Day: 9 May 2021

Winners and losers in the English Scottish and Welsh elections

The SNP has stormed ahead in the Scottish Parliament election, sparking demands for a second independence referendum and creating a constitutional clash with the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, Labour has suffered local and by-election defeats described by one shadow minister as “shattering”, while coming out top in the Welsh Senedd and so far winning 10 of …

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Labour dominates mayoral elections with 10 wins in 12 contests declared so far

Labour has dominated the mayoral elections, claiming 10 of the 13 posts being contested in cities and metropolitan regions across England. The Tories have won two of the contests so far, and West Yorkshire, which will be electing a mayor for the first time this year, is yet to return a result. Labour’s winners include …

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China says most rocket debris burned up during re entry over the Indian Ocean

China’s space agency said a core segment of its biggest rocket re-entered Earth’s atmosphere above the Maldives in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with most of it burning up. Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter: “An ocean re-entry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won …

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Roy Hodgson confident Crystal Palace will do all they can to keep Eberechi Eze

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident the club will fend off any interest in Eberechi Eze this summer. The attacking midfielder has enjoyed a promising first season in the Premier League following his arrival from QPR in August 2020 in a deal worth £20milliion. He caught the eye again on Saturday against Sheffield United, …

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Starmer hires new strategist as fallout over Labour election results continues

It follows the removal of deputy leader Angela Rayner (left) as chairman Sir Keir Starmer has hired a new strategist in a bid to reverse Labour’s election losing streak as recriminations over the party’s local poll performance threatened to boil over. Pollster Deborah Mattinson will join Labour as director of strategy, an announcement the party …

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Knock on rail disruption could last days after cracks found in trains

Disruption on rail services brought about by the discovery of cracks in some trains could continue for days, the Rail Delivery Group has said. Hitachi 800 trains were pulled from lines on Saturday as a “precautionary measure” after the fault was found in some trains, and Great Western Railway (GWR) and London North Eastern Railway …

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Sadiq Khan pledges to rebuild Government relations in mayoral victory speech

Labour’s Sadiq Khan has pledged to “build bridges” between City Hall and the Government after being re-elected as Mayor of London in a closer contest for the capital than many had predicted. Despite opinion polls suggesting his Conservative rival Shaun Bailey would be a distant second in the race for City Hall, there was a …

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PM calls Union summit as Sturgeon says second referendum is will of Scotland

The Prime Minister has invited SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon for crisis talks on the Union after the First Minister warned he would be standing in the way of democracy if he denies Scotland a second independence referendum. The SNP fell one seat short of an overall majority in the Scottish parliament elections, securing 64 seats, …

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Duchess of Sussex calls for more support for women post pandemic

The Duchess of Sussex has appeared on TV for the first time since her and Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Meghan appeared as part of the Global Citizen VAX Live concert with a pre-recorded video message in which she said women had been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The event, televised on Saturday night in …

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