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Call to deselect Carl Benjamin as UKIP MEP candidate over rape comments

Image caption UKIP’s leader Gerrard Batten, pictured, said Carl Benjamin’s comments were made in satire Calls have been made to deselect a candidate in the European election following comments he made about rape on social media in 2016. Carl Benjamin wants to stand to become an MEP for the South West for UKIP. But members […]

Disorderly Brexit ‘risks Scottish recession’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Researchers say Scotland could face a 5.5% loss of output A disorderly Brexit risks a deep recession in Scotland, according to researchers. The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI), part of the University of Strathclyde, predicts a loss of more than one £1 in every £20 of output from the […]

Council elections voter ID trial: What you need to know

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Voters in some parts of the country will need ID when they go to the polling stations Voters in 10 areas of England will have to bring identity documents with them to the polling station in next month’s council elections. The pilot for the vote on 2 May follows […]

Labour’s Richard Burgon says he regrets Zionism remarks

Media captionMr Burgon was questioned about the comments last year Shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon has said he regrets having said Zionism is the “enemy of peace”. The Labour MP denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but he has now admitted doing so after footage emerged of him saying it. The […]

Change UK approved for European polls

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Independent Group is now a political party called Change UK The Electoral Commission has approved The Independent Group’s application to register as a political party. The group – made up of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who quit their parties in February – will become Change UK. […]

Labour’s Richard Burgon says he regrets Zionism remarks

Media captionMr Burgon was questioned about the comments last year Shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon has said he regrets having said Zionism is the “enemy of peace”. The Labour MP denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but he has now admitted doing so after footage emerged of him saying it. The […]

Change UK party approved for European elections

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Independent Group is now a political party called Change UK The Electoral Commission has approved The Independent Group’s application to register as a political party. The group – made up of 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who quit their parties in February – will become Change UK. […]

Labour MP Richard Burgon in row over Zionism comments

Image copyright UK Parliament Shadow cabinet member Richard Burgon has been urged to apologise for denying he said Zionism is the “enemy of peace”. The Labour MP denied making the remark in a BBC interview last year, but footage has now emerged of him appearing to say it. The Labour Friends of Israel group accused […]

Commons Speaker: Has race to succeed John Bercow begun?

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images The race to be the next Conservative leader seems to be well under way and there are signs another Westminster contest is also getting started. Labour MP Chris Bryant has been speaking about what he would do if elected House of Commons Speaker. He told House magazine when John Bercow […]

Brexit: Tusk says UK MEPs could sit for ‘months or longer’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Donald Tusk said the decision to delay Brexit meant British voters would be going to the polls in May The UK will take part in May’s European elections and British MEPs could sit for “months or even longer”, European Council President Donald Tusk has said. Mr Tusk said the decision […]