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PM’s portrait taken down after Oxford student protests

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May's portrait has had to be taken down at Oxford University A picture of Theresa May has been taken down at the University of Oxford to protect it from protests by students.The picture of the prime minister, part of a celebration of women who had studied at the university, had been "obscured" by critical messages.The portrait had been "plastered" with messages about issues
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Labour MP Heidi Alexander to swap Commons for City Hall

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Labour MP Heidi Alexander is quitting Parliament to work for London Mayor Sadiq Khan.The Lewisham East MP will become the new deputy mayor for transport.It means there will be a by-election in her South London seat, where Labour won by more than 20,000 votes in last year's general election.Announcing the appointment, Mr Khan said Ms Alexander - who replaces retiring Val Shawcross - was "respected across
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Rise in children being ‘farmed out’ to care homes, MP says

[ad_1] Image caption Ann Coffey said some children are being sent as far as 100 miles from where they live Ministers have been accused of breaking a promise to cut the number of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they live.Government reforms in 2012 pledged to cut down "out-of-borough placements" to help combat child sexual exploitation.Labour MP Ann Coffey will use a Commons debate later
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RBS boss to face MPs over branch closures

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption The Scottish Affairs committee says RBS has "questions to answer" The boss of the Royal Bank of Scotland is due to appear before MPs to explain why the bank plans to close scores of branches across Scotland.RBS chief executive Ross McEwan will give evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster.It has taken lengthy negotiations for the appearance to be confirmed.The session will focus
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Arlene Foster wants ‘less rhetoric’ from the EU on Brexit

[ad_1] Image caption Arlene Foster was interviewed on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show DUP leader Arlene Foster has said she she would like the European Union to take a more sensible approach to the Brexit negotiations.Mrs Foster said she would like to see less rhetoric and more engagement from the EU on the way forward.The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was in Northern Ireland earlier this week.Mrs Foster said she
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Andrew Marr to have kidney operation

[ad_1] Image copyright Andrew Marr Show Image caption The surgery comes five years after Marr suffered a stroke BBC presenter Andrew Marr will have an operation this week to remove a malignant tumour on his kidney.The former political editor is expected to "make a full recovery and will be returning to the airwaves soon", his agent Mary Greenham said.The broadcaster will not be hosting his weekly Sunday programme, the Andrew
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Brexit: Theresa May insists UK will leave customs union

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? Theresa May has sought to reassure Brexiteers by restating her commitment to leaving the European Union's single market and customs union after Brexit.The prime minister told the Sun on Sunday she had "absolute determination to make a success of Brexit".Mrs May is under pressure from both wings of her party to change course. The government's
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Local election results 2018: Labour and Tories neck-and-neck

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters/Getty Images No clear winner has emerged from the local elections in England.As the final election result was declared in the London borough of Tower Hamlets overnight, Labour sealed their best result in the capital since 1971.But their failure to secure key targets such as Wandsworth saw Theresa May claiming "success" for the Tories."We have to do better if we're going to be in government," said Lady
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Local elections: Greens say they are ‘England’s fourth party’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The Green Party defied expectations in a "David and Goliath" local election battle against larger parties, its co-leader says.Caroline Lucas hailed results in target areas like Richmond-upon-Thames - where they gained four seats - and Sheffield, where they increased by two amid a bitter row about tree-felling.Her co-leader Jonathan Bartley was one of four gains in Lambeth in London.But the Greens lost five of their 10