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MP cradles baby on Commons benches

[ad_1] Image copyright PA An MP has cradled her baby on the House of Commons benches for what is thought to be the first time during a debate. Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson appeared in the chamber with Gabriel to listen to the closing remarks of a discussion about proxy voting.Proxy voting could allow MPs on maternity and paternity leave to nominate a colleague to cast their vote in
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Vince Cable proposes new hurdle to independence

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir Vince was speaking to BBC Scotland ahead of this weekend's Lib Dem conference The Liberal Democrat leader has proposed making Scottish independence harder - by adding a further hurdle to the country leaving the UK.Sir Vince Cable said any vote in favour of independence should be followed by another referendum on the terms of the exit settlement before Scotland leaves.He said such
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Raab and Kuenssberg talk Brexit, roaming and EU deal

[ad_1] The Brexit secretary was asked about the UK's chances of getting a trade with the EU, and what will happen if that is not achieved.Dominic Raab also told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg he could not give a "cast-iron guarantee" that Brits abroad would be hit with mobile phone roaming charges in the event of a no-deal Brexit but the UK government would try to stop UK operators
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Brexit: Dominic Raab on UK plan for no-deal with EU

[ad_1] The cabinet is confident of a trade deal with but is prepared in case the "ambition, the pragmatism we are showing is not matched on the EU side", the Brexit secretary has told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg.Dominic Raab said the cabinet has agreed on Thursday for a plan to ''manage, mitigate or avoid the risks of a no-deal scenario". [ad_2] Source link
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Diane Abbott unveils Labour’s new immigration policy

[ad_1] A Labour government would bring in a simplified visa system for foreign workers with "bona fide skills", Diane Abbott has said.The shadow home secretary said the party would also scrap the government's "bogus" net migration target.She set out plans for a "flexible work visa" to end the "idiocy" of medical staff not being able to take up jobs. Migrants from outside the EU should be treated with the same
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UK driving licence ‘may not be valid in EU’ after no-deal Brexit

[ad_1] Image copyright Jonathan Brady UK drivers may have to get an international driving permit if they want to drive in European countries after a no-deal Brexit.The government says that after March 2019 "your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself" in the EU, in its latest no-deal planning papers. International permits cost £5.50 and are currently available over the counter at 90 post offices. From February they
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Leah Aldridge: Police find body parts of baby killed in 2002

[ad_1] Image copyright Police handout Image caption Leah Aldridge died on Christmas Day in 2002 Three funerals had to be held for a baby girl killed by her father after police twice found they had retained body parts, it has emerged.The family of Leah Aldridge had "no confidence" in police after learning for a second time that organs had been found, said Bolton West MP Chris Green.Leah, from Atherton, near
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Jeremy Corbyn aide investigated over Commons pass claim

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Claims that a Jeremy Corbyn aide has been working in the Labour leader's Commons office without security clearance are being investigated by the parliamentary authorities.Iram Awan, the Labour leader's private secretary, was reported by the Huffington Post to be routinely working in Parliament on a visitor pass.The Commons authorities say this is against the rules.Labour said it did not comment on "staffing matters".The Huffington Post claims
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Arlene Foster warns government over NI talks mediator

[ad_1] Image copyright PA DUP leader Arlene Foster has warned the government about appointing an independent talks mediator. Speaking after meeting the prime minister in Westminster, Mrs Foster said the government should not "sub-contract" the process of appointing a talks chairperson. An independent mediator has been raised by a number of parties as a way of breaking the deadlock at Stormont.The Northern Ireland Assembly has not sat for 20 months.
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Karen Bradley comment taken ‘out of context’

[ad_1] Image caption Secretary of State Karen Bradley was appointed to the post in January The Secretary of State has said that her recent comments regarding Northern Ireland's voting patterns were "taken out of context".Karen Bradley said that she did not understand that nationalists did not vote for unionist parties during elections.The original comment was made during an interview with The House Magazine.Mrs Bradley said she did not comprehend that
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‘Abhorrent’ Jacob Rees-Mogg protest condemned

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters shout at Jacob Rees-Mogg's children during protestProtesters who targeted the home of Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg and shouted at this children have been condemned by Downing Street and MPs.A video on the Facebook page of the Class War group shows a man telling one of the Tory MP's children "your daddy is a horrible person".Police officers stood between the protesters and
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Iain Duncan Smith says he’d ‘stamp on’ any coup against Theresa May

[ad_1] The former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has told BBC Radio 5 Live that anyone talking about challenging Theresa May should "grow up and leave the room".Speaking to Anna Foster, he said there was "no coup" against Theresa May, and if he found one he "would stamp on it".This comes after some Conservative MPs opposed to Theresa May's Brexit plan met to discuss how and when they could force
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Brexit: Theresa May will reconsider £39bn bill if there’s no deal

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAsked about the UK exit payment to the EU, the PM says "without a deal, the position changes".Theresa May has said she will reconsider paying the £39bn Brexit divorce bill if the UK is unable to reach a deal with the EU.Speaking in Parliament, she said the UK was a law-abiding nation which would honour its international commitments.But asked by Tory
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PMQs: Harrison and May on UK farming policy and exports

[ad_1] Theresa May said Brexit meant the UK could leave the Common Agricultural Policy and develop its own policy for farming that was "right for our farmers and not for others".She was responding to Trudy Harrison, one of several MPs wearing wheat badges at PMQs to mark British Farming Day, who asked about the export of meat after Brexit.Prime Minister's Questions: The key bits and the verdict [ad_2] Source link
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UKIP AM Caroline Jones quits party over ‘far-right move’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCaroline Jones says she only joined UKIP because she wanted to leave the EUA former leader of the UKIP group in the Welsh Assembly has resigned from the party.Caroline Jones claimed UKIP leader Gerard Batten was alienating his members by moving the party to the far right. The AM for South Wales West, who will now sit as an independent, said
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PMQs: Lamont and May on UK politicians on Russian state TV

[ad_1] UK politicians who appear on Russian state television risked being used as "propaganda tools" by Russia, but it was a "matter of judgement" for each person, said Theresa May.She was replying to Conservative MP John Lamont who asked if "Parliamentarians, both current and former" should go on-air, given "what is known" about the Russian involvement in the Salisbury attack.Russia Today airs the Alex Salmond Show, fronted by the Scottish
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Brexiteers discuss Theresa May leadership challenge

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Conservative MPs opposed to Theresa May's Brexit plan have met to discuss how and when they could force her to stand down as prime minister. About 50 members of the European Research Group (ERG) openly discussed "how best you game the leadership election rules," a source said. Eurosceptic MPs are to unveil what they say is a solution to the Irish border.Environment Secretary Michael Gove said