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Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson crowned King of the Jungle

Made in Chelsea’s Sam Thompson crowned King of the Jungle

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Credits: @Samthompsonuk on Instagram After a very successful run, with an average audience of 6.6 million, I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! finishises with Sam Thompson as the winner.  Sam Thompson, known for his appearance on Made in Chelsea, was crowned as King of the Jungle after tough competition with boxer Tony Bellow and former Brexit Party leader and GB News presenter Nigel Farage. The 13 members of the competition were sent to an Australian jungle where they had to compete in a series of bush trucker trails to survive until the final. Sam Thompson, in particular, had to eat a pig and camel’s reproductive organs in his final trial.   After winner, Thompson shared his excitement with viewers. He said: "I am so grateful, thank you so much. I've dreamed of doi
West Ham thrash Arsenal 5-1 to clinch FA Youth Cup

West Ham thrash Arsenal 5-1 to clinch FA Youth Cup

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Image credit: Titus D'souza West Ham United defeated London rivals Arsenal to win their first FA Youth Cup since 1999 in what turned out to be a one-sided contest at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal, coached by former star Jack Wilshere, took the lead early in the first half. Omari Benjamin opened the scoring for the Gunners in the seventh minute in front of a crowd of 34,124 fans. However, West Ham quickly turned the game around. The Hammers drew level with a goal from George Earthy in the 17th minute. The goal gave West Ham a spring in their step, and soon, the rest of the first half was dotted with two more goals from Callum Marshal (19’) and Gideon Kodua (42’) giving Kevin Keen’s side a comfortable lead going into the second half. In the second half, Arsenal looked like th
France is predicted to win the World Cup semi-final

France is predicted to win the World Cup semi-final

Breaking News, Explainers, Sport, Sports
Londoners believe that Mbappé is the best player of France and that he will play an important role during the next match. https://youtu.be/OGNNO1oo2Kc France reached World Cup semi-finals. Londoners comment about the performance of France. Video credits: Hera Kruja. France made it to the World Cup 2022 semi-final in Qatar and it will face their former colony Morocco. The match between the two countries will start at 19:00 on 14th December 2022. Pubs in central London have been packed by football supporters to watch the matches. French fans were celebrating in pubs, as well as the streets, joyfully jumping, dancing and singing. While comparing the two teams that will play during the next semi-final, Londoners seem to believe that France will win. Barr Kroter, 25,
‘It became super heavy and now, this is insane’–Seeing snow for the first time

‘It became super heavy and now, this is insane’–Seeing snow for the first time

Climate, Explainers, Worldnews
We woke up to see our balcony covered in ice and our streets covered in ice, and the only way is to drop my kids' scooter because walk to school. Adi Misra/ Photo Credit: Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi The United Kingdom is currently experiencing heavy snow with the England temperature of -1 degree Celsius. In typical winters, snow is rarely observed in England; but, this winter, the Met certifies that this night was the coldest of the year.  While some UK residents don't find snow weird, others who have never experienced snow told Westminsterworld that the snow is ridiculous and has made the already chilly weather even colder. Adi Misra, who had never experienced snow, told WestminsterWorld that the nighttime fog and snow made his room much chilly and made it difficult to ...
Conversion therapy – What is it?

Conversion therapy – What is it?

Breaking News, Culture, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Gender, UK news, Worldnews
In 2018 the British government pledged to ban conversion therapy across the nation. However, now in 2022 the situation surrounding the practice has become a more difficult to understand. The latest on conversion therapy in the UK. Credit: Luke Severn Legislative timeline: 2018 Theresa May's government pledge that it would completely ban all conversion therapy practices in the UK as part of its LGBT equality plan. Many charities and activists were happy to see that the government had recognised the situation and were making plans to change it. 2020 In the summer of 2020, now under Boris Johnson's government, it was stated that plans were due to be brought forward to get start outlining legislation to ban conversion therapy. 2021 In March of 2021, three governme...
Londoners hit with hikes in living costs

