British PM, who described Trump’s remarks about Muslims as ‘divisive, stupid and wrong’, may have to greet him at Downing Street

The British government is preparing for a diplomatically awkward visit to the UK by Donald Trump, raising the possibility that David Cameron will have to greet him as the official Republican candidate in Downing Street after describing his remarks about Muslims as “divisive, stupid and wrong”.

Traditionally, presidential candidates go abroad during the campaign to underline their foreign policy credentials, but No 10 will be torn between the difficulties of a Trump-Cameron encounter and the alternative of being left out in the cold by its most important ally.

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Canada’s most prominent political spouse deserves help. I struggled to get this ill-defined role right, with cameras poised to capture every gaffe

The wife of the Canadian prime minister has complained that she needs more staff to carry out her duties. And in doing so, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has unwittingly sparked an international debate about the role of the political wife and feminism more widely. I doubt she is enjoying the current media storm, but let’s applaud her for shining a light on some of the difficulties that political spouses face.

Related: ‘I need help’: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s plea sparks anger in Canada

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London’s new mayor must re-define the nature of the job if he’s to make a real difference on transport, housing, policing and social exclusion in the capital

The euphoria surrounding Sadiq Khan’s election as London’s new mayor is now giving way to the annoying persistence of reality. The fact of his being a Muslim has generated headlines round the world and a transatlantic set-to with Donald Trump. The symbolism of Khan prevailing in the face of the muck thrown at him by Zac Goldsmith and his media allies is glorious. But now the hard graft of keeping the promises he made to voters has begun. It’s time to think about what Khan could achieve in his new job over the next four years.

Too often since its creation at the start of the century the London mayoralty has been seen as little more than a showman’s platform, its powers and influence dismissed as insignificant. Khan’s passion for winning City Hall and the purposeful way he went about it suggest a politician equipped to make full use of the potential of his office and re-define it as an institution. What will qualify as success?

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The radical People Before Profit Alliance won two seats in the recent assembly elections as voters rejected nationalist parties and the Westminster austerity agenda their leaders had backed

When two candidates standing in this month’s elections for Northern Ireland’s devolved assembly were unexpectedly voted in on a radical socialist, anti-austerity, non-sectarian platform, it was clear that something fundamental had happened. Echoing socialist Bernie Sanders in the US and Jeremy Corbyn in Westminster, The People Before Profit Alliance’s (PBP) message that the poorest and most vulnerable people are disproportionately paying the price for austerity struck an electoral chord.

With key public services in Northern Ireland, including health, under immense strain from budget cuts and a slew of welfare reforms about to be implemented (much later than for the rest of the UK and only after protracted and difficult negotiations between the main parties and with the government in Westminster), for some voters at least priorities appear to be shifting.

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