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BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Government set to pass new laws to cut UK overseas aid budget
Church leaders and charities are among those opposing a cut in the UK's overseas aid budget.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Protect leaseholders from cladding removal costs, say MPs
The state should foot the bill for removing flammable materials from high-rise buildings, MPs say.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid-19: Arrivals in England to be able to cut quarantine if they pay for test
People arriving in England can end their self-isolation with a negative test taken after five days.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Labour chief whip demands apology from Jeremy Corbyn
Nick Brown says the ex-Labour leader's response to an anti-Semitism report caused "pain".

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid-19: Boris Johnson warns about Christmas celebrations
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges people to be "jolly careful" during the festive season and remain "prudent" into the new year.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid-19: PM sets out 'tougher' post-lockdown tiers for England
England will return to a regional approach from 2 December but the tiers will be "tougher", the PM says.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Fans at sporting events: Maximum of 4,000 to be allowed in England
Up to 4,000 fans will be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the four-week national lockdown in England ends.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid-19: PM sets out England's return to three-tier system
Boris Johnson tells the House of Commons how the new system will work after lockdown.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Boris Johnson against MPs' pay rise, says No 10
The PM does not think the £3,300 boost, proposed by an independent body, should be awarded.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Fans at sporting events: Maximum of 4,000 set to be allowed in England
Up to 4,000 fans are set to be allowed at outdoor events in the lowest-risk areas when the national lockdown in England ends.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
Nicola Sturgeon says there could be a "careful" easing at Christmas - but does not expect a relaxation at New Year.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Jonathan Edwards: Plaid Cymru accused of close links with MP they suspended
Questions are raised after Jonathan Edwards campaigns with elected Plaid Cymru councillors.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Priti Patel: Ministers have duty to stop bullying, says Johnson
Boris Johnson writes to ministers to stress importance of "mutual respect" after Priti Patel case.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid in Scotland: Scottish ministers to consider Christmas plans
Talks are ongoing over a deal to allow some household mixing over a small number of days at Christmas.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Covid: Boris Johnson to unveil post-English lockdown plans
Boris Johnson will unveil the latest Covid plans, including lifting a ban on outdoor grassroots sport.

BBC Politics
Nov 23, 2020

Matt Hancock: 'Christmas won't be normal this year'
The health secretary says devolved nations will have to agree on an approach to help keep people safe.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Freezing public sector pay will damage Covid recovery warns Labour
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says public pay should be considered in the context of the economic climate.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Covid: Gyms and all shops to reopen after English lockdown
The PM is due to unveil the latest Covid plans on Monday, including mass testing for all tier three areas.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Rishi Sunak says Spending Review will not spell austerity
The chancellor says he will uphold pre-Covid funding pledges on police, nurses and schools.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

How will the Spending Review affect you?
The chancellor will announce his public service spending plans in uniquely difficult circumstances.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Covid-19: Christmas get-together plan backed by UK nations
Ministers outline plans for "some limited additional household bubbling for a small number of days".

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Coronavirus: Rishi Sunak pledges £3bn for NHS 'backlogs'
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tells the BBC's Andrew Marr the money will be spent on more treatments and elective surgery.

BBC Politics
Nov 22, 2020

Labour anti-Semitism row: Starmer has 'no vendetta' against Corbyn
Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds tells the BBC's Andrew Marr the Labour leader is acting "robustly."

BBC Politics
Nov 21, 2020

Coronavirus: £3bn for NHS but Sunak warns of 'economic shock' to come
Borrowing - which hit a record £22.3bn in October - cannot go on "indefinitely", chancellor says.

BBC Politics
Nov 21, 2020

Covid-19: Strengthened tier system for England after lockdown
More areas will be in higher tiers, and the tiers will have tougher rules, Downing Street says.

BBC Politics
Nov 21, 2020

Safety checks eased to help flat owners 'in limbo'
But lenders say they did not agree to the deal and question how many homeowners will benefit.

BBC Politics
Nov 21, 2020

Brexit: UK and Canada agree deal to keep trading under EU terms
The two countries will continue trading under the same terms as the current EU agreement.

BBC Politics
Nov 21, 2020

UK foreign aid: Cameron and Blair warn against budget cut
The government is considering reducing the annual target from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Boris Johnson 'asked for Patel report to be palatable', source claims
But Downing Street insists the conclusions of Sir Alex Allan's investigation were "entirely his own".

