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Boris Johnson was represented by an empty lectern during Channel 4′s Tory leadership contest on Sunday evening, after the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May refused to take part.

Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart all faced-off against each other in the race to become the anti-Johnson candidate.

The debate got heated at several points as they sparred over each other’s plans for Brexit, with Stewart accusing his rivals of “machismo”.

But Johnson, who is on course to become prime minister in just a matter of weeks, dodged “Britain’s Next PM: The Channel 4 Debate” event.

Krishnan Guru-Murph, the moderator of the debate, opened the programme by telling Johnson there was still time for him to get “taxi from North London” to the venue.

Speaking on the stage, Hunt asked:  “Where is Boris? If he can’t debate with five colleagues how could he negotiate with the heads of 27 member states?”

Stewart had said of Johnson: “We’re choosing a prime minister and the public has the right to hear from us and judge who had the qualities to be prime minister.”

Unlike the other five candidates Johnson has also so far failed to agree to face questions from political reporters in Westminster on Monday. 

All six, including Johnson, will face Tory MPs at a hustings in parliament tomorrow ahead of the second ballot on Tuesday. But it will be held behind closed doors.

The candidates must to secure the support of 33 MPs to proceed to the next round of voting. Anyone who fails to reach that threshold is eliminated from the race.

Johnson has agreed to take part in the BBC’s debate on Tuesday evening once the field has been narrowed further.

Result of the first ballot

Boris Johnson: 114
Jeremy Hunt: 43
Michael Gove: 37
Dominic Raab: 27
Sajid Javid: 23
Matt Hancock: 20 (Dropped out)
Rory Stewart: 19
Andrea Leadsom: 11 (Eliminated)
Mark Harper: 10 (Eliminated)
Esther McVey: 9 (Eliminated)

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Amber Rudd has warned Conservative Party leadership candidates that Tory MPs will bring down the government if they try to force a no-deal Brexit.

The work and pensions secretary, who is backing Jeremy Hunt in the contest, said a “number of colleagues” would rather vote against their own government in a vote of no confidence that allow no-deal.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics if the numbers were “easily there” to win such a vote, she said: “I believe they are, yes.”

Rudd said it would be a “step too far” for her to vote against a Tory government.

But added: “There are a number I know of privately who say that, so any candidate needs to factor that in as well into their strategy for the next few months.”

Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab have both vowed to take the UK out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.

Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Rory Stewart and Hunt have made less firm commitments on time.

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today, Hunt, who came second behind Johnson in the first round of voting, refused to commit to an October 31 exit.

“If you do make that guarantee and you go with the wrong approach, then you are committing us to nothing other than a hard Brexit, a no-deal Brexit,” he said.

The foreign secretary also did not rule out delaying Brexit beyond the end of this year.

Raab has warned the party will be “toast” if it fails to deliver Brexit by the current EU-imposed deadline of October 31.

Johnson has been under fire for avoiding scrutiny in the campaign so far. All the other candidates will take part in a leadership debate hosted by Channel 4 this evening.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated Father’s Day by sharing a new image of their six-week-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The sepia-toned photo of Archie staring at the camera and gripping his dad’s left hand was shared on the SussexRoyal Instagram account on Sunday.

Prince Harry’s wedding ring is also visible in the picture.

The post was captioned: “Happy Father’s Day! And wishing a very special first Father’s Day to The Duke of Sussex.”

The Duke of Sussex is celebrating his first Father’s Day with his six-week-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and American former actress the Duchess of Sussex have been enjoying life as a family of three after welcoming their first born at the start of May.

Smitten Harry introduced Archie to the world alongside proud mother Meghan when the newest addition to the royal family was just two days old, the Press Association reports.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were introduced to the newborn son of The Duke & Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. Ms Doria Ragland was also present. The Duke & Duchess of Sussex are delighted to announce that they have named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. pic.twitter.com/PaHVhPlUl5

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 8, 2019

Announcing his arrival on May 6, the duke said: “This little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.”

The Sussexes are raising seventh in line to the throne Archie in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – their new bolthole in Windsor Home Park in Berkshire, close to the Queen’s residence Windsor Castle.

The Grade II listed 10-bedroom property is set close to the winding lakes, wooded mounds, glades, walks and bridges of the gardens at Frogmore.

