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Brexit ‘fraying’ UK-Irish relationship

Image copyright PAImage caption Leo Varadkar says Ireland is entering into a potentially difficult period, even if there is an agreement The Irish prime minister says Brexit is fraying relations between Ireland and Britain. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said it had also “undermined” the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA was signed by political parties in […]

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16 MPs receive free tickets from betting firms

Image copyright Getty Images At least 16 MPs have received free sports tickets from betting companies since the 2017 general election. A BBC analysis of parliament’s register of MPs’ interests has revealed that 13% of the £175,580 worth of sports tickets accepted by MPs came from betting companies, including William Hill and Ladbrokes. The analysis […]

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Budget 2018: Labour MPs rebel to oppose tax cut plan

Image copyright Getty/Reuters Twenty Labour MPs have rebelled against the party leadership to vote against the government’s changes to income tax. Yvette Cooper, Stella Creasy, David Lammy and Lucy Powell were among those who defied an instruction from Labour’s leadership to abstain on the vote. Many had expressed concern about backing a package which raised […]

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Arron Banks faces Brexit referendum spending probe

Image copyright PA The National Crime Agency is investigating Arron Banks and his Leave.EU campaign for alleged offences committed at the 2016 EU referendum. Mr Banks and another senior campaign figure, Liz Bilney, were referred to the agency by the Electoral Commission. The watchdog said it suspected Mr Banks was not the “true source” of […]