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Government sued over no-deal ferry contracts

Image copyright AFP The government is being sued for its decision to charter firms to run extra ferries, including one with no ships, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel, said the contracts, revealed after Christmas, were decided in a “secretive and flawed procurement process”. The move comes days after Seaborne, […]

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Labour: 673 anti-Semitism complaints in 10 months

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Labour members have been protesting against anti-Semitism in the party The Labour Party has received 673 complaints in 10 months alleging acts of anti-Semitism by its members. A letter from the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, revealed the figures after she was pushed by MPs for specific details. She said […]

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MP Christopher Chope under fire for blocking anti-FGM bill

Image copyright UK Parliament The MP who infuriated campaigners by objecting to a ban on upskirting has been heavily criticised after blocking another private members’ bill. Sir Christopher Chope shouted “object” in a debate on laws protecting children from female genital mutilation. His Conservative colleague, Zac Goldsmith, said his actions were “appalling” – Lib Dem […]

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Government housing delivery plan ‘flawed’

Image copyright PA The government’s housing planning system is unable to demonstrate it is meeting housing demand effectively, public spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. The government wants 300,000 new homes a year from the mid-2020s onwards. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has a standard method, developed in 2017, […]