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Johnson urges UK to 'move on' from Cummings row
26/05/2020 | news | politics | 15,704
The PM rules out an inquiry into the conduct of his top aide at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.
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Minister quits over Cummings' lockdown actions
26/05/2020 | news | politics | 14,545
Douglas Ross quits the government as more than 35 Conservative MPs call for Dominic Cummings to go.
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Cummings: I don't regret what I did
25/05/2020 | news | politics | 15,297
The PM's top aide says he "behaved reasonably" as he explains why he drove to Co Durham during lockdown.
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School reopening plan will go ahead, says PM
24/05/2020 | news | education | 3,226
Some year groups in England will return on 1 June, with others going back two weeks later, he says.
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Quarantine plans for UK arrivals unveiled
22/05/2020 | news | uk | 4,734
From 8 June, people arriving in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days - but some workers will be exempt.
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NHS fees to be scrapped for overseas health staff
21/05/2020 | news | politics | 2,759
NHS staff and care workers from abroad are to be exempt, as Labour calls it "the right thing to do".
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Net migration from outside EU hits 'highest level'
21/05/2020 | news | politics | 2,399
Official figures show an estimated 282,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in 2019.
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Track and trace system in place from June - PM
20/05/2020 | news | uk | 4,494
It comes as Labour accuses the government of leaving a "huge hole" in the UK's coronavirus defences.
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Government publishes 'approach' to EU trade deal
19/05/2020 | news | politics | 3,081
Michael Gove says the bloc held up talks with its "ideological approach" as the UK publishes its plans.
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MPs give initial backing to immigration bill
18/05/2020 | news | politics | 5,114
The legislation paves the way for the UK to create a new post-Brexit immigration system.
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We owe it to children to open schools - Williamson
16/05/2020 | news | uk | 5,304
The education secretary acknowledges some parents are "very anxious" about schools reopening in England.
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UK warns of 'very little progress' in EU talks
15/05/2020 | news | politics | 3,738
Disagreements remain over fishing and competition as the EU's Michel Barnier warns of a stalemate.
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Coronavirus antibody test a 'positive development'
14/05/2020 | news | health | 3,824
The test, now approved in the UK, can tell who has had Covid-19 - but gives no guarantee they are immune.
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Chancellor says UK facing 'significant recession'
12/05/2020 | news | business | 7,223
The UK's economy shrank at the fastest pace since 2008 during the first three months of the year.
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MPs urge UK ban on chlorinated chicken
12/05/2020 | news | science | 1,389
Hormone-fed beef and chlorine-washed chicken should remain banned in England. the government is warned.
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Foreign holiday season 'likely to be cancelled'
12/05/2020 | news | business | 3,665
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says "big, lavish international holidays" are unlikely this summer.
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Class size of 15 when primary schools return
11/05/2020 | news | education | 2,353
Primary year groups in England could all have a month at school before summer, in latest Covid-19 plans.
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Arrivals from France to escape UK quarantine
10/05/2020 | news | business | 2,669
The UK government says the new measures will not apply to those travelling from France.
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UK 'to bring in 14-day air passenger quarantine'
08/05/2020 | news | business | 9,501
An airline industry body says it has been told coronavirus quarantining will start from the end of May.
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Bank of England warns of sharp UK recession
06/05/2020 | news | business | 5,332
Bank head Andrew Bailey tells the BBC there will be no quick return to normality after the hit to jobs and income.
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PM 'bitterly regrets' care home crisis
06/05/2020 | news | politics | 4,336
The PM says government is "working hard" to tackle it - and sets 200,000 test aim by end of month.
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UK coronavirus death toll higher than Italy's
05/05/2020 | news | uk | 5,283
The figure of 29,427 deaths is "a massive tragedy", the foreign secretary says, but steers clear of comparisons.
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Starting gun to be fired on UK-US trade talks
04/05/2020 | news | politics | 1,027
Ministers say they will drive a "hard bargain" but Labour say they must be "wary" of President Trump.
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World leaders pledge billions for vaccine fight
04/05/2020 | news | world | 2,692
More than $8bn (£6.5bn) are pledged to help develop a vaccine and fund research into treatments.
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Thousands signal interest in Covid-19 plasma trial
01/05/2020 | news | health | 1,251
It is hoped the antibodies recovered patients have built up will help clear the virus in others.
