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General election 2019: Record number of women set to stand

A record number of women look set to stand for Parliament next month, with female candidates likely to comprise about a third of the total, reports BBC. Provisional PA analysis found 1,120 of 3,322 registered candidates are women.The Conservatives and Labour are set to field candidates in every constituency in Britain, except Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle’s seat in Chorley in ...

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12th year celebrating the best of the British Bangladeshi community.

Bangla Mirror Desk:   The British Bangladeshis have made their own place in multicultural Britain with contributions in their respective fields and have been playing a major role in the growth of this country. The British Bangladeshi Who’s Who publication emphasises the success of the Bangladeshi community and showcases it to both the British and Bangladeshi community in the UK. ...

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BT shares drop over Labour free broadband plan

The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 9:25 a.m. Shares in BT have dropped nearly 4% in early trading on the London Stock Exchange after Britain’s main opposition party announced plans to nationalize part of the telecommunications company and provide free broadband internet if it wins next month’s election. The Labour Party says it plans to ...

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Brexit Party shifts tactics, won’t challenge Tories in vote

Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage changed course Monday, announcing that his party would not challenge Conservative candidates in nearly half of the U.K.’s districts, a tactical move that may make it easier for pro-Brexit forces to prevail in the Dec. 12 election. Farage said his party will not put forward any candidates in 317 seats that the Conservatives won in ...

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Floods become UK election issue as parties spar over funding

Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits an optician shop after flooding, in Matlock, north England, Friday Nov. 8, 2019. British political leaders swapped blame Saturday over floods that have drenched parts of England as the deluge became an issue in the campaign for the Dec. 12 election. Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was visiting parts of northern England ...

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Essex lorry deaths: Bodies of victims have all been identified

The identities of 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry have all been formally identified, police said. Essex Police had been working with Vietnamese officials to identify the 31 men and eight women found dead in Grays, Essex, on 23 October.A series of files have been handed to Essex senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray.The force said it wanted to give ...

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UK leader compares rival to Stalin at start of election

Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a meeting of the cabinet, inside number 10 Downing Street, in central London, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has compared his main rival to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as he prepares to officially launch the governing Conservative Party’s campaign for the Dec. 12 election. Johnson, writing in the Daily ...

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UK terrorism threat downgraded to ‘substantial’

The UK’s terrorism threat level has been downgraded from “severe” to “substantial”, the Home Office says. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the UK was still at “a high level of threat” and an attack could “occur without further warning”. The terrorism threat is now at its lowest since August 2014. Substantial is the third of five ratings at which the ...

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Speaker’s election: Three left in contest to replace John Bercow

MPs have made their pitches to succeed John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons in the first election for the powerful post in more than a decade. The Speaker keeps order in Commons debates and calls MPs to speak. Seven candidates were in the running, including Labour’s Harriet Harman and deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle. That list was ...

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UK’s Boris Johnson apologizes for missing Brexit deadline

Britain’s election campaign heated up Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won’t personally run for a seat in Parliament. Johnson’s promise to have Britain leave the bloc ...

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