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What is populism?

Image copyright Getty Images What do Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, and Rodrigo Duterte have in common? Despite their differences, each man has been labelled a populist. Populism is on the rise – especially among Europe’s right, and in the US, where it helped crown Mr Trump. Italy’s populist Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant League parties […]

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Guy Verhofstadt in Brexit talks with David Davis

Image copyright PA Image caption Guy Verhofstadt (left) arrives in Downing Street The European Parliament’s Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt is meeting David Davis and other senior UK ministers, ahead of a vote next week in Strasbourg. Mr Verhofstadt said Theresa May must move beyond “vague aspirations” if she wants a free trade deal with the […]

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Ousted UKIP leader Henry Bolton 'to set up new party'

Image copyright http://www.onenationgb.uk/ The ousted former leader of the UK Independence Party, Henry Bolton, says he is setting up a new political party. Mr Bolton, who was voted out last month at a meeting of UKIP members, said his new party would “campaign unceasingly for our full independence from the EU”. He said “there is […]

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Ministers keeping an 'open mind' on airgun regulation

UK politicians have debated airgun laws to try to cut the number of “senseless” attacks on household pets. Peers were told about thousands of shooting incidents involving domestic animals in recent years, with many cats dying as a result of their injuries. The government is reviewing the regulation of airguns after a schoolboy was killed […]

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Church may have 'conspired to enable child sex abuse'

Image copyright PA Image caption The inquiry is looking into abuse in the Diocese of Chichester Senior figures in the Church of England may have conspired to enable the sexual abuse of children, an inquiry has heard. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has begun hearing evidence about how the Anglican Church dealt with […]

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Tax baby boomers' wealth, David Willetts says

Image copyright David Willetts A former Conservative minister says his baby boomer generation have to “reach into our own pockets” to fund a spiralling bill for public services. Lord Willetts said the alternative was future generations facing an extra 15p on the basic rate of income tax. He called for council tax and inheritance tax […]

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Met Office boss Rob Varley stands down

The chief executive of the Met Office has stood down with immediate effect. Rob Varley is being replaced on a temporary basis by his deputy, Nick Jobling, who is also finance director. The BBC understands that Mr Varley left following an intervention by the most senior civil servant at the Department for Business, Energy and […]

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CPRE Kent director on green belt house building policy

Building more homes in the “overheated” London and south east England would give “false hope” but not improve affordability, says the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Kent branch director. Hilary Newport told Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn that “some green field sites have to be handed over for housing delivery” but wanted councils to have […]