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Boris Johnson to make 'resignation speech' in Commons

Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson will use a speech later in Parliament to explain his reasons for resigning as foreign secretary. The Tory politician and Brexit backer has been granted permission to speak by Commons Speaker John Bercow. He quit ten days ago, saying he could not support the PM’s plan for future relations […]

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Ian Paisley to be suspended from House of Commons for 30 days

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Ian Paisley succeeded his late father as MP for North Antrim in 2010 A parliamentary watchdog has recommended that Ian Paisley be suspended from the House of Commons for 30 days. It follows claims that he did not declare £100,000 in hospitality from the Sri Lankan government. The Parliamentary Commissioner […]

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Theresa May to make two-day Brexit visit to NI

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May will discuss the Stormont impasse and Brexit during her visit The prime minister is to arrive in Northern Ireland on Thursday for a two-day visit about Brexit, Downing Street has confirmed. Theresa May will visit a border area and meet businesses to hear their views. On Friday, she […]

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MP John Woodcock quits Labour with attack on "hard left"

John Woodcock has quit as a Labour MP and will now sit as an independent in the House of Commons. The Barrow and Furness MP, a long-time critic of Jeremy Corbyn was suspended in April over claims he sent inappropriate messages to a former female member of staff. He has denied the claim, which is […]

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Theresa May prepares for a grilling from MPs

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will address Conservative MPs later following a week which has shown up her party’s Brexit divisions. The meeting will be the prime minister’s last chance to rally backbenchers before the summer recess. It will cap off a day which includes Prime Minister’s Questions and an appearance by Mrs May […]

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Grenfell fire: Ban on combustible material 'not enough'

Image copyright PA Image caption The cladding used on Grenfell Tower in west London meant the fire spread quickly The government’s proposed ban on using combustible materials for new high-rise buildings does not go far enough, the Commons housing committee have said. The MPs’ report says any ban should include existing buildings and those under […]

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Voice of Britain

Image copyright PA Image caption Jess Phillips wants the way the Commons sounds to change Accents show a lot about a person’s life and background. But do they make a difference to getting on in politics? “I think that in this chamber a Brummie accent is a very rare thing. And I look forward to […]

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Scrap terminal illness six month rule, says Welsh Labour MP

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMadeleine Moon spoke about caring for her husband in a debate on legalising the “right to die” in 2015 Patients who are terminally ill should not spend their last months worrying about how they can pay for food and fuel bills, a Welsh MP has said. Madeleine […]

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Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement

An MP who is on maternity leave has accused the government of a breach of trust over a key House of Commons vote on Brexit. Lib Dem Jo Swinson was “paired” with Tory chairman Brandon Lewis so she could be at home with her baby son during the Trade Bill vote. This should mean neither […]

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Boris Johnson under fire over clearance for newspaper column

Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson is under fire for failing to get the approval of the watchdog on business appointments before starting a weekly newspaper column. The Tory MP wrote his first column for the Daily Telegraph on Monday, a week after he quit as foreign secretary. Ex-ministers must refer new employment to the […]

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New Labour anti-Semitism code faces criticism

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn has previously said he is “sincerely sorry” for the pain caused by “pockets of anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party Labour’s ruling National Executive has approved a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which has been criticised by Jewish leaders and some of its own MPs. The document was […]

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Recess time

Image copyright PA The government wants the House of Commons to start its summer break earlier than planned, amid criticisms from Labour, the SNP and some Conservatives. But how often do the UK’s MPs meet compared with politicians in other countries? They have a long summer holiday – spending six weeks away from Westminster, dealing […]