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Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Michael Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Labour clears MP Clive Lewis of sexual harassment

Labour clears MP Clive Lewis of sexual harassment

Image copyright PA Image caption Clive Lewis said he was “taken aback” by the allegation Labour MP Clive Lewis has been cleared of sexual harassment by a party inquiry, the BBC understands. The Norwich South MP was put under investigation last month after a party supporter claimed that she had been groped by him at […]

Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Trump UK visit expected in new year, US ambassador says

Image copyright EPA Image caption Woody Johnson said the US president was not “namby-pamby” about voicing his opinions The US ambassador to Britain said he expects Donald Trump to visit the UK in the new year despite his recent Twitter row with Theresa May. Woody Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the disagreement […]

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I’ll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to […]

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Tories and Labour reject second EU referendum petitions

Image copyright Getty Images Both the Conservatives and Labour have rejected petitions calling for a second EU referendum to be held. MPs held a debate at Westminster in response to four petitions on Parliament’s e-petitions website. The largest one has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. Brexit minister Robin Walker said there would be […]

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyright House of Commons An MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP should not […]

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Theresa May says Brexit deal ‘good news’ for all voters

Media captionThe prime minister announced the deal on Friday An agreement to move on to the next phase of Brexit talks is “good news” for both Leave and Remain voters, Theresa May has told MPs. She told Parliament it should reassure those who feared the UK would get “bogged down” in endless negotiations or “crash […]

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

It’s time to ’embrace an android’ says Labour’s deputy leader

Worried that a robot will one day take your job? Don’t fear says a senior politician who is urging people to “embrace an android”. If machines can take over routine tasks, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson believes, it will liberate people to focus on areas generating more wealth. If properly regulated, he says the growth […]

Second EU referendum e-petition debated

Second EU referendum e-petition debated

Image copyright Getty Images A petition calling for a second EU referendum will be debated by MPs later. The online petition has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. The petition calls for voters to be given a “final say” on the Brexit deal before the 2019 exit date. The government said Brexit had “the […]

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Image copyright Getty Images Cold-callers trying to sell pensions could be banned by next summer if the government takes action now, a group of MPs has demanded. Members of the Work and Pensions Committee said that otherwise, the ban may not happen until 2020. The MPs want the government to include the measure in a […]

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