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BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Onshore wind rules to be relaxed after Tory revolt
The government says it will rewrite a planning rule restricting new turbines in England.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Stephen Flynn elected as new SNP leader at Westminster
Stephen Flynn defeats Alison Thewliss - who is seen as being close to Nicola Sturgeon - in a vote of SNP MPs.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Proposal to keep MPs charged with violent or sexual offences away from Parliament
MPs charged with violent or sexual offences would be banned from the building under new proposals.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Therese Coffey asked if Brexit was 'quite silly'
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey said the British government can't force people to do specific jobs.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Charities warn Rishi Sunak about cost of living crisis suicide risk
Charities report that the cost of living crisis is having a significant impact on mental health.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

The local battles behind Tory housing divisions
Local housing targets are being watered down in the face of a Tory rebellion - but not everyone is happy.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Steve Barclay and Wes Streeting on NHS strike talks
Wes Streeting asks the health secretary why he is not negotiating with the NHS staff over a strike due later this month.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Conservative donations fall to lowest level since 2020
The slump follows months of turbulence within party, including the resignations of two PMs.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Ambulance staff to strike on 21 December
Services across England and Wales affected, but life-threatening calls will be responded to.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Conservative peer Michelle Mone to take leave of absence from Lords
Baroness Mone has been linked to PPE Medpro, which won government Covid contracts.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Christmas strikes: RMT chief Mick Lynch says union forced into action
General secretary Mick Lynch says train companies want to imposed changes on 15 December.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Angela Rayner: Railway system is crumbling
Labour's deputy leader accuses "militant government" of not working to resolve train strikes.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Angela Ranyer: Covid contract VIP lane was 'a scandal of epic proportions'
Prioritising firms recommended by MPs and peers wasted taxpayers' money, deputy leader Angela Rayner says.

BBC Politics
Dec 06, 2022

Angela Rayner: Covid contract VIP lane was 'a scandal of epic proportions'
Prioritising firms recommended by MPs and peers wasted taxpayers' money, deputy leader Angela Rayner says.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

December train strikes: Extra walkouts planned over Christmas
The union is urging its members to reject a new offer, which will be put to a ballot.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

December strikes: Who is striking and what are their pay claims?
Hundreds of thousands of workers have walked out, or threatened to, causing widespread disruption.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Extra train strikes planned over Christmas
Strike action is set to begin next week, while dates in December and January will go ahead as planned.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Michelle Mone sent aggressive Covid contract email, Matt Hancock says
Ex-health secretary accuses Tory peer of being threatening when trying to secure a contract for a firm.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Can Labour revive its fortunes in Scotland?
The party hopes its proposed constitutional reforms will improve its electoral chances north of the border.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Housing targets to be diluted after revolt from Tory MPs
The government has reached a deal with rebel MPs, who had backed a plan to ban mandatory targets in England.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Tory MPs weigh up prospect of another five years in Parliament
With some Conservatives saying they won't contest the next election, is the party seeing an exodus of MPs?

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Employees can ask for flexible working from day one
New laws proposed by the government mean workers will no longer have to wait for 26 weeks.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Labour promise biggest ever transfer of powers
Sir Keir Starmer says sweeping constitutional change would free up £200m a year and restructure the economy.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Sir Keir Starmer: Lords reform would be driving mission of Labour government
The Labour leader says the first five years of a Labour government will see the House of Lords abolished.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Gordon Brown says UK politics needs a 'clean up and clear out'
The ex-PM says the House of Lords is "indefensible" and needs replacing with a smaller elected chamber.`

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Jeremy Corbyn: I do not see ex-leader standing for Labour, says Starmer
Jeremy Corbyn has represented Islington North as an MP since 1983, one of the UK's safest seats for Labour.

BBC Politics
Dec 05, 2022

Train strikes: RMT union rejects offer to stop Christmas walkouts
Talks between the RMT and train firms are set to resume on Monday aimed at halting the walkouts.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Maxine Peake stages Betty Boothroyd's life in comedy musical: 'This is me letting rip'
Actor Maxine Peake stages pioneering Parliamentarian Betty Boothroyd's story as a comedy musical.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Labour to promise biggest ever transfer of powers
Sir Keir Starmer is to launch a report proposing far-reaching reforms to the UK's political system.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Pressure on Chris Pincher to resign as MP intensifies
Chris Pincher stepped down from his government job in July following allegations he groped two men.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Blackford denies being pushed out by SNP MPs
Ian Blackford insists he took the decision to step down as SNP Westminster leader after five years.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Strikes unfair at Christmas, Tory chairman Nadhim Zahawi says
Nadhim Zahawi says the military could be drafted in as part of plans to minimise strike disruption.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Online safety: Labour would remove harmful but legal content
Bridget Phillipson says her party supports the taking down of harmful - but not illegal - content online.

BBC Politics
Dec 04, 2022

Zahawi - Unfair for unions to damage people's lives at Christmas
The Conservative Party chairman says the nurses union demand for a 19% pay rise would cost the NHS £10bn.

