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Plaid Cymru leadership: Adam Price targets independence

[ad_1] Image caption Adam Price wants to lead Plaid Cymru into government in 2021 Plaid Cymru's Adam Price will outline his vision of an independent Wales by 2030 as he formally launches his leadership campaign in Carmarthen.Since announcing his intention to challenge Leanne Wood, Mr Price has called for the party to change its name to New Wales to broaden its appeal. The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr AM has also
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Jeremy Corbyn ‘unaware’ of militant group figure

[ad_1] Image copyright PALESTINIAN EMBASSY IN TUNIS/FACEBOOK Image caption Maher Taher (pictured wearing a jacket but without a tie, next to Jeremy Corbyn) was a senior figure in the PFLP Jeremy Corbyn has said he did not know that a man he stood next to at a wreath-laying ceremony was a senior member of a militant Palestinian group.Maher Taher, of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP), was
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Brexit could have ‘hugely damaging’ effect on football clubs, say chairmen

[ad_1] Burnley chairman Mike Garlick with Clarets manager Sean DycheBrexit could be "hugely damaging" to English football, claim two chairmen.Burnley chairman Mike Garlick says uncertainty over a deal with the European Union is already making it harder for clubs to sign players.Stoke chairman Peter Coates added that the Premier League could be hit by freedom-of-movement restrictions."The destructive Brexit path being pursued by the government threatens to have a hugely damaging
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Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson held talks with Afghan minister Hekmat Karzai Labour says Boris Johnson should pay for an overseas trip that caused him to miss a crunch Heathrow vote, after it emerged it cost more than £20,000.The bill for staff accompanying Mr Johnson - foreign secretary at the time - to Afghanistan in June was £19,366.The Foreign Office would not reveal the costs for Mr
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Lord Sheikh Tunisia row: complaint ‘politically motivated’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTory peer Lord Sheikh tells Today complaints against him are "politically motivated"A Tory peer says complaints about his attendance at a conference in Tunisia "are politically motivated", because of his criticism of Boris Johnson.Three Conservative MPs filed complaints against Lord Sheikh, claiming "anti-Semites and terrorists" spoke at the 2014 event on Palestinian rights.The peer claimed it was a reaction to his
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Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption John Swinney has called education the government's "defining mission" Scotland's education secretary has defended tests being given to P1 pupils after admitting there were "mixed opinions" about them among teachers.A major teaching union and opposition parties have swung behind a campaign to stop assessments for younger children.But John Swinney said they help schools quickly identify "weaknesses and challenges" so they can be overcome.He also
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Jeremy Corbyn wreath row explained

[ad_1] Image copyright Palestinian embassy in Tunis/Facebook Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 Jeremy Corbyn has faced questions about a wreath-laying ceremony he attended in Tunisia in 2014.The Labour leader has said he visited the cemetery to honour innocent people killed in a 1985 Israeli air strike.But he has faced criticism because the event took place near memorials for people who were accused of
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Tory MPs complain over peer’s Tunisia trip

[ad_1] Three Tory MPs have lodged a complaint against party colleague Lord Sheikh over his attendance at a conference on Palestinian rights in Tunisia in 2014.Lord Sheikh confirmed he was at the event, as Labour's Jeremy Corbyn faced questions about his participation in a memorial ceremony during the same trip.The Conservative Muslim Forum founder said he did not attend the controversial wreath-laying ceremony.But MPs Zac Goldsmith, Robert Halfon and Andrew
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Inside the Jeremy Corbyn wreath row cemetery in Tunisia

[ad_1] Jeremy Corbyn has faced questions about his involvement in a wreath-laying ceremony he attended in Tunisia in 2014.The Labour leader says he was honouring Palestinians killed in a 1985 Israeli bomb attack in the country.However, he has faced scrutiny because the cemetery also houses graves of people accused of links to the 1972 massacre of Israelis at the Munich Olympics.The BBC's Rana Jawad went to have a look at
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Tom Tugendhat ‘changed nappy during live interview’

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament An MP says he recently changed his daughter's nappy during a grilling on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.Tom Tugendhat told the Politico website he navigated the telephone interview without host John Humphrys getting to the bottom of what he was up to.The Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling described what he called "Radio Roulette" - booking a live interview while home alone with his children."Sometimes
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Welsh Assembly leader polls ‘opportunity to change politics’

[ad_1] Leadership contenders in the three main parties in Wales have been urged to "change the face of Welsh politics" by promoting diversity and tolerance.The Electoral Reform Society Cymru called on all Labour, Conservative and Plaid Cymru hopefuls to back its ideas.It wants 45% of assembly candidates to be women, action to encourage minorities and a crack down on abuse.Director Jess Blair said the leadership elections provided an "unprecedented opportunity"
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Westminster crash: Raids after suspected terror attack

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe car can be seen crashing into a barrierPolice are searching three addresses in the Midlands after a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism following a car crash outside Parliament. The 29-year-old British suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police.A vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 07:30 BST before crashing into a barrier
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Brexit: Jeremy Hunt begins tour of European ministers

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Jeremy Hunt held talks with Finnish counterpart Timo Soini. Jeremy Hunt has told the EU it faces a "strategic choice" about whether to strike a mutually beneficial deal with the UK.The foreign secretary is in Helsinki to discuss the UK's Brexit plan at the start of a three-day tour also taking in Latvia, Denmark and the Netherlands.Mr Hunt said time was "at the point"
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Jeremy Corbyn will not apologise over Tunisia wreath row

[ad_1] Image copyright Palestinian embassy in Tunis/Facebook Image caption Jeremy Corbyn was pictured at a wreath-laying ceremony in 2014 Jeremy Corbyn has refused to apologise for being present when a wreath was laid in memory of some of those accused of the 1972 Munich terror attack. The Labour leader has been criticised over the 2014 event in Tunis, with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu saying he deserved "unequivocal condemnation".Mr Corbyn said
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Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionArmed police responded after a vehicle crashed into security barriersA man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament, injuring two people.Officers were seen surrounding the vehicle before the man in his late 20s was detained, shortly after 07:30 BST. Cyclists were hit in the crash and London Ambulance Service said it
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Social housing proposals ‘to give tenants greater power’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Giving tenants greater support so they can hold their landlords to account is being considered as part of government proposals on social housing.The measures include speeding up the complaints process and publishing league tables to highlight the performance of landlords. The government said its "new deal" would "rebalance the relationship between tenants and landlords".Labour said the "pitiful" Green Paper did not address the housing crisis.
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Environment minister Therese Coffey defends Roundup weedkiller tweet

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption A US jury found that chemical giant Monsanto knew its Roundup weedkiller was dangerous and failed to warn consumer An environment minister who sparked a Twitter storm by "promoting" a controversial weedkiller has defended her action.Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey tweeted: "Getting ready to deploy the amazing Roundup!" on 12 August.The day before, a US jury found that chemical giant Monsanto knew its Roundup
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Jeremy Corbyn pressed over ‘terror memorial’ claims

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCorbyn asked about Tunisia wreath-laying criticismJeremy Corbyn has defended his presence at a wreath-laying ceremony said to have honoured the perpetrators of the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack.The Labour leader has faced questions about the event - in Tunis in 2014 - after reports that relatives of victims were angry at his attendance.The Daily Mail said he was pictured with a