban had been threatened with deportation to Rwanda after arriving via the Channel.

Connor Gibson is sentenced on Friday (September 1) after being found guilty of sexually assaulting his 16-year-old sister Amber, intending to rape her, before murdering her in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in November 2021. Stephen Corrigan, who found Amber’s body but was found guilty of intimately touching her and then concealing her body rather than telling police, is sentenced on September 4. Amber’s relatives have accused social services of having blood on their hands, as the siblings spent most of their lives in the care system. Foster parents Craig and Carol Niven revealed how they wouldn’t leave the pair in each other’s company, remarking they ‘were not a good mix’, but they were still able to spend time together when Amber was moved to a children’s unit when she was 14. An independent review into the care Amber received before her murder is likely to be published next month.

Looking Abroad

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly may make his long-awaited trip to Beijing next week amid a furious debate over the UK’s relationship with China. According to Reuters, Cleverly is due to arrive in Beijing on Tuesday (August 29) for a short visit, which was rescheduled from last month after China’s then-Foreign Minister Qin Gang disappeared from public view for weeks, only to be replaced by his predecessor Wang Yi. While neither side has officially confirmed the trip, it has made waves among China hawks in the UK, with Iain Duncan Smith calling on Cleverly to cancel the visit following reports that a Chinese spy has been using LinkedIn ‘on an industrial scale’ to target British officials and attempt steal state secrets.

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

The US legal drama over the fallout from the 2020 election continues on Monday (August 28), when a DC court is expected to set a trial date in the federal case against former President Donald Trump over his efforts to overturn the election. Special Counsel Jack Smith has requested that the trial begin on January 2, while Trump’s legal team has countered with what it calls a ‘more reasonable schedule’ that wouldn’t see proceedings get underway until April 2026 – well after the 2024 election.

Content from our partners
How PA Media is helping newspapers make the digital transition
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution

On Wednesday (August 30), three days of sentencing hearings get underway for former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four other men following convictions in May over their roles in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. All but one of the five were found guilty of seditious conspiracy, and prosecutors are seeking 33-year prison sentences for Tarrio, who is sentenced on Wednesday, and top lieutenant Joseph Biggs, whose hearing follows on Thursday (August 31). To date, the longest sentence that has been handed down over the insurrection is the 18 years given to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.

Also look out for

August 28

  • Summer Bank Holiday
  • Notting Hill Carnival parade
  • Hearing in DC case against Trump over efforts to overturn 2020 election
  • Emmanuel Macron speech to French ambassadors
  • UN Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine begins visit
  • US Open begins

August 29

  • ECHR judgment on Pussy Riot members’ case against Russia
  • Unite strike ballot closes for RCGP workers
  • Trial begins for man accused of killing his mother in Dagenham

August 30

  • Harry and Megan Netflix documentary ‘Heart of Invictus’ released
  • Court hearing for man charged with attempted murder of ‘US spy’
  • EU defence ministers meet
  • UN Security Council discusses North Korea
  • Blue Supermoon
  • England v New Zealand first IT20 match

August 31

  • EU foreign ministers meet
  • BMA junior doctor re-ballot on strike action closes
  • Sentencing for prison officer who encouraged terrorism through neo-Nazi rap
  • UEFA Champions League group stages draw
  • UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

September 1

  • ASLEF train drivers strike
  • Ticket office closure consultation closes
  • British-Irish Association conference
  • Met Police stop attending mental health calls
  • Russian ‘LGBT propaganda’ ban comes into effect
  • Paris ban on e-scooter rentals comes into effect
  • Pope Francis begins visit to Mongolia
  • Premier League transfer window closes
  • CITV closes down

September 2

  • RMT rail workers strike
  • Michael Gove and Rachel Reeves speak at FT Weekend Festival
  • Chris Eubank Jr v Liam Smith II
  • Aerosmith begins farewell tour
  • Braemar Royal Highland Gathering

September 3

  • Trevor Phillips fronts new Sky News Sunday show
  • Thames Barrier annual closure
  • Formula One Italian Grand Prix
  • England v New Zealand’s third IT20 match

Statistics, report and results

August 28

  • OECD quarterly national accounts GDP growth

August 29

  • Quarterly stats on crime in Scotland
  • BRC shop price index
  • Forbes Top Colleges
  • Results from: HP Inc, Bunzl, Best Buy

August 30

  • Working and Workless Households statistics
  • Bank of England Money and Credit release
  • Results from: Prudential plc
  • US Q2 GDP (second release)

August 31

  • Monthly stats on GP appointments
  • Monthly figures on property transactions
  • Energy trends and prices
  • SMMT car production figures
  • India and Turkey Q2 GDP
  • Euro area inflation

September 1

  • Met Office summer climate statistics
  • UK manufacturing PMI
  • Nationwide House Price Index
  • BRC economic briefing report
  • Brazil and Canada Q2 GDP

Anniversaries and awareness days

August 28

  • Two years ago: final UK troops and diplomats left Afghanistan
  • 60 years ago: MLK ‘I have a dream’ speech and March on Washington

August 29

  • International Day Against Nuclear Tests

August 30

  • Two years ago: last US troops left Afghanistan
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads Turkish Victory Day celebrations
  • International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

August 31

  • Malaysian Independence Day
  • International Overdose Awareness Day

September 1

  • Scroll Free September
  • Childhood, Blood and Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Months
  • World Alzheimer’s Month
  • Love Lamb Week (to September 7)
  • International Primate Day

September 2

  • 50 years ago: JRR Tolkien died
  • VJ Day (US)
  • Vietnam National Day
  • Republic of Artsakh (formerly Nagorno-Karabakh) Independence Day
  • World Beard Day
  • Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (to September 16)

September 3

  • Merchant Navy Day

Email pged@pressgazette.co.uk to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network