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Pro-Brexit minister refuses to explicitly back Chequers plan

Penny Mordaunt increases pressure on government not to make concessions to EU Penny Mordaunt has refused to explicitly back Theresa May’s Chequers plan for Brexit, increasing pressure on the government not to make dramatic concessions to Brussels in the crucial days ahead. The international development secretary said she would not give a “running commentary” on the proposals when asked if ...

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UK announces broad support for Rohingyas

WFP urgently needs US $66mn to provide assistance till Mar 2019   Photo: This file photo shows miserable condition of a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar. Dhaka, Oct 9 : The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh has welcomed a new contribution of US $22.25 million from the United Kingdom that will help meet the immediate food and ...

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UK statistics body has ‘serious concerns’ over DfE funding claims

Watchdog demands meeting with education department over ‘potentially misleading’ claims about school funding The education secretary, Damian Hinds, has been publicly reprimanded by the UK statistics watchdog over his department’s repeated misuse of data, in particular its “potentially misleading” claims over schools funding. The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) complained it had had reason to write to the Department for Education ...

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Ray Galton, writer of classic British sitcoms, dies at 88

  LONDON : Screenwriter Ray Galton, who co-wrote the landmark British comedy series “Hancock’s Half Hour” and “Steptoe and Son,” has died at 88. Galton’s family said Saturday that he died Friday evening after a “long and heart-breaking battle with dementia.” The London-born Galton was diagnosed with life-threatening tuberculosis as a teenager. In a sanatorium, he met another sick teen, ...

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Brexit: Sinn Féin and SDLP reject Stormont backstop role

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have rejected the possibility of Stormont having a say over what kind of backstop may emerge if there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit Proposals being worked on by the British government are said to include some kind of role for MLAs. Sinn Féin and the SDLP said they oppose this. Earlier the parties, along with ...

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May’s end of austerity claim ‘not credible’, says Labour

Theresa May’s claim that austerity is coming to an end is as likely as her winning Strictly Come Dancing, Labour has said. The prime minister told the Conservative Party conference that, after a decade of economic sacrifices, the end was in sight. But shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the words “lacked credibility”. He said children’s services faced a £2bn budget ...

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Theresa May’s failure to mention Chequers ‘gives Barnier hope’

EU negotiator reportedly believes speech could signal room for Brexit compromise Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has taken Theresa May’s failure to namecheck Chequers in her Tory conference speech as a sign that she may be ready to dump the plan and get realistic, according to sources in Brussels. In her speech in Birmingham, May spelled out her vision ...

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Muslim Council of Britain to train women to run mosques

Six-month programme aims to increase diversity and follows calls for greater involvement Britain’s leading Muslim organisation has launched a scheme to train women for leadership positions in mosques and community bodies. Twenty women have embarked on the six-month intensive programme run by the Muslim Council of Britain, aimed at equipping them for leadership positions. As well as one-to-one mentoring, the ...

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Post-Brexit future full of promise – Theresa May tells conference

speech is Theresa May’s third as Conservative leader Theresa May is closing the Conservative conference with a promise that Britain’s post-Brexit future is “full of promise” and that her party remains “on the side” of hard-pressed families. The PM will tell the Tory faithful the country’s “best days lie ahead of us”. She will also announce that fuel duty will ...

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EU anger over May’s post-Brexit immigration plan

MEPs attack adoption of skills-based policy and end to freedom of movement Senior EU figures have attacked Theresa May’s post-Brexit immigration planwith the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, signalling that he expects a row with the British prime minister at an upcoming “moment of truth” summit. As May sketched out her plans to end freedom of movement and ...

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