101123674 gettyimages 866597424 - EU budget: Plans for farm subsidy cuts but more on security
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EU budget: Plans for farm subsidy cuts but more on security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new budget sees a cut to agricultural subsidies across the EU The European Commission’s first multi-year budget after Brexit would try to plug the gap left by the UK’s exit from the European Union with taxes on plastic waste and carbon emissions. The 2021-2027 budget of €1.279tn (£1.1tn; […]

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Health secretary on breast cancer screening letters

Hundreds of women may have died prematurely because they were not sent invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening, the health secretary has told the House of Commons. Jeremy Hunt said the best estimates showed “there may be between 135 and 270 women who had their lives shortened as a result” of IT problems […]

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Jeremy Corbyn: Use local elections to send cuts message

Image copyright PA Jeremy Corbyn has urged voters to use Thursday’s local elections in England to send a message to the government to stop cutting council budgets. The Labour leader said eight years of Conservative austerity had cut services to the bone in many areas. Labour councils, he insisted, were standing up for increased investment […]

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Conservatives fighting for every vote in 'difficult' local polls

Conservative councils are cheaper to run and deliver better services, the party’s chairman has said as the local election campaign nears its end. Brandon Lewis conceded Thursday’s polls in England would be “difficult” for his party but it was fighting for “every vote in every ward in every council”. He attacked rivals’ bin collections records […]

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UKIP AM Michelle Brown to be banned over racial slur

Image caption Michelle Brown is expected to be excluded from the assembly without pay for a week UKIP’s Michelle Brown is expected to be excluded from the Welsh Assembly without pay for a week over a racial slur she used to describe an MP. Members of the standards committee said the North Wales AM’s comment […]

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Local election campaigning enters final day

Image copyright Getty Images Political parties are making a late push for votes as campaigning for Thursday’s English council elections enters its final day. A total of 4,371 seats are up for grabs across 150 councils, with six mayoral elections also taking place. It is the first England-wide test of electoral opinion since last year’s […]

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Brexiteers send customs 'ultimatum' to Theresa May

Image copyright AFP Senior Brexiteers have delivered an “ultimatum” demanding Theresa May drops one of the government’s preferred post-Brexit customs options. A document passed to the BBC says a “customs partnership” would make meaningful trade deals “impossible” and render the International Trade Department “obsolete”. It comes ahead of a key meeting of senior ministers on […]

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Review into 'adequacy' of carbon monoxide alarm regulations

Image copyright PA Regulations requiring the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in homes in England are to be reviewed to ensure they are still “fit for purpose”. There are about eight million alarms in England. Since 2010, they are mandatory for new solid fuel appliances, like those using wood and coal. The review will examine […]

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Lib Dems: Cable plays down talk of local election gains

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVince Cable: The recovery “won’t happen overnight” Sir Vince Cable has cautioned Lib Dems against expecting to make “spectacular progress” in English local elections. The party hopes to make gains on the back of its opposition to Brexit and support for a referendum on the final EU […]

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Windrush: Labour bid to force publication of internal documents

Image copyright EPA Labour is attempting to force the government to publish all internal documents relating to the Windrush scandal to find out who was to blame. The party says it will use the same parliamentary procedure that led to the release of Brexit impact studies. Amber Rudd resigned as home secretary after a series […]

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Ministers back down on tax haven company registers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The amendment would require overseas territories like the Cayman Islands to publish company ownership registers The government has agreed to calls for new measures aimed at increasing transparency in offshore tax havens. Facing a possible Commons defeat, ministers said they would not oppose an amendment to force British overseas […]