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Brexit: Move to head off another Tory rebellion

Image copyright House of Commons Image caption Tory rebels defeated the government on Wednesday The government looks likely to avoid another potential Commons defeat on Brexit, the BBC understands. Tory rebels have been concerned about plans to put the Brexit date and time – 11pm on 29 March 2019 – into law. But backbenchers have […]

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Leading women

Image caption Rachel Wang is a trustee for the National Portrait Gallery. Rachel Wang is a 44-year-old mother of two and runs her own business. She is also on the board of trustees for the National Portrait Gallery. “Being a trustee is not just about fancy dinners and private viewings. It’s a job which comes […]

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HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash

Image copyright Other Image caption A computer generated image of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct Unauthorised redundancy payments made by the state-owned company managing the HS2 rail project were a “shocking waste of taxpayers’ money”, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee said the firm overseeing construction of a high-speed rail […]

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What Question Time made of Brexit vote defeat

The last Question Time of the year saw Conservative Nicky Morgan and Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey joined on the panel by Professor Robert Winston, comedian Geoff Norcott and journalist Isabel Oakeshott in Barnsley. So what happened? Coming the day after Theresa May’s first Commons defeat as prime minister on a key Brexit vote, it came as […]

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Christmas truce?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA “ceasefire” on insults is needed in arguments on Brexit, says Archbishop Justin Welby Brexit continues to divide the nation 18 months on from the EU referendum. So, in the spirit of the season – and after the Archbishop of Canterbury called for one – we decided […]

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Scottish income tax changes unveiled

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Derek Mackay arrived in the Holyrood chamber alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ahead of his budget speech The Scottish government has announced income tax changes that will see higher earners pay more than elsewhere in the UK – and lower earners pay less. The country’s finance secretary, Derek Mackay, […]

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Michael Gove: From Cameron to Johnson and dogs

Michael Gove was described as having stabbed Tory party leadership rival Boris Johnson in the front, adding to a reputation as a ruthless politician in Westminster. But Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka looks at whether a new softer, gentler, cuddly Mr Gove has emerged in recent months. Jonathan Bartley and Henry Smith debate Michael Gove […]