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Latest Politics news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice

Published: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:50:04 GMT2017-09-22T03:50:04Z

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Theresa May to ask EU to be 'creative' about Brexit in Florence speech

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:19:05 GMT2017-09-21T22:19:05Z

PM to urge EU leaders to show vision, but there are Tory fears factional compromises may turn key speech into ‘damp squib’

Theresa May will call on EU leaders to be more “imaginative and creative” about Brexit in her long-awaited speech in Florence, after Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, warned that a substantive offer to settle the UK’s bills was needed to break the deadlock in talks.

The prime minister will urge her European counterparts to share her vision for building a successful new relationship between the UK and EU after Brexit, despite talks with the European commission negotiators having reached a stalemate after three rounds.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is now the mainstream, with Tories in disarray

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:23:18 GMT2017-09-21T17:23:18Z

Exclusive: Labour leader says his party goes into its conference preparing for another election and with plans to unseat several ministers

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of presiding over “a government in disarray” and declared that the Labour party, revitalised under his leadership, now represents the mainstream of British politics.

Speaking before his party’s first conference since the Conservatives lost their majority, Corbyn said Boris Johnson’s recent Brexit intervention demonstrated that the prime minister had surrendered control of her cabinet.

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Labour party's tensions between left and right in focus in Brighton

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:31:25 GMT2017-09-21T13:31:25Z

New-found dominance of the left marks huge turnaround for a constituency party long dominated by the right in city hosting conference

Greg Hadfield is as well placed as anyone to offer up a judgment on the upheaval in the Brighton Labour party over the past year, having been in the thick of it. He was overwhelmingly elected secretary of the constituency party in July last year, but the election was declared void five days later and he found himself suspended five months after that.

But that was then. The left has since regrouped in the local party in the city where this year’s Labour conference is being held. In February and March, candidates supported by the left were elected to 29 of the 30 executive positions; a near clean sweep for supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

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Facebook strategist rejects PM's claim over extremist material

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:49:22 GMT2017-09-21T17:49:22Z

Counter-terrorism expert says that, contrary to Theresa May’s assertion, technology companies are treating the problem of terrorist content seriously

Facebook’s senior counter-terrorism strategist has dismissed Theresa May’s demand that the company should go “further and faster” to remove material created by terrorists and their supporters, describing the claim that it does not do enough as unhelpful.

Artificial intelligence programs are being created to identify such material, and hundreds of people are employed to search for content that should be removed, said Brian Fishman, who manages the company’s global counter-terrorism policy.

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Sadiq Khan to speak at Labour conference after party rethink

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:33:40 GMT2017-09-21T12:33:40Z

London mayor initially denied chance to address the floor when leadership decided to allow more time for members to speak

Sadiq Khan has finally secured a speaking slot at Labour conference next week after a party committee overruled a previous decision that he would be blocked from the programme.

The London mayor will now have to start writing a last-minute speech after the conference arrangements committee (CAC) managed to secure him a slot.

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Almost 10,000 EU health workers have quit NHS since Brexit vote

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:16:27 GMT2017-09-21T17:16:27Z

Staff losses will intensify recruitment problems at health service, which now has 40,000 vacant nursing posts

Around 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS since the Brexit referendum, it has emerged.

NHS Digital, the agency that collects data on the health service, found that in the 12 months to June, 9,832 EU doctors, nurses and support staff had left, with more believed to have followed in the past three months.

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115 peers claim £1.3m despite not speaking in Lords for nine months

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:01:18 GMT2017-09-20T23:01:18Z

Electoral Reform Society questions value offered by the ‘worrying number of couch-potato peers and lobby-fodder lords’

More than 100 peers have claimed almost £1.3m between them despite not having spoken in the House of Lords for at least nine months, according to a pressure group.

The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said an analysis of parliamentary records shows that of the almost 800 peers in the Lords, 115 of them – about 15% of the total – did not contribute in a debate between June 2016 and April 2017 yet claimed an average of £11,091 each.

