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    What would Churchill have done? Boris Johnson's US trip was a bit of a curate's egg

    The prime minister was all smiles as he padded down the Amtrak train to debrief journalists on his way back to New York from his whirlwind 24 hours in Washington DC on Wednesday. Clearly delighted to be invited to the Oval Office for 90 minutes face time with President Biden, Boris Johnson told the gathered press pack that this trip had "already exceeded expectations". "The one and a half hours with Joe [Biden] was about as friendly and productive as any," he said of his first visit to the Whi

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    Boris Johnson admits being 'taken aback' by French anger in submarine deal row

    Boris Johnson has admitted to being "taken aback" by France's angry reaction to a new security pact between the UK, US and Australia. The prime minister has told French President Emmanuel Macron to "prenez un grip" and give him a "break" in the diplomatic row over the new AUKUS initiative. "There's no easy way of having these conversations and it's a very human thing to delay the frank conversation until the last possible moment," Mr Johnson said.

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    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer sets out post-pandemic vision of 'contribution society' in 11,500-word essay

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has begun a push to spell out his vision for Britain with the release of an essay running to more than 11,500 words. Ahead of Labour's annual conference in Brighton later this week, Sir Keir has outlined his view of a "contribution society". Having already spent more than 500 days as Labour leader, the publication of Sir Keir's essay will be viewed as an attempt by the former barrister to reset his leadership.

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    COVID-19: I'm A Celebrity crew member blamed for sending thousands of Australians into lockdown

    The 31-year-old make-up artist flew to Ballina, New South Wales (NSW), from Sydney on Saturday, carrying an exemption that allowed her to travel for work-related purposes only, according to ABC News. According to coronavirus restrictions in Australia, people who have travelled from Sydney, which is still in lockdown, must stay at home when they are not working. Catherine Cusack, a Liberal member of the NSW upper house, called on the state health minister, Brad Hazzard, to resign over the incid

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    COP26: Boris Johnson urges humankind to 'grow up' and 'come of age' at Glasgow climate change summit

    Boris Johnson is urging humankind to "grow up" and "come of age" at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow this year. The prime minister, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday night, will call on world leaders to "recognise the scale of the challenge we face" on climate issues. In a message for the world to "come together in a collective coming of age", Mr Johnson will spell out a need to limit a global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees.

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    Liz Truss visits Mexico to push for UK to join 11-member international trade pact

    Foreign secretary Liz Truss will travel to Mexico to push for the country's support for the UK to join an international trade pact. It comes as the Prime Minister conceded an agreement was not about to be struck with the USA following meetings with President Joe Biden. Boris Johnson played down the prospect of an imminent trade deal between the two countries earlier this week, saying that President Biden has "a lot of fish to fry".

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    'Batsman' replaced with gender-neutral term in laws of cricket

    The word "batsman" has been replaced with a gender-neutral alternative in the official laws of cricket. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's and has been recognised as the authority on cricketing laws since it was founded in 1787, says the change will take immediate effect. "Batsman" will be replaced by "batter", which MCC says "recognises the changing landscape" of cricket.

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    Tesco warns Christmas panic buying 'could be worse than first lockdown' due to driver shortage - reports

    Tesco has warned the government that it is worried about panic-buying in the run-up to Christmas as a shortage of HGV drivers results in empty shelves, reports suggest. Britain's biggest supermarket told a meeting of the government's new food and drink taskforce it could be "far worse" than stockpiling that took place at the start of the pandemic last year, according to trade magazine The Grocer. Tesco - which has been offering HGV drivers signing-on bonuses of £1,000 since the summer - report

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    Wiltshire's former police and crime commissioner Jonathon Seed charged over nomination papers

    Wiltshire's former police and crime commissioner has been charged with making a false declaration in nomination papers prior to his election to the post. Conservative candidate Jonathon Seed was elected to the role in May, but he later withdrew over a 30-year-old drink-driving conviction. Thames Valley Police launched an investigation into the circumstances of the election and passed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who have now advised officers to charge Mr Seed.

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    Universal Credit: Families seven times more likely to face a crisis paying bills and debts

    Families on Universal Credit are seven times more likely to face a crisis paying their bills and debts than others, according to new research for Sky News from the Resolution Foundation. Sky News understands the Treasury is still determined to remove the £20 uplift next month, arguing that it was always a temporary measure for the pandemic and that a permanent increase of this scale would cost around £6 billion a year - equivalent to an extra penny on everyone's income tax bill. It comes as ma

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