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Spain’s far-right vows to fight new Franco bill as past continues to haunt country

vows to fight new Franco billSpain’s left-wing coalition government approved a draft bill that outlaws supporters of the late dictator. The legislation applies to anyone who expressed support for General Francisco Franco and “denigrates or demeans the dignity of the victims” of the Spanish civil war (1936 -1939).

Francisco Franco was in power for nearly 40 years after winning a civil war against Republican forces.

The new bill could lead to the removal of the Francisco Franco Foundation, which has kept his legacy alive.

But the foundation issued a statement denouncing the bill and labelling it “unconstitutional”.

It said: “No one will be able to erase the enormous significance of Francisco Franco and his time both for what he avoided and for his achievements.

“This law is illegitimate and unconstitutional.”

Far-right Vox party, the third largest party in Spain’s parliament, said it would fight the bill in a legal process.

The bill is now set to go before Spain’s parliament for a vote, more than 80 years after the end of the civil war that left at least 500,000 dead.

It will impose penalties of between €200 and €150,000 to anyone who destroys evidence of burial pits or shows support for the dictatorship.

Félix Bolaños, minister for democratic memory, expressed his support for the bill during a press conference.

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The Crown’s Gillian Anderson ditches ‘uncomfortable’ bra and vows to never wear one

Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in Netflix series The Crown, has decided to forego “uncomfortable” bras. The Sex Education actress has adopted a more casual attire during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The 52-year-old made the candid admission when she was asked to describe her favourite outfit worn during lockdown.

The X-Files star admitted that she has become so “lazy” during the pandemic she planned to ditch bras altogether.

During an Instagram Live Q&A session, the mum-of-three poked fun at herself as she claimed her figure wasn’t what it used to be.

When quizzed about her favourite lockdown attire, Gillian dished on losing her bra.

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“It’s probably the same one as my out of lockdown outfit — comfortable black track pants and a matching hoodie. I’d wear that every day if I could,” Gillian explained.

“I mean, I’ve gotten so lazy and I don’t wear a bra anymore. I can’t wear a bra. I can’t, no, I can’t. I’m sorry.”

Gillian added: “I don’t care if my breasts reach my belly button, I’m not wearing a bra anymore. It’s just too f***ing uncomfortable.

“So yeah, comfortable black track pants and a matching hoodie. I’d wear that every day if I could.”

While a fourth added: “I couldn’t agree with you more… First thing that comes off when I get home. When I am at home, forget it. TMI, perhaps, but I also hate pants.”

Gillian, who is the mum of three children – Piper, 26, Oscar, 14, and Felix, 12 – previously revealed that she used to suffer from a serious lack of self-confidence.

However, after therapy and taking up meditation, the award-winning actress refuses to allow herself to think badly about her body.

“I will not go there. I simply will not allow it anymore. Because the things that we might be critical of ourselves about actually don’t matter.

“The only thing that really matters in terms of our peace of mind is our peace of mind itself, and how we react to things,” she told the Guardian in 2017.

Gillian rose to fame in 1993 playing FBI agent and doctor Dana Scully opposite David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, in the science fiction series The X-Files.

The hugely popular show ran for nine years and spawned two movies.

Gillian is now known for playing sex expert Dr Jean Milburn in Sex Education, which starts its third series in September.

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Stacey Solomon ‘vows to put family first’ after accident at home left her and Joe shaken

Loose Women panellist Stacey Solomon, 31, has reportedly decided to put her family first after her two-year-old son Rex’s recent fall at home gave her and fiancé Joe Swash, 39, “a shock”. The couple’s youngest child had to be rushed to hospital following the nasty accident.

Rex needed stitches to his lip, leaving his parents shaken up.

A source close to Stacey, who is currently pregnant with her fourth baby, revealed that the star is keen to prioritise making the most of time with her family despite her busy work schedule.

A friend of the former X Factor contestant told OK! Magazine: “The little accident that Rex had gave them a shock and while Stacey tries to do everything and please everyone, her health and her family always come first. 

“She loves working but she also wants to make as much time as she can for family and making memories together. 

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Stacey lives with Joe, their two-year-old son Rex, and her two sons from previous relationships Leighton, eight, and Zachary, 12, at their new home, named Pickle Cottage.

