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Thousands of gay Scots to be pardoned

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Consensual sex between men over the age of 21 was only decriminalised in Scotland in 1981 – 14 years after England and Wales Thousands of gay and bisexual men are to be formally pardoned after a new law was passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament. Consenting sexual activity between men […]

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Samantha Cameron: I was terrible at waving to crowds

Image copyright PAImage caption If waving was an Olympic sport… It has become part and parcel of being a political spouse but Samantha Cameron has confessed hating having to wave while posing for photos. Mrs Cameron, whose husband David led the UK for six years, told the Times the whole idea was “bizarre”. “It’s not […]

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Heathrow: Cabinet set for new runway decision

Image caption Heathrow wants to open a third runway by the middle of the next decade Ministers will discuss whether to give the go-ahead for a new Heathrow runway on Tuesday, the BBC understands. The BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the economic sub-committee, chaired by Theresa May, is set to discuss the issue before […]

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Theresa May tells Trump US tariffs are not justified

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The EU is to hit back with tariffs on Harley Davidson motorcycles The prime minister has told President Trump that new US steel and aluminium tariffs are “unjustified and deeply disappointing”. Theresa May was speaking in a 30-minute phone call with Mr Trump that UK officials described as “constructive”. Downing […]

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Terror strategy: MI5 to share information on UK suspects

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJavid: We can do better on intelligence sharing Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed plans for MI5 to declassify and share information on UK citizens suspected of having terrorist sympathies. “Key” biographical data will be given to neighbourhood police, councils and the charity commission in London, Midlands […]

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Grenfell: Calls to waive VAT on removal repairs

Image copyright AFPImage caption Cladding similar to that involved in the Grenfell tower tragedy is having to be removed from other tower blocks. Cladding removal work in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy should be exempt from VAT, according to Scotland’s housing minister. Kevin Stewart has written to the UK Treasury calling for the tax […]

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Calls for Stormont flags body to be suspended

Image caption The Executive Office said it is not possible at this stage to confirm when the flags commission will complete its work There have been calls for the Stormont body set up to examine flags, culture and identity to be suspended until devolution is restored. It comes after BBC News NI revealed that the […]