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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
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Grenfell campaigners ‘won the argument’ over inquiry panel

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Campaigners displayed photos of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire outside the Houses of Parliament Campaigners who demanded changes to the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry have "won their argument", a government minister has said.In a U-turn, Theresa May announced last week that two experts would sit with the judge investigating the fire.It followed pressure from campaigners who warned of a "whitewash".During a Commons
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Lords back fresh Leveson inquiry in government defeat

[ad_1] The House of Lords has defied the government and voted for a new inquiry into the British press.Last week in the House of Commons ministers saw off a bid to force them to implement a second stage of the Leveson inquiry.But now peers have voted in favour of the move by 252 to 213.The government accused the Lords of voting "against press freedoms" and said it would try to
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Tessa Jowell was the best of us – Speaker John Bercow

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDame Tessa Jowell: From social worker to London 2012 Tessa Jowell was the "best of us", Commons Speaker John Bercow has said as he led tributes to the late Labour politician and cancer campaigner.He told MPs her death at the age of 70 left Parliament "infinitely poorer".She was a "stellar, progressive change-maker" who had a "well of practical compassion without rival",