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Big Ben clock tower hands removed for maintenance

Image copyright UK Parliament/Mark DuffyImage caption The hands are missing as essential conservation work continues The clock hands of Elizabeth Tower have been removed during maintenance and restoration work in the Palace of Westminster. The tower is undergoing a £61m refurbishment, up from the original estimate of between £29m and £45m. The clock hands will […]

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Norman Lamb MP blames stroke on long working days

Image copyright PAImage caption Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb had a “minor stroke” two weeks ago Former government health minister Norman Lamb has revealed he had a stroke, which he blames on long working days and not enough sleep. The Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk said the “very minor stroke” happened two weeks ago. […]

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Jeremy Corbyn pledges free bus travel for under-25s

Image copyright PAImage caption Labour wants to bring buses back into public hands Labour says it would give under-25s in England free bus travel in areas where local councils bring services back into public ownership as the party wants. The £1.4bn policy would be paid for by cash from vehicle excise duty currently earmarked for […]

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Jeremy Corbyn warns against US-Russia ‘hot war’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: Military action risks escalating Syria crisis Air strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack risk triggering a “hot war between the US and Russia over the skies of Syria”, Jeremy Corbyn says. The Labour leader also said Parliament should “always be given a say” […]

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Good Friday Agreement was ‘work of genius’

Image caption Bertie Ahern, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and George Mitchell are in Belfast for the anniversary The Good Friday Agreement was a “work of genius” which helped to preserve the concept of democracy, former US president Bill Clinton has said. He was addressing a Belfast conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1998 […]

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Labour’s Barry Gardiner rubbished key Brexit policy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBarry Gardiner speaking about Brexit (contains strong language) A Labour frontbencher denounced one of the party’s key Brexit policies in a questions session at a think-tank, a recording obtained by the BBC reveals. Barry Gardiner used colourful language to rubbish the party’s pledge to secure the exact […]