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Owen Smith: How I told Corbyn he’d have to sack me

[ad_1] Labour's former Northern Ireland spokesman says he found out he was leaving Jeremy Corbyn's front bench when he got a text message from a journalist.Owen Smith recalls how he refused to resign and told Mr Corbyn he would have to sack him, in a new documentary, The Long March of Corbyn's Labour.Presented by journalist Steve Richards, the first episode is on BBC Radio 4 on Monday at 20:00BST. [ad_2]
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Student loans ‘heading for trillion pounds’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Students are paying artificially high interest rates, says a cross-party committee The tuition fee system for England's universities is ripping off students and giving taxpayers poor value for money, says a parliamentary committee.The House of Lords economic affairs committee says it found evidence the student loan book would grow to over £1 trillion over the next 25 years.The committee attacked a "deeply unfair"
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PM ‘to appeal for unity’ on Brexit vote

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The PM will stress that, in essence, the Withdrawal Bill is a technical measure intended to ensure a smooth exit from the EU Theresa May is expected to urge potential Tory backbench rebels to unite behind the party ahead of crucial votes on the EU withdrawal bill.She wants to overturn a series of amendments made by the Lords, but faces possible defeat if Conservative
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Ken Clarke: MPs should vote for a ‘softer, sensible Brexit’

[ad_1] Remainer and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Ken Clarke says there is a parliamentary majority for a "softer, sensible Brexit."He says the UK needs to leave the EU in a way that looks after jobs and investment. "Underneath all these leaks from Boris Johnson and briefings by David Davis we're actually talking about the wellbeing of our children and grandchildren," he says. [ad_2] Source link
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Leave.EU ‘downplayed Russian links’ – BBC News

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Arron Banks is a former UKIP donor and friend of Nigel Farage The founder of Leave.EU, Arron Banks, has confirmed he will appear before MPs this week to answer new allegations about his links with Russia.It has been reported that Mr Banks, who bankrolled the unofficial leave campaign, had more contact with Russian officials than he previously admitted. The allegations come as MPs investigate
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Brexit: Amber Rudd urges rebels to back PM in EU vote

[ad_1] Image copyright PA/BBC Image caption The pair come from opposing sides of the Brexit argument The former Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appealed to Conservative colleagues to support Theresa May when the Commons votes again on the EU withdrawal bill.In a show of unity, Remainer Ms Rudd has co-authored a piece in Sunday's Telegraph with Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith, calling on MPs to back the PM.Backing the bill was
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May says G7 will act over Russia’s ‘malign activity’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Prime Minister Theresa May has said the G7 will take further action against Russia if it continues to interfere with other countries.Leaders were sending "a clear message that such malign activity will never be tolerated" after the poisoning of the Russia ex-spy Sergei Skripal, she said.Mrs May also said the EU would impose countermeasures after the US imposed tariffs on imported metal products.But the prime minister
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SNP conference: Sturgeon announces ‘immediate’ NHS pay rise

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Ms Sturgeon's announcement was met by cheers from delegates at the conference The majority of NHS Scotland staff will receive a 3% pay rise this year, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.She told the SNP conference that staff currently earning up to £80,000 will receive at least a 3% increase.And she pledged that the "immediate" pay rise "will be in their pay packets next month".She said
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Brexit trade proposals will not be published until after EU summit

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Theresa May said further negotiations with cabinet would take place after the G7 summit Theresa May has said the government's detailed plans for Brexit will not be published before the next EU summit.The government has said its white paper will set out "detailed, ambitious and precise explanations" of its position and many expected it to be published ahead of the summit at the end