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'Build all Navy ships in UK', says Corbyn ahead of Govan visit

Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Corbyn will be speaking in Govan, which was once the centre of Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry Jeremy Corbyn is to call for Navy shipbuilding contracts to stay in the UK in a speech in Glasgow. There has been speculation that a £1bn contract for three new Royal Fleet Auxiliary support […]

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Northamptonshire County Council: Commissioners take over authority

Image copyright Northamptonshire County Council Image caption Tony McArdle (left) and Brian Roberts will be in place at Northamptonshire County Council until 2021 Two government-appointed commissioners have been sent in to run a financially troubled council. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Tony McArdle and Brian Roberts would be in place at Northamptonshire County Council until […]

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Sefton deputy council leader ousted in 'lefty pleb' Twitter row

Image copyright Sefton Council Image caption Simon Jamieson was replaced following calls for him to be suspended A Conservative deputy council leader has been ousted after calling a student an “illiterate lefty pleb” on Twitter. Simon Jamieson was replaced after also referring to the student as a “munster”, in an apparent reference to the 1960s […]

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UK access to Galileo sat-nav system after Brexit

The UK has played a key role in an EU satellite-navigation system set up to give Europe its own network – independent of the US’ GPS – to help finance, telecommunications, utilities, and to support the emergency services and the military. Daily Politics reporter Greg Dawson looks at how the EU is threatening to limit […]

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Peter Hennessy on the post-war and Brexit generations

Historian Peter Hennessy, born in 1947, looks back to whether children born into a world recently devastated by World War II were perhaps the luckiest generation in British history. In a personal film for the Daily Politics, he examines defining a generation by the “flags it flew under” as he looks ahead to the “strange […]

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Speaker John Bercow defiant after MP calls for debate on replacement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaker John Bercow hits back at MP critic John Bercow has signalled his intention to stay as Commons speaker after an MP called for a debate on replacing him. Tory MP James Duddridge, a long standing critic of Mr Bercow, said MPs should be given a chance […]

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Speaker John Bercow hits back at MP critic

A defiant John Bercow has hit back at an MP who asked for a Commons debate on what sort of Speaker should succeed him. Conservative James Duddridge had said it was approaching the nine year limit Mr Bercow had put on doing the job when first elected. Mr Bercow said “in terms…. that I’m sure […]

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UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has apologised to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, who say an MI6 tip-off led to their capture and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi’s forces. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the settlement with the couple included a £500,000 payment to Ms Boudchar. Mr Belhaj says […]

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Date set for Lewisham East by-election

Image copyright AFP/Getty A Parliamentary by-election in Lewisham East will take place on 14 June, Labour has announced. It is to choose a new MP to replace Heidi Alexander, who has quit to work for London mayor Sadiq Khan. Labour won the seat by more than 21,000 votes in last year’s general election with the […]

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The official briefing Tony Blair got on his first day in No 10

Image copyright PA Image caption Tony and Cherie Blair arrive in Downing Street after Labour’s landslide win Documents obtained by BBC London shed new light on Tony Blair’s first day at the office as prime minister in May 1997. The buoyant – though sleep-deprived – new prime minister was presented with hundreds of pages of […]

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Brexit: Warning of rising food bills and disruption to supplies

Image caption The UK imports roughly half its food – nearly a third of which originates from the EU Food bills could rise sharply if there is no free trade deal with the European Union after Brexit, peers have warned. The Lords EU Environment Committee said it was “inconceivable” there would be no impact on […]

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Angry Ed Miliband demands press inquiry

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband made an impassioned plea for the government to implement part two of the Leveson inquiry into press standards. MPs must keep their promise to victims of phone-hacking, he said, adding: “This is a matter of honour.” But his amendment to the Data Protection Bill was defeated by nine votes. Source […]