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MPs call for pet shop puppy sales ban

Image copyright PA The government says it is likely to launch a formal consultation on whether to ban pet shops and other third party dealers from selling puppies. More than 143,000 people have signed a petition calling for the measure, triggering a Westminster debate. The petition says puppies become “sick, traumatised, dysfunctional” dogs when they […]

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Ruth Davidson 'angry' at Windrush scandal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavidson ‘hurt and angry’ about Windrush Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she was “hurt” and “angry” when she saw the Windrush scandal unfolding. Ms Davidson criticised the “basic unfairness” of taking away part of the “identity” of those affected. She also said the tone of the […]

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Ken Livingstone to quit Labour amid anti-Semitism row

Image copyright PA Ken Livingstone has said he is resigning from the Labour Party. The ex-London mayor has been suspended since 2016 in a row over allegations of anti-Semitism following comments he made about Hitler and Zionism. Mr Livingstone said he did not accept he was guilty of anti-Semitism or bringing Labour into disrepute but […]

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Conservatives 'still under-represented' in Lords says minister

Image caption The former transport secretary defended the peerages announced on Friday The Tories remain “under-represented” in the Lords, ministers have said, in response to anger over the ennoblement of nine mainly ex-ministers on Friday. Raising the issue, Labour’s Lord Adonis said the Conservatives now had 63 more peers than Labour, despite having no parliamentary […]

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Speaker John Bercow admits muttering word 'stupid'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaker John Bercow admits muttering ‘stupid’ ‘as an aside’ Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he “respects all his colleagues” after admitting using the word “stupid” during Commons exchanges. He said he used the word, reported to have been directed at Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, as a […]

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Social media firms criticised for lack of cyber-bullying action

A report from the Children’s Society on cyber-bullying and mental health has criticised social media companies for their “inconsistent and inadequate” response. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted the government does not how many underage children are creating online accounts. Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka spoke to Richard Crelllin of the Children’s Society and to […]

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Brexit voters are not identitarians, says Michael Gove

Michael Gove has warned of the rise of identity politics in Britain, but insisted the Brexit campaign which he helped lead did not fan its flames. The Tory minister said elements on the left and right wanted to pit groups against each other in a “conflict for recognition, rights and resources”. But he rejected claims […]

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SNP's Ian Blackford Scottish Secretary should respect devolution or resign

Scottish Secretary David Mundell should resign if he cannot respect devolution during the Brexit process, The SNP’s leader in Westminster has said. Ian Blackford told The Westminster Hour that “he should be Scotland’s man in the cabinet, he should not be the cabinet’s man in Scotland.” Source link

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Boris Johnson plays down fears of Brexit betrayal over customs

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? Brexiteers do not need to worry about a “betrayal” over the UK’s customs ties with the EU, Boris Johnson says. Mr Johnson said Theresa May would be “true to her promises” and deliver a deal that meant there was no need […]

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Labour NI left hanging over Jeremy Corbyn's visit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Labour Party in Northern Ireland has grown over the years and now has several thousand members The Labour Party in Northern Ireland has said it is disappointed Jeremy Corbyn has not made plans to meet its officials during his visit to NI. Mr Corbyn will start his two-day […]

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UK must counter 'threats' in space – Williamson

Image copyright AFP The UK must be ready to counter “intensifying threats” emerging in space, the defence secretary has said. Those threats include the “jamming” of military satellites used by the army. Launching the UK’s first defence space strategy, Gavin Williamson said that he would boost staff in the sector by a fifth to 600. […]