Drink driver banned after his Mercedes dialled 999 for him when he crashed

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'Russia has already lost' Blinken slaps down Putin as Ukraine 'will outlast' president
UKRAINE will outlast Putin's regime, Antony Blinken says, as the West's weapon deliveries will beef up Ukrainian forces against Russia.
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Boris Johnson Can Win The Next General Election, Cabinet Minister Insists
Brandon LewisUnder fire Boris Johnson can win the next general election, a cabinet minister insisted today.Brandon Lewis said the prime minister can motivate voters to back the Tories at the next election, despite a renewed campaign by his own MPs to topple him. The Northern Ireland secretary said Johnson had proved he was an election winner even when he had been “written him off.”It comes as Tory rebels plot their next move to oust Johnson by pushing for a party rule change to allow a second confidence vote in his leadership.They have been spurred on after the party was wiped out in two key by-elections in Tiverton and Honiton and Wakefield. However, Lewis praised the PM’s “zest and enthusiasm” and insisted he was the “right person” to lead the Tories into the next general election.He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “I think he’ll do that successfully.”Lewis admitted there had been a “difficult backdrop” in both by-election seats and added: “We’ve got to make sure by the next general election we’re motivating those people to come out and vote for us.“I do think Boris Johnson is the person who can do that. He’s proven that time and again, where people have written him off, both before London elections and before in the 2019 election, and then we’ve been able to come back and win, and win successfully. And I think he’s got the ability to do that.” Tory MPs who want to remove Johnson are seeking election to the 18 most senior posts on the backbench 1922 Committee, which dictates how to conduct confidence votes in Tory party leaders.Johnson won a confidence vote earlier this month - despite 41 per cent of Tory MPs voting for his removal. Under current rules, another vote cannot be held for a year. However, rebels want that rule scrapped - which could be possible if 10 out of the 18 senior committee members back it. However, the PM has reportedly brushed off threats to topple him with an astonishing prediction he will lead Britain into the 2030s.According to the Sun on Sunday Johnson stunned MPs plotting his downfall by insisting he is already thinking well beyond the next election and planning for his third term.However, rebel Tory Andrew Bridgen, who is leading the charge for a second no confidence vote, said: “When I heard he plans to stay until 2030, I thought he was talking about the 24-hour clock.“I’m more than happy for him to stay until 20:30. He can even stay until nine o’clock if he wants - so long as he’s gone before parliament breaks up for summer.”Related...Boris Johnson Facing Tory Rebellion Over Plans To Rip Up Northern Ireland ProtocolNorthern Ireland Protocol Legislation Will Not Break International Law, Insists Brandon LewisBoris Johnson Says He Aims To Be Prime Minister Into The 2030sBoris Johnson Insists He Will Not Change Despite Fresh Tory Attempts To Unseat Him
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At least 17 young people found dead at night club in South Africa
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UK is failing fostered children with mental health problems, warns charity
Report suggests half of all foster carers are looking after a child with complex needsFoster care in Britain is facing a “mental health crisis” because the government is failing to meet the needs of mentally ill children in care.That is the damning verdict of the latest report from the Fostering Network, a charity representing foster carers. The report, shared with the Observer, suggests half of all foster carers are looking after a child with complex mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and attachment and eating disorders. Continue reading...
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‘I wouldn’t have the money to pay a lawyer’: tenants left without means to sue rogue landlords
New rules on fixed recoverable legal costs mean solicitors will no longer be able to afford to take on housing casesPoor and vulnerable tenants who are evicted from their homes or living in dangerous conditions will lose the chance to take their landlords to court when new government rules on legal costs come into force next year, experts are warning.The rules, designed to deter “ambulance chaser” personal injury claims, mean claimants awarded damages of less than £100,000 will only be able to seek “fixed recoverable costs” (FRCs) to cover legal expenses. Continue reading...
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Tricks of their trade: meet the UK’s most unusual master crafters
Glass eyes, traditional sieves, sails… Specialist makers are working hard to keeping these unique skills aliveBack in my early 20s I had a car accident and needed lots of treatment, which made it hard for me to hold down a job or pursue the career that I’d intended – I had a degree in drama. Between treatments, I started teaching myself how to work with rush, using a book I’d found. With the help of a business loan, I set up the Rush Matters workshop and spent the next couple of years repairing rush seating. Continue reading...
