Tuesday evening news briefing: Labour suspends candidate in betting scandal row

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Labour has suspended parliamentary candidate Kevin Craig after being told that the Gambling Commission has launched an investigation into him.

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Labour suspends candidate amid Gambling Commission probe

A spokeswoman for Labour said that after being contacted by the Gambling Commission the party acted immediately to suspend him administratively, pending an investigation.

She said: “With Keir Starmer as leader, the Labour Party upholds the highest standards for our parliamentary candidates, as the public rightly expects from any party hoping to serve, which is why we have acted immediately in this case.”

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“Something is happening out there.”

That has been the refrain from Reform leader Nigel Farage since his return to frontline politics electrified the general election campaign.

And based on the hundreds of thousands who tuned in online for his campaign rallies yesterday, as a couple of thousand showed up in person, the former MEP may well outperform expectations once again on July 4.

Today saw what could be the first chink in Reform’s armour, as Savanta and JL Partners polls had the party trending downwards after the row over his Ukraine comments. But Reform is still in a far stronger place than before he made his return — and it would be no surprise to see him on the green benches next month.

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The King and Queen meet with the Emperor of Japan during State Visit

The King, Queen and Prince of Wales travelled by coach to Buckingham Palace for lunch with the Emperor and Empress of Japan, in a State Visit without the Princess of Wales or the Princess Royal.

Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako landed in the UK this weekend, undertaking a private programme that has seen him visit the Thames Barrier after he became fascinated by it during his studies at Oxford.

This morning, the Japanese visitors were greeted at their hotel by Prince William, before an official welcome ceremony at Horse Guards Parade.

King Charles and the Japanese Emperor smile to the crowds as they travel in a carriage to Buckingham Palace
King Charles and the Japanese Emperor smile to the crowds as they travel in a carriage to Buckingham Palace
The King and the Emperor greet the Prime Minister and other members of the cabinet
The King and the Emperor greet the Prime Minister and other members of the cabinet

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Protesters hold a Kenyan flag after storming the parliament
Protesters hold a Kenyan flag after storming the parliament

At least eight people have been shot dead by police after hundreds of protesters stormed Kenya’s parliament. The demonstrators broke through police barricades on Tuesday and stormed the country’s parliament complex in Nairobi as politicians inside passed legislation to raise taxes.

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Queen Elizabeth had no intention of travelling at 50mph inside a bulletproof car on her 1975 trip to Japan CREDIT: Nik Wheeler/Corbis via g Getty Images

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