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Ballots sent out in SNP deputy leadership race

Image caption The deputy leadership candidates are, from left, Julie Hepburn, Keith Brown and Chris McEleny Ballots are being sent out in the contest to elect the SNP’s new deputy leader. The party is looking for a new deputy for Nicola Sturgeon after Angus Robertson stepped aside, having lost his Westminster seat in June. The […]

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Grenfell: Abbott and Raab on cladding ban

Labour’s Diane Abbott asks the housing minister if he would live in a house with combustible cladding, after the Grenfell Tower disaster. Minister Dominic Raab told BBC Question Time the government “have made it very clear we will proceed to ban combustible cladding” but consultation was needed first because combustible cladding was “a technical issue”. […]

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Vote Leave's Dominic Cummings reported to Commons

Image caption Dominic Cummings appeared before MPs in April 2016 Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings is being reported by an MPs’ committee for refusing to take part in their inquiry into fake news. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is reporting Mr Cummings to the Commons over the matter. Its chairman said it was […]

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Cabinet agrees Brexit customs 'backstop' option

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? A new customs proposal to prevent a hard border in Ireland after Brexit has been agreed by cabinet. Ministers signed off on the “backstop” that would see the UK match EU tariffs after 2020, if there is no deal on their […]

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UK political map: Tory and Labour voters on the move

Voters on the move and the Brexit vote mean some traditional Conservative and Labour seats are being lost to political opponents. Daily Politics reporter Elizabeth Glinka heard from YouGov’s Chris Curtis and Labour MP Lisa Nandy on why some parts of the country have been changing their political allegiances. More from the Daily and Sunday […]

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Theresa May security pledge at EU summit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May is meeting with other EU leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron (left) and Germany’s Angela Merkel (right), ahead of a visit to Macedonia Theresa May is pledging her commitment to the security of Europe at a meeting of EU leaders in Bulgaria. The PM said the UK will “continue […]

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Unhelpful label?

Image copyright Getty Images It’s a term often used by politicians, officials and the media – including the BBC – but does anyone in real life ever refer to themselves as BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) or BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)? More than 7.6 million people in the UK came under the category […]

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Minister's 'relief' as EU bill leaves Lords

Image copyright EPA The government’s flagship Brexit bill is to return to the House of Commons having suffered a total of 15 defeats in the Lords. Brexit Minister Lord Callanan said he had “a tremendous sigh of relief” as he wound up proceedings. Labour urged Theresa May to take a “pragmatic view” of all the […]

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John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJohn Bercow is asked in the Commons about bullying allegations against him An investigation into allegations of bullying by Commons Speaker John Bercow has been voted against by a committee of MPs. The standards committee voted by three to two that Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone […]