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Boris Johnson dismisses rape concerns as jabber, says Labour

No 10 insists Boris Johnson was accusing Labour of talking rather than taking action, at PMQs.
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Welsh government to suspend all future road-building plans

Deputy minister for climate change will announce move as part of plans to reach net zero emissions by 2050The Labour-led Welsh government is to freeze new road-building projects as part of its plans to tackle the climate emergency, and an external panel will review all proposed schemes.The deputy minister for climate change, Lee Waters, is to tell the Welsh parliament on Tuesday afternoon: “Since 1990, Welsh emissions have fallen by 31%. But to reach our statutory target of net zero emissions by...
Tags: Politics, Wales, Climate Change, Environment, UK News, Labour, Transport, Road transport, Welsh politics, Welsh Government, Lee Waters


Sir Keir Starmer's closest adviser Baroness Chapman moved to new position

Baroness Chapman will shadow Brexit minister Lord Frost, in a shake-up of the Labour leader's team.
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Labour leader Keir Starmer axes chief aide Jenny Chapman

Removal of political secretary in face of MPs’ criticism is latest step in reshuffle of Labour’s top teamKeir Starmer’s closest aide, Jenny Chapman, is to be removed from her role as political secretary after significant criticism from MPs, another major change after a weekend in which the Labour leader replaced almost his entire top team.Chapman’s departure follows a sideways move for Starmer’s chief of staff, Morgan McSweeney, and the departure of his two most senior communications staff, Ben ...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Keir Starmer, Chapman, Starmer, Paul Ovenden, Jenny Chapman, Morgan McSweeney, Ben Nunn


Independent body should run Windrush compensation scheme, Labour says

‘Systemic mismanagement’ by Home Office has led to complaints over delays and low offers to claimantsLabour has called on the government to remove the handling of the much-criticised Windrush compensation scheme from the Home Office so it can be run by a neutral, independent body, after two years of complaints from claimants about delays and low compensation offers.In a letter to the home secretary, Priti Patel, the shadow home secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, said there had been “systemic misman...
Tags: UK News, Immigration and asylum, Labour, Home Office, Priti Patel, Windrush, Commonwealth immigration, Windrush scandal, Nick Thomas Symonds


Conservative MPs put pressure on government to scrap planning reforms

Labour has called upcoming bill a ‘developers’ charter’, while Tories fear it cost them the Chesham and Amersham byelectionCommunities should not have new housing shoved down their throats with no right to object, Conservative MPs have urged as they upped pressure on the government to scrap some of its controversial planning reforms.They went public with their concerns after the Tories lost the Chesham and Amersham byelection last week, a defeat partly blamed on how planning changes and HS2 woul...
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Scottish education system to be overhauled after damning OECD report

Independent review said curriculum had not kept pace with changes, and exams and inspections were in need of reformScotland’s exams agency and its schools inspections system are to be substantially reformed after a damning report said the current system was cumbersome and over-complex.An independent review by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a Paris-based agency, found the Scottish education system had failed to keep pace with the latest best practice and had no long-t...
Tags: Politics, Education, Scotland, UK News, Labour, Paris, Scottish politics, Green Party, OECD, Organisation for Economic Co, Scottish National party (SNP


Is Keir Starmer's time as Labour leader about to come to an early end?

Keir Starmer Getty Keir Starmer's future as Labour Party leader may be in peril. Historically poor recent election results for the party have left him vulnerable. Starmer has so far retained the support of most Labour MPs. However, defeat in next week's Batley and Spen by-election could spark a challenge. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Labour party's historically poor showing in the Chesham and Amersham by-election last week was followed by reports that se...
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Former Speaker and Conservative MP John Bercow joins Labour

He says he shares Labour's values and that the government "needs to be replaced".
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Sort rape convictions or go, Labour tells Buckland

Labour says the justice secretary must resign if he cannot reverse low rape convictions in a year.
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Sort rape convictions or go, Labour tells Buckland