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UK tests pass government's 100,000-a-day target
01/05/2020 | news | uk | 6,758
A third of the government's 122,300 tests in 24 hours were sent in the post but not necessarily completed.
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UK past the peak of coronavirus, says PM
30/04/2020 | news | uk | 3,304
Boris Johnson says he will set out a plan next week on the economy, schools and transport beyond lockdown.
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Eurozone economy shrinks at record rate
30/04/2020 | news | business | 872
Single currency nations see a sharp fall in GDP during the first quarter of the year.
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UK coronavirus deaths pass 26,000
29/04/2020 | news | uk | 2,512
The foreign secretary says the figure is not a "sudden surge", as it includes retrospective deaths.
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Schools will reopen in phases, says Williamson
29/04/2020 | news | education | 2,117
When schools go back it will not initially be for all pupils, the education secretary told MPs.
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Johnson 'focused on PPE delivery' on return to work
28/04/2020 | news | politics | 1,956
The government responds to a BBC Panorama investigation on shortages of protective equipment for NHS.
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This is the moment of maximum risk, Johnson says
27/04/2020 | news | uk | 5,932
The PM returns as ministers pledge £60,000 for the families of NHS and care staff who die with Covid-19.
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Some High Street names won't be back, warns Timpson
27/04/2020 | news | business | 1,939
The repair company will reopen some of its outlets this week with strict safety measures in place.
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'Disappointing' progress in UK-EU trade talks
24/04/2020 | news | politics | 7,197
The EU's chief negotiator says the 'clock is ticking' as the UK calls for "constructive" talks.
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Does hospital deaths milestone mean failure for UK?
23/04/2020 | news | health | 2,019
Limiting the outbreak to 20,000 deaths was meant to be a 'good outcome'. How bad will it get?
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First patients injected in UK Covid vaccine trial
23/04/2020 | news | health | 1,761
The first two people have been injected as part of a UK study of a Covid-19 vaccine.
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UK borrowing in 'colossal increase' to fight virus
23/04/2020 | news | business | 2,361
The deficit will hit levels not seen in peacetime, says the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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MPs approve new way of working as Commons returns
20/04/2020 | news | politics | 1,231
Questions via video link and a restriction on the number of MPs in the chamber are among the new measures.
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PM fears second peak from relaxing lockdown
20/04/2020 | news | politics | 5,953
Government sources say measures are likely to be modified rather than eased in three weeks.
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RAF plane en route to Turkey amid NHS kit row
20/04/2020 | news | uk | 4,564
The government says it is working "around the clock" to end the shortage of protective gear.
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Councils 'on brink of financial failure'
17/04/2020 | news | politics | 1,723
Coronavirus has seen costs of supporting vulnerable people increase just as councils' incomes drop.
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IMF head warns on Brexit trade deal failure
15/04/2020 | news | business | 2,158
Failure to get a Brexit trade deal would make a coronavirus recession 'even tougher' says IMF chief.
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Publish exit strategy this week - Labour
14/04/2020 | news | politics | 4,977
Labour urges clarity - but ministers say is too soon to talk about easing coronavirus restrictions.
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Chancellor warns of 'tough times' for UK economy
14/04/2020 | news | business | 4,408
A forecast suggests coronavirus will have "serious implications" for the UK economy, Rishi Sunak says.
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One in five deaths now linked to coronavirus
14/04/2020 | news | health | 4,641
Coronavirus prompts spike in mortality with data showing weekly deaths have hit a record high.
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Government agrees emergency funding deal with Bank
09/04/2020 | news | business | 2,103
The government is set to borrow billions of pounds from its emergency Bank of England overdraft.
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China and the US trade coronavirus conspiracy theories
08/04/2020 | news | world | 159
Conspiracy theories about Covid-19 have been spreading online since the early days of the outbreak.
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Police warning after 660 illegal parties shut down
08/04/2020 | news | uk | 4,512
Greater Manchester Police says some house parties even featured bouncy castles, DJs or fireworks.
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'Without the deliveries my children would starve'
08/04/2020 | news | uk | 456
The Countryside Alliance said volunteers are bringing supplies to isolated rural communities.
