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Diane Abbott: Labour would close two immigration detention centres

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Diane Abbott, pictured at a Windrush protest last month Labour has pledged to close the UK's two main immigration detention centres, in the wake of the Windrush scandal.The move is part of a package of measures to reverse the government's so-called hostile environment policy.Labour says the money saved from closing the Yarl's Wood and Brook House centres would help provide £20m to support
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Brexit: ‘Serious criticism’ of UK’s two customs proposals

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Lidington said the UK wanted to "put flesh on the bones" of its plans for future relations with the EU There has been "serious criticism" of both proposed models for the UK's customs arrangements after Brexit, a senior minister has acknowledged.David Lidington said there were fears a customs partnership might "inhibit" the scope to do trade deals and the task was how this
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Windrush: Sixty-three people may have been wrongly removed

[ad_1] Image caption Mr Javid became home secretary last month Sixty three members of the Windrush generation could have been wrongfully removed or deported from the UK since 2002, the home secretary has said.Sajid Javid told the Home Affairs Select Committee 32 were foreign offenders and 31 people removed by officials, rather than a court order.He said the figures were provisional.It was the first time specific numbers have been outlined
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Houses of Parliament to scrap plastic bottles, bags and sachets

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Parliament is to stop buying non-recyclable disposable cups Plastic bottles, cups, bags and cutlery are to be phased out in Parliament, with MPs, peers and visitors encouraged to try reusable alternatives.The crackdown on single-use plastic will see 125,000 plastic water bottles removed from sale immediately.Condiment sachets will follow suit while plastic carrier bags will be replaced by paper ones next year.Hot drinks in new
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New dissidents hoping to exploit Brexit

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNewsnight: Brexit, 'new' dissidents and the Irish border Veteran BBC journalist Peter Taylor talks to dissident republicans and NI's top policeman about Brexit and what its consequences could mean for Northern Ireland.I've lost count of the number of Easter commemorations I've filmed in Belfast, marching two miles up the Falls Road to Milltown cemetery where the IRA's dead lie buried. This
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UK urges ‘greater restraint’ by Israel after Gaza violence

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour tabled an urgent question about Gaza in the Commons Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has said the UK wants an investigation into the "shocking" violence in Gaza.Mr Burt told MPs the UK continued to "implore" Israel to show "greater restraint", but said that the role of Hamas should also be considered. Funerals are being held for 58 people killed when
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Electoral Commission wants tougher power to get documents quickly

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The watchdog is conducting a number of investigations into spending during the 2016 Brexit referendum The Electoral Commission has said it would like powers to seize documents more quickly during investigations into alleged violations of electoral law.Officials from the elections watchdog told MPs they were currently able to obtain warrants and search premises and, if needed, seek a court order. But they said
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‘Skype councillor’ wants electoral change after moving 400 miles away

[ad_1] Image copyright Cambridgeshire County Council Image caption Donald Adey will represent Trumpington ward from his new home in Scotland A councillor who lives 400 miles from the constituency he represents has said electoral law is "grounded in the Victorian era". Donald Adey represents Trumpington ward in Cambridge but resigned from his party last week after it emerged he moved to Cupar near Fife in Scotland.The former Liberal Democrat member