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Future farming

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Species like quince have no commercial value but bring money for those cultivating them UK farmers will no longer receive subsidies after Brexit but instead get payments for “public goods” such as planting meadows and boosting access to the countryside under proposals from Environment Secretary Michael Gove. No one […]

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Labour NEC intervenes in Haringey development row

Image copyright PA Image caption Haringey Council in London has been the scene of Labour infighting Labour’s National Executive Committee has called on the party’s councillors in a north London borough to halt a controversial housing project. It has advised Labour-run Haringey to pause the project – which has split the local party – if […]

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Government announces anti-fake news unit

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government is to establish a new unit to counter “fake news”, Downing Street has said. Theresa May’s spokesman said the “dedicated national security communications unit” would be charged with “combating disinformation by state actors and others”. “We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives,” he […]

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Shy Tories?

Most Conservative MPs on Twitter don’t mention the party in their profiles on the social networking site, BBC analysis reveals. The vast majority of MPs from other parties clearly display their party allegiance. There are 316 Tory MPs, and 261 of them use Twitter. Of these, just 43% explicitly mention the Conservative Party in their […]

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MPs reject petition call to quit EU now

Image copyright Parliament Image caption Suella Fernandes, speaking during the debate MPs on all sides rejected a petition signed by 137,731 people to leave the EU immediately, in a Commons debate. Brexit minister Suella Fernandes hailed the “total consensus” on display. Some MPs, such as Leave-supporting Tory Paul Scully, said they understood the frustrations of […]