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Boris Johnson set to debate Michael Fallon in biggest blue-on-blue battle of EU referendum campaign

Senior Out campaign sources are expecting Mr Fallon to be on the pro-EU side along with a leading Labour figure – most likely Alan Johnson, who heads up the party’s pro-EU campaign – and Apprentice star Baroness Brady.  Negotiations are on-going and Remain campaign sources insist their debating team is yet to be finalised. BBC sources confirmed Mr Fallon is one of the names being considered for the debate, though other senior Tories have not yet been ruled out.  The Tory line-up also has an intriguing political subplot, with Mr Fallon’s job one of those Mr Johnson could get after a ‘reunion reshuffle’ following the EU referendum.  If Mr Cameron sticks to an earlier promise to give the former London mayor a top cabinet job the most likely roles are Defence Secretary, Health Secretary or Home Secretary. The debate is likely to produce what Mr Cameron has been at pains…

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Police looking into Labour shadow minister’s election expenses

In a statement Ms Smith said: "I utterly deny the allegation that my election expenses broke the law. "If the police do decide to investigate I will fully cooperate with their inquiries, including giving them full access to all my financial records from the General Election campaign." She added: "I am confident that no case will be found and I will be fully exonerated." Lancashire Police said: "We have received a complaint and we are in the early stages of looking into the matter to establish whether there is anything to substantiate the allegations being made. "At this stage we are not in a position to offer any further comment."

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Jeremy Corbyn promises to restore national pay bargaining in the civil service

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to restore national pay bargaining in the civil service more than 20 years after it was scrapped by the Conservative. The move raises the possibility of a return to mass public sector pay strikes should Labour regain power in the 2020 general election. The Labour leader won applause from the national conference of the Public and Commercial when he said it was "absurd" to have hundreds of different sets of wage negotiations Mr Corbyn told the Brighton conference the UK was experiencing "grotesque" levels of inequality.

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Despite David Cameron’s paranoia, most Tories don’t want to go to war over Europe

Among the voluntary party – the shrunken grassroots membership that pays its dues, knocks on doors and hands out leaflets – passions run hot over Europe. But hot enough to split the party and topple a leader who won the first Tory majority in a generation?   Most of the people still paying £25 a year for the privilege of membership have put up with years of disdain from the Cameron leadership (remember “swivel-eyed loons”?) out of dogged devotion to the party. They are, in fact, a level-headed bunch, not the sort to go in for political psychodrama. Besides, most Tories who were inclined to wage war on a high-handed leadership out of disappointment over Europe are long gone: membership is down to 150,000, barely half of what Mr Cameron inherited.   Many people view Tory disagreements over Europe through the lens of the internecine Maastricht battles of the 1990s,…

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SNP minister fails to give straight answer over EU migrant quotas

Nicola Sturgeon’s new Europe Minister has been repeatedly unable to give a straight answer about whether the SNP supports Britain signing up to a proposed system of EU quotas that would force it to accept thousands more migrants. Speaking on a visit to Brussels, Alasdair Allan said the UK should offer to take in more people and all EU member states should be allocated a share of the massive influx of migrants in Europe. However, when it was pointed out this sounded very similar to a controversial quota scheme being proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, he refused to say whether Britain should join it. Although the proposal is the largest single policy question facing the EU, dominating Brussels politics for a year, Mr Allan did not express a definitive view and merely stated that control over borders, immigration and asylum is reserved to Westminster. The SNP’s reticence…

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Olivier Rousteing for NikeLab: Welcome to supermodel-approved gym kit

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Olivier Rousteing has brought a magic touch to Balmain with his #Balmainarmy of supermodels and a sell-out collaboration with H&M capsule collection for H&M  last year. The race to buy Balmain at high street prices brought new meaning to the idea of chaos, with a spokesman for H&M confirming it was their fastest-selling collaboration to date. Given Olivier Rousteing’s proven ability to turn his colossal social media following (3.2million Instagram followers and counting) into sales, it’s not surprising that he has been enlisted as the latest designer to collaborate with NikeLab on a sportswear collection. Rousteing has brought his glamazon warrior aesthetic (think the Jenners and Kardashians in power mini dresses)  to gym kits, with his signature metallic detailing running through the collection. The ‘Football Nouveau’ offering features gold Nike swooshes, leggings with decorative gold zippers, cropped hooded tanks, body-con dresses, gold piping and gold studded football boots. Basically, a LOT of gold.  The Paris-based designer explained to Vogue that he visited…

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Theresa May: Fire chiefs are ‘eroding public confidence’ and undermining respect for their profession

She added that there was a culture of “bullying and harassment” in some parts of the fire service and that there was "no excusing" this type of culture. "It is not just professionalism and integrity that underpin the relationship with the public, it is also how representative fire and rescue services are of their communities and the communities that they serve,” she said.  Mrs May said that a "rigorous and independent inspection regime" is required because it is "currently almost impossible" for members of the public to compare fire and rescue services on performance, value for money and diversity.

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Does David Cameron really think British expats will get sent home after Brexit?

Well, that certainly sounds like a victory for Ukep, who were of course founded to express legitimate concerns about swarms of British migrants leaving the country, taking foreigners’ jobs and placing a strain on European public services. The party was particularly vocal about Spain, which they claimed had been swamped by an estimated one million British migrants. Yes, some of those migrants had integrated into Spanish society – but others, complained Ukep, had failed to learn the language, and were living in English-speaking ghettoes, drinking in British bars and watching Premier League football. All Ukep wanted, the party insisted, was for Spain to get its country back – and it wouldn’t be silenced by the politically incorrect brigade. Before Ukep start celebrating, though, I’d advise them – and indeed British expats – to look carefully at Mr Cameron’s wording. At no point did he actually say expats would have to…

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EU referendum: How will turnout affect the result?

Lazy youngsters could cost Britain its future in the EU, according to data released by YouGov. While Remain retain a slim lead in the Telegraph’s poll of polls, they may yet need an escalation of Project Turnout to secure victory. The latest YouGov figures draw a link between the amount of people turning up and the expected vote to stay in the European Union, with the elderly more likely to vote and emphatically back Brexit. Seven in ten 18-39 year olds are expected to vote Remain, but they also one of the groups least likely to vote on June 23rd.

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Pierre Bergé on why Yves Saint Laurent was the last great couturier: ‘Turning designers into rock stars has been totally idiotic’

The revolutionary 'Le Smoking' tuxedo which Saint Laurent invented for women in 1966  Credit:  GÉRARD PATAA  "Fashion dies, but style remains," Yves Saint Laurent once observed, in a clear prediction his creations would stand the test of time. It is a claim hard to refute from the man credited with inventing the modern woman’s wardrobe. But now the late king of Haute Couture’s business and life partner, Pierre Bergé, is about to take Saint Laurent’s canonisation to another level by opening two museums in autumn next year – one in Paris, the other in his beloved Marrakech – to honour the French designer’s plethoric oeuvre spanning four decades. The Mondrian jacket in the YSL archives Credit: Henry Samuel In terms of exhibits, the curators are spoiled for choice given the the 5,000 Haute Couture garments and 15,000 accessories painstakingly archived at the Fondation Pierre-Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, from the seminal Smoking…