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The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19.

It comes as accounts revealed the Queen's official net expenditure last year increased by £2m, to almost £42m.

Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the Queen represented "excellent value for money".

How rich is the Queen?

He said: "When you look at these accounts, the bottom line is the Sovereign Grant last year equated to 65p per person, per annum, in the United Kingdom.

"That's the price of a first class stamp.

"Consider that against what the Queen does and represents for this country, I believe it represents excellent value for money." bbc.co.uk
Hundreds of residents were forced into the streets while a bomb disposal unit was used to carry out a search linked to the Manchester terror attack.

Dozens of homes were evacuated as a precaution while police searched a property in Wigan as part of the ongoing probe of the suicide bombing which left 22 dead and more than 100 injured.

Residents gathered in the streets as police set up a large cordon around the terraced house in Springfield Street.

The bomb disposal unit returned to the address last night so experts could examine "potentially suspicious items" that were found during the ongoing search.

The cordon was lifted and residents were allowed to return to their homes about two hours after the police robot arrived. mirror.co.uk
Police in Manchester are “confident of rolling up” the suspected terrorist cell behind the attack, according Security Minister Ben Wallace.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ahead of another meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra, Wallace said:

“The police are confident that they are in a position to have a good coverage of what’s happened, and of rolling it up, I can’t say any more about that, that would threaten ongoing operations. It is still very live, it is still very hot. That’s why we have critical as our security state.”

Asked if the police were searching for two more bombs, Wallace said: “We are trying to roll up a network. This is not a lone individual. We have to close down every lead we find. We have to follow it up and make sure we make the arrests and the searches that we need to do.”

He added: “There is a difference between the Westminster attack, which was a single individual ... and this lot. That’s why we are on a heightened state of alert. theguardian.com
The Ukip manifesto gives several reasons why it would like to see face-coverings banned. One is that women wearing them are deprived of vitamin D.

Unfortunately Ukip has its science slightly muddled here – humans don’t “intake” vitamin D from sunlight. Sunlight causes the body to make it.

The NHS Choices website does recommend that “people who are not often exposed to the sun – for example, people who are frail or housebound, or are in an institution such as a care home, or if they usually wear clothes that cover up most of their skin when outdoors” – take vitamin D supplements.

However, we are unaware of vitamin D levels being cited as a reason for a national dress code policy before. theguardian.com
As Brexit cuts our influence around the world, the UK will find it harder to speak truth to power. Instead, in our desperation to make up for lost business in Europe, we will suck up to unsavoury leaders in every other continent.

The first sign of this fawning behaviour occurred towards China soon after May entered Downing Street as prime minister.

Her initial instinct was to cancel Beijing’s investment in our nuclear power industry.

But, after the Chinese leadership made clear that it was not amused, our supposedly strong and stable leader made an abrupt u-turn.

May then rushed to Washington to hold hands with Donald Trump, a man with abhorrent views on women, torture, and much else besides.

But when other world leaders take him to task tomorrow for undermining the fight against climate change at the G7 summit tomorrow, our brave leader is likely to keep her mouth zipped. infacts.org
UK foreign policy would change under a Labour government to one that "reduces rather than increases the threat" to the country, Jeremy Corbyn is to say.

As election campaigning resumes after the attack in Manchester, the Labour leader will point to links between wars abroad and "terrorism here at home".

In a speech, Mr Corbyn will say the "war on terror is simply not working".

Meanwhile, PM Theresa May will chair a session on counter-terrorism with G7 leaders in Sicily, Italy, on Friday.

She is expected to focus on what can be done to deal with the threat posed by extremists online.

She will urge a common approach to dealing with tech companies, which she says have a "social responsibility" to remove harmful content. bbc.com
More than half of Britons believe their culture is threatened by ethnic minorities living in the UK, a report says.

A quarter think immigrants take jobs away and a third think they remove more from society than they contribute, this year’s Aurora Humanitarian Index survey said.

The survey also found respondents think the UK could be less capable of dealing with the refugee crisis after Brexit. 

Only a minority think the prime minister, Theresa May, is the best person to resolve it.

Support for humanitarian action is also in steep decline.

The report said: “This year’s findings demonstrate an overall decline in the support for humanitarian action based on scepticism in the ability to make an impact and ambivalence in defending social values over self-interest.” theguardian.com
The Queen has condemned the "wicked" Manchester attack as she met children injured by the suicide bombing.

She visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where she also spoke with staff who have treated the victims.

The Queen expressed her shock that young people had been targeted in the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

At least six children were killed in Monday's blast, including an eight-year-old girl, and a number of others were seriously injured. 

The Queen praised hospital staff for "coming together" after hearing how many had come in from home offering their assistance in the wake of the attack. bbc.com
Former Head of Cobra, Colonel Richard Kemp, said that it is “too late” for platitudes about how we must be tolerant and try to understand those who pose a threat to the UK, insisting that they should be deported. 

He spoke to Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain today about what can be done to help reduce the threat of terror in the UK. 

“We have the finest intelligence services and finest police services in the world and they have protected us time and time again,” he noted.  “Hundreds of attacks have been stopped, thousands of terrorists have been put in prison. 

“The problem is that there are 3,000 known jihadists on the streets of the UK today, our intelligence services, our police services, no matter how good they are they can’t monitor all of them, they can’t control all of them.” express.co.uk
Police investigating the Manchester Arena bomb attack have stopped sharing information with the US after leaks to the media. 

UK officials were outraged when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in the New York Times. 

It came after the name of bomber Salman Abedi was leaked to US media just hours after the attack, which left 22 dead.

Theresa May said she would tell Donald Trump at a Nato meeting that shared intelligence "must remain secure".

The US's acting ambassador to the UK "unequivocally condemned" the leaks in a BBC radio interview. bbc.com