Hands-on-father Harry has been relishing his new role as a parent after years of watching others bring up their families.

The duke said at Archie’s first photocall at Windsor Castle: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing.

“It’s only been two-and-a-half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy and be able to spend some precious times with him as he slowly, slowly starts to grow up.”

Meghan said of her husband and her son: “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.”

Harry previously spoke about his desire to start a family, saying: “I’ve longed for kids since I was very, very young.”

Last month the royal couple also released an official picture of Archie to mark Mother’s Day in the US last month.

A photograph of Meghan’s hand cradling her son was posted on Instagram along with a poem by Nayyirah Waheed.

It read: 

my
mother
was
my first country;
the first place i ever lived.

The more astute observers commenting on the post also noticed a background of Princess Diana’s favourite flower, purple forget-me-nots.

Harry and Meghan’s first born, who is seventh in line to the throne, made his world debut with his besotted mother and father at the castle in May.

The duchess described her son as having the “sweetest temperament”, while a delighted duke called him “our own little bundle of joy”.

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Jeremy “Big Rice” Hunt, Dominic Raab and Rory Stewart submitted themselves to questioning this morning on the Sunday Shows before going head-to-head in this evening’s Channel 4 leadership debate. Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to takeover as prime minister in just a few weeks time, did not appear. And will not appear on stage this evening either.

When will #Brexit happen if Jeremy Hunt becomes prime minister? #Marr quizzes the Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leadership candidate about his #Brexit timeline https://t.co/8DuXBymEx9pic.twitter.com/4axWDa6izC

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 16, 2019

Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Hunt refused to commit to taking the UK out of the EU by the end of 2019.

The foreign secretary said the EU “would be willing to renegotiate” the exit agreement signed by Theresa May.

Asked if this meant Brexit could be delayed until 2020, he said: “A wise prime minister makes choices on the basis of the choices that are actually infront of them.

“If there is no prospect on October 31 of getting a deal that can get through parliament on October 31 then I would be prepared to leave without a deal.”

Hunt, who is battling to become the “alternative” to Johnson, said the “democratic risk” of no Brexit was “far worse” than a no-deal exit.

But added: “I am not committing to an October 31 hard-stop at any costs.”

"The Tory party will be toast if we're not out by the end of October... the Conservatives cannot win an election unless we deliver Brexit" says Tory leadership candidate, Dominic Raab. #Ridge

Follow Sunday politics live here: https://t.co/YjBs9UGtw8pic.twitter.com/MzaJEGn54w

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 16, 2019

Dominc Raab, who has committed to taking the UK out by October 31, said the Conservative Party would be “toast” if Brexit is delayed.

“The Tory Party will be toast unless we are out by the end of October. The Conservatives cannot win an election unless we have delivered Brexit, he told Sky News’ Ridge On Sunday.

Raab, who has said he would leave with or without a deal, defended his refusal to rule out suspending parliament in order to ensure it could not block Brexit.

“What is really scandalous here is the way that people are trying to sabotage the will of the people and break their promises left, right and centre to get us out of the EU,” he said.

“The big mistake we made in these negotiations was taking no-deal off the table. When we start ruling things out we only weaken our chances of getting a deal.

“All those candidates that are going weak at the knees and saying ‘I’m not sure about this and that’, they are sending a message to the EU that they can take us for a ride. We have had three years of that. It is time to get this done.”

But Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary who is backing Hunt’s campaign, said the numbers are “easily there” within the Conservative Party to bring down the government in a confidence vote if the next PM tried to force a no-deal Brexit.

She told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics while she would not take that step herself there were enough Tory MPs that would.

“There are number of colleagues who have gone public saying they would consider doing that, and there are a number I know of privately who say that, so any candidate needs to factor that in as well into their strategy for the next few months,” she said.

“I’m still thinking very carefully about any lifts home from Boris” says Amber Rudd who is supporting Jeremy Hunt in the Tory leadership race. #Ridge

Follow Sunday politics live here: https://t.co/YjBs9UGtw8pic.twitter.com/xFaWVZNgiZ

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 16, 2019

And as for Rudd’s relationship with Johnson? “I am still thinking very carefully about any lifts home from Boris,” she told Ridge.

