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Released at 4pm on the day of recording, the Leader podcast brings you the latest news, analysis and interviews from the Evening Standard. Our journalists, editors and columnists will take you through the day’s events, helping you understand what’s happening during these extraordinary times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Figures set to be published later on Monday will show an increase in the number of confirmed viral cases in England. The UK Health Security Agency is advising people at high risk of catching the disease to self-isolate for three weeks, and call NHS 111 before seeing a doctor. This is the advice for anyone having sexual or household contact with a m…
 
This is a bonus episode taken from our business show 'How to be a CEO'. As a passionate video gamer, Damian Burns has his dream job: EMEA SVP of streaming platform Twitch. It's a job that didn't even exist when he was a kid, and as a pioneer in streaming he's often venturing into areas where the rules haven’t been set. Hear the full interview HERE …
 
After an 11-year hiatus N-Dubz have reformed, announcing a national arena tour and releasing a new single to boot. But times have changed since the Camden-born band first burst onto the scene, music has evolved and each member has had their fair share of controversy in the media through the years. So, is there still a place for N-Dubz in 2022? The …
 
The legal teams have made their final statements; the judge has left the building to consider her verdict. Vardy vs Rooney, better known as the Wagatha Christie libel trial is over. In this episode of the Leader the Evening Standard's Courts Correspondent talks about how the trial will be long remembered for its drama, and explains the evidence hea…
 
It’s all happening on the tube. As passenger numbers appear to return to normal following the pandemic lockdown, we’ve now got clarity on how much the new Crossrail will cost us to use… and it looks like it’ll be popular with those heading to and from Heathrow. The Evening Standard’s revealed fast train travel will cost almost 60 percent less on th…
 
Jake Daniels has made history by becoming the first openly gay male professional footballer in 32 years. The Blackpool forward released a statement yesterday and has been praised by the likes of Harry Kane, Gary Lineker and even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Daniels is the first active male footballer to come out in the UK since Justin Fashanu…
 
The Evening Standard reports Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s troops have captured so much territory they’ve now reached the border with Russia. Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have been pushed back north east of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Ukrainian forces have also been retaking territory in north-eastern areas in recent days, as Russian forces focus …
 
How do you cope with workplace stress, and what can companies do to help employees? Professor Sir Cary Cooper is the founding director of workplace wellness specialist RobertsonCooper and 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at the University of Manchester. Cary’s appearing at the Watercooler event at London Olympia on…
 
It’s been 35 years since Terry Waite was kidnapped while trying to negotiate the release of British hostages in Lebanon. In this special edition of the Leader he joins psychologist Dr Wolfgang Seidl to talk about how he coped in solitary confinement. They also discuss the pandemic, workplace wellbeing and the power of a simple gesture. Mr Waite and…
 
We might be one step closer to cannabis becoming legal in London. Whilst on his trip in the US, the Mayor of London has said he is appointing a drugs tsar to explore the potential benefits of legalising marijuana. Sadiq Khan has asked Lord Falconer, formerly Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair’s government and a current member of Labour’s shadow cabinet,…
 
It’s that time of the year again, where acts from all over the continent - and elsewhere in some cases - compete in Eurovison. The competition always gets political but this time around there’s a clear favourite that everyone can get on board with, Ukraine. Now, the UK hasn’t got the best track record in the competition. Despite last year’s entry J…
 
A Queen’s speech… but with someone very important missing. It was the first time her majesty had missed the State Opening of Parliament for 59 years, following a decision taken by the monarch and her doctors. The Prince of Wales read on her behalf, resulting in a historical moment that gave us a taste of what the future might look like. The speech …
 
This week our City Hall Editor, Ross Lydall, is following the Mayor of London on his tour of the US. Sadiq Khan is on a mission to bang the drum for our incredible city in an attempt to attract more tourists from across the pond following the pandemic. Today Mr Khan launches London’s biggest-ever tourism campaign in Times Square – a £10million prom…
 
How do you create an icon? In this episode, we talk to David Abrahamovitch, CEO of Grind, the coffee company behind those now famous pink tins and pods that are popping up in kitchens everywhere. Listen to the full episode here. We talk about: •How the company turned the pandemic into an opportunity •Why they chose pink for a beverage more often pa…
 
Something unusual happened across London in the early hours of Friday. Three of the capital’s flagship, long-held Conservative councils were seized by Labour in the UK local elections. Wandsworth went red for the first time in 44 years and so did Barnet - but the biggest shock was the flagship council of Westminster, which is under new management a…
 
Shell has announced a shock jump in its profits - nearly triple what it was last year, which has sparked calls for a windfall tax on oil and gas giants to help families struggling with the cost-of-living squeeze. The Standard reports on Thursday how Royal Dutch Shell published underlying profits of $9.1 billion (£7.2 billion) for the first financia…
 
