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‘Politics can sweep you away’: the 72 hours that changed Britain

Alarm spreads among Labour MPs over future of Starmer leadership as party suffers string of high-profile defeats across England in local electionsElections 2021 live - latest news and reactionThe tension in Birmingham’s Utilita arena was palpable on Saturday as the results of the West Midlands mayoral election went down to the wire. There was a brief moment of shock at the count when first preference votes showed a win for Labour’s Liam Byrne. Some initially mistook it as the result for the whol...
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Sadiq Khan reelected as London mayor after rival runs him close

Victory was less emphatic than predicted after late increase in support for Tory Shaun BaileySadiq Khan has been elected as mayor of London for a second term, following a victory that was less emphatic than predicted after a late increase in support for his Conservative opponent.As recently as March, polls had given Khan a 25-point lead over his Tory rival, Shaun Bailey, handing him 53% of the vote. Continue reading...
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Elections 2021: Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s elections London reelects Sadiq Khan for mayorSNP is Holyrood’s largest party with 64 seatsAngela Rayner sacked as Labour chairLabour gains mayoralties in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and West of EnglandConservatives hold West MidlandsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for Wales2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 11.15pm BST Sadiq Khan has thanked...
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Elections 2021: SNP secures Holyrood win as Labour MPs react to Rayner’s sacking – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s elections SNP is Holyrood’s largest party with 64 seatsAngela Rayner sacked as Labour chairLabour gains mayoralties in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and West of EnglandConservatives hold West MidlandsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for Wales2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 9.30pm BST The result of London’s mayoral election has been delayed un...
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Elections 2021: anger from Labour MPs after Angela Rayner sacked as chair – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s electionsAngela Rayner sacked as Labour chairLabour gains mayoralties in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and West of EnglandConservatives hold West MidlandsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for WalesSNP’s hopes for Scotland majority rest on handful of seats2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 8.19pm BST The SNP are now just one seat short of an overa...
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Elections 2021: Labour win mayoral races in Greater Manchester and West of England, Tories hold West Midlands – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s electionsConservatives hold West MidlandsLabour gains West of England mayoralty from Tories First minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for WalesSNP’s hopes for Scotland majority rest on handful of seats2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 6.27pm BST Labour has gained the mayoralty of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough from the Conservatives, with Nik Johnson ele...
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Elections 2021: Labour wins mayoral races in Greater Manchester and West of England, holds Welsh Senedd – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s electionsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for WalesSNP’s hopes for Scotland majority rest on handful of seatsAndy Burnham is reelected mayor of Greater ManchesterSteve Rotheram re-elected as mayor of Liverpool city region2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 5.33pm BST Asked whether it was realistic to have a referendum in the first half of parliam...
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Elections 2021: Labour’s Andy Burnham wins Greater Manchester mayoral race as party holds Welsh parliament – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s electionsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for WalesSNP’s hopes for Scotland majority rest on handful of seatsAndy Burnham is reelected mayor of Greater ManchesterSteve Rotheram re-elected as mayor of Liverpool city region2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 4.35pm BST Mark Drakeford, the Labour Welsh first minister, has said that he hopes Boris Jo...
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Elections 2021: Labour holds Welsh parliament; West Midlands mayoral contest goes to second round – live

All the latest news and results as counts continue in England and Scotland after Thursday’s electionsFirst minister Mark Drakeford promises radical plans for WalesSNP’s hopes for Scotland majority rest on handful of seatsSteve Rotheram re-elected as mayor of Liverpool city regionCovid restricted Keir Starmer from setting out vision for UK, says Labour2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 3.28pm BST With the West Midlands mayoral election going to a second ro...
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Elections 2021: Labour holds Welsh parliament as counts continue in England and Scotland

All the latest news and results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesScottish independence: Boris Johnson pushes back against IndyRef2Steve Rotheram re-elected as mayor of Liverpool city regionCovid restricted Keir Starmer from setting out vision for UK, says Labour2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 2.31pm BST The Conservative Andy Street has secured a first preference vote lead over Labour’s Liam Byrne in Wolverhampton, with 27,784 vo...
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Elections 2021: Labour’s Steve Rotheram wins in Liverpool metro mayoral vote as counts continue in England and Scotland – live

All the latest news and results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesScottish independence: Boris Johnson pushes back against IndyRef2Steve Rotheram re-elected as mayor of Liverpool city regionCovid restricted Keir Starmer from setting out vision for UK, says LabourLabour makes big gains in Wales defeating ex-Plaid Cymru leader2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh polls 1.31pm BST Observer policy editor Michael Savage has this update on the Lon...
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Elections 2021: Johnson set for independence referendum clash with Sturgeon as counting continues in Scotland – live

