Kylie Minogue’s tears of joy as she finally plays Glastonbury

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Image caption The star’s set included hits like Spinning Around, Shocked, Confide In Me and I Should Be So Lucky

Kylie Minogue blinked back tears as she finally got to play Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel a headline slot.

“In 2005 I was meant to be here,” she told the crowd. “Circumstances meant that I did not make it.”

As the crowd chanted her name, she became emotional and had to compose herself before describing how she’d watched the 2005 festival from afar.

“I wished things were different – but life is what it is.

“We’re all here in this moment.”

The crowd welcomed her back to Worthy Farm with open arms, singing in unison to hits like I Should Be So Lucky, Especially For You and Kids, and cheering as she shot pride-coloured confetti into the air.

“Do I even need to sing?” the singer asked during I Should Be So Lucky, her face lit up in a million-watt smile.

There were guest appearances from Chris Martin on a flamenco-tinged Can’t Get You Out Of My Head and Nick Cave, for the gothic murder ballad Wild Rose.

In an intense, sexually-charged performance, they locked eyes throughout, slowly moving closer until they ended up in each other’s arms, Kylie singing the final lines with her head pressed to his chest.

She later paid tribute to Glastonbury’s spiritual godfather, by mashing up Slow with David Bowie’s Fashion.

Image caption Stars held roses aloft as she duetted with Cave

But it was the pop classics that really got the crowd moving. Who’d have guessed in 1990 that, 29 years later, Better The Devil You Know would eventually become one of Glastonbury’s biggest songs?

Not Kylie – who for a long time shunned the bubblegum pop of her early albums. But in recent years, she’s embraced the kitsch pleasures of tracks like Locomotion (mixed here with Donna Summer’s Bad Girls) and Je Ne Sais Pas Pourqois.

Festival-goers eagerly came along for the ride, although they seemed to know recent hits like All The Lovers better than 90s classics Shocked and Hand On Your Heart.

They even cheered her costume changes – four in all, from the white flared trouser suit of her opening number, to the shimmering gold dress and vertiginous heels she wore for the encore.

“Just so you know, I’ve never seen so many people in my entire life,” said the star, pausing to survey the fans who’d congregated at the Pyramid Stage.

“You’re giving me the chills.”

You and the rest of us, Kylie.

Setlist

  • Love At First Sight
  • I Should Be So Lucky
  • On A Night Like This
  • Je Ne Sais Pas Pourqois
  • Hand On Your Heart
  • Where The Wild Roses Grow
  • Slow / Fashion
  • Confide In Me
  • Kids
  • Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
  • Especially For You
  • Shocked
  • Step Back In Time
  • Better The Devil You Know
  • Loco-Motion
  • All The Lovers
  • Dancing
  • Spinning Around

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Jeremy Hunt: I’d back no-deal Brexit with ‘heavy heart’

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Media captionJeremy Hunt says he would leave the EU without a deal, but find support for companies affected

Jeremy Hunt has said he would back a no-deal Brexit with a “heavy heart” but would, unlike Tory rival Boris Johnson, not commit to a deadline for leaving.

He told the BBC leaving the EU was a “democratic promise” that must be kept, whatever the economic repercussions.

But he said the quickest way to leave was via a new deal and guaranteeing a specific exit date was a “fake debate”.

The leadership candidates have also defended their plans for more spending on public services and tax cuts.

Mr Johnson, who is the frontrunner in the race to be the new Conservative leader, and the UK’s next prime minister, told Sky News he would be prepared to borrow more to spend on vital national infrastructure.

He told the Sophy Ridge programme there was up to £25bn “available” in the short term, due to the improved state of the public finances, which “we intend to use” on education, policing and broadband rather than reducing the deficit.

Mr Hunt told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he would also use the “war chest” built up by Chancellor Philip Hammond but conceded some of his spending priorities would “have to wait” if the UK left without a deal – as the money would be needed to support businesses affected.

‘Drift and dither’

The 160,000 Conservative Party members will begin voting next week and Theresa May’s successor is expected to be announced on 23 July.

The issue of when the UK leaves the EU remains a key dividing line in the contest.

Asked to guarantee that Brexit would happen by the end of 2019, Mr Hunt insisted the UK would leave sooner under his leadership as he was best placed to get an improved deal that could break the impasse in Parliament.

While a no-deal Brexit must be a last-resort, he said the UK would make a success of it and no-one should doubt his willingness to go down that route if necessary.

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Image caption Mr Johnson said the contest was far from over

“The difference between me and Boris is not as big as people are saying,” he said. “At the beginning of October, if there is no prospect of a deal that can get through parliament, then I will leave at the end of October because that is our democratic promise to the British people.”