Londoners hit with hikes in living costs

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Media
Since October last year, the cost of living has soared in the UK. With London having some of the country's highest living expenses , Westminster World took to the capital's streets to find out about how inflation is impacting its residents.  See our live blog here: https://westminsterworld.com/live-blog-2-cost-of-living-crisis-2022/ Keeley Reed, from The Dragon Hall Trust, who run a food bank specialising in helping families in need of food in Covent Garden, has said that “people are always taking from it”. She also added that people are taking more food post-pandemic.  Capital in Crisis. Credit: Viola Yu, Skyler King, Ting Lei This Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak will present the Spring Statement for this year. The pandemic took up most of t
Why is the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal being called a hoax?

Why is the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal being called a hoax?

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The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella body of UK Muslim organisations, recently demanded an independent probe into the ‘Trojan Horse’ affairs after around nine years. This is an explainer on what is the Trojan Horse Scandal and Why is it being called a hoax now?  An image to symbolise the scandal (Credit: Flickr) The Trojan Horse scandal had a long-lasting impact in the UK. It has played a crucial role in shaping the counter-terror policy of the government which resulted in many people losing their careers, a particular community being targeted, and their children who were allegedly stigmatised. The ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal  In November 2013, an anonymous letter describing a Muslim plot to Islamise schools in Birmingham appeared on the desk of the
How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

How Fast Fashion is impacting Chile’s Atacama Desert

Breaking News, Climate, clothes, Environment, Explainers, Fashion, Worldnews
Fast Fashion is having a negative impact on the environment more than ever as popular online brands grow to keep up with the latest fashion trends. This explainer dives into the consequences that fast fashion is having in Chile and what we can do to minimise those consequences. Original Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-60249712
Jimmy Carr’s Holocaust Joke Explained

Jimmy Carr’s Holocaust Joke Explained

Celebrity, Culture, Entertainment, Explainers, Explainers, Media, Racism
Jimmy Carr, a comedian often known for his outrageous comedy, has stirred up controversy following his recent Netflix special, His Dark Material. Roma Holocaust, History Today, 2010. Source: Galerie Bilderwelt What did he say? In a Netflix special that came out on Christmas Day 2021, Carr said: “When people talk about the Holocaust, they talk about the tragedy and horror of 6 million Jewish lives being lost to the Nazi war machine. But they never mention the thousands of Gypsies that were killed by the Nazis. No one ever wants to talk about that, because no one ever wants to talk about the positives.” Carr has defended his words by saying it's educational, and he is in fact poking fun at the fact that most people don’t know about GRT (Gypsy Roma Travellers), homosexual, d
Everything you need to know about new universal credit rules and changes

Everything you need to know about new universal credit rules and changes

Breaking News, Charity, Explainers
Unions called for an increase in minimum wage and benefits to offset inflation. The ongoing pandemic pushed an extra 1.3 million workers on universal credit which forced the government to bring in new rules. The government on February, 7 announced that Universal Credit, child benefit and statutory pension are among the payments that will be increased in April to keep up with the energy and food price cap. Benefits usually go up each year to keep up with the rising cost of living and in April universal credit claimants will see a 3.1% rise in payments. CREDIT: Marca What is Universal Credit?Universal Credit is designed to support people over 18 who are either on a low income or out of work. This law was legislated in 2012 helped claimants with the cost of housing, children and ...
The rising tide of plastic: How bacteria can sustainably eat plastic waste

The rising tide of plastic: How bacteria can sustainably eat plastic waste

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Will science save our seas? Meet the microorganisms that live off plastic.  Scientists have discovered a microorganism that can breakdown plastic and essentially, eat it. A microorganism is a living bacterium that can only be seen under a microscope. They can cluster and live in colonies, made up of many microorganisms.  Humans have always been mass consumers of plastic, but the issue is on the rise.  In 2020 alone, we produced 367million tonnes of plastic, says Plastics Europe. This is a huge change compared to 2017, with a global production of a mere 8.3million tonnes of plastic.  It is the mixture between mass production and single use wastage that has led to massive problems, with plastic waste cluttering our oceans.  Credit: Rachelle Townley ...
How will the government level up life expectancy?