All the latest news and results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesNicola Sturgeon plays down SNP prospects after pro-UK tactical votingLabour makes big gains in Wales defeating ex-Plaid Cymru leaderLabour’s Khalid Mahmood says party has become ‘London-centric’2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 8.22am BST Q: What will you do if Boris Johnson refuses to allow a second referendum?Swin...
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UK aid cuts will put tens of thousands of children at risk of famine, says charity

Save the Children’s analysis finds Britain will spend 80% less on nutrition abroad this year, as hunger levels rise around the worldBritain is set to spend 80% less on helping feed children in poorer nations than before the pandemic, according to a charity’s analysis.Save the Children said the British government will spend less than £26m this year on vital nutrition services in developing countries, a drop of more than three-quarters from 2019. The estimate of aid cuts to nutrition comes after U...
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Keir Starmer concedes Labour has lost the trust of working people

Leader says party considering moving HQ out of London to show it represents the whole country after May election defeatsElections 2021 – live updatesLabour crashes to humiliating byelection defeat in HartlepoolResults tracker for the local, Scottish and Welsh pollsThe Conservatives inflicted a historic byelection defeat on Labour and regained the Tees Valley mayoralty by a landslide as Keir Starmer conceded his party had lost the trust of working people across England.The Labour leader, who call...
Tags: Politics, England, London, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Labour, Local Government, Mayoral elections, Local Politics, Keir Starmer, Local elections, North Of England, Tees Valley, Elections 2021


So who are you again? Boris Johnson meets the new MP for Hartlepool

PM tried not to gloat at Jill Mortimer’s win, claiming no knowledge of Brexit party demise, vaccine bounce ... and even his new MPThe real surprise was that anyone was surprised. Over the last few days the polls had looked desperate for Labour and it would have been astonishing if the Conservatives hadn’t easily won the Hartlepool byelection.And sure enough those who had voted for the Brexit party in the 2019 general election moved en masse to the Tories and Hartlepool went blue for the first ti...
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Elections 2021: Sturgeon says SNP majority was ‘very long shot’; Starmer ‘bitterly disappointed’ by Hartlepool loss – live

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesJabs, jobs, hope: Tory formula for winning in north-east England‘Obsessed with the flag’: Labour recriminations begin in HartlepoolStarmer under pressure from Labour left after ‘disappointing night’2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 4.54pm BST Prof Sir John Curtice also said that Alex Salmond’s chances of getti...
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Elections 2021: Nicola Sturgeon says SNP majority was always a ‘very long shot’ – live

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesLabour crashes to humiliating byelection defeat in HartlepoolStarmer under pressure from Labour left after ‘disappointing night’2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 4.25pm BST Ben Houchen, the Conservative mayor of Tees Valley, has been re-elected by a landslide. He got 121,964 votes (73%), beating Labour’s Jessi...
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Elections 2021: Starmer facing Labour backlash after Tories’ historic win in Hartlepool – live

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and WalesLabour crashes to humiliating byelection defeat in HartlepoolStarmer under pressure from Labour left after ‘disappointing night’2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 1.28pm BST In the local elections the Conservatives are doing particularly well in places where there was a strong leave vote in 2016, or where Ukip ...
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Elections 2021: Conservatives win Hartlepool byelection, dealing blow to Labour – live

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and Wales2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 7.21am BST Doncaster is the only mayoral contest where counting started overnight. In 2017 Labour’s Ros Jones won with more than 50% on the first ballot. This time she got 44% of the vote on the first count, down 7 points, while her Conservative opponent, James Hart, got 28%, ...
Tags: Politics, England, Wales, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Hartlepool, Scotland England, Mark Drakeford, Sam Lee, James Hart, Adam Gaines


Elections 2021: Hartlepool byelection result due imminently with Labour already conceding defeat – live

Reactions and all the latest results after Thursday’s elections in Scotland, England and Wales2021 elections: results for the English local, Scottish and Welsh pollsWhen to expect results from Super Thursday elections 6.24am BST Hartlepool is yet to declare, but already there is evidence of Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour critics arguing that his leadership strategy is to blame. This is what the leftwing MP for Brighton Kempton, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, tweeted shortly after midnight.Good to see valu...
Tags: Politics, England, Wales, Scotland, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Hartlepool, Scotland England, Mark Drakeford, Brighton Kempton Lloyd, Russell Moyle


UK cuts grants for small aid charities to save ‘less than cost of No 10 press room’

