England v India: Moeen Ali’s 5-63 inspires England fightback in fourth Test

Moeen Ali took 6-67 on his previous Test at Southampton against India in 2014
Fourth Specsavers Test, Ageas Bowl (day two)
England 246 (Curran 78) & 6-0
India 273 (Pujara 132*, Moeen 5-63)
England trail by 21 runs

Moeen Ali’s 5-63 led England’s fightback on the second day of the fourth Test against India in Southampton.

The off-spinner ran through the India lower order as the tourists lost six wickets for 53 runs to slip from 142-2 to 195-8.

However, India were hauled to 273 by an unbeaten 132 from Cheteshwar Pujara, who added 78 for the final two wickets with Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.

That gave the visitors a first-innings lead of 27 after England were bowled out for 246 on day one.

Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings came through four overs at the end of the day as England closed on 6-0, 21 behind.

It left the match and the series tantilisingly poised. England lead 2-1 and can seal the series with victory on the south coast, while India must avoid defeat to keep the contest alive going into the final match at The Oval.

To add to the intrigue, the Southampton pitch is showing signs of sharp turn, potentially aiding India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as well as England pair Moeen and Adil Rashid in the fourth innings.

Moeen’s love of Southampton

Moeen is playing in his first Test since March and, like Sam Curran on day one, has justified his recall.

Moeen was dropped after a poor winter in which he took five wickets at an average of 126.80.

However, in contrast to his struggles abroad, he has a fine record at home. Indeed, on this ground and against the same opponents four years ago, he returned match figures of 8-129.

Having made 40 in England’s first-innings 246, he bowled beautifully, fizzing the ball into the footholes to take all his five wickets in a 10-over spell either side of tea.

Rishabh Pant was lbw for a curious 29-ball duck and Hardik Pandya tamely chipped to short mid-wicket.

Ashwin thoughtlessly bottom-edged a reverse sweep on to his stumps, Mohammed Shami was bowled first ball and, after surviving for 40 minutes, Ishant inside-edged to a juggling Cook at short leg.

Pujara and tail defy England

Pujara was left out of India’s defeat in the first Test, but returned to form with 72 in the second innings of their third Test win at Trent Bridge.

For a while on Friday, he was the support act in a stand of 92 with captain Virat Kohli, who edged to first slip off Curran for 46 to begin India’s slide.

‘Big’ wicket for England – Curran removes Kohli

While wickets were falling around him, Pujara remained patient. Very occasionally he drove through the covers, but often his scoring came through wristy flicks on the leg side or dabbed cuts to third man.

Only when he was joined by Ishant, then Bumrah, did he show more intent in two chaotic partnerships that frustrated England in the evening sunshine.

Pujara survived a review for lbw off Moeen on 99 and, next ball, lofted down the ground to complete his 15th Test century.

At that point, the total was 232 and Bumrah had not faced a delivery. Over the course of the next 11.5 overs – which included England taking the second new ball – Pujara opened his shoulders and farmed the strike.

Bumrah provided brave assistance, clinging on for 70 minutes before gloving Stuart Broad to first slip to leave Pujara unbeaten on 132.

The curious case of Ben Stokes

Before this match began, England captain Joe Root said that all-rounder Ben Stokes was not “100% fit” to bowl because of a knee injury.

That did not seem to be a concern for England during a morning when Broad bowled beautifully to remove openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

Shikhar Dhawan is caught by England’s Jos Buttler for Stuart Broad’s second wicket

When Pujara and Kohli were together, the sight of Jennings bowling his medium pace suggested that Stokes would not be able to bowl at all.

However, he was introduced after lunch and was excellent, hooping an inswinger to trap Ajinkya Rahane lbw.

He did not bowl again after that seven-over spell, even when England were desperately trying to wrap up the India tail.

It addition, it was a difficult day for James Anderson, who returned figures of 0-50 and even surrendered the second new ball to Curran.

‘A lead of 240 would be enough for England’ – what they said

England’s Moeen Ali on Sky Sports: “I know deep down I am not a perfect spinner, but I know on my day I can bowl a side out.

“If we can get to 300 ahead that would be a good lead. It will be difficult, though.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special: “I think 200 would be very competitive.

“From an England perspective, they will put another heavy roller on the wicket – and if they bat 90 overs tomorrow they will be 240 ahead and I’m pretty sure that will be enough.”

