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Welsh Conservative urges opposition to end Labour rule

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAndrew RT Davies said politicians needed to put the nation's interests firstOpposition politicians should work with Conservatives to form a future non-Labour Welsh Government, the Tory leader in Wales has said.Andrew RT Davies issued the challenge at the Welsh Conservative conference in Ffos Las, Carmarthenshire.He said the opposition's failure to cooperate so far stopped them "unlocking progress and prosperity". Later, Prime
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Speaker John Bercow facing new outburst claims

[ad_1] 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 his breath.Mr Bercow's office said it would not comment on "suggested accounts of private conversations".No
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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UKIP in 2016 Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly.The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones.It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and West Wales AM's future at the helm of the group, and after reports of a heated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