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Ex-Commons Speaker Lord Martin dies aged 72

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Former House of Commons Speaker Lord Martin of Springburn, has died aged 72, his family have said.The ex-Labour MP, who represented Glasgow, died on Sunday morning after a short illness, his son Paul confirmed.As Michael Martin, he was Speaker from 2000 to 2009 but resigned in the wake of the expenses scandal, the first Speaker to resign in 300 years.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was
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How can you tell who’s won the local elections?

[ad_1] If you've been reading about the local elections, which take place in England on 3 May, you might have seen people talking about 'benchmarks' or suggesting numbers of seats that would count as a good result for each of the parties.But what do they mean? And should you pay any attention?The four-year cycleInterpreting local election results in England is not easy. For one thing, there's more than one kind
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Windrush assurances should be written into law, say MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Labour MP David Lammy has been a vocal critic of the government over the Windrush scandal More than 200 MPs have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for government promises to Windrush migrants to be written into law.The letter, coordinated by Labour MP David Lammy, said concerns over compensation, housing and legal rights had not been settled.The Home Office said Amber Rudd
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Amber Rudd ‘made a mistake but didn’t mislead’

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Senior Tories have rallied around Amber Rudd, amid criticism for her failure to know specific migrant removal targets.The home secretary said she had not seen a memo leaked to the Guardian suggesting she knew of the objectives.Justice Secretary David Gauke said Ms Rudd "made a mistake but didn't knowingly mislead" while Environment Secretary Michael Gove pointed to the vast sum of emails ministers receive.But shadow home
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Challenging parole could get easier for members of the public

[ad_1] Image copyright Met Police Image caption John Worboys was jailed in 2009 for a string of sex attacks on women Victims of crime could find it simpler to challenge parole decisions, as part of a major overhaul of the Parole Board process. Justice Secretary David Gauke is proposing reforms after the decision, which was overturned, to grant parole to serial sex-offender John Worboys.Under the changes victims would get more
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Political heroes: Emily Thornberry on Barbara Castle

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarbara Castle role in UK politics and Labour historyEmily Thornberry did not have to think long about her choice of political hero, Dame Barbara Castle was on a list of one.But what did cause some consternation for the shadow foreign secretary was when, the night before our interview, she mentioned her choice to her 24-year-old daughter, who had never heard of
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Labour activist expelled after remarks to MP at anti-Semitism event

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Marc Wadsworth is an anti-racism campaigner and Momentum activist Labour has expelled an activist for bringing the party into disrepute after he criticised a Jewish MP at the launch of an anti-Semitism report.Marc Wadsworth accused Ruth Smeeth of working "hand in hand" with the media to undermine Labour.Labour's National Constitutional Committee found he breached the party's rules and should be thrown out. Mrs Smeeth
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Good Friday Agreement played up, suggests Labour’s Barry Gardiner

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Barry Gardiner called the Good Friday Agreement a "shibboleth" at an event in Brussels The shadow international trade secretary has suggested the the Irish border issue and the Good Friday deal are being "played up" in Brexit talks for economic and political reasons.At a Q&A, Barry Gardiner appeared to dismiss the idea that a "normal" border would increase paramilitary activity.He said it was