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PMQs: May faces Corbyn before statement on her 'New Brexit Deal' – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including PMQs and Theresa May’s statement to the Commons about her latest Brexit deal 12.24pm BST From the Mirror’s Pippa CrerarFrontbench looking a bit light on Cabinet Brexiteers at #PMQs - Penny Mordaunt only one there. I understand Chris Grayling is in Germany, but where are , @trussliz @michaelgove @LiamFox amid Tory anger at PM’s “new” Brexit offer?? 12.23pm BST The SNP’s Ronnie Cowan says parents have to trave...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Germany, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Nigel Farage, Michael Gove, SNP, Chris Grayling, Pmqs, European elections, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


Irish deputy PM criticises Mordaunt's troop amnesty remarks

Defence secretary upbraided for ‘loose comments’ about prosecutions from Troubles era Ireland’s deputy prime minister has criticised Britain’s new defence secretary for making “loose comments” about introducing an amnesty against prosecution for British soldiers relating to incidents during the Troubles.Simon Coveney was responding to Penny Mordaunt, who said on Wednesday that she thought her proposals to introduce a statutory presumption against prosecution for veterans for alleged offences com...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Britain, Military, Ireland, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, British Army, Defence, Penny Mordaunt, Simon Coveney, Mordaunt


The Guardian view on prosecuting war crimes: no one is above the law | Editorial

The new defence secretary ought to understand that the rule of law can only be upheld by observing itThe limelight was always going to be on Penny Mordaunt as defence secretary. A Brexiter accused by the last prime minister of lying to win, she is now touted as Theresa May’s emotionally intelligent successor. She did nothing to dispel such speculation with a speech on Wednesday, promising to protect soldiers from “lawfare” – a pejorative term coined to describe the use of a country’s legal syste...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Children, Law, Iraq, Society, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Military, Middle East and North Africa, Theresa May, South and Central Asia, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, War Crimes


Amnesty should be given to Troubles soldiers, says Mordaunt

Defence secretary would extend veterans’ amnesty to Northern IrelandThe defence secretary has said she believes soldiers who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland should be covered by a proposed amnesty from historic prosecutions, a declaration that risks inflaming nationalist sentiment in the region.Penny Mordaunt said she wanted to implement “a wider solution for the veterans’ community” the morning after she announced plans for a 10-year veterans’ amnesty covering Iraq, Afghanistan a...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, UK News, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern IrelandThe defence


Mordaunt to give veterans amnesty for battle crimes

Defence secretary to consult on proposals for offences committed over 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans to opt out of the European convention on ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


Mordaunt vows to introduce amnesty for military veterans

Under proposed measures, no prosecutions will be brought for offences alleged to have been committed more than 10 years agoThe new defence secretary has promised to introduce an amnesty on historical prosecutions for military veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere else around the world – with the exception of Northern Ireland.Penny Mordaunt will consult on proposals for a presumption against prosecution for offences committed more than 10 years ago and will say she supports plans ...
Tags: Politics, Law, Iraq, UK News, Afghanistan, Military, Defence policy, Northern Ireland, Defence, ECHR, Iraq Afghanistan, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Mordaunt, Northern Ireland Penny Mordaunt


Mordaunt hints at amnesty for historical actions by UK soldiers

Defence secretary wants to stop ‘unfair pursuit’ of army veterans after recent casesThe new defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, declared that army veterans should not be “pursued unfairly for events that took place decades ago” hinting that she favoured an amnesty for British soldiers from historical prosecutions.The minister was hoping to defuse a protest from Conservative backbencher Johnny Mercer who had said on Wednesday night that he would refuse to support the government in the Commons unti...
Tags: Politics, UK, Crime, Police, Conservative, Conservatives, UK News, Military, Northern Ireland, Defence, Sinn Féin, Johnny Mercer, Penny Mordaunt, Bloody Sunday, Gavin Williamson, Mordaunt


MPs debate Gavin Williamson sacking after Speaker grants urgent question to Labour – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenGavin Williamson: ‘I was tried by kangaroo court – then sacked’The Williamson inquiry was a Whitehall rarity: quick and decisivePenny Mordaunt becomes first ever female defence secretary 11.14am BST Greg Hands, a Conservative, says the ministerial code does not even mention the NSC.Lidington says the NSC is a cabinet committee, so it is covered by what the code says about cabinet. 11.12am BST Lidington says, if the cabine...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Whitehall, Williamson, NSC, Greg Hands, Lidington, Gavin Williamson, Mordaunt, NSC Lidington


MPs to debate Gavin Williamson's sacking after Speaker grants urgent question to Labour – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenGavin Williamson: ‘I was tried by kangaroo court – then sacked’The Williamson inquiry was a Whitehall rarity: quick and decisivePenny Mordaunt becomes first ever female defence secretary 10.13am BST The curtains were drawn and two cars were on the drive at Gavin Williamson’s constituency address in a leafy area of south Staffordshire this morning, the Press Association reports. But there was no answer from anybody on the door...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Labour, Jeremy Hunt, Whitehall, Staffordshire, Press Association, Hunt, African Union, Williamson, ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia, Gavin Williamson, Mordaunt


UK sounds alarm over rising debt levels in poorest countries

International development secretary calls for creditors such as China to be transparentBritain’s international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has sounded the alarm over rising debt levels in the poorest countries amid fears heavy repayments will jeopardise the fight against global poverty.Mordaunt, speaking at the spring meeting of the World Bank in Washington DC, urged China and private lenders to be fully transparent about their lending to developing countries. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, China, International Trade, Economics, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Washington Dc, Global Economy, Global development, World Bank, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


Penny Mordaunt criticised over call for aid to come from private sector

International development secretary says she wants DfID to become more a fundraising than a spending departmentPenny Mordaunt has been criticised by charities and MPs for suggesting the government’s international development spending should become more reliant on private sector investment and philanthropy.The international development secretary told cabinet ministers she would aim for her department to become a fundraising department rather than a spending department, telling them it was unsusta...
Tags: Politics, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


Mordaunt urges May to prepare for no deal as PM consults cabinet

No 10 says May is meeting ministers throughout day to prepare for plan B statementTheresa May will hold summits with her cabinet in Downing Street to try and forge a route through the Brexit impasse, as one of her ministers suggested her withdrawal agreement could be improved if the UK was prepared properly to leave with no deal.May was meeting a large number of cabinet ministers either individually or in small groups throughout the day, Downing Street said, adding that she did not intend to spe...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, European Union, UK News, Foreign Policy, Downing Street, Article 50, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Trade Policy, Mordaunt


May hit by two cabinet resignations as Raab and McVey quit over Brexit plan - Politics live

May will address MPs today after cabinet agreed to support draft version during tense five-hour meetingTheresa May wins cabinet backing for Brexit deal How the papers covered the dealDominic Raab’s resignation letterRaab’s resignation - Snap analysis 10.14am GMT These are from the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.Brexiteer sources hoping Mordaunt goes next and soon, not clear yet if she actually will - Brexiteer ministers all now under huge pressureIf May loses three Cabinet minister...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Bbc, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Donald Tusk


Brexit: UK-EU negotiators were up until 2.45am last night, says No 10, as it insists progress being made - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 12.25pm GMT Here is the quote from Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, referred to earlier. Mordaunt voted leave in the referendum and, although she says she backs Theresa May, she has been reluctant to say in public that she specifically backs May’s Chequers plan. This morning Mordaunt said:The important thing is that there’s two checks on this deal - there’s cabinet and there’s parliament. And so cabin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Labour, Tuition Fees, Justine Greening, Keir Starmer, Brexit, May, Lester, Peter Walker, Penny Mordaunt


Penny Mordaunt confronted on stage by protester over failings on aid sex abuse

Development secretary allows demonstrator to address audience at event called in response to Oxfam scandalPenny Mordaunt was dramatically confronted on stage by a protester who accused her of failing to give women a voice at a conference on sex abuse in the aid sector.Alexia Pepper De Caires, a whistleblower and former Save the Children employee, approached the minister while she was delivering her speech in London on Thursday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Society, UK News, Charities, Aid, Global development, Oxfam, Save The Children, Penny Mordaunt, Sexual Violence, Department for International Development (DfID, Mordaunt, Alexia Pepper de Caires