Tory leadership race: Contender Rory Stewart defends his language in the campaign, saying he is right to be “ruffling feathers” and asking a “brutal question” about Boris Johnson#Marrhttps://t.co/8DuXBymEx9pic.twitter.com/fiQrp6iM5E

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) June 16, 2019

Stewart told Marr he “would not serve” in a Boris Johnson cabinet. “I want to change this country and I want to challenge and say there are two completely different visions facing this country: Boris’s vision and mine. His strategy on Europe and mine. His vision on the economics and mine,” he said.

This is something of a u-turn from Friday when he told the BBC he would be “honoured” to serve Johnson. 

Stewart, who on current numbers is on course to get knocked out of the contest in Tuesday’s second ballot, did pick up one more supporter today.

Tobias Ellwood, the defence minister, told Ridge said he was switching his support from Matt Hancock - who dropped out - to Stewart.

He said Stewart could “electrify” the contest. “I want to see Boris tested the nation is watching this.”

Defence Minister @Tobias_Ellwood says he's backing Rory Stewart in the Tory leadership election and wants to see Boris Johnson challenged. #Ridge

Follow Sunday politics live here: https://t.co/YjBs9UGtw8pic.twitter.com/rE78BSHCum

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 16, 2019
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Extinction Rebellion (XR) has announced its protest plan to ground flights at Heathrow Airport has been put on hold.

The environmental action group had said it would demonstrate at the airport in June and July unless Government plans to build a third runway were axed.

A statement on Sunday announced the disruption was cancelled but included an “action plan” which could be followed if the plan is revived.

“Extinction Rebellion will not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year, aimed at causing disruption to holidaymakers and those planning to use the airport in this period,” it said.

“The Heathrow Airport authorities will therefore not have to pause any summer flights.

“Fear and apprehension have swirled around this action since an internal proposal was leaked to media.

“The subsequent accusation that Extinction Rebellion was willing to endanger life is a depressing and predictable smear.”

A leaked internal memo had shown drones would potentially be used to stage the protest.

The group’s plans, announced in May, were roundly criticised by authorities and Baroness Vere, the aviation minister, warned “using drones to deliberately put people’s safety at risk carries a maximum life sentence”.

The Metropolitan Police also drew up a plan to handle the protests.

XR said if drones are used for future demonstrations then “operators will fly them at a maximum height of six feet (1.82 meters) within the restricted 5km zone surrounding Heathrow”.

They would also not be flown within flight paths, but could still be used in areas that could force the airport “to safely close airspace”, the group said.

“The airport authorities and the general public be given two months’ advance notice of the start date and time of any planned action,” it said.

“Above all, this notice period provides an appropriate period for the authorities to safely plan the closure of the airport for the duration of the action.

“We hope it also provides members of the general public with sufficient time to seek alternative travel arrangements if necessary.”

 
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Rob Delaney has revealed he was cut from the Sir Elton John biopic Rocketman – but only after filmmakers permanently dyed his hair black by accident.

The actor and stand-up comedian has said he signed up to play Elvis Presley in the hit movie.

Speaking on his Sunday afternoon BBC Radio 6 Music show, which is prerecorded, Rob explains the unfortunate (but hilarious) turn of events, stating: “I did shoot a couple scenes in the film as a guy named Elvis Presley, who you may have heard of, and they even dyed my hair black for it.

In the make-up trailer they said, ‘Do you want the temporary dye or the permanent?’

“I was like, ‘temporary please’, and they put in the permanent by mistake, so it was black for six months after.

“My hair is black in another movie because of playing Elvis in Rocketman, which got cut, which is very funny, but that’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.”

The actor insisted that he feels no bitterness about his scenes ending up on the cutting room floor, adding: “I know when Sharon Horgan and I were making Catastrophe, we would frequently cut out things that we really enjoyed, just for time, so I bear no ill-will towards the makers of Rocketman.”

The US star quipped: “It’s excellent, even though I’m not in it. Please see it then just maybe PayPal me some money because I’m a little bit personally sad.”

Rob’s BBC 6 Music show airs on Sundays between 2 and 4pm. 

The actor and writer recently starred in the last ever series of Catastrophe, which was a huge hit with fans and critics. 

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The Conservative Party is “toast” if the UK has not left the EU by the current October 31 deadline, Dominic Raab has said.

Speaking to Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday programme, the Tory leadership candidate accused his rivals in the race of going “weak at the knees”.

