Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, November 14

Sean Morrison


Farage under pressure to pull candidates as nomination deadline day arrives

Nigel Farage is today under increasing pressure to pull candidates from marginal seats as the deadline day for nominations arrives.

The Brexit Party leader has said he will field candidates in every Labour-held seat.

But the move could hamper Tory efforts to win a majority at the general election on December 12.

Mr Farage has been warned that votes for his party would hand the keys of Number 10 to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Candidates who want to stand as MPs and those who want to withdraw their nominations need to do so by 4pm.


Flooded areas prepare for more downpours amid 'danger to life' warning

Flooded parts of the country have been told to prepare for more downpours.

East Midlands and Yorkshire have been warned that they could see further devastating floods and there is a “danger to life” alert in place.

The Met Office said areas recovering from floods earlier this week could be worst affected by the severe weather on its way today.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for areas around Nottingham, Sheffield and Doncaster from 9am.

Grace's 'killer' said she talked about Fifty Shades of Grey

Grace Millane’s alleged killer told police she asked him to hold her throat during sex and that she had talked about Fifty Shades of Grey.

The suspect said he and the British backpacker had “violent sex” and that she was showing him want she wanted him to do.

Miss Millane, from Essex, was on the New Zealand leg of a round-the-world trip when she died in an Auckland hotel room while on a Tinder date with the man accused of murdering her in December.

It is alleged he murdered her during rough sex that night, but he insists her death was accidental.


Trump 'overheard asking about Ukraine probe'

Donald Trump was overheard asking about the Ukraine investigation, the first public hearing of the impeachment probe has been told.

US diplomat William Taylor said his staff told him they overheard the president speaking on the phone to another diplomat at a restaurant.

The inquiry was launched after an anonymous whistleblower’s complaint that Mr Trump, in the July phone call, pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the president's Democratic rival Mr Biden and his son.

Mr Trump described the impeachment investigation as “the single greatest scam in the history of American politics”.


William reveals Kate's a 'big fan' of Strictly

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed his wife Kate is a "huge fan" of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Prince William’s comments came as he met the show’s head judge Shirley Ballas and host Claudia Winkleman at a star-studded gala.

Speaking at an event for Centrepoint yesterday, ambassador for the homelessness charity Ballas asked William if he watched the programme.

“I have watched the show a couple of times...” he said, adding: “Catherine is a huge fan.”


On this day...

1770: Scottish explorer James Bruce discovered the source of the Blue Nile.

1896: The speed limit for horseless carriages was raised from 4mph (2mph in towns) to 14mph. It was marked by the first London to Brighton car run, which became a regular and official event from 1927.

1922: The British Broadcasting Company began daily transmissions. At 6pm the news was read by Arthur Burrows, once at normal speed and once at slow speed.

1932: Book tokens went on sale in Britain for the first time.

1940: Coventry Cathedral was destroyed by enemy bombing. More than 1,000 civilians died in the raid.

1941: The aircraft carrier Ark Royal sank near Gibraltar after being hit by an enemy torpedo.

1952: Britain's first hit parade was published in the New Musical Express. Al Martino's Here In My Heart was the first number one.

1963: A volcanic eruption under the sea off Iceland created the new island of Surtsey.

2010: British couple Paul and Rachel Chandler left Somalia after more than a year in captivity. The retired couple were abducted as they sailed their yacht off the Seychelles in October 2009.