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Boris Johnson pays tribute to outgoing leader Theresa May 

Boris Johnson praised Theresa May for her “extraordinary service to this party and this country”, saying it was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet. Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will become the UK’s next prime minister after defeating Jeremy Hunt. Theresa May will tender her resignation to the Queen after taking Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon for the final time, with the new Tory leader set to enter Number 10 soon afterwards.

Jeremy Hunt 'feeling positive' on day of Tory leadership announcement 

Conservative Party leadership contender Jeremy Hunt leaves Lancaster House, London. Britain will learn who its next prime minister will be on Tuesday as the result of a Tory leadership contest dominated by Boris Johnson is announced. Mr Johnson is clear favourite to take the crown over his run-off rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. A Johnson victory could spark more Government resignations. Ministers opposed to his “do or die” pledge to pull the UK out of the EU on October 31, even if there is no deal in place, could exit before Theresa May formally gives up the premiership on Wednesday afternoon.

Boris Johnson says it's 'all to play for' as Tory leadership result looms 

Conservative party leadership contender Boris Johnson arrives at his office in Westminster, London Britain will learn who its next prime minister will be on Tuesday as the result of a Tory leadership contest dominated by Boris Johnson is announced. Mr Johnson is clear favourite to take the crown over his run-off rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. A Johnson victory could spark more Government resignations. Ministers opposed to his “do or die” pledge to pull the UK out of the EU on October 31, even if there is no deal in place, could exit before Theresa May formally gives up the premiership on Wednesday afternoon.

Carl Beech found guilty over Westminster paedophile ring lies 

A former NSPCC volunteer who lied about being abused by a murderous VIP Westminster paedophile ring is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he was convicted of perverting the course of justice and fraud. Carl Beech's malicious, repeated and determined deceit ruined the reputations of those he accused and led the Metropolitan Police to raid the homes of 91-year-old Normandy veteran Field Marshall Lord Bramall, the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor. Mr Proctor blasted the force, calling the episode "a truly disgraceful chapter in the history of British policing".

Iran's state TV release video from onboard seized British-flagged tanker 

Iran's state TV has released video from onboard the British-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, that was seized by Tehran in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19. Iran said the ship had violated international navigation regulations. The seizure came amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran stemming from President Donald Trump's decision last year to pull the US from Iran's nuclear accord with world powers and reinstate sweeping sanctions on Iran. Britain is considering a number of options to raise the economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran but officials say military operations are not being considered at the moment.

Gordon Brown: Don't let Boris Johnson push UK off a cliff 

The former PM says a no-deal Brexit would be a national act of self-harm for which the country is ill-prepared. Gordon Brown has accused Boris Johnson of preparing to push the British economy “off a cliff”. Ahead of Mr Johnson’s expected election on Tuesday as Tory leader, the former prime minister said a no-deal break with the EU would be a “self-inflicted wound” comparable in military terms to the Charge of the Light Brigade. In a speech to the Hope Not Hate campaign in London, Mr Brown warned the Brexiteers were in danger of descending into a brand of “paranoid nationalism” which risked breaking up the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson critic Sir Alan Duncan quits Government 

Sir Alan Duncan quit as a Foreign Office minister ahead of Mr Johnson’s expected victory in the Tory leadership contest. He warned that Brexit had cast a “dark cloud” over the country. In a sign of the difficulties Tory leadership favourite Mr Johnson could face in uniting a bitterly divided party, Sir Alan Duncan resigned from the Foreign Office before the new prime minister takes office. Mr Johnson is widely expected to defeat Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to become the Tory leader when the result of the contest is announced on Tuesday.

Bale agent criticises Zidane as Welshman moves closer to Real Madrid exit 

Gareth Bale appears to be on the verge of a Real Madrid exit after Zinedine Zidane revealed transfer talks are under way with an unnamed club – comments which prompted the player’s agent Jonathan Barnett to call the Frenchman a “disgrace”. The 30-year-old looks set to leave the Bernabeu six years after arriving from Tottenham in a then world-record £85million deal. Zidane confirmed Bale was left out of Real’s squad to face Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup in Houston on Saturday because “the club is working on his departure”.

Mata hopes Pogba will stay at Old Trafford 

Juan Mata hopes influential midfielder Paul Pogba will remain at Manchester United. Three years after returning to Old Trafford in what was a world-record £89million deal, Pogba has publicly admitted he is open to “a new challenge somewhere else”. Pogba is not the only United player whose future is under scrutiny, but there is no doubt about where Mata’s future lies. The 31-year-old was out of contract at the end of the 2018-19 season and talks over an extension had long been at an impasse, but a deal was struck to extend his stay with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side until at least 2021.

84-year-old completes zip wire at Leeds Castle 

Eileen Noble, 84, has become the oldest person to complete the Go Ape Treetop Challenge at Leeds Castle in Maidstone, Kent. Eileen was also the oldest person to run the London Marathon this year. Along with her three grandchildren, she took on the Treetop Challenge navigating the 400m course above the forest. Widow Eileen has run 19 marathons since 1989 when she ran her first at the age of 54. She was the oldest female runner in the London Marathon in 2018 and 2019, this year finishing in six hours 28 minutes. She still runs four times a week, as well as keeping fit by walking and swimming.

Shane Lowry turns Carnoustie tears into triumph at Royal Portrush 

A year after being reduced to tears by the state of his game at Carnoustie, Shane Lowry claimed his first major title in commanding fashion in the 148th Open at Royal Portrush. Roared on by a sell-out crowd undeterred by the miserable conditions, Lowry carded a closing 72 to become the fifth Irish player to lift the Claret Jug after Fred Daly, Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy. The 32-year-old from Offaly finished 15 under par, six shots ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood, with American Tony Finau two strokes further back in third. World number one Brooks Koepka, who was attempting to become the first player in the modern era to finish in the top two in all four majors in a calendar year, had to settle for a share of fourth with Lee Westwood, a result which secured the 46-year-old a first Masters appearance since 2017 next April.

Pedestrian seriously injured as car collides with crowds at cemetery 

Several people have been injured, one seriously, as a car reportedly collided with crowds at a cemetery in the Republic of Ireland. Officers confirmed an incident happened at around 4pm on Sunday in Co Louth. A pedestrian was seriously hurt and others sustained minor injuries in the incident at Dowdallshill, Dundalk. In a statement, the Garda said: "It is understood from initial investigations that one pedestrian (gender unknown) was seriously injured and a number of other pedestrians received minor injuries following a road traffic collision." Footage posted online showed emergency services in attendance as a large crowd gathered at St Patrick's cemetery.

Video: Loyalist flute band plays in Portrush as Open reached third round conclusion 

Loyalist flute band music played in Portrush town as the third round of the Open Championship reached its conclusion a mile away. Several hundred people gathered as the Portrush Sons of Ulster held an outdoor concert in the seaside town on Saturday evening, with a number of bands taking to the stage. Critics had claimed the event could send out the wrong message about Northern Ireland when the eyes of the world are upon it, but supporters insisted it was an opportunity to showcase the loyalist culture to a wider audience. The Open is in Northern Ireland in the middle of the loyal order parading season, and the Portrush Sons of Ulster flute band hold an event in the town every July. This year, due to the logistical challenges presented by the golfing major, in particular the lack of parking spaces, the band downsized the event, cancelling the traditional parade through the town in favour of a static outdoor concert.

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