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George Osborne takes on seventh job with Stanford University role

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:35:04 GMT2017-09-20T16:35:04Z

Former chancellor adds another role to his post-cabinet career, becoming visiting fellow at university in California

George Osborne has taken on a seventh professional role, and his third at a university, it has been announced.

Osborne, the editor of the London Evening Standard, among many other jobs, has been named a visiting fellow at Stanford University in California, the university said in a statement on Wednesday.

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EU fears Theresa May 'will not be able to uphold Brexit pledges'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:48:45 GMT2017-09-20T19:48:45Z

Exclusive: Keir Starmer says Brussels has ‘high expectations’ for PM’s speech but she must face down Boris Johnson’s ‘fantasy Brexit’ and adopt a real position

Brussels fears an enfeebled Theresa May will not be able to stand by any pledges she makes in this week’s major speech on Brexit but has dismissed Boris Johnson’s intervention as an irrelevance, according to the shadow Brexit secretary.

Following meetings with all the major players in the EU’s negotiating team, Keir Starmer said “high expectations” in Brussels over the prime minister’s speech in Florence on Friday were tempered by concerns over her weakness.

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Two Britain First leaders charged with religiously aggravated harassment

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:02:52 GMT2017-09-20T14:02:52Z

Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen to appear in court over leaflets distributed in Thanet and Canterbury, police say

Two leading members of the far-right group Britain First have been charged with causing religiously aggravated harassment, police have said.

Paul Golding, 35, and Jayda Fransen, 31, were bailed to appear before Medway magistrates court next month. Golding has been charged with three counts, Fransen with four, Kent police said on Wednesday.

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Ukip could fall apart after latest leadership election, say insiders

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:26:16 GMT2017-09-20T13:26:16Z

Warning comes as Ukip members vote to pick fourth leader in a year from seven-strong list of little-known candidates

Ukip faces the real prospect of a split or even gradual extinction following a leadership election that could result in the party lurching towards a hard-right brand of populism, senior insiders have warned.

Just two years since Nigel Farage led the party to third place by vote share in the 2015 election, top figures say Ukip risks becoming a defunct political force as it struggles for a new purpose after Brexit.

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Brexit splits: what divides May, Johnson, Davis and Hammond on the big issues

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:42:50 GMT2017-09-20T07:42:50Z

As cabinet disagreements over Brexit policy are played out via long essays in newspapers, we examine what the government’s four most senior members believe on each substantive issue

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Government backs tighter rules on takeover of UK companies

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:32:16 GMT2017-09-20T08:32:16Z

Takeover Panel says bidders should say what will happen to head office and R&D in wake of row over Kraft’s Unilever bid

Bidders for UK stock market listed companies must lay out more detailed plans for their target, including location of its head office and research and development investment, under proposed rules put forward by the takeover watchdog and backed by the government.

The new rules, which were published in a consultation document on Tuesday, also give companies, unions and other employee representatives more time to respond to bids in changes which follow the controversial £115bn attempted takeover of Unilever by Kraft Heinz earlier this year.

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Public inquiry needed into UK's £200bn debt crisis, say senior MPs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:50:07 GMT2017-09-19T12:50:07Z

Select committee chairs join leading figures voicing concern over impact of debt on households already facing squeeze

The chairs of two powerful parliamentary committees have urged the government to set up an independent public inquiry into the £200bn of debt amassed by households.

The call by Rachel Reeves, the Labour chair of the business select committee, and Frank Field, the Labour head of the work and pensions select committee, comes as the Conservative-led Treasury select committee plans to hold meetings around the country to examine the impact of debt on individuals and households.

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Educating the young about trade unions | Letters

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:38:42 GMT2017-09-21T18:38:42Z

Mary Sawyer of Unite in Schools says that educating students about the vital role of unions in an increasingly casualised world of work is essential

Michael Heaton (Letters, 17 July) called for the “basics of workers’ rights and the law” to be “explained to everyone before they start working”. For several years now at Unite in Schools we have run sessions with students and school leavers at hundreds of schools all over the country. We demystify trade unions, explain workers’ rights, the power of collective action and the truth behind zero-hours contracts. We consider it young peoples’ entitlement to be prepared for the increasingly casualised world of work.

