Unite leader warns Labour against backing second EU referendum
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Unite leader warns Labour against backing second EU referendum

The Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, has privately told Labour MPs the party should have severe reservations about backing a fresh Brexit referendum, saying voters could see it as a betrayal. The deep scepticism from one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest and most powerful supporters is likely to unnerve MPs and campaigners hoping the party is…

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Washington mourns George HW Bush as Trump gives cold shoulder to Clintons
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Washington mourns George HW Bush as Trump gives cold shoulder to Clintons

It was a cold day in Washington. When Donald Trump walked in, the temperature plummeted a good deal lower. In the front pew of the National Cathedral at Wednesday’s state funeral of President George HW Bush, Bill Clinton had been chatting animatedly with Barack and Michelle Obama. Hillary Clinton had been in conversation with Jimmy…

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British solo yachtswoman awaits rescue after surviving Southern Ocean storm
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British solo yachtswoman awaits rescue after surviving Southern Ocean storm

A major rescue operation is under way in the Southern Ocean after a British solo yachtswoman was injured and and her boat “destroyed” in a fierce storm on day 157 of a circumnavigation. Susie Goodall, the youngest competitor and only woman in the 30,000-mile Golden Globe round-the-world race, is at least two days from help…

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Police, military and courts lagging decades behind on ethnic diversity
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Police, military and courts lagging decades behind on ethnic diversity

Some of the groups wielding the most power in British society, such as the police, the judiciary and the military, are decades away from becoming as ethnically diverse as the population they serve, Guardian analysis has found. Projections of the progress that key public services are making in eliminating racial bias suggest it will take…

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