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Households in England 'to face council tax rises'
20/02/2020 | news | politics | 2,388
It will amount to an average rise of up to £69 per home, the County Councils Network says.
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Brexit complicates EU budget plans
19/02/2020 | news | business | 2,697
Leaders are meeting this week to discuss budget plans in challenging discussions.
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New £20 featuring painter Turner enters circulation
19/02/2020 | news | business | 385
A new polymer £20 banknote featuring artist JMW Turner starts to appear in ATMs on Thursday.
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Barnier: UK can't have Canada trade deal with EU
18/02/2020 | news | politics | 7,686
The chief negotiator says the UK's "particular proximity" to the bloc rules out a similar agreement.
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No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
18/02/2020 | news | politics | 7,269
Ministers urge firms to stop relying on "cheap labour", but critics warn of damage to the economy.
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Wages back above pre-economic crisis levels
18/02/2020 | news | business | 1,698
Average wages - when adjusted for inflation - exceed pre-crisis levels for the first time since 2008.
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Brexit negotiator: UK must be able to set own laws
17/02/2020 | news | politics | 1,285
David Frost's remarks come amid warnings the UK and EU will "rip each other apart" in trade talks.
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Tory MPs warn No 10 against conflict with BBC
17/02/2020 | news | politics | 3,347
No 10 is urged not to pick fight with broadcaster amid reports it wants it "massively pruned back".
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Shoe Zone warns 100 stores could close
17/02/2020 | news | business | 204
Its chief executive has told the BBC that it will close shops if business rates do not change.
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France warns UK of bitter post-Brexit trade talks
17/02/2020 | news | politics | 4,913
The UK and EU will "rip each other apart" as they vie for advantage, France's foreign minister says.
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Focus on delivering, PM tells cabinet
14/02/2020 | news | politics | 6,306
Boris Johnson sets priorities for his top team, following Sajid Javid's shock resignation.
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Sajid Javid quits as chancellor
13/02/2020 | news | politics | 6,939
Rishi Sunak takes over at the Treasury, as his predecessor says he had "no option but to resign".
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Julian Smith sacked as NI secretary
13/02/2020 | news | uk | 367
Mr Smith says that serving the people of Northern Ireland was "the greatest privilege".
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Petrol and diesel car ban 'could start in 12 years'
12/02/2020 | news | business | 3,335
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tells the BBC a sales ban could be brought forward again.
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Concerns about judges' powers must be heeded - Cox
12/02/2020 | news | politics | 823
The Attorney General says people are right to worry elected politicians are being usurped by the courts.
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BBC chairman warns over subscription fee
12/02/2020 | news | entertainment | 2,034
Sir David Clementi says putting the broadcaster's services behind a paywall would have a big impact.
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UK's 2021 census 'could be the last'
11/02/2020 | news | uk | 845
The UK's national statistician hopes other data sources could replace the 200-year-old questionnaire.
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UK economy saw zero growth at the end of 2019
11/02/2020 | news | business | 1,872
Growth in the services and construction sectors was offset by a "poor showing" from manufacturing.
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EU Commission boss seeks 'unique' UK trade deal
11/02/2020 | news | world | 602
Ursula von der Leyen says the EU has big ambitions but any deal must have a "level playing field".
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Border delays 'could cause fresh food problems'
10/02/2020 | news | business | 3,198
Warning comes after Michael Gove tells firms to prepare for post-Brexit border checks from January.
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Fianna Fáil largest party but Sinn Féin celebrate
10/02/2020 | news | world | 3,096
The final results of the Irish general election show Fianna Fáil on 38 seats, one ahead of Sinn Féin.
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Why much of 'the world's factory' remains closed
10/02/2020 | news | business | 113
Apple supplier Foxconn and global car makers have kept Chinese plants closed because of the coronavirus.
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Crimes unreported as public lose faith in police
06/02/2020 | news | uk | 948
A new report reveals that a suspect is charged in under 8% of recorded crimes in England and Wales.
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Johnson rebuked over universal credit jobs claim
06/02/2020 | news | uk | 411
The UK Statistics Authority says a 200,000 jobs boost claimed by the PM was only a prediction.
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Veterans guaranteed job interviews
06/02/2020 | news | uk | 845
The move follows the unveiling of a new railcard that will offer veterans discounted train travel.
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Raab in Australia on Brexit trade mission
06/02/2020 | news | politics | 3,027
The foreign secretary says the UK will be a "force for good in the world" as he begins his Asia-Pacific trip.
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Chancellor’s economic growth goal ‘unrealistic’
06/02/2020 | news | business | 963
There is a one-in-five chance of Sajid Javid hitting growth of about 2.8%, say economists at Niesr.
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Is Tesla really worth $150bn?
04/02/2020 | news | business | 154
The carmaker's market value has grown by about a third in less than a month.
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TV licence fee consultation opens
04/02/2020 | news | entertainment | 4,296
The culture secretary says the fee needs to remain "relevant" in a "changing media landscape".
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Mobile operators clash on 'notspots' costs
04/02/2020 | news | technology | 128
A key meeting will be held on Wednesday to hammer out the details of sharing rural networks.
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Minister defends press dealings amid briefing row
04/02/2020 | news | politics | 959
Labour questions whether rules were broken when journalists were turned away from a No 10 meeting.
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Ikea announces first big UK store closure
04/02/2020 | news | business | 1,475
The Swedish furniture giant's Coventry branch will close this summer, putting 352 jobs at risk.
