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Monday briefing: ‘Inept’ Trump – and the Tory strength warfare

Top story: ‘We aren’t large enthusiasts,’ says Trump of UK envoy

Good morning briefers. I’m Martin Farrer and those are the top memories this Monday morning.

Donald Trump has hit lower back after leaked memos discovered that the UK’s ambassador to Washington briefed Whitehall that the White House administration became “inept and dysfunctional”. As a Foreign Office investigation starts offevolved into who leaked the exclusive telegrams, Trump said Kim Darroch had “no longer served the United Kingdom nicely”. He added: “We are not huge enthusiasts of that guy … I can say matters about him, however, I received’t bother.” At domestic, the sensational leaks have been additionally supporting to shed mild at the power conflict inside the Conservative birthday party and who the following prime minister would possibly employ to the plum submit whilst Darroch stands down, as he is because of, on the end of the 12 months. The current cabinet secretary, Mark Sedwill, is visible as favorite however the Mail on Sunday leak story points in some other course. The story became written by way of Isabel Oakeshott, who is close to Nigel Farage’s Brexit birthday celebration. Farage, who boasts a close friendship with Trump, lobbied for the Washington process in 2016 and would enjoy the leak, consistent with our diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour. Farage changed into additionally one of the voices inside the Mail piece calling for Darroch’s instant resignation.

‘Match suit for Brexit’ – Brexit is still the main event inside the Tory hustings with frontrunner Boris Johnson announcing he would make sure Britain changed into “match healthy” to leave the EU on 31 October “come what may also”. Former candidate Rory Stewart outlined plans for an “opportunity parliament” to forestall a no-deal Brexit, at the same time as greater than 30 Tory remainers are geared up to force a vote on the Northern Ireland bill to prevent the following high minister proroguing parliament in the autumn. Labour is not freed from Brexit woes either with shadow chancellor John McDonnell denying reports that he has urged Jeremy Corbyn to sack his anti-stay advisers. Business is concerned too: the CBI says funding has plummeted amid fear of no deal.

Pensioned off – Consultants have begun working to rule in a standoff over NHS pensions, forcing hospitals to cancel operations and leaving cancer scans unread for weeks. Doctors say the dispute may want to send NHS offerings “into meltdown” and is so severe that it poses a risk to the entire fitness service. A trade to pension guidelines in 2016 implies that a few consultants are receiving tax bills of as much as £80,000. They worry that in the event that they work greater than their normal hours they’ll be financially worse off. NHS executives are involved that ready lists for non-pressing care such as a hip substitute or hernia restore, which already stands at four.4 million, should balloon closer to 5 million due to the fact the dispute. The Royal Bournemouth medical institution in Dorset may additionally cancel scores of operations within the next two weeks due to the fact its anesthetists are refusing to paintings more hours.

Capital killings – Police in London have launched fourth homicide research of the weekend after a person in his 20s died of head injuries in Wembley. It follows shooting useless of a man in his 30s inside the equal location on Friday night time. Insp Sammi Elsituri said: “We will work relentlessly – day and night – to pick out and pursue the culprits, convey them to justice, and take weapons off the streets to maintain our communities secure.” The body of a female become located in Blackheath on Friday night and a person in his 20s who was shot in Leyton early on Sunday morning.

‘Beautiful fight starts’ – Kyriakos Mitsotakis could be sworn in as the brand new high minister of Greece these days after his center-right New Democracy birthday celebration readily won the united states’ election. The victory of the Harvard-knowledgeable banker spells the stop of Alexis Tsipras’s tumultuous four years in office as the united states struggled thru a crippling financial disaster. With more than ninety% of votes counted, New Democracy celebration had 39.Eight% of the votes, compared with 31.Five% for Tsipras’ leftwing Syriza celebration. “I requested for a strong mandate to alternate Greece. You presented it generously,” Mitsotakis, the son of a former high minister, said in his victory speech. “From today, a tough but stunning fight begins.”

‘Afronaut’ dies – A South African man who pipped a million other applicants to be decided on as the first black African to go into the area has died in a bike crash. Mandla Maseko, an element-time DJ, become nicknamed “Afronaut” after winning a coveted seat to fly 103km (64 miles) into space in a competition organized by way of a US-based area academy.
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Lunchtime read: Why Arabella Weir enjoys the mother of all laughs

“I take my shit and make it funny,” says the comedian Arabella Weir, which is a neat summation of her first-ever one-female display starting next month on the Edinburgh fringe. More specially, the show unpicks her relationship along with with her “aggressively unhappy” mother who spent a whole lot of her existence – or even time on her death bed – haranguing her daughter for being overweight. Weir, whose well-known catchphrase on The Fast Show was “Does my bum appearance huge in this?”, tells Emine Saner how she has used her tough adolescence for her stage show. “I evolved a very acute sense of humor that would make a joke out of anything.” The display, Does My Mum Loom Big In This?, is at the Assembly George Square Studios from 12 to twenty-five August.

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