The long-awaited £19 billion Elizabeth Line will start running through central London later this month. Despite falling years behind schedule and going billions of pounds over budget, Transport for London says Crossrail will add 10 per cent capacity to the capital’s travel network. But the newly-opened central section of the line will close on Sund…
 
As celebrities glammed up for New York’s Met Gala, there was a stand-out star - Marilyn Monroe’s 1962 dress with six thousand crystals, which is worth nearly $5 million and was given a new lease of life by reality star Kim Kardashian. Would you rent out your clothes instead of buying new? Meet the London-based technology companies hoping to save th…
 
Fans of the Crawleys, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ is officially out in UK cinemas. The second film of the franchise sees the aristocratic family go on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess's newly inherited villa. Also, this time around the family find themselve…
 
As Russian energy giant Gazprom suspends gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, the Standard’s Consumer Business Editor Jonathan Prynn discusses whether there will be knock-on effects for UK homes. Also, how will Russia’s invasion of Ukraine impact the cost-of-living crisis and what’s the risk of a recession later in 2022? While the UK relies on just…
 
Her Majesty’s Passport Office is suffering huge delays following Brexit and the pandemic. Now amid the cost-of-living squeeze, the prime minister is threatening to privatise the service if bosses can’t get a grip on the backlog. Passport Office phone lines are jammed, and even its £142-a-go fast-track website has crashed - so holidaymakers are unde…
 
Twitter has a new boss… none other than the richest man on the planet, Elon Musk. With the $44 billion takeover confirmed, it has many people concerned about the ethical issues involved with a man of Musks’ power owning such an influential platform. Also, there are worries about the Tesla and SpaceX founder being a self proclaimed ‘free speech abso…
 
Misogyny in Parliament… it's still happening. An anonymous Tory MP has made an outrageously offensive allegation to the Mail on Sunday that Labour front bencher Angela Rayner ‘crossed and uncrossed her legs’ during PMQs, in an attempt to ‘distract’ the Prime Minister. The PM himself has written to Rayner and posted on social media condemning the ou…
 
This week we talk to Andy Shovel, co-founder of vegan food brand THIS about his business, and how he swapped a burger brand for his new plant-based venture. THIS has become one of the fastest-growing vegan brands in the UK, and this year it’s targeting £20 million pounds in annual revenue and launching what a “huge” range of products. Andy discusse…
 
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show online shopping has taken a hit, as the cost of living crisis worsens. Online sales dropped by 7.9% in March according to the ONS, following on from a 6.9% fall in February. Meanwhile fuel sales volumes fell by 3.8% as petrol and diesel prices remain high. Rachael Burford, the Evening Standard’s …
 
Donald Trump has accused Piers Morgan of “doctoring” footage from their latest interview, to make it look like he stormed out. The TV presenter posted a dramatic trailer for his interview with Mr Trump, which is part of a new talk show called Piers Morgan Uncensored. In a statement, Mr Trump alleged the clip was doctored to make him look bad, which…
 
Netflix has lost 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of the year, sending the company’s shares plummeting. The streaming giant reported a drop in subscribers for the first time in a decade, causing shares to plunge 27% in pre-market trading. Market research firm Kantar claims it’s partly down to the cost of living crisis in the UK, as people t…
 
A London doctor has described the NHS as ‘hitting rock bottom’, as the number of people in England on NHS waiting lists for pre-planned care hit a record 6.1 million this year. Before coronavirus hit the UK, the number of people waiting for planned treatment was already at 4.2 million. Press Association figures show a patient in England has waited …
 
The UK government’s plans to send refugees to Rwanda have been described as a ‘human rights calamity’ by Amnesty International. On Thursday Boris Johnson set out the plan to send some of the migrants who cross the channel into the UK, more than 4,000 miles away to the African continent. It’s been met with a huge backlash from opposition MPs, public…
 
Canary Wharf is set to be transformed into a new attractive destination, with new waterways for paddle boarding, floating pontoons, public parks and a huge boost to its greenery. They’re the plans put together by the Eden Project and the Canary Wharf Group, to improve the area’s offering to locals and visitors, but also increase the biodiversity of…
 
Downing Street has confirmed Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will be fined for breaking Covid restrictions. No10 said the Prime Minister and Chancellor were among those set to be handed fixed penalty notices over the partygate scandal. It has led to fresh calls for the Prime Minister to resign, including from opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer. The E…
 
A new poll by the National Education Union has found almost half of teachers in England plan to quit their job in the next five years. A fifth of the 1,788 teachers surveyed said they would leave within two years. The NEU said heavy workload was a ‘significant factor’ in their decision to leave, as well as concerns about the level of trust in teach…
 
This is an Invitation to Meet Anna Chokina, CEO of Cellular Goods. They’re a cannabinoid wellness start-up, trying to make headway in an emerging market, where competition is already fierce and getting stronger all the time. They’re offering CBD and CBG products from health supplements to skin care, but how do you persuade customers to try somethin…
 