How’s stat?!

  • Moeen Ali’s 5-63 was his second successive five-wicket haul in a Test against India at Southampton, after taking 6-67 in 2014.
  • In reaching six, Virat Kohli passed 6,000 Test runs in 119 innings, the second quickest for India after Sunil Gavaskar’s 117. Sachin Tendulkar took 120.
  • Rishabh Pant’s 29-ball duck was the joint third longest for India, matching Irfan Pathan and Suresh Raina.



Ukraine crisis: Blast kills top Donetsk rebel Zakharchenko

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Image caption Alexander Zakharchenko in a 2017 photo

An explosion at a cafe has killed Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the Russian-backed separatists in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, sources in the rebel administration there say.

The report was carried by the rebel “Donetsk Republic” news agency DNR.

Ukrainians suspected of being behind the blast were arrested nearby, a rebel security source was quoted as saying.

Russia’s foreign ministry says it suspects the Ukrainian government of organising the killing of Zakharchenko.

The heavily armed rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk regions refuse to recognise the Ukrainian government in Kiev.

The rebel and Russian news reports say the separatist “finance minister” Alexander Timofeyev was wounded in the blast at the Separ cafe.

“According to preliminary information, it is unfortunately true. The republic’s leader suffered a fatal wound,” a senior Donetsk rebel, Vladislav Berdichevsky, told Interfax news agency.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said “there is every reason to believe that the Kiev regime is behind the murder [of Zakharchenko]”. She said the Kiev “party of war” was “violating its pledges about peace and has decided on a bloodbath”.

Moscow denies sending regular troops and heavy weapons to the separatists, but admits that Russian “volunteers” are helping the rebels.

The rebels seized large swathes of territory in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in an uprising in April 2014.

The frontline between them and Ukrainian government troops has remained largely static for months, but skirmishes continue despite a fragile ceasefire deal.

The Separ cafe in Donetsk city centre belonged to Zakharchenko and was just a few hundred metres from his residence. He became the “Donetsk People’s Republic” leader in November 2014 and was wounded twice in combat. He also survived a car bomb blast in August 2014.

Some other rebel commanders have been assassinated previously in Donetsk:

  • In October 2016 a Russian-born commander nicknamed “Motorola” – real name Arsen Pavlov – was killed by a bomb blast in the lift of his apartment block
  • In February 2017 commander Givi (real name Mikhail Tolstykh) was killed when a rocket was fired into his office.

There has been shooting on the frontline despite a “back-to-school truce” that was supposed to take effect on Wednesday. International monitors reported 70 ceasefire violations on that day alone.



Design for Princess Diana’s ‘burka with a bow’ on sale

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Image caption The Emmanuels designed a number of dresses for Princess Diana’s trip to the Gulf states

A design of a burka prepared for Princess Diana’s 1986 tour to the Gulf region will be auctioned in the US this month.

Other items up for auction include dress designs and fabric samples.

The pieces come from the shop of David and Elizabeth Emmanuel who designed the princess’s wedding dress.

In a letter ordering the designs for the Gulf tour, Princess Diana’s lady-in-waiting wrote: “In all cases modesty is the order of the day.”

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Image caption The ‘burka with a bow’

One folder from the designers is marked “The Gulf Tour 1986 Day & Evening Wear Designs”.

It contains five original hand-drawn outfit designs including:

  • A burka marked as: “H.R.H. The Princess of Wales, Visit to Saudi Arabia, Nov. 1986, Reserve Outfit”
  • A “navy and white stripe coat over white faconné dress”
  • An evening dress of “purple faconné with diamanté buttons”
  • Another evening dress in “white silk crepe embroidered with bugle beads and tiny crystals and diamanté”

The designs are offered with the associated fabric samples. The collection is being sold by a private collector, with a guide price of $30,000 (£23,000).

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Image caption A photo of Princess Diana choosing from the designs with the Emmanuels will also be sold at an auction

The collection also includes a letter from Diana’s lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth Emmanuel in which Anne Beckwith-Smith requests designs for the Gulf tour.

Setting out requirements for the tour Ms Beckwith-Smith says: “In all cases modesty is the order of the day.”

Princess Diana and Prince Charles made a six day tour of the Gulf states – including Saudi Arabia – in 1986.

