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Nick Hurd announced as London Minister

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Nick Hurd will take on the role as Minister for London in addition to his responsibilities at the Home Office Nick Hurd has been appointed Minister for London, replacing Jo Johnson who resigned last week. Mr Hurd will take on the new role in addition to his responsibilities as […]

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University given Spitting Image archive

The co-creator of TV satire series Spitting Image has donated his entire archive to Cambridge University Library. When asked if the show could work with today’s politicians, Roger Law said: “We’re back where we were with knobs on and yes it can be done”. More stories from the Today programme here. sponsored advertisement: Credited Source […]

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Hague: 2nd EU referendum would be 'divisive and bitter'

The former Conservative leader, Lord Hague, says that the prime minister’s Brexit draft agreement with the EU is an opportunity to get Brexit “over the line” and avoid delays to leaving. He told Today that a second referendum “would be the most divisive and bitter political conflict in this country for 100 years”. sponsored advertisement: […]

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Brexit: SNP 'will not back agreement'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Blackford addressed a pro-remain rally rejecting the prime minister’s Brexit deal on Tuesday evening The SNP will not back the draft Brexit agreement between the UK and EU as it currently stands, the party’s leader at Westminster has confirmed. Ian Blackford said it appeared the party’s “red lines” […]

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Brexit: DUP 'could not back draft Brexit deal'

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Sir Jeffrey Donaldson is the chief whip of the Democratic Unionist Party and MP for Lagan Valley Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said a draft Brexit deal between the UK and Brussels “fundamentally undermines the constitutional and economic integrity of the UK”. He said his party […]

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MP Fiona Onasanya 'lied to avoid speeding prosecution'

Image copyright PA Image caption Fiona Onasanya denies perverting the course of justice A Labour MP plotted with her brother to evade a speeding prosecution, a court has heard. Fiona Onasanya claimed a Russian man was behind the wheel when her Nissan Micra was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in July last year, […]

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Brexit: Britons 'won't need visas for EU visits'

Image copyright Getty Images Britons will not need visas for short stays in the EU even if there is no Brexit deal, the European Commission has said. Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said there would be an exemption to visa rules – as long as the UK did the same for EU nationals. It would apply […]

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A brief guide to where we are with Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images We are now entering the Brexit “endgame”, Prime Minister Theresa May tells us. What does she mean? The basics: A reminder The UK is due to leave the European Union at 11pm on Friday 29 March, 2019. The reason the UK is leaving is because people voted by 51.9% to 48.1% […]

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Iceland's managing director Richard Walker on orangutans TV advert

The managing director of Iceland explained why the company decided to release an advert about the impact of palm oil on rainforests and orangutans. But the body which oversees ads for TV, said it was not approved because it was made by Greenpeace so and breached political advertising rules. On Politics Live, Labour MP John […]

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Welsh MP's accent 'mocked in Commons'

An unnamed Member of Parliament has been accused of “mocking” the accent of a Welsh MP during a Commons debate. Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards said that during debate on the Budget on Monday, an MP from another party “chose to make disparaging remarks about my accent”, saying such behaviour served to “reinforce the privileged and […]

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Tougher sentences for emergency staff attacks under new law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The law offers more protection to emergency service workers People who assault emergency services workers face tougher sentences now the maximum jail term has been increased from six to 12 months. The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act covers attacks on 999 staff and other blue light volunteers. There […]