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This is not Labour MPs vs Corbyn. They’re at war with party members | Diane Abbott

My colleagues should have been holding the Tories to account for the Brexit vote. Instead they’ve unleashed self-serving havoc on their own partyA swirling red mist has descended over the eyes of many Labour MPs. It is a mist that makes them blind to how their activities look to the world outside the Westminster village. If they don’t like Jeremy Corbyn (and despite their protestations to the contrary they give every appearance of not doing so) then they always had the option of a leadership cha...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Eu Referendum, Labour, Diane Abbott, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


Tottenham and Leicester interested in signing Iceland’s Ragnar Sigurdsson

• Central defender excelled against England in Monday’s Euro 2016 victory• Sigurdsson also wanted in Germany but would prefer Premier League moveTottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Ragnar Sigurdsson after his impressive displays for Iceland in their run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, although they face competition from two German sides for the central defender.Sigurdsson, who is under contract with the Russian side Krasnodar until the summer ...
Tags: England, France, Germany, Football, Sport, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, Tottenham, Transfer Window, Leicester, Iceland, Leicester City, Schalke, Wolfsburg, Krasnodar, Sigurdsson


Flo Kraus: Legal aid cuts have forced me out of my career at the bar’

A barrister whose work for prisoners is legendary, spells out why she believes justice should be accessible for all, not just the wealthyDuring her years at the bar, Flo Kraus acquired a reputation for plain speaking and she remained true to form in the valedictory note she posted on her website when she hung up her wig in April.“I am sick of the legal aid cuts, the lack of access to justice, the systemic delays for my clients, the deprivations of liberty that have become routine where nobody is...
Tags: Law, Society, UK criminal justice, Social exclusion, Prisons and probation


Nurofen TV ad banned over painkilling claims in landmark ruling

Verdict likely to spark crackdown in the way companies are allowed to market general painkillersThe advertising watchdog has banned a TV ad for Nurofen for misleading viewers with claims it has special painkilling prowess, in a landmark ruling likely to spark a crackdown in the way companies are allowed to market general painkillers.The ruling by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority follows a separate action by Australia’s Federal Court which fined Reckitt Benckiser, the manufacturer of Nuro...
Tags: UK, Media, Australia, Advertising, Australia news, Healthcare Industry, Pharmaceuticals industry, Reckitt Benckiser, Advertising Standards Authority, Federal Court


If you value the Guardian's coverage of Brexit, please help to fund it | Katharine Viner

Producing in-depth, well-reported journalism is difficult and expensive. Supporting us isn’tSupport us with a monthly contribution Support us with a one-off paymentThe last few days have been seismic and historic for Britain, the greatest political crisis since the second world war with reverberations felt around the world. We’ve been working non-stop to try to make sure that the journalism you find in the Guardian and the Observer properly reflects these extraordinary and complicated times.Whic...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Media, UK News, World news, Newspapers & magazines, National newspapers, Newspapers, Britain, Eu Referendum, The Guardian, Media business, Membership, Guardian Media Group, Brexit, Katharine Viner


Istanbul Atatürk airport attack: PM says Isis behind deaths of at least 36 – latest news

Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State 6.59am BST It’s 8am in Istanbul and officials have begun assessing the damage caused by the suicide attackers, reports Associated Press:Workers were brought in to remove debris left by the blast, while in the daylight the damage to the terminal became clearer with even ceiling panels hit.The airport was partially reopened, with the information board i...
Tags: Europe, Isis, Islamic State, America, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Associated Press, Brussels, Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport, Charles Michel, Istanbul Ataturk


Of course the Brexiters didn’t plan. Arsonists never carry water | Rafael Behr

Johnson and co are grossly irresponsible. They see this historic crisis as a rich man’s parlour gameThe seriousness of Britain’s predicament after voting to leave the European Union probably calls for a classical allusion or grand historical parallel, but I keep thinking of Paddington Bear and the Disappearing Trick. This is the episode in Michael Bond’s first collection of stories where Paddington puts on a conjuring show in which the finale involves borrowing a watch from the cantankerous neig...
Tags: Politics, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, Paddington, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Rafael Behr, Michael Bond


