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The funeral of Conservative politician Mohammad Asghar, the first ethnic minority Member of the Senedd (MS) elected in 2007, was held today.
Asghar died at the age of 74 last week.
The funeral cortege left Newport Central Mosque and made its way to Mr Asghar’s office in the city, where politicians and members of the public paid their respects.
Among those attending were Monmouth Conservative MS Nick Ramsay, Newport East Labour MS John Griffiths and Monmouthshire council Conservative leader Peter Fox.
Driving lessons and tests to resume in England from July 4
Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced that driving lessons and tests will restart in England from 4 July.
Maxine Peake, the actor and Labour supporter, has issued a clarification of her interview which Rebecca Long-Bailey had retweeted.
David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, has accused Boris Johnson of misleading the Commons at Prime Minister’s Questions, when he claimed the government implemented 16 recommendations from his 2017 report into the treatment of ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system.
In a letter to the prime minister – seen by the BBC – Lammy urges the prime minister to correct what he calls “a catalogue of falsehoods” – and says only six of those 16 recommendations have been implemented.
His report, published in September 2017, contained 35 recommendations.
During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Johnson said: “Sixteen of the Lammy recommendations have been implemented. A further 17 are in progress; two of them we are not progressing.”
Earlier this week, Justice Minister Alex Chalk answered a written parliamentary question saying 16 had been “completed”, 17 were still in progress and two were not being taken forward.
In his letter, Lammy says he presumes the prime minister was referring to the same 16 – but says of those, only six have actually been implemented.
He writes that if the government is serious about correcting injustices, “it needs to be honest about the actions it has taken”.
From Heather Stewart, the Guardian’s political editor, on Rebecca Long-Bailey’s sacking.
On Rebecca Long-Bailey’s sacking from the shadow cabinet, Dame Louise Ellman, former Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, told ITV Granada Reports: “I’m delighted to hear this.
“It does gives me confidence that Keir Starmer is a man of his word and does want to stamp out antisemitism.
“This is dismissing somebody who is very senior, somebody who indeed stood against him as leader of the Labour party a very short time ago.
“It’s a very encouraging sign.”
Ellman quit the party last October as she believed antisemitism had become mainstream under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
Councillors and an MSP have written to Police Scotland questioning the response of officers to recent protests in Glasgow city centre.
SNP councillor Ruairi Kelly raised concerns with chief superintendent Hazel Hendren claiming “fascist thugs were able to run wild in George Square” on Saturday.
The Glasgow City Council representative’s letter was sent days after an event aimed at “sending a positive anti-racist message from Glasgow’s George Square to the world on World Refugee Day”.
Kelly said peaceful protesters and members of the public were attacked on two separate occasions in the square.
He wrote: “These appeared to be planned attacks and a quick search of known social media accounts shows that groups such as the National Defence League had called people out onto the streets.
“Was there not sufficient advanced warning to keep these individuals separate from the public?”
Reaction from Richard Burgon MP to Rebecca Long-Bailey’s sacking.