Joe is also dad to an older son, Harry, 13, from a previous relationship.

The Loose Women panellist spoke out on her mixed emotions ahead of having a daughter while on the way to film another episode of her BBC show, Sort Your Life Out.

She explained: “I can’t even cope so many of you are sending such lovely messages. 

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Molango vows to listen to players as new PFA chief executive

Maheta Molango has vowed to listen and work for players as he takes over as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The former Brighton striker has replaced Gordon Taylor, to become the union’s first new chief executive in 40 years.

In an open letter to players, the 38-year-old promised the organisation will meet their needs and outlined his vision for the PFA.

He wrote: “One principle will guide my leadership of our union, and it is this: the PFA belongs to the players. It should always be run on behalf of its members, for its members.

“I have begun my time at the PFA by speaking to members, our internal teams and a wide range of people from across football.

“I’ve been hearing about the issues that matter to them – asking what role the PFA can play and where we can do more. Most importantly, I’ve been making clear my desire to ensure that we work together. I’m looking forward to continuing these conversations.

“I know that the interests and needs of players are constantly changing. As your union, it is our responsibility to understand where, and how, we can best support you and represent you, whatever stage you are at in your career.

“To do this, we need your involvement. I want members to have greater opportunities for input into the work of the PFA. Recent changes to our structure, I believe, will support this, and I am personally committed to making sure your voices are heard and represented.”

Molango spent time at Brighton between 2004 and 2007 and also played for Lincoln, Oldham, Wrexham and Grays.

He is a qualified lawyer, fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, German and English, and was seconded to Atletico Madrid as legal counsel in 2015 – ahead of their 12-month transfer embargo in 2016.

In two windows he helped oversee 30 deals, including the sale of Mario Mandzukic to Juventus, Filipe Luiz’s return from Chelsea, Yannick Carrasco’s switch from Monaco and Antoine Griezmann’s new deal.

Previously a part-time scout for Charlton, he negotiated Mesut Ozil’s termination deal from Real Madrid ahead of his move to Arsenal in 2013.

“As a player in England, like you, I was a member of the PFA. The players’ union supported me, and I saw its value first-hand,” he continued.

“Having also played and worked in football in other countries as chief executive (at Real Mallorca) and lawyer, I’ve seen how well-regarded the PFA is and how widely it is recognised for the way it successfully represents players’ interests.

“The PFA has been central to a huge amount of positive and transformative change within football over the years – change that has benefitted members at every level of the game. This collective influence has been hard-won and it is something we must strive to protect.

“The impacts of the coronavirus have shown how important the PFA can be to defend your interests. The game – OUR game – is at a crossroads and the players should be at the centre of any discussion about the future of football.

“I join the PFA at a time of change, both for the union and within the game more widely. I take over the role of chief executive from Gordon Taylor, who led the PFA for over 40 years.

“Gordon achieved an enormous amount on behalf of members, and he deserves our thanks and recognition for his work and his commitment.”

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Gareth Southgate vows 'more to come' from England as Germany, Portugal and France warned

Raheem Sterling fired England to the top of Group D at Euro 2020 – and into the unknown. The 1-0 win against Czech Republic leaves England with a nervous wait to see who finishes second in Group F. Depending on results between France and Portugal, and Germany against Hungary, any of the four could be England’s opponents at Wembley on Tuesday.

However, Sterling, who netted his second goal of the tournament, is very much of the mind: “Bring it on!”

He said: “At some point you have to face the best teams. It is about challenging yourselves. The most important thing was to win the group.

“It’s tournament football, it’s very different to being at your clubs. We just need to get to see games out a little bit better. We’re making good progress and now it’s time for a big challenge.”

Bukayo Saka was named man-of-the-match and Sterling feels the Arsenal winger can get England buzzing in the knockout stages.

“I thought Bukayo Saka was brilliant,” he said. “He got in the pockets of space, drove at people and was direct.

“He’s tough, he’s funny, he gets on with everyone in the dressing room – I’m buzzing for him.”

The game saw Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire in action for the first time and Gareth Southgate admitted he would need his full squad firing if England are to go much further.

“These will be different games,” he said. “World champions, European champions or Germany who are back on song.

“Whoever we play will be tough opposition but we have known the route through for 18 months. But the good thing is that we are still improving – there is more to come from us.

