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Boris Johnson's burka comments inflammatory and divisive – equalities watchdog

Image copyright Getty Images Boris Johnson’s remarks about Muslim women wearing the burka were “inflammatory and divisive”, the UK’s equalities watchdog says. The former foreign secretary said people in burkas looked like “letter boxes” or “bank robbers”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission said his comments risked “vilifying Muslim women”. Dozens of complaints to the […]

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Generation gap?

Image copyright Getty Images Few issues divide opinions between different age groups quite as sharply as Brexit. And it could be that the differences are becoming even more pronounced. Voters remain evenly divided about the issue, just as they were at the time of the EU referendum two years ago. If there were to be […]

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Immigration: Scrap targets after Brexit, CBI urges

Image copyright Getty Images Net migration targets should be scrapped after Brexit, the Confederation of British Industry says. Targets should be replaced with a system that ensures people coming to the UK make a positive contribution to the economy, the business group said. Schools and hospitals should receive extra funding where demand is increased by […]

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Brexit factions

Image copyright Getty Images Party politics has always been about factions – gangs of like-minded individuals getting together to promote a particular cause or point of view. But Brexit has taken the natural tendency of MPs to plot and conspire with each other to a whole new level. Like the rest of the country, the […]

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'Disaster averted' for women's refuges after funding U-turn

Image copyright Getty Images Campaigners have welcomed the government dropping controversial changes to the way women’s refuges and hostels are funded. Ministers had planned to pay for short-term emergency accommodation with a new grant managed by councils. But now they say it will continue to be funded by housing benefit. Critics had argued the shake-up […]