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Priti Patel was warned to treat staff with respect, says former official
Ex-top official questions inquiry's finding that home secretary was not "aware" of impact of behaviour.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Priti Patel was advised to treat staff with respect, says former official
Ex-top official questions inquiry's finding that home secretary was not "aware" of impact of behaviour.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Matt Hancock: 'We're heading in the right direction'
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says doses of a vaccine will be available for rollout next month if approved.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Patel 'unreservedly' apologises over bullying claims
Home Secretary Priti Patel gives an "unreserved" apology if she upset people after report into her conduct.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Christmas tree sales to go ahead despite lockdown
Tree farms and sellers can open from Saturday, even as other non-essential retail remains closed in England.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Climate pledge on gas boilers for 2023 'vanishes'
A government promise to ban gas boilers from new homes by 2023 has been withdrawn from its website.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Nick Ramsay: Deselection row Tory withdraws legal challenge
Nick Ramsay wanted to stop a meeting of the Monmouth Conservative Association from going ahead.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Post-Covid planning: The committee aiming to protect us from disaster
Amazon, the NHS and the National Grid are among those studying "future shocks" in a post-Covid world.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Sunak faces backlash over public sector pay freeze
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is trying to bolster public finances after huge spending to fight coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Priti Patel: Bullying inquiry head quits as PM backs home secretary
Boris Johnson rejects standards adviser's findings on the behaviour of home secretary towards staff.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Politician death threats man Wajid Shah jailed
Wajid Shah sent a series of messages to politicians threatening them "with a gun or a knife".

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Brexit: Progress made in tough areas, says EU chief
The president of the EU Commission says there has been recent "movement" in important areas.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

OneWeb satellite internet company is officially reborn
Now owned jointly by UK taxpayers and an Indian conglomerate, OneWeb formally emerges from bankruptcy.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Priti Patel: Summary of official report into bullying claims
Sir Alex Allan says the home secretary's behaviour included "shouting and swearing" at officials.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Sunak mulls public sector pay freeze for millions
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is trying to bolster public finances after huge spending to fight coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Bullying inquiry head quits as PM backs Patel
Boris Johnson's adviser on ministerial code resigns after the PM backs Priti Patel after bullying inquiry.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Health secretary says he feels proud to serve in a cabinet with Priti Patel
Health Secretary Matt Hancock defends the home secretary amid reports that an inquiry says she broke the ministerial code.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Priti Patel: PM to announce decision on home secretary's future
A standards investigation says the home secretary breached the ministerial code, sources say.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

Hancock quizzed over pay increase for NHS workers
The health secretary refuses to say if he has fought for NHS workers to be exempt from a public sector pay freeze.

BBC Politics
Nov 20, 2020

UK borrowing hits highest October level on record
The government borrowed £22.3bn in October - its highest for the month since records began.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Boris Johnson to set out decision on Priti Patel inquiry
A standards investigation says the home secretary breached the ministerial code, sources say.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Millions of public sector workers face pay freeze
The pay of 5.5m workers could be frozen as the government tries to bolster the public finances.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Coronavirus: Inside test-and-trace - how the 'world beater' went wrong
BBC News spoke to key government figures, scientists and health officials involved from the start.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Coronavirus: NI to face new lockdown measures from next Friday
The executive has agreed new measures to last for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Inquiry 'found Priti Patel broke behaviour rules'
A standards investigation says the home secretary breached the ministerial code, sources say.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn's lawyers challenge Labour over MP suspension
The ex-leader's solicitors say the correct procedures were not followed, the BBC has been told.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Stephen Doughty on social media firms failing to regulate online content
A Labour MP says some established social media sites 'don't give a damn what public think' about extremist and violent uploads.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Brexit: Top-level talks suspended after positive Covid test
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says a member of his team has tested positive for the virus.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Defence funding boost 'extends British influence', says PM
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Coronavirus-hit sports to benefit from £300m emergency funding rescue package
The government announces a rescue package of £300m of emergency funding for sports impacted by the absence of spectators because of coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Brexit talks suspended after positive Covid test
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier says a member of his team has tested positive for the virus.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Hong Kong: 'Eyes will be plucked out,' China warns West
Beijing rebukes the Five Eyes Western alliance for accusing it of trying to silence critics in Hong Kong.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Hong Kong: 'Five Eyes could be blinded,' China warns West
Beijing rebukes the Five Eyes Western alliance for accusing it of trying to silence critics in Hong Kong.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Robert Rinder: Extra defence money could house homeless children
The TV personality says 150,000 more homes could be built with the money being put into defence.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Defence funding boost 'extends British influence'
Boris Johnson says "the safety of the British people must come first" as he outlines a new package.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

GCHQ put 'image before cost' with new building
MPs criticise former chancellor George Osborne over cyber-security centre's new central London home.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Windrush scandal: Inquiry launched into compensation scheme
MPs are reacting to a BBC report which found several victims had died before receiving compensation.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Hong Kong: UK and allies clash with China over its policies
Beijing rebukes accusations from the Five Eyes group that it is trying to silence critics in Hong Kong.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Dame Margaret Hodge: Jeremy Corbyn is not a victim
Labour's Dame Margaret Hodge says it is wrong for Labour to let Corbyn back in to the party.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Len McCluskey accuses Labour of 'witch hunt' over Jeremy Corbyn
The leader of Unite accuses Sir Keir Starmer of "persecution of a decent man".