How will the government level up life expectancy?

Breaking News, Data Journalism, Explainer, Explainers, Health, Obesity, Science
We have now received the highly anticipated Levelling Up white paper, which will set out how the government will level up those parts of the country left behind. What does this mean, and how will it tackle the issue of geographic differences in life expectancy across the UK? The phrase used by politicians to refer to the process of fixing this issue is ‘levelling up.’ Behind the rhetoric are very real issues severely impacting people’s lives.  Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, visits Grimsby. Credit: Simon Dawson (CC) What does levelling up mean? The House of Commons Library defines a left-behind area as somewhere with "low pay and employment" that leads to "low standards of living." As a result of these factors, the health of a region may also be impac
Julian Assange can be extradited, UK High Court rules

Julian Assange can be extradited, UK High Court rules

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The UK High Court reversed the judgement of the District Judge that Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, cannot be extradited to the United States of America. The UK court ruling comes as the US gave diplomatic assurance on his safety in prison. Julian Assange (Image: Wikipedia) The government of the United States of America won its appeal over the extradition of Julian Assange. Pronouncing the judgement, the High Court judges, led by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, said: “The court is satisfied with the assurances given by the US on the safety of Julian Assange in a Diplomatic Note dated 5 February 2021.”  Mr. As
World’s first coronavirus Human Challenge study conducts in UK from 8th March

World’s first coronavirus Human Challenge study conducts in UK from 8th March

Explainer, Explainers
UK starts world's first coronavirus "Human Challenge" study from 8th March. Volunteers between 18 and 30 years old are deliberately exposed to the Covid-19 environment. The aim of the "Human Challenge" experiment is to give doctors a greater understanding of how the virus works and support them respond to the pandemic by aiding vaccine and treatment development. Chirs Chiu, the leader of this experiment, answers questions that people are concern about: 1.How to ensure the safety of volunteers? 2.Would it be less effective to use the March virus? 3.How the result applies to all age groups? 4.Why is this experiment still necessary as the UK is moving very fast with the current vaccines? https://youtu.be/FxtUkxVDW4k
Reforming public transport after the pandemic

Reforming public transport after the pandemic

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The case for a complete rethink of our public transportation system was highlighted in the aftermath of Covid-19. An investigation into reforming public transport will begin by the all-party parliamentary transport select committee on Wednesday.    New Civil Engineer The HS2 was designed to offer the UK a state-of-the-art, high speed train line critical for the UK’s low carbon future. Its intent is to hold a large capacity of people to bring them across Britain’s 10 largest cities, serving over 25 stations. As the first major railway connecting the Midlands and the North for over a century, the high-speed railway presents a genuine opportunity to balance and reshape our economy.  Boris Johnson approved the construction of HS2 between London, Manchester, Birmingh
Foreign students staying in London for Christmas break express why

Foreign students staying in London for Christmas break express why

brexit, Christmas, Covid-19, Education, EU talents, Explainers, London, Student, virus
The end of the lockdown approaching did not convince some foreign students to travel back. Seven out of ten interviewed told Westminster:World their decision to stay. Two of them have accepted to be featured on this article. Safety as the first priority Credit:Naima Tazergha "My father is not well and it is crucial to protect him from covid-19, and there is always a risk for me to catch the virus while travelling and submitting it to him." Charlotte is from Stockholm in Sweden. She moved to London this Autumn to study her first year of Interior Design at Regent's university. As the government reached to students to encourage them going back home between the 3rd and 9th of December, some don't even consider thinking about it. She is young but knows the risk- the one of c...
Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

Free School Meals: Necessity amidst Coronavirus?