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Ban on petrol and diesel car sales brought forward
03/02/2020 | news | science | 3,031
Boris Johnson unveils the plan as he launches a "year of climate action" alongside Sir David Attenborough.
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Aviation 'not the enemy' in climate battle
03/02/2020 | news | business | 323
The Heathrow Airport boss says flying needs to be made more environmentally friendly rather than stopped.
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Chicken or fish? UK and EU clash over trade menu
03/02/2020 | news | business | 275
Boris Johnson's speech suggests that the UK will take US chicken before sacrificing UK fish.
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Nearly one million miss tax return deadline
03/02/2020 | news | business | 647
Anyone with a genuine excuse for missing Friday night's cut-off can talk to HMRC to avoid fines.
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PM: 'No need' for UK to follow EU rules on trade
03/02/2020 | news | uk | 10,094
But the EU's Michel Barnier offers a contrasting vision of negotiations, calling for a "level playing field".
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Ports plan for Brexit Irish Sea checks
02/02/2020 | news | business | 234
Stena Line said that its assumption is that new checks will be carried out in British ports.
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UK set for Brexit, as PM promises 'new dawn'
30/01/2020 | news | politics | 9,970
After 47 years as a member of the European project, the UK will leave the EU at 23:00 GMT.
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Javid backs HS2 ahead of crunch meeting
29/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,688
The chancellor is expected to tell Boris Johnson he supports the London to Birmingham rail link.
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Long-Bailey makes Labour leadership final ballot
29/01/2020 | news | politics | 633
She joins Sir Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy after receiving the backing of the Fire Brigades Union.
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Rail firm Northern to be nationalised
29/01/2020 | news | uk | 2,085
The government is to take control of the troubled train operator after two years of passenger chaos.
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Ian Murray gets backing of ex-PMs for Labour bid
29/01/2020 | news | politics | 338
Gordon Brown and Tony Blair throw their weight behind Ian Murray's deputy leadership campaign.
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European Parliament approves Brexit agreement
28/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,990
MEPs overwhelmingly back the terms of the UK's exit after an emotional debate in Brussels.
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Laws for sustainable fishing planned post-Brexit
28/01/2020 | news | politics | 453
The government says the Fisheries Bill gives the UK power to operate as an independent coastal state.
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Migrant salary threshold fall recommended
28/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,505
Reducing the minimum by £4,400 would help recruit NHS staff and teachers, says an independent committee.
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Big Ben bongs fundraising appeal closes
27/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,487
Money was donated to get the bell ringing on Brexit day, but it will now go to a veterans' charity.
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Watchdog questions 'Get ready for Brexit' campaign
27/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,237
The £46m publicity blitz did not leave people "significantly better prepared", says the NAO.
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Wales to bring in smacking ban after assembly vote
27/01/2020 | news | uk | 1,008
Wales becomes the second part of the UK to ban parents from smacking their children.
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Five big decisions looming for Boris Johnson
27/01/2020 | news | politics | 840
The coming few weeks demand some big decisions from the PM and his cabinet. Find out more.
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Varadkar: EU will have stronger team in trade talks
27/01/2020 | news | politics | 6,272
The Irish PM says it will be "difficult" to reach a deal this year, but Boris Johnson is bullish.
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Starmer: We need to end Westminster 'monopoly'
26/01/2020 | news | politics | 388
The Labour leadership candidate argues against the status quo and for more power in the regions.
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Met Police to deploy facial recognition cameras
24/01/2020 | news | uk | 1,274
Police say the short-term deployments will check watchlists of suspects wanted for serious crimes.
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Unite union backs Long-Bailey for Labour leader
24/01/2020 | news | politics | 3,414
Unite leader Len McCluskey said the shadow business secretary had the "brains and brilliance" for the job.
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Brexit: EU leaders sign UK withdrawal deal
24/01/2020 | news | world | 3,608
The deal formally ending UK membership is signed by EU leaders in Brussels.
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HS2 risks misjudged from the start, says watchdog
23/01/2020 | news | business | 539
No-one took full account of how complex the project was going to be, says the spending watchdog.
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Morrisons axes 3,000 managers in shake-up
23/01/2020 | news | business | 858
But the supermarket says it will create 7,000 hourly-paid roles as part of a major restructuring.
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Number of suspects charged with crime hits new low
23/01/2020 | news | uk | 587
Only 7.3% of offences lead to a suspect being charged, figures show, as knife crime continues to rise.
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UK has 'crossed Brexit finish line', says Johnson
22/01/2020 | news | politics | 3,125
The prime minister urges the UK to "move forwards as one" as legislation securing the EU exit passes.
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Brexit bill clears final parliamentary hurdle
22/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,366
The legislation, which paves the way for the UK to leave the EU with a deal, now awaits royal assent.
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Trade tensions rise as US threatens car tariffs
22/01/2020 | news | business | 2,020
The US has warned it could start taxing UK car exports if UK's tech tax goes ahead.
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Nandy joins Starmer on Labour leadership ballot
22/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,428
The Wigan MP receives backing from Chinese for Labour, meaning she joins Sir Keir in the final round.
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UK told to 'hold fire' on April tech tax
21/01/2020 | news | business | 783
The OECD has said the UK should wait for a global agreement on taxing technology firms.
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Labour leadership hopefuls bid for union backing
21/01/2020 | news | politics | 208
The GMB will announce its favoured candidate amid speculation Jess Phillips could quit the contest.
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Government loses first votes since election
20/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,526
Ministers are defeated three times over Brexit legislation - on citizens' rights and court rulings.
