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Jarod Kirkman: Man jailed over threatening emails to MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jarod Kirkman sent malicious communications to MPs including Yvette Cooper and Nicky Morgan A man who sent "threatening" emails to seven MPs, including two ex-cabinet members, has been jailed for 44 weeks.Jarod Kirkman, 51, used a fake email address to target a cross-party selection, including Nicky Morgan, Yvette Cooper and Heidi Allen.Kirkman, of Torquay Drive, Luton, had admitted sending malicious communications at Westminster
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Chinese journalist Kong Linlin faces arrest over ‘Tory slap’ claim

[ad_1] Image copyright CCTV-13 Image caption Kong Linlin is a correspondent for China's official state broadcaster An arrest warrant has been issued for a Chinese journalist who failed to appear before magistrates.Kong Linlin, 49, was charged with common assault after an incident at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 30 September 2018.A summons was posted to her address in King's Cross, London, for a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.She
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DUP only party that can unite unionism, says Foster

[ad_1] Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption The DUP's council election manifesto includes pledges on rates and playparks The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the only party strong enough to unite unionism, according to Arlene Foster.The DUP leader was speaking at the launch of her party's local government election manifesto in Belfast.She argued that every first preference vote for another unionist party "runs the risk of dividing unionism".She said it also
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European parliament given surprise musical performance

[ad_1] As the final session of the current European Parliament wrapped up, a Slovenian MEP took the opportunity to give a musical performance."It is our responsibility to keep Europe together. Let's rebuild Notre-Dame and Happy Easter," Lojze Peterle told his fellow MEPs.He then played a rendition of Ode to Joy - the EU anthem - on the harmonica, drawing applause from European politicians. [ad_2] Source link
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Call to deselect Carl Benjamin as UKIP MEP candidate over rape comments

[ad_1] Image caption UKIP's leader Gerrard Batten, pictured, said Carl Benjamin's comments were made in satire Calls have been made to deselect a candidate in the European election following comments he made about rape on social media in 2016.Carl Benjamin wants to stand to become an MEP for the South West for UKIP.But members of UKIP's Swindon branch said Mr Benjamin had only joined the local party recently and added
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Brexit: No deal means hard Irish border, says Selmayr

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martin Selmayr (right) served as Jean-Claude Juncker's chief of staff from 2014 to 2018 One of the European Commission's most powerful officials has said that a no-deal Brexit would mean a hard Irish border.The comments from Martin Selmayr feature in a documentary made by ARTE, the Franco-German broadcaster.The secretary-general of the European Commission was filmed in a meeting with senior MEPs in late
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Politicians urged to cut ties with ‘homophobic’ pastor

[ad_1] Image caption Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong (left), Montgomeryshire AM Russell George (above right) and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar (below right) Two assembly members have been urged to sever their links with a controversial pastor who claimed homosexuality is a "sin".Yang Tuck Yoong called homosexuality an "abomination" during a sermon.Darren Millar and Russell George are trustees of the Evan Roberts Institute which has financial links with the pastor's Cornerstone
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Conservative MP seeks to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption John Bercow was elected Speaker in 2009 A Conservative MP is making a fresh attempt to remove John Bercow from his position as House of Commons Speaker. Crispin Blunt has said he will table a motion expressing no confidence in the Speaker when the House of Commons returns from recess on Tuesday.In a statement posted on Twitter, the Reigate MP accuses Mr
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Disorderly Brexit ‘risks Scottish recession’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Researchers say Scotland could face a 5.5% loss of output A disorderly Brexit risks a deep recession in Scotland, according to researchers.The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), part of the University of Strathclyde, predicts a loss of more than one £1 in every £20 of output from the economy.It suggests the fall from peak to trough in the economy could be around 5.5%
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Has Brexit fractured Irish-unionist relations?

[ad_1] Image copyright European Photopress Image caption Unionists have been critical of Leo Varardkar's approach to Brexit Last week marked 21 years since the Good Friday peace agreement was signed - the deal that effectively helped bring decades of violence in Northern Ireland to an end.It was co-forged by the British and Irish governments and led to the establishment of joint Irish-British bodies to help continue building progress.But the Irish
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House of Commons recess: How much time off do MPs get?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMPs cheer Easter break for the House of CommonsThere was a collective sigh of relief around Westminster when MPs were told last week that their Easter recess would be going ahead.But others have criticised politicians for taking a break while Brexit remains up in the air - especially after a direct warning from the EU not to waste time during the
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Brexit: Coveney in pledge on European health insurance cards

[ad_1] Image caption Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday The Irish government has said it will, if necessary, cover the cost of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) for citizens in NI after Brexit.Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday.The EHIC currently entitles UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an
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Burgon: I don’t recall Zionism remarks

[ad_1] Labour MP Richard Burgon has said he “regrets” saying Zionism is the "enemy of peace", after a video emerged of him making the comments. In a BBC interview recorded last year, Mr Burgon denied that he had made the comments, following newspaper reports in 2016 that he had made them.But video footage posted on social media shows Mr Burgon saying: "The enemy of the Palestinian people are Zionists, and
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Is Notre-Dame fire a warning for UK Houses of Parliament?

[ad_1] After the devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame, MPs in the UK have started to fear for another iconic building closer to home. The Houses of Parliament in London mostly date from the 19th Century, but some parts go back as far as 1099.The estate is in desperate need of repair, with an outdated electrical system being just one of the "critical risks" to the Grade I listed building.
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Labour MP Richard Burgon in row over Zionism comments

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon has been urged to apologise for denying he said Zionism is the "enemy of peace".The Labour MP denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but footage has now emerged of him appearing to say it. The Labour Friends of Israel group accused him of "seemingly misleading the public". Neither Labour nor Mr Burgon have commented on the
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Amber Rudd: Leadership bid is ‘entirely possible’

[ad_1] Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it is “entirely possible” that she will launch a bid for the Conservative Party leadership once Theresa May steps down, adding “I don’t rule it out”.Speaking to Emma Barnett, Ms Rudd said: “I have kept the door slightly ajar" when asked about succeeding the prime minister. [ad_2] Source link
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Change UK party approved for European elections

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Independent Group is now a political party called Change UK The Electoral Commission has approved The Independent Group's application to register as a political party. The group - made up of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who quit their parties in February - will become Change UK.The approval means they can put forward candidates in the European elections due to take
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Brexit: Tusk says UK MEPs could sit for ‘months or longer’

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Donald Tusk said the decision to delay Brexit meant British voters will be going to the polls in May The UK will take part in May's European elections and British MEPs could sit for "months or even longer", European Council President Donald Tusk has said.Mr Tusk said the decision to delay Brexit to 31 October meant British voters will be going to the polls.But
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From Farage to Batten: What happened to UKIP’s class of 2014?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption UKIP topped the polls in 2014 - but things have not gone to plan since then In the 2014 European elections, UKIP defied expectations to become the largest British party in the European Parliament.Twenty four UKIP MEPs were elected and the party won 27.5% of the vote - an achievement its then leader Nigel Farage described as "historic".UKIP's success in these elections was