Initially, very few students know what trade unions are or how to protect themselves at work. We place all our discussions in students’ own experience and look at ways they can use social media to campaign for justice and equality. We tell them that they are the next generation who will be running the unions and the campaigns. Unions need wider representation: more young members, more women, more BAME and LGBT activists. By the end of every session the students’ lightbulbs come on – they realise unions are fundamental to protection, that collective action for it is the most natural response in the world. By the end of a good session, the students are telling us what they would want from their trade union, and showing us how to campaign creatively using social media. We ignore the next generation at our peril.
Mary Sayer
Unite in Schools national coordinator

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Barnier tells May UK will have to obey EU rules during transition - politics as it happened

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:28:05 GMT2017-09-21T18:28:05Z

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

We’re going to close this blog for today. Thanks so much for joining us and for all your comments.

Join us again tomorrow, which is set to be an interesting day with Theresa May making a landmark speech on the Brexit negotiations in Florence.

The Guardian has published an obituary for Sir Teddy Taylor, the former Tory MP and one of the most prominent Eurosceptic rebels of the 1990s, who died today.

The former Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor, who has died aged 80, was not just a Eurosceptic but a Europhobe; almost a single-issue politician defined by his passionate and lifelong opposition to the European Union. Admirers warmed to his eloquent, quickfire attacks on the European project, but to others he seemed obsessive, and in 1996 he admitted: “I am the biggest Euro-bore there ever was.” Nonetheless, few doubted his courage or the sincerity of his views, which did not help his career prospects.

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Sir Teddy Taylor obituary

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:28:19 GMT2017-09-21T17:28:19Z

Conservative MP and Europhobe whose record of dissent confined him to the backbenches for most of his long parliamentary career

The former Conservative MP Sir Teddy Taylor, who has died aged 80, was not just a Eurosceptic but a Europhobe; almost a single-issue politician defined by his passionate and lifelong opposition to the European Union. Admirers warmed to his eloquent, quickfire attacks on the European project, but to others he seemed obsessive, and in 1996 he admitted: “I am the biggest Euro-bore there ever was.” Nonetheless, few doubted his courage or the sincerity of his views, which did not help his career prospects.

Having entered the House of Commons in 1964, Taylor was given a junior post in Edward Heath’s government, but resigned in 1971 when Heath applied for entry to the European Economic Community. That act set the stage for his later rebellions over contributions to the EEC budget in 1985, the Single European Act in 1986, entry to the European exchange rate mechanism in October 1990 and the Maastricht treaty during 1992-93.

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EU tells Britain to 'settle the accounts' and speed up Brexit progress

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:30:23 GMT2017-09-21T15:30:23Z

Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier says he asks why there is still major uncertainty over UK’s approach on key issues

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has issued a fresh warning that Britain must “settle the accounts” and speed up the pace of negotiations if it wants a free trade deal when it leaves the bloc.

Related: Article 127: the obscure clause that could deliver a soft Brexit | Jonathan Lis

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Theresa May can’t outsource counter-terrorism to Silicon Valley | Alia Brahimi

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:38:22 GMT2017-09-21T15:38:22Z

Will a reduction of extremist content online really reduce the terror threat while catastrophic conditions persist in Syria, Iraq and Libya?

Theresa May called on technology companies to go “further and faster” in taking down extremist content at the UN on Wednesday. “Ultimately it is not just the terrorists themselves who we need to defeat,” the British prime minister said. “It is the extremist ideologies that fuel them.”

The proliferation of extremist material online is a significant problem that we need to challenge. However, May’s remarks are based on the common yet misguided assumption that extreme ideological material, and its availability on the internet, is what drives terrorism.