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

UK military to get biggest spending boost in 30 years
The defence secretary says it will make sure the armed forces do not fight "yesterday's battles".

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Brexit: Councils in Wales 'to have stronger role' in replacement aid scheme
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart hints at plans for what will replace EU economic aid.

BBC Politics
Nov 19, 2020

Covid in Scotland: How do Scots rate their leaders in the pandemic?
A survey for BBC Scotland suggests people are not wholly uncritical, but back the Scottish government's approach.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Brexit: UK 'will be less safe without EU security deal' - police chief
The UK's counter-terrorism head says a deal is "incredibly important" for the country's security.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

School LGBT bullying projects axed by government
Government-backed schemes to tackle bullying of LGBT pupils in English schools have funding pulled.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Hong Kong: UK and allies express 'serious concern' over China's policies
The "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing group say China seeks to silence critical voices in Hong Kong.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Covid: All MPs should take part in debates online - report
A committee urges the government not to limit virtual participation to the "clinically vulnerable".

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Covid-19: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered
Rules could be relaxed for a few days, with people urged to travel by car and not hold big gatherings.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Brexit: Lords defeat government twice over internal market law
Peers vote to change the bill dealing with internal markets after claims it would "shackle" devolved governments.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Labour: Bring back 'persecuted' Corbyn, allies demand
The ex-leader's friends say he must return as a Labour MP, after Sir Keir Starmer rules this out.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Lavery: Starmer's Corbyn decision causes 'lack of trust'
Former Labour Party chair Ian Lavery says Keir Starmer's decision to stop Jeremy Corbyn returning as a Labour MP is causing a "lack of trust".

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Brexit: Lords defeat government over internal market law
Peers vote to change the bill dealing with internal markets after claims it would "shackle" devolved governments.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

PM's climate vision: 10 steps forward, 10 steps back?
The long-awaited emissions plan leave some policies untouched, says the BBC's Environment Analyst.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

PMQs: Starmer accuses Johnson of 'fuelling' the break-up of the UK
The Labour leader tells the PM he risks the future of the union "every time he opens his mouth".

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Blackford: 'Tory mask has slipped on devolution'
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has criticised the prime minister's position on devolution.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

PM questioned on vaccine disinformation
Conservative Damian Collins asks what the government will do to tackle vaccine disinformation.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Starmer and PM clash over £21m PPE payment
Labour leader Keir Starmer has criticised the government's handling of PPE contracts during the pandemic.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Keir Starmer criticises Johnson on devolution comments
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said devolution was "one of the proudest achievements" of the last Labour government.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Family Christmas get-togethers being considered
Rules could be relaxed for a few days, with people urged to travel by car and not hold big gatherings.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson 'proud' of PPE contracts
Labour accuses the PM of ignoring the usual checks on suppliers - and wasting £21m on a "middle man".

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Covid: Boris Johnson appears at Prime Minister's Questions via video
He is self-isolating after coming into contact with a Tory MP who tested positive for coronavirus.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Brexit: Seven things changing in January and others that remain unresolved
The UK's future relationship with the EU remains uncertain - but some things will be different in 2021.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Brexit: NI businesses 'not ready for Irish Sea border'
Meanwhile, Naomi Long warns of potential crime "bonanza" on Irish border if there is no Brexit deal.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Jeremy Corbyn will not return as Labour MP, says Sir Keir Starmer
The former Labour leader has been let back into the party, but will continue to sit as an independent MP.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Covid spending: Watchdog finds MPs' contacts were given priority
The spending watchdog found £10.5bn was spent on pandemic-related contracts awarded without competitive tender.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Head of NHS Test and Trace Dido Harding self-isolating
Baroness Harding tweeted she was alerted by the NHS app to stay at home.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Too early for Christmas Covid rules, says minister
Alok Sharma says he'd like a normal Christmas as papers report plans to let families mix for five days.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Alok Sharma: Checks were made on PPE contracts
Business Secretary Alok Sharma says checks were carried out on companies supplying PPE to the NHS.

BBC Politics
Nov 18, 2020

Lord Feldman: Department of Health adviser's firm took work from Covid company
Lord Feldman went to meetings between ministers and a biotech firm his PR company went on to advise.

BBC Politics
Nov 17, 2020

Labour leader Keir Starmer pledges independent complaints process in new year
It comes as ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn is reinstated as a party member, 19 days after his suspension.

BBC Politics
Nov 17, 2020

Starmer urged not to let Corbyn back into parliamentary party
It comes as ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn is reinstated as a party member, 19 days after his suspension.

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