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MPs want hunger minister role introduced

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The MPs are concerned about the impact of hunger on children A group of MPs wants the government to introduce a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in food insecurity in the UK - especially among children. The Environmental Audit Committee says 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food - figures among
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Anna Soubry: 50 MPs write to Met Police chief over ‘Nazi’ abuse

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrexit protesters chant 'Nazi and scum' at Conservative MP Anna SoubryMore than 50 MPs have called on the head of Britain's largest police force to improve their response to abusive protesters outside Parliament.Writing to Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, the MPs cited "serious concerns" about the "deteriorating public order and security situation".It comes after Conservative MP Anna Soubry was verbally abused
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Paul Whelan: Ex-US Marine held on suspicion of spying is UK citizen

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout/AFP Russia must not use UK citizens as "pawns in diplomatic chess", Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said, after the arrest of a former US Marine with British and American nationality. Mr Hunt said he was "extremely worried" about Paul Whelan, who has been detained on suspicion of spying.He added that "every support" is being given to the 48-year-old. Mr Whelan's family said he was attending
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Reality Check: Are there alternatives to using Dover?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP With less than three months to go until the UK is due to leave the EU, attention is focused on how to keep vital trade routes across the English Channel flowing as smoothly as possible. "I am expecting the channel ports to operate normally in all Brexit circumstances," the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the BBC this week. But in the event of a no-deal Brexit
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Chris Grayling blames unions for rail fare hike

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCommuters tell the BBC of their rail travel woesTransport Secretary Chris Grayling has accused trade unions of driving the 3.1% increase in rail fares.Mr Grayling told the BBC unions had demanded "higher pay rises than anyone else" and threatened strikes if they did not get them.The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said it was "scandalous" that Mr Grayling was trying to
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UK can ‘turn a corner’ if MPs back Brexit deal, says May

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The UK can "turn a corner" and start to "put its differences aside" if Parliament backs the proposed Brexit deal, Theresa May has said.In her new year message, the prime minister said 2019 would mark a new chapter for the country outside the EU.Should MPs approve the exit terms later this month, she said the UK could "move forward together" and concentrate on other issues like
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Two more Border Force vessels return to patrol Channel

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The UK Border Force found a dinghy and 12 migrants at Greatstone, Kent, on Monday Two UK Border Force boats will be redeployed from overseas to patrol the Channel in response to recent migrant crossings, the home secretary has said.Sajid Javid said the operation would protect human life, as well as borders.Mr Javid met Border Force officials earlier after agreeing a joint action plan