Breaking News, Celebrity, Charity, children, Education, Food, Politics, UK news, UK Political parties, Worldnews
Marcus Rashford has persuaded the government to invest a large amount of money into the Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. Photo credited by Halima Ahcene Djaballah UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson called Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to donate more than £400m for low-income families from early Christmas. So what is the FSM scheme exactly? FSM is a deal for children to receive free school meal vouchers for out of term time. This is thought to help financially deprived households through these challenging times. As well as free meals, the vouchers also consist of health start, education and holiday clubs. How will this affect hard-hit families due to Coronavirus? Omar Farooq (29), a teacher of a school in North West London, told Westminster World how he fe
How influencers make money on social media? || Explainer video

How influencers make money on social media? || Explainer video

Celebrity, children, Entertainment, Experience, Explainer, Explainers, Explainers, Instagram, Media, Social media, Technology, trends, Video
You probably already heard about influencers and them earning cash by being active on social media. You perhaps also follow at least one of them. But did you ever wonder how they do it? And if you can be one as well? Then let's look at our explainer video to find out more! https://youtu.be/Dn05IOFAziU
Understanding your skin: Acne explained.

Understanding your skin: Acne explained.

Breaking News, Explainer, Explainers, Health, LifeStyle, Medical, News
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions, with 80% of people aged 11 to 30 being affected according to the NHS. Almost 8 in 10 teens have acne.  Although it is considered a normal part of puberty, it’s not always easy. To understand acne, you need to learn your own skin. Do you know your skin type? Infographic: Natalia Reppas. Chances are you've experienced acne at some point in your life, if you are not currently experiencing it. How did that spot get there? Did I not wash my face enough? And more importantly, how do I cover it up? You're not alone. Bad skin can affect your confidence and make you feel less than your best. We are often left with spots that we have no explanation for in areas like our cheeks or forehead and we have no idea where they cam
Five common coronavirus myths: what might you be getting wrong?

Five common coronavirus myths: what might you be getting wrong?

Breaking News, Covid-19, Explainer, Explainers, Health
Illustration: Veronica Sofia Nitu These past few weeks you’ve probably been overwhelmed by pretty scary images and reports about the ongoing pandemic, so I totally wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to hear the word “coronavirus” again. But there is a lot of misinformation out there and it’s important to know how to spot it. I’m sure you’ve noticed that newspapers and media outlets have played a big part in how people have been reacting to what’s been going on in the world. False information has always been a big problem, but in this case it can literally mean the difference between life and death, so you need to be careful about what sources you trust. There have been a lot of claims about what you can do to keep yourself safe, and it’s useful to have a look at these mis
The History of Jazz

The History of Jazz

Explainers, Music, musicians
At one point in history, Jazz was considered so appalling that Serbian villagers used it to scare away bears, other stories say that a celebrated conductor had a heart attack on hearing the music. The genre itself became a huge discussion on whether it could be considered as proper music or not. In the 1924 issue of ‘The Etude,’ a popular magazine dedicated to music wrote that jazz “In its original form it has no place in musical education and deserves none.” However,  no one can deny that the spontaneity of jazz that The Etude called ‘sloppy’ is the reason it remains, even today, a popular style of music. Image Credit: Kuheli Biswas So how and where did this interesting style of music start? Going back to the 19th Century, America as a new world full of opportunities attracted p
UK divided: the huge intergenerational gap in the 2019 general election

UK divided: the huge intergenerational gap in the 2019 general election

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Vote ballot. (Image: El Paso County Vote Archives) This year’s election results bring to the light the very clear political divide amongst the generations, changing the British electoral map completely. On the morning hours of Friday 13 December, the general election results were revealed to the public with Boris Johnson and the Conservative party winning with 365 seats to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party’s 203 seats. The Conservative party exceeded the number of seats needed for the majority, leaving the Labour party with a loss that was considered one of the most devastating losses since the 1935 election. Since the 2016 Brexit EU Referendum and the 2017 general election, there had been a spike in younger voters and their involvement in politics over the years. While th
The ‘unaccounted for’ waste is the real Grinch this Christmas

