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Brexit: Plaid Cymru switch focus to Wales’ future

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Adam Price is ready to stop fighting "yesterday's battles" over blocking Brexit Plaid Cymru is now focussed on making Brexit work for Wales "as best we can", according to the party's leader.Adam Price said it had been in Wales' best interests for Plaid to oppose the UK's departure from the European Union in December's general election.But with the UK set to leave the
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Brexit: Zero tariff, zero quota aim for trade talks, says Barclay

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK leaves the EU on Friday The government is aiming to secure a "zero tariff, zero quota" free trade deal with the EU, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has said.He told the BBC's Andrew Marr the UK would not diverge from current EU trade regulations "for the sake of it".Mr Barclay added the government's objectives for the trade talks would be published after
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Labour: Anti-Semitism claims used to undermine Corbyn – McCluskey

[ad_1] Image copyright Jeff Overs/BBC/Reuters Jeremy Corbyn's critics used the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party to undermine him, a union boss has said.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said such actions were "despicable" but added that the party "never handled the anti-Semitism issue correctly".Labour's response to alleged anti-Semitism among its members has been under investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission since last May.Meanwhile, his union has backed
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Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has ‘gut feeling’ HS2 will go ahead

[ad_1] Cabinet minister Stephen Barclay has told the BBC's Andrew Marr it is his gut feeling the HS2 high-speed rail line will get the go-ahead.He said that the project was vital for "levelling up" the UK's transport network and improving capacity.The Brexit secretary's comments come amid a row over the rising cost of the project, which could reach £106bn.The high-speed link is due to open between London and Birmingham at
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Labour Party sees surge in membership amid leadership race

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emily Thornberry, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer are all hoping for the nomination Labour has experienced a surge in membership since the general election, BBC Two's Newsnight has learned.Constituency Labour parties (CLPs) have reported rises in local membership amid the ongoing leadership race, in which members will vote from 21 February.In Hammersmith, west London, the CLP has seen a 32%
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Government extends consultation on hunting trophy ban

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Image caption Trophy hunters pay large sums to shoot big game animals - including endangered species A government consultation on banning the importing and exporting of hunting trophies has been extended by one month in order to get more responses.The consultation, launched in November, was due to close on Saturday but the deadline has now been pushed back by one month.The government says this
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Labour leadership: Unite union deciding who to back

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emily Thornberry, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer are all hoping for the nomination The Unite union are meeting to decide who to back as the next leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party. Candidates need support from two unions and an affiliate group to make it onto the final ballot if they cannot secure backing from 5% of local
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Barbara Keeley recovering from breast cancer treatment on campaign trail

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Barbara Keeley said the campaign was "very tough" following her treatment for cancer An MP has revealed she was recovering from treatment for breast cancer during the recent General Election campaign.Barbara Keeley, 67, said she was diagnosed in April, had surgery in May and radiotherapy in July.Speaking at a party meeting on Thursday, the Labour MP for Worsley and Eccles South stressed the
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Jeremy Hunt among ex-ministers seeking committee chairs

[ad_1] Image copyright Jack Taylor Jeremy Hunt is among a clutch of former cabinet ministers seeking election to chair a House of Commons select committee. The ex-health secretary will face fellow Tory MP Anne Marie Morris in the contest to chair the health and social care committee. Former business secretary Greg Clark is running to chair the science and technology committee. Nominations close on 27 January, with elections taking place
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John Bercow ‘categorically’ denies bullying allegations

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament John Bercow has "categorically" denied accusations of bullying during his time as the Speaker of the Commons.The statement comes after his former Clerk of the House, Lord Lisvane, made a formal complaint about him to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.But Mr Bercow said he had never "bullied anyone, anywhere at any time".The former Speaker also criticised the government for failing to nominate him for a