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Labour to boycott Russia Today, says John McDonnell

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said he won’t be making any more appearances on Kremlin-sponsored TV station Russia Today. He said RT’s coverage “goes beyond objective journalism” and it was “right”, after events in Salisbury, that Labour MPs did not appear on it. He also backed visa sanctions against Russians suspected of corruption. Chancellor […]

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Scottish Labour to propose new rent reform law

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionScottish Labour’s spring conference is taking place in Dundee Richard Leonard is to propose a “Mary Barbour law” to reform Scotland’s private rented sector in his speech to the Scottish Labour Party conference. Mr Leonard will use his first major speech as party leader to outline ideas […]

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BME label insulting, says ex-minister Priti Patel

Image copyright PA Former cabinet minister Priti Patel says she has warned Conservative colleagues not to “label me as BME”. She told BBC Radio Kent she found the commonly used acronym for Black and Minority Ethnic “patronising” and “insulting”. The former international development secretary and leading Brexiteer did not rule out a bid for the […]

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Downing St 'concern' at MP bullying claims

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“It wasn’t so much harassment that damaged my career, it was reporting it” Downing Street has said reports that Commons staff were bullied by MPs are “concerning” and any complaints should be “thoroughly investigated”. “Everybody should be free to work in an environment that is safe and […]

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Single market row at Scottish Labour conference

Image caption Both Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn have stopped short of backing the UK remaining in the single market after Brexit A row has broken out ahead of the Scottish Labour conference after its leadership moved to block a vote on single market membership. Pro-single market campaigners had hoped to use a Brexit debate […]

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Ministers reject 'latte levy' on cups

Image copyright PA A proposal to impose a so-called latte levy on throwaway coffee cups has been rejected by the government. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee had suggested a charge of 25p for disposable coffee cups to reduce their use. But ministers say it is better for shops to offer voluntary discounts to customers […]