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Image caption A letter from Princess Diana’s lady-in-waiting requesting outfit sketches

The auctioneers said that during the trip Princess Diana “tried to conform to local customs by wearing concealing clothes but still exposed her neck and left her head uncovered”.

“Notably, she did not have to wear the ‘reserve outfit’ burka depicted in this archive.

“At evening banquets, she appeared in the long-sleeved demure dresses made especially for the tour.”

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Image caption Princess Diana attending a picnic in the desert near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1986
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Image caption The designs will be auctioned with samples of the fabric
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Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving time

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The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions “believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen”.

The Commission’s proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is “crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime”.

However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be “a sovereign decision of each member state”, Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

He stressed that the proposal was “to no longer constrain member states into changing clocks twice per year”.

The UK is one of the 28 nations, but is due to leave the European Union in March 2019. Any change would be unlikely to happen before then.

The Commission warns that unco-ordinated time changes between member states would cause economic harm.

In the public consultation, 84% of 4.6 million respondents called for ending the spring and autumn clock change.

By far the biggest response was in Germany and Austria (3.79% and 2.94% of the national population respectively). The UK’s response was lowest – 0.02% – but few Italians took part, either (0.04%).

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Why do many dislike Europe’s daylight saving time?

Some studies cited by the Commission point to adverse health impacts from the clock changes.

“Findings suggest that the effect on the human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought,” it says.

Clocks go forward by an hour on the last Sunday in March and switch back to winter time on the last Sunday in October.

Finland called for daylight saving to be abolished EU-wide, after a petition gathered more than 70,000 signatures from citizens calling for such a change.

The EU made the spring/autumn clock change the rule in all member states in 1996, based on the argument that it would reduce energy costs. But the Commission says the data on energy-saving is inconclusive.

There is also no reliable evidence that the clock changes reduce traffic accidents, the Commission says.

What are the EU’s current time zones?

There are three standard time zones:

  • Three states apply GMT (the UK, Ireland and Portugal)
  • 17 have Central European Time, which is GMT+1
  • Eight have Eastern European Time, which is GMT+2

The current seasonal clock changes are controversial partly because there is a big difference in daylight hours experienced by Scandinavia and by southern Europe.

Nordic countries have long, dark nights in winter and short nights in summer. The pattern in the south is more even across the seasons.

There are anomalies too. For example, neighbours Portugal and Spain are in different time zones, as are Sweden and Finland.

What is the situation in the UK?

The UK adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1916, along with many other nations involved in World War One, in order to conserve coal.

It followed years of pressure from William Willett, a great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin.

But the UK has had its own debate about time zones.

In 2011, the government proposed a three-year trial of moving to Central European Time, so the time would be GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer.

The change would have meant lighter evenings but darker mornings, and one of the arguments was that it would reduce accidents. But it was abandoned after opposition from Scotland and northern England, where some areas would not have seen daylight until 10am under the proposal.

Your views from across Europe

Emma in Finland

As a Finn who has lived across Scandinavia I wholeheartedly welcome this initiative.

There have been times that I have fallen asleep at 16:00 in the afternoon or have not seen sunlight for several days due to the times I started and finished work.

Lars in Sweden

It would be a much better idea to keep daylight saving but have the change take place on Good Friday each year because most people would then be off work for four days. This would almost certainly reduce the risks of cardiovascular incidents and tiredness.

For us in northern Europe scrapping daylight saving and using so called summertime all year round would mean the mornings in wintertime would be incredibly dark until 09:00.

Also, using so-called wintertime in summer would mean an end to much of the long, bright summer nights.

Andrew in Denmark

Whilst I can see the advantages in stopping the change from winter to summertime and vice versa, it may create problems.

If Denmark kept summertime in the winter, it would not be daylight in late November-February until 10:00 and beyond. If they keep wintertime in the summer, the sun will rise at about 02:00.

This is not an easy problem to resolve.

Up until 1996, Denmark went to summertime one month after the UK and returned to wintertime one month before, so that for two months of the year they were on the same time as the UK.

Richard in Switzerland

This is a great shame.

Summertime was introduced in mainland Europe because it gave more daylight in the evenings. I was living in France at the time and it was very popular.

