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Political parties should publish gender gap, campaigners say

Regular reporting of data would put pressure on parties and encourage women to stand Political parties should be forced to publish a gender breakdown of their candidates for parliament to help get more women into senior roles, campaigners said on Sunday. The Electoral Reform Society and the Fawcett Society are among those calling on the government to enact legislation obliging ...

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Brexit: Third customs model devised ahead of cabinet talks

Downing Street has produced a third model for handling customs after the UK leaves the EU, the BBC understands. Details of the new plan have not been revealed publicly but senior ministers will discuss it at Chequers, the prime minister’s country retreat, on Friday. Ministers have been involved in heated discussions recently as they tried to choose between two earlier ...

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Raging wildfire threatens moorlands in northern England

London, Jul 1 : Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a “major incident” as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England. British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is gripped by a heat wave. The fire is in ...

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Brexit: EU accused of making false claims over aid contracts

Exclusive: British NGOs ‘wrongly’ told they will lose funding if no deal is reached The EU has been accused of putting the lives of the world’s poorest at risk after warning off British development organisations from involvement in its humanitarian aid programmes by claiming they would lose all funding in the event of the a no-deal Brexit. Officials working under ...

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UK Government calls for more international support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Minister Mark Field and Joanna Roper will hold talks with senior ministers in Dhaka today (1st July) and have called for greater humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya refugee community, particularly to help support the provision of education for refugees and host communities. Over 706,364 people have fled from their homes in Burma’s Rakhine State into Bangladesh since August 2017, joining ...

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Leeds crash: Horsforth collision leaves four men dead

four men, aged 18, 19, 19, and 21, died at the scene Four young men died and a teenage girl was left critically ill in a collision involving a car and a taxi in the early hours. The four men, aged 18, 19, 19, and 21, died at the scene on the A6120 outer ring road, West Yorkshire Police said. ...

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‘Cuts leave scars’: thousands protest in London over NHS funding

Demonstrators demand May’s resignation at rally to mark 70 years of the UK’s health service Tens of thousands of people have marched through London to mark the NHS’s 70th anniversary and demand an end to government cuts to the health service, which has had large swathes privatised in recent years. Bearing placards reading “Cuts leave scars”, “For people not profit” ...

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EU-UK divide poses serious threat to Brexit talks, says Barnier

Chief EU negotiator highlights Irish border impasse as EU27 prepare for no-deal scenario The chasm between the UK and the European Union on key Brexit issues poses a genuine threat to the success of the negotiations, Michel Barnier has said, as EU27 leaders made a joint statement warning of a no-deal scenario. The EU’s chief negotiator, arriving at a summit ...

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Firefighters contain major blaze in east London tower block

Eight fire engines attended scene in Mile End and managed to stop 12th floor blaze from spreading Eight fire engines and 58 firefighters have brought a large fire in a tower block in east London under control without anyone being harmed. Half of a 12th floor flat on Wellington Way, Mile End, was alight but fire crews managed to contain ...

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UK Foreign Office Minister and Special Envoy for Gender Equality visit Bangladesh for talks on the Rohingya crisis and girls’ education

  Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field, and UK Special Envoy for Gender Equality, Joanna Roper, are to visit Dhaka and refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to discuss the Rohingya crisis and girls’ education in Bangladesh. Following World Refugee Day on 20 June, and with the monsoon season just beginning, the UK is calling on the international community ...

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