Private firms given £9.2bn of NHS budget despite Hancock promise

Record 2018 total comes after health secretary pledged no privatisation on his watch

The amount of the NHS budget going to private healthcare firms has reached unprecedented levels, despite the health secretary’s pledge to roll back outsourcing of patient care.

The Department of Health and Social Care handed a record total of £9.2bn last year to private providers such as Virgin Care and the Priory mental health group, its own annual report shows.

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Surge in youth prison violence sparks call to close institutions

Government accused of failing to address crisis after big rise in assaults on staff and inmates

Assaults in youth prisons in England and Wales have risen by almost two-thirds over the last five years, a Guardian analysis has found.

Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults rose by 43% and assaults on staff more than doubled, prompting fears the government is failing to respond to a growing crisis in youth prisons.

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‘Flying soldier’ to attempt Channel crossing

Franky Zapata, inventor of jet-powered flyboard, expects to cross in 20 minutes

A former jetski champion and French military reservist who became known as the “flying soldier” after he invented a jet-powered hoverboard will attempt to cross the Channel this week.

Franky Zapata, who impressed France with a demonstration of his flyboard at this year’s Bastille Day parade, has said he will make the crossing on Thursday to mark the 110th anniversary of Louis Blériot’s first cross-Channel airplane flight.

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Tobias Elwood says it is impossible to protect every British ship in strait of Hormuz – video

The defence minister insists that it was not possible to better protect the British-flagged tanker seized by Iran on Friday. He told Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday programme the priority should be to de-escalate tensions in the region, and that the incoming prime minister must invest more in the navy.

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Press frenzy for Brexit is ushering Boris Johnson into No 10

The press and public are well aware of his failings, yet this buffoon is set to become prime minister

How do you explain the Boris Johnson phenomenon? Is it the mainstream media’s fault or should we lay the blame on the people? On this, the eve of his anointment as leader of the Conservative party and therefore as British prime minister, it is fitting to ask why the unbelievable has become a reality.

His sins, both political and personal, were recorded in detail in last week’s Guardian. Together they painted a portrait of a man who should never have come close to inhabiting No 10 Downing Street. But the blathering, bumbling bluffer will be there all the same.

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Cycle hire firms urged to help clear dumped bikes from canals

Trust says it is recovering 100 bikes a year – docked, dockless, even electric – in London alone

Hundreds of dockless bikes are being dumped into canals and rivers and most operators are unwilling to help clean up the mess, the body responsible for the UK’s waterways has complained.

The Canal and River Trust said it was growing increasingly frustrated by the number of hire bikes abandoned in and beside its 2,000-mile network. It said more than 100 hire bikes a year were being thrown into canals in London alone.

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We must talk about Palestine – without being antisemitic | Layla Moran

The scandal in Labour is creating a fear among MPs of speaking out for the Palestinian right to equality, justice and statehood

It’s hard to write or talk about antisemitism and the Labour party’s handling of it without descending into deep despair, and not just at the mirror the sorry tale is holding up to the whole of our society, which seems to be becoming less tolerant, more racist and less safe for minorities. This is having greater consequences than the Labour leadership can imagine. In particular, it is stifling the ability of commentators and decision-makers to talk sensibly about the real issues in Palestine.

Related: Jewish leaders accuse Labour of 'letting off' antisemites

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Latitude festival accused of cruelty over pink sheep stunt

Animal rights campaigners attack advert showing dyed sheep running across festival

Animal rights organisations and activists have accused the organisers of Latitude festival of “cruelty” for dyeing a flock of sheep pink as part of a marketing campaign.

A promotional tweet posted on the opening day of the Suffolk event showed fuchsia-dyed sheep running across the festival grounds.

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Ex-Unilever boss seeks ‘heroic CEOs’ to tackle climate change and inequality

Paul Polman also supports Bank of England-backed group promoting disability rights

The former boss of Unilever is seeking a team of “heroic chief executives” to drive a shift to a low-carbon, more inclusive way of doing business.

Paul Polman, who stepped down from the Anglo-Dutch owner of Marmite and Dove in November last year after a decade at the helm, warns that the rise of populism and Brexit are symptoms of capitalism’s failure to adapt. Bosses, he insists, must commit to fighting inequality and tackling the climate emergency.

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Heat wave broils US east coast but Midwest could face flash floods

  • Added humidity could make daytime highs feel like 43C
  • Cold front could bring thunderstorms to Midwest

A heat wave will continue to keep much of the eastern US in its grip on Sunday but a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods.

Related: Heat rises across US as New York tempers flare over subway suspension

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Change in No 10 will not alter Brexit reality, warns Irish deputy PM

Simon Coveney says there is no chance of backstop being scrapped under new UK leader

A change in British prime minister will not shift the fundamental realities of Brexit, Ireland’s deputy PM has warned, saying there is no chance of the EU ditching or watering down the Irish backstop.

Wholesale changes to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement have been suggested by some as a way of avoiding a no-deal Brexit, but Coveney told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: “If the approach of the new British prime minister is that they’re going to tear up the withdrawal agreement, I think we’re in trouble. I think we’re all in trouble, quite frankly.

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