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Labour leadership: Rules for contest to be decided

Labour’s ruling body will meet on Monday to agree the timetable for the party’s leadership race and the rules for the forthcoming contest. Five MPs – Clive Lewis, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry – have so far entered the running to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. Party officials will decide the length of the contest and who ...

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Portrait of Queen and three heirs marks the start of a new decade

A portrait of the Queen Elizabeth with the next three heirs to the throne has been released to mark the start of the new decade. It shows the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George standing with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.The new photograph was taken in the week before Christmas, but has not been published until ...

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New Year’s Eve: Revellers across the UK usher in 2020

  Revellers across the UK have rung in the start of a new decade, with fireworks displays in London, Edinburgh and other major cities. In London, some 12,000 fireworks lit up the capital’s skyline. Edinburgh hosted what it promised would be the UK’s “biggest street party” as part of the city’s Hogmanay celebrations. Firework shows were also held in other ...

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Boris Johnson: Brexit will mark ‘new chapter’ for UK, says PM

The UK is on the verge of a “new chapter” in its history, Boris Johnson has said, as he promised to “finish the job” by delivering Brexit within weeks. In his new year message, the prime minister said he hoped the country would “move forward united” after it leaves the EU on 31 January. He vowed to govern “for everyone”, ...

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New UK government raises minimum wage

Britain’s minimum wage is to increase by more than four times the rate of UK inflation from next year, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government announced Tuesday, reports AFP. A 6.2-percent increase from April takes the so-called national living wage for workers aged 25 and over from 8.21 pounds to a minimum 8.72 pounds ( 10.79 to 11.52, 9.63 euros ...

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British ex-PM skipped ‘street cred’ of Olympics for cricket

For one British prime minister, choosing between the Olympics Games and cricket was a no-brainer. Archival records released by the U.K. government on Tuesday reveal that aides tried to persuade Prime Minister John Major that attending the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta would be good for his “street cred.” Major, who was prime minister between 1990 and 1997, would have ...

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UK to use satellite technology to help tackle climate change

London, Dec. 31 : A new satellite data center will analyze the impact climate change is having on Britain, help shape policies on reducing carbon emissions, and contribute to reaching net zero targets, the UK government announced on Monday. The Center for Satellite Data in Environmental Science (SENSE), is a virtual academic collaboration and is being established with funding from ...

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Queen Elizabeth’s daughter is hardest-working royal, again!

Being a member of the British royal family isn’t the easiest job on earth, if TV shows and movies provide accurate pictures. But how much do the royals work? According to official records, prominent members of the royal family worked an average of 84.5 days this year, or about a third of the 253 working days in the U.K. Queen ...

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New Year Honours: 1,000 addresses published in error

list of more than 1,000 addresses of New Years Honours recipients, including those of senior police officers and politicians, has been accidentally published by the government. The file was uploaded to the official website, but has since been removed. The Cabinet Office told the BBC: “We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened.” Among the ...

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Love pulls British youth to Bangladesh

Graham Stuart and Ferdousi Kabir Mukta knew it was love when they came across each other in the UK. Mukta had gone there for studies at Nottingham University in 2017 where the couple met and fell in love. They eventually decided to tie the knot but the issue of religions popped up. Stuart finally came to Chattogram on December 14 ...

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