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How a Conservative PM faced a Rees-Mogg… in 1993

[ad_1] Image copyright NAtional Archives Newly released files show how, behind the scenes, John Major decided how to overcome Conservative MPs who voted against the Maastricht treaty in July 1993.Summertime, Conservative civil war over Europe, and Rees-Mogg challenging the prime minister's European plans - but this wasn't Theresa May and Jacob Rees-Mogg but her predecessor, John Major, and his father, William (later Lord) Rees-Mogg. And the battle was not over
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Sinn Féin says UK government ‘seeking to row back’ on backstop

[ad_1] Image caption Mary Lou McDonald said Mr Barnier reiterated that there will be "no withdrawal agreement without a protocol that deals with the Irish question" The president of Sinn Féin has accused the British government of "seeking to row back" on commitments to the Brexit backstop. Mary Lou McDonald was speaking after meeting the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.She repeated a call for a special EU
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Hodge ‘incredibly upset’ at Labour anti-Semitism row

[ad_1] Labour MP Margaret Hodge says she is "incredibly upset" at the anti-Semitism row in her party.Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, she says it "beggars belief" that leader Jeremy Corbyn cannot see he is "offending a whole community" with the party's new anti-Semitism guidelines.Labour's executive committee rubber stamped what the party says are "robust, legally-sound guidelines" last week. [ad_2] Source link
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New political party debate: Brake, Allen and Lewis

[ad_1] With talk of a new anti-Brexit political party, and another possible new party on the right of UK politics, Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn got reaction from Lib Dem Tom Brake, Conservative Heidi Allen and Labour’s Clive Lewis.They were asked about the chances of new parties being set up, and likely splits inside the existing groupings in Westminster, over Brexit and other issues. [ad_2] Source link
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Labour’s code of conduct on anti-Semitic policies

[ad_1] Labour has adopted the full wording of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in its code of conduct, said MP Clive Lewis, and had “gone further” adopting a “far more robust definition” of dealing with anti-Semitic behaviour.But former Labour MP Gisela Stuart said she was “so sad” that her party was dividing itself on an issue where it should be “leading and fighting” and Labour should stick to the
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Margaret Hodge defends anti-Semitism attack on Corbyn

[ad_1] Dame Margaret Hodge has said she stands by her criticism of Jeremy Corbyn after publicly accusing him of being a racist and an anti-Semite. The Labour MP told Today that the party had not fully adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism.Shadow Solicitor-General Nick Thomas-Symonds said that the examples of anti-Semitism Hodge gave are all covered in Labour's anti-Semitism code and they "have adopted the code in
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Brexit deal: Let’s get on with it, says Theresa May

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The prime minister has said it is time to "get on with" reaching a Brexit deal as she and other cabinet ministers try to sell their plan for it in Europe.Theresa May will meet the Austrian chancellor and Czech and Estonian prime ministers this week.She said both sides know "the clock is ticking" on negotiations. The EU and the UK want a deal in place by