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Local elections 2018: Mixed picture for Labour and Tories

Labour failed to take Wandsworth council in London – to the delight of Tory campaigners Labour and the Conservatives have both lost control of key councils in local elections across England. Labour failed to take several targets from the Tories, including Wandsworth in London, but won back Plymouth and became the largest party in Trafford. The Tories benefited from a ...

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England council voting enters final hours

People are continuing to vote in council and mayoral elections across England. Elections are being held in 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region will also be chosen. Polling stations around England opened at 07:00 ...

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Election 2018: Council polls to take place across England

Voters will head to the polls on Thursday for council and mayoral elections across England. Elections are being held in 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor for the Sheffield City Region will also be chosen. Polling stations around England ...

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6,500 jobs to be lost in modernisation of courts

Number of staff to be cut to around 10,000 by 2022 as part of £1bn overhaul of system About 6,500 courthouse and backroom jobs in England and Wales are being lost and more courts closed under the government’s drive to modernise the justice system through online pleas and remote video hearings. Details of the ambitious extent of the £1bn programme ...

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PMQs verdict: Corbyn delivers broad attack but May scores on council tax

Opposition leader tries to pin blame on PM over Windrush, economy, NHS and jobs Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to the former Speaker Michael Martin, who has died aged 72. Corbyn kicked off his six questions by asking May whether she felt guilty about Amber Rudd having to resign for failures of her predecessor at the Home ...

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Warring Brexit sides squeeze Theresa May as clock ticks down

London, May 02 : Pro-Brexit lawmakers pressed British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday not to keep the U.K. tied to the European Union’s customs union, amid warnings from the bloc that Britain must hurry up and decide what kind of future relationship it wants. As May met with her divided “Brexit Cabinet” of senior ministers, 60 euroskeptic Conservative legislators ...

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Brexit: Theresa May plans ‘robust’ response to Lords defeat

Theresa May says the government will be “robust” in its response to a House of Lords defeat which potentially gives Parliament a decisive say on Brexit. No 10 said the cabinet had “strong disappointment” with the vote, adding: “We wish for the bill to go through in the same way it left the Commons.” Some ministers accuse peers of trying ...

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Fresh Lords Brexit defeat for government makes ‘no deal’ less likely

Cross-party amendment, passed with support of 19 Tory rebels, is seventh Lords defeat for government on EU withdrawal bill The government has suffered a heavy defeat on a crucial Lords vote that could pave the way for parliament to send ministers back to the Brussels negotiations if MPs vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Labour said the amendment, which is ...

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Nearly 100 London councillors have links to property industry

Almost one in 10 councillors work for consultancies involved in planning or construction firms The former deputy leader of Westminster city council Robert Davis is being investigated over links to property companies. Almost one in 10 councillors in London either work for property businesses or have received gifts or hospitality from them, a Guardian investigation into the depth of links ...

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Sajid Javid to be new UK home secretary

  London, Apr 30 :  Sajid Javid has been named as the new home secretary after Amber Rudd’s resignation. Mr Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver whose family came to the UK in the 1960s, is currently Communities, Local Government and Housing Secretary. Before that, the former investment banker and MP for Bromsgrove had been Business and Culture ...

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