Brexit: International aid secretary Penny Mordaunt refuses to explicitly back May's Chequers plan - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Dominic Raab’s statement to MPs about developments in the Brexit talks 9.11am BST MPs return to the Commons today after the party conference recess and, of course, there will be a big focus on Brexit, with Dominic Raab, the Brexit secretary, due to make a statement. But already we’ve had an interesting intervention from Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary and one of the leading figures in the V...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Daily Mail, Theresa May, Itv, Scottish politics, Times, Sunday Times, Brexit, Department for International Development, May, Penny Mordaunt, Chequers


Penny Mordaunt told to 'get a grip' over use of aid budget by rival departments

Development secretary hauled over the coals as MPs express disquiet over lavish Foreign Office expenditure in ChinaPenny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, has been told to “get a real grip” on aid spending amid questions over millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money going to China.In a testing evidence session before MPs on the international development committee, Mordaunt was repeatedly challenged about aid spending by areas of government other than the Department for Internation...
Tags: Politics, China, UK News, Aid, Global development, Foreign Office, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Mordaunt, ChinaPenny Mordaunt


Labour releases legal opinion saying Syrian air strikes unlawful - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s Commons statement about the Syria air strikes 11.34am BST This is from my colleague Polly Toynbee on Penny Mordaunt’s comments about their being no need for parliament to be consulted about the Syrian air strikes. (See 8.52am.)Brexiter Penny Mordaunt says parliament should not make war decisions: odd, really, since "taking back control" and absolute sovereignty of our parliament were claimed reasons ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, William Hague, Jeremy Corbyn, Polly Toynbee, Penny Mordaunt, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mordaunt, Commonwealth immigration


Rule, Britannia! Penny Mordaunt reveals how UK aid can save the world

In a speech broadcast on Facebook Live, the development secretary laid out her vision for humanitarian Britain, the ‘cradle of democracy’Name: Penny Mordaunt.Age: 45. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Britain, Aid, Global development, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


Penny Mordaunt hails UK aid as a shield against crime, poverty and terrorism

Development secretary mounts evocative defence of aid spending and announces partnership to promote investment in Asia and AfricaUK Aid is a shield against pandemics, organised crime, poverty and terrorism, and an example of British values,Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary has said.In a speech short on detail, but long on colour and allusion, Mordaunt evoked images of past glories and wartime Britain. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Mordaunt


Aid agencies 'complicit in exploitation of most vulnerable', says Mordaunt

International development secretary calls on humanitarian groups to deliver on promises to the world’s poorThe international development secretary said the “grotesque” sexual exploitation of the most vulnerable by aid workers was caused by Britain’s failure in its duty to put aid beneficiaries first.The scandal has shown that aid organisations have become complicit in the exploitation of people they were supposed to help, Penny Mordaunt said. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Britain, Aid, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Mordaunt


'Attacked and abused': Penny Mordaunt champions global disability rights

New development secretary to announce plans for Britain’s first global disability summit at keynote address in LondonPenny Mordaunt, Britain’s new international development secretary, is to place a commitment to tackling discrimination against disabled people at the heart of the government’s development strategy. Millions are lost every year, said Mordaunt, because people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries do not have the support they need to access employment. Continue reading.....
Tags: Politics, Employment, Society, Disability, Britain, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, LondonPenny Mordaunt Britain, Mordaunt


'Discrimination is unacceptable': Penny Mordaunt champions disability rights

New development secretary to announce plans for Britain’s first global disability summit at keynote address in LondonPenny Mordaunt, Britain’s new international development secretary, is to place a commitment to tackling discrimination against disabled people at the heart of the government’s development strategy. Millions are lost every year, said Mordaunt, because people with disabilities in the world’s poorest countries do not have the support they need to access employment. Continue reading.....
Tags: Politics, Employment, Society, Disability, Britain, Global development, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, LondonPenny Mordaunt Britain, Mordaunt



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