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Devolution politicians reject PM's Brexit bill
20/01/2020 | news | uk | 1,339
Welsh politicians refuse consent to Brexit bill after politicians in Scotland and NI did the same.
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Give regions a 'voice' or UK may end, Brown warns
20/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,021
The former PM says the country is "not at ease with itself" and must change from "top to bottom".
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Immigration system to 'put people before passports'
20/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,419
Boris Johnson says post-Brexit immigration to the UK will become "fairer and more equal".
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Lord Hall to step down as BBC's director general
20/01/2020 | news | entertainment | 1,753
After leading the corporation for seven years, Tony Hall is to become chair of the National Gallery.
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Department store Beales falls into administration
20/01/2020 | news | business | 845
The collapse of the company, founded in 1881, puts more than 1,000 jobs at risk
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Shopping centre owner seeks emergency cash
20/01/2020 | news | business | 162
Intu, owner of the Trafford Centre and Lakeside, asks investors for money to shore up finances.
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HS2: Give me the facts, says Shapps
20/01/2020 | news | business | 2,011
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps faces a "massive decision" as a leaked report suggests the rail link could cost £106bn.
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Ministers 'looking into' relocating House of Lords
19/01/2020 | news | politics | 408
Moving the upper chamber could "reconnect" politics with voters, the Tory party chairman says.
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Tears and relief as the UK's MEPs bid goodbye
16/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,369
It's been a "grim" last week for some but others are "delighted" to be leaving the European Parliament.
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Don't just blame 2019 campaign - Starmer
16/01/2020 | news | politics | 303
The leadership hopeful tells the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg he can restore trust in Labour as a "force for good".
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EU reveals clues ahead of post-Brexit talks with UK
16/01/2020 | news | world | 3,056
Presentation slides published online give an insight into how the future relationship might pan out.
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Fundraising appeal launched for Big Ben Brexit chimes
16/01/2020 | news | politics | 3,369
A crowdfunding project aims to raise £500,000 by the weekend to pay for the bell to ring on 31 January.
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Brexit day gathering in London gets go-ahead
15/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,126
Nigel Farage says the Parliament Square party on 31 January will mark a "big moment" in UK history.
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Interest rate cut chances rise as inflation falls
15/01/2020 | news | business | 929
Speculation grows that UK interest rates will be cut after inflation slows in December.
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Backlash against Flybe's government rescue grows
15/01/2020 | news | business | 2,763
British Airways' owner IAG files a complaint to the EU arguing Flybe's rescue breaks state aid rules.
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PM: Public can fund Big Ben bongs for Brexit day
14/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,727
Boris Johnson said it would cost £500,000 for the famous bell to chime, but crowdfunding is an option.
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Santander latest bank to set 40% overdraft rate
14/01/2020 | news | business | 897
The move comes as the bank cuts the interest rate it pays on its flagship current account.
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Johnson rejects Sturgeon's indyref2 demand
14/01/2020 | news | uk | 7,149
Boris Johnson confirms he will not agree to Nicola Sturgeon's request for a second independence referendum.
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Government considers new funding for Flybe
13/01/2020 | news | business | 424
The prime minister says there is "no doubt" about the importance of regional airline Flybe.
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Five Labour leadership hopefuls reach next round
13/01/2020 | news | politics | 4,105
Emily Thornberry gains enough support just before nominations close, but Clive Lewis withdraws.
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Long Bailey, Nandy and Phillips secure nominations
09/01/2020 | news | politics | 849
The Labour MPs join Sir Keir Starmer on the ballot paper in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn.
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MPs give final backing to Brexit bill
09/01/2020 | news | politics | 2,570
The Withdrawal Agreement Bill will now pass to the House of Lords for further scrutiny next week.
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UK's largest union backs Starmer for Labour leader
08/01/2020 | news | politics | 1,804
Unison says Sir Keir Starmer is best placed to unite the party and take it back into government.
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Full UK-EU trade deal 'impossible' by end of 2020
07/01/2020 | news | politics | 6,737
The EU Commission president says the sides must prioritise areas of agreement to meet talks deadline.
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Corbyn won't endorse any leadership contenders
07/01/2020 | news | politics | 369
The Labour leader says he won't publicly back any of the six candidates hoping to succeed him.
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Quarter of minimum wage workers 'underpaid'
07/01/2020 | news | business | 88
Firms which fail to pay the minimum wage should face tougher penalties, the Resolution Foundation says.
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MPs resume scrutiny of PM's Brexit bill
06/01/2020 | news | politics | 3,120
Legislation implementing Boris Johnson's agreement to leave on 31 January returns to the Commons.
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'Infrastructure revolution' in March Budget
06/01/2020 | news | business | 678
Chancellor Sajid Javid sets 11 March as the date for his first Budget - the first since the general election.
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Five crucial decisions facing Boris Johnson
06/01/2020 | news | politics | 732
The fate of HS2, Scotland and social care are some of the issues that could define the PM's tenure.
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New Labour leader to be announced on 4 April
05/01/2020 | news | politics | 4,287
The party's top body has agreed the timetable for the contest and who is eligible to vote.
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Top bosses 'earn average salary within three days'
05/01/2020 | news | business | 1,303
The average wage of a FTSE 100 boss equated to more than £900 an hour, research suggests.
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Jess Phillips joins Labour leadership race
03/01/2020 | news | politics | 4,016
The third MP to join the contest says Labour members are "ready to try something different".
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Energy firms to pay £10.5m over August power cut
02/01/2020 | news | business | 249
The power cut left more than a million people without electricity and severely affected rail services.
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Northern could lose rail franchise, says Shapps
02/01/2020 | news | business | 874
The transport secretary says he is "not prepared" to tolerate the firm's "unacceptable" performance.
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Talks to end NI devolution deadlock resume
01/01/2020 | news | uk | 506
Irish Deputy PM Simon Coveney says he is hopeful of "a new beginning for politics in NI".
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Commuters hit by 2.7% rail fare rise
01/01/2020 | news | uk | 1,722
Many passengers are facing an increase of more than £100 for annual season tickets.
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MPs back Johnson's plan to leave EU on 31 January
20/12/2019 | news | politics | 8,400
The PM says Brexit is "one step closer" after MPs back his EU withdrawal bill by a majority of 124.
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MPs voting on Johnson's Brexit bill
19/12/2019 | news | politics | 3,091
The PM says the legislation, enabling Brexit to happen on 31 January, will allow the UK to "move forward".
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Nicola Sturgeon calls for powers to hold indyref2
18/12/2019 | news | uk | 6,002
Scotland's first minister calls on UK government to negotiate the transfer of power to allow another independence referendum.
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Johnson hails 'radical' Queen's Speech
18/12/2019 | news | politics | 6,537
Seven Brexit-focused bills and plans for extra NHS funding are unveiled in the Queen's Speech.
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Brexit bill to give new powers to British judges
18/12/2019 | news | politics | 928
More British judges should be able to depart from previous EU court rulings, Downing Street says.
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'Time to tackle online giants' says UK regulator
18/12/2019 | news | business | 119
Competition watchdog's comments come amid reports of government plans to regulate big tech.
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Thornberry enters Labour leadership race
18/12/2019 | news | politics | 6,259
The shadow foreign secretary tells the BBC she can win the contest "from the heart of the party".
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Corbyn's 'comic indecision' on Brexit - Blair
17/12/2019 | news | politics | 2,496
Former prime minister Tony Blair says Labour "let our country down" at the general election.
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Brexit bill to rule out extension
17/12/2019 | news | politics | 9,844
The move comes as MPs gather for the first sitting of the new Parliament after the general election.
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Thornberry 'warned Labour over Brexit neutrality'
16/12/2019 | news | politics | 1,652
The shadow foreign secretary told the BBC in September a pro-Remain stance would help its election chances.
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Labour prepares for leadership race after defeat
16/12/2019 | news | politics | 1,019
Labour MPs Clive Lewis and Lisa Nandy say they are thinking about competing to replace Jeremy Corbyn.
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'Now is the moment' to restore devolution
15/12/2019 | news | uk | 613
The Northern Ireland secretary met the leaders of the five biggest parties at Stormont on Monday.
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Let the healing begin, urges PM after poll win
13/12/2019 | news | politics | 5,831
Boris Johnson says he hopes his party's "extraordinary" election victory will bring "closure" to years of acrimony.
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Johnson: I will repay the trust of voters
13/12/2019 | news | politics | 6,284
The PM meets the Queen to ask to form a new government, following the Conservatives' election victory.
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The general election and the volatile pound
11/12/2019 | news | business | 322
Election night could be a long one for financial traders, with sterling the most sensitive market to political events.
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Leaders in final push for votes ahead of election
10/12/2019 | news | politics | 5,749
The party leaders focus on key messages in the critical final hours before polls open on Thursday.
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Most-viewed mansions of 2019 revealed
10/12/2019 | news | business | 228
Castles and mirrored ceilings attracted clicks among window shoppers on a property website.
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UK growth slowest since early 2009
10/12/2019 | news | business | 2,165
The economy sees the weakest three months for more than a decade as growth flatlines.
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Parties focus on key messages as poll day nears
09/12/2019 | news | politics | 7,986
Pitches about the NHS and Brexit come to the fore, but both Labour and the Tories face criticism too.
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Johnson 'could look at' abolishing BBC licence fee
09/12/2019 | news | politics | 4,473
The prime minister questions whether funding the broadcaster out of general taxation "makes sense".
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Johnson's Brexit plan 'presents major challenge'
09/12/2019 | news | politics | 2,844
A leaked government document says customs plans for Northern Ireland may not be ready in time.
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Tories target Labour Leave seats in final push
08/12/2019 | news | politics | 1,650
The prime minister tours Labour seats that voted for Brexit, three days before the election.
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Labour Budget to 'end austerity' in first 100 days
08/12/2019 | news | politics | 7,011
John McDonnell says Labour would "remake government" in a February Budget if it wins the election.
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PM 'misrepresenting' Brexit deal, says Corbyn
06/12/2019 | news | politics | 4,130
The Labour leader says he has "hard evidence" disproving claims there will be no border in the Irish Sea.
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Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit in BBC debate
05/12/2019 | news | politics | 11,232
The Tory and Labour leaders faced off in the final head-to-head debate ahead of next week's election.
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Tories promise Brexit and Budget in first 100 days
04/12/2019 | news | politics | 8,641
Boris Johnson's blueprint prompts attacks from Labour, the SNP and Lib Dems.
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McDonnell underlines Labour pledges on inequality
04/12/2019 | news | politics | 1,659
Ten years of Tory rule has led to injustices, he says, but experts say the sums promised are questionable.
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SDLP leader criticises MPs who do not take seats
04/12/2019 | news | politics | 398
Launching his party's manifesto, Colum Eastwood says "decisions are made by those who show up".
