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Keir Starmer suffered the biggest rebellion of his leadership last night, when 56 Labour MPs backed a parliamentary motion calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas conflict rather than abstaining from the vote. Ten frontbenchers resigned over the issue, including former leadership contender Jess Phillips. She said she was voting “with my constituents, my head, and my heart”. Joe Biden and Xi Jinping met in San Francisco yesterday. The two leaders agreed to resume military-to-military communications and tackle the trafficking of the opioid fentanyl, but Xi told Biden he should “stop arming” Taiwan and that China’s reunification with the island was “unstoppable”. Millions of women in England will be able to get the contraceptive pill for free without seeing a GP, says The Times. In a “revolutionary” change announced by the NHS, pharmacists will be able to prescribe the drugs over the counter from next month.