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Bill gives NI civil servants greater flexibility

[ad_1] Image caption The legislation is expected to be fast-tracked through Parliament Legislation to give Northern Ireland civil servants more legal clarity to make decisions in the absence of ministers has passed at Westminster. An amendment to it which will require the secretary of state to provide guidance on the law regarding abortion and same sex marriage also passed.The amendment, proposed by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Conor McGinn, passed
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Theresa May facing Conservative Brexit critics

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May was greeted warmly by Tory MPs as she arrived at a meeting to persuade her critics to get behind her in Brexit talks.The prime minister is addressing the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs with many calling for a change of approach.At PM's questions Mrs May assured Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg the UK would not stay under the European Court of Justice.Talks on the UK's
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Commons bullying report considered by commission

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpeaker: Commons needs new body to investigate bullying House of Commons authorities are considering how to respond to a report that said bullying and harassment there had been "tolerated and concealed".The Commons Commission is holding a special meeting to discuss Dame Laura Cox's inquiry which has led to calls for Speaker John Bercow to quit.Dame Laura's report criticised a culture of
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Minister Alun Davies says councillors ‘like Oliver Twist’

[ad_1] Image caption Welsh councillors have been asking for more money "like Oliver Twist", Alun Davies said Councillors asking for more money from the Welsh Government have been compared to Oliver Twist by the Local Government Secretary, Alun Davies.Mr Davies said he wants councillors to stop "complaining".Councils have said services are under threat after a financial settlement from the Welsh Government saw all councils get real-terms cuts.Plaid Cymru called for
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Working people going hungry and can’t get help, MPs told

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Hidden' working people in food poverty, MPs told A growing number of people with "good" jobs cannot afford to feed their families and are unable to get help from food banks, MPs have been told.Charity boss Adam Smith said people on benefits were able to get emergency food parcels and did not go hungry.But a "hidden bracket" of working people were
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Dangerous dogs: PM urged not to treat pit bulls as ‘collateral damage’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Four breeds are banned in the UK: the pit bull terrier, Japanese tosa, dogo Argentino and fila Brasileiro An MP has pressed Theresa May to change dangerous dogs laws to stop pit bulls being treated as "collateral damage".Labour's Gordon Marsden said pit bull-type dogs were routinely put down due to a law which designates bull terriers as a prohibited breed and judges them on
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Minister flouts Commons photo ban on Instagram

[ad_1] Parliament has lots of arcane rules that can seem baffling to an outsider. One of these is a ban on photography inside the House of Commons chamber.But increasingly MPs - including the defence secretary this week - are breaking that rule on Instagram and other social media sites.A Commons spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that these sorts of photos are not allowed despite politicians from all parties uploading them.Who
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John Bercow attacks ‘loathsome’ Tommy Robinson

[ad_1] Commons Speaker John Bercow has described ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as "a loathsome, obnoxious, repellent individual".Mr Bercow was responding to the SNP's Stewart McDonald who raised concern about reports Mr Robinson had been invited for a meal in the House of Lords by UKIP politicians.After criticising Mr Robinson, Mr Bercow said the question was not in his remit and advised Mr McDonald to write to the Lords
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Alan Duncan: Fears on Saudi direction

[ad_1] Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State in the UK Foreign Office has said "a lot of people are worried about the direction Saudi Arabia is going". He told Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur: "There are conflicting strands. On the one hand women are driving - there are reforms. On the other hand there is a massive concentration of power which some people have labelled obvious state capture."I believe that at its