Hospital in Zanzibar and support for child workers in Bangladesh among approved projects to miss out as £2.1m of funding cancelledThe UK has scrapped three rounds of grants to small international development charities, prompting fury that it has wiped out funding for 42 projects around the world to save “less than the [£2.6m] cost of the Downing Street press room”.The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) told charities last week that rounds six, seven and eight of the Small Charit...
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Ministers urged to reveal details of £2bn Covid deals with private health firms

Contracts to increase capacity handed to 17 companies, some of whom had donated to ConservativesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has been urged to publish details of up to £2bn in Covid-19 contracts awarded to private healthcare companies, including some that have helped fund the Conservative party.Contracts to provide extra capacity during the pandemic have been handed to 17 firms since March 2020. Continue reading...
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Tory quarrels determined UK’s post-Brexit future, says Barnier

Revealed: EU chief negotiator’s diaries, The Great Illusion, give blow-by-blow account of moves behind UK’s departureBritain’s post-Brexit future was determined by “the quarrels, low blows, multiple betrayals and thwarted ambitions of a certain number of Tory MPs”, the EU’s chief negotiator has said in his long-awaited diaries.The UK’s early problem, writes Michel Barnier in The Great Illusion, his 500-page account, was that they began by “talking to themselves. And they underestimate the legal ...
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UK likely to give green light for travel to fewer than 10 EU countries

Traffic light system to be used cautiously despite European plan to let in Covid-vaccinated tourists from JuneCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritons’ summer holiday plans were given a major boost on Monday, as the EU confirmed vaccinated travellers will be able to fly to Europe from June, though it’s understood the UK could give the green light to travel to fewer than 10 countries.The changing quarantine requirements for popular holiday destinations looks set to make...
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Senior Tory says Boris Johnson should resign if he breached ministerial rules

Leader of Scottish Conservatives says PM should ‘of course’ quit if he has not been honest about payments for Downing Street refurbOne of the UK’s most senior Conservatives has broken ranks and called for Boris Johnson to resign if he breached ministerial rules over the refurbishment of a Downing Street flat, amid new claims that undeclared donations have been sought to fund the prime minister’s lavish lifestyle.Douglas Ross, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said on Sunday that Johnson ...
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Raab dismisses claim donor was asked to pay for Johnson’s nanny as ‘gossip’

Foreign secretary says he has ‘no idea’ if claim is true and he will not comment on ‘tittle-tattle’Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has said he does not know if a Conservative donor was asked to pay for Boris Johnson’s childcare costs, amid new allegations of undeclared donations and loans to fund the prime minister’s lifestyle.Following reports that Johnson sought payments from a donor to help pay for his one-year-old son’s care, Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “I have no idea, you d...
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Tory poll lead slashed as key elections loom across Britain

Stories of Conservative sleaze appear to be having an impact as Keir Starmer faces his first electoral test as Labour leader on 6 MayLabour has slashed the Tories’ poll lead in half as more voters conclude that Boris Johnson is corrupt and dishonest ahead of this week’s bumper set of local and devolved elections.The latest Opinium poll for the Observer shows the Conservative lead has fallen from 11 points to five points after a week in which the prime minister was at the centre of allegations ov...
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Plaid Cymru has a mountain to climb, but Welsh independence is no pipe dream | Simon Jenkins

Wales has gone from ‘indy curious’ to ‘indy plausible’, and nationalists should look to Ireland for inspirationNext year is the centenary of the founding of the Irish Free State and the path to full independence. It is just conceivable that Scotland could celebrate by striking out alone too. But Wales? Surely not.The Welsh Senedd elections on 6 May seem likely to confirm Labour’s Mark Drakeford in office in Cardiff. But he may have to rely on Welsh nationalist backing from Plaid Cymru. That part...
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Scandal upon scandal: the charge sheet that should have felled Johnson years ago | Jonathan Freedland

This is about so much more than wallpaper. A pattern of lying, betrayal and callousness is ruining livesYes, it’s a real scandal. Despite the apparent absurdity of a Westminster village obsessing over soft furnishings and the precise class connotations of the John Lewis brand, there is a hard offence underneath all those cushions and throws. By refusing to tell us who first paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat, Boris Johnson is denying us – his boss – the right to know who he ow...
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Accusations of lying pile up against Boris Johnson. Does it matter?

Analysis: MPs and broadcasters are losing their reluctance to openly call out the PM’s deceitIt was a jaw-dropping moment. This week the SNP Commons leader, Ian Blackford, asked Boris Johnson a question in parliament that was unsurprising and yet somehow extraordinary. “I can’t possibly call the PM a liar in this house,” Blackford said, beaming in remotely from Scotland. “But … are you a liar, prime minister?”There was an awkward silence. It was as if Johnson – facing off at the dispatch box aga...
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