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Should student flats be owned by the council?

[ad_1] Image caption Cambridgeshire County Council bought Brunswick House for £38m At Brunswick House in Cambridge students can rent a large en-suite room, sharing a kitchen with five others, for £183 a week.With more than 200 rooms, and a ready supply of potential tenants, it's an investor's dream. But the students who live there don't pay their rent to a commercial investor.In fact, it goes to Cambridgeshire County Council, which
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Will the UK and EU reach a Brexit deal on fishing?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The EU 27 are concerned that "taking back control" of the UK's waters might mean fewer fishing opportunities for their fleets. A diplomatic note - seen by the BBC - raised concerns about access and environmental commitments.The prospect might be a surprise to them, focused on 585 pages of draft agreements, but it's been the backbone of the economic argument for the UK's most pro-Brexit
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Clare Bailey selected as new leader of Green Party in NI

[ad_1] Image caption Clare Bailey was elected to represent the South Belfast constituency at Stormont Clare Bailey has been selected as the new leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland.The 48-year-old replaces Steven Agnew, who had led the party for the past seven years.He announced in July that he would step down, saying the absence of devolved government at Stormont meant the "game has changed".Ms Bailey told the BBC's
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Brexit deal: Business groups set to meet PM on Brexit

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Business figures from Northern Ireland are expected to tell Theresa May they back her Brexit deal Northern Ireland business leaders are set to meet the prime minister on Thursday, the BBC understands.Plans are at an advanced stage and it is believed they will tell Theresa May they support her EU withdrawal deal.It comes after business and farming figures accused a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)
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Labour fails in attempt to ban foie gras imports

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Animal welfare campaigners say the force-feeding of birds is inhumane Labour has failed in an attempt to use Brexit-related farming legislation to ban imports of foie gras into the UK.An amendment to the Agriculture Bill by MP David Drew, which would have ended all imports of the product made by force-feeding ducks and geese, was defeated at committee stage.Mr Drew told the BBC
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Brexit: Sturgeon has ‘constructive’ Corbyn talks

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIn full: Nicola Sturgeon interview with Laura Kuenssberg on Brexit Scotland's first minister has said she wants to see a "coalition of opposition" over the draft Brexit deal after holding talks with Jeremy Corbyn.Nicola Sturgeon said there was a "strong willingness" among the opposition parties to work together.Ms Sturgeon and Mr Corbyn have both criticised Prime Minister Theresa May's draft Brexit
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In full: Nicola Sturgeon interview with Laura Kuenssberg on Brexit

[ad_1] SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says she wants to form a "coalition of opposition" to Theresa May's Brexit plans with Labour and other parties, ahead of a vote of MPs at Westminster.Scotland's First Minister tells the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg she has held "exploratory" talks with Jeremy Corbyn and, in a separate meeting, with other opposition party leaders.She says she wants to ensure that a no-deal Brexit is not
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Likely next Interpol chief Prokopchuk ‘fox in the henhouse’, US senators say

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian Alexander Prokopchuk is the frontrunner to become the next Interpol chief A Russian official is expected to become the new head of Interpol, despite concerns that Moscow has used the agency to target its opponents.Alexander Prokopchuk, a veteran of the country's interior ministry, is favourite to be elected on Wednesday.It follows the disappearance of Interpol's former president Meng Hongwei, who is being
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Work with Plaid and SNP on Brexit, Price urges Labour

[ad_1] Image caption Adam Price says "the least worst option if there is to be a Brexit is single market membership" Labour should try to agree an alternative to Theresa May's Brexit plan with other opposition parties, Plaid Cymru's leader has said.Adam Price spoke as doubts continue over whether MPs will back the prime minister on the EU withdrawal deal. Opposition MPs should see if "we actually build a majority
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What to look for in Brexit declaration?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gatwick airport: Brexit's impact will be felt at UK borders The EU and UK are poised to complete the document that will spell out the shape of their future post-Brexit relationship and pave the way for a trade deal. The Political Declaration on the future framework will sit alongside the Withdrawal Agreement that settles the terms of the UK's departure, but the declaration