Mr Johnson said he would take “personal responsibility” for ensuring the UK leaves by 31 October, with or without a deal, as the current “drift and dither” could not continue.

Asked whether he was willing to suspend Parliament to force through a no-deal exit, he said he did not “like the idea” but MPs must accept “responsibility” given the grave situation.

But Tory MP Guto Bebb said neither candidates’ Brexit politics would command legitimacy unless the public were given their say in another referendum.

Tax and spending plans

The candidates continue to be questioned on the affordability of their tax and spending plans.

Mr Hunt claimed the Institute for Fiscal Studies think tank had got its figures wrong after it said his plans would “exacerbate” the pressures on the public finances.

Earlier in the Tory leadership race, Mr Hammond wrote to all the contenders to say the next prime minister would potentially have an extra £15bn in “available borrowing capacity” to spend in 2020-21, rising to £25bn in 2023-24, while keeping within the existing fiscal rules.

But he said these sums were dependent on avoiding a no-deal Brexit and warned them against endangering the Tories’ “hard-won reputation for fiscal and economic competence” by abandoning debt and deficit targets.

Mr Hunt said he agreed with his colleague and greater prudence would be required if the UK ended up leaving without a deal.

“If we had a no-deal Brexit, some of these spending commitments would have to wait because you would need to divert money to support businesses up and down the country.

“They would take longer because you would not have that money at your fingertips.”

‘Living within means’

But the foreign secretary said he was still committed, whatever the Brexit outcome, to cutting corporation tax from its current rate of 19% to 12.5%.

“It is not the tax cut people are talking about on the doorstep but it is the one which would fire up the economy in a way that would be helpful in a no-deal context,” he said.

Mr Johnson, whose pledge to reduce the tax burden for those earning up to £80,000 has caused controversy, insisted his immediate focus was on ensuring those at the bottom end of the income scale paid less or no national insurance (NI) altogether.

“I think we should be looking at lifting people on low incomes out of tax, lifting the thresholds for national insurance and I would remind you that that’s where my priority is,” he said.

“When I was mayor of London we led the way, for instance, with the London living wage and I think lifting NI contribution thresholds would be another good thing to do.”

Mr Johnson said he would use the existing “headroom” in the public finances to increase investment in special needs education as part of a £4.6bn boost to overall school funding.

Asked how this would be paid for, he replied: “I’m prepared to borrow to finance certain great objectives but overall we will keep fiscal responsibility and keep going with the general trajectory of ensuring that this country pays its way and lives within its means.

“But you can do that with some sensible tax cuts that will stimulate growth, stimulate enterprise, get more revenue in.”


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Glastonbury: Sir David Attenborough hails plastic ban

David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough has taken to the stage at Glastonbury to thank festival-goers for cutting their plastic use.

The naturalist appeared shortly before Kylie Minogue’s set, and previewed some of his new TV series Seven Worlds, One Planet, which is due to air on BBC One later this year.

Thousands of people had gathered for his unscheduled appearance.

“That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you,” he told the audience to huge cheers.

“Thank you. Thank you.”

The presenter appeared to be overwhelmed by the size of the crowd – re-starting his speech twice after he was drowned out by applause.

Image caption Tens of thousands flocked to the Pyramid Stage to watch the 93-year-old speak

His speech began with a montage of ocean scenes from the natural history series Blue Planet 2.

“Those extraordinary marvellous sounds you’ve just been listening to were the sounds of the creatures that live in the sea and the great oceans. You may have heard some of them in a series that went out two years ago called Blue Planet 2,” Sir David said

“There was one sequence in Blue Planet 2 which everyone seems to remember. It was one in which we showed what plastic has done to the creatures that live in the ocean. They have an extraordinary effect. And now, this great festival has gone plastic-free. That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you at Glastonbury. Thank you. Thank you.

“The oceans cover two-thirds of this planet of ours. Land only covers one-third of the globe.

“There are seven great continents on which we human beings live. Each of them has its own marvellous creatures, birds, mammals and animals. Each of them has its own glory. Each of them has its own problems.

“We have been making, for the last four years, a series about those things, about those seven very different continents. It starts later on this year. It’s called Seven Worlds, One Planet.

“Here are a few glimpses of what awaits you in the next few months.”

The 93-year-old then played a trailer for the series, featuring a new song, Out There, from Australian singer Sia, and film composer Hans Zimmer.

