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Moscow using UK as dumping ground for poison, says Sajid Javid

Home secretary says Russia must explain what has gone on after latest novichok poisonings Britain will consult its allies about a possible response to Russia over the latest poisonings in Wiltshire as it emerged that the couple taken critically ill had handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent novichok. The home secretary, Sajid Javid, accused Moscow of using the ...

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Theresa May battles to see off revolt ahead of Friday’s Brexit summit

Pro-Brexit ministers link up before summit as leaks on trade policy raise Tory tensions Theresa May is battling to see off a revolt as her cabinet gathers for a critical Chequers summit, after Boris Johnson convened a meeting of pro-Brexit ministers to discuss their options amid an atmosphere of tension and recrimination. The government was forced to deny “selective leaks” ...

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Southgate heaps praise on England hero Pickford after World Cup penalties win

Gareth Southgate has heaped praise on Jordan Pickford after the England goalkeeper emerged from a difficult week to inspire the team’s penalty shootout win over Colombia. The Everton No 1 became the first England goalkeeper since David Seaman, against Argentina in Saint-Etienne in 1998, to save a spot-kick in a shootout at a major tournament as the national team forced ...

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Sayeeda Warsi calls for inquiry into Islamophobia within Tory party

Former party chair claims Tories are in denial about the problem within their ranks Sayeeda Warsi has called on the Conservatives to launch a “full independent inquiry” into Islamophobia in the party and warned the Tories were pursuing a politically damaging policy of denial about the problem in its own ranks. The former Conservative party chair accused incumbent Brandon Lewis ...

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Esther McVey misled MPs over universal credit, says watchdog

Head of National Audit Office says the welfare secretary misinterpreted its report Esther McVey, the welfare secretary, has been accused of making misleading statements to parliament and the public about the government’s faltering welfare changes by the head of the independent Whitehall spending watchdog. Sir Amyas Morse told the minister she had misinterpreted a report by the National Audit Office ...

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PMQs verdict: Corbyn takes unexpected bus route to victory

Labour leader chalks up win by quizzing PM on worthwhile but often-neglected subject Theresa May pays tribute to the NHS at 70 and the dedication and hard work of NHS staff across the country. She also hails the “very rare and welcome event” of an England win in a penalty shootout. Jeremy Corbyn begins by calling for increased funding for ...

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Successful Boishakhi  Mela attracts revellers from Tower Hamlets and beyond

Festival season in Tower Hamlets moved up a gear on Sunday July 1, when the council successfully hosted another renowned Boishakhi Mela, attracting around 40,000 revellers across the day from the borough and beyond. A parade from Brick Lane to the festival site in Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green officially launched the biggest celebration of the Bengali New Year in Europe. ...

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MPs call for total reform of Home Office after Windrush scandal

Select committee condemns hostile culture and ‘callous’ system within department The “appalling treatment” of thousands of Windrush victims shows that the Home Office has become a callous and hostile institution in need of “root and branch reform”, a damning report from the home affairs select committee has found. The introduction of a barrage of hostile environment policies at the same ...

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Nearly one in five MPs have regular paid work outside parliament

Analysis by public standards committee finds 119 MPs declared an annual total of £3.35m from second jobs Nearly one in five MPs have regular paid work outside parliament, according to an independent committee report. In an analysis of MPs’ second jobs by the committee for standards in public life, 119 members were found to have declared total earnings of approximately ...

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May’s extra cash for NHS is not enough, says spending watchdog

NAO’s Sir Amyas Morse warns more is needed to meet needs of a changing population The NHS will require far greater financial support than the latest cash boost announced by Theresa May if it is to meet the needs of a changing population, the head of Whitehall’s spending watchdog has warned. In the week of the NHS’s 70th birthday, Sir ...

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