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Pickles and Lilley among former Tory ministers to get peerages

Pickles and Lilley among former Tory ministers to get peerages

Image copyright PA Image caption Sir Eric Pickles is among those going to the House of Lords Downing Street has nominated nine new Conservative peers, including a number of former ministers, to sit in the House of Lords. Among those put forward for a peerage are former communities secretary Sir Eric Pickles and former trade […]

Speaker John Bercow facing new outburst claims

Speaker John Bercow facing new outburst claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption John Bercow has been Speaker since 2009 Commons Speaker John Bercow has acknowledged that “strong and differing views were expressed” in the House of Commons, after claims he called a cabinet minister “a stupid woman”. The Daily Telegraph reported he made the comments about Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom under […]

Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was elected to the Welsh Assembly for UKIP in 2016 Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP group leader in the Welsh Assembly. The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones. It comes after a day of wrangling over the Mid and […]

Betting machine stakes cut to £2

Betting machine stakes cut to £2

Image copyright PA The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2 under new rules unveiled by the government. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games such as roulette. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch said reducing the stake to £2 “will reduce harm for the […]

John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee

John Bercow investigation blocked by MP standards committee

Media captionJohn Bercow is asked in the Commons about bullying allegations against him An investigation into allegations of bullying by Commons Speaker John Bercow has been voted against by a committee of MPs. The standards committee voted by three to two that Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone should not hold the investigation. It followed […]

Grenfell Tower: Government review does not urge cladding ban

Grenfell Tower: Government review does not urge cladding ban

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Grenfell Tower fire claimed the lives of 71 people in June 2017 A review of building regulations set up after the Grenfell tragedy has called for a “radical rethink” of the safety system, but has stopped short of proposing a ban on flammable cladding. Dame Judith Hackitt is […]

Fixed-odds betting stakes ‘to be cut to £2’

Fixed-odds betting stakes ‘to be cut to £2’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fixed-odds betting machines have games similar to fruit machines, as well as roulette and blackjack The government is set to announce new rules to govern fixed-odds betting terminals later, with the maximum stake expected to be cut to £2. Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds […]

Brexit at PMQs: Corbyn tells PM to ‘step aside’ and let Labour do deal

Brexit at PMQs: Corbyn tells PM to ‘step aside’ and let Labour do deal

Image copyright PA Theresa May should “step aside” and let Labour do the Brexit deal if she cannot even get her ministers to agree on their aims, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The “uncertainty” facing the UK because of the lack of cabinet agreement on future trade plans was holding back economic growth, Labour’s leader said. […]

East Coast train line to be put into public control

East Coast train line to be put into public control

Image copyright PA Rail services on East Coast Main Line are being brought back under UK government control. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told parliament that taking control would provide the smoothest transition to a operation. The loss-making service is being renamed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It is the third time in a decade […]

Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs

Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs

Media captionRachel Reeves says Carillion directors ‘destroyed a British company’ Carillion’s board presided over a “rotten corporate culture” and was culpable for its “costly collapse”, two committees of MPs have concluded. They also called for a potential break-up of the big four audit firms, after they “waved though” the indebted construction firm’s accounts. And they […]