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Disabled peers complain of being 'dumped' at airports

Image copyright House of Lords Image caption Lord Blunkett wants to “overcome the indignity and lack of independence that Frank Gardner experienced” One peer has described being left stranded and another spoke of being left in a “dumping area” at Heathrow Airport, at question time in the Lords. Lib Dem Baroness Brinton complained wheelchair users […]

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Neurodiversity: disabilities or neurological differences

The idea behind Neurodiversity is that conditions such as autism should be seen not as disabilities, but as perfectly normal neurological differences between people. Daily Politics reporter Ellie Price met London Philharmonic Orchestra cellist Elisabeth Wiklander, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 26, and says it is not a disability. More […]

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Afghan interpreters should be able to stay in UK – defence secretary

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The defence secretary said he would be “amazed” if interpreters who helped the Army were deported Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson says he is confident Afghan interpreters who worked with the Army will be able to stay in the UK, after a group of them raised concerns about their visas. More […]

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Pooches at the polls

Image copyright Hannah Ingram Image caption Hannah Ingram tweeted this photo of leaders from opposing parties going head-to-head in Ramsbottom As dog lovers across England go to the polls for the council and mayoral elections, their canine companions will be waiting faithfully regardless of how they vote. The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending on Twitter […]

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Unionist MEPs in Brexit talks with Michel Barnier

Image copyright EU Image caption UUP MEP Jim Nicholson said talks were productive Northern Ireland’s two unionist MEPs met the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Brussels this morning. Diane Dodds and Jim Nicholson did not meet Mr Barnier during his visit to Northern Ireland earlier this week. Mr Nicholson said talks were productive […]

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Local elections 2018: Timing of some council results

Polling stations are open until 22:00 BST on Thursday for voting in local elections across England, and in the West Tyrone by-election for a new MP. Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka has a guide to the timings of some of the key results, which will come in overnight on Thursday and through Friday. Timings of […]

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West Tyrone by-election voting under way

Image caption The polls opened at 07:00 BST and will close at 22:00 on Thursday night Voting is under way in West Tyrone as constituents elect a new MP. The Westminster by-election was triggered by the resignation of Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff earlier this year. Candidates from Northern Ireland’s five main parties are represented on […]

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Election 2018: Council polls to take place across England

Image copyright EPA Voters will head to the polls on Thursday for council and mayoral elections across England. Elections are being held in 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region […]

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How the BBC reports polling day

Image caption Online coverage of election night will come from the BBC newsroom in central London The BBC, like other broadcasters, isn’t allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open. The BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates and that is particularly important […]

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How to cast your vote

Image copyright Thinkstock On 3 May, local elections take place across England. Here’s how to vote. When can I vote? The election takes place between 07:00 and 22:00 BST. If you are in a queue at 22:00 BST, you will be guaranteed the opportunity to vote. What are we voting for? Councillors are being elected […]

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Local elections 2018: What can't you do in a polling station?

Image copyright Getty Images People are heading to polling stations across England to cast their vote in local elections. But what can and can’t you do in there? Most British people are familiar with what goes on inside a polling station. You march in, possibly brandishing your polling card, you give your name and address, […]

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Lord Patten says Brexit policy 'clueless and delinquent'

Image caption The former Tory chairman warned the Lords on the effect Brexit could have on Northern Ireland Former cabinet minister Lord Patten has warned against a return to “old feuds” in Northern Ireland post-Brexit. The Tory peer won support to amend the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – requiring ministers to act compatibly with the […]