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‘Miraculously we’re here’: St Vincent, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and more meet biggest Glastonbury crowd in years
McCartney sealed an unforgettable Saturday night after a Friday during which female performers called all the shots This is a Glastonbury of round numbers. The youngest ever headliner, Billie Eilish, is 20. The oldest, Paul McCartney, is 80. If not for two years of Covid this festival would have been the 50th anniversary. “We’ve been through some shit,” said St Vincent during her extraordinary Friday sunset performance, “but miraculously we’re here”.McCartney’s delayed return to Glastonbury (he last headlined in 2014) has been stoked even hotter by his birthday celebrations and heroic role in the Get Back documentary. He could have coasted to glory on his reputation and songbook alone, but McCartney doesn’t coast. He is still competitive enough to want to exceed himself. Continue reading...
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Is this Leeds’s finest chocolatier?
The city’s only artisan chocolatier, Stephen Trigg, is busy creating masterworks at Lauden ChocolateI have been dumped on the edge of an industrial estate, just on the outskirts of the city, looking for what seems to be Leeds’s only artisan chocolatier – Lauden Chocolate. This, I think, is how niche crime thrillers start. But I find Lauden’s unit and no blood is shed. I meet Stephen Trigg, who has built up, with his wife, Sun, a very successful chocolate business, supplying big, Michelin-starred restaurants and British Airways first-class passengers.Stephen is the UK Chocolate Master and later on this year will represent the UK and Ireland in the Chocolate Master final. He seems perfectly happy, but it’s deeply selfish, I say, not to have a city-centre shop in Victoria Quarter or the Corn Exchange. Continue reading...
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Labour has now claimed the centre ground – and has shown it can win | Keir Starmer
Last week’s byelection proves that the country is crying out for change, and we are the party that will deliver itAs I walked around Wakefield on Friday morning, I saw something in the eyes of those I spoke to that has been missing for too long: hope.The result Labour achieved bettered predictions. It was the best we have had in the constituency and only the second time we have won a byelection from opposition in a quarter of a century. But it didn’t happen by accident. Continue reading...
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EastEnders spoilers: Suki fears her children being abused as killer husband returns 
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Coronation Street spoilers: Stephen forces Gail and Audrey into a decision
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Can you bring your own food and drink to Glastonbury 2022?
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Andy Murray's Wimbledon comeback: Injury hell, return to form and retirement rumours
Andy Murray was on the brink of retirement in 2019 before undergoing a second bout of hip surgery, and is now targeting another fairytale run at Wimbledon next week
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Period poverty is worst in Brighton and Hove - as nearly half can't afford sanitary items
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Woman shares 'hospital corner' trick for bedsheets to make sure they never come off
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Dementia checklist: Warning signs to look out for including acting aggressively
One in four people who suffer with dementia showed symptoms over two years before diagnosis, a new study claims. The Alzheimer’s Society has released a checklist to assess how likely you are to develop dementia.
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Ex-Crystal Palace man shares pre-season secrets and predicts what awaits Man Utd flops
Former Crystal Palace ace Alex Wynter has lifted the lid on the trials and tribulations that await a host of Premier League pros when they return for pre-season training this week
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Brits are throwing a billion pounds a year down the drain - as hot water taps too hot
The optimum temperature for hot water is 50 degrees - but half of households don't even know their water can be a different temperature to their radiators
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Manchester United's pre-season preparations ahead of the start of the 2022/23 campaign will officially get under way on Monday.
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Tyson Fury and Jake Paul agree $1million bet for fight with brother Tommy
Jake Paul and Tommy Fury will finally meet in the ring in August after months of petty bickering and Tyson Fury is ready to put his money where his mouth is ahead of the bout
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Putin launches missile strikes on Kyiv after capture of Severodonetsk
The strikes came as British defence chiefs said Russia’s capture of Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine marks a ‘significant achievement’ in its war objectives
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Dame Julie Andrews admits she’s never met Bridgerton cast despite narrating Netflix drama
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Black teen, 14, handcuffed and forced to ground by Met on way home from school
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UN plan to get grain out of Ukraine doomed to fail, says Boris Johnson
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia has compromised world food supplies.
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Carpe diem: In Ukraine, war turning love into marriages
A growing number of couples in Ukraine are speedily turning love into matrimony because of the war with Russia
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Manchester United favourite Rio Ferdinand names Man City icon as greatest South American player
Sergio Aguero scored 260 goals in 390 games for Manchester City, before signing for Barcelona and then retiring.
