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Illegal immigration: Are ID cards the answer?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A sample identity card was unveiled by Labour in 2008 Two former Labour home secretaries - Charles Clarke and Alan Johnson - are urging the government to reconsider identity cards.In a joint letter to the Times, the former MPs say that their introduction would prevent a crisis like the Windrush scandal.Meanwhile, former Conservative Home Secretary, Ken Clarke, told BBC Radio 4's World At
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Who is Sajid Javid, the new home secretary?

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Sajid Javid has been named as the new home secretary, in charge of the UK's immigration, security and counter-terrorism efforts. It has been a quite a rise.The 48-year-old father of four has got his place in one of the key offices of state as part of the fallout from the Windrush revelations, and it will be his job to sort it out now.One advantage he should
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How can you tell who’s won the local elections?

[ad_1] If you've been reading about the local elections, which take place in England on 3 May, you might have seen people talking about 'benchmarks' or suggesting numbers of seats that would count as a good result for each of the parties.But what do they mean? And should you pay any attention?The four-year cycleInterpreting local election results in England is not easy. For one thing, there's more than one kind
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Political heroes: Emily Thornberry on Barbara Castle

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarbara Castle role in UK politics and Labour history Emily Thornberry did not have to think long about her choice of political hero, Dame Barbara Castle was on a list of one.But what did cause some consternation for the shadow foreign secretary was when, the night before our interview, she mentioned her choice to her 24-year-old daughter, who had never heard
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MPs to force Theresa May to take tougher action on money laundering

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Theresa May looks set to be forced to impose greater transparency on tax havens under UK jurisdiction in a Commons vote next week.A cross-party alliance of MPs, led by Tory MP Andrew Mitchell, believes it can defeat the government.Mr Mitchell said: "Britain has shown real leadership in this area and it is very important that the government now accepts that this measure should happen."The former
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What to look out for in May’s local elections

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Voters will head to the polls on 3 May for the first England-wide test of electoral opinion since last year's dramatic general election.Although there are no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, there is plenty of action in England - with seats on about 150 councils up for grabs.These are a mixture of metropolitan, unitary, borough and district councils. In some, all the seats
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Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

[ad_1] Here is an easy-to-understand guide to Brexit - beginning with the basics, then a look at the negotiations, followed by a selection of answers to questions we've been sent. What's happening now?The UK has voted to leave the European Union. It is scheduled to depart at 11pm UK time on Friday 29 March, 2019. The UK and EU have provisionally agreed on the three "divorce" issues of how much
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Richard Leonard wants to ‘fundamentally change’ economy

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Leonard says he is angry with the "callousness of the Tories and the complacency of the SNP" Richard Leonard has used his Scottish Labour conference speech to underline his "mission" to "fundamentally change" the economic system.The party leader told delegates in Dundee that "our economy needs less market and more planning".Mr Leonard also proposed reforms to the rental sector and