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Prince Harry photobombs New Zealand rugby coach

New Zealand officials got more than they expected when they posed for a picture at the Commonwealth Games yesterday, with Prince Harry sticking his head in the frame for a "royal photo bomb".

Sir Gordon Tietjens (left), Trevor Shailer (centre) and Gary Hermansson (right) with Prince Harry (centre,back) and William (right,back).
Sir Gordon Tietjens (left), Trevor Shailer (centre) and Gary Hermansson (right) with a smiling Prince Harry (centre,back) and William (right,back). Credit: Trevor Shailer/Facebook

Former Olympic boxer Trevor Shailer (centre), posted the photo on Facebook, showing himself alongside rugby sevens coach Sir Gordon Tietjens (left) and sports psychologist Gary Hermansson, with Harry and brother William both seen in the background.

The royals were watching swimming at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, while they also caught other events such as hockey and gymnastics.

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Labour: David Cameron has failed on immigration

David Cameron has failed to fulfil his promise to get net migration down to tens of thousands, the shadow Home Secretary has said.

Yvette Cooper says Labour has been calling for tougher restrictions for 18 months.
Yvette Cooper says Labour has been calling for tougher restrictions for 18 months. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Speaking following the Prime Minister's announcement of fresh curbs on benefits for migrants, Yvette Cooper said Labour called for tougher benefit restrictions nearly 18 months ago.

"We need less talk from the Prime Minister on immigration and more action," she said.

"The Government should get a grip and finally implement Labour's proposals to stop the undercutting of wages and jobs for local workers by the exploitation of low-skilled migrant labour, including banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers and pressing for stronger controls in Europe."

Read: Cameron to limit migrant benefits to three months

Weather: Mostly dry with top temperature of 27C

Temperatures will reach a high of 27C in the south.
Temperatures will reach a high of 27C in the south. Credit: Met Office

Any rain across the far southeast of England will quickly clear this morning, leaving many southern and central parts of England with a fine and dry day, with plenty of sunny spells developing.

Elsewhere, a band of cloud and light and patchy rain will gradually sink southeastwards during the course of the day.

Skies will begin to brighten up later in the day across Scotland and Northern Ireland, however further showers will move into western parts at times.

It will feel a little fresher than yesterday across Scotland and Northern Ireland, but across southern England it will become very warm with a top temperature of 27C in the southeast.

Lord Coe 'pulls out' of race to chair BBC Trust

Sebastian Coe has signalled he has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Seb Coe suggested he doesn't have the "capacity" to chair the BBC Trust.
Seb Coe suggested he doesn't have the "capacity" to chair the BBC Trust. Credit: PA

The London 2012 supremo, who is chairman of the British Olympic Association, was at one point the Government's preferred candidate for the role but told the Daily Mail he did not have the "capacity" for the job.

He said: "I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse whether I had enough time to do the job to the best of my abilities.

"On reflection, I haven't the capacity and I now want to concentrate on my current commitments and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election."

Other names mentioned in relation to the role at the BBC's governing body include Dame Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of the company behind the Financial Times, and Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns.

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Leisure aspect of shopping trip 'a significant driver'

The leisure aspects of a shopping trip is a significant driver in where consumers chose to shop, according to a wide ranging survey.

Researchers at Southampton University found:

  • There has been a modest resurgence in specialist retailers such as artisanal bakers, butchers and tea and coffee merchants in high streets.
  • Retailers are exploiting opportunities created by on-line shopping - particularly with the rise in click and collect buying. Within five years, seven out of ten on-line shoppers will prefer to collect goods themselves rather than risk missing a delivery at home.
  • The leisure aspect of shopping trips is a significant driver of footfall and that high streets that include a good range of cafes, bars, restaurants not only increase the dwell time but the average spent during trips to town.

Two fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Sunderland

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht Jager at 4.40pm yesterday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.

Labour 'run in a totally dysfunctional way'

Damian McBride, who was forced to resign as former prime minister Gordon Brown's adviser in 2009 after being linked to a plot to smear Tory MPs on a gossip website, said:

Labour currently has no clear idea who its target audience is, no positive messages to communicate to anyone about why they should vote for the party, no policies which will persuade them, and is being run in a totally dysfunctional way.

– Damian McBride

The former spin doctor urged Labour to acknowledge its mistakes in government and to better communicate a coherent plan for the country. He wrote:

If Labour currently has central, underlying messages that it is trying to communicate to the electorate about itself, its policies, and its leader, the best you could say at present is that it's not quite coming across.

If the message is 'We're not the Tories or the Lib Dems, and you hate them', that may work up to a point, but it won't do much for those people who would happily express their antipathy by voting for Ukip or just staying at home, let alone those who hate Labour as well.

– Damian McBride
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