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Barcelona reaction: Leanne Wood comments spark outrage

Image copyright Twitter/@LeanneWood Image caption Ms Wood’s tweet sparked outrage on the social media platform Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said she is “staggered” by the response to her suggestion that the Barcelona attack was “far right” terrorism. Thirteen people died when a van drove into pedestrians in the Spanish city, with so-called Islamic […]

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Lib Dem Christine Jardine denies election spending breach

Image caption Christine Jardine won the Edinburgh West seat from the SNP in June’s general election A second Liberal Democrat MP has denied wrongdoing over claims about the party’s spending during the general election campaign. Christine Jardine, who took Edinburgh West from the SNP in June’s election, described the claims as a “smear”. It follows […]

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Grenfell fire: Jeremy Corbyn urges PM to widen probe

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn wrote to Theresa May as the inquiry officially began Jeremy Corbyn has called on Theresa May not to “exclude broader social and political issues” from the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry. The Labour leader has written to the PM following the announcement of the inquiry’s terms of reference. Broader […]

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Universities offer 'extraordinary returns' – minister

As students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland received their A-level results, reports said universities would be fighting with each other to fill places, because of a drop in applications. Meanwhile, former Downing Street adviser Nick Timothy attacked the level of tuition fees. But Universities Minister Jo Johnson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that […]

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Pest control costs soaring as MPs battle mice and moths

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parliamentary authorities have ruled out employing a mouser like No 10 cat Larry A sharp increase in pest control costs in the Palace of Westminster has been blamed on the amount of work being done on the crumbling estate. Explaining last year’s £132,619 bill, Commons authorities said increased maintenance projects […]

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Scots and Welsh environment ministers meet over Brexit

Image caption Roseanna Cunningham (left) and Lesley Griffiths will meet in Cardiff Scottish and Welsh environment ministers are to meet to co-ordinate opposition to Brexit legislation. The two administrations fear the Westminster government is planning to take over powers which are currently devolved, but exercised in Brussels. Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said a UK-wide […]

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Sarah Champion quits Labour front bench over rape article

Image copyright UK Parliament Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. She has now apologised for her “extremely poor […]