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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",
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Barnier: ‘Little progress’ in Brexit talks since March

[ad_1] Brexit talks have made "little" progress since March, the EU's chief negotiator has said.Michel Barnier said there was a "risk of failure" in two key areas - Northern Ireland, and how the agreement will be governed.He said June's EU summit was a "key rendez-vous" to reach a deal that can be ratified before the UK leaves.And he defended the EU's stance over the UK's involvement in the new Galileo
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UK needs Brexit ‘safe harbour’ – David Miliband

[ad_1] David Miliband has urged the UK to seek a "safe harbour" after Brexit by staying in the European Economic Area. The ex-Labour foreign secretary said Jeremy Corbyn, who has ruled out the so-called Norway model, risked becoming the "midwife of a hard Brexit".Ministers say EEA membership would require the UK to accept most EU rules as well as freedom of movement. But Mr Milband told the BBC that the
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‘Class A drugs’ found at Home Office headquarters

[ad_1] Image caption Drugs were found in "a communal area" of the building at 2 Marsham Street Police were called to the Home Office after suspected Class A drugs were found in the department's headquarters.Scotland Yard confirmed a "small quantity" was found by security staff at the Marsham Street building in central London on 3 May.Officers seized the drugs but added no further action was necessary and advice had been
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Tessa Jowell: London 2012 and much more

[ad_1] A look back at the life of former Labour cabinet minister Dame Tessa Jowell, who has died, aged 70.The veteran politician started out as a social worker, was instrumental in setting up Sure Start children's centres in her early political career, and went on to play a major role in securing the 2012 Olympics for London. [ad_2] Source link
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Brexit: Gove doubts whether No 10 customs plan is ‘deliverable’

[ad_1] Michael Gove has cast doubt on the viability of Theresa May's proposed customs partnership with the EU after Brexit, telling the BBC it has "flaws".The environment secretary said there were "significant question marks" about whether the model, described as crazy by Boris Johnson, was deliverable.The PM, whose ministers are considering two customs options, says "compromises" will be needed but she will "deliver".But Labour said the lack of a decision