Some countries did not follow suit immediately – for example, Italy and Switzerland. This led to a chaotic situation for those close to the borders.

Jessica in Spain

It’s about time this was brought up.

I suffer from a vitamin D deficiency and the winter months in particular, are awful.

When I lived in Kent and commuted an hour into London for work, I only saw maybe a half-hour of daylight at lunchtime a day, and that’s if I managed to get away from my desk.

I know some people who only see sunlight at the weekends.

If this could be changed so we at least get a bit of sunlight en route to or from work, this would make the tiniest difference but could affect everyone’s health in a big way.

Also, everyone knows that people are happier and friendlier in the sunshine.

Graeme in Scotland

I lived through the UK’s experiment of having no time change while at school in Scotland. It was almost dark until 10:00 in the winter and that was horrible.

I have since worked in south-west Norway, which has a very similar sunshine period.

The winter in Scotland and Norway is dark and cold. Do not mess with the status quo.



Italian GP: Sebastian Vettel fastest in second practice after huge Marcus Ericsson crash

Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber crashed on the approach to the first chicane when his DRS did not close under braking

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace in second practice at the Italian Grand Prix despite a high-speed spin.

The German, 17 points behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the championship, lost control at the famous Parabolica corner at the end of an impressive run.

Hamilton was third fastest, behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and 0.287 seconds slower than Vettel.

There was a huge accident for Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who somersaulted several times at the first chicane.

His DRS overtaking aid did not shut as intended when the Swede hit the brakes. Ericsson was uninjured but the DRS continued to be an intermittent problem for his team-mate Charles Leclerc for the first part of the session.

Vettel was trying to get one more timed lap when he spun off, lightly tapping the wall.

Hamilton also made errors on his fastest laps, running slightly wide at the second chicane a couple of times, so the absolute pace of the Mercedes was not revealed.

“We did plenty of laps this afternoon in the dry and we could see that, like in Spa, we had a small gap to Ferrari on both the short and the long runs,” said Hamilton.

“My laps felt pretty good, but Ferrari was a little bit quicker today. We’re all working flat out right now in every part of the team, and we have work to do tonight as well – but there are some areas where we can see deficits, so I hope we can make a little step for qualifying.

“It has been a big battle for a number of races now, and they have had a small advantage since the middle of the summer, but we are pushing as hard as we can to overcome that.”

Form at the top

Vettel’s advantage over Hamilton suggested that Mercedes are again on the back foot.

And the race simulation runs in the second part of the session strengthened that impression, with Vettel on average just under 0.2secs quicker than Hamilton on high fuel on the super-soft tyres on which most teams will start the race.

Fernando Alonso – F1 becoming too predictable

Vettel was out later than Hamilton because of the delay required to repair the light damage to his rear wing caused caused by his off at Parabolica.

If that form continues, Mercedes will be concerned, because they already expect to struggle at the next race in Singapore in two weeks’ time.

“The car was working well today but I think we can still improve,” said Vettel.

“I am not yet happy. The balance is not perfect yet but I think by tomorrow with more work the car will be fine.”

On Friday, Hamilton was fighting a lone fight against the Ferraris – his team-mate Valtteri Bottas was nearly 0.7secs off the pace and just over 0.4secs off the Briton.

The Red Bulls are next best, but Max Verstappen in fifth was a second off the pace.

Sebastian Vettel won his first grand prix at Monza 10 years ago while driving for Toro Rosso
Ericsson’s Sauber had a huge impact with the wall, and then began to roll
On the team radio immediately after the crash, Ericsson said: “I don’t know what happened. I’m OK”
Ericsson was apparently unflustered afterwards and waved to the Monza crowd
The Sauber mechanics were left with quite a task when the car was returned to the pits



Theresa May plot: Man jailed for life for Downing Street murder plan

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A man who plotted to kill the prime minister in a suicide attack has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 30 years.

Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 21, from north London, was convicted last month of preparing acts of terrorism.

Rahman had planned to detonate a bomb at the gates of Downing Street and then kill Theresa May with a knife or gun.

Sentencing him, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said Rahman “would have carried out his attack” had he not been arrested.

Rahman was captured by an undercover operation involving the Metropolitan Police, MI5 and FBI.

He was arrested moments after collecting a bag and jacket from an undercover operative that he believed had been fitted with explosives.

The judge said: “I am sure that at all material times Rahman believed the devices to be real and capable of causing serious harm.”

He added that the undercover officers involved in the case were “scrupulous” at all times and Rahman was the “instigator and author” of his own actions.

How Rahman was caught

By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani

Rahman made contact with IS recruiters via social media – but unbeknown to him the contact was actually an FBI agent.

That agent referred Rahman to an MI5 team of online role players who convinced him that they were genuine IS figures.

“I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament,” Rahman told the MI5 role players.

“I want to attempt to kill Theresa May. All I need now is a sleeper cell to lay low for now.”

Read more from Dominic Casciani

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Image caption Undercover officers gave Rahman a fake bomb

Rahman, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said, had been “told and believed” that the rucksack bomb given to him was “capable of causing casualties on a scale comparable to those caused at the Manchester Arena”, where 22 people were killed.

Rahman’s lawyer argued he had been brainwashed by his uncle – who was later killed in a drone strike while fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria – and said his client had not intended to go through with the plot.

But a probation report read to the court by the judge revealed that Rahman had admitted in prison he would have carried out the attack had he been able to.

A pre-sentence report described him as a “clever and cunning” young man who had the potential to “operate below the radar to dreadful effect”.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Rahman he would have “plenty of time” to study the Koran in prison, adding that Islam was “a religion of peace”.

The judge added that Rahman – originally from Birmingham – was a “very dangerous individual” and it was hard to predict if he will ever be de-radicalised.

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Image caption The jacket was filled with fake explosives

During his Old Bailey trial, Rahman pleaded guilty to a separate charge of engaging in conduct which assisted the preparation of terrorist acts, which related to a “sponsorship” video he filmed for an associate who allegedly wanted to join IS in Libya.

In addition to the life sentence, Rahman was handed six years in prison for the IS sponsorship video.

The sentences will run concurrently, rather than consecutively.



Mark D’Arcy: Field is not leading a Labour breakaway

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Every avalanche, it is said, starts with a single pebble, and in Westminster terms, Frank Field is a pretty hefty pebble.

The chair of the Work and Pensions Committee is one of Parliament’s lone wolves – austere and relentless in a series of policy battles stretching back across the decades.

On the committee corridor at the Palace of Westminster, he is a formidable figure who has savaged the bosses of Carillion and BHS, been a thorn in the side of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, and, if your memory stretches back across the decades, the scourge of the Maxwell brothers.

So is his departure from the Labour whip the beginning of the much predicted split in the party?

Not by design, anyway.

Mr Field’s departure looks very much like a personal decision.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect for Labour is that he has got unhappy MPs (and there are plenty of them) thinking about their own futures.

There are several factors in play.

First, if the government does manage to get its plans to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 through Parliament – and the final proposed boundaries are expected to be published next week – then something close to a general reselection exercise may follow.

That provides Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters with an opportunity to remove those who don’t support their leader.

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and the party conference will have to approve a set of rules to deal with that eventuality, and the details of those rules, and the level of protection they afford to sitting MPs will be studied very closely by those who fear they are under threat.

If the rules look like the vehicle for a purge, there will be trouble ahead, and some Labour MPs will calculate they have nothing to lose.

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn is hoping to draw a line under the anti-Semitism row

There are also wider concerns about a more general revamp of party structures proposed by the former MP and close Corbyn ally Katy Clark, which would entrench the left’s organisational grip.

Then there’s Brexit. Some of Mr Corbyn’s most vocal internal critics are those who believe Labour should now be campaigning for a second referendum.

They will be loath to upset the applecart while there is a chance of getting organised, cohesive Labour backing behind a Commons vote which could achieve that – and they will be looking to the forthcoming party conference to see if party policy will change, perhaps on the back of union votes.

It follows that they may rethink their position if that vote doesn’t materialise and the UK leaves the EU.

On the other side of the coin, the four Labour MPs, Frank Field included, who voted with the government and saved it from defeat in a crucial Brexit vote in the Commons in July, have also taken considerable flak; but there are significant electoral dangers in Labour purging its Brexiteers – remember that the seats Labour lost in 2017 were mostly in Leave-voting areas.

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Image caption Mr Corbyn’s critics are at the centre of press speculation

More dangerous and immediate is the anti-Semitism issue which has dogged Labour through the summer.

