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Lewisham Labour chair Emily Thornberry Islamic State tweets criticised

[ad_1] Image copyright Gareth Fuller Image caption Ian McKenzie tweeted IS would behead Emily Thornberry instead of taking her as a sex slave A Labour Party constituency boss has been criticised for tweets about the shadow foreign secretary being beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) group.Lewisham East Constituency Labour Party (CLP) chairman Ian McKenzie said the group would behead Emily Thornberry instead of taking her as a sex slave.Critics have
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Ruth Davidson ‘angry’ at Windrush scandal

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavidson 'hurt and angry' about Windrush Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she was "hurt" and "angry" when she saw the Windrush scandal unfolding.Ms Davidson criticised the "basic unfairness" of taking away part of the "identity" of those affected.She also said the tone of the immigration debate had been "far too judgemental", calling for changes to current government policy.She would "love"
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Speaker John Bercow admits muttering word ‘stupid’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaker John Bercow admits muttering 'stupid' 'as an aside' Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he "respects all his colleagues" after admitting using the word "stupid" during Commons exchanges. He said he used the word, reported to have been directed at Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, as a "muttered aside". He told MPs he had the highest regard for Mrs Leadsom's "political
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Conservatives ‘still under-represented’ in Lords says minister

[ad_1] Image caption The former transport secretary defended the peerages announced on Friday The Tories remain "under-represented" in the Lords, ministers have said, in response to anger over the ennoblement of nine mainly ex-ministers on Friday.Raising the issue, Labour's Lord Adonis said the Conservatives now had 63 more peers than Labour, despite having no parliamentary majority in the Commons.This was a "clear and fragrant breach of the constitution", he claimed.But
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Social media firms criticised for lack of cyber-bullying action

[ad_1] A report from the Children's Society on cyber-bullying and mental health has criticised social media companies for their "inconsistent and inadequate" response.Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted the government does not how many underage children are creating online accounts.Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka spoke to Richard Crelllin of the Children's Society and to Tamanna Miah who suffered online abuse.If you’ve been affected by bullying, help and support is available
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Brexit voters are not identitarians, says Michael Gove

[ad_1] Michael Gove has warned of the rise of identity politics in Britain, but insisted the Brexit campaign which he helped lead did not fan its flames.The Tory minister said elements on the left and right wanted to pit groups against each other in a "conflict for recognition, rights and resources".But he rejected claims Leave voters were also examples of "identitarians".He told an event in London that Brexit was motivated
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Boris Johnson plays down fears of Brexit betrayal over customs

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? Brexiteers do not need to worry about a "betrayal" over the UK's customs ties with the EU, Boris Johnson says.Mr Johnson said Theresa May would be "true to her promises" and deliver a deal that meant there was no need for ministers' "backstop" plan.The backstop would see the UK match EU customs tariffs after 2020.But
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UK must counter ‘threats’ in space – Williamson

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP The UK must be ready to counter "intensifying threats" emerging in space, the defence secretary has said. Those threats include the "jamming" of military satellites used by the army.Launching the UK's first defence space strategy, Gavin Williamson said that he would boost staff in the sector by a fifth to 600.He also confirmed that he is considering British participation in an alternative satellite-navigation system to the