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Police chief appointed to anti-slavery role

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP A senior police officer has been announced as the government's new anti-slavery commissioner. Sara Thornton, who currently chairs the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), will begin the role in May. She will be responsible for giving independent advice on tackling modern slavery over the next three years. The appointment comes ten months after her predecessor resigned, citing ministerial interference.Kevin Hyland, who quit in May last year,
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Brexit: Can Remainers and Leavers come together?

[ad_1] A Remainer from Glasgow and a Brexiteer from Liverpool visited Westminster to meet MPs, questioning them and giving their views, on the UK's exit from the EU.The pair meet for a Politics Live film in January as part of panels watching Theresa May's Brexit plan being rejected by a majority of 230.UK viewers can watch the full programme for 30 days from transmission [ad_2] Source link
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Brexit: Irish government hopes no-deal plan ‘sits on shelf’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Coveney said he hoped the legislation "proves redundant" The Irish deputy prime minister has said he hopes that major legislation his government has prepared to manage a no-deal Brexit will never be used.Simon Coveney unveiled the wide-ranging bill on Friday, bringing together work by nine government departments.He said a "disorderly" Brexit would be a "lose, lose, lose" for the UK,
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Brexit: Nadine Dorries on ERG members backing PM’s deal

[ad_1] Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says only one member of the European Research Group (ERG) of Brexiteers wants the UK to leave the EU without a deal.She told Politics Live her colleagues would need an "unambiguous" declaration about leaving the Northern Ireland backstop, and was "very sure" the majority of the group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg would vote for it.She was responding to criticism from other Conservatives MPs in the
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Ian Austin attacks Labour ‘extremism’

[ad_1] Former Labour MP Ian Austin has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Jeremy Corbyn has allowed "a culture of extremism and intolerance" within the party to “flourish”.Mr Austin become the ninth MP to quit Labour this week and he told Adrian Chiles that he’s “going to fight and stand up” for what he thinks is right in politics.Labour expressed "regret" at his departure and said it is "committed to
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Ian Austin: Who is the latest MP to quit Labour?

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Ian Austin has been the Labour MP for Dudley North since 2005, having previously been a councillor in the town. The adoptive son of Czech Jewish refugees, he has been critical of attempts to tackle anti-Semitism within the party. He was a minister for regional affairs under Gordon Brown.The role came after a stint serving the former PM as a parliamentary aide. He has also held
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Brexit: Theresa May warned dozens of Tories could rebel over no-deal

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor Dozens of normally loyal Conservative MPs could rebel against the government in a bid to prevent a "no-deal" Brexit, Downing Street has been warned. Leaders of the Brexit Delivery Group of both Leavers and Remainers say MPs may back alternatives if Mrs May's reworked deal cannot command a Commons majority.Co-chairman Andrew Percy told the BBC more than 30 may try to block no deal.The
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Andrea Leadsom fails to guarantee MPs’ Easter break

[ad_1] Image copyright HoC Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has failed to guarantee that Parliament's Easter break will go ahead as planned. The House of Commons is not due to sit for two weeks in April - after the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 29 March.But Mrs Leadsom told MPs that the recess period remained subject to the process of agreeing new legislation. Her Labour counterpart, Valerie Vaz,
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Theresa May reaches out to Remainer rebels amid quit rumours

[ad_1] Theresa May is holding meetings with leading Tory Remainers, amid speculation about further defections.Phillip Lee - who claims the prime minister has ignored the views of pro-EU Tory MPs in favour of Brexiteers - met the PM earlier in Downing Street.Justine Greening, who says she considered quitting the party and would do so if it allowed a no-deal Brexit, is now in No 10.Three Conservative MPs quit to join