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Glastonbury 2022: Paul McCartney waves Ukrainian flag as he comes out for encore
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Sara Pascoe Says Hugh Grant’s Birthday Party Was One Of Her ‘Worst Ever’ Stand-Up Gigs
Sara Pascoe has said the time she did a stand-up show at Hugh Grant’s birthday party was one of her “worst ever gigs”.The comic revealed to The i that she had been booked to perform at the Notting Hill star’s celebrations a number of years ago by his friends.According to Sara, and for reasons she still doesn’t understand, the actor’s friends deliberately organise parties that he is not going to enjoy very much.Sara PascoeRecalling the experience, the Taskmaster star said: “He doesn’t come off well in this story.“I think I was the 14th female comedian they asked. Everybody else had said no.”Explaining why she agreed to the gig, Sara said: “Partly for the story, partly because I was excited by the idea of meeting him, and also because it was £300 cash in an envelope.”She added: “Sometimes – I don’t know if you do this – you’re punishing a future self. You say yes to things because you’re like, it won’t be me doing that, it will be another version of me. Then you get to the day and wonder why you agreed.”Hugh GrantEarlier this year, Hugh was forced  to address rumours that he was tipped to take over from Jodie Whittaker as the lead in Doctor Who.Setting the record straight on his Twitter account, Hugh insisted he had “nothing against” Doctor Who, but that he wouldn’t be replacing Jodie in the role. “No idea where the story came from,” he added.In May, Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa was announced as the 14th Time Lord.READ MORE:Hugh Grant Has Found His Historical Lookalike And We Are ShookHugh Grant Recalls 'Really Bizarre' Time Drew Barrymore Made Out With Him In A RestaurantLiz Hurley's Son Damian Reveals The Cheeky Nickname Hugh Grant Has For Him And His Famous Mum
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Teenage fashionista, 17, hit with £54,000 roadblock in attempt to achieve her dreams
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Striking photos capture Manchester hidden gem in the 1960s
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‘Delusional’ Boris Johnson says he wants to stay in power until 2030s
Boris Johnson said he is 'actively' planning a third term - despite Tories plotting to oust him.
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Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen to sing ‘F*** You’ to Supreme Court justices at Glastonbury
Olivia Rodrigo brought out Lily Allen at Glastonbury to sing “F*** You” in response to the Supreme Court after the decision to strike down Roe v Wade.
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Woman who fled Ukraine shocked after being sent £100 tax bill on arrival in UK
Teacher Carolyn Ross, 41, grew up in Swansea but had been working as an art teacher in Kyiv, and described getting the £100 tax bill as a 'kick in the teeth'
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Rebels mull new coup attempt as Boris vows to stay into 2030s
Boris Johnson trolled his critics in the wake of two by-election drubbings by making clear he wants to stay in Downing Street until the mid-2030s.
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Man found dead as emergency services scramble to block of flats
Police were called to a concern for the welfare of a man at the property.
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Patients line up in 'never ending' corridors at A&E department in alarming photos
Images show people lined up on gurneys waiting to be seen at Aintree Hospital in Merseyside this week - with a man suffering stroke symptoms allegedly told to join the queue
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Boris Johnson is a sorcerer who has run out of spells, a wizard with a broken wand | Andrew Rawnsley
The Tory leader tried every trick he knew and his party still suffered a double-whammy of byelection defeatsIt is sometimes said that the Conservative party is capable of only two emotions: complacency and panic. At the moment, it exists in both conditions simultaneously. Boris Johnson and his shrivelling band of acolytes responded to a double-whammy of byelection defeats with complacent shrugs. Speaking to journalists yesterday, he claimed to be “actively thinking about the third term”. Whatever he’s been inhaling, it’s not reality. The panic is among the many Tory MPs who are now wetting their beds after their party was pulverised in Tiverton and Honiton, previously a blue bastion, and rejected in Wakefield, one of the red wall prizes they took at the last general election. Tories have long been apprehensive about how they could please both their traditional supporters in the south and their newer voters in northern England. As it turns out, they have infuriated both wings of their 2019 electoral coalition.Labour’s victory in Wakefield is a timely fillip for Sir Keir Starmer that may subdue some of the internal chuntering about the Labour leader’s performance. This time last year, the Tories reckoned their grip on red wall seats was still firm and had evidence to prove it when they inflicted a humiliating defeat on Labour at the Hartlepool byelection. Sir Keir’s leadership went through what one of his friends calls a “near-death experience”. Taking Wakefield secures his position unless Durham police issue him with a fine. The biggest caveat about the result is that the fall in the Tory vote was more than twice as large as the rise in Labour support. This suggests that discontent with the Conservatives was a more powerful factor than enthusiasm for Labour. That ought to prod Sir Keir to start communicating his ambitions for Britain with more confidence and boldness. Continue reading...
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Manchester United are failing to heed Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo warning
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Thought all-inclusive couldn't be exclusive? Think again: Inside Tui's chic new resort in Mallorca
Ailbhe MacMahon checks in to the Tui Blue Sensatori Biomar in Sa Coma, and finds that it 'offers everything that travellers love about all-inclusive holidays, but with a twist'.
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Paul McCartney delights fans with Beatles songs during record-breaking Glastonbury set
Paul McCartney delighted fans with songs old and new during his record-breaking Glastonbury set on Saturday evening (25 June).
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