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Brexit: UK seeks agreement with EU on citizens’ rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has asked the EU to consider a separate agreement on citizens' rights in the event of no deal. Around 1.3m UK citizens live in one of the other 27 EU member states, while the UK hosts about 3.2m EU nationals.Theresa May's Brexit deal covers citizens' rights but the deal has not yet been approved by MPs.The EU said the best way
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Stella Creasy: ‘I tried not to think about how my baby had died’

[ad_1] Women are forced to choose between "being an MP and being a mum" because of Parliament's rules, a pregnant Labour MP has said.Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy told Victoria Derbyshire that following her second miscarriage, she led a public meeting on knife crime and "tried not to think about how my baby had died inside me".Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on BBC Two and BBC News Channel, 10:00 to 11:00
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Independent Wales: Carwyn Jones says curiosity driven by UK politics

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"We would undoubtedly lose money"The "shambles" in Westminster is driving curiosity in Welsh independence, former first minister Carwyn Jones has said.Mr Jones will take part in a debate organised by a pro-independence group at the National Eisteddfod, in August.He will make the case against Wales going its own way, but said he felt there had been "some change" in the mood
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Brexit: Whole democratic system in paralysis, says Tom Watson

[ad_1] Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg he supports another Brexit referendum in order to end the current "paralysis"."We certainly might lose some votes if we change position," he said, but argued the party must "make the case to Labour voters why we've changed position". "Parliament has failed them and the country is in crisis," he added. [ad_2] Source link
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Peterborough by-election ‘malpractice’ police inquiry

[ad_1] Image copyright Geograph/Dylan Moore Police are investigating five allegations of malpractice relating to a by-election won by Labour in Peterborough earlier this month.Lisa Forbes was elected as the city's MP after the former Labour incumbent Fiona Onasanya was forced out after being jailed for lying about speeding.Cambridgeshire Police said it was looking into allegations including bribery and postal vote issues.Peterborough City Council said it was standard practice to report
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson's bid. Ms McVey - eliminated in the first ballot - told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but his rivals have insisted they will not drop out.He is the only one of
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Labour: Blair seeks to ‘set record straight’ over inequality claims

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Tony Blair has hit back at Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader questioned his predecessor's commitment to tackling inequality while in power.In a speech on Saturday announcing a shift in policy on social mobility, Mr Corbyn said "for decades we have been told that inequality does not matter".Mr Blair said it was the latest example of his government being grouped with Tory ones in "one unbroken
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All change again as Chuka Umunna joins Lib Dems

[ad_1] Image copyright PA When it comes to political parties, he is The Changing Man.Just four years ago he wanted to lead Labour - then pulled out of the race.Just four months ago he pulled out of Labour completely as a founder member of the Independent Group of MPs.This transmogrified in to Change UK, a formal political party, in order to fight the European elections.After dismal results, Chuka Umunna suggested
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Boris Johnson will take part in BBC TV debate

[ad_1] Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will take part in the BBC TV debate on Tuesday after the second round of leadership votes among Conservative MPs.He told the BBC's World At One: "I think it is important that we have a sensible grown-up debate. My own observation is that in the past when you've had loads of candidates, it can be slightly cacophonous and I think the public have
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Birmingham LGBT school row: MP Roger Godsiff given warning

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Roger Godsiff has been warned "he must not repeat such conduct in the future", the Labour Party said A Labour MP has been warned not to repeat comments in support of protesters in a row over LGBT teaching.Campaigners had been gathering outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham to argue children were too young to learn about same-sex relationships.Hall Green MP Roger Godsiff
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Matt Hancock withdraws from leadership race

[ad_1] Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. He has not yet endorsed another candidate.Mr Hancock said he would continue to argue for the values he had campaigned on, urging the Conservative Party to seek to attract voters from centre ground, as well as being pro-business and pro-enterprise.He called for "all contestants" to face up to scrutiny and take part in the
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Stormont stalemate – how things stand

[ad_1] Image caption NI has been without a devolved government since January 2017, when the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row It's more than a month since the British and Irish government began fresh efforts to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.Breaking two and a half years of political deadlock between diametrically opposed parties is no easy task.Add to that the out-workings of Brexit, a new prime minister
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Conservative Muslim chair to quit if Johnson wins leadership race

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum has told the BBC he will resign his party membership if Boris Johnson wins the leadership race.Mohammed Amin said the MP was not "sufficiently moral" to be PM.He criticised Mr Johnson's comments about burkas and his denial that he had mentioned potential Turkish membership of the EU when campaigning for Brexit. But MP Priti Patel defended Mr Johnson,
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Tory leadership: ‘Boris Johnson should be braver’ – Jeremy Hunt

[ad_1] Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson should be "braver" and do media interviews, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the Today programme. "What would Churchill say if someone who wants to be prime minster is hiding away from the media?"Johnson's rivals have committed to taking part in TV leadership debates on Channel 4 and the BBC on Sunday and Tuesday. Mr Johnson has not yet agreed to take part. [ad_2] Source
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Chuka Umunna: Why I joined the Liberal Democrats

[ad_1] Change UK MP Chuka Umunna says he has switched to the Liberal Democrats because he was "wrong" to think "millions of politically homeless people" wanted a new party.The former Labour MP told Today he had "massively underestimated just how difficult it is to set up a fully-fledged new party without an existing infrastructure". [ad_2] Source link
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Politicians Adam Price and Stephen Kinnock admit taking drugs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stephen Kinnock and Adam Price both say they took drugs when they were younger Two Welsh politicians have admitted to taking drugs in their youth.Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said: "As a gay man who first went clubbing in the 1990s it would be a bit of a surprise if I hadn't taken drugs."Labour backbench MP Stephen Kinnock, who represents Aberavon, admitted "smoking