Crucial votes on Labour’s approach to it take place in the National Executive Committee next week, and then the Parliamentary Labour Party, which might defuse, or detonate the whole issue.

It is hard to understate the level of fury on both sides of this row, which is why it could easily run out of control.

Words have already been spoken which make it hard to imagine the protagonists kissing and making up – but a serious attempt to discipline MPs like Margaret Hodge or Ian Austin, the most vocal critics of Mr Corbyn on this issue, could trigger a walkout by their supporters.

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Image caption Any new party would have to attract Labour MPs like Chuka Umunna

What is harder to see is how these different strands of dissent could gel into a coherent breakaway.

Take Mr Field. He is not part of any Labour tribe, and he certainly does not fit neatly into the vocal group of Blairite holdouts who are Mr Corbyn’s loudest critics.

For a start, reflecting his Birkenhead constituency, he’s a Brexiteer, so any idea that he’s about to line up with Labour’s hardcore Remainers at some grand launch ceremony for a new party is a non-starter.

And this illustrates a wider point; there are plenty of Labour MPs who don’t like Mr Corbyn, but they don’t necessarily agree on much else.

To work, a new party would have to be more than a lifeboat for shipwrecked careers.

It would need a unifying idea under which a critical mass of activists, as well as MPs, could gather (political parties need infantry as well as generals) and it would certainly need to attract people from beyond the Labour Party.

That would require devising policies which might attract Tory dissidents like Anna Soubry, as well as Labour figures like Chris Leslie or Chuka Umunna.

And such a party would also require leaders, and here there’s another problem – if the 1980s SDP is the model, the possible MP defectors include plenty of Bill Rogers types, but no Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams or David Owen – big, recognisable popular figures.

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Image caption The SDP’s gang of four: Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen

My guess is the biggest threat to Labour unity is that the case of Mr Field raises the temperature and the pot starts to boil; that deselection threats escalate and that more and more MPs consider their positions.

Close Corbyn ally Chris Williamson spent the summer pushing for local parties with MPs who are leadership opponents to deselect their incumbents and choose someone more congenial.

Until now, many MPs uncomfortable with the Corbyn leadership have bided their time, but if they sense a real threat to their personal positions – and if the party that nurtured them seems to be changing out of recognition – then the bets may be off.

Political parties are held together by more than ideology – for their members they can be a family tradition and a way of life, providing friendships and social life.

Those links are hard to break, but there is a sense that for many Labour MPs and members, they are fraying.

And across the party divide, the Conservatives, who are developing reselection rumbles and talk of purges of their own, are watching with a combination of opportunism and fear.



Shropshire baby and mother maternity deaths review widened

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Media captionJack Burn died hours after being born at Princess Royal Hospital in Telford

An independent review into a series of baby deaths at a hospital is to be expanded after more families came forward with concerns about their care.

In 2017 Jeremy Hunt ordered an investigation into maternity care relating to 23 cases at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH).

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) reported that “at least 60 deaths” had been identified in total.

But SaTH said it had reviewed a further 40 cases and contacted 12 families.

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Senior midwife Donna Ockenden was appointed last year to review 23 cases – including baby deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries – of alleged poor maternity care at the trust.

A spokesperson for NHS Improvement said it had to agreed “to consider additional historical investigations that have been highlighted since our independent review was announced in April 2017, where women, infants and new-born babies had died or suffered harm in the maternity services provided by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust”.

“This includes the cases that the trust had considered as part of its legacy review, as well as the finding of the review it commissioned the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to undertake.”

Richard Stanton, 48, whose daughter Kate Stanton-Davies died nine years ago, said: “It doesn’t surprise me, it deeply saddens me.”

He welcomed the move to bring all the investigations under the umbrella of the Ockenden review, so there could be “consistency” with cases looked at “with the same eye”.

“In my view, there’s serious questions for the leadership, management, governance and policies at this trust, as it’s been a systemic failure.”

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Image caption Kate Stanton-Davies, pictured with her mother Rhiannon, was born at Ludlow Community Hospital

Hayley Matthews’s son Jack Burn was born in March 2015 but died of hypoxia and Group B Strep within hours.

She said that throughout her 36 hour-long labour at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford she was refused a caesarean section several times and had a natural birth during which her son’s shoulder was trapped.