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Conservatives pledge £4.2bn for local transport
03/12/2019 | news | politics | 2,340
The party promises new spending on trains, buses and trams outside London.
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UKIP launches 'Brexit and beyond' manifesto
02/12/2019 | news | politics | 720
UKIP promises a "clean-break Brexit" and a cut to net immigration to below 10,000 per year.
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Lib Dems won't support Labour nationalisations
01/12/2019 | news | politics | 337
Jo Swinson says Labour's plans to take utilities back into public ownership are "not the way forward".
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Parties clash over Brexit in TV debate
01/12/2019 | news | politics | 1,286
Senior figures from seven political parties also exchanged views on the NHS and terror legislation.
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Labour pledges to cut rail fares by a third
01/12/2019 | news | business | 3,699
The party vows to slash rail fares and make travel free for young people under the age of 16.
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PM pledges help for struggling firms after Brexit
29/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,050
Boris Johnson also says it will be easier for public bodies to "buy British" if the UK leaves the EU.
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Energy supplier Npower to axe up to 4,500 jobs
29/11/2019 | news | business | 1,123
Three call centres face closure under a restructuring plan that unions called a "cruel blow".
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Row over Johnson debate 'empty chair'
28/11/2019 | news | politics | 2,106
Conservatives say Channel 4 broke impartiality rules while Labour claims the PM is "hiding from scrutiny".
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Lib Dems pledge to end rough sleeping
28/11/2019 | news | politics | 145
The party says it would end no-fault evictions and compel councils to offer emergency accommodation.
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Tory and Labour spending plans 'not credible' - IFS
28/11/2019 | news | politics | 6,069
Both main parties are not being honest ahead of the general election, an influential research group says.
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Labour to change election strategy
27/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,044
The party plans to appeal to voters in Leave-supporting areas, insiders tell the BBC.
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Row over Labour's 'NHS for sale' claim
27/11/2019 | news | politics | 9,603
Jeremy Corbyn says he has proof the NHS is part of US/UK trade talks - but the Tories reject his claim.
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Heseltine: Lifelong Tories should back Lib Dems
26/11/2019 | news | politics | 1,776
The ex-deputy PM says Boris Johnson's claim he can "get Brexit done" by January is "nonsense".
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Child poverty 'will rise' under Tory plans
26/11/2019 | news | uk | 2,884
New analysis of election manifestos shows no major UK party's plans would reduce child poverty.
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Ex-UK diplomat attacks PM's 'Get Brexit done' vow
25/11/2019 | news | politics | 747
Sir Ivan Rogers describes Boris Johnson's "Get Brexit done" election pledge as 'diplomatic amateurism'.
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Labour plans to bring in rent controls
24/11/2019 | news | politics | 2,109
The party is also vowing to "put bad landlords out of business" if it wins the general election.
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Tory manifesto 'to forge a new Britain' - Johnson
23/11/2019 | news | politics | 5,641
Boris Johnson promises to unite the country by getting Brexit done and to boost nurse numbers by 50,000.
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IFS wrong on Labour tax plans, says McDonnell
22/11/2019 | news | politics | 1,873
The shadow chancellor denies the party's manifesto proposals would bring wage cuts and higher prices.
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Brexit Party promises 'political revolution'
21/11/2019 | news | politics | 5,295
Nigel Farage pledges to cut foreign aid, cap immigration and plant trees, as he makes his pitch to voters.
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Tories pledge extra cash for social care
21/11/2019 | news | politics | 259
But Health Secretary Matt Hancock says a long-term plan will require "cross-party consensus".
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Labour vows to 'transform' UK at manifesto launch
20/11/2019 | news | politics | 12,168
The party promises to renationalise key industries, end tuition fees and scrap a rise in the pension age.
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Johnson pledges cut to National Insurance
20/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,578
The PM says he will raise the threshold next year so people do not have to pay until they earn £9,500.
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Lib Dems vow £50bn 'windfall' from stopping Brexit
20/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,333
The "Remain bonus" will go on schools and the low-paid, Jo Swinson says at their manifesto launch.
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Tories reject criticism in debate 'fact-check' row
20/11/2019 | news | politics | 1,950
The party says it is entitled to rebut "nonsense" amid calls for action over rebranded Twitter account.
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Lib Dems promise 20,000 more teachers
19/11/2019 | news | politics | 582
The party is promising billions more for schools in England, taken from a £50bn so-called "Remain bonus".
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Workers under Labour 'will take back control'
19/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,469
John McDonnell also says there would be a cap on chief executives' pay in the public sector.
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Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit
19/11/2019 | news | politics | 8,686
Nearly 7 million people watched leaders lock horns over the NHS in the first TV debate of the election.
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Income tax rise will boost NHS budget - Lib Dems
18/11/2019 | news | politics | 507
The penny rise would allow it to match Labour's NHS front-line spending plans, the party says.
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Lib Dems and SNP lose ITV debate legal challenge
18/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,361
The parties took the channel to court after their leaders were left out its head-to-head debate.
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PM shelves business tax cut to help fund NHS
17/11/2019 | news | politics | 6,291
Boris Johnson says public services will benefit as planned corporation tax cuts are put on hold.
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Tories promise help for 'left-behind' towns
14/11/2019 | news | politics | 282
A reduction in business rates for small firms is among a raft of measures pledged by the Conservatives.