Labour says the justice secretary must resign if he cannot reverse low rape convictions in a year.
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Former Speaker and Conservative MP John Bercow joins Labour

He tells the Observer he shares Labour's values and says the government "needs to be replaced".
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John Bercow defects to Labour with withering attack on Johnson

Former Speaker says party has become reactionary and xenophobic under its current leadership• The blue wall: what next for the Tories after shock defeat?John Bercow, the former Tory MP and Speaker of the House of Commons, today delivers an extraordinary broadside against Boris Johnson and the Conservative party as he announces he has switched his political allegiance to Labour.In an explosive interview with the Observer, Bercow says he regards today’s Conservative party as “reactionary, populist...
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Covid live: Uganda introduces sweeping new coronavirus rules, Netherlands to ease restrictions from next week

Ugandan president launches crackdown including ban on vehicular movement; Face masks to no longer be needed in Netherlands Delta variant becoming dominant because of higher transmissibilityUnderreporting in Africa means case levels are worryingEU fails in court action to secure urgent 120m doses of Oxford vaccineIn hunt for Covid origin, new studies point away from lab leak theoryCases of Covid Delta variant in UK rise to over 75,000, says PHESee all our coronavirus coverage 11.26pm BST Almo...
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Conservative former minister hired by Singapore firm owning £500 million property empire leased to the UK government

Alun Cairns arrives in Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019. Getty EXCLUSIVE: Former Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns takes job with firm owning £500 million of UK government buildings. Cairns met with the firm while he was Secretary of State for Wales to discuss "investment opportunities." The opposition Labour Party accuse Cairns of using his position "to enrich himself". See more stories on Insider's business page. A Conservative Member of Parliament and former minister in the UK g...
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Dominic Cummings claims: Rees-Mogg defends Hancock as 'successful genius'

But Labour's leader says the health secretary is "hopeless" - and the prime minister is just as bad.
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Leftwing rivals in Unite leadership race fail to agree unity candidate

Situation raises prospect that all three will enter final ballot and potentially split the left voteThe contest to become the next leader of the Unite union is set for another twist after three leftwing rivals for the position failed to agree upon a unity candidate.Sharon Graham, the only female candidate, has told friends she will put her name forward for the final ballot despite two days of talks with fellow leftwing candidates Steve Turner and Howard Beckett. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Trade unions, Unite, Steve Turner, Howard Beckett, Sharon Graham


Rishi Sunak rejects calls by businesses for furlough extension

Failure to maintain Covid support measures will push firms into bankruptcy, says Labour Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageRishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme despite expectations the government will delay the easing of Covid-19 restrictions currently set for 21 June.Business leaders and Labour have warned that a failure to maintain emergency economic support measures in line with public health restrictions would push struggl...
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Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of failure of leadership in anti-racism row

Labour leader says Southgate has shown how to be a leader‘Johnson didn’t have the courage to stand by the England team’Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of a lack of courage over his reluctance to condemn fans who boo England’s players for taking the knee and has told the prime minister that his “failure of leadership” undermined the team’s chances of success at Euro 2020.The Labour leader, who believes that Gareth Southgate has shown Johnson how to be a leader, said no football supporter s...
Tags: Politics, England, Race, Football, Sport, Labour, Boris Johnson, Gareth Southgate, European Championship, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Southgate, Euro 2020


Batley and Spen by-election: Labour leader Keir Starmer visits

Sir Keir Starmer visits Batley and Spen, where Labour hopes to hold on to the seat on 1 July.
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MP Rob Roberts' return to Commons 'worrying staff'

A Labour MP calls on the Tories to take action over Rob Roberts' suspension for sexual misconduct.
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PMQs: Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ‘holding back a generation’ over education catchup plans – live