“It makes you angry, all these parents going through what I went through three years ago. They said changes have been made but at the moment we’re failing to see any,” she added.

“I was just another number on a bed.”

SaTH said it had reviewed 40 cases, 23 of which had no signs of failure of care and five of which the families could not be contacted.

It said it had also written to 12 other families to seek permission for their care to be reviewed as there “may be potential for further learning”.

The trust’s chief executive Simon Wright added: “The death of any baby is a terrible ordeal for any family. We take our responsibilities in reviewing these cases very seriously.

“To suggest that there are more cases which have not been revealed when this is simply untrue is irresponsible and scaremongering.”

Powys Community Health Council said the issue would be “worrying” for people in the county who used the services.

In a statement it said: “Since concerns were first raised, the Community Health Council has sought assurance from Powys Teaching Health Board that the services they commission for Powys residents are safe.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We take any patient safety concerns extremely seriously – we have asked NHS Improvement to investigate whether further cases at Shrewsbury and Telford should be considered as part of the Ockenden Review, as well as assurance that the Trust has taken steps to improve maternity services since these issues came to light in 2016.”



The man guilty of plotting to kill PM

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A college drop-out who sought revenge for his uncle’s death in Syria has been convicted of preparing to attack Downing Street and kill the PM.

Naa’imur Rahman, 20, was convicted at the Old Bailey after he was trapped in a major undercover operation involving the FBI, MI5 and police.

Rahman approached officers posing online as fellow extremists, asking them for help with an attack.

He met two and repeatedly asked for bombs – leading to his conviction.

He has now been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

How did the plot develop?

Last summer Rahman was homeless in London after falling out with both his mother in the city and close relatives in Walsall, where he grew up.

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Three years ago he was referred to the national deradicalisation scheme, Channel, amid concerns that the-then teenager could be brainwashed by his uncle.

When he was investigated last year over an allegation of sexting with an underage girl, intelligence emerged from his phone that he had maintained contact with his uncle.

Who was Rahman’s uncle?

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Image caption Rahman’s uncle Musadikur Rohaman died in a drone strike in Syria in 2014

Musadikur Rohaman left the UK for Syria in 2014. The Old Bailey trial heard that he’d been encouraging his nephew to attack the UK and had sent him bomb-making plans and other extremist material.

However, in late June 2017, Rohaman was killed in a coalition drone strike on IS fighters near the city of Raqqa.

When Rahman learnt of his uncle’s death, prosecutors told the trial that he planned his revenge.

How did he develop his plan?

Rahman made contact with IS recruiters via social media – but unbeknown to him the contact was actually an FBI agent.

That agent referred Rahman to an MI5 team of online role players who convinced him that they were genuine IS figures.

“I want to do a suicide bomb on Parliament,” Rahman told the MI5 role players.

“I want to attempt to kill Theresa May. All I need now is a sleeper cell to lay low for now.”

Despite his total lack of skills or training, MI5 was concerned that Rahman would press ahead, so counter-terrorism chiefs launched an elaborate undercover operation to gather evidence of his intent.

As Rahman kept asking for help, the MI5 team introduced him to an undercover police officer in London posing as an Islamic State weapons fixer.

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The jury watched secretly recorded video of Rahman meeting “Shaq” in a car and setting out his aspirations.

He told the story of his uncle’s killing – and asked for a truck bomb and firearms – before conceding he could neither drive nor fire a gun.

Rahman then settled for storming Downing Street in an attempt to kill Theresa May.

How would he attack Downing Street?

On 6 November last year, Rahman laid out his final plan to “Shaq” – a recording of it was played in court.

“I have drawn up a plan, gone through it in detail in my head. You know at the gate of Downing Street? There are about four men innit? And two men on the door?

“I want to get past that gate and if I can get to the door I want to make a dash for Theresa May. She sleeps there every night.”

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Image caption Undercover officers gave Rahman a fake bomb

Shaq asked Rahman to elaborate on how he thought this was possible.

“If I have a backpack with stuff inside and I do that at the gate and I get past the gate… a 10-second sprint to the door.”

“I’ll be honest with you,” replied Shaq. “I’ve never looked at it.”

“I wanna drop a bag at the gate, so the gate blows up a bit and I can go through and then like, make a run, like I was thinking taking a human hostage until I get to the actual door.

