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Sinn Féin: No Brexit until border resolved

Sinn Féin: No Brexit until border resolved

Image caption Mary Lou McDonald made the comments at the end of her first party conference as president of Sinn Féin Brexit negotiations cannot be allowed to progress to the next stage unless the issue of the Irish border is resolved, Mary Lou McDonald has said. Ms McDonald made the comments at the end of […]

Upskirting law to be passed soon, says Theresa May

Upskirting law to be passed soon, says Theresa May

Image copyright Reuters Theresa May says she wants to see a bill that will make upskirting a criminal offence pass through Parliament “soon” – after one of her own MPs blocked it. Sir Christopher Chope has faced criticism from his own party for objecting to the private member’s bill. If passed, someone who takes a […]

Seni’s law: Commons setback for mental health unit reforms

Seni’s law: Commons setback for mental health unit reforms

Image copyright Family website Image caption Olaseni Lewis died after his brain was starved of oxygen A planned new law to avoid the excessive use of force in mental health units has failed to get a third reading in the Commons. The government backs the legislation – dubbed “Seni’s law” after a man who died […]

Tories chairman Brandon Lewis vows to ‘stamp out’ Islamophobia

Tories chairman Brandon Lewis vows to ‘stamp out’ Islamophobia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Brandon Lewis: ‘A single case of abuse is one too many’ Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis has outlined plans he says will “stamp out” Islamophobia in the party. He said diversity training would be offered to all members and local associations would report back on how complaints were handled. He […]

Brexit rebel Dominic Grieve says May’s compromise ‘a slap in face’

Brexit rebel Dominic Grieve says May’s compromise ‘a slap in face’

Image copyright PA Image caption Dominic Grieve: ‘Something was inexplicably changed’ The government’s bid to avoid a Commons defeat on the Brexit bill has been rejected as “slap in the face” by leading rebel Dominic Grieve. Theresa May assured Mr Grieve ahead of a vote on Tuesday that his call for MPs to be given […]

Upskirting offenders could face two years in jail under new law

Upskirting offenders could face two years in jail under new law

Media captionGina Martin campaigned for the law to be changed after a man took a picture up her skirt Upskirting is to become a specific criminal offence in England and Wales after the government gave its support to a change in the law. The new law would see offenders face a maximum of two years […]

Govia Thameslink chief executive Charles Horton resigns

Govia Thameslink chief executive Charles Horton resigns

Image copyright Stephen Noble, Tom Bitcliffe, Kieran Trafford Image caption Rail commuters have faced major disruption across the country The boss of beleaguered rail firm Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to resign. Passengers have faced major disruption as hundreds of trains were cancelled following the introduction of new timetables in May. GTR, which runs Thameslink, […]

‘Upskirting’ to become sexual offence

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Universal Credit not value for money, says watchdog

Universal Credit not value for money, says watchdog

Media captionUniversal Credit has proved controversial almost from the beginning The government’s flagship benefits system has been too slow to roll out, causes hardship, and is not delivering value for money, a watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office said the £1.9bn Universal Credit system could end up costing more to administer than the benefits […]

Labour’s Janet Daby wins Lewisham East in by-election

Labour’s Janet Daby wins Lewisham East in by-election

Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Janet Daby is the new MP for Lewisham East Labour’s Janet Daby has won the Lewisham East by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Heidi Alexander. The ex-deputy mayor of Lewisham won with 50.2% of the vote, and said she felt “humbled and delighted”. Ms Alexander […]