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An insurgent force for good – that’s our vision for the Green party | Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:21:51 GMT2017-09-21T13:21:51Z

Our party conference will address the political challenge of how to collectively design a future where we can all thrive – and have a larger life

The hurricanes battering the Caribbean are a deadly reminder of the immense force of nature. They show with stark clarity what happens when those with the most power fail to protect those with the least, and when those with the greatest ability to tackle the growing threat of climate breakdown shirk their responsibility to those who face its worst effects.

The story of our recent past and our present is of a handful of powerful people acting against the interests of everyone else. Those who make it to the top – of multinational corporations and of government – defend themselves and the status quo against all attacks, deepening inequality in society and sowing the seeds of planetary destruction. The future doesn’t need to be like this, but if we want to write a different story we need to start now.

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The wrong sort of voter? There’s no such thing, AC Grayling | Giles Fraser: Loose canon

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:48:28 GMT2017-09-21T12:48:28Z

Grayling revives a fear of the mob that’s as old as Plato. Brexit convinced our elite that ordinary people were not intelligent enough to know what’s best for them

Plato famously insisted that the ideal society should be run by philosophers. Just as the master of a ship must be an expert in the craft of navigation, so too the master of the good society must be an expert in the craft of good governance. And just as you shouldn’t allow any old Tom, Dick or Harry to become the master of a ship, so you shouldn’t give them mastery over a society either. That is Plato’s case against democracy. Governance requires experts. Philosophers.

Step forward AC Grayling – philosopher. In his new book, Democracy and Its Crisis, he tells us that the Brexit result was the consequence of giving too much power to the wrong sort of people. The reason we have representative democracy rather than direct democracy, he says, is so that the various institutions of government are able to ameliorate the fickleness and ignorance of the ordinary voter. “Sometimes he drinks heavily while listening to the flute,” sneered Plato at this ordinary voter. Asking the opinions of such people is bound to cause trouble. They are not bright enough to know when they are being manipulated; not expert enough to know what’s best for them. Thus, disappointed remainers like AC Grayling have revived the ancient idea that “clever” people should have more of a say than others in how this country is run.

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Article 127: the obscure clause that could deliver a soft Brexit | Jonathan Lis

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:58:28 GMT2017-09-21T11:58:28Z

For MPs concerned about the impact on the economy, article 127 on EEA exit is an opportunity: if parliament wishes to avoid hard Brexit, it could be key

As the government continues its mission to pull Britain out of the single market at apparently any cost, the last hope for remainers and soft Brexiters could lie in the least glamorous and most surprising of places: article 127 of the 1994 European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. This obscure legal clause could, indeed, be all that stands between Britain’s economy and a cliff edge.

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Labour will hold a winning card if it harnesses the potential of its members | Emina Ibrahim

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:53:20 GMT2017-09-21T10:53:20Z

It’s right that members should get more of a say in choosing leadership candidates. To win an election, the party must be inclusive and empowering

Democracy is widely viewed as the only legitimate form of government. We all so often praise democratic organisations and pour scorn on centralised elites. It is an idea that is seen as a universal good. Except, for some reason, within the Labour party, where efforts to democratise internal elections have proved to be somewhat controversial.

With party conference approaching, there are various motions that will be put to the vote. But the one that has garnered most attention are the efforts to lower the threshold of MP and MEP votes needed for leadership candidates to get on the ballot paper, and ensure members get more of a say on who next steers the party. These efforts to democratise Labour have been characterised by some as being on behalf of a leftwing old guard who care more about capturing the party than winning general elections, those who are more interested in Labour party structures than the Labour party governing. But, in reality, the precise opposite is true.

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With a liar like Boris Johnson as foreign secretary how can Europe trust Britain? | Joris Luyendijk

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:33:08 GMT2017-09-21T10:33:08Z

The UK depends upon its reputation for honesty, fairness and respect for the law. Johnson’s Brexit bill pronouncements are testing anglophiles’ patience

To get a sense of where the UK’s reputation in the rest of Europe is heading, go to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) website and type in the name of the British foreign minister. Then think of what an ordinary German reader will make of these search results:

“How Boris Johnson makes a fool of himself in an interview.”

