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Polls close in Lewisham East by-election

Polls close in Lewisham East by-election

Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Heidi Alexander has quit Parliament after eight years Polls have closed in the Lewisham East by-election, which was triggered by the resignation of Heidi Alexander. The Labour MP announced in May she was quitting Parliament to work for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. She was among shadow ministers to […]

NHS groups welcome immigration change for doctors and nurses

NHS groups welcome immigration change for doctors and nurses

Image copyright Getty Images NHS groups have welcomed the decision to relax immigration rules to allow more doctors and nurses from outside the EU into the UK. The Home Office said foreign medics would be excluded from the government’s cap on skilled migration. NHS bosses said it would be a “huge relief” to health trusts […]

Len McCluskey’s coming for me, says Tom Watson

Len McCluskey’s coming for me, says Tom Watson

Labour’s Tom Watson says Unite trade union leader Len McCluskey is trying “to take me out as deputy leader”. He told the BBC’s Nick Robinson the union chief was “coming for me” – but he was not going to be “bullied” out of his job. He said he wanted to “bring everyone back together” in […]

SNP pledges more action over Brexit bill

SNP pledges more action over Brexit bill

Media captionMr Blackford returned to the Commons the morning after being expelled The SNP will continue to “frustrate what the government are doing as much as we possibly can”, the party’s Westminster leader has said. Ian Blackford led a walk-out of his MPs during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday over the government’s handling of the […]

No 10 seeks Brexit bill deal with rebels

No 10 seeks Brexit bill deal with rebels

Image copyright PA The government is making fresh attempts to resolve a row about how much of a say MPs should have over Brexit. A Tory rebellion on the EU Withdrawal Bill was avoided on Tuesday after a meeting between Theresa May and more than a dozen MPs. But with more Parliamentary votes to come […]

Foie gras imports may be banned after Brexit, UK minister suggests

Foie gras imports may be banned after Brexit, UK minister suggests

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ducks being raised for foie gras production in Bulgaria A luxury French food made by force-feeding ducks or geese could be banned from being imported to the UK after Brexit, a minister has hinted. British farmers are banned from producing foie gras – meaning fatty liver – on cruelty […]

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

Media captionSajid Javid discussing the net migration target earlier this month The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa […]

Brexit: MPs reject bid to stay in EEA amid Labour revolt

Brexit: MPs reject bid to stay in EEA amid Labour revolt

Image copyright AFP Attempts to keep the UK in the European Economic Area after Brexit have been defeated in the House of Commons, amid a major Labour revolt over the issue. A Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, committing the UK to retain EEA membership after it leaves next year, was reversed by 327 […]

Claire Perry in Commons ‘dilation’ row with John Bercow

Claire Perry in Commons ‘dilation’ row with John Bercow

Media captionClaire Perry asks John Bercow to “consider his behaviour” after accusations of sexist behaviour towards her. Conservative minister Claire Perry has accused John Bercow of making “sexist” comments about her after he told her to avoid “dilation” in the Commons. She said he had used “demeaning language” while chiding her for taking too long […]

CBI chief: Car firms face Brexit extinction

CBI chief: Car firms face Brexit extinction

Image copyright PA Sections of the UK car industry face extinction unless the UK stays in the EU customs union, the president of the CBI has said. Paul Dreschler also said there was “zero evidence” that trade deals outside the EU would provide any economic benefit to Britain. He blamed a “tidal wave of ideology” […]