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Historical abuse compensation: Party leaders urge Bradley to act

Image copyright PAImage caption Karen Bradley has been urged to help abuse victims “without further delay” Six Stormont party leaders have called on the Northern Ireland secretary to legislate to compensate victims of historical institutional abuse. In a letter to Karen Bradley, they said legislation to help victims was needed “without further delay”. A spokesperson […]

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Holyrood committee backs Scottish smacking ban bill

Image copyright Getty Images Legislation banning smacking children in Scotland has won the backing of a Holyrood committee. A majority of members on the equalities committee backed a bill, put forward by Green MSP John Finnie, to give children “equal protection from assault”. The group’s report said that the right to family life does not […]

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Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Image copyright PA The Labour Party is unveiling plans to take the National Grid into public ownership. It wants to create a National Energy Agency to own and maintain transmission infrastructure. Labour said its nationalisation pledge would “usher in a Green Industrial Revolution” and tackle climate change. But National Grid – the largest transmitter of […]

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HS2 will ‘short change’ the North, say peers

Image copyright HS2Image caption HS2 bosses say the project will transform the UK economy HS2 will not offer value for money and risks “short changing” the North of England, a group of peers has warned. A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee also said it was “far from convinced” the new high-speed […]

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Government rejects Islamophobia definition ahead of debate

Image copyright Reuters The government has rejected a definition of Islamophobia created by a cross-party group of MPs. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims wanted to define it to tackle what it called a “social evil”. But a government spokesman said the wording needed “further careful consideration” and had “not been broadly accepted”. The […]

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Tory MP Mercer withdraws support for PM over veterans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMercer: The communities I come from are seething Tory MP Johnny Mercer says he has withdrawn his support for Theresa May and her government over the historical prosecution of servicemen and women. In a letter to the PM, the Plymouth MP said he would only vote with […]

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Free Presbyterian minister criticises DUP over gay candidate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFree Presbyterian Church in Ballymena website A video has emerged that shows a Free Presbyterian minister criticising the DUP for selecting Alison Bennington to stand in the council elections. Ms Bennington, the DUP’s first openly gay politician, was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Council on Friday. In […]

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Scotland’s bottle return scheme deposit to be set at 20p

Image caption Bottles and cans, as well as plastic drinking bottles will be included in the scheme for Scotland The Scottish government has outlined its plans for a deposit return scheme for some plastic drinking containers, cans and glass. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham told MSPs at Holyrood that a “return to retail” model would be […]