Prime Minister offers ‘ray of light’ to dumped rebel MPs
Could the Tory rebels controversially ditched by the party last week soon be welcomed back? Boris Johnson has offered the 21 MPs a return amid a growing split among Conservatives over his decision to kick them out. Political EditorGordon Rayner explains what the “ray of light” is for the rebels, including Sir Nicholas Soames, Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond. Here is a full list of those who had the party whip removed for voting to take control of the parliamentary timetable. Some think the move is linked to growing signs the Prime Minister could be about to broker a Brexit deal over Northern Ireland, for which he would need the maximum possible number of Tory MPs to get it through the Commons. And, after a Scottish court ruled the suspension of Parliament was “unlawful”, Matt finds a positive from the judgment in his cartoon today.
Meanwhile, Downing Street has published its “worst-case scenario” plan for a no-deal Brexit – code-named Operation Yellowhammer. It predicts shortages of medical supplies, huge delays at the Channel crossings, disrupted fuel and food supplies and a rise in public disorder. But how up to date is the document?
Pictured: British blogger arrested in Iran with boyfriend
One of the women arrested in Iran has been named as Jolie King, a blogger on holiday with her fiancee. She is one of two British-Australians held in the hope of exchanging one of them for an Iranian imprisoned in the US. It is the first recent case of the country arresting British citizens who do not hold Iranian nationality, Bill Gardner reports. Here are pictures and a family statement.
Is ‘Super-Earth’ home to alien life? ‘Goldilocks’ planet found
The question of whether we are alone in the universe has captivated humanity for centuries. Now we are closer than ever to finding out if aliens exist after British scientists discovered the first planet warm and wet enough to support life. Science Editor Sarah Knapton explains everything we know about the planet – unceremoniously named K2-18b, some 110 light years away.
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- Cancer survival | Britain lags behind at bottom of global league tables
- Robert Mugabe | Body is returned amid row over where to bury him
- Jeremy Paxman | ‘Utterly useless’ government department of ‘jobsworths’
- Finding £90k | Damien Hirst’s food-stained doodles helped settle tax bill
Gallery: The big picture
Kilty pleasures | The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall tried their hands at a game of lawn bowls during a visit to a Scottish village. The Prince spent time in Garlieston, which played an important role in D-Day preparations. Click here for more of our best pictures from around the world.
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- Sherelle Jacobs | The doomed Tories won’t get us out of the EU
- Mark Almond | An emboldened Iran is even more dangerous
- Judith Woods | Fireman Sam’s problem is he’s too pale, male and stale
- Shane Watson | No sex and all the other things men keep quiet
- Calm down, Handmaniacs | Praise be! Why we’re not living in Gilead yet
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Business and money briefing
Takeover bid | The London Stock Exchange looks set to spurn a surprise £30 billion bid by the Hong Kong stock exchange, amid concern over political and regulatory obstacles and lukewarm investor support. Harriet Russell explains why closing share prices suggest scepticism about the deal.
- Sports Direct | Mike Ashley brushes off investor discontent
- Investment tip | Use this clever trick to get more bang from your dividends
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Ashes revenge on the cards | Joe Root wants to lead England on the next Ashes tour and has said planning starts with the fifth Test today at the Oval. As Scyld Berry writes, England need victory to draw the series.
- Michael Vaughan | England are wrong to blame pitches for Ashes defeat
- Racism row | England to debate walking off Bulgaria pitch after fan ejected
- Drama at the Vuelta | Latest results as Philippe Gilbert wins stage 17
Digging up genetic clues | Genetic information has been extracted from a 1.7 million year old rhino tooth, raising hopes that crucial data about extinct animals could be retrieved – or lost species revived. Click here for pictures of the discovery, which is one million years older than the oldest DNA sequenced.
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- Wednesday morning news briefing: Jeremy Corbyn compared to Stalin
- Thursday evening news briefing: UK and EU agree Brexit deal as Jean-Claude Juncker rules out another extension
- Monday morning news briefing: Is this the route to a general election?
- Seka Hills an olive branch to outside world
- Thursday evening news bulletin: Vote Tory say ex-Labour MPs as Remain pact revealed
- Tuesday evening news briefing: Rail strikes announced for December
- Wednesday evening news briefing: Boris Johnson warns of 2020 'horror show' with two referendums
- Monday evening news briefing: Boost for election hopes even as MPs expected to reject motion
- Redacted Mueller report expected release Thursday morning: DOJ