The ‘unaccounted for’ waste is the real Grinch this Christmas

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Every year millions of Britons generate large amounts of waste during Christmas that goes unrecycled. From early December a Christmas season centered around the early festivities takes over the city of London. Celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in London is a dream, but the hangover of waste it generates is often a nightmare for the city. From hunting the crisp mince pies to shopping for the perfect Pinterest-inspired decorations, the future of the cute wrapping papers is hardly a matter of concern. About 9,000 tonnes of waste are created per year from unusable Christmas trees that end up in landfills. It can take decades to decompose and  release 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane adding to the ever rising carbon footprint.  The be
The Post Office Scandal: A timeline of events explained.

The Post Office Scandal: A timeline of events explained.

Breaking News, Explainers, Explainers, News
(Image credits- Unsplash/Design by Shaurya Thapa) Details of the Post Office Horizon scandal continue to unravel, with new insights emerging from the government's handling of the debacle. The Minister for Postal Services, Kevin Hollinrake said today that when evidence is "established" that "people within the Post Office, possibly further afield, should go to jail". Hollinrake's comments echo those of former subpostmaster Alan Bates, who previously told the BBC that "People have got to be held accountable," and that the former postal staff are "going to have to carry on campaigning for that to occur." Bates has led the campaign to clear the names of over 700 postal workers falsely accused of theft and false accounting, due to the Post Office's faulty accounting software system named ...
Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

Insight into Israel’s strategic and military partners: top 5 countries that supply arms to Israel

Breaking News, Explainers, Politics
Credits wikipedia The US is by far the biggest supplier of arms to Israel since 1961. Recently, footage appeared on the Internet where some protestors from the Youth Demand Group gathered outside the Labor Party's headquarters in London and sprayed red paint to demand a stop to supplying weapons to Israel. wall sprayed Red of Labor party headquarters in London Credits - PA Media But how many arms does the UK actually supply to Israel? And, apart from the UK, what other nations provide arms to Israel? We delved into how much support military support Israel is getting and who are its biggest partners. The volume of Arms exported by the UK – The UK is the fourth biggest exporter of arms to Israel. The total amount that are exported to Israel by the UK stands at £40
London’s Iconic green hut in Wellington Place last to get listed status

London’s Iconic green hut in Wellington Place last to get listed status

Breaking News, Explainers, London
Credit: PA Wire The Wellington Place hut, sometimes referred to as the Chapel, has been officially listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport upon the recommendation of Historic England. This grants it special protection from potential redevelopment.  Green huts have been sheltering cabbie drivers since 1875. The simple green huts design we see today is attributed to architect Maximilian Clarke, who is believed to have constructed 61 of the shelters between 1875 and 1914. Today, only 13 of them are left. Twelve of these structures had received protection, and the Wellington Place hut has now been added to the list.   Luke Jacob, listing adviser at Historic England, said: “Full of intrigue, history, tea and bacon sarnies, London’s well-loved cab
Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

Back to Black: Not Just Fans, Amy Winehouse Biopic Divides Critics as Well

Breaking News, Celebrity, Culture, Entertainment, Explainers
(art by JCX/@jcxdesigns) The new Amy Winehouse biopic premiered last night in Leicester Square, receiving lukewarm reviews from critics. While Marisa Abela’s performance as Winehouse was widely praised, many had issue with the script, as well as the portrayals of Winehouse’s father and ex-husband. Reviews of the film varied but primarily leant in a negative direction, with The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard both giving it one-star reviews. In a two-star review The Independent called it a “sanitised biopic” and said the portrayal of Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is “a mix of Heathcliff, Sid Vicious and Mary bloody Poppins.” However director Sam Taylor-Johnson had previously stated that “We had to understand why Amy fell in love with him, so it wasn't about maki
New climate warnings as hottest March adds to 10-month run of record-breaking temperatures

