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Cannabis war ‘comprehensively lost’, says William Hague

Cannabis war ‘comprehensively lost’, says William Hague

Image copyright Reuters Former Conservative leader Lord Hague has called for a “decisive change” in the law on cannabis – suggesting that the Tories should consider legalising recreational use of the drug. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said “any war” has been “irreversibly lost”. Lord Hague goes further than senior Tories who have suggested […]

New Brexit defeat for government in Lords

New Brexit defeat for government in Lords

Image copyright Getty Images MPs will vote again on how much of a say Parliament should have on Brexit, after another House of Lords defeat for the government. Peers decided MPs should have to approve whatever the government decided to do next if there was no final agreement with the EU. Their amendment to the […]

Tax rise need to help pay for £20bn NHS boost, says PM

Tax rise need to help pay for £20bn NHS boost, says PM

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The funding boost means an extra £20bn a year for the NHS by 2023 Tax rises will be needed to pay for the boost in NHS funding announced by the government, the prime minister says. Theresa May conceded the public would pay more, but promised this would be done […]

Brexit deal: ‘Meaningful vote’ battle resumes in Lords

Brexit deal: ‘Meaningful vote’ battle resumes in Lords

Image copyright Getty Images The battle over Parliament’s say in the Brexit process between MPs, peers and ministers has resumed in the Lords. Peers will vote later on whether the government should have to seek MPs’ approval if there is no Brexit deal. Theresa May avoided defeat on the issue last week but rebels say […]

Lord Sewel: Brexit powers row ‘not constitutional crisis’

Lord Sewel: Brexit powers row ‘not constitutional crisis’

Image caption Lord Sewel suggested that parties were using the row to “seek political advantage” Lord Sewel, one of the authors of the devolution settlement, has backed the UK government in the row over Scottish Parliament consent for the Brexit bill. Under the Sewel convention, Westminster does not normally legislate on devolved matters without Holyrood’s […]

Tax rise to pay for NHS boost – Hunt

Tax rise to pay for NHS boost – Hunt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The funding boost means an extra £20bn a year for the NHS by 2023 Tax rises will be needed to pay for the boost in NHS funding announced by the government, the health secretary says. Jeremy Hunt said there would have to be an “increased burden of taxation” to […]

Brexit deal: ‘Meaningful vote’ battle to resume in Lords

Brexit deal: ‘Meaningful vote’ battle to resume in Lords

Image copyright Getty Images The battle over Parliament’s say in the Brexit process between MPs, peers and ministers resumes in the Lords later. Peers will vote on an amendment forcing ministers to consult Parliament in the event of there being no deal. Theresa May avoided defeat on the issue last week but rebels say concessions […]

Upskirting row: MP’s office targeted in ‘pants protest’

Upskirting row: MP’s office targeted in ‘pants protest’

Image copyright PA Anger over a Conservative MP’s decision to block a bill to make “upskirting” a criminal offence has manifested itself in an unusual way in Parliament. The entrance to Sir Christopher Chope’s Commons office has been decorated with women’s pants in an apparent protest by Commons staff against his actions. The MP told […]

NHS funding: PM calls for 10-year plan to spend cash

NHS funding: PM calls for 10-year plan to spend cash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The funding boost means an extra £20bn a year for the NHS by 2023 The NHS must come up with a 10-year plan to best use its £20bn funding boost in England, Theresa May will say. In a speech in London, the prime minister will stress the NHS must […]

Brexit deal: Tory rebel warns government could collapse

Brexit deal: Tory rebel warns government could collapse

Image copyright PA Image caption Dominic Grieve said the government’s amendment was “valueless” Tory rebels “could collapse the government” if they vote against a Brexit deal negotiated with the EU, a leading rebel has said. Dominic Grieve said he wakes up “in a cold sweat” thinking about what could happen if a final deal is […]

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