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Boris Johnson ‘must address conflict of interest claims’

Labour has urged Boris Johnson to address claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest in how money was given to a US businesswoman while he was London mayor. The Sunday Times said Jennifer Arcuri, an entrepreneur associated with Mr Johnson, joined trade missions he led and was given £126,000 in public money. She told the paper this ...

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Jeremy Corbyn faces calls to resolve Labour Brexit divisions

Jeremy Corbyn is coming under pressure amid divisions over Labour’s Brexit strategy as leading figures call for the party to back staying in the EU. Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Labour must “say no” to leaving the EU at its party conference. And deputy leader Tom Watson said it must settle its position as “a Remain party” once and ...

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GCSEs: 100,000 pupils a year leaving ‘without basic qualifications’

There has been a “shameful” rise in the number of young people in England leaving school without five good GCSEs or equivalent technical qualifications, the children’s commissioner has said. Research found a 28% increase since 2015, with about 100,000 pupils a year affected – almost one in five Anne Longfield said the impact on the poorest families was most marked. ...

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Brexit secretary: EU and UK share common purpose

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has said the UK and EU share a “common purpose” in reaching a new withdrawal deal, after a meeting in Brussels with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier. He said they had had “serious detailed discussions” and things were “moving forward with momentum”. Mr Barnier said it had been a “cordial” meeting, but “lots of work has ...

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University of East London staff member is nominated for a prestigious award

  Ms Clare Matysova, equality, diversity and inclusion manager (EDI) at the University of East London, has been shortlisted in this year’s Forward Ladies (FL) National Awards. Ms Matysova has been shortlisted in the ‘Public Sector/Academia/Not for Profit Leader’ category in the London and South region. Ms Matysova said, “I’m quite surprised by the nomination but really pleased at the ...

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Global humanitarian crisis arises

Rayhan Ahmed Topader: Digital conflict and military action are increasingly intertwined, and civilian targets  private businesses and everyday internet users alike are vulnerable in the digital crossfire. But there are forces at work trying to promote peace online. It will be a tough challenge: In May 2019, Israel responded to unspecified cyberattacks by Hamas with an immediate airstrike that destroyed ...

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OIL & GAS: OUR PRECIOUS RESOURCES

F R Chowdhury:   A few days back I wrote an article about Marine Academy in which I mentioned that our future is closely linked with sea. Thanks God, our government realized the matter and took every possible action to ensure that we get our due share of sea that the international convention UNCLOS-82 (UN Convention on the Laws of ...

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Brexit: UK shares confidential documents with EU

Confidential documents that “reflect the ideas the UK has put forward” on Brexit have been shared with the EU, the UK government has said. Ministers will table “formal written solutions when we are ready” and not to an “artificial deadline”, it added. Boris Johnson said he did not want to “exaggerate progress” of negotiations, but some was being made. It ...

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Supreme Court: Ex-PM’s lawyer argues against prorogation

Boris Johnson suspended Parliament to stop MPs “interfering” in Brexit, said the lawyer of former PM Sir John Major. The three-day Supreme Court hearing on whether the decision to prorogue was unlawful has finished its final day. The President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, said the judges would announce a decision early next week. The government argues prorogation is ...

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Cameron and the Queen: Palace ‘displeasure’ over comments

David Cameron’s revelation that he sought help from the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence vote in 2014 has caused displeasure at Buckingham Palace, a source has said. The former PM told the BBC he had asked whether the Queen could “raise an eyebrow” about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence. The Queen later said people should “think carefully ...

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