BBC Politics
Dec 03, 2022

Eleven gambles that went wrong for Liz Truss
Nick Robinson looks at the biggest risks taken by Liz Truss during her seven weeks in No 10 - and why they did not succeed.

BBC Politics
Dec 03, 2022

Kate Winslet: Parents feel powerless over children's social media use
The actress tells the BBC ministers should make firms enforce strict age limits on their platforms.

BBC Politics
Dec 03, 2022

Sacked Tory minister Conor Burns cleared of misconduct
Mr Burns, who was fired over allegations he touched a man's thigh, will be readmitted to Tory party.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Matt Hancock: I was warned 820,000 in UK could die from Covid
Ex-health secretary's diary recalls conversations in government before the UK went into lockdown.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Liz Truss wanted government turned up to 11, says former aide
The short-lived prime minister was in a hurry to get things done, her former speechwriter tells the BBC.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

'I'm living in fear for my life in Afghanistan'
The UK is failing on its promise to help the most vulnerable Afghans come to the UK, MPs and charities say.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Matt Hancock back in House of Commons
The former health secretary has appeared again in the Commons after several weeks in Australia.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Andrew Mitchell warns large numbers in Somalia could die
The development minister announces further UK aid, on a visit to draught-hit western Somalia.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Minister for Disabled People on employment: 'We can do better'
The UK's new disability minister admits the government needs to improve its employment record.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Matt Hancock: It's a pleasure to be back… and well-fed
The MP is teased about his I'm a Celebrity performance as he returns to Parliament for a debate.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Train strikes: RMT union hopeful of offer to end rail dispute
The RMT says things are "definitely moving" in the pay dispute, with talks to continue over the weekend.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Sajid Javid to stand down as MP at next election
The former chancellor and health secretary is the latest Tory MP to say they will quit Parliament.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Chester by-election: Sunak fails first by-election test, says Rayner
Labour would win general election if Chester's new MP Sam Dixon's vote share was repeated nationally.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Rayner on Chester by-election: Rishi Sunak failed in first test as leader
Labour's deputy leader says the Chester by-election shows people are "really concerned" with the cost of living.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Chester by-election: Newly elected MP vows to 'fight city's corner'
Labour's Samantha Dixon won the city's by-election, securing more than 61% of the vote.

BBC Politics
Dec 02, 2022

Chester by-election: Labour hold seat in Rishi Sunak's first electoral test
Chester's new MP Samantha Dixon says voters "are fed up with the government" and "it's Labour's turn".

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Labour hold City of Chester seat in Rishi Sunak's first electoral test
New City of Chester MP Samantha Dixon said the result showed voters "think it's Labour's turn now".

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Suella Braverman reappointment sets dangerous precedent - MPs
A Commons committee says there should be "significant" punishments for ministers who break the rules.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Brexit: Progress on trade deals slower than promised
The UK government is on course to miss its target for signing deals, as exporter numbers fall.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Working from home: 10% Welsh government staff in office each day
Welsh government looks at sharing out office space as the Tories call for most staff to be in work.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Polls close in City of Chester for Rishi Sunak's first electoral test
The by-election in the City of Chester is the first since the prime minister took office.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Rishi Sunak pledges police powers to tackle illegal protests
It is unacceptable that people's lives are being disrupted by a "selfish minority", says Rishi Sunak.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Rishi Sunak: We've made progress on racism but job not done
The PM reflects on his own experiences of racism amid a Buckingham Palace race row.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

China condemns British lawmakers' Taiwan visit
"This is... a gross interference in China's internal affairs," a embassy spokesperson said.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

China condemns British MPs' Taiwan visit
"This is... a gross interference in China's internal affairs," a embassy spokesperson said.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

House of Commons given low hygiene rating
Westminster City Council found mouse droppings in 19 separate locations around the House of Commons.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Boris Johnson: Former PM announces plans to stand at next election
The former prime minister says he will run for re-election as MP for Uxbridge and Ruislip in west London.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Matt Hancock should not be reinstated as Tory MP, says party vice chair
Nickie Aiken says ex-health secretary should not be let back into the party after I'm A Celeb stint.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

MPs clear way for Anne and Edward to stand in for King
The Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex will be added to the existing five counsellors of state.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

New rule would stop MPs taking time off to go in jungle
Liberal Democrats are trying to bring in a rule banning sitting MPs going on reality TV programmes.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Brexit added £210 to household food bills, LSE says
A new study suggests extra red tape and checks pushed up food bills in the UK over two years.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Therese Coffey: Long ambulance waits 'not right, not acceptable'
Health Secretary Steve Barclay "will be absolutely laser-like focused" says a former deputy PM.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Ian Blackford to stand down as SNP leader at Westminster
There had been speculation that some SNP MPs were plotting to replace Mr Blackford as group leader.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Stephen Doughty: Police 'standing by its decision' in MP's diazepam case
They were asked why they treated a man who supplied diazepam to an MP differently to the politician.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Louise Haigh and Huw Merriman on rail services in northern England
The rail minister agrees with the opposition that "we cannot continue like this" over rail delays and says reforms are needed.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

My mum's 40-hour wait to get to A&E with hip break
Woman, 85, endured "agonising" wait as BBC analysis shows delays now at record levels.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

Ambulance waits of 40 hours as NHS delays worsen
Woman, 85, endured "agonising" wait, with paramedics warning problems likely to worsen.

