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Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Rent-a-church spire plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Church of England has the third-largest rural estate in the country Church spires could be used to boost mobile and broadband coverage in rural areas under an agreement between the UK government and the Church of England. The government has committed to achieving good-quality mobile connectivity across the […]

‘Everything depends on the UK red lines’

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Pro-Corbyn group accused of blocking NEC officer vote

Pro-Corbyn group accused of blocking NEC officer vote

Image copyright Getty Images A row has broken out at Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) gathering after a vote to elect a new chair was cancelled. The winner of the election, expected to have been Ann Black, would have joined the eight-strong group of “(core) officers” within Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), which is considered […]

UKIP members vote to sack embattled leader Henry Bolton

UKIP members vote to sack embattled leader Henry Bolton

Media captionOutgoing chairman Paul Oakden reads the result of the vote UKIP members have voted to sack leader Henry Bolton after controversy over racist messages sent by his partner. The former army officer’s fate was decided after 63% voted to back a no confidence motion at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in Birmingham. He had […]

Theresa May warns EU not to block post-Brexit security deal

Theresa May warns EU not to block post-Brexit security deal

Image copyright Getty Images Theresa May will warn EU leaders that public safety will suffer if they allow “political doctrine and ideology” to hamper post-Brexit security arrangements. The prime minister will say she wants a new partnership of unprecedented “depth and breadth” when the UK leaves the EU. In a speech to the Munich Security […]

Merkel ‘curious not frustrated’ after Theresa May meeting

Merkel ‘curious not frustrated’ after Theresa May meeting

Image copyright AFP Angela Merkel has said she is “not frustrated” by the Brexit process but is “curious” to know more about the UK’s aims after meeting Theresa May. The German chancellor said she hoped to establish “common ground” on future trade goals in the coming months and wanted a “close partnership” of equals. Mrs […]

Oxfam agrees to withdraw government funding bids

Oxfam agrees to withdraw government funding bids

Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has agreed to stop bidding for UK government funding until it can show it meets the “high standards” required, ministers say. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the charity had “a long way to go” before regaining the trust of the public, its staff and the people it aims to help. […]

Lecturers want ‘radical’ tuition fee review

Lecturers want ‘radical’ tuition fee review

University staff are calling for a “radical” overhaul of tuition fees and higher education funding in England in a review of student finance. Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers’ union, says the review must be more than “tinkering at the edges”. The review, to be formally announced in the next few days, follows a […]

Bradley mulls next step after talks failure

Bradley mulls next step after talks failure

Image caption Karen Bradley was speaking during a walkabout in Belfast The Northern Ireland Secretary has said she will consider all options over the weekend following the collapse of power-sharing talks. Karen Bradley is due to update MPs at Westminster on Tuesday. Speaking during a walkabout in Belfast, she said it had been a difficult […]

David Cameron fake ID gang jailed for £1m online scam

David Cameron fake ID gang jailed for £1m online scam

Image copyright Met Police Image caption A fake driving licence used the former prime minister’s photo with 10 Downing Street as his address A fraudster who advertised his counterfeit ID factory using a fake driving licence of former prime minister David Cameron has been jailed. Dragoz Dragomir and four accomplices made £1m in a scam […]