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Theresa May claims Welsh Labour betrayed generation of children

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May said Welsh Labour should embrace reforms such as free schools and academiesWales' next first minister should follow England's lead on school reforms, the prime minister has said.Theresa May told the Welsh Conservative conference Welsh ministers had "betrayed a generation of children".She urged the Welsh Government to follow England's example by setting schools free of council control.First Minister Carwyn Jones
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Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

[ad_1] 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UKIP in 2016 Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly.The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones.It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and West Wales AM's future at the helm of the group, and after reports of a heated
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Grenfell Tower: Government will consult on cladding ban

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of 71 people in June 2017 The government is to consult on banning flammable cladding, hours after a review into the Grenfell tragedy failed to recommend such a move.Housing Secretary James Brokenshire announced the plan "having listened carefully" to others on the issue.Earlier, a building regulations review stopped short of proposing a ban - a move
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Should BAME be ditched as a term for black, Asian and minority ethnic people?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images It's a term often used by politicians, officials and the media - including the BBC - but does anyone in real life ever refer to themselves as BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) or BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)?More than 7.6 million people in the UK came under the category of black, Asian and ethnic minority in the most recent census.Ex-cabinet minister Priti Patel would
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Brexit: EU Withdrawal bill suffers 15th defeat in Lords

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The government's flagship Brexit bill is to return to the House of Commons having suffered a total of 15 defeats in the Lords.Brexit Minister Lord Callanan said he had "a tremendous sigh of relief" as he wound up proceedings.Labour urged Theresa May to take a "pragmatic view" of all the changes proposed by peers.The 15th defeat came on the issue of environmental protection standards after Brexit.Peers
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Grenfell Tower fire: May pledges to fund cladding removal

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Cladding on the Grenfell Tower was blamed for the spread of the fire Government funding for the removal of dangerous cladding from some tower blocks in the wake of the Grenfell fire has been announced by Theresa May.Only buildings owned by councils and housing associations will qualify for funding, the government has said.The prime minister said "immediate action" was needed to remove cladding similar
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Brexit: ‘Serious criticism’ of UK’s two customs proposals

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Lidington said the UK wanted to "put flesh on the bones" of its plans for future relations with the EU There has been "serious criticism" of both proposed models for the UK's customs arrangements after Brexit, a senior minister has acknowledged.David Lidington said there were fears a customs partnership might "inhibit" the scope to do trade deals and the task was how this
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Carillion board oversaw a ‘rotten corporate culture’, say MPs

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRachel Reeves says Carillion directors 'destroyed a British company'Carillion's board presided over a "rotten corporate culture" and was culpable for its "costly collapse", two committees of MPs have concluded.They also accused the government and big four accounting firms of failing to stop Britain's second biggest construction firm from going under. The MPs said regulators should now consider banning the former directors
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Brexit: UK to publish blueprint for future EU relations

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The UK government is to publish a White Paper outlining its future relationship with the EU ahead of June's key summit.Next month's publication will extend to more than 100 pages and will involve reaching agreement with almost every government department.A cabinet source told the BBC it would "allow the UK to go and actually negotiate".Labour said it was "deeply disturbing" that ministers "still cannot agree on
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Thornberry and Burt on Gaza violence

[ad_1] Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has condemned what she said was a "horrific massacre" in Gaza after 58 people were killed when Israeli forces opened fire during Palestinian protests.In response to her urgent question in the House of Commons, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt called for an investigation and said the government had "no side here, except with the victims". [ad_2] Source link