BBC Politics
Dec 01, 2022

City of Chester by-election: Polling stations open across constituency
The vote in the City of Chester was trigged by Christian Matheson's resignation in October.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

West Lancashire by-election looms as Rosie Cooper resigns as MP
The Labour MP, who has held the West Lancashire seat for 17 years, is taking a role with the NHS.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Social-care insurance scheme needed, David Cameron says
The former prime minister says Conservative governments have failed to resolve the care-costs issue.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

UK yet to see full impact of Brexit trade deals, says minister Badenoch
Kemi Badenoch acknowledges "change is difficult" but says the UK can benefit from new trade deals.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

More UK environment laws to be reviewed after Brexit
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey suggests the number of EU laws to be audited has gone up.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Prisoners could be held in police cells to cut overcrowding
The government says adult male prisons have seen an "acute and sudden increase" in populations.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Ambulance staff in England vote for strike action
Members of two unions have backed walkouts across England and Wales as the NHS pay dispute deepens.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Sunak v Starmer... on schools and houses in 65 seconds
The two party leaders criticise their opponents' policies on public and private schools, and housebuilding.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Matt Hancock paid £45k for SAS reality TV show
The former health secretary took part in another reality show just before joining I'm A Celeb.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

PMQs: Keir Starmer calls on Rishi Sunak to end 'scandal' of private school tax breaks
The Labour leader takes aim at the PM's old school as he calls for an end to charitable status during PMQs.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

PMQs: Starmer and Sunak on money for private school funding
The Labour leader compares funding for the private school the PM attended and standards in nearby state schools.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

SNP tells PM and Labour to accept Brexit 'elephant in the room'
Ian Blackford also says Labour has been trying to "out-Brexit" the government on immigration policy.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Starmer mocks idea of 'Get Tough' Tory relaunch
The Labour leader says PM Rishi Sunak needs to step up on house building plans.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Why Nigel Farage is wrong about London being 'minority white'
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage claims London, Birmingham and Manchester are 'minority white'.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Coffee prices jump as food inflation hits new high
Meat, eggs and dairy also shot up, the British Retail Consortium says, forecasting a "bleak" winter".

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Wind farms: Grant Shapps criticised for 'nonsense' claims
The business secretary says wind turbines are now "so big" they cannot be built on land.

BBC Politics
Nov 30, 2022

Royal Mail workers begin fresh 48-hour strike
It is the latest in a series of walkouts involving 115,000 workers and will hit deliveries.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

Richard Drax: Jamaica eyes slavery reparations from Tory MP
Richard Drax is facing demands to pay compensation for the role of his ancestors in the slave trade.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

World Cup 2022: UK Sports minister Stuart Andrew wears OneLove armband
Sports minister Stuart Andrew wears the OneLove armband during England's World Cup game with Wales on Wednesday.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

Onshore wind: Grant Shapps criticised for 'nonsense' claims
The business secretary says wind turbines are now "so big" they cannot be built on land.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

Zelenska's visit must shock us awake again - Sir Lindsay Hoyle
The Commons speaker warns that if Putin wins in Ukraine then "other nations will be in his sights".

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

Victory is not the only thing we need, we need justice - Olena Zelenska
Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska speaks to UK lawmakers about the devastating war in her country.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

China Covid protests: UK summons ambassador over journalist arrest
The arrest of a BBC journalist in Shanghai is "completely unacceptable", a Foreign Office source says.

BBC Politics
Nov 29, 2022

Online Safety Bill: Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed
Minister denies weakening the Online Safety Bill after dropping the "legal but harmful" material measures.

BBC Politics
Nov 28, 2022

Plan to make big tech remove harmful content axed
Minister denies weakening the Online Safety Bill after dropping the "legal but harmful" material measures.

BBC Politics
Nov 28, 2022

Government denies weakening Online Safety Bill
New law will not require removal of "legal but harmful" content, which critics said risked free speech.

BBC Politics
Nov 28, 2022

Sexual assault claim against senior Plaid Cymru staff member
An allegation has been made against a senior member of Plaid Cymru's staff by a former colleague.

BBC Politics
Nov 28, 2022

Rishi Sunak: Golden era of UK-China relations is over
The British prime minister says the UK needs to show "robust pragmatism" towards global competitors.

BBC Politics
Nov 28, 2022

Diphtheria: Migrants with symptoms to be isolated
Decision comes after death of a man at a processing centre may have been caused by the disease.

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