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Remove society’s safety net and what do we get? Disabled toddlers in dirty clothes | Frances Ryan

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:40:00 GMT2017-09-21T09:40:00Z

The coalition government abolished the social fund in 2013. People such as Kirsty and her family now have to fend for themselves in a crisis

The new washing machine sitting in Kirsty’s kitchen is worth its weight in gold. In their council house in Manchester, Kirsty, 25, is caring for her two young boys – four-year-old disabled Keaton and three-year-old Braydon. Keaton was born with end-stage renal failure and it’s gruelling on him and the family: years of dialysis, multiple operations, and even a kidney transplant from his mum last year. (Kirsty wears a bracelet with the date 9/6/16 and stars round it to mark a “life-saving date”.)

But money – keeping the boys fed and warm and dry – is another weight on her mind. Kirsty had planned to go back to work after her sons’ births – she sold football kits in Manchester City’s club shop and before that cleaned for years – but it was impossible with Keaton’s health. Her fiance – wracked with ulcers and a form of Crohn’s disease – is currently applying for out-of-work sickness benefits and getting nothing in the meantime. It means that for years, their only income has been Keaton’s disability benefit, disability living allowance (DLA) and Kirsty’s carer’s allowance.

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Here’s what Theresa May would say in Florence – if she really cared about Britain | Polly Toynbee

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:00:25 GMT2017-09-21T05:00:25Z

The prime minister should do the right thing by us and Europe. But don’t hold your breath

Sitting at her desk, Theresa May is drafting her Florence speech for Friday. The time has come, she finally decides, to put country before party; to abandon the vain attempt to bind together her party’s utterly incompatible factions. What’s the point? There’s no possible EU deal that would induce John Redwood and Liam Fox to agree with Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke, no fence left to sit on. She must become the prime minister no one thinks she is.

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London must remain open to the world

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:55:27 GMT2017-01-31T11:55:27Z

The capital should have its own migration system to help it to help Britain survive leaving the EU

There are always exceptions. Since the nation voted to leave the European Union, the mayor of its capital city, Sadiq Khan, has declared that “London Is Open”, but he wouldn’t mind it being closed to Donald Trump. Hundreds of thousands of Londoners sympathise, judging by the map of signatories of the petition to stop the US president paying a state visit and making life difficult for the Queen.

This isn’t typical behaviour. In general, the capital welcomes foreigners, including those who, unlike Trump, plan to stick around and do something useful. About two million of the city’s work force of five million were born overseas, of which at least half come from elsewhere in the EU. London-haters find this frightening, a foretaste of foreignness eating the green and pleasant land. They hope Brexit will stem the alien tide, buttressing a fading Britannia of yore. They may not have yet grasped how damaging for them a cut in incomers from overseas could be.

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Boris, Brexit and the Labour rulebook – Politics Weekly podcast

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:34:27 GMT2017-09-20T16:34:27Z

Anushka Asthana is joined by Boris Johnson’s biographer Sonia Purnell to discuss the foreign secretary’s 4,000-word intervention on Brexit this week. Plus: the Labour chair Ian Lavery on changes to the party’s leadership election rules. On the panel: Gaby Hinsliff, Paul Mason and Richard Angell

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Boris Johnson’s 4,000-word Brexit intervention was widely interpreted as a pitch to replace the prime minister. The fallout dominated a week in which Theresa May will give her biggest speech on Brexit yet.

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Theresa's speech to the UN proved that it's not only a British audience the Maybot can lose | John Crace

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:35:39 GMT2017-09-20T20:35:39Z

Gentle threats over UN funding, a warning to North Korea and a swipe at Syria – PM goes through motions as delegates doze off

Under normal circumstances, a speech to the United Nations general assembly would be a big deal. But with the week that Theresa May has just had, involving trying to deal with Boris – not to mention this Friday’s Florence EU gig – talking to the UN was a bit of light R&R.

