Angela Rayner says she is cross with Shaun Bailey's comments about Sadiq Khan
Angela Rayner says she is cross with Shaun Bailey's comments about Sadiq Khan
Sir Keir Starmer is facing an onslaught from both sides of Labour over its devastating by-election defeat, as the Left mocked his "flag waving and suit wearing" and moderates demanded he talk more about aspiration. Heavy criticism was heaped on the Labour leader after the party ceded Hartlepool to the Conservatives for the first time since the seat's creation in 1974. Sir Keir said the party must stop "quarrelling among ourselves" and he is expected to reshuffle his front bench next month. Political Editor Ben Riley-Smith outlines seven uncomfortable questions Labour must answer. Joe Shute found out why the people of Hartlepool decided to vote Tory, with the town's new MP saying today that Labour "took Hartlepool for granted" for 47 years. Yet Tony Diver details how Jill Mortimer, pictured below left alongside Boris Johnson and a giant blow up version of the PM, could prove to be a thorn in the side for the Tories. Sherelle Jacobs writes the revolt against Labour is bigger than Brexit.
If it is to ever win another election, Labour needs nothing less than refoundingThe party is trapped in an industrial era that has long gone. It must reset itself with a new name and a progressive alliance Keir Starmer at Cameron’s brewery in Hartlepool last month: ‘Hartlepool … will not be won back by being seen downing more pints of beer because that’s what you’ve been told the working class do.’ Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images
Formula One is gearing up for its fourth race of the season and the next chapter of its mouth-watering championship battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton triumphed last weekend in Portugal to claim his second win of the campaign and extend his championship lead over the Dutchman to eight points. When is the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix?
DUBAI (Reuters) -The United States has expressed its readiness to lift many of its sanctions on Iran at the Vienna nuclear talks but Tehran is demanding more, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state media on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the U.S. side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Araqchi told state TV. "But this is not adequate from our point of view and therefore the discussions will continue until we get to all our demands," Araqchi said as indirect talks were scheduled to resume on Friday in the Austrian capital.
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Fire breaks out at London tower block with Grenfell-style panels. London fire brigade working to put out fire at New Providence Wharf in Tower Hamlets
Although voting ends at 10pm on Thursday, the final results are not expected until Monday
A huge SNP effort to get their supporters to polling stations cancelled out a rise in unionist tactical voting in key constituencies as the first tranche of results in the Holyrood elections were announced. Turnout surged across the country despite the pandemic – rising by more than 10 percentage points in some seats compared to 2016 – with a record number expected to have participated in a Scottish Parliament vote. The nationalists were determined to avoid a repeat of the 2017 general election, when SNP voters staying at home was seen to have contributed to surprise gains for Labour in urban areas and Tories toppling nationalists in parts of rural Scotland. The SNP bombarded its supporters with texts and emails addressed from Nicola Sturgeon on election day, urging them to vote and also to ensure that at least five friends or family members also made it to polling stations. On Friday, Scottish Tory strategists admitted that the success of the SNP drive to get out the vote had neutered their attempts to gain seats by encouraging widespread tactical voting among unionist voters determined to stop a second independence referendum.
“What is happening in India right now is a horrifying preview of Nepal’s future if we cannot contain this latest Covid surge”
French authorities have announced that Jersey fishermen will be banned from landing their catch at three ports in response to the row over post-Brexit fishing rights. In a tit-for-tat retaliation, local leaders in La Manche, Normandy, said that boats from the Channel island would be suspended from entering the ports of Granville, Barneville-Carteret and Dielette until further notice. It came as Jersey fishermen on Friday told The Telegraph they had been unable to land their hauls since Monday, with one fisherman actively prevented from landing in Carteret on Thursday afternoon. Responding on Friday night, Ian Gorst, Jersey’s minister for external relations, said that it regretted the decision and believed it fell foul of the Brexit trade deal. “For that reason we are referring the notice of this decision immediately to the European Commission,” he said in a statement. It follows Jersey’s decision last week to impose new restrictions on fishing licences granted to French vessels in its waters, in a move which has provoked outcry in Paris. Brussels has also intervened, claiming that the move is discriminatory and in breach of the Brexit trade deal agreed with the UK last year. After the French government threatened to cut off electricity supplies to the island, a flotilla of 60 fishing boats blockaded its main port of St Helier on Thursday, in an escalation which prompted Boris Johnson to dispatch two Royal Navy vessels. The fishermen have threatened to return unless Jersey backs down, but Downing Street has insisted that the Crown Dependency commands its full support and has complied with the trade agreement. Read more: Calm after the storm as Jersey's fishermen head back out to sea
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Reaction and results after Thursday’s elections in England, Scotland and Wales
"Now THAT is a way to end a finale!"
Dr Paul Williams walked off after losing the seat without making any kind of speech or comment, prompting criticism for his 'lack of grace'.
People under 40 are to be offered an alternative to the vaccine
Release of newly declassified documents suggests disagreement among intelligence agencies over their level of confidence in reports
‘Disowned’: family says pleas for help ignored as Australian man dies of Covid-19 in IndiaDaughter of 59-year-old criticises consular officials’ response and says her mother has been abandoned by her own government A man runs to escape heat and flames from multiple funeral pyres of Covid-19 victims at a crematorium in the outskirts of New Delhi. A 59-year-old Australian permanent resident stranded in India has died of Covid-19. Photograph: Amit Sharma/AP
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Lobbying by Poland and Hungary has led to the removal of the phrase "gender equality" from a Friday declaration on advancing social cohesion in the European Union as it strives to rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic. Poland's nationalist ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and eurosceptic ally Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban promote what they call traditional social values at home and have repeatedly clashed with their more liberal Western peers over the rights of women, gay people and migrants. The two countries opposed mentioning "gender equality" directly in a statement by the bloc's 27 national leaders, who are meeting in the Portuguese city of Porto on Friday and Saturday to look for ways to reduce social and economic inequalities that widened during the pandemic.