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IMF says EU exit ‘largest near-term risk’ to British economy

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A UK exit from the European Union could mean the UK misses out on up to 5.6% of GDP growth by 2019, the IMF has warned. Brexit is the “largest near-term risk” to the UK economy, the IMF said in its annual UK economic outlook. It added that the net economic effects would probably be […]

June 18th, 2016 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Jo Cox MP death: Thomas Mair in court on murder charge

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The man charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has appeared in court and been remanded in custody. Thomas Mair gave his name as “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain” when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Mrs Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday. Mr Mair, 52, […]

June 18th, 2016 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Poland warns David Cameron not to fool voters over EU referendum

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The British people must be told the brutal truth about the damaging consequences of leaving the European Union, and not be duped into believing that they can “keep all the goodies and forget about the costs”, the Polish minister in charge of EU policy says. In an outspoken interview with the Observer, Rafał Trzaskowski, Poland’s […]

June 7th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Cameron puts corruption on G7 agenda after Fifa bribery scandal

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David Cameron is preparing to warn fellow world leaders at the two-day G7 summit that starts in Germany on Sunday that the Fifa bribery scandal must be a trigger for international action against corruption. The prime minister will criticise what he will call a widespread “taboo” in pointing the finger at corrupt institutions, and will […]

June 6th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

‘Black spider memos': Prince Charles lobbied over NHS homeopathy funding

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Prince Charles lobbied ministers to change public spending plans in favour of complementary and homeopathic medicine and other often contentious pet causes in a series of demands revealed in a new batch of his secret letters. The publication of 17 “black spider memos” on Thursday, following a 10-year freedom of information battle by the Guardian, […]

June 5th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

The undoing of Ed Miliband – and how Labour lost the election

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On 23 September 2014, Ed Miliband prepared to take the stage at the Labour party conference in Manchester to deliver the most important speech of his career. But instead of rehearsing the speech he had memorised, he was being forced to concentrate on a new opening section, endorsing the proposal David Cameron had made that […]

June 4th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Education bill to close loopholes blocking academies expansion

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The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has vowed to “sweep away bureaucratic and legal loopholes” obstructing the takeover of as many as 1,000 struggling local authority schools in England and their rapid conversion into academies. The education bill published on Wednesday details how council-maintained schools rated as inadequate by Ofsted will have their legal options curtailed […]

June 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Downing Street rejects Iain Duncan Smith plan for new limit on child benefit

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Downing Street has rejected a renewed move by Iain Duncan Smith to cut child benefit from parents with more than two children as a way of helping to achieve the £12bn in welfare cuts proposed by George Osborne. No 10 made a point on Monday of distributing remarks made by David Cameron on the eve […]

June 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Sadiq Khan says ‘aspiration’ will be Labour leadership race’s most overused word

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Too many in Labour are looking back on Tony Blair’s time in office with “rose-tinted glasses” and claiming pejoratively that the party no longer understands aspiration, Sadiq Khan, one of the party’s London mayoral hopefuls, has said. The former shadow justice secretary said the word “aspiration” was being overused in the party’s leadership contest and […]

June 1st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »

Yvette Cooper attacks Labour rivals for ‘swallowing Tory manifesto’

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Labour leadership hopeful Yvette Cooper has attacked some of her colleagues for “swallowing the Tory manifesto” in what will be seen as an attack particularly on Liz Kendall, her rival for the top job in the party. Speaking on the BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, Cooper attempted to draw a distinction between her approach and those […]

May 31st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Society | Read More »