“We said to the players before the game that the pressure was off, we had qualified but there was still something to achieve by winning th Group which was always our target.

“First or second, there was no way of knowing what is the better route and there’s no way of knowing who we will face next but you have to take control of what you can achieve and we wanted to stay at Wembley.

Southgate added: “The coronavirus situation is not helpful for us as a team, but devastating for the two boys.

“They are in a major championship and have had to miss out on a big part of it in this way. It feels incredibly harsh.

“We have been incredibly vigilant throughout and what has happened with the two boys has been an anomaly.

“We have had to speak to the players again to remind them but frankly we have not come unstuck in the past and how we have come unstuck and others haven’t is beyond comprehension.

“Just because there is some evidence of ours, but the situation with others has been a higher risk in terms of passing the virus on.” 

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Anthony Joshua slams Tyson Fury but vows bout will happen even if Oleksandr Usyk beats him

Anthony Joshua has accused Tyson Fury of ‘letting down’ the boxing world following the collapse of their heavyweight bout – but insists he will fight Fury even if he loses to Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua and Fury were supposed to go head to head later this year but a court arbitration ruling means that the latter must first fight Deontay Wilder.

Fury will now clash with Wilder in Las Vegas on July 24 while Joshua will defend his IBF, WBA and WBO gold against Usyk in September.

In March, two-time heavyweight champion Fury confirmed a two-fight deal with Joshua, with the first to be hosted in Saudi Arabia this July or August.

The pair spent the next few months exchanging social media jibes, with Joshua telling Fury that his fans were waiting for him to officially sign off the fight.

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“Unfortunately, his team let the whole boxing world down,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“I will still be here, still ready to put on a show.

“End of the year. Let me get past Usyk first. But with or without Usyk in my life, I will fight Fury.

“Usyk isn’t the be-all and end-all.

Usyk doesn’t determine the Fury fight. The Fury fight has to happen. It’s a big fight, bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts.

“It will happen. After the Usyk fight, after I defend my belts.

“The fight will be bigger, better than what it would have been.”

Fury has also refused to rule out a rearranged bout with Joshua.

He will first fight Wilder but has said that Joshua and his team will then “get their five minutes of fame”.

Last week, Fury told Sky about Joshua’s team: “I’ve got to get past Wilder then those guys will get their five minutes of fame. I’ll give them the biggest beatdown they have had in their lives.

“I’ll deal with these guys later – the most important thing to me is Wilder, the most dangerous heavyweight in the world who would knock out Joshua in the first round. As I’ve told [Joshua’s promoter] Eddie Hearn, the difference between me and them is they are businessmen and I’m a Spartan.”

Joshua responded: “I am 100 per cent sure that I will fight him and win. You’ve got to ask him the same question.

“I’m not too sure [what he would say].

“We did everything. During a global pandemic – the toughest time to organise a fight like that – we managed to have 20,000 fans available, a site fee, the media ready, my name was on the contract, I was in training.

“Then boom, they cancelled. I stay ready to fight them all because I’m a throwback fighter.”

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Jeremy Clarkson unleashes fury on 'halfwits' as he vows to boycott IKEA amid GB News row

Andrew Neil, chairman of GB News, has since hit out at critics of his news channel as the veteran broadcaster claimed the opinion-led channel will “puncture the pomposity of our elites”.

Presenters include former Brexit Party candidate and The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry, former Sky News presenter Colin Brazier, and The Sun’s former showbiz journalist Dan Wootton.

Planned segments on the show, including one called Woke Watch, have earned GB News comparisons with right-wing US TV channel Fox News which have been dismissed by Andrew.

According to the TV industry magazine Broadcast, GB News peaked in its opening minutes with 336,000 viewers.

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Andrew Neil vows war against cancel culture at GB News launch – ‘Empower those ignored’

The new channel opened with an hour-long introduction of the presenting line-up. GB News has been created to rival British news and current affairs channels, including the BBC and Sky.

Amongst the high-profile line up of hosts are former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, ex-BBC presenter Simon McCoy and former ITV presenter Alastair Stewart.

The broadcasters offered a glimpse of their respective programmes from different locations around the GB News studio in west London.

Former BBC political presenter Mr Neil gave an opening monologue on Sunday’s launch.

