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You're in 'la la land': Paula Vennells's last day at Post Office Inquiry

Fri, 24 May 2024
After avoiding public scrutiny for nearly a decade, Paula Vennells, the former Post Office boss, finally faced questions about her role in the most widespread miscarriage of justice that Britain has ever seen.

She has been giving evidence at the Post Office Horizon Inquiry for the last three days – and today she was accused by lawyers of talking "rubbish" and being in "la la land".

Sky's Jonathan Samuels spoke to Sky's business correspondent Paul Kelso who's been at the Post Office Inquiry for us.

Plus, a record number of Conservative MPs have now said they are not standing in July's general election. Political correspondent Rob Powell talks to Jonathan about that and all the other latest news from the election campaigns.
 
Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse 
Promotions Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John 
Editor: Wendy Parker 

And they're off... what has the first day of the election campaign told us? 

Thu, 23 May 2024
The political parties have been setting out their election campaigns, with voters going to the polls exactly six weeks from today.   
 
On the Sky News Daily Niall Paterson speaks to deputy political editor Sam Coates who is following the prime minister on his campaign trail around the UK, visiting four nations in two days. He also chats with chief political correspondent Jon Craig about the launch of Labour's campaign in Kent.   
 
Plus, Sky's online campaign correspondent Tom Cheshire tells Niall why the parties are spending big money online and whether it could affect the election outcome. 

Producers: Soila Apparicio, Emma Rae Woodhouse 
Promotions Producer: Jada-Kai Meosa John 
Editor: Wendy Parker 

It’s a date – Rishi Sunak calls a July election

Wed, 22 May 2024
The prime minister has called a general election for 4 July. It means parliament only has a few days to pass any bills still waiting to become law before MPs leave Westminster to begin campaigning. 
  
On the Sky News Daily Niall Paterson gets the very latest from our deputy political editor Sam Coates and political correspondent Tamara Cohen on why the election was announced today, and what the next six weeks of campaigning could have in store. 

Producers: Rosie Gillott  
Podcast Promotions Producer: David Chipakupaku   
Editor: Philly Beaumont  

'I don't believe a word': Paula Vennells at the Post Office Inquiry

Wed, 22 May 2024
The former Post Office boss, Paula Vennells, has been testifying at the Inquiry examining the Horizon IT scandal.

It's the first time Paula Vennells has spoken publicly in nearly ten years.

The hundreds of wronged Post Office workers, and their families, have been keenly anticipating her evidence, as, on her watch, prosecutions continued, despite mounting evidence that there was something wrong with the system.

On the Sky News Daily, Sarah-Jane Mee has been in Fenny Compton, in the village hall where Alan Bates began his campaign against the Post Office, to meet the sub-postmasters whose lives were ruined by Horizon.

Plus, one former sub-postmistress, Nicole, shares her story for the first time.

Producers: Emma Rae Woodhouse, Soila Apparicio
Editor: Wendy Parker
Podcast Promotion: Jada-Kai Meosa John 

Jobs or the environment? And, how do pilots prepare for turbulence?

Tue, 21 May 2024
How do we help people keep their jobs and livelihoods alongside the pressure to move to an environmentally friendly and sustainable future?  

It's been estimated that 1.3 million jobs in the UK could be affected by the drive to get to net zero emissions - many in traditional industries such as steelmaking. 
 
Sophy Ridge presents this episode with Sky News' people and politics correspondent Nick Martin whose reporting has been focusing on Port Talbot in south Wales where thousands are employed in the steel industry.   

Plus, following severe turbulence on a London to Singapore flight where one passenger, a 73-year-old British man died, "likely from a heart attack" and more than two dozen injured, Sophy speaks to pilot and aviation consultant Tim Atkinson about how commercial pilots plan for, and deal with, turbulence.  
 
Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse 
Editor: Paul Stanworth 

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