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Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine says it has shot down 60 of over 70 missiles launched after explosions at two Russian airbases

No reports of missile impacts in Kyiv but two killed in Zaporizhzhia and Odesa hit hard after Russian strike follows blasts at Russian airfieldsAt a glance: what we know on day 285 of the invasionThe Chinese foreign ministry has said it will continue energy cooperation with Russia after the G7, EU and Australia imposed a price cap on Russian oil exports. China, which said it would continue on the basis if respect and mutual benefit, has increased its purchases of Russia’s Urals oil blends this year, reports Reuters, citing Russia’s RIA news agency.I am more responsible than I am brave … I just hate to let people down.I just want to catch a carp in the Dnipro River. Continue reading...

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Labour plan to reform constitution will end ‘sticking plaster politics’, says Starmer

Proposals, including abolishing House of Lords, aimed at moving power away from LondonKeir Starmer has vowed to undertake a root-and-branch reform of the UK constitution, moving political power out of London, banning second jobs for MPs and abolishing the House of Lords.The plans are a victory for the former prime minister Gordon Brown, who has pushed for Labour to set out a bold strategy that would hand new powers to local and regional government, including over transport and infrastructure, development funding, housing, training and jobcentres. Continue reading...

Labour embraces constitutional reform, especially if it keeps Scotland on board

Keir Starmer had something for everyone in his speech, but the details were a little sketchyGo out on to the streets of Leeds, Keir Starmer told the BBC’s Chris Mason. And what you will hear is that people have a passion for constitutional reform. Not sure that’s exactly what I overhear when I’m out and about. The conversations I eavesdrop tend to be rather more mundane. Why the buses and trains aren’t running on time. Hospital appointments being cancelled. The cost of living. What they are planning on eating that night.But no one can accuse Labour of ducking the difficult issues. Where the Conservatives are out of ideas, running on fumes and trying not to collapse under the weight of the latest daily crisis – the political entropy of 12 years in government – Starmer is trying to think beyond daily survival. Continue reading...

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Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group serves Coventry City FC eviction notice

Club has no continuing rights after refusing to sign new tenancy agreement, says stadium’s ownerMike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser, has served Coventry City with an eviction notice ordering the Championship football club to leave its home stadium.Frasers Group, which is majority owned by Ashley and took over the stadium last month, on Monday said the Blues had no continuing rights to use the ground after the club refused to sign a new tenancy agreement it claimed was “less favourable”. Continue reading...

Matt Hancock accused of rewriting history in pandemic book

Tory ex-minister Steven Dorrell questions whether Hancock would stand by some of his claims under oathMatt Hancock has been accused of rewriting history as he seeks to rescue his reputation with the launch of a book about helping to lead the UK’s response to Covid.Fresh from spending three weeks in the Australian jungle on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, the former health secretary has written what is billed as a tell-all account of “the successes and the failures” of tackling coronavirus. Continue reading...