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Voter ID: 338 did not vote after failing to show documents

Image caption Returning officers said the vast majority of people voted after showing the correct ID A total of 338 people in five areas of England were turned away from voting in council elections because of a pilot scheme requiring proof of identity. A further 688 were initially stopped but later returned to the polling […]

John Bercow: MP makes formal complaint about Speaker

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow admits muttering ‘stupid’ ‘as an aside’ A Conservative MP has made a formal complaint to the Commons standards watchdog Kathryn Stone about the behaviour of Speaker John Bercow. Last week MPs blocked Ms Stone from probing allegations that Mr Bercow bullied staff, which he denies. But James Duddridge, a long-time critic […]

Brexit: NI parties unite in EU border appeal

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The parties said not having a hard border was critical for the “hard-won peace” Northern Ireland should remain in the single market and customs union after Brexit, four political parties have said. Sinn Féin, the Green Party, Alliance and the SDLP have issued a joint statement. They said there should […]

Air pollution plans to tackle wood burners

Image copyright Getty Images Plans to tackle sources of air pollution – such as wood-burning stoves – put too much responsibility on local councils, critics say. The government, as part of its clean air strategy, wants to clamp down on all sources of pollution, including coal-burning and ammonia from farms. Campaigners welcome the consultation, but […]

Lewisham Labour chair suspended over Emily Thornberry Islamic State tweets

Image copyright Gareth Fuller Image caption Ian McKenzie tweeted IS would behead Emily Thornberry instead of taking her as a sex slave A Labour Party constituency boss has been suspended for tweets about the shadow foreign secretary being beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) group. Lewisham East Constituency Labour Party (CLP) chairman Ian McKenzie said […]

Karen Bradley urged to restart Stormont talks

Image caption Karen Bradley was urged to take “a more proactive role” in facilitating talks MPs have urged Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley to “redouble” her efforts to restart talks aimed at restoring devolution. The call was made by Westminster’s Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, which also said she must outline how “urgent” decisions will be […]

Ken Livingstone to quit Labour amid anti-Semitism row

Media captionKen Livingstone: “It’s better for Labour if I resign” Ken Livingstone has said he is resigning from the Labour Party. The ex-London mayor has been suspended since 2016 in a row over allegations of anti-Semitism following comments he made about Hitler and Zionism. Mr Livingstone said he did not accept he was guilty of […]

Speaker John Bercow admits muttering word ‘stupid’

Media captionSpeaker John Bercow admits muttering ‘stupid’ ‘as an aside’ Commons Speaker John Bercow has said he “respects all his colleagues” after admitting using the word “stupid” during Commons exchanges. He said he used the word, reported to have been directed at Commons leader Andrea Leadsom, as a “muttered aside”. He told MPs he had […]

Ruth Davidson ‘angry’ at Windrush scandal

Media captionDavidson ‘hurt and angry’ about Windrush Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she was “hurt” and “angry” when she saw the Windrush scandal unfolding. Ms Davidson criticised the “basic unfairness” of taking away part of the “identity” of those affected. She also said the tone of the immigration debate had been “far too judgemental”, […]

Theresa May defends customs Brexit ‘backstop’

Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? A “backstop” plan to keep the UK aligned with the EU’s customs union after 2020 would only apply “in a very limited set of circumstances”, Theresa May has said. The proposal was drawn up to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland if the UK and EU cannot […]