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French villagers bid to stop Tory donor Aquind laying cable under Channel

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French mayors and residents along the Normandy coast are campaigning to block a project for a cross-Channel electricity cable backed by a Ukrainian-born businessman who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to t...

Australian Chloë McCardel sets world record for most swims across the English Channel – video

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Chloë McCardel finally achieved her dream of crossing the English Channel more times than anyone else. The 36-year-old Australian completed her 44th crossing a little after 2pm BST, eclipsing the previous record held ...

France calls on UK to ‘pay what it owes’ for policing Channel

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The French interior minister has called for the start of negotiations for a migration treaty between the European Union and Britain. Gérald Darmanin also urged the British government to “uphold its promise” to finance...

Channel 4 privatisation could put us out of business, say TV production firms

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More than 40 small TV and film production companies behind shows such as Derry Girls and Say Yes to the Dress have come together to warn that the government’s proposed privatisation of Channel 4 could put them out of ...

BBC Three set to return as TV channel after Ofcom gives green light

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BBC Three is set for a triumphant return as a TV channel after media regulator Ofcom gave it the provisional greenlight to return to broadcast television, six years after the corporation took it off air because its yo...

Oliver Dowden restates his claim Channel 4 would benefit from privatisation

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The culture secretary has reiterated his belief that Channel 4 would benefit from a change of ownership, in the latest indication that the government intends to push ahead with privatisation of the state-owned broadca...

Priti Patel to send boats carrying migrants to UK back across Channel

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Priti Patel is preparing to send back small boats carrying migrants in the Channel despite warnings from the French authorities that it could endanger lives. Border Force staff are being trained to employ “turn-around...

‘Record numbers’ of migrants picked up crossing Channel

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Hundreds of people have crossed the Channel in what is believed to be a record day for migrants arriving on boats. It followed a first day of landings in more than two weeks on Sunday after a run of bad weather, as se...

Channel 4 opens new HQ in Leeds as it fights against privatisation

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Channel 4 will open its national headquarters in Leeds on Monday as it fights against a government threatening to sell it off to the highest bidder. About 200 of the channel’s 912 staff will initially work out of what...

‘Creepy’ Channel 4 Naked Attraction London bus ads to be removed

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A “creepy” advert that suggests someone on a bus “loves being naked” is to be pulled, following a social media backlash over the campaign for the new series of the Channel 4 show Naked Attraction Transport for London ...

How the Covid pandemic has led to more Channel crossings – video explainer

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A record number of people are expected to cross the Channel to the UK in small boats this year to claim asylum. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10,000 people have already made the dangerous and potentially fa...

Patel hints Afghans crossing Channel will be treated same as other migrants

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Afghans seeking refuge in the UK who arrive on small boats from across the Channel will be treated the same as any other migrants who enter the country by the same means, the home secretary has suggested. Priti Patel ...

Charities criticise lack of safer options after 10,000 migrants cross Channel

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Charities have criticised a “shameful” lack of safe alternatives for migrants after the number making the life-threatening journey across the Channel in small boats this year surpassed 10,000. The total includes at le...

The Guardian view on Channel migrants: people, not political props

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Viewed from Downing Street, the problem of migrant boats crossing the Channel involves a conflict between a humanitarian obligation and political pressure for closed borders. But at sea level there is no dilemma. Once...

How an RNLI training pool gave me an insight into crossing Channel as a migrant

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As I paddled through crashing waves in the darkness, stomach churning, I watched our small dinghy starting to fill up with water with a sinking feeling – it wouldn’t be long before we went overboard, and I was worried...

More than 550 migrants intercepted crossing Channel

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More than 550 migrants have been intercepted attempting to cross the Channel as the home secretary reaffirmed her “unwavering determination” to stop the journeys. A total of 378 migrants were detained by the UK author...

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