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Local elections: What are they all about?

[ad_1] The local elections are taking place on 2 May.We'll get to choose who decides on things like where houses get built, who runs the buses and which pubs get late licences.But last year only one in three people went to the polls. So what is the vote all about?Reporter Jennifer Meierhans explains.Footage: BBC and Getty Images [ad_2] Source link
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Theresa May to face grassroots no-confidence challenge

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May is to face an unprecedented no-confidence challenge - from Conservative grassroots campaigners. More than 70 local association chiefs - angry at her handling of Brexit - have called for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss her leadership. A non-binding vote will be held at that National Conservative Convention EGM.Dinah Glover, chairwoman of the London East Area Conservatives, said there was "despair
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Hillingdon Council defends fines for public nuisances

[ad_1] Hillingdon councillor David Simmonds told the Today programme that "there is huge public demand" for councils to respond to public nuisances and defended the rise in fines for breaches of "petty" council orders.However, lawyer Rosie Brighouse said powers to stop such behaviour are too broad and misused. Campaign group the Manifesto Club has called for Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) to be scrapped. [ad_2] Source link
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Jarod Kirkman: Man jailed over threatening emails to MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jarod Kirkman sent malicious communications to MPs including Yvette Cooper and Nicky Morgan A man who sent "threatening" emails to seven MPs, including two ex-cabinet members, has been jailed for 44 weeks.Jarod Kirkman, 51, used a fake email address to target a cross-party selection, including Nicky Morgan, Yvette Cooper and Heidi Allen.Kirkman, of Torquay Drive, Luton, had admitted sending malicious communications at Westminster
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Chinese journalist Kong Linlin faces arrest over ‘Tory slap’ claim

[ad_1] Image copyright CCTV-13 Image caption Kong Linlin is a correspondent for China's official state broadcaster An arrest warrant has been issued for a Chinese journalist who failed to appear before magistrates.Kong Linlin, 49, was charged with common assault after an incident at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on 30 September 2018.A summons was posted to her address in King's Cross, London, for a hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.She
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DUP only party that can unite unionism, says Foster

[ad_1] Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption The DUP's council election manifesto includes pledges on rates and playparks The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is the only party strong enough to unite unionism, according to Arlene Foster.The DUP leader was speaking at the launch of her party's local government election manifesto in Belfast.She argued that every first preference vote for another unionist party "runs the risk of dividing unionism".She said it also
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European parliament given surprise musical performance

[ad_1] As the final session of the current European Parliament wrapped up, a Slovenian MEP took the opportunity to give a musical performance."It is our responsibility to keep Europe together. Let's rebuild Notre-Dame and Happy Easter," Lojze Peterle told his fellow MEPs.He then played a rendition of Ode to Joy - the EU anthem - on the harmonica, drawing applause from European politicians. [ad_2] Source link
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Call to deselect Carl Benjamin as UKIP MEP candidate over rape comments

[ad_1] Image caption UKIP's leader Gerrard Batten, pictured, said Carl Benjamin's comments were made in satire Calls have been made to deselect a candidate in the European election following comments he made about rape on social media in 2016.Carl Benjamin wants to stand to become an MEP for the South West for UKIP.But members of UKIP's Swindon branch said Mr Benjamin had only joined the local party recently and added
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Brexit: No deal means hard Irish border, says Selmayr

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martin Selmayr (right) served as Jean-Claude Juncker's chief of staff from 2014 to 2018 One of the European Commission's most powerful officials has said that a no-deal Brexit would mean a hard Irish border.The comments from Martin Selmayr feature in a documentary made by ARTE, the Franco-German broadcaster.The secretary-general of the European Commission was filmed in a meeting with senior MEPs in late
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Brexit limbo: Hotels, packing boxes and plans on hold for the MEPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lib Dem Catherine Bearder and Conservative Daniel Dalton are among the MEPs living in uncertain times Their offices are full of boxes, they're living in hotels and don't ask them when they're having their leaving drinks. How have the UK's MEPs been coping with the ever-changing Brexit situation? It's the last day of the European Parliament in Strasbourg before the elections in May,