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Secret government order allowing MI5 law-breaking revealed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The intelligence agencies have helped to foil a number of terrorist attacks Previously secret instructions issued by ministers confirm MI5 agents are authorised to engage in law-breaking, human rights campaigners have claimed. The intelligence watchdog has been told to keep under review guidance on use of agents “who participate […]

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UKIP loses control of Thanet council

Image caption UKIP councillor Chris Wells is the leader of Thanet council in Kent UKIP has lost control of its only local authority after Thanet District Council voted for a new Conservative leader. Last week Chris Wells resigned as council leader when 12 of UKIP’s 25 councillors set up an independent group in a row […]

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May to set out UK 'tests' for Brexit deal

Image copyright Getty Images Prime Minister Theresa May will set out five “tests” for a future UK-EU deal and pledge to “bring our country together” in a major speech on Friday. The “deepest possible” free trade deal is “achievable” because it is in both EU and UK interests, she will argue. But it must be […]

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MSPs agree emergency timetable for Scottish Brexit bill

Image copyright PA Image caption MSPs will be debating their own Brexit legislation at Holyrood MSPs have agreed an emergency timetable to rush through the Scottish government’s alternative to the EU Withdrawal Bill. The “continuity bill” has been tabled at Holyrood in case no deal is struck with UK ministers over the Westminster legislation and […]

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MP wrongly pursued over bus fine

SNP MP Alan Brown has told the Commons that a case of mistaken identity led to him being threatened with court action over an unpaid London bus fare. The MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun said this was the result of an error by a company employed by Transport for London. Replying, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom […]