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      ‘Political’ search for new V&A chair mired in accusations of cronyism

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    Coveted post at London arts institution tainted by process widened to include the Cabinet Office and Downing Street

    The V&A in London’s South Kensington is Britain’s go-to museum for fashionistas and the one with the most social cachet thanks to grand opening parties. Exhibitions this year have featured Coco Chanel, Elton John, Naomi Campbell, and, this month, a Taylor Swift songbook trail with 16 stage looks on display. Yet the selection for the coveted post of a new chair has been mired in a lengthy and politically charged process for more than a year after Nicholas Coleridge’s departure to chair Historic Royal Palaces and become provost-elect of Eton College.

    Like all posts for trustees, board members or chairs in the arts, media and sport, the starting point is a panel run by the Department of Culture. But under the last Conservative government, the process was widened to include special advisers and the Cabinet Office, before, finally, Downing Street. Critics said this led to more Tory donors and allies getting top jobs. These included Richard Sharp at the BBC, Michael Grade at Ofcom, John Booth at the National Gallery, and David Ross at the National Portrait Gallery.

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      For a government with two-term dreams, Labour is making a lot of short-term plans | Richard Partington

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    In the rush for growth, the cabinet has hit the ground running; but a temporary boost to public borrowing may be the only way to get quick results

    For a chancellor targeting a decade in power, Rachel Reeves is in a hurry. After 14 years in the wilderness for Labour, and several centuries of Britain awaiting its first female chancellor, it’s not surprising she is keen to get on with the job.

    So far, two ideas have predominated: blaming the Conservatives for the worst economic inheritance since the second world war, and laying the foundations for national renewal at breakneck speed.

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      Princess of Wales to award Wimbledon men’s trophy

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    Catherine to make second public appearance since cancer diagnosis, at final on Sunday between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic

    The Princess of Wales will award the Wimbledon men’s trophy to the winner of the final on Sunday, in a rare public appearance since her cancer diagnosis.

    It will be the second time she has appeared in public after undergoing abdominal surgery in January, which led to the discovery of the cancer and the beginning of chemotherapy treatment in late February. Last month, she attended the trooping the colour ceremony for King Charles’s official birthday before which she released a statement saying she was “making good progress” but was “not out of the woods yet”.

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      Political diary: Chichester’s Jess Brown-Fuller on her first week as MP

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 11:00 · 1 minute

    The new Lib Dem MP on arriving at – and getting lost in – parliament and why her party is no longer the butt of jokes

    Moments after being announced as the new MP for Chichester at about 4am last Friday, I was handed a white envelope by the returning officer with a booklet explaining what to do when I first arrived at the Houses of Parliament. Aside from the exhaustion, I was so honoured to have been elected as the first Liberal Democrat MP for 100 years in Chichester and keen to get straight to work representing the constituency I have grown up in. The weekend passed in a blur, doing media interviews, responding to all of the well wishes and thanking everyone who had supported the campaign.

    On Monday morning, the newly elected Liberal Democrat MPs came together at our party HQ for the first time. We had a hugely successful election, going from 15 MPs at the end of the last parliament to 72, the biggest number in more than 100 years. A new colleague quietly said to me: “No more jokes about being able to hold our conference in a telephone box.” Ed Davey arrived to rapturous applause and welcomed us all, reminding us “the campaign will have felt like the hard bit, but the hard work starts now”.

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      Kirsty Wark bids farewell to Newsnight after 30 years on show

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 10:56

    Presenter invites former colleagues and interviewees on to programme to commemorate her news career

    The BBC presenter Kirsty Wark has said “goodnight and good luck” to the BBC’s Newsnight after 30 years on the programme.

    In her last show on Friday night, former colleagues and interviewees were invited to commemorate the career of the 67-year-old, who is the longest-serving Newsnight presenter. She joined the news and current affairs programme in 1993.

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      Bushey crossbow killings: family of victims say they are ‘devastated’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 10:34

    BBC racing commentator John Hunt and his daughter thank people for support after his wife and two daughters killed

    A BBC racing commentator has said “the devastation we are experiencing cannot be put into words” after his wife and two daughters were killed in a crossbow attack.

    Carol Hunt, 61, the wife of BBC 5 Live commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters, Hannah, 28, and Louise, 25, were found fatally injured at a house in the quiet cul-de-sac of Ashlyn Close, in Bushey, Hertfordshire, just after 7pm on Tuesday.

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      Where are all the butterflies this summer? Their absence is telling us something important | Tony Juniper

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 10:00

    This isn’t down to one wet, cold British spring but a disturbing longer-term decline in insects. Thankfully, we can help

    Anyone with even a passing interest in the natural world will have noticed a dramatic phenomenon this year: a lack of insects. Perhaps most noticeable is the near-absence of butterflies. Species that are usually common, such as large and small whites, small tortoiseshells, gatekeepers, ringlets, peacocks and meadow browns, are in many places down to the point of having almost disappeared. This is certainly the case where I live, in Cambridge.

    Bee populations seem to be down here, too, with flowery margins that would at this time of year normally be alive with pollinators now eerily quiet. Hoverflies are depleted, moths scarce and aphids have either appeared very late or not at all. Buddleia bushes, with their fragrant mauve flowers that are usually festooned with butterflies, moths and many other insects, sit naked of their normal visitors.

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      ‘We’re proud of them all’: Euros final has special meaning in home towns of Foden, Palmer and Mainoo

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 09:00

    People in Manchester and Stockport fondly remember players when they were talented young boys

    The entire country will be on tenterhooks on Sunday to see if the Three Lions can fight their way to victory in the men’s Euros final. But one small area south of Manchester will be rooting for its very own trio, some of England’s brightest young stars: Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Kobbie Mainoo, who all grew up here within a few miles of each other.

    Their home towns form a triangle: Palmer, 22, is from Wythenshawe in Manchester and the other two come from Stockport; Mainoo, 19, from the quiet suburb of Cheadle Hulme, and Foden, 24, from Edgeley.

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      ‘I feel sick’: couple say new-build home turned into disaster valued at £1

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 09:00

    A couple’s Barratt house that surveyors say should be worth £350,000 has been left almost worthless due to defects

    When Dayle Dixon and Mark Lee bought an attractive new house on the outskirts of Ivybridge in Devon in 2018, they believed it would be their forever home. But less than six years later it has been valued at just £1, and the couple are desperate to move out.

    Dixon, 53, and Lee, 59, had not owned a property before, and bought their home, in an estate called Lucerne Fields, using, in part, almost £55,000 borrowed through the government’s help-to-buy scheme.

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