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Boris Johnson plays down fears of Brexit betrayal over customs

Media captionWhat is the EU customs union? Brexiteers do not need to worry about a “betrayal” over the UK’s customs ties with the EU, Boris Johnson says. Mr Johnson said Theresa May would be “true to her promises” and deliver a deal that meant there was no need for ministers’ “backstop” plan. The backstop would […]

New internet laws pledged as social media firms snub talks

Media captionTech companies ignored invite to government meeting about online behaviour, says Matt Hancock The culture secretary has agreed he does not have enough power to police social media firms after admitting only four of 14 invited to talks showed up. Matt Hancock told the BBC it had given him “a big impetus” to introduce […]

UKIP ‘should fold’ if Brexit done right, says ex-Welsh leader

Media captionMr Gill was speaking with Vaughan Roderick on BBC Radio Wales’ Sunday Supplement UKIP has no future and should fold if the right Brexit deal is done, the party’s former leader in Wales has said. MEP Nathan Gill said the party “could have been amazing” in Wales but had achieved nothing – due to […]

Brexit: MP Barry Gardiner pressed on ‘playing up’ remark

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McDonnell: Regulators not fit for purpose

Image copyright AFP The UK’s corporate regulatory system is “not fit for purpose” and would be overhauled under a Labour government, John McDonnell is to say. In a speech, the shadow chancellor will say there “will be no more Carillion scandals on Labour’s watch”. The firm, which employed about 20,000 people in the UK, collapsed […]

Pickles and Lilley among former Tory ministers to get peerages

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Eric Pickles is among those going to the House of Lords Downing Street has nominated nine new Conservative peers, including a number of former ministers, to sit in the House of Lords. Among those put forward for a peerage are former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles and former trade […]

Speaker John Bercow facing new outburst claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Bercow has been Speaker since 2009 Commons Speaker John Bercow has acknowledged that “strong and differing views were expressed” in the House of Commons, after claims he called a cabinet minister “a stupid woman”. The Daily Telegraph reported he made the comments about Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom under […]

Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was elected to the Welsh Assembly for UKIP in 2016 Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly. The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones. It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and […]

Betting machine stakes cut to £2

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fixed-odds betting machines have games similar to fruit machines, as well as roulette and blackjack The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2 under new rules unveiled by the government. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games […]

John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee

Media captionJohn Bercow is asked in the Commons about bullying allegations against him An investigation into allegations of bullying by Commons Speaker John Bercow has been voted against by a committee of MPs. The standards committee voted by three to two that Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone should not hold the investigation. It followed […]