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Stormont deadlock: The crisis that spawned a video game

[ad_1] Politics is often seen as a game but rarely does a political crisis form the basis for an actual video game.Northern Ireland has not had a devolved government for 18 months, after a power-sharing deal between the two main parties - the DUP and Sinn Féin - collapsed.Now, the political parties are gearing up for a fight: albeit in the glorious eight-bit quality that only an arcade-style video game
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Brexit: What is the ‘no deal’ WTO option?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says the chances of a "no deal" Brexit are "increasing by the day". The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has been quoted as saying the chances of no deal are "60-40". And the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, says they are "uncomfortably high." There seems to be a pattern developing here. Recent debate about no deal -
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Ex-Labour leader condemns Corbyn over anti-semitism

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jim Murphy led Scottish Labour from December 2014 to June 2015 A former Scottish Labour leader has criticised Jeremy Corbyn for what he regards as the party's failure to root out anti-semitism. In an unusual move, Jim Murphy paid for a full page advert in the Jewish Telegraph to highlight his concerns. The ex-East Renfrewshire MP's article appears on page three of the
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Labour’s anti-Semitism code should be changed, Unison leader says

[ad_1] Image caption Dave Prentis said ending the anti-Semitism row was "critical" to Labour's chances A trade union leader says Labour must change its code of conduct on anti-Semitism, warning the issue is costing Jeremy Corbyn's party votes.Unison general secretary Dave Prentis urged the party to adopt all of the examples set out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.He said the issue had caused an "unnecessary schism" in Labour.But he
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Brexit: Theresa May seeks grassroots backing for Chequers plan

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May presented her plans to cabinet ministers at Chequers last month In recent days, letters from Theresa May have been landing on the doormats of Conservative Party members across the country - trying to win them over to her vision for Brexit.The mailshot, seeking their backing for the proposals agreed at Chequers last month, also features positive messages from ministers and other
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UKIP Wales members elect Gareth Bennett as assembly leader

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGareth Bennett: "I don't think they were voting for my charisma"A controversial UKIP member of the Welsh Assembly has won a three-way battle to lead the party in the Senedd.Gareth Bennett has blamed immigrants for rubbish in Cardiff, and claimed transgender people undermined society by their "deviation from the norm".He becomes the fourth leader of UKIP in Wales since the 2016
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Immigration minister Caroline Nokes ‘refused’ to meet Sinn Féin MP

[ad_1] Image copyright HOC Image caption The minister visted Kilkeel harbour in County Down on Thursday A Sinn Féin MP has claimed the immigration minister refused to meet him during a visit to his constituency.Chris Hazzard said Caroline Nokes had been "parachuted" into Kilkeel on Thursday to talk about Brexit with a handpicked group of fishermen.He said he found out about the visit on Wednesday night, but the minister's department
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Immigration: Scrap targets after Brexit, CBI urges

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Net migration targets should be scrapped after Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry says.Targets should be replaced with a system that ensures people coming to the UK make a positive contribution to the economy, the business group said.Schools and hospitals should receive extra funding where demand is increased by immigration, the CBI added.But the Home Office said it was committed to bringing net migration down
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Boris Johnson burka row critic receives abusive emails

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLord Sheikh: "Boris Johnson has let the genie out of the bottle"A Tory peer who criticised Boris Johnson for his comments about Muslim women wearing burkas says he has been subjected to abusive emails and calls. Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh told BBC Newsnight he received "vile" Islamophobic messages after calling for Mr Johnson to be sacked.The former foreign secretary
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How young and old would vote on Brexit now

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Few issues divide opinions between different age groups quite as sharply as Brexit. And it could be that the differences are becoming even more pronounced.Voters remain evenly divided about the issue, just as they were at the time of the EU referendum two years ago.If there were to be a second referendum now, 52% would vote Remain and 48% Leave, an average of polls over
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The Brexit factions reshaping UK politics

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Party politics has always been about factions - gangs of like-minded individuals getting together to promote a particular cause or point of view. But Brexit has taken the natural tendency of MPs to plot and conspire with each other to a whole new level.Like the rest of the country, the 2016 EU referendum divided MPs into two tribes - Leave and Remain.For some MPs, these
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Northamptonshire: What do councils legally have to do for their residents?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images As cash-strapped councils propose stripping back their services to the "legal minimum", BBC Reality Check asks what councils in England have to do for their local residents.They provide a sometimes bewilderingly wide range of services, but not all of these are things they have to do by law. There are over a thousand legal obligations on councils, although many of them are vaguely worded and
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‘Disaster averted’ for women’s refuges after funding U-turn

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners have welcomed the government dropping controversial changes to the way women's refuges and hostels are funded.Ministers had planned to pay for short-term emergency accommodation with a new grant managed by councils.But now they say it will continue to be funded by housing benefit.Critics had argued the shake-up would make funding less secure and could trigger the "collapse of refuge provision across the country"."Thankfully this
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Boris Johnson broke ex-minister rules over Telegraph contract

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Boris Johnson broke ministerial rules when he took on his Daily Telegraph column after quitting as foreign secretary, a watchdog says.The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba) said Mr Johnson did not observe a minimum three-month waiting period for taking up new jobs.The watchdog said it was "unacceptable" Mr Johnson had not sought its advice before signing the contract.Labour accused Mr Johnson of showing "utter contempt"
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Johnson to face inquiry over burka comments

[ad_1] Ex-UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson to be investigated by panel after complaints to Tory party over burka commentsThis breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. [ad_2] Source link
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Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood ‘angry’ over her lack of Welsh

[ad_1] Image caption Leanne Wood said her Welsh-speaking grandfather was made to feel the language was "backward" Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said she is "bitter about losing out on all the culture" of Wales as she is not a fluent Welsh speaker.She told party activists she was resigned to not being fluent, but would not stop learning the language.The Rhondda AM felt "angry" at being denied the chance
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Tories aim for candidate equal gender split

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis was criticised for breaking an agreement with an MP on maternity leave The Conservatives have committed to ensuring half of their Parliamentary candidates are female.Tory chairman Brandon Lewis said he wanted his to be the "party of equal opportunity" and to remove barriers preventing women from participating.He said women had "all too often" been excluded from having a voice.Mr
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Boris Johnson faces growing criticism over burka jibe

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson said he did not want to see full-face coverings banned, but said it was "ridiculous" women chose to wear them Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is facing growing criticism over his remark that Muslim women wearing the burka "look like letter boxes".Dominic Grieve, the ex-attorney general, said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader.Ex-Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi said
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Ian Paisley: North Antrim recall petition to open

[ad_1] Image copyright Charles McQuillan Image caption Mr Paisley could lose his seat and face a by-election if 10% of voters in North Antrim sign the petition A petition that could force a by-election in North Antrim and unseat the current MP Ian Paisley will open later.In July, MPs voted to suspend Mr Paisley for 30 sitting days over his failure to declare two family holidays paid for by the