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More than 9 million workers could be furloughed
07/04/2020 | news | business | 1,957
New analysis underlines a surge in demand for the government's Job Retention Scheme.
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Warning over daily coronavirus death figures
04/04/2020 | news | health | 1,717
Spikes or dips may in part reflect bottlenecks in the reporting system, rather than real changes in the trend.
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'Stay at home' plea as Easter holiday looms
03/04/2020 | news | uk | 1,407
Warm weather is expected but the coronavirus lockdown remains in place, authorities warn.
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First coronavirus field hospital opens in London
03/04/2020 | news | uk | 3,001
It comes as the Queen will address the nation on Sunday, as the number of deaths rises to 3,602.
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Can the UK do 100,000 coronavirus tests a day?
03/04/2020 | news | health | 3,885
The government has pledged to increase daily testing tenfold by the end of the month.
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Hancock aims for 100,000 tests a day by May
02/04/2020 | news | uk | 2,889
Just over 10,000 people were tested in the UK on Wednesday, as coronavirus deaths rose to 2,921.
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When will we know if the UK lockdown is working?
02/04/2020 | news | health | 2,307
Almost two weeks after Britons were confined to their homes, is the coronavirus curve flattening?
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A fifth of smaller firms 'will run out of cash'
31/03/2020 | news | business | 1,757
Despite government help, almost 20% of UK firms are unlikely to get the money they need to survive.
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Delay Brexit deadline amid coronavirus, say MEPs
30/03/2020 | news | politics | 2,494
The UK is due to stop following EU rules by the end of 2020 but a group of MEPs say the date should be pushed back.
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Government cracks down on coronavirus fake news
29/03/2020 | news | technology | 1,889
A rapid response unit is working with social media firms to take down misleading or harmful content.
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Things to get worse before getting better, PM says
28/03/2020 | news | politics | 5,154
Measures to target coronavirus may get tougher, Boris Johnson says in letter sent to every UK home.
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How fast is the coronavirus growing in the UK?
26/03/2020 | news | health | 3,850
Comparing the UK’s epidemic to other countries after Friday saw the biggest rise in deaths so far.
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'Mix-up' over EU ventilator scheme
26/03/2020 | news | politics | 4,482
Labour demands an "urgent explanation" from ministers over why they did not join EU equipment plan.
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Tesco restricts online orders to 80 items each
26/03/2020 | news | business | 1,398
It is the latest in a series of measures to safeguard people and supplies during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Record number of Americans file for unemployment
26/03/2020 | news | business | 1,120
The number of people in the US seeking jobless benefits jumped to nearly 3.3 million last week.
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NHS staff to get free parking amid virus outbreak
26/03/2020 | news | politics | 863
A petition signed by 400,000 called on the government to thank NHS staff by axing the fees.
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How safe is takeaway food and grocery shopping?
25/03/2020 | news | science | 775
If coronavirus can be transferred on to surfaces, safe food shopping presents challenges.
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PM thanks 500,000 who have signed up to help NHS
25/03/2020 | news | uk | 2,948
The role of volunteers will be "absolutely crucial" in fighting coronavirus, says Boris Johnson.
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UK construction workers fear for their safety
24/03/2020 | news | business | 2,142
Pressure is growing on government to act to protect construction workers against the coronavirus risk.
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Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM
23/03/2020 | news | uk | 3,797
Gatherings of more than two people are banned, shops ordered to close and social events halted as part of rules to keep Britons at home and stop the spread of coronavirus.
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Greggs to close all stores to prevent virus spread
22/03/2020 | news | technology | 1,675
Restaurant chains including McDonald's and Nando's close, saying they want to protect staff and customers.
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Stay at home to stay safe, 1.5 million advised
21/03/2020 | news | uk | 6,986
They will be advised to stay at home for 12 weeks, as the UK's death total reaches 281.
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Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’
20/03/2020 | news | uk | 2,545
The government's scientific advisers say this will help to limit the spread of coronavirus.
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Chancellor prepares wage package rescue plan
19/03/2020 | news | business | 2,203
Rishi Sunak is expected to launch a fresh package of measures to try to protect millions of UK jobs.
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UK interest rates cut to lowest level in history
19/03/2020 | news | business | 3,271
The Bank of England takes more emergency action to support the British economy.
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When will the coronavirus outbreak end?
