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Mordaunt pledges to review internal MoD torture guidance

Concerns intelligence-sharing guidance is at odds with official government stance on tortureThe defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has vowed to review Ministry of Defence internal guidance on the sharing of intelligence derived from torture with allies.An MoD policy document, published following freedom of information requests by the Rendition Project and reported in the Times, stated that UK ministers could share information obtained from third parties where there was a serious risk of torture ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Torture, Rendition, Penny Mordaunt


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


Rory Stewart defends UK aid target and vows to tackle climate 'emergency'

New development minister mounts staunch defence of 0.7% commitment and says DfID will keep spending on climate changeRory Stewart, the new secretary of state for international development, has reiterated his support for the government’s commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on overseas aid.Stewart, the former prisons minister, who was appointed to his new role on Wednesday night after Penny Mordaunt replaced the sacked Gavin Williamson as defence minister, also pledged to put climate chang...
Tags: Politics, UK, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Aid, Global development, DFID, Rory Stewart, Stewart, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Gavin Williamson


Gavin Williamson sacked as defence secretary for Huawei leak – live news

Prime minister asks minister to leave after inquiry concludes ‘no other credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified’ 6.23pm BST Sir Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, has called for a criminal investigation into Gavin Williamson. He said:This story cannot begin and end with dismissal from office.What is at stake is the capacity of our security services to give advice at the highest level. 6.17pm BST This is from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg.Just spoken to Gavin Willia...
Tags: Politics, Climate Change, Environment, Conservatives, UK News, Bbc, Theresa May, Defence policy, House Of Commons, National Security Council, Pmqs, Huawei, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Laura Kuenssberg, NSC


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


UK aid funding must not be privatised | Letter

Proposals to refocus aid as private investment could weaken support for vulnerable people worldwide, says Claire GodfreyProposals by the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, to refocus UK aid towards for-profit investment risks weakening support for the people who need our help the most, and compromising the work Britain does to make the world a safer, healthier and more just place to live in (Report, 30 January). The Department for International Development has a long-standing h...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Britain, Aid, Global development, DFID, Department for International Development, Penny Mordaunt, Claire GodfreyProposals, Claire GodfreyHead


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


Brexit: 3,500 troops on standby to help in event of any no-deal crisis, MPs told – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including ministers discussing planning for a no-deal BrexitFull report: No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standbyNo 10 lobby briefing – snap summary 3.08pm GMT I posted a snap summary of the Number 10 lobby briefing at 2.07pm. Here are some more details from what was said not already covered. 2.28pm GMT Sir Mark Sedwill, the cabinet secretary, recently said he wanted to crack down on cabinet leaks. That doesn’t ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Iain Duncan Smith, Rudd, Brexit, Gauke, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, Heather Stewart, Damian Hinds, Beth Rigby, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Mark Sedwill


UK pledges £50m to help end FGM across Africa by 2030

Officials say funding is biggest investment in tackling practice and helping vulnerable girlsThe British government is to invest £50m in an attempt to end female genital mutilation by 2030, claiming it is the single biggest investment to tackle the issue by an international donor.The money, announced on Friday, will go to grassroots programmes working to stop the practice across Africa, where it is most prevalent. Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary, said the investment was also ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Fgm, Global Health, Penny Mordaunt, Female genital mutilation (FGM


Brexit deal: five ministers lobby May to renegotiate draft text

Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Liam Fox among cabinet members seeking changesFive Eurosceptic cabinet ministers are pressing Theresa May to make last-minute changes to her controversial Brexit deal.The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, is believed to be co-ordinating the group, which includes Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling, and Penny Mordaunt. The ministers believe there is still time for the prime minister to go back to Brussels and renegotiate her deal, the Telegraph reports.
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Michael Gove, Chris Grayling, Telegraph, Brussels, Liam Fox, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom, Andrea Leadsom Michael Gove, Michael Gove Liam Fox Chris Grayling


Brexit deal: Theresa May determined to 'see this through' amid growing criticism – Politics live

Prime minister holds press conference after resignations and tough questions from MPs in the CommonsFull report: Raab and McVey quit cabinetPound falls steeply after resignation newsHow the papers covered the dealRaab’s resignation – snap analysisLatest summary 8.15pm GMT It appears Penny Mordaunt’s support for a free vote on the Brexit deal is being briefed out in Westminster this evening:Penny Mordaunt still Development secretary tonight after meeting with PM.She is pushing the idea of a f...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Parliament, Liam Fox, Keir Starmer


Brexit: May determined to 'see this through' amid growing criticism of deal – Politics live

Prime minister holds press conference after resignations and tough questions from MPs in the CommonsFull report: Raab and McVey quit cabinetPound falls steeply after resignation newsHow the papers covered the dealRaab’s resignation – snap analysisLatest summary 7.19pm GMT The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has written to party members this evening, talking up the possibility of a general election if Theresa May cannot get her deal through parliament – “as seems likely”. And one line stands ou...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, Northern Ireland, Northern Irish politics, Keir Starmer, Daily Telegraph, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, Christopher Hope


