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Voter ID plans ‘deeply flawed’, says Electoral Reform Society

Government plans to make people prove their identity before voting are “deeply flawed”, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has warned. The scheme, which is being piloted in Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking for the local elections on 3 May, is designed to combat voter fraud. But the ERS says the new system could be […]

Amber Rudd ‘didn’t see’ migrant memo

Image copyright Getty Images Home Secretary Amber Rudd has apologised for not being aware of “specific” migrant removal targets. The Guardian reported a leaked memo dated last year, which suggested she had been informed of those targets. In a series of tweets, Ms Rudd said she had not seen this memo and apologised for not […]

Leaked memo ‘suggests Rudd was told of targets’

Image copyright EPA Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing fresh calls to quit after a leaked memo suggested she was told of immigration removal targets. The home secretary had initially told MPs probing the Windrush scandal there were no targets – before admitting “local” targets had been set. She told the Commons on Thursday she […]

Labour activist expelled after verbal attack on MP at anti-Semitism event

Image copyright PA A Labour activist has been expelled for bringing the party into disrepute after a verbal attack on a Jewish MP at the launch of an anti-Semitism report. Marc Wadsworth accused Ruth Smeeth of working “hand in hand” with the media to undermine Labour. Labour’s National Constitutional Committee found he breached the party’s […]

UKIP facing ‘difficult’ local elections – Gerard Batten

Media captionLocal elections: Batten ‘confident’ UKIP can retain seats UKIP Leader Gerard Batten has admitted the party faces “difficult” local elections in England as it seeks to hang on to gains made four years ago. He said the party is fighting for a “complete exit” from the EU at next Thursday’s polls. But it is […]

Livingstone: I’d ‘do anything’ for Corbyn if I was an MP

Image copyright PA Image caption Ken Livingstone was an MP for 14 years before running London’s City Hall for eight years Ken Livingstone has said he regrets he is no longer a Labour MP and unable to do more to help Jeremy Corbyn. The ex-London mayor, who is suspended from Labour over 2016 comments about […]

President Donald Trump ‘likely’ to meet Queen in UK visit

Media captionWhere will the US president go and what might greet him? Donald Trump is likely to meet the Queen when he visits the UK this July, the BBC understands. They will either meet at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said. The US president is to visit the UK […]

Brexit: Amber Rudd suggests customs union position ‘not final’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The prime minister has ruled out remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appeared to cast doubt on the government’s policy of not being in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. She told journalists she would not be “drawn” […]

President Donald Trump ‘likely’ to meet Queen in UK visit

Image copyright Getty Images Donald Trump is likely to meet the Queen when he visits the UK this July, the BBC understands. They will either meet at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, BBC North America editor Jon Sopel said. The US president is to visit the UK on Friday, 13 July, after previously cancelling a […]

Brexit: Amber Rudd suggests customs union position ‘not final’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The prime minister has ruled out remaining in a customs union with the EU after Brexit Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appeared to cast doubt on the government’s policy of not being in a customs union with the EU after Brexit. She told journalists she would not be “drawn” […]