19/03/2020 | news | health | 2,128
The huge challenge the world faces to find an exit strategy to end the lockdowns and return to normal.
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Pound plunges to its lowest level in over 30 years
18/03/2020 | news | business | 2,540
The pound falls to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, trading at $1.15.
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Analysis: UK changes course amid death toll fears
16/03/2020 | news | health | 1,889
Ministers were warned hundreds of thousands of people in the UK would die without stronger measures.
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Many schools 'will not be able to open past Friday'
16/03/2020 | news | education | 3,273
Many schools will not be able to stay open past the end of the week, says a head teachers' leader.
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US stocks see worst fall since 1987 on virus fears
16/03/2020 | news | business | 4,540
Wall Street's Dow Jones slides 12.9% as Donald Trump says economy "may be" heading for recession.
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EU drafts post-Brexit trade deal ahead of talks
13/03/2020 | news | politics | 2,344
The legal text has been sent to the 27 member states, but the UK is expected to reject most of it.
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'No apology' for borrowing, says chancellor
12/03/2020 | news | politics | 2,896
Rishi Sunak says low interest rates make the £30bn Budget package "the right economic thing to do".
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Sunak pumps billions into economy to combat virus
11/03/2020 | news | politics | 3,936
The chancellor warns the outbreak is likely to cause a temporary but significant disruption to the UK economy, in his first Budget.
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Government wins vote after Huawei rebellion
09/03/2020 | news | politics | 1,984
Rebel Tory MPs fail to pass their amendment blocking the company's involvement in the UK's 5G network.
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Von der Leyen: UK 'must consider deal trade-offs'
09/03/2020 | news | politics | 2,815
She says the closer the UK's access to the single market, the more it has to adhere to EU rules.
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Brexit preparations cost UK more than £4bn
05/03/2020 | news | politics | 3,074
In October last year, 22,000 civil servants were working on Brexit, the public spending watchdog said.
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Barnier: Serious issues remain over trade deal
05/03/2020 | news | politics | 2,915
The EU's negotiator said the first round of trade talks had revealed "very difficult" areas to resolve.
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BBC 'must reflect nation' says culture secretary
05/03/2020 | news | entertainment | 3,252
Oliver Dowden says the corporation needs to do more to reflect the UK's "genuine diversity".
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UK fishermen 'to face trading friction with EU'
04/03/2020 | news | politics | 1,185
Environment Secretary George Eustice says firms will "probably" need to fill in export certificates.
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UK expects 0.16% economic boost from US trade deal
02/03/2020 | news | politics | 3,154
The UK sets out its strategy for trade talks with US - as separate talks with the EU get under way.
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No 'artificial deadlines' in EU talks, UK warned
28/02/2020 | news | politics | 4,083
France's Europe minister says the focus must be on substance, as details and timings of the talks emerge.
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UK prepared to ditch EU trade talks in June
26/02/2020 | news | politics | 8,249
Michael Gove says the UK will not accept any alignment with EU laws, as he announces the UK's strategy.
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Javid: I resigned to uphold 'sensible' government
26/02/2020 | news | politics | 1,965
The ex-chancellor tells MPs No 10's plan to remove his advisers was not in the "national interest".
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UK 'would be insane' to let in chlorinated chicken
25/02/2020 | news | business | 3,073
Farmers say allowing food imports that would be illegal to produce in the UK would be "morally bankrupt".
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Whitehall HR boss sought amid Number 10 'tensions'
24/02/2020 | news | politics | 1,828
The £60,000-a-year role involves overseeing the recruitment and treatment of special advisers.
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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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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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Tory MPs warn No 10 against conflict with BBC
17/02/2020 | news | politics | 3,349
No 10 is urged not to pick fight with broadcaster amid reports it wants it "massively pruned back".
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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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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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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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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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Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge idea investigated
10/02/2020 | news | politics | 3,227
Number 10 says "a range of government officials" are looking at the idea of a linking bridge.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MPs' vote on Brexit bill planned for Friday
16/12/2019 | news | politics | 4,783
No 10 says the government wants to begin the legislation process before Christmas.
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Sturgeon: Scotland 'cannot be imprisoned' in UK
15/12/2019 | news | politics | 960
The Scottish first minister tells the BBC that if the union is to continue, "it can only be by consent".
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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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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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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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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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