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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson wins backing from Esther McVey

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Former Conservative leadership contender Esther McVey has thrown her support behind Boris Johnson's bid. Ms McVey - eliminated in the first ballot - told the Sunday Telegraph she was backing him because he had promised to deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson is the clear frontrunner to replace Theresa May but his rivals have insisted they will not drop out.He is the only one of
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Labour: Blair seeks to ‘set record straight’ over inequality claims

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Tony Blair has hit back at Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader questioned his predecessor's commitment to tackling inequality while in power.In a speech on Saturday announcing a shift in policy on social mobility, Mr Corbyn said "for decades we have been told that inequality does not matter".Mr Blair said it was the latest example of his government being grouped with Tory ones in "one unbroken
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All change again as Chuka Umunna joins Lib Dems

[ad_1] Image copyright PA When it comes to political parties, he is The Changing Man.Just four years ago he wanted to lead Labour - then pulled out of the race.Just four months ago he pulled out of Labour completely as a founder member of the Independent Group of MPs.This transmogrified in to Change UK, a formal political party, in order to fight the European elections.After dismal results, Chuka Umunna suggested
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Boris Johnson will take part in BBC TV debate

[ad_1] Boris Johnson has confirmed that he will take part in the BBC TV debate on Tuesday after the second round of leadership votes among Conservative MPs.He told the BBC's World At One: "I think it is important that we have a sensible grown-up debate. My own observation is that in the past when you've had loads of candidates, it can be slightly cacophonous and I think the public have
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Tory leadership: Boris Johnson to take part in BBC TV debate

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Boris Johnson has said he will take part in Tuesday's televised Tory leadership debate on the BBC.The frontrunner in the contest to replace Theresa May said the programme, which will be shown after the second round of MPs' voting, was the right forum to debate the big issues. Rival candidates have accused Mr Johnson of avoiding media scrutiny.He said he was "very keen" on TV debates
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Birmingham LGBT school row: MP Roger Godsiff given warning

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Roger Godsiff has been warned "he must not repeat such conduct in the future", the Labour Party said A Labour MP has been warned not to repeat comments in support of protesters in a row over LGBT teaching.Campaigners had been gathering outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham to argue children were too young to learn about same-sex relationships.Hall Green MP Roger Godsiff
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Matt Hancock withdraws from leadership race

[ad_1] Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership race. He has not yet endorsed another candidate.Mr Hancock said he would continue to argue for the values he had campaigned on, urging the Conservative Party to seek to attract voters from centre ground, as well as being pro-business and pro-enterprise.He called for "all contestants" to face up to scrutiny and take part in the
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Stormont stalemate – how things stand

[ad_1] Image caption NI has been without a devolved government since January 2017, when the DUP and Sinn Féin split in a bitter row It's more than a month since the British and Irish government began fresh efforts to restore devolution in Northern Ireland.Breaking two and a half years of political deadlock between diametrically opposed parties is no easy task.Add to that the out-workings of Brexit, a new prime minister
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Conservative Muslim chair to quit if Johnson wins leadership race

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum has told the BBC he will resign his party membership if Boris Johnson wins the leadership race.Mohammed Amin said the MP was not "sufficiently moral" to be PM.He criticised Mr Johnson's comments about burkas and his denial that he had mentioned potential Turkish membership of the EU when campaigning for Brexit. But MP Priti Patel defended Mr Johnson,