Gordon Brown calls for people's royal commission to draw up alternative Brexit plan - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 1.35pm GMT The EU’s support for Ireland’s position in Brexit negotiations over the border with Northern Ireland is “stronger than ever”, the deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said after a bilateral with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. He said:The support and solidarity of Michel Barnier and his negotiating team is stronger than it has ever been.Clearly this is a very important week for Brexit negotiations...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, Ireland, Labour, Northern Ireland, Tuition Fees, Brussels, Gordon Brown, Justine Greening, Keir Starmer, Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn


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


Commonwealth veterans living in poverty set for £12m UK aid boost

Money will provide daily meals and cash transfers to 7,000 world war two veterans and widows, says Penny MordauntAid funding of £12m will be used to help thousands of impoverished war veterans who served with the British military across the Commonwealth, Penny Mordaunt has announced.The minister for international development said the cash would be used to provide two meals a day and regular cash transfers to 7,000 veterans and war widows who served in the British armed forces. Continue reading.....
Tags: Politics, UK, India, UK News, Aid, Global development, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Armistice centenary, Penny MordauntAid, Commonwealth 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


Global register set up to keep criminals out of aid sector

In aftermath of Haiti abuse scandal, NGOs will be able to vet prospective employees using Interpol and national policing databasesThe UK is to help launch a global register of dangerous criminals with the aim of preventing them finding their way into the aid sector, in the wake of the aid abuse scandal, it has been announced.As the international development secretary Penny Mordaunt prepared to address a conference on Thursday on abuse within the sector, Whitehall officials confirmed the governme...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Whitehall, Haiti, Interpol, Penny Mordaunt


Who are the cabinet ministers most likely to quit over backstop plan?

PM’s proposal for the UK to stay in customs union post-Brexit could trigger leadership bidsIf Theresa May agrees to an Irish backstop that keeps the UK in the customs union indefinitely she is likely to face an outcry from Brexiters that could lead to resignations from her cabinet.Sources close to leave-supporting ministers described the atmosphere as “tense” and “febrile” as they awaited the outcome of unexpected crunch talks in Brussels on Sunday between the Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, and...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Brussels, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt, Esther McVey, Andrea Leadsom, Dominic Raab, Michel Barnier


Senior Tories launch concerted attack on May's Brexit plan

Brexiters warn against fresh concessions to Brussels as PM faces calls to change courseTheresa May’s Brexit stance has come under concerted attack from within her party, with senior Tories lining up to warn against making fresh concessions to Brussels as negotiations reach their final, frantic stage.Ministers have been warned to expect “extensive” discussions of Brexit at next week’s cabinet meeting; and with some preferring a looser, Canada-style deal to May’s Chequers plan, pressure is mountin...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Canada, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Tories, Brussels, Downing Street, Article 50, David Davis, Brexit, Penny Mordaunt


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


UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobsThe UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Indonesia, Animals, Africa, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Liberia, Wwf


Landmines kill almost hourly – their brutal scourge must end | Penny Mordaunt

More than two decades after Princess Diana braved an Angolan minefield, Britain continues to spearhead clearance efforts What weapon, a deadly and barbaric killer, is one of the cruellest known to man? Are you thinking of an automatic assault rifle? Or perhaps a costly missile? Chances are you aren’t thinking of a device that can be made for a matter of pounds.Anti-personnel landmines are designed to rip off a person’s lower leg and force dirt and bone splinters up into their leg or body. If the...
Tags: Politics, UK News, World news, Britain, Aid, Global development, Diana, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID, Conflict and arms


UK aid minister hails ‘double win’ of heroin crackdown in Tanzania

Combating drug trade benefits developing nations and UK, says Penny MordauntBritish border agents and the Royal Marines have stopped millions of pounds worth of heroin trade across the western Indian Ocean, where the drug is being transported from Afghanistan to east Africa for eventual sale in Europe.The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said the anti-smuggling scheme in Tanzania, funded from the UK’s aid budget, was vital for development in the nation but would also protect ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Aid, Global development, Drugs trade, Tanzania, Royal Marines, Indian Ocean, Penny Mordaunt, Department for International Development (DfID


Nigeria-UK relationship should focus more on trade, says minister

Development secretary Penny Mordaunt is to review aid budget for west African nationThe international development secretary, in Nigeria on a two-day visit, has laid out plans for reviewing the way the UK allocates aid funding.On her first visit to west Africa as secretary of state, Penny Mordaunt said that, as the UK’s exit from the EU in March 2019 approaches, she wanted to see Nigeria’s relationship with the UK move towards greater trade and investment. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Nigeria, Africa, Eu, UK News, World news, Aid, Global development, West Africa, Penny Mordaunt, Nigeria UK



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