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Labour pledges free broadband for all
14/11/2019 | news | politics | 7,603
Labour would part-nationalise BT to deliver the policy and tax tech giants to help cover the £20bn cost.
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Corbyn v Johnson fact-checked
14/11/2019 | news | politics | 794
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have clashed in the first leaders' debate, we've been looking into some of their claims.
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Party plans would ‘boost minimum pay for millions’
14/11/2019 | news | business | 196
The plans would double or treble the number whose wages are set by government, a think tank says.
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Donald Tusk: Don't give up on stopping Brexit
13/11/2019 | news | politics | 2,356
The outgoing European Council chief says leaving the EU would leave the UK a "second-rate player".
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Tories will seek to reduce unskilled migration
13/11/2019 | news | politics | 4,540
The party says it will not set "arbitrary" targets but will aim to reduce immigration if it wins the election.
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Gauke: Tory majority 'bad outcome for country'
12/11/2019 | news | politics | 1,791
The former Conservative justice secretary will stand as an independent to oppose a "hard Brexit".
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PM vows to close 'opportunity gap' after Brexit
12/11/2019 | news | politics | 4,467
Boris Johnson says the Tories will double funding for research and development if they win the election.
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UK wage growth slows as unemployment falls
12/11/2019 | news | business | 378
Average earnings increased by 3.6% over the three months to September, while unemployment fell by 23,000.
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Farage: Tories should stand down in Labour seats
12/11/2019 | news | politics | 2,117
The Brexit Party leader insists his candidates will run in Labour-held seats in the North and Midlands.
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Tories in fresh attack on Labour spending plans
11/11/2019 | news | politics | 737
Labour rejects Tory calculations about what their economic policies would cost as "more fake news".
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Lib Dems pledge £5bn for flood prevention
11/11/2019 | news | politics | 234
Jo Swinson and Jeremy Corbyn urge ministers to declare a national emergency to deal with recent floods.
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Labour promises free jobs retraining for adults
11/11/2019 | news | education | 1,530
Labour pledges a £3bn increase in adult education investment to update skills for work.
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Brexit Party rules out standing in Tory seats
11/11/2019 | news | politics | 9,591
Nigel Farage says the party will not contest seats won by the Tories in 2017, but will stand against Labour.
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'Remainers who want to fight for EU need Labour'
08/11/2019 | news | uk | 83
Keir Starmer says a new referendum can only come about if his party forms the next UK government.
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Johnson and Corbyn to face off in live BBC debate
08/11/2019 | news | politics | 4,335
There will also be a seven-way podium debate between major parties and Question Time specials.
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No checks on goods between NI and GB, says PM
08/11/2019 | news | uk | 1,549
Boris Johnson briefed Northern Ireland Conservative members but did he get all the details correct?
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Farage makes last ditch plea for pact with Tories
07/11/2019 | news | uk | 918
The Brexit Party leader says he will try "for a few more days" to agree a leave alliance.
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Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid agree election pact
07/11/2019 | news | politics | 2,456
The pro-Remain parties have said the agreement will cover 60 seats across England and Wales.
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Labour and Tories pledge more borrowing
06/11/2019 | news | politics | 4,899
John McDonnell sets out investment plans, as the Tories also vow to spend on infrastructure.
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Johnson says he had 'no choice' over election
05/11/2019 | news | politics | 7,792
Boris Johnson tells supporters he needed to get Parliament working again, as he launches the campaign.
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Rail workers to hold 27 days of strikes
05/11/2019 | news | uk | 1,048
The stoppage will affect South Western Railway services in December and on New Year's Day.
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Labour has clear and simple Brexit plan - Corbyn
05/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,902
But the Tories say his proposal for a new deal and referendum within six months is a "fairy tale".
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Election could bring 'seismic change' - Swinson
04/11/2019 | news | politics | 7,129
The Lib Dem leader says a government led by her would "stop Brexit and build a brighter future".
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Public spending 'to rocket' in next parliament
03/11/2019 | news | business | 733
Government spending will climb to 1970s levels, whichever party wins the election, research claims.
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Two left in contest for new Commons Speaker
03/11/2019 | news | politics | 3,299
Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Chris Bryant go through to the final round of voting to find John Bercow's successor.
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Don't use NHS as political weapon - health bosses
03/11/2019 | news | politics | 1,653
Politicians are urged not to make "empty promises" and tell "outright lies" about health funding.
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Farage calls on Johnson to 'build Leave alliance'
01/11/2019 | news | politics | 9,438
The Brexit Party leader says the PM must ditch his EU deal - or he will stand candidates against Tories.
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Farage wants election 'alliance' with Tories
31/10/2019 | news | politics | 1,729
The Brexit Party leader hints at a pact but does not reveal how many candidates his party will field.
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Corbyn launches Labour campaign to 'transform' UK
30/10/2019 | news | politics | 12,072
The Labour leader vows to take on the "elite" in "radical" election pitch, but the PM blames him for delaying Brexit.
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Remain parties in electoral pact 'negotiations'
30/10/2019 | news | politics | 1,491
Pro-Remain parties are planning to work together to prevent a Conservative majority at December's poll.
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Leaders in pre-election clash on NHS and economy
30/10/2019 | news | politics | 9,377
Jeremy Corbyn says Labour offers "real change" but Boris Johnson accuses him of "protest" politics at PMQs.
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MPs close to backing December election
29/10/2019 | news | uk | 10,103
MPs approve the principle of a pre-Christmas poll but there is wrangling over the exact date.
