Rolling coverage of political developments, including the US president saying he will discuss Salisbury spy poisoning case with Theresa May
The Lib Dems’ leader, Vince Cable, has said there should be an EU-wide boycott of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Do it collectively. That would really hurt them. The World Cup would not be viable. It would make it pointless.
I am not advocating Britain acting unilaterally. That would be a futile gesture. It would cause a lot of annoyance in the UK and have minimal impact on the tournament.
It gives me no pleasure to say this, but I’m afraid that the World Cup should now be in question.
I think England’s participation in the World Cup ought to be in question, but certainly there should be no question of government officials, dignitaries, of senior members of the FA going over there.
I recognise this is the pinnacle of a player’s career, and they may only get one shot at it, so it’s not a step that should be taken lightly.
You will find that our response is commensurate but robust.
The Met have released a statement on the death of the Russian exile, Nikolai Glushkov (see 3.17pm update), describing it as “unexplained”. It also says that counter terrorism command is leading the investigation.
The full statement reads:
An investigation is underway following the death of a man in his 60s in Kingston borough. Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.46am on Monday, 12 March to reports of a man found deceased at a residential address in Clarence Avenue, New Malden.
Officers attended and next of kin have been informed. Whilst we believe we know the identity of the deceased, formal identification is yet to take place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.