He told viewers that GB News will cover “the stories that matter to you and those that have been neglected” and will deliver “a huge range of voices that reflect the views and values of our United Kingdom”.

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He continued: “It is our explicit aim to empower those who feel their stories, their opinions, their concerns have been ignored or diminished.

“We are proud to be British. The clue is in the name.”

The former BBC presenter went on to say that GB news “won’t dwell much on the latest gossip of the Westminster bubble”.

Mr Neil added that the channel will “puncture the pomposity of our elites in politics, business, media and academia and expose the growing promotion of cancel culture for the threat to free speech and democracy that it is”.

GB News is the first new British news network in 24 years, since BBC News 24 launched in 1997.

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England boss Gareth Southgate vows team won't 'stick to football' at Euro 2020

England manager Gareth Southgate says his side will not “just stick to football” during this summer’s European Championships. The Three Lions are focusing on their opening Euro 2020 match against Croatia on Sunday, but Southgate says important off-the-pitch issues will still remain on the team’s agenda.

England’s official preparations for the tournament are now complete, with the final 26-man squad confirmed after last week’s friendlies against Austria and Romania.

On Tuesday the team moved from Middlesbrough, where they picked up back-to-back 1-0 wins at the Riverside Stadium, to their St George’s Park training base ahead of Sunday’s Group D opener at Wembley.

While the primary concern is the make-up of Southgate’s starting XI against Croatia, England remain committed to their united stance against all forms of discrimination.

England were booed by a section of their own fans after taking the knee before kick-off in both of their friendlies last week.

The stance is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement but is separate to the political organisation of the same name.

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“We must give them the confidence to stand up for their teammates and the things that matter to them as people.

“I have never believed that we should just stick to football.”

England have decided to take the knee to highlight and oppose all forms of discrimination in football and wider society.

Southgate spoke eloquently about the reasons behind the stance and addressed those that booed ahead of the Romania game and he has now reiterated the same points.

“I know my voice carries weight, not because of who I am but because of the position that I hold,” he wrote.

“At home, I’m below the kids and the dogs in the pecking order but publicly I am the England men’s football team manager. I have a responsibility to the wider community to use my voice, and so do the players.

“It’s their duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.

“Social media has been a key resource in giving our players a platform and has been a positive tool in so many ways.

“In fact, I feel like this generation of England players is closer to the supporters than they have been for decades.

“Despite the polarisation we see in society, these lads are on the same wavelength as you on many issues.”

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Manchin Vows to Block Democratic Voting Rights Bill and Preserve Filibuster

“I’m not being naïve,” Mr. Manchin insisted, acknowledging that Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, has vowed to block Mr. Biden’s agenda. “We’d be a lot better if we had participation, and we’re getting participation, but when it comes time to a final vote…” He trailed off.

He also suggested that Senate Democrats were partially responsible for the current dilemma on the filibuster in the Senate, noting that it was the majority leader at the time, Harry Reid of Nevada, who first removed parts of the filibuster in 2013.

“What goes around comes around here, they all understand that,” Mr. Manchin said. “And there were 33 Democrats in 2017 that signed a letter to ‘please save the filibuster and save our democracy.’ That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Democrats pushed back on that suggestion, saying the erosion of support for the filibuster on their side of the aisle stemmed from the abuse of the rule by Republicans. That was capped by a Republican filibuster late last month of a bipartisan commission to investigate the origins and implications of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters.

Senate Democrats have already had passionate closed-door meetings about the voting rights bill, going state by state through restrictions on voting access either enacted already or making their way through Republican-held legislatures. So far, they have resisted breaking up the For the People Act and passing less partisan measures, like the ethics provisions meant to block profiteering off the presidency and opening the business interests of presidents and vice presidents to more public scrutiny.

Mr. Blumenthal said if Mr. Manchin is firm, conversations about legislative strategy will pick up steam. “We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he said.

“These measures are about ending campaign finance corruption and political self-aggrandizement in a way that is fundamental to preserving our democracy, along with preserving access to the franchise, which is central to our democracy,” he added. “Maybe there will be choices ahead, but we need to be very careful about the sacrifices that could be made if we rethink too radically what For the People contains.”

Chris Cameron contributed reporting.

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