A chance to let off a bit of steam and say what was on her mind, safe in the knowledge that there would be no tricky questions from nosy reporters. The biggest embarrassment she was likely to face was another world leader dozing off during the translation.

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The Snap: Theresa May – still prime minister, but for how long?

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 05:48:17 GMT2017-06-10T05:48:17Z

Tories (and press) turn on May … Labour wins in Kensington …most diverse parliament ever … and can DUP deal survive questions over hardline beliefs?

Here we are, the morning after the morning after, with Theresa May still in No 10, still prime minister and still without a majority.

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Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:57:00 GMT2017-09-20T22:57:00Z

PM ranks US plan to withdraw from Paris treaty alongside North Korean nuclear tests as threat to global security

Theresa May has issued a veiled warning to Donald Trump, arguing that his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate change treaty ranks alongside North Korea’s nuclear missile tests as a threat to global prosperity and security.

In a speech to the United Nations general assembly, the prime minister, whose authority at home has been severely tested since June’s general election result, sought to project her vision of a “rules-based” international order.

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‘I could be the next PM’: Vince Cable plots path back from wilderness

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:05:25 GMT2017-09-16T23:05:25Z

The Lib Dem leader intends to restore winning ways

This is the Indian summer of Vince Cable. He had long nurtured ambitions to lead his party, but finally gave up on them when he was one of the casualties of the 2015 election massacre of the Liberal Democrats. He took his ejection from parliament to be the death of his political career.

“If you’d asked me six months ago, I assumed my exile was permanent,” he smiles. So he threw himself into a post-political life. He tried his hand at writing a thriller. He traded on his training as an economist and experience as business secretary in the coalition years. “I was going around universities being a wise man.” Though he had made a promise to his local party that he would stand again for the Lib Dems in Twickenham if there were an early election, he assumed it wasn’t a pledge that would have to be redeemed. “I was also doing ballroom dance competitions in Blackpool. I’d established quite a good new lifestyle.”

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Momentum to launch app to get its voters out at Labour conference

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:00:25 GMT2017-09-21T05:00:25Z

Smartphone will alert Jeremy Corbyn supporters to timing of key votes and tell them when events are filling up

Momentum is to launch a Labour conference smartphone app, which will alert leftwing delegates to the timing of key votes on the conference floor, as well as send real-time information about events and rallies.

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A new cycling law won't make roads safer and could postpone laws that could | Peter Walker

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:35:39 GMT2017-09-21T14:35:39Z

Of the about 400 pedestrians killed a year in the UK an average of just two are hit by a bike. Enforcing speeding limits on the other hand could help prevent 250 deaths

So there is to be an “urgent” review into whether the law should be changed to target dangerous cycling. This follows a campaign by Matt Briggs, whose wife, Kim, was killed when she was struck by a bike ridden by the now-jailed Charlie Alliston.

The first thing to stress is that I understand completely why Matt Briggs feels the way he does. I’ve talked to him, and appreciate why charging Alliston under an 1861 law was unwieldy and caused long delays. Briggs is a thoughtful, intelligent man and I wish him well.

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Irish border data underlines huge task facing Brexit negotiators

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:53:10 GMT2017-09-21T14:53:10Z

Official analysis shows scale of potential disruption from hard border, finding there were more than 110m crossings last year

The scale of the difficulties facing Brexit negotiators in disentangling the border between Britain and Ireland has been highlighted by new data showing there were more than 110m border crossings between the two last year.

An official analysis by British and Irish statisticians found there were an estimated 375,900 Irish-born people living in the UK and 277,200 UK-born people living in Ireland.

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EU Brexit negotiator attacks Boris Johnson's 'old-fashioned' views on identity

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:26:24 GMT2017-09-21T11:26:24Z

Guy Verhofstadt responds to UK foreign secretary’s criticism of young voters who feel allegiance to Europe

The European parliament’s Brexit negotiator has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, saying his recent criticism of young voters who feