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European Union Mobile Roaming Charges To Be Abolished In 2017

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2015 | (14:19)

It will be cheaper to make phone calls, send text messages and use the internet in the European Union from 2017, after European leaders agreed a new deal in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

David Cameron, who is in the middle of renegotiating Britain's relationship with Brussels...

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Yvette Cooper Calls For Stronger Maternity Leave Laws At Labour Leadership Hustings

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2015 | (12:02)

Yvette Cooper has called for a strengthening of the law to make it harder for women to be made redundant while they are on maternity leave.

The Labour leadership candidate said on Tuesday that new mothers should be given longer to bring discrimination claims against their employers. And she said...

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Liz Kendall Accuses Labour Leadership Rivals Of Playing Into Tory Hands By Avoiding Fiscal Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted 30 June 2015 | (09:45)

Liz Kendall has accused her rivals in the Labour leadership contest of playing into the Conservative Party's hands by suggesting fiscal responsibility is a "Tory value".

The Leicester West MP, who is seen to be on the right of the party, also said she was the person David Cameron and...

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Greek Exit From The Euro Would Be 'Traumatic,' Warns George Osborne

(30) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (15:56)

George Osborne has warned that Greek exit from the euro would be "traumatic", as he moved to try and reassure British citizens in Greece about the security of their savings.

Athens is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its the current debt and exit from the euro. It is...

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Tunisia Terror Attack A 'Despicable Act Of Cruelty' Says Theresa May

(2) Comments | Posted 29 June 2015 | (11:34)

Theresa May has described the terrorist attack in Tunisia in which at least 18 Britons are confirmed to have been killed as a "despicable act of cruelty", as she held a press conference in the country.

On Monday afternoon Downing Street said all Britons injured in the Sousse terror attack...

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Yvette Cooper Has 'Strength And Experience' To Lead Labour, Write 13 West Midlands MPs

(27) Comments | Posted 26 June 2015 | (22:54)

A group of West Midlands Labour MPs have today urged the party to choose Yvette Cooper as the next leader of the party, in an open letter published on The Huffington Post UK.

The 13 MPs including former chief secretary of the Treasury Liam Byrne and the current shadow chief...

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MI6 Agent Granted 'Unacceptable' Access To Data Finds Intelligence Watchdog

(3) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (14:37)

A Mi6 officer was granted "unacceptable" access to bulk personal data (BPD), a report into the activities of the intelligence services has found.

The annual report of the intelligence commissioner, Sir Mark Waller, also discovered that GCHQ accidentally spied on its own staff too much.

It came as...

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Gay Pride Flag Must Be Flown From Foreign Office, Tory MP Tells Philip Hammond

(1) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (11:48)

Chris Grayling has agreed to speak to Philip Hammond after the foreign secretary refused to fly the LGBT rainbow flag from the Foreign Office and British embassies.

This week London has celebrated gay pride, with the main parade taking place in the capital on Saturday. Traditionally several government buildings...

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Nick Clegg Insists He Has Not 'Destroyed' The Liberal Democrats

(26) Comments | Posted 25 June 2015 | (10:01)

Nick Clegg has blamed the "seeping fear" of the SNP for the Liberal Democrat wipeout at the general election and rejected the suggestion the party would have done better if he had quit as leader a year ago.

In his first interview since resigning as party leader on...

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Jon Cruddas Says Jeremy Corbyn's Inclusion In Labour Leadership Race 'Vital', Reveals Plans For English Labour Party

(20) Comments | Posted 24 June 2015 | (12:12)

Ed Miliband's policy coordinator has said it was "vital" that leftwinger Jeremy Corbyn be included in the Labour leadership contest.

Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas also let slip on Wednesday that he was involved in setting up an English Labour Party.

In a speech at the IPPR think-tank in central-London, Cruddas...

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Alan Milburn Backs Liz Kendall, Attacks 'Delusional' Andy Burnham

(19) Comments | Posted 24 June 2015 | (10:07)

Former cabinet minister Alan Milburn has has backed Liz Kendall to take over as leader of the Labour Party and suggested Andy Burnham is "delusional".

In a speech at the Centre for Social Justice on Wednesday morning, the former health secretary also attacked Ed Miliband's leadership of the party and...

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Michael Gove Confirms Plans For Freedom Of Information Crackdown

(66) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (12:30)

Michael Gove has confirmed he wants to make it harder for the public to find out about the inner-workings of government by cracking down on freedom of information laws.

It has been reported the new justice secretary wants to amend the Freedom of Information Act. And speaking in...

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Alan Johnson Accuses Tessa Jowell's Labour Rivals In Mayor Race Of Ageism

(1) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (11:09)

Tessa Jowell's rivals to be Labour's candidate for London mayor have been accused of ageism by former home secretary Alan Johnson.

Jowell, 67, is fighting Sadiq Khan, 44, Diane Abbott, 61, David Lammy, 42, Gareth Thomas, 47, and journalist Christian Wolmar, 65, for the right to fight the Conservatives for...

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Michael Gove To Close Down 'Idle' Courts

(24) Comments | Posted 23 June 2015 | (10:29)

Michael Gove has indicated he will close down courts that are underused rather than make further cuts to legal aid.

In his first speech since being appointed justice secretary, Gove said the government wanted to reduce dependence on an "ageing and ailing court estate" which costs around one...

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Angela Eagle As Labour Deputy Leader Would 'Smash The Glass Ceiling For Gay People Worldwide'

(23) Comments | Posted 22 June 2015 | (12:17)

The election of Angela Eagle as Labour's deputy leader would "smash the glass ceiling" for LGBT people worldwide, her campaign team have said.

Eagle, who became Britain's first openly gay female MP when she came out in 1997, is one of five Labour MPs competing to succeed Harriet Harman.

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David Cameron Targets 'Coasting' Schools That Offer 'Mediocre' Education

(7) Comments | Posted 22 June 2015 | (12:04)

David Cameron has targeted "coasting schools" - defined as those that while not failing, are giving children a "mediocre" education.

In a keynote speech today, the prime minister predicted the change would be "incredibly difficult to push through" but added he saw it as "a fundamental test" of his new...

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Ukip Is Not Run Like North Korea, Says MEP Louise Bours

(29) Comments | Posted 22 June 2015 | (10:32)

Ukip is not a North Korean style dictatorship, one of the party's MEPs has insisted after Nigel Farage was accused of freezing out one of his top officials for appearing to criticise him.

Louise Bours, the party's health spokesman, said the row that engulfed Ukip after its deputy...

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Tim Farron Says History Will Be 'Kind' To Nick Clegg In Lib Dem Leadership Campaign Video

(8) Comments | Posted 21 June 2015 | (19:43)

History will be "kind" to Nick Clegg, the frontrunner in the race to replace the former deputy prime minister as Liberal Democrat leader has predicted.

Ballot papers will be sent out to the party's nearly 60,000 members this week and on Monday Tim Farron will launch his main leadership campaign...

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Nigel Farage Runs Ukip Like Stalin, Says Former MEP Godfrey Bloom

(15) Comments | Posted 19 June 2015 | (12:21)

Nigel Farage runs Ukip like a communist dictator and has proved himself to be "unelectable", one of the party's former MEP's has said.

Yesterday the Ukip leadership moved quickly to punish deputy chairman Suzanne Evans, after she told the BBC's Daily Politics programme that Farage was perceived as "divisive" by...

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UK 'Preparing For The Worst' Amid Fears Greece Will Exit Eurozone, Says George Osborne

(95) Comments | Posted 19 June 2015 | (08:57)

George Osborne has issued a stark warning that Britain is preparing "for the worst" - Greek exit from the eurozone.

An emergency summit of the European Central Bank (ECB) has been called for Friday morning, amid a stand-off between the European Commission and Athens. In under two weeks Greece is...

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