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'General strike' MP Laura Smith got carried away, says Tom Watson

sponsored advertisement: Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour MP Laura Smith calls for a general strike A Labour MP who called for a general strike to bring down the government unless there is a general election “got a little bit carried away”, the party’s deputy leader says. Laura Smith was applauded – […]

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Edinburgh tourist tax could be £2 per room, per night

sponsored advertisement: Image caption Independent research found that a small nightly charge would not deter visitors from going to Edinburgh Edinburgh City Council plans to launch a consultation on its plans to charge a tourist tax of £2 per room, per night. It said the tax would raise an extra £11m a year to be […]

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RHI: Ex-DUP advisers to give evidence to inquiry

sponsored advertisement: Image caption John Robinson is the DUP’s director of communications, but also served as a special adviser to Simon Hamilton when he was economy minister Two former DUP special advisers will give evidence later to a public inquiry investigating NI’s flawed green energy scheme. John Robinson is the DUP’s director of communications, and […]

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Labour MP Laura Smith calls for general strike

sponsored advertisement: Laura Smith, the Labour MP for Crewe and Nantwich, has called for a general strike to help bring down the Conservative government – if there isn’t a general election. She spoke at The World Transformed festival, which is running alongside the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. A general strike is when workers from […]

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Sexism row over Gareth Bennett AM's 'buxom barmaids' video

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Youtube/Gareth Bennett Image caption Gareth Bennett has refused to apologise for the YouTube clip A row has broken out after a video featuring a barmaid wearing a low-cut top with an AM’s head superimposed on it was deemed to not be sexist. The video about Labour’s Joyce Watson was posted on […]

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Labour could scrap Universal Credit – John McDonnell

sponsored advertisement: A Labour government could scrap – rather than just reform – Universal Credit, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said. Labour was consulting benefit claimants and job centre staff as part of a review of welfare policy, he said. And the “message we are getting back,” he told a fringe meeting at Labour’s conference, […]

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Labour conference: Members fill hall with Palestinian flags

sponsored advertisement: Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionColin Monehen: “My time’s not up – I’m speaking for the Palestinian people” Hundreds of Labour members unfurled Palestinian flags and chanted slogans at the start of a conference debate on the plight of people in the region. With passions running high, delegate Colin Monehen […]

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Brexit: Theresa May wants to cut migration without harming economy

sponsored advertisement: New immigration rules introduced after Brexit must continue to bring numbers down but in a way that does not damage the UK economy, Theresa May has said. Speaking on a trip to the US, the prime minister said ending the free movement of people from the EU was “non-negotiable” in the Brexit talks. […]

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Jeremy Corbyn: More EU talks if MPs reject Brexit deal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWould Jeremy Corbyn vote Leave or Remain now? The UK government would have to return to the EU negotiating table if Parliament rejects its Brexit deal, Jeremy Corbyn has told the BBC. Mr Corbyn said Labour would decide whether to back the deal based on its six […]

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In full Jeremy Corbyn interview with Laura Kuenssberg at 2018 Labour conference

sponsored advertisement: The Labour leader was asked about his party policy on Brexit, whether it would vote against Theresa May’s deal, and the chances of a general election. Jeremy Corbyn spoke to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg about Labour’s six Brexit tests, and whether it had already decided to vote against down the government deal […]

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Brexit: European Research Group will not vote for PM's plan, says ex-minister

sponsored advertisement: Image copyright Getty Images A group of Conservative MPs will vote as a block against any Brexit deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers plan, ministers have been warned. Mark Francois told the BBC that he and other members of the European Research Group could not support the PM’s plans as they “do not […]