Raab also defended his refusal to rule out suspending parliament in order to prevent MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit.

“The Tory Party will be toast unless we are out by the end of October. The Conservatives cannot win an election unless we have delivered Brexit,” he said.

We gave people a decision. Now Parliament is trying to steal it back away from them. When people voted, they voted to leave.” 

He added: “The big mistake we made in these negotiations was taking no-deal off the table. When we start ruling things out we only weaken our chances of getting a deal.

Jeremy Hunt, who came in second place behind Boris Johnson in the first round of voting, said he was “not committing to a October 31 hard stop”.

The foreign secretary told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he wanted to secure a Brexit deal and could not commit to taking the UK out of the EU before the end of this year.

Raab, Hunt, Rory Stewart, Sajid Javid and Michael Gove have shown no sign they will pull out of the race for No 10, despite Johnson’s overwhelming win in the first ballot.

Johnson goes into the second week of the campaign the clear favourite to succeed Theresa May.

But he has faced criticism over his reluctance to face media scrutiny. Johnson has made clear he will not take part in the first television debate being staged on Sunday by Channel 4.

He has, however, indicated he will participate in a BBC debate on Tuesday when the number of contenders will have been further whittled down.

Stewart warned that Johnson’s reluctance to submit to media scrutiny was undermining trust in politics.

“How is Boris going to deliver Brexit? He keeps saying ‘I am going to deliver it’. I don’t even know what he believes. He won’t talk to me. He won’t talk to you. He won’t talk to the public,” he told Marr.

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The victims of a notorious Rochdale grooming gang have been “failed again” after it emerged four men have still not been deported a decade after preying on girls as young as 12.

Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable victims in Rochdale.

As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan – but none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.

Ahmed, known as “Daddy” in the gang, is still serving a 22-year jail term for rape but Rauf is back living at his home address in Rochdale and Aziz has also been seen in the town, locals say.

Khan’s exact whereabouts are not known.

One woman who was abused wet herself and ran into a shop after spotting her attacker in the town centre recently, according to locals, and another victim bumped into her abuser in a nightclub only last week.

The Home Office will not say whether a decision has been made to deport any of the four.

A spokeswoman said: “We do not routinely comment on individual cases.”

Maggie Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and turned whistle-blower over the botched Rochdale inquiry, said: “It doesn’t surprise me they won’t be straight with their answers after all this time because they don’t want a public backlash.

“Ultimately the truth does have a way of coming out. The process most of these girls have been through has led them to expect very, very little from the authorities.

“They expect nothing and are not disappointed. They have been failed again and again and again.

“They do see some of these men around Rochdale on a fairly regular basis.

“It is really distressing for them, there’s nothing that the girls can do. It’s actually disgraceful.”

In 2016, then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it would be “conducive to the public good” to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.

They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in July last year.

Eight judges, including the Master of the Rolls Lord Justice Sales, have now heard their case and upheld rulings all four should lose UK citizenship rights.

It has been heard across a series of hearings spanning three years, for most of which the four were legally aided.

At a previous hearing, judges noted the decision to strip an individual of UK citizenship, called a deprivation order, does not automatically lead to deportation order.

They said it was “reasonable to assume”, however, that a deprivation order is a prelude to a deportation.

Lawyers said it is probable the four will invoke the European Convention on Human Rights to argue their right to a family life would be impinged if they were removed from the UK.

Ms Oliver added: “Once you commit these horrific offences your human rights should come second.

“It makes me really angry and it’s really upsetting whey you think what they have done that they even have any rights.”

Former taxi driver Aziz, a father-of-three, regularly took his young victim to different flats around Rochdale, where she was plied with cannabis and vodka and coerced into sex with men who paid him cash.

Referred to as “The Master” by the gang, he played a “leading role” in the grooming.

Jailed for nine years in May 2012, he was released in December 2015 after serving three years and seven months.

Rauf, a father-of-five, trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex, driving her to secluded areas to have sex with her in his taxi and ferry her to a flat in Rochdale where he and others had sex with her.

He was jailed for six years and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.

A neighbour told the Press Association he has a night-time driving job.

Khan got a girl, 13, pregnant but denied he was the father then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others using violence when she complained.

He was sentenced to eight years, released in 2016 and was last known to be living in Manchester.

For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls.

Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.