New climate warnings as hottest March adds to 10-month run of record-breaking temperatures

Breaking News, Climate, Environment, Explainers
(image credits-Unsplash) Last month was the hottest March on record, according to climate scientists – the tenth month in a row to set new temperature highs. According to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (CS3), this March was hotter than any previous record for the month, with global temperatures 1.68 degrees C above pre-industrial, 19th-century levels, when scientists believe man-made pollution began to affect the Earth’s climate. The March figures mean that the global average temperature for the last 12 months is also the highest on record, at 1.58 degrees above the pre-industrial average. That is above the threshold of a 1.5C degree-rise that world leaders have agreed, to prevent climate change becoming catastrophic and potentially irreversible. Data source: ERA5.
Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

Why is Amy Winehouse Biopic Back to Black dividing fans?

Breaking News, Culture, Entertainment, Music
(photo-Sowmya Singhdeo) Back to Black will be the first biopic dedicated to Amy Winehouse but her admirers have certain fears about the representation of a singer who was exposed to exploitative media for most of her stardom. Thirteen years after Amy Winehouse’s passing, the late multi-Grammy winner gets the biopic treatment with Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black which gears up for its premiere today (Monday) at Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square. With the musical drama eyeing an April 12 wide release, the movie follows the footsteps of Bob Marley: One Love as the next big music biopic of 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYzIOBwyhIU The Camden native already had her life chronicled in Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning 2015 documentary Amy. But Back to Black, named in honour of Wi
‘London will soon become an AI superpower’: Microsoft launches promising AI hub in Paddington

‘London will soon become an AI superpower’: Microsoft launches promising AI hub in Paddington

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Tech
London is cementing the UK’s status as a global AI superpower, all thanks to Microsoft’s latest tech hub. Image by Lumière Rezaie from Unsplash Tech giant Microsoft is all set to launch a new artificial intelligence hub in London. The new office, based at 2 Kingdom Street in Paddington Central, forms part of Microsoft’s £2.5 billion investment plans for the UK – which also includes bringing up to 20,000 advanced graphic processing units (GPUs) to the country by the year 2026. The hub will be helmed by British tech entrepreneur Mustafa Suleyman, the co-founder of Google DeepMind and Inflection AI, and run by AI scientist Jordan Hoffmann. Although Microsoft stated that it would be advertising roles for engineers and scientists to work on the most “challenging AI questions of o
Hammersmith Bridge: £3 Million invested for the new cycle lane

Hammersmith Bridge: £3 Million invested for the new cycle lane

Breaking News, Explainers, London, Transport
Credit: Vishakha Chauhan Since the road traffic closure of Hammersmith Bridge, cyclists have been instructed to walk their bikes across the bridge with pedestrians.   However, after five years the Department of Transport has now allocated almost £3 million for a new cycle lane. The added funding takes the Government’s total investment in the bridge to nearly £13 million.  The new cycle lane is expected to be introduced in November this year. Nonetheless, the row over who pays the £250 million bridge repair bill is still unresolved and could remain in place for years.  The Department of Transport claims that creating the new cycle lane will involve resurfacing the bridge’s road surface and will keep the cyclists separate from the pedestrians.  Even t
Making history: 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

Making history: 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale

Breaking News, brexit, Explainers, London
Credit: PA Wire Today, The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh have celebrated Anglo-French relations at a ceremony marking the 120th anniversary of the Entente Cordiale. The event was the first time a non-Commonwealth country has taken part in the Changing of the Guard ceremony – although the French troops did not guard the royal residence.  The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh were the royals representing the King who is continuing his cancer treatment and was not at Buckingham Palace.  They were joined by General Sir Patrick Sanders, UK Chief of General Staff, the French Chief of the Army Staff General Pierre Schill and the France’s ambassador to the UK Helene Duchene. https://twitter.com/FranceintheUK/status/1775538104750801262?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembe