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Ian Paisley to be suspended from House of Commons for 30 days

[ad_1] Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Ian Paisley succeeded his late father as MP for North Antrim in 2010 A parliamentary watchdog has recommended that Ian Paisley be suspended from the House of Commons for 30 days.It follows claims that he did not declare £100,000 in hospitality from the Sri Lankan government. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found the North Antrim MP had breached three Westminster rules.Mr Paisley referred himself
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Theresa May to make two-day Brexit visit to NI

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May will discuss the Stormont impasse and Brexit during her visit The prime minister is to arrive in Northern Ireland on Thursday for a two-day visit about Brexit, Downing Street has confirmed.Theresa May will visit a border area and meet businesses to hear their views.On Friday, she will give a speech in Belfast about the government's Brexit White Paper and how it addresses
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MP John Woodcock quits Labour with attack on “hard left”

[ad_1] John Woodcock has quit as a Labour MP and will now sit as an independent in the House of Commons.The Barrow and Furness MP, a long-time critic of Jeremy Corbyn was suspended in April over claims he sent inappropriate messages to a former female member of staff.He has denied the claim, which is being investigated by the party.In his resignation letter, he said the party had been "taken over
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Brexit: MPs ‘frightened’ by party extremists

[ad_1] Britain's two biggest parties are "in the grips of extremists" within them, and are "not voting in the interests of the country," Tory MP Anna Soubry has told Today.Twelve Conservatives rebelled against their party by supporting the Brexit White Paper amendment but the government's total was boosted by the support of four Labour MPs. [ad_2] Source link
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Could a prime minister ever have a Brummie accent?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Jess Phillips wants the way the Commons sounds to change Accents show a lot about a person's life and background. But do they make a difference to getting on in politics?"I think that in this chamber a Brummie accent is a very rare thing. And I look forward to changing that!"So said Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, when she gave her
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Scrap terminal illness six month rule, says Welsh Labour MP

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMadeleine Moon spoke about caring for her husband in a debate on legalising the "right to die" in 2015 Patients who are terminally ill should not spend their last months worrying about how they can pay for food and fuel bills, a Welsh MP has said.Madeleine Moon's husband died from motor neurone disease, and she has called for a law on
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Boris Johnson under fire over clearance for newspaper column

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson is under fire for failing to get the approval of the watchdog on business appointments before starting a weekly newspaper column. The Tory MP wrote his first column for the Daily Telegraph on Monday, a week after he quit as foreign secretary.Ex-ministers must refer new employment to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments before accepting it. The watchdog said it had not heard
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New Labour anti-Semitism code faces criticism

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn has previously said he is "sincerely sorry" for the pain caused by "pockets of anti-Semitism" in the Labour Party Labour's ruling National Executive has approved a new code of conduct on anti-Semitism, which has been criticised by Jewish leaders and some of its own MPs.The document was drawn up after protests by Jewish groups against Labour's handling of the issue. It states
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Guto Bebb: I had no choice but to quit government

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGuto Bebb warned the Tories could end up handing power to Jeremy Corbyn A Welsh Conservative MP has said he had no choice but to resign over Theresa May's concessions to Brexiteers.Guto Bebb resigned as minister for defence procurement to vote against the government on amendments it accepted to its Brexit Customs Bill on Monday.He told BBC Wales the "wrecking amendments"
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Reality Check: Do UK MPs work more days than other politicians?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The government wants the House of Commons to start its summer break earlier than planned, amid criticisms from Labour, the SNP and some Conservatives. But how often do the UK's MPs meet compared with politicians in other countries?They have a long summer holiday - spending six weeks away from Westminster, dealing with constituents' concerns and, just maybe, getting away from it all. So, how often are