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Rate rise chances dim as inflation falls

Image copyright PA The chances of an interest rate rise this year have receded after Consumer Price Inflation fell to 2.4% in April – its lowest level since March 2017. The fall from 2.5% in March was partly due to the timing of Easter, which meant a seasonal rise in air fares was not included […]

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UK becoming 'cocaine capital' of Europe, warns minister

Image copyright PA Image caption There have been 67 murders in the capital in 2018 The UK “is fast becoming the biggest consumer of cocaine in Europe”, the security minister has said. Ben Wallace said the “high-margin, high-supply drug” was “fuelling” an increase in violence on the streets. Technology had enabled young dealers to evade […]

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David Lammy: 'Hate mail won't scare or silence me'

Image copyright Getty Images The Labour MP David Lammy has said he will not be scared into silence after receiving a highly offensive letter. The MP for Tottenham shared an image of the racist note on social media, calling the anonymous sender “cowardly”. In a follow-up tweet Mr Lammy said he had passed the note […]

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Minister admits she has not read all of Belfast Agreement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe minister said she was ‘probably giving birth’ when the agreement was published Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has been heavily criticised by a committee of MPs after admitting she has not read all of the Good Friday Agreement. She told the NI Affairs Committee that she was […]

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MPs call for pet shop puppy sales ban

Image copyright PA The government says it is likely to launch a formal consultation on whether to ban pet shops and other third party dealers from selling puppies. More than 143,000 people have signed a petition calling for the measure, triggering a Westminster debate. The petition says puppies become “sick, traumatised, dysfunctional” dogs when they […]

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Ken Livingstone to quit Labour amid anti-Semitism row

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKen Livingstone: “It’s better for Labour if I resign” Ken Livingstone has said he is resigning from the Labour Party. The ex-London mayor has been suspended since 2016 in a row over allegations of anti-Semitism following comments he made about Hitler and Zionism. Mr Livingstone said he […]

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Ken Livingstone: It's better for Labour if I resign

The former mayor of London Ken Livingstone is resigning from the Labour Party. He has been suspended since 2016 in a row over allegations of anti-Semitism following comments he made about Hitler and Zionism. Mr Livingstone said he did not accept he was guilty of anti-Semitism or bringing Labour into disrepute but his case had […]

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Ruth Davidson 'angry' at Windrush scandal

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDavidson ‘hurt and angry’ about Windrush Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson says she was “hurt” and “angry” when she saw the Windrush scandal unfolding. Ms Davidson criticised the “basic unfairness” of taking away part of the “identity” of those affected. She also said the tone of the […]

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UK must counter 'threats' in space – Williamson

Image copyright AFP The UK must be ready to counter “intensifying threats” emerging in space, the defence secretary has said. Those threats include the “jamming” of military satellites used by the army. Launching the UK’s first defence space strategy, Gavin Williamson said that he would boost staff in the sector by a fifth to 600. […]

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UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'

Image copyright Getty Images The government’s ambition to clean up motor vehicles by 2040 is not ambitious enough, a leading energy expert says. Professor Jim Watson, head of the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre, said the target should be at least five years earlier, as in Scotland. The government is currently considering obliging new cars […]

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David Davis set for another visit to Northern Ireland

Image copyright David Davis/Twitter Image caption Mr Davis visited an autism centre in Middletown, County Armagh during his visit in April The BBC understands that the Brexit Secretary David Davis is to make another visit to Northern Ireland later on Sunday. He will be accompanied by the Business Secretary, Greg Clark. Both men are expected […]