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Osborne and Blair: ‘Gap in centre politics’

Image copyright Varkey Foundation Image caption Former political opponents warned of a lost middle ground in UK politics Former chancellor George Osborne says there is an “enormous gap” in the centre ground of UK politics. He said “hard Brexiteers” had dragged the Conservatives to the right, while Jeremy Corbyn had moved Labour left. “I don’t […]

Johnson: £160k tennis match did take place

Media captionMrs Lubov Chernukhin is married to Vladimir Chernukhin, who was Putin’s deputy finance minister in 2000. Boris Johnson has defended a £160,000 donation made to the Conservatives by a former Russian minister’s wife in return for a tennis match with him. Confirming the 2014 match, which was also set to include David Cameron, took […]

Racism and Islamophobic ‘getting worse in Scotland’

Image caption Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and Labour MSP Anas Sarwar Transport Minister Humza Yousaf and Labour MSP Anas Sarwar have told BBC Scotland that racism and Islamophobia are getting worse in Scotland. Appearing together on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Scotland, they both said they frequently received violent death threats via social media and in […]

Spy poisoning: Putin most likely behind attack – Johnson

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The foreign secretary met his Polish counterpart at a Second World War bunker in west London Russian President Vladimir Putin is “overwhelmingly likely” to have ordered the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson has said. The foreign secretary said “our quarrel is with Putin’s […]

Russian spy: Labour row over Jeremy Corbyn’s position

Media captionCorbyn: Evidence points towards Russia Jeremy Corbyn’s warning not to “rush ahead of the evidence” over the nerve agent attack has “muddied the waters”, a Labour MP has said. The UK government says the Russian state is responsible for the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter. Mr Corbyn has condemned the attack […]

Brexit: Lorry checks at Dover ‘unrealistic’ says Grayling

Media captionChris Grayling: No post-Brexit lorry checks at Dover There won’t be any customs checks at Dover after the UK leaves the EU, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has insisted as he dismissed warnings of 30 mile tailbacks after Brexit. Physical checks on lorries after March 2019 would be “utterly unrealistic,” he told the BBC’s Question […]

MPs urged to back bill to reunite child refugees with relatives

Image copyright Gabriele Francois Casini/Save the Children Ministers have been urged to change asylum rules to reunite hundreds of child refugees with their families. A bill proposed by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil would enable people who arrived in Britain as a child to be able to sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them. […]

‘Little progress’ on Brexit border, say MPs

Image caption The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee meeting at Westminster The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said it is concerned at the lack of progress in finding a solution to the Irish border issue after Brexit. In a report, the Westminster committee said it fears the government could run out of time to both find […]

Russian spy: Corbyn warns against ‘hasty judgements’

Media captionCorbyn: Evidence points towards Russia Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has defended his reluctance to blame Russia categorically for the Salisbury nerve agent attack, insisting the government must avoid “hasty judgements”. Writing in the Guardian, he warns not to “rush ahead of the evidence” in a “fevered parliamentary atmosphere”. Investigators say they have identified 131 […]

Brexit: Little progress on border issue say MPs

Image caption The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee meeting at Westminster The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has said it is concerned at the lack of progress in finding a solution to the Irish border issue after Brexit. In a report, the Westminster committee said it fears the government could run out of time to both find […]