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• Jeremy Cor­byn has been warned that the res­ig­na­tion of the veteran MP Frank Field from the Labour whip over an­tisemitism and what Field called a cul­ture of nas­ti­ness in the party must be treated as a wake-up call. In a blis­ter­ing let­ter to Labour’s chief whip, Nick Brown, Field wrote “It sad­dens me to say that we are in­creas­ingly seen as a racist party”, and added that an­tisemitism alone would have been enough to prompt his res­ig­na­tion. Mean­while, Peter Wills­man, a Labour ac­tivist who claimed Jewish “Trump fa­nat­ics” were mak­ing up some of the al­le­ga­tions of an­tisemitism in the party, has been re-elected to the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

• Alex Sal­mond has quit the Scot­tish Na­tional party as he seeks to clear his name of sex­ual mis­con­duct charges. The former SNP leader and first min­is­ter, who brought the party to power at Holy­rood in 2007 and close to win­ning an in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum in 2014, said he wanted to fo­cus on his ju­di­cial re­view against the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment over its han­dling of the two com­plaints against him.

• Chil­dren and young peo­ple with se­ri­ous men­tal health prob­lems are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment as far as 460km away from their homes, de­spite a pledge to end such prac­tice, be­cause bed short­ages in some ar­eas are so se­vere. Ex­perts say send­ing highly trou­bled un­der-18s to units far from their fam­ily and friends can be fright­en­ing for them, re­duces their chances of re­cov­ery and in­creases their risk of self­harm. In all, 1,039 chil­dren and ado­les­cents in Eng­land were ad­mit­ted to a non­lo­cal bed in 2017-18, in many cases more than 160km from home, fig­ures col­lated by NHS Eng­land show.

• The open­ing of the £15bn ($19.3bn) Cross­rail line across Lon­don will be de­layed by up to a year, it has been an­nounced, af­ter months of ru­mours that the engi­neer­ing scheme was fac­ing in­creas­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. The train line, which has been decades in the plan­ning and will link west and east Lon­don with faster, high-ca­pac­ity ser­vices, was due to open in De­cem­ber.

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