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Conservative MP seeks to oust Commons Speaker John Bercow

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption John Bercow was elected Speaker in 2009 A Conservative MP is making a fresh attempt to remove John Bercow from his position as House of Commons Speaker. Crispin Blunt has said he will table a motion expressing no confidence in the Speaker when the House of Commons returns from recess on Tuesday.In a statement posted on Twitter, the Reigate MP accuses Mr
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Disorderly Brexit ‘risks Scottish recession’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Researchers say Scotland could face a 5.5% loss of output A disorderly Brexit risks a deep recession in Scotland, according to researchers.The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), part of the University of Strathclyde, predicts a loss of more than one £1 in every £20 of output from the economy.It suggests the fall from peak to trough in the economy could be around 5.5%
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Has Brexit fractured Irish-unionist relations?

[ad_1] Image copyright European Photopress Image caption Unionists have been critical of Leo Varardkar's approach to Brexit Last week marked 21 years since the Good Friday peace agreement was signed - the deal that effectively helped bring decades of violence in Northern Ireland to an end.It was co-forged by the British and Irish governments and led to the establishment of joint Irish-British bodies to help continue building progress.But the Irish
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House of Commons recess: How much time off do MPs get?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMPs cheer Easter break for the House of Commons There was a collective sigh of relief around Westminster when MPs were told last week that their Easter recess would be going ahead.But others have criticised politicians for taking a break while Brexit remains up in the air - especially after a direct warning from the EU not to waste time during
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Brexit: Coveney in pledge on European health insurance cards

[ad_1] Image caption Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday The Irish government has said it will, if necessary, cover the cost of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) for citizens in NI after Brexit.Tanaiste (Irish deputy PM) Simon Coveney made the remark in the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Tuesday.The EHIC currently entitles UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an
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Burgon: I don’t recall Zionism remarks

[ad_1] Labour MP Richard Burgon has said he “regrets” saying Zionism is the "enemy of peace", after a video emerged of him making the comments. In a BBC interview recorded last year, Mr Burgon denied that he had made the comments, following newspaper reports in 2016 that he had made them.But video footage posted on social media shows Mr Burgon saying: "The enemy of the Palestinian people are Zionists, and
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Is Notre-Dame fire a warning for UK Houses of Parliament?

[ad_1] After the devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame, MPs in the UK have started to fear for another iconic building closer to home. The Houses of Parliament in London mostly date from the 19th Century, but some parts go back as far as 1099.The estate is in desperate need of repair, with an outdated electrical system being just one of the "critical risks" to the Grade I listed building.
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Labour pledges to scrap primary Sats if elected

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would scrap Sats tests in England's primary schools Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that Labour would scrap formal tests in primary schools in England, known as Sats.Such "extreme pressure testing" left children in floods of tears or vomiting with worry, he told members of the National Education Union in Liverpool.He said it would free up schools struggling with funding
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Labour MP Richard Burgon in row over Zionism comments

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon has been urged to apologise for denying he said Zionism is the "enemy of peace".The Labour MP denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but footage has now emerged of him appearing to say it. The Labour Friends of Israel group accused him of "seemingly misleading the public". Neither Labour nor Mr Burgon have commented on the