Nasa ignites huge Mars rocket with fiery test in Utah desert

Larger version of solid rocket booster used on shuttle will form part of Space Launch System propelling astronauts beyond Earth’s orbitNasa has successfully tested a huge rocket motor that will one day propel astronauts out of Earth’s orbit and towards Mars.It was the second and final test-firing of the solid rocket booster designed for Nasa’s Space Launch System (SLS). The debut launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in 2018 will not carry people, but a few years later astronauts are schedu...
Tags: Utah, Space, Florida, Science, World news, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Kennedy Space Center


Run the mules: 10 of the best backless shoes

Love them or loathe them, backless shoes – mules, flats or otherwise – are one of summer 2016’s big footwear trends. Try pink or furry and get people staring Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, Women's Shoes


UK light pollution 'causing spring to come a week earlier'

Report is the first to examine the impact of artificial night-lighting on the seasonal behaviour of plants on a national scaleLight pollution is causing spring to come at least a week earlier in the UK, a new study has revealed.The report, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that budburst in trees occurs up to 7.5 days earlier in brighter areas, with later-budding species being more affected. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Environment, UK News, Pollution, Trees and forests, Plants, Spring, Royal Society


The key lesson of Brexit is that globalisation must work for all of Britain | Gordon Brown

As my party focuses on its electability, there is a greater challenge: devising a plan to ensure global trade is fairThere is a real danger that we spend the next decade refighting last week’s referendum. If Scotland’s recent experience is anything to go by – where there are now two entrenched camps of yes and no voters in the aftermath of the 2014 independence referendum – then the battle lines drawn in a bitterly fought and polarising EU referendum will define our politics for years to come.Al...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, Gordon Brown


Why elections are bad for democracy | David Van Reybrouck

Our voting system worked well for decades, but now it is broken. There is a better way to give voice to the peopleBrexit is a turning point in the history of western democracy. Never before has such a drastic decision been taken through so primitive a procedure – a one-round referendum based on a simple majority. Never before has the fate of a country – of an entire continent, in fact – been changed by the single swing of such a blunt axe, wielded by disenchanted and poorly informed citizens.But...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Electoral reform


The heifers are in their new quarters

St Dominic, Tamar Valley A handsome South Devon bull has now joined them, so the cycle will continueA herd of South Devon cattle again graces the fields opposite home. For 30 years the land, with distinctive beech trees on a hedge and an old, freestanding oak, was used mainly for a succession of cereal crops, with annual and ever dearer costs of ploughing, sowing, spraying to control weeds and moulds, and harvesting by combine and straw baler. Marauding pigeons from nearby woods were shot and on...
Tags: Animals, Environment, UK News, Farming, South Devon, Dominic Tamar Valley


How does Facebook suggest potential friends? Not location data – not now

Social media giant agreed on Tuesday that location data was ‘one of the factors’ it used but on Wednesday said no, not any moreFacebook has denied using location data to suggest potential friends amid questions about the unsettling accuracy with which it puts forward “people you may know”.The feature has been known to suggest users who have no or few mutual friends on the network – and, reportedly, nothing in common beyond having shared the same physical space – prompting concerns about how it w...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Privacy, Social Networking


Beyoncé, Formation World Tour, Sunderland review – she slays

Bey takes the Stadium of Light by storm, shrugging off the rain with a glittering magnificence and Lemonade’s brutalist rhythms “What’s the difference between Sunderland FC and Beyoncé? Only one can fill the Stadium of Plight,” one wag tweeted on Tuesday morning. Others wondered whether Sunderland, the first town to declare for leave in the EU referendum, would mistake the track Freedom, from Beyoncé’s current album, Lemonade, as a Brexit endorsement. But there were few such cynics among the nea...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Eu, Culture, Pop and rock, Sunderland, Queen Bey, Bey, Sunderland FC


