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Labour’s Kate Green to head Commons standards committee

[ad_1] Image caption Ms Green says she is honoured to have been elected to the role A Labour MP who voted against a probe into allegations of bullying by Speaker John Bercow has been elected as chair of the Commons standards committee.Kate Green was one of three MPs to oppose an inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards into claims against Mr Bercow, which he denies.She was elected unopposed to
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Welfare reform ‘driving women to sex work’

[ad_1] Former Labour minister Frank Field claims women in his Birkenhead constituency are being forced into prostitution by cash shortages as a result of universal credit welfare reforms.His intervention in the House Commons follows growing calls for the UK-wide rollout of the benefit to be put on hold and for billions to be pumped into the system in this month's Budget. In response, Welfare Secretary Esther McVey said: "We need
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Voters split over post-Brexit economy, survey suggests

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than three quarters of people questioned said improving public services was a post-Brexit priority Voters are split over whether the UK leaving the EU will improve the economy, new research has suggested.The study of 2,975 UK adults, conducted in 2017 by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found about a third think it will be better
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Commons firearms debate delayed amid talk of Tory rebellion

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The prime minister's Brexit statement lasted nearly two hours A debate in the House of Commons on banning offensive weapons has been postponed amid speculation of a Tory rebellion against the government. MPs were due to consider proposed changes to the Offensive Weapons Bill. More than 30 Tory MPs were seeking to water down a proposed ban on .50 calibre and other "high energy"
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Theresa May: ‘Time for cool, calm heads’ on Brexit

[ad_1] Theresa May has told MPs about the latest UK-EU talks as the two sides negotiate a post-Brexit deal, saying they were "entering the final stages".She told them there was a lot of "inaccurate information", but she was offering the “facts as they stand”. While some MPs laughed, and others clapped, Mrs May said that this was the time for "cool, calm heads to prevail" and went on to talk
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Baroness Hollis: Former Labour minister dies aged 77

[ad_1] Tributes have been paid to former Labour minister Baroness Hollis after her death at the age of 77.Patricia Hollis served as a welfare minister for eight years under Tony Blair and was a leading figure in the House of Lords for nearly 30 years.Her husband, fellow Labour peer Lord Howarth, said she had been an "unwavering and powerfully effective" champion of the poor and disadvantaged.Labour MP Owen Smith said
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Brexit, the Irish border and the ‘battle for the union’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The 310-mile long border separating Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and how it should look after Brexit has become a crucial issue With fewer than 200 days until the UK is due to leave the EU, the battle over Brexit is reaching dizzying heights of drama.But perhaps an unintended consequence of the debate is the growing battle over something else -