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Tommy Robinson to advise UKIP leader Gerard Batten

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The former EDL leader will advise Mr Batten on prison reform and rape gangs UKIP leader Gerard Batten has appointed former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as an adviser.Mr Batten said he "looked forward to working with him" and that he would be advising him on subjects about which "he has great knowledge".The party said Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon,
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How hard is it for young people to get on the housing ladder?

[ad_1] How hard is it for young people to get on the housing ladder? Graphic designer Lucy spoke to BBC Politics Live about how impossible it seems. Conservative MP Justine Greening and Big Issue founder Lord Bird want to see rent payments count towards people's credit history, to make it easier for renters to get reasonable credit. But their private members' bill - the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill - stands little
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Corbyn: EU agreement is ‘worst of all worlds’

[ad_1] Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has dismissed the draft agreement on future UK-EU relations as "26 pages of waffle".He told MPs it would mean "no say over the rules that will continue to apply and no certainty for the future". "This is the blindfold Brexit we all feared, a leap in the dark."PM Theresa May says the political declaration, outlining how UK-EU trade, security and other issues will work, is
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Speaker John Bercow to Andrea Leadsom: Do me the courtesy of listening

[ad_1] Commons Speaker John Bercow repeatedly asked the leader of the House to stop talking while he answered a point of order.Mr Bercow asked Andrea Leadsom to "do me the courtesy of listening" while he responded to the point from the SNP's Pete Wishart about whether or not MPs would be forced into a "take it or leave it" vote on the Brexit deal.Mrs Leadsom's session answering questions from MPs
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UK ‘will not trade away fishing’ in Brexit deal – May

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The government's plan has won a cautious welcome from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation The UK government has insisted its Brexit agreement will protect the fishing industry despite claims it is preparing to "sell out" fishermen.The government's draft agreement on post-Brexit relations says the UK will be an "independent coastal nation".The Scottish Fishermen's Federation gave the document a cautious welcome when it was published
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Brexit: What’s in the political declaration?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The draft political declaration on the future relationship between the EU and the UK, after Brexit, is out. Theresa May describes it as the right deal for the UK.A few points to remember… This is not a legally binding document.It's not very long either, but it has grown from last week's seven-page outline to 26 pages. It sits alongside the 585-page Draft Withdrawal Agreement (which
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British Gas owner to take £70m hit from price cap

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The new cap on energy bills is set to cost British Gas's owner Centrica £70m in the first quarter of 2019, the company has said.The cap, which starts on 1 January, means an average dual fuel customer who pays by direct debit should pay no more than £1,137 a year.This is £68 lower than British Gas's standard variable tariff (SVT).British Gas shed 372,000 household accounts
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Brexit deal: NI business leaders to meet Prime Minister

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet NI business leaders on Thursday Northern Ireland business leaders and representatives of several major employers are to meet the Prime Minister in Downing Street later.The move is seen as a show of support for Theresa May's Brexit deal.The talks are expected to be attended by about 40 individuals, including leaders of business groups and bosses of individual
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Low-paid women to be targeted in equality drive

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Unemployed and low-paid women are to be the focus of a new government drive to improve their lives, cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt has announced.The Government Equalities Office will shift its approach from getting more executives into the boardroom to focusing on Britain's "invisible women", she said on Wednesday.Policies will be aimed at removing the "multiple barriers" to working women.These women "keep our families... and our nation
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MPs and peers mark 100 years of women in parliament

[ad_1] On 21 November 1918, women were allowed to stand for parliament in the UK for the first time.One hundred years on, nine women MPs and peers read the Qualification of Women Act which enshrined in law their right to sit and vote in the House of Commons. Read by: Chi Onwurah MP, Helen Grant MP, Baroness Helene Hayman, Hannah Bardell MP, Dame Caroline Spelman MP, Dawn Butler MP, Wera