Nazir Afzal, the lawyer credited with pursuing the groomers, overturning an earlier decision not to prosecute, said: “I am concerned that despite the efforts that have been made to ensure they are no longer a threat to women and girls in this country, that they remain in this country and the process continues and is prolonged.”

Billy Howarth, founder of Parents Against Grooming UK in Rochdale, said: “We demand an explanation as to why they have not been deported.

“That was one of the promises, that these men would be removed from the country so they would not have to set eyes on them again.

“People are going mad over it, especially the people who live on the same streets with them.”

A spokeswoman for current Home Secretary, Rochdale-born Sajid Javid, has been approached for comment.

A staff member at the office for Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd said no-one was available for comment.

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I had a really great childhood.

I grew up in a wonderful home with both of my parents, and they gave me every single thing I could ever imagine. There were elaborate holidays, and just about anything else they could do to expose me to the world. They had me out there riding horses when I was ten-years-old (I was the only brother at the stable out there riding a horse.)

Basically, they wanted to make sure that I knew the world was my oyster and that I could be or do anything I wanted. It was a really, really nice – a perfect upbringing. And they had a plan in mind when they gave me this upbringing. That plan was for me to attend college, then law school, and then go off and get a really good job.

A really good job in my parents’ minds was for me to be President of the United States.  That’s right. The guy who was Barack Obama before he was Barack Obama. I was supposed to be the first black president of the United States. That was the plan, and I bought into this plan. It was a good plan, right? Who doesn’t want to be president?

I went to college where I majored in international affairs, and then I attended law school.  After I graduated, I was offered the opportunity to run an inner city school in Chicago. While being an educator or taking that role wasn’t exactly part of the plan, I realised that it could really help me when I started pursuing my political career. Who isn’t going to vote for the guy who stands there in the ad with his hands on his hips, looking like Superman in front of the classroom of kids? ‘Vote Tim King. He changes the world. He educates kids.’

So I figured, okay, I’ll take this job and maybe it’ll lead me to some other things that follow along with the plan. One day, I was walking into the school, it was pretty early, around 7:30 in the morning. I unlocked the door and there was a kid sitting outside waiting to get in. His name was Keith.

I said, “What are you doing?”

He said, “Oh, I’m working here painting during the summer.”

“Okay, so come on in.”

He would stay really late, then the next day, show up very early, and then stay really late again. The summer eventually melted into the school year, and Keith was still coming to school really, really early and staying at school until really, really late.

And I just figured, okay, this guy just likes school – although I didn’t understand how anyone could like school that much.  But I started kind of keeping an eye on him because there was something up with this young man. Eventually, he started talking to me throughout the course of the day, stopping by my office to say ‘what’s up’. Then he started doing things like asking me if he could borrow a couple bucks and I’d give him the money. I really didn’t pay much attention to the reasons he needed the money. In fact, I really wasn’t all that interested in knowing because I didn’t really want to know that much ― you stay in your world, it’s cool. I’m in mine. You go right ahead with your business.

Step by step though, he started asking for more money, more frequently. He started hanging out in my office a bit more. He started talking to me more, coming out of his shell and I was coming out of my shell a bit with him.

One day, I asked him what he needed this money for, and he said, “Oh, I’ve got to go do my laundry.” And I thought, “This kid’s lying.” I mean, what 15-year-old has to go and do his laundry?  But I gave him the money anyway and just said, “Okay, you know, go do what you have to do.”

One night, I got a call from Keith and he was hysterical. He asked me if I would help him ― if I’d come get him from his house.  I said, “Sure, what’s going on, what’s wrong?” And he said, “My mom just died.” So, I go over to his house and it’s not a house, it’s an apartment over a liquor store. I walk in, and it’s pitch black in the apartment. Just the light from the street lamps coming in through the window. From that light, I see garbage bags ― some bags with garbage in them and other bags with his stuff in them. No lights. Not because he had turned off the lights, but because the electricity was off. There was no power and it was cold. And he was in hysterics because his mother had just died. She had been battling, unbeknownst to me, drug addiction and she lost that battle. The drugs won and she died.

So, we grabbed Keith’s stuff in the garbage bags, put them in my car. And then I was faced with, well, where do we go? So I said to him, “You got a friend you can stay with?” And he says, “Sure.” And we drop him off at a friend’s house. And I went back home to my house. The next day, Keith was at school. And we talked and tried to work through where he was going to live. We found another place for him to stay temporarily.

