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Teach children how to avoid dog bites, say MPs

[ad_1] More needs be done to teach children how to stay safe around dogs and to reduce the risk of avoidable injuries.That's the view of MPs who want animal behavioural experts and charities to come up with a canine childhood education plan for schools and parents.They also want a review into causes of "dog aggression" and training courses for owners whose pets misbehave.Some charities want dog safety to be on
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Is the EU really united over Brexit?

[ad_1] Theresa May is attending an EU summit on Wednesday as the UK and EU try to negotiate a deal over Brexit. The BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler looks at the reasons why the EU has been united in their position on Brexit, despite disunity among member states on topics like migration and the eurozone. [ad_2] Source link
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Dame Margaret Beckett says Brexit issues ‘trump bad behaviour’

[ad_1] Former Labour foreign secretary Margaret Beckett has said that it is not a good time to appoint a new House of Commons Speaker, whilst the UK is negotiating Brexit.Mrs Beckett, a member of the Committee of Standards on Public Life, was reacting to the news that John Bercow has told friends he's decided to stand down next summer. Mr Bercow has come under pressure from senior MPs to resign
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Women told they aren’t ‘thin enough’ for eating disorder treatment, MPs told

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAn MP tells one woman's story during a debate on getting more help for those suffering eating disordersPatients who fear they have eating disorders are being told by GPs they aren't "thin enough for treatment", according to a woman who was denied help.The woman's MP, Wera Hobhouse, highlighted her story during an emotional debate in Westminster Hall.In some cases GPs were
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Speaker: Commons needs new body to investigate bullying

[ad_1] An independent body needs to be set up to investigate all allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct in the Commons, said the Speaker.John Bercow spoke ahead of an Urgent Question in the Commons on Dame Laura Cox's report into the behaviour of some MPs and staff in Parliament, published on Monday.READ: Speaker John Bercow wants independent body to examine Commons bullying claims [ad_2] Source link
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Bullying claims: Maria Miller tells John Bercow to quit

[ad_1] The House of Commons needs new leadership and a new Speaker, after Dame Laura Cox's report into bullying and harassment not being dealt with, said the women and equalities committee chairwomanAddressing MPs, Maria Miller said: "The report is clear, there needs to be complete change in leadership at the most serious level - including you Mr Speaker - as chief officer if we are... to press the reset button."The
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Bercow calls for independent body to examine Commons bullying claims

[ad_1] Commons Speaker John Bercow has called for an independent body to be set up to investigate allegations of harassment and bullying in Parliament. He told MPs they must learn the lessons of the expenses scandal, which led to external oversight of MPs' claims.The Speaker has faced calls to quit after a report said harassment had been tolerated and concealed for years.Conservative MP Maria Miller told Mr Bercow that "new
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Tory MP Craig Mackinlay on trial over election expenses

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Craig Mackinlay's trial is expected to last until December A Conservative MP overspent on his 2015 general election campaign to defeat the then UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a court has heard. South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay and his election agent Nathan Gray are accused of submitting false expenditure declarations. Southwark Crown Court heard Mr Farage indicated he would step down as UKIP leader if
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UK wage growth fastest for nearly 10 years

[ad_1] Wages excluding bonuses have risen at their fastest pace in nearly 10 years, official figures show.Pay rose by 3.1% in the three months to August, compared with a year ago, while inflation for the same period was 2.5%.Last week, Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said he saw signs of a "new dawn" for wage growth.The latest official data also showed unemployment fell by 47,000 to 1.36 million
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Speaker John Bercow should quit, says Maria Miller after Commons bullying report

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn Bercow was asked earlier this year about bullying allegations against himSpeaker John Bercow should resign following the House of Commons bullying report, the chairwoman of the Women and Equalities Committee has said.Maria Miller said Dame Laura Cox's inquiry showed "bullying and harassment is coming right from the top".When asked whether she wanted Mr Bercow to resign she replied: "Absolutely".A spokeswoman
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Brexit: Cabinet meeting kicks off crucial 48 hours

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May's Brexit update statement: "The terms of our exit are now clear."Theresa May will try to rally ministers behind her this morning at the start of a critical 48 hours for Brexit. On Monday, the PM told MPs an agreement with the EU was "still achievable" despite differences over the Irish border if "cool heads" prevailed. EU officials, though, have
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Labour’s Kate Green to head Commons standards committee

[ad_1] Image caption Ms Green says she is honoured to have been elected to the role A Labour MP who voted against a probe into allegations of bullying by Speaker John Bercow has been elected as chair of the Commons standards committee.Kate Green was one of three MPs to oppose an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into claims against Mr Bercow, which he denies.She was elected unopposed to
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Welfare reform ‘driving women to sex work’

[ad_1] Former Labour minister Frank Field claims women in his Birkenhead constituency are being forced into prostitution by cash shortages as a result of universal credit welfare reforms.His intervention in the House Commons follows growing calls for the UK-wide rollout of the benefit to be put on hold and for billions to be pumped into the system in this month's Budget. In response, Welfare Secretary Esther McVey said: "We need
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Voters split over post-Brexit economy, survey suggests

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than three quarters of people questioned said improving public services was a post-Brexit priority Voters are split over whether the UK leaving the EU will improve the economy, new research has suggested.The study of 2,975 UK adults, conducted in 2017 by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found about a third think it will be better
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Commons firearms debate delayed amid talk of Tory rebellion

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The prime minister's Brexit statement lasted nearly two hours A debate in the House of Commons on banning offensive weapons has been postponed amid speculation of a Tory rebellion against the government. MPs were due to consider proposed changes to the Offensive Weapons Bill. More than 30 Tory MPs were seeking to water down a proposed ban on .50 calibre and other "high energy"
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Theresa May: ‘Time for cool, calm heads’ on Brexit

[ad_1] Theresa May has told MPs about the latest UK-EU talks as the two sides negotiate a post-Brexit deal, saying they were "entering the final stages".She told them there was a lot of "inaccurate information", but she was offering the “facts as they stand”. While some MPs laughed, and others clapped, Mrs May said that this was the time for "cool, calm heads to prevail" and went on to talk
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Baroness Hollis: Former Labour minister dies aged 77

[ad_1] Tributes have been paid to former Labour minister Baroness Hollis after her death at the age of 77.Patricia Hollis served as a welfare minister for eight years under Tony Blair and was a leading figure in the House of Lords for nearly 30 years.Her husband, fellow Labour peer Lord Howarth, said she had been an "unwavering and powerfully effective" champion of the poor and disadvantaged.Labour MP Owen Smith said
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Brexit, the Irish border and the ‘battle for the union’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 310-mile long border separating Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it should look after Brexit has become a crucial issue With fewer than 200 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, the battle over Brexit is reaching dizzying heights of drama.But perhaps an unintended consequence of the debate is the growing battle over something else -