Keir Starmer urged to back radical constitutional reform for UK

Labour report calls for federal state, Lords replaced by elected senate and more powers for regions and devolved nations

Keir Starmer has been urged to support radical reforms to devolve power in the UK, including a federal parliament, a written constitution and significant new authority for England’s regions under plans initially drawn up for Jeremy Corbyn.

A lengthy report commissioned by Corbyn recommends reorganising the UK as a federal state, overseen by a new “council of the union” and replacing the House of Lords with an elected senate, alongside substantial new financial and policy powers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Taiwan eases restrictions on travellers after bookings fall into single digits and flight is cancelledSee all our coronavirus coverageIt launched with a presidential escort and the promise of rare international travel to a postcard-perfect tropical island, but the Taiwan-Palau travel bubble has deflated after just a couple weeks, with Taiwanese bookings dwindling to single figures.Travel agents, consumers and health authorities have blamed the high cost of the tours and the Taiwanese government’s strict rules for returning travellers. Continue reading...
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Man Utd transfer round-up as Rice talks Old Trafford move with Red Devils stars
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Arsenal transfer round-up as Odegaard and Ceballos decision timeline confirmed
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Guardiola says Man City win over Dortmund was the moment Phil Foden 'grew up'
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What Neville and Keane have said about Rice amid Man United transfer interest
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'Totalitarian' Macron to face new wave of Yellow Vest protests as opponents smell blood
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Homeless Americans finally getting a chance at COVID-19 shot
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Jessica Simpson became a 'recluse' because of terrible comments and body shaming
Jessica Simpson's mum has hit out at people for body shaming and says no one should have to go through the comments her daughter received
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