Wednesday briefing: Boris Johnson makes delayed start

Wednesday briefing: Boris Johnson makes delayed start

Boris Johnson leaves his home in London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Ex-foreign secretary launches Tory leadership campaign ??? Hong Kong protests force delay to extradition bill ??? and is it healthy to want to mute the world?


Main image: Boris Johnson leaves his home in London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Top story: ???Kick the can and we kick the bucket???

Hello, Warren Murray here, as we go once more unto the briefing.

Boris Johnson will today launch his long dreamt-of campaign to be prime minister. On Brexit, he is expected to say: ???After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on 31 October ??? Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.??? Johnson, who has proven elusive in the leadership race up until today, is expected to take questions from the media at his launch. A Guardian investigation has revealed the former foreign secretary allowed arms sales to Saudi Arabia despite civilians being killed by its brutal bombing campaign in Yemen.

Rory Stewart, an outsider in the leadership race, has become the first contender to criticise the former foreign secretary personally: ???Is this the person you want writing the instruction to the nuclear submarines? Is this the man that you want embodying your nation and guiding you through the most difficult choice we???ve faced for 50 years???? Sajid Javid, another leadership contender, is also planning to launch his campaign today, calling for change at the top of the Conservatives.

???Retract, retract??? ??? We are covering the situation live in Hong Kong where demonstrators are seeking to force a citywide shutdown over a proposed law allowing extraditions to mainland China. Politicians have temporarily abandoned their debate on the bill after tens of thousands of people surrounded the legislative council building and swamped the city centre to chants of ???retract, retract??? and ???no retraction, no retreat???. The proposed law had been due for a second round of debate in the 70-seat legislative council today. Thousands of parents and teachers called for a boycott of work and classes to show their opposition to the proposed bill, which would allow mainland China to pursue fugitives in the former British colony.

Schools ???go cap in hand??? for funds ??? The cash-strapped Downshall primary school in Ilford, east London, has asked BBC Children in Need for funding to support disadvantaged pupils. Its headteacher, Ian Bennett, said it was ???criminal??? that the school had been forced to axe its team of two pastoral support workers because of budget constraints, as well as cutting back on reading support and PE staff. A Guardian investigation recently revealed more than 1,000 schools across England have turned