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Typical home '£800 pricier than a year ago'
29/10/2019 | news | business | 162
The annual rise in UK house prices has been at less than 1% for each of the last 11 months, the lenders says.
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Christmas markets hit by Brexit costs
28/10/2019 | news | business | 212
Organisers have brought goods to the UK early to avoid any difficulties with the UK's exit from the EU.
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PM agrees to Brexit extension - but urges election
28/10/2019 | news | politics | 9,583
MPs vote on a December poll - as Boris Johnson officially accepts a further Brexit delay until 31 January.
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Key word 'adequate' removed from Brexit plan
27/10/2019 | news | business | 668
Worker rights: UK negotiators remove “adequate” from employment and environmental standards enforcement.
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Archbishop warns MPs to avoid 'dangerous' language
27/10/2019 | news | uk | 3,038
Justin Welby said it was "extraordinarily dangerous" for MPs to make careless comments.
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EU agrees to Brexit delay - but no date yet
24/10/2019 | news | politics | 8,978
Ambassadors agree to postpone the 31 October deadline, but will not decide a date until next week.
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PM to try for 12 December election
24/10/2019 | news | politics | 5,356
Labour says it will "absolutely support" an election but only if a no-deal Brexit is "off the table".
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Government wins vote on Queen's Speech
24/10/2019 | news | politics | 1,797
MPs approved Boris Johnson's legislative agenda, which includes bills on Brexit and the NHS.
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EU Brexit extension decision expected on Friday
24/10/2019 | news | politics | 1,573
Most EU leaders favour a three-month delay - but France is sceptical about it, the BBC understands.
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No 10 denies government division over Brexit plans
24/10/2019 | news | politics | 3,592
Ministers are being urged to go for an early election - but some want to get a Brexit deal through first.
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Johnson and Corbyn meet amid Brexit uncertainty
23/10/2019 | news | politics | 5,816
They fail to agree a new timetable to get the PM's deal into law, as the EU considers delaying Brexit.
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PM to seek election if EU agrees three-month delay
23/10/2019 | news | politics | 2,037
It comes as Boris Johnson "pauses" his Brexit bill after MPs reject his fast-track Commons timetable.
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Brexit bill 'in limbo' as MPs reject timetable
22/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,685
Boris Johnson pauses Brexit legislation after MPs reject plan to get it through Commons in three days.
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PM to pull Brexit bill if timetable not approved
22/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,270
No 10 will push for an election if MPs rule out passing the bill in three days and the EU grants a Brexit delay.
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PM aims to push Brexit bill through in three days
22/10/2019 | news | politics | 3,962
Boris Johnson urges Parliament to approve his intensive timetable but opposition MPs want more time.
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MPs' vote on Brexit deal ruled out by Speaker
21/10/2019 | news | politics | 6,735
The government says it is disappointed, but will go ahead with introducing legislation putting the deal into law.
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PM sends unsigned request seeking Brexit delay
19/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,026
No 10 source says an accompanying letter makes clear Boris Johnson believes an extension would be a mistake.
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Pound's gains erased amid Brexit deal jitters
17/10/2019 | news | business | 268
Sterling jumps at first on news of a deal, but falls back after the DUP reiterates its opposition.
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New Brexit deal agreed but DUP refuses support
17/10/2019 | news | politics | 10,941
The prime minister hails "excellent deal" with the EU, but a successful vote in Parliament is not yet certain.
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PM will send Brexit extension letter, court told
04/10/2019 | news | politics | 5,756
But Boris Johnson says the UK will still leave on 31 October "new deal or no deal - but no delay".
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EU 'open but unconvinced' by UK PM's Brexit plan
03/10/2019 | news | world | 1,816
Britain's latest proposals for leaving the EU fall short of what is required to get a deal, the bloc's leaders say.
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PM 'can't be trusted' on Brexit delay, court told
03/10/2019 | news | uk | 3,386
Government promises that it is prepared to write a letter seeking an Article 50 extension are contradictory, claim campaigners.
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PM: Brexit plan 'genuine attempt to bridge chasm'
03/10/2019 | news | politics | 7,497
The PM updates MPs on his Brexit proposals but Jeremy Corbyn says the plans are "unrealistic".
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UK facing 'heightened risk of recession'
03/10/2019 | news | business | 1,068
Closely-watched surveys suggest the UK economy has contracted for the second quarter in a row.
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Boris Johnson sets out Brexit plan to MPs
02/10/2019 | news | politics | 2,183
The PM's plan would see Northern Ireland stay in the single market for goods but leave the customs union.
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Government publishes new Brexit proposals
02/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,477
The PM's plan would see Northern Ireland stay in the EU single market for goods and new customs checks away from the border.
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Johnson: No-deal only alternative to Brexit plan
02/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,571
Addressing his party conference in Manchester, the PM says his offer requires compromise on both sides.
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Corbyn must head 'interim government' - Labour
01/10/2019 | news | politics | 4,504
John McDonnell also says a no confidence vote is "unlikely" before 17 October's EU council meeting.
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Johnson: Irish customs checks will be 'reality'
01/10/2019 | news | politics | 6,911
But the PM rejects reports there could be a series of customs posts set five or 10 miles back.
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Javid pledges National Living Wage rise
30/09/2019 | news | politics | 4,210
The chancellor says it will be £10.50 an hour by 2024, with a lower age threshold - down from 25 to 21.
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No confidence vote 'won't happen this week'
30/09/2019 | news | politics | 2,224
Opposition party leaders say they are united in wanting to block a no-deal Brexit after a meeting.