Dame Cressida Dick officially leaves her post as Met Commissioner this Sunday and the Evening Standard can exclusively reveal that in an explosive ‘letter to London’, she slams the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan. Accusing him of damaging the entire justice system by the “politicisation of policing”. Our Crime Correspondent, Anthony France, who broke the …
 
A piece of Earth’s history has just been found. Scientists have discovered a fossil of a perfectly preserved dinosaur leg that may have been ‘ripped off’ by the asteroid that sparked a mass extinction. It was unearthed at a site in Tanis, North Dakota, 3,000km away from the asteroid impact site in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s one of a number of impress…
 
There’s another blow in the cost of living crisis. From today the National Insurance increase comes into effect. It means that workers, businesses and the self-employed will now pay an extra 1.25p in the pound. The Evening Standard’s Consumer Business Editor, Jonathan Prynn, explains what this all means for Londoners who are already feeling the pin…
 
No-fault divorce is being introduced in England and Wales tomorrow (Wednesday 6th April 2022). It’s the biggest divorce reform in 50 years and means that partners wishing to split no longer have to assign blame or wait anything from two to five years to start the legal process. We hear from Nigel Shepherd, the former chair of Resolution who led the…
 
The great Easter getaway has started but it’s off to a bumpy start to say the least. EasyJet and BA have cancelled hundreds of flights because of staff shortages. Elsewhere, there’s disruption at Eurotunnel and ongoing issues with ferries at Dover too. Simon Calder, the Independent’s Travel Correspondent, explains all you need to know about the cha…
 
The CEO of Huel, James McMaster, invites us to their HQ in Hertfordshire for a fascinating chat about how the meal replacement company has grown from a garage to international success. Listen to the full episode HERE. We talk about the astonishing speed of growth in 6 years, that’s taken the company to a revenue run rate of $100,000. How did they d…
 
As a new series of DNA Journey launches on ITV next week, we have spoken with Brad Argent, Senior Director of International Programming at Ancestry about what to expect from the series. He discusses how the stories continue to get better, and how the technology behind the DNA research is improving. Also in this episode: How the DNA technology has m…
 
An online tool set up by the Met Police to help the public report places where they feel unsafe in the capital, has received more than 3,000 since it was set up. The force launched StreetSafe in September 2021, following the deaths of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa. Since then almost three quarters of the reports it has received have been from wome…
 
Just under two weeks after the return to the UK of Iran detainees Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori, a man who was allegedly supposed to come home with them, is still in detention in Iran. Morad Tahbaz’s family said they were promised he’d fly back to the UK alongside Nazanin and Anoosheh, but his daughter Roxanne found out on the day …
 
The Met Police is issuing 20 fines to individuals who broke lockdown rules at Downing Street parties in 2020. As part of its investigation into twelve events held across government, the Met has said it will not reveal who the fines have been issued to, or which specific alleged event they relate to. Downing Street has pledged to reveal if the prime…
 
Less than a week after making his Spring Statement, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been defending his financial decisions today at a meeting of the Treasury Committee. He’s been questioned about the support available for people receiving benefits, after announcing a series of measures which will largely benefit those in work. But, as the energy pri…
 
Is it possible to create a multi-million pound business without losing your ideals; even the ones you’ve held since childhood? This is An Invitation to Meet... Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of sharing app Olio. Originally a way for communities to share unwanted food, it’s now expanded to include much more. Listen to the full episode HERE. Saasha…
 
London’s number of Covid cases diagnosed have risen by nearly a third...so what has happened, and how worried should we be, particularly when using public transport? The Standard’s reports on Friday that data suggests one in 19 people have coronavirus symptoms, and this comes as the spring boosters are being rolled out. Professor Tim Spector, the K…
 
From St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street, a service of commemoration and support for journalists working under fire. This unique church has been offering pastoral care for centuries to news professionals. It remembers not only those killed in the line of duty but helps journalists wounded and captured, and offers comfort to their family, colleagues a…
 
While chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled measures aimed to ease the cost-of-living crisis, for many Londoners it’s simply not enough. Inflation and spiking bills are heaping misery on the capital’s most vulnerable people - with at-risk women often suffering most from the economic fallout. Eleanor Greenhalgh, Women’s Development Unit manager for So…
 
Amputee former servicemen and women are deploying their military experiences to help young people become more resilient to the challenges of modern life. The Making Generation R project is a collaboration between veterans organisations Blesma and The Drive Project. Hear how the squad’s experiences and coping strategies shared at innovative workshop…
 
Hackney-based artist Idris Khan is creating prints from a watercolour painting based on the Ukrainian flag washed over sheet music paper from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, to raise money for the Evening Standard’s Ukraine appeal. It’s part of a collaboration with Migrate Art, an organisation working with artists to raise funds for refugees, with all prof…
 
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