Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
Although it’s scheduled for debate, there won’t be enough time on Friday for MPs to argue the pros and cons of Peter Bone’s private members’ bill proposing to privatise the BBC.
The UK government says it is selling its 40% stake in the cross-Channel train operator Eurostar to an Anglo-Canadian consortium for £757.1m.
Why the rarefied world of UK boarding schools appeals to parents around the world
The state-backed lender confirmed it would pay a full-year dividend of 0.75p per share to 2.7million investors, handing out a total of £535million.