I started getting closer to Keith. We started talking more, obviously this kind of experience brings people together.

We would go out. I’d take him to eat after school; we would go to the movies, a basketball game, or something like that. Every time after we’d go to dinner or go to the game, I would drop him off at someone else’s house and I would go home to mine.

One day, Keith and I were sitting in the car after we had gone out, and we were trying to work through where he was going to stay. And he just looked at me and he said, “Why can’t I just live with you? Why can’t you be my dad?” And in that moment I thought, “Are you crazy? Of course you can’t live with me. Of course I can’t be your dad. You don’t fit into this plan. I’m going to be the first black President of the United States. You can’t move in with me.”

I had put Keith in this box, this box that said ‘poor black boy inside, handle with care’.  And, I put that box far away from me. I didn’t allow myself to get close to that box, to get close to Keith. All of that went through my head and a matter of seconds, quite literally.

When I came out of this kind of fog, he was still sitting there in the car looking at me, asking if he could live with me, asking if I could be his dad. And I looked at him and I said, “Yes. Yes, you can live with me. Yes I will be your dad.” And at that moment, I changed. I felt right. I just felt right.

What I should’ve felt was terrified, because when Keith moved into my house, it wasn’t like one elephant coming through. It was a herd of elephants. He took over! When I met Keith and he moved in, I had a full head of hair ― We’re talking giant Afro from the 60s, 70s Afro. You know what I’m saying? The stress from living with him changed that!  It was really, really, really hard living with him. He had been used to living by himself, living on his own. I had been used to living by myself, living on my own. He had been living the life of an adult, but he was just a child. Now, all of a sudden, he had an opportunity to be a kid again. I lived this life like a kid with a bank account, and now, all of a sudden, I had to be an adult.

Keith and I managed to make it through our time living together. He calls me Dad. I refer to him as my son. He graduated from high school and he went on to Georgetown University, my Alma Mater. He graduated from Georgetown, moved back home to Chicago, and right now, this very moment, he works with me in a network of charter public high schools that I started called Urban Prep. He’s a teacher.

I started Urban Prep because I wanted to make sure that all the Keiths in the world were taken care of; He works at Urban Prep because he wants to be a part of changing lives, just like his life was changed. When Keith and I lived together, to this very day, what I wanted to do was make sure that he had a life that was filled with love, like the life I had when I was growing up. People always say to me, “Tim, you changed Keith’s life.” And I say to them, “He changed mine.” As we walked down that road of him going from being a boy to becoming a man, he was also helping me grow. He was helping me become a better man.

A little while ago, I got a text message from Keith and the text message read, “Our family is at the basketball game. Where are you? You should be here.” And I smiled, because Keith was berating me. And then I got a little teary because as I looked down at that text message, I realised that Keith had written “our family.”

Our family.

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Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old man who was stabbed to death in London during a weekend which saw three men killed in separate attacks in less than 24 hours.

A 17-year-old from Merton, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, from Wandsworth, were charged on Sunday.

They will appear in custody at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday June 17.

The spate of attacks led to criticism of Sadiq Khan from Donald Trump, who called the London mayor a “disaster”.

Retweeting a post by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins about the killings, the president said the capital needed a new mayor “ASAP”.

The original post by Hopkins called the capital “Stab-City” and “Khan’s Londonistan” alongside two screenshots of BBC News articles detailing the violence.

She wrote: “20 hours in Stab-City UPDATE 2 stabbed to death 1 shot dead Three stabbed – but not dead. Wandsworth & Tower Hamlets This is Khan’s Londonistan.”

A City Hall spokesman said Khan was focusing on supporting communities and he was “not going to waste his time” responding to the president’s tweet.

Emergency services were called to Deeside Road in Wandsworth, south-west London, at 4.42pm on Friday afternoon where the first victim was found stabbed.

He died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified, with a post-mortem examination due to be held.

In a second incident in a different part of London just minutes later, a 19-year-old man was fatally shot in Plumstead.

Khan said he was “sickened” following the deaths of the two teenage boys.

On Saturday afternoon a man in his 30s was stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets, east London.

Three men were also stabbed in a separate attack in Clapham, south-west London, during a weekend of violence in the capital.

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