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Brexit talks in endgame, says Theresa May

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May and husband Philip attend the Lord Mayor's Banquet Negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU are "now in the endgame", Theresa May says.Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were "immensely difficult", but the sides were working "through the night" to make progress."This will not be an agreement at any cost," the
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Lawyer ‘assaulted after Houses of Parliament bar row’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ronald Freeman has worked as an engineer contractor in Parliament for 11 years A lawyer was assaulted after he followed a Houses of Parliament contractor who had yanked his security pass off his neck, a court heard.Ronald Freeman is accused of shoving Peter Brooksbank to the ground outside a House of Commons bar on 5 December.Mr Brooksbank said the push left his face "black
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Academic Sir Roger Scruton’s housing role defended by ministers

[ad_1] Ministers have defended the choice of Sir Roger Scruton to head a new housing body, amid calls for him to quit.The conservative academic was recently named as chairman of a new public body to encourage better designed homes.But Labour said past "hateful" comments about homosexuality, which he once said was "not normal", and Islamophobia, which he called a "propaganda word", raised questions about his suitability.Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said
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Peers’ laughter at ‘Johnson and Johnson’

[ad_1] In the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Baroness Smith wonders if the resignations of "Johnson and Johnson" (a reference to Boris and brother Jo) mean the Brexit deal could be "worse than remaining".This reference sounds "more like an advertisement for toilet products", says government spokeswoman Baroness Goldie, sparking laughter among peers. [ad_2] Source link
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Welsh city and town centre smoking ban proposed by Mark Drakeford

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Drakeford has proposed extending the smoking ban Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in his bid to become the next first minister.The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest.Mr Drakeford, considered to be the favourite to win the election, also wants to ban smoking in the outdoor areas
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Sheffield Hallam MP Jared O’Mara on bullying and media criticism

[ad_1] An autistic MP who faced criticism for previous racist, homophobic and sexist comments on social media has claimed his eight days in the headlines was "cruel" and he was remorseful for what he had said.Jared O'Mara was elected as a Labour MP when he ousted former deputy PM Nick Clegg, but now sits as independent. He said he cannot attend PMQs because of the noise, and also claims he
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MPs can stop no-deal Brexit, says Labour’s Starmer

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"All options are on the table" if there is a no deal Brexit, Starmer tells TodayParliament will not allow the UK to leave the European Union without a negotiated agreement, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has claimed.Asked during a BBC interview whether MPs could prevent a no-deal exit, he replied "absolutely".Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested on Friday Brexit could not
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Brexit: Cabinet ministers ‘voiced doubts at PM’s plan at start’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Cabinet ministers in discussion at Chequers in July, when the Brexit plan was agreed Several cabinet ministers expressed significant doubts about the prime minister's preferred Brexit plan from the start, the BBC has learned. Parts of Theresa May's plan were described as "worrying", "disappointing" and "concerning" by members of her top team back in July.Mrs May is struggling to broker an agreement on Brexit
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Armistice Day: Growing criticism of Trump WW1 no-show

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mr Trump is in France to mark 100 years since the end of World War One A British minister has appeared to join growing criticism of US President Donald Trump's decision to miss a memorial event on Saturday due to rain.Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood took an apparent swipe at the president on Twitter, saying "rain did not prevent our brave heroes from doing their
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Philip Hammond pressed over Brexit ‘backstop’ row

[ad_1] Chancellor Philip Hammond has been pressed on whether the Brexit withdrawal agreement will include an EU proposal to keep Northern Ireland tied to its customs union and single market.The proposal, a back-up plan to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in the absence of a free trade deal, is opposed by the UK government. But the DUP suspects a reference to it could be
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Which cabinet minister uses Lego to relax after a busy day?

[ad_1] Image copyright Press Association and Lego A cabinet minister has spoken about how he likes to unwind by spending time with his "very large" Lego collection.Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright told Talk Radio he found assembling the building bricks "therapeutic"."I think everybody who does any difficult or stressful job needs a way to switch off," he said. "We all have different ways, mine is Lego."The Conservative MP also said claims
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Jean Winder: The first woman who won equal pay at Hansard

[ad_1] Image caption Jean Winder is standing in the middle of the 1947 Commons Hansard reporting team (copyright holder: Parliamentary Art Collection) This Saturday, 10 November, is 2018's Equal Pay Day in the UK.After this date, women will effectively work for free until the end of the year because of the gender pay gap.It is 100 years since some British women first got the vote under the Representation of the
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World War One: Theresa May paying respects in France and Belgium

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will lay a wreath at the graves of the first and last UK soldiers killed in World War One as she travels to France and Belgium to mark the Armistice centenary.The prime minister will be joined by French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for the commemorations on Friday.The visits reflect a shared history and shared future, Mrs May will
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MPs to debate forcing supermarkets to offer plastic-free wrapping

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library MPs will debate whether supermarkets should be forced to offer plastic-free packaging for every piece of fruit and vegetable they sell. A petition on the government website has gained over 123,000 signatures - those with more than 100,000 are considered for debate.It cites environmental concerns about single-use plastic. Currently supermarkets are not required by law to offer shoppers plastic free or eco-friendly packaging. But
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Female MPs from 86 countries mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

[ad_1] Image caption 120 female MPs from 86 countries gather in the House of commons to discuss how to further empower women in politics Female politicians from 86 countries gathered in the Commons to mark 100 years since women in the UK won the right to vote.UK Women's Minister Penny Mordaunt welcomed 120 women to Parliament, to celebrate achievements and discuss how to further empower women in politics. She hailed
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Dominic Raab under fire over Dover-Calais comments

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Dominic Raab has come under fire for saying he "hadn't quite understood" how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing.The Brexit Secretary's remarks came at a technology conference as he discussed the "bespoke arrangement" the UK sought with the EU after it leaves the bloc.Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman suggested Mr Raab "doesn't even understand the very basics of Brexit".Conservative pro-Remain MP Nicky