Harry’s back. He and Prince William will be “putting on a brave face” for the unveiling of the Diana statue today, say royal watchers – though the pair are expected to meet for clear-the-air talks. Looks like Keir Starmer will be “putting on a brave face” for the by-election in Batley and Spen, with Labour braced for a damaging defeat. Starmer may need clear-the-air talks with Angela Rayner. His deputy is said to be “on manoeuvres” for a possible leadership challenge. Meanwhile Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, has suggested he’d like to return to Westminster. Could the king of the north be Labour’s crown prince in waiting?
Inside the bubble
Policy correspondent Jon Stone on what to look out for today:
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