Beyoncé, Formation World Tour, Sunderland – review

‘I slay!’: Beyoncé takes the Stadium of Light by storm, shrugging off the rain with her glittering magnificence and Lemonade’s brutalist rhythms “What’s the difference between Sunderland FC and Beyoncé? Only one can fill the Stadium of Plight,” one wag tweeted on Tuesday morning. Others wondered whether Sunderland, the first town to declare for leave in the EU referendum, would mistake the track Freedom, from Beyoncé’s current album, Lemonade, as a Brexit endorsement. But there were few such cyn...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Eu, Culture, Pop and rock, Sunderland, Queen Bey, Sunderland FC


Keith Richards to tell story of early years in BBC documentary

The Rolling Stone will star in Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien TempleKeith Richards will front a BBC2 documentary about his formative years growing up in post-war Britain and curate a “lost weekend” of films and live performances for BBC4.The Rolling Stones rocker will star in the film Keith Richards – The Origin of the Species, directed by Julien Temple, which will be a centrepiece of the BBC’s My Generation season about the history of pop music. Continue reading....
Tags: Music, Media, Documentary, Bbc, Britain, Factual TV, Rolling Stone, Keith Richards, Julien Temple


Bedroom where Charles Darwin died to be opened to the public

English Heritage has closely matched the original appearance of the room at Down House, Kent, in the late 1850sThe bedroom in which Charles Darwin died has been recreated after more than a century, and is due to open to the public. Working from family letters, a detailed inventory, descriptions from the time, paint analysis and research into mid-Victorian interior design, the charity English Heritage has closely matched the original appearance of the room at Down House, Kent, in the late 1850s. ...
Tags: Science, UK News, Charles Darwin, Darwin


Statins controversy led 200,000 people to stop taking pills, says study

Authors say there could be 2,000 extra heart attacks or strokes in next decade after research cast doubt on pills’ effectivenessThe public controversy over statins after a leading medical journal ran articles questioning their use will have prompted an estimated 200,000 people in the UK to stop taking the pills in a six-month period, according to researchers.The authors of a study funded by the British Heart Foundation say there could be 2,000 extra heart attacks or strokes over the following 10...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Statins, Medical Research, Heart Attack, British Heart Foundation


Colin Montgomerie qualifies for the Open for first time since 2010

• Relieved Scot says playing at Royal Troon ‘means the world’ to him• Paul Dunne will make Open return a year after stunning display as amateurColin Montgomerie was a relieved man after qualifying for the Open for the first time since 2010 by coming through a 36-hole final qualifier at Gailes Links to secure a spot at Royal Troon. Related: Jason Day pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears Continue reading...
Tags: Sport, Golf, Royal Troon, The Open, Colin Montgomerie, Jason Day, Zika, Scot, Paul Dunne, Montgomerie


Gareth Southgate set for interim job but Wenger in England frame long-term

• Roy Hodgson reluctantly faces media one more time after England exit• Arsène Wenger and Brendan Rodgers among names in frame for manager’s jobThe Football Association is expected to appoint Gareth Southgate on an interim basis before sounding out the likes of Arsène Wenger and Brendan Rodgers as part of an exhaustive and global search to identify Roy Hodgson’s permanent successor as England manager.Hodgson tendered his resignation in the wake of the humiliating defeat by Iceland on Monday that...
Tags: England, Football, Sport, Football politics, The Fa, Arsene Wenger, Wenger, Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney, Brendan Rodgers, Gareth Southgate, Hodgson, European Championship, Iceland, Luton


England set to give Gareth Southgate interim role as successor search begins

• Roy Hodgson reluctantly faces media one more time after England exit• Arsène Wenger and Brendan Rodgers among names in frame for manager’s jobThe Football Association is expected to appoint Gareth Southgate on an interim basis before sounding out the likes of Arsène Wenger and Brendan Rodgers as part of an exhaustive and global search to identify Roy Hodgson’s permanent successor as England manager.Hodgson tendered his resignation in the wake of the humiliating defeat by Iceland on Monday that...
Tags: England, Football, Sport, Football politics, The Fa, Arsene Wenger, Euro 2016, Roy Hodgson, Wayne Rooney, Brendan Rodgers, Gareth Southgate, Hodgson, European Championship, Iceland, Luton