BBC Radio 1 debuted the full track at the same time as the prequel played out across screens at Glastonbury. The prequel was also simultaneously broadcast in almost 50 countries globally at the same time as it was shown to Glastonbury audiences.

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Don’t panic over Brexit, McCluskey tells Labour

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Unite leader Len McCluskey has insisted “there is no panic” over Labour’s Brexit policy and the party should trust leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He told the BBC it should not rush to back remaining in the EU and should wait for the party’s consultation.

But shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Sky he was “a little” frustrated over the delay in deciding whether to oppose Brexit at the next election.

Mr McCluskey dismissed reports about Mr Corbyn’s health as “fake news”.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said some people were in a “rush” to change Labour’s position of “respecting the 2016 referendum and trying to negotiate a deal which would unite the nation”.

He blamed “huge mistakes” by Prime Minister Theresa May, a government “incapable” of delivering Brexit and a “well-funded Remain lobby” for turning the Brexit debate “toxic”.

But he denied that it was time for Labour to support remaining in the European Union.

“There is no panic, there is no panic to do anything. Let Jeremy Corbyn consult,” he said.

“My message to Labour MPs and members is he’s done OK so far, let’s trust him to consult and see what emerges.”

Mr McCluskey said he wanted to see a general election with a new Labour government negotiating a fresh Brexit deal, which would then be put to a referendum.

Asked what he would choose in a referendum between a no-deal Brexit or remain, he said he would back remaining in the EU.

“We are absolutely fundamentally opposed to no deal,” he said.

‘Lies’ and ‘distortions’

Mr McDonnell told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday that he had been arguing “we need to move now” in changing the party position to explicitly campaign for staying in the EU in a future referendum.

He said he was “a little bit” frustrated, but added: “Jeremy is the type of leader I completely support and think we need now, he’s a consensus builder.”

Asked about a report in the Times that two civil servants had said Mr Corbyn was “too frail” to become prime minister, Mr McCluskey said it was “disgraceful” and untrue.

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The union leader said: “It was fake news, it was lies, it was distortions. Jeremy Corbyn is as fit as a fiddle, he’s one of the strongest individuals I’ve ever met, people 20 years younger can’t keep up. There’s nothing wrong with Jeremy.”

He said he had faith in the civil service’s impartiality, but if there was “any element of truth” that civil servants had made the comments, there should be an investigation.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, has written to the head of the civil service, Mark Sedwill, calling for an independent investigation into what he called the apparent breach of civil service neutrality.

He said: “It is hard to avoid the conclusion that this has been a totally unwarranted and indeed unconstitutional political intervention with disturbing implications for our democratic system.”


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Kelly Mary Fauvrelle: Pregnant woman killed in Croydon named

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Image caption Kelly Mary Fauvrelle was stabbed to death in south London in the early hours of Saturday

A heavily pregnant woman who was stabbed to death has been named as Kelly Mary Fauvrelle.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering the 26-year-old, who was pronounced dead at a house in Croydon, south London, early on Saturday.

Her baby was delivered at the scene by paramedics and is in hospital in a critical condition.

Police said a 29-year-old was in custody and a 37-year-old had been released under investigation.

Both men were arrested on Saturday. Scotland Yard said it was keeping an “open mind as to motive”.

Det Ch Insp Mick Norman described it as “a horrific incident” and said the force’s “sympathies go out to [the woman’s] devastated family”.

“At the forefront of our inquiries is understanding what exactly has led to these tragic circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to establish the facts.”

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Image caption A large crime scene is expected to remain in place for some time, police said

Medics fought to save the mother, who is believed to have been about eight months pregnant, after being called at about 03:30 BST.

An air ambulance, two ambulance crews and two response cars were sent to the scene by London Ambulance Service.

A cordon is in place around the whole of Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, where the attack happened.

Chandra Mutucumarana, who has lived in the street since 1976, said he was “utterly shocked” and neighbours were “upset for her but hopeful for the child”.

Image caption Chandra Mutucumarana said he was shocked

One neighbour paid tribute to the victim, describing her as a “nice girl”, while another said she believed three women lived at the house, along with a small dog.

One resident, who lives two doors down, said she heard the animal barking when she got up at about 03.30 for prayers and added she was “shocked and surprised” to hear about the attack.

Forensics teams remain at the house, where officers could be seen swabbing an alleyway running alongside the property, while police officers are on guard at the front.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held.

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Image caption The forensic team was seen arriving on Sunday morning

On Twitter, London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Violence against women is endemic in society and devastating murders in the home, like this one, show the scale of the problem we face.

“My prayers are with this innocent child, and with the mother it has so tragically lost.”

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