Latest updates: prime minister faces questions in Commons from Labour leaderTrade war threats will not wash with voters, Frost tells EUCovid contract for firm run by Cummings’ friends unlawful, judge rulesBrexit: what is the Northern Ireland row about?Australia prepared to walk away from UK free trade dealCoronavirus – latest global updates 1.25pm BST Maroš Šefčovič, the vice-president of the European Commission who serves as the EU’s lead on post-Brexit negotiations with the UK, is holding ...
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Centre-left Unite union leadership candidate through to final ballot

Gerard Coyne says he has the 174 branch nominations required in the race to succeed Len McCluskeyThe race to succeed Len McCluskey as the leader of Unite the union is expected to become increasingly tense after the centre-left candidate Gerard Coyne disclosed to the Guardian that he has won enough nominations to reach the final ballot.The announcement is likely to prompt furious negotiations between Coyne’s leftwing rivals as they seek to persuade each other to stand down to keep him out. Contin...
Tags: Politics, UK News, Labour, Trade unions, Unite, Len McCluskey, Coyne, Gerard Coyne, Len McCluskeyThe


Labour asks sleaze watchdog to investigate government minister for taking donation from non-existent company

Wendy Morton MP Getty EXCLUSIVE: Labour has written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards asking for an investigation into Wendy Morton MP. Morton, a Foreign Office minister, declared a £4,000 donation received by her local association. The company had been dissolved for nearly three years. See more stories on Insider's business page. A government minister could face investigation by Parliament's sleaze watchdog, after the opposition Labour Party requested a probe into a ...
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Covid live: UK under-30s to be invited for jabs this week; Labour calls for ‘amber list’ to be axed

Latest updates: health secretary says Delta variant appears 40% more transmissible; Lisa Nandy says robust quarantine needed for people arriving in UKTony Blair says fully vaccinated people should get greater freedoms Data on Delta variant splits scientists on lifting final Covid restrictions Other countries need vaccine before UK teenagers, ministers toldSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.55am BST Eradicating the world from Covid-19 is not currently a “reasonable target”, a World Health O...
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Scotland’s ‘cradle of Christianity’ on Iona is saved by small mercies

The Benedictine abbey on the Hebridean island reopens tomorrow after a £3m renovation funded by bake sales and sponsored walksA Christian community on a tiny Hebridean island which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from all over the world will reopen on Monday after a mammoth campaign raised £3.75m to save it from closure.The Iona community, centred on a Benedictine abbey in whose grounds John Smith, the late Labour leader, is buried, has spent the past three years making its buildings fit fo...
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Kim Leadbeater on running for her sister Jo Cox’s seat: ‘I know this is what she would want me to be doing’

Five years after Jo Cox MP was murdered in her constituency, her sister is standing for Labour in a crucial byelection there. She explains why she’s ready to take on Cox’s political legacyIt was the most shocking day in British politics this century. On 16 June 2016, a week before the Brexit vote, brooding tensions came to a climax with one horrific act of violence: the murder of Jo Cox. It was only 13 months since she had been elected to parliament as Labour’s MP for Batley and Spen in West Yor...
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Ed Miliband: I'm still recovering from time as Labour leader

Ed Miliband says his time at the top of Labour was "traumatic" and defeat in 2015 knocked his confidence.
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A Conservative Lord has donated £8,000 to the Tories while claiming thousands of pounds in furlough cash

James Wharton Getty EXCLUSIVE: A Conservative peer has donated £8,000 to Boris Johnson's party while his firm claims thousands of pounds in furlough payments. Lord Wharton helped Johnson become Conservative leader and Prime Minister and was made a peer by Johnson in 2020. His company made the donation while claiming up to £10,000 a month in furlough aid from the government. Johnson's government controversially appointed Wharton as chair of the independence universities regulator ba...
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Matt Hancock allowed to use ridiculous excuse to keep job, says Labour

Labour complains to the PM's standards adviser Lord Geidt over his ruling on the health secretary's conduct.
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