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‘Morally empty’ Johnson is courting fascism, says peer as Tory crisis mounts

Ex-Cameron aide and Muslim leaders join condemnation over the former foreign secretary’s burqa comments A Tory peer and former aide to David Cameron accused Boris Johnson of “moral emptiness”, casual racism and “courting fascism” as division over the former foreign secretary’s comments about Muslim women threatened to develop into a full-blown crisis for Theresa May and her party. The comments ...

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Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies aged 85

Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died aged 85, his family have said. Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.   His wife Lady Naipaul called him a “giant in all that ...

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Manchester police say 10 people hospitalized after shooting

London, Aug 12 : Police in Manchester say 10 people have been hospitalized as the result of a shooting after a Caribbean carnival in the city. Greater Manchester police say the injuries range from “minor to major” but most don’t appear to be life-threatening. The shooting was reported about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Detective Superintendent Debbie Dooley says police are trying ...

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Call for Gove to give evidence over school abuse case claims

Lawyers want minister called to inquiry over allegation he intervened in investigation Lawyers representing child abuse survivors have called for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to be called before a public inquiry over an allegation he intervened in a sexual abuse investigation at a boarding school. Two child abuse professionals have testified at the ongoing independent inquiry into child sexual ...

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Philip Hammond urges EU to accept Theresa May’s Brexit plan

Chancellor says Chequers white paper lets UK remain linked to EU economy in way that works for both sides The British chancellor, Philip Hammond, has called on Brussels to accept Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint, saying it offers a “fair and sensible” way forward. Hammond said the controversial plan hammered out at Chequers last month would enable the UK to remain ...

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Boris Johnson to face Tory party inquiry over burqa remarks

Move comes after MEP says party must choose between being a ‘genuine one nation force’ or ‘an English nationalist movement’ The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is to a face a disciplinary investigation following a string of complaints that his comments about the burqa breached the Conservative party’s code of conduct. The investigation represents the first step in any disciplinary ...

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Corbyn hopes to avert calls for public vote on Brexit at conference

Labour leader faces damaging defeat over the party’s ‘no second referendum’ policy Labour has been considering how to head off a concerted attempt by remain-supporting members to stage a vote at its annual conference on calling for a second referendum, to avoid what would be an embarrassing defeat for Jeremy Corbyn on the party’s Brexit policy. About 130 constituency Labour ...

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Judges uphold decision to strip grooming gang members of citizenship

Three members of Rochdale gang face possible deportation to Pakistan after court ruling Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang face possible deportation to Pakistan after court of appeal judges upheld a decision to strip them of their British citizenship. Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed in May 2012 for their part in ...

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Tory peer accuses Boris Johnson of making ‘hate crime more likely’

Exclusive: Sayeeda Warsi says burqa jibe adds to view that Muslim women are ‘fair game’ One of the Conservative party’s most high-profile Muslims has accused Boris Johnson of making “hate crime more likely” with an indefensible, “dog-whistle” reference to fully veiled Muslim women. Sayeeda Warsi, writing in the Guardian on Wednesday, said the former foreign secretary had used rightwing, “alt-right” ...

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UK schools and tech industry urged to foster education revolution

Education secretary wants UK and Silicon Valley firms to help put tech at heart of classrooms Tech companies in the UK and abroad, including Apple and Microsoft, have been urged to help foster an education revolution by putting technology at the heart of the classroom. The education secretary, Damian Hinds, said only a minority of schools and colleges were taking ...

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