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Javid promises 'significant response' to no-deal
29/09/2019 | news | politics | 5,888
The chancellor holds out the prospect of tax cuts, as the PM faces more questions about his conduct.
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Private schools say abolition would be vote-loser
27/09/2019 | news | education | 897
Independent-school leaders hit back at Labour's plans to ban fee-paying schools.
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UK 'planning concrete Brexit proposals'
27/09/2019 | news | politics | 8,596
Minister Stephen Barclay says the "moment of truth" is approaching, as Brussels asks for new ideas.
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MPs reject Parliament recess for Tory conference
26/09/2019 | news | politics | 5,957
It is the seventh vote the government has lost in the Commons since Boris Johnson became PM.
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SNP wants confidence vote to remove 'zombie' PM
25/09/2019 | news | uk | 2,794
The party calls on other opposition leaders to unite around a no confidence motion that would remove Boris Johnson from office.
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Suspending Parliament was unlawful, court rules
24/09/2019 | news | politics | 19,486
Boris Johnson says he "profoundly disagrees" with the judges' decision, but MPs will return on Wednesday.
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Brexit secretary: EU and UK share common purpose
20/09/2019 | news | politics | 7,467
Both sides promise to look for an agreement ahead of 31 October, following a meeting in Brussels.
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UKIP conference amidst row over leader's no-show
19/09/2019 | news | uk | 298
New leader Richard Braine's non-attendance due to "low ticket sales" is described as "an insult".
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UK shares Brexit documents with EU
19/09/2019 | news | politics | 3,912
A UK government statement says the written documents "reflect the ideas the UK has put forward".
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Parliament suspended 'to stop MPs interfering'
19/09/2019 | news | politics | 3,868
The final day saw a submission from ex-PM Sir John Major - but a decision won't come until next week.
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UK 'has 12 days to set out Brexit plans'
18/09/2019 | news | politics | 2,150
The Finnish PM says EU leaders need written proposals by the end of September.
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Brexit talks 'should not be a pretence' - Barnier
18/09/2019 | news | politics | 4,459
The government insists "constructive" talks are ongoing after the EU's chief negotiator's remarks.
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Second day of legal prorogation battle ends
17/09/2019 | news | politics | 5,749
Judges at the Supreme Court continued to hear arguments over the legality of suspending Parliament.
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Giant Yorkshire mine faces uncertain future
17/09/2019 | news | business | 133
Developer Sirius Minerals has to cancel plans to issue a £403m bond to finance the project.
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Swinson: Being a woman is not a weakness
16/09/2019 | news | politics | 5,530
Jo Swinson vows to "take on" Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Nigel Farage - and says she can be PM.
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Prorogation case 'a difficult question of law'
16/09/2019 | news | politics | 8,830
The Supreme Court hears competing arguments about the legality of the PM's decision to suspend Parliament.
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Brexit is a 'nightmare', says Luxembourg PM
15/09/2019 | news | politics | 11,413
Boris Johnson misses a press conference amid noisy protests, but says there has been "a lot of work".
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Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit
15/09/2019 | news | politics | 1,298
Members vote in favour of the policy, which would see the party revoke Article 50 if they took power.
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PM 'won't be deterred' from Brexit on 31 October
13/09/2019 | news | politics | 7,887
Boris Johnson says the UK will leave by the deadline, but he is "cautiously optimistic" of getting a deal.
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Brexit Party forms pact for Hartlepool control
13/09/2019 | news | uk | 876
The Brexit Party formed the pact with Tories and independents to "put country before party".
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DUP denies changing position on Brexit
12/09/2019 | news | uk | 1,519
The Times says the party has agreed to drop its objections to regulatory checks in the Irish Sea.
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Bercow warns PM against disobeying Brexit law
12/09/2019 | news | politics | 3,797
The Speaker says MPs will show "creativity" to avoid being bypassed, but is accused of being "politicised".
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PM denies lying to Queen over Parliament suspension
12/09/2019 | news | politics | 9,220
Boris Johnson denies lying over his reasons for the shutdown, after Scottish judges rule it unlawful.
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Commons recall urged after no-deal papers released
12/09/2019 | news | politics | 4,603
Labour wants MPs to return to Parliament to scrutinise the government's plans for no deal.
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MPs demand Parliament be recalled after court case
11/09/2019 | news | politics | 3,263
Opposition parties say it should return as soon as possible so scrutiny of the government can resume.
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Judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful
11/09/2019 | news | uk | 13,691
Scotland's highest court says Boris Johnson, in effect, misled the Queen over the move.
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There is a way to get a Brexit deal, PM insists
10/09/2019 | news | politics | 5,030
Boris Johnson also rebuffs criticism of Parliament's five-week shutdown as a "load of nonsense".
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Protests as five-week Parliament shutdown begins
10/09/2019 | news | politics | 4,251
In dramatic scenes in the Commons, MPs hold up signs, chant and sing songs to protest against the suspension.
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PM's second attempt to trigger election fails
09/09/2019 | news | politics | 10,714
MPs reject a second call from Boris Johnson for a snap election, before the suspension of Parliament begins.
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No-deal Brexit 'would be a failure' - Johnson
06/09/2019 | news | world | 4,784
Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar say "common ground was established" at their meeting in Dublin.
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Opposition parties united against PM’s election bid
06/09/2019 | news | politics | 13,614
Labour and other parties vow to block mid-October election, as Lords pass anti-no-deal Brexit bill.
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