Wales’ players have ‘no regrets’ on cheering Iceland’s win over England

• Chris Gunter: ‘We see Iceland as a small country similar to us’• Wales’ progress plays havoc with players’ summer plansWales players have defended their actions in celebrating Iceland’s elimination of England from Euro 2016 after footage of them enjoying the 2-1 victory emerged on social media, claiming the wild scenes were merely expressions of pride at becoming the only side from Britain and Ireland to make the quarter-finals.“No regrets,” the Reading wing-back Chris Gunter said. “It might h...
Tags: England, Wales, Football, Sport, Britain, Ireland, Euro 2016, European Championship, Iceland, Chris Gunter


Kanye West's Famous video: is it art?

Inspired by painter Vincent Desiderio and featuring lookalikes of naked celebrities, the video has artworld pretentions, but insiders aren’t so sureKanye West’s art world aspirations are not new but his execution of them – as evidenced by the new video to his song Famous – are becoming more sophisticated.Based on a 2008 work by American realist painter Vincent Desiderio, the video features the rapper and wife Kim Kardashian lying naked on an extremely wide bed in a sweaty, post-coital sleep. The...
Tags: Music, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Anna Wintour


Labour MPs prepare for leadership contest after Corbyn loses confidence vote

Standoff as Corbyn refuses to stand down and MPs urge Angela Eagle and Tom Watson to decide who should trigger challengeFollow all today’s political developments on our live blogLabour MPs are preparing to launch a bruising leadership contest that will aim to topple leader Jeremy Corbyn after he reacted to an overwhelming vote of no confidence by declaring he had no intention to resign.Politicians want Angela Eagle, who has stepped down as shadow business secretary, or Tom Watson, Labour’s deput...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Tom Watson, Jeremy Corbyn, Angela Eagle, Corbyn, Tom Watson Labour


Turkey airport attack: 36 killed in explosions at Istanbul Atatürk

Police opened fire on two suspects who then blew themselves up outside security checkpoint at international terminal, Turkish officials sayIstanbul airport attack: latest updatesA series of deadly explosions tore through crowds at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening, leaving 36 dead and scores more injured in an attack which officials blamed on the Islamic State terror group.Shortly before the blasts, assailants armed with AK-47 rifles were involved in an exchange of gunf...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Turkey, Istanbul, Ataturk International Airport, Binali Yildirim, Istanbul Ataturk


The Guardian view on Jeremy Corbyn: after the experiment | Editorial

The question is no longer whether his leadership should end, because at Westminster it already has. The challenge for the Labour left is to rescue something from itSince the beginning Jeremy Corbyn has faced a die-hard band of parliamentary enemies who were not interested in his support from Labour party members, and took every chance to question his suitability to lead. It was, however, not this small gang of irreconcilables but 81% of his MPs, encompassing the mushy middle and the soft left as...
Tags: Politics, David Cameron, Eu, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, Labour party leadership, Labour, Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn


The Guardian view on Scotland and Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon speaks for Britain | Letters

The leave vote has loaded fresh pressure on the future of the United Kingdom. Scotland’s anti-Brexit anger puts federal options for Britain back on the tableThe United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last week. But a very disunited kingdom is now left to pick up the pieces of that dismaying decision. Last week’s vote can be sliced and diced in many ways – age, class, party and education differences among them. Yet the single most destructive dimension of the leave vote was undoubtedly ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, United Kingdom, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Gibraltar


The Guardian view on Scotland and Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon speaks for Britain | Editorial

The leave vote has loaded fresh pressure on the future of the United Kingdom. Scotland’s anti-Brexit anger puts federal options for Britain back on the tableThe United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last week. But a very disunited kingdom is now left to pick up the pieces of that dismaying decision. Last week’s vote can be sliced and diced in many ways – age, class, party and education differences among them. Yet the single most destructive dimension of the leave vote was undoubtedly ...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Wales, Scotland, Eu, European Union, UK News, Britain, Foreign Policy, Eu Referendum, United Kingdom, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish politics, Gibraltar