“Grab a human shield and then once I get close enough to the door, I’ll do what I can with them to get inside.”

“You’re trying to get to Number 10,” asked Shaq. “That’s your main objective?”

“Take her head off, yeah,” replied Rahman.

Rahman said he couldn’t fund the attack because he was “broke and homeless” – but he handed over a jacket and a rucksack, asking for both to be filled with explosives.

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Image caption The jacket was filled with fake explosives

Shaq returned the items with a fake bomb in the bag and the jacket filled with supposed explosives.

Rahman took both off him and said: “Do you know? Now I’ve seen everything it feels good.”

As he walked away from the scene he was surrounded by police, arrested, and later said: “I’m glad it’s over.”

Did he really intend to attack?

Rahman told his trial that none of his plans was serious. When he made contact with men whom he thought were his uncle’s comrades in Syria, he had begun showing off, making up schemes to impress them.

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Image caption Prosecutors showed Rahman (circled) had carried out extensive reconnaissance

He told jurors that one fantastical proposal had been to build balloons to drop missiles from the edge of space.

Rahman claimed he had been set up and tricked by MI5 and the police.

But prosecutors showed that Rahman had carried out extensive reconnaissance of Downing Street, Parliament and nearby government buildings.

The jury had to be convinced that Rahman had seriously intended to attack Downing Street and had taken the first steps along that course.

In sentencing, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said: “I am sure that at all material times Rahman believed the devices to be real and capable of causing serious harm.”



Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss says he is ‘one of greatest managers in the world’

I am one of the greatest managers in the world – Mourinho

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he will be “one of the greatest managers in the world” even if he does not win the Premier League at the club.

United have lost two of their first three league games, their worst start to a season since 1992-93.

Defending his record, the 55-year-old quoted a German philosopher and said he was “the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England”.

He also called second place last season “one of my greatest achievements”.

“I am the manager of the one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho.

Asked if he would still be a great manager if he did not win the title with United – who have won the English top flight 20 times, including 13 Premier Leagues – the Portuguese replied: “Of course.

“Did you never spend time reading the philosopher Hegel? He said: ‘The truth is in the whole. It’s always in the whole that you find the truth.’

“Do you ask the same question to the manager that finished third in Premier League last season or the manager that finished fourth or fifth?”

When Mourinho was told Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp faced similar questions last season, Mourinho responded: “Because he never won anything in international [competition], for example.

“That’s his problem, I tell you what I think, how I feel. And I answer the question.”

‘Respect! Respect! Respect!’ – Mourinho walks out of news conference

Mourinho’s latest comments come after a news conference during which he demanded “respect” from journalists following Monday’s 3-0 home loss to Tottenham – the heaviest home defeat of his career.

He pointed out that the three Premier League titles he had won previously with Chelsea were more than the rest of the division’s managers combined.

Before his team’s trip to Burnley on Sunday (16:00 BST kick-off), the Portuguese added: “I had great success last season and that’s probably what you don’t want to admit.

“Two seasons ago we had a fantastic season because we won the Europa League. We won it because it was our level. We are the last team in England to win a European competition.

“I have won eight titles. I’m the only manager to win in Italy, Spain and England.

“Not small titles, proper titles, and my second place last season was one of my greatest achievements in football.”

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked on Friday whether he was surprised at the pressure Mourinho is currently under, he said: “It’s our job unfortunately. Our job depends on results.

“When we win we are good, when we don’t we are not good – it is simple like that.”

Luke Shaw scored his first senior goal against Leicester City earlier this month.

We are very, very happy with Shaw

Mourinho also praised defender Luke Shaw – a player he has criticised in the past – who was called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for September’s fixtures against Spain and Switzerland.

“It’s a big week for him that hangs on a very important match with Burnley,” Mourinho said of the 23-year-old left-back.

“He’s played three very good matches and that’s not easy to do when your team loses two of them. He had that balance and consistency, especially against Brighton in a bad team performance.

“If next week his manager decides to give him minutes against Spain or Switzerland that would be very good for him. At the minute, that’s a result of the hard work he and the coaches have done.

“A proper player is a player of consistency. He’s mentally and physically stronger and tactically he has a better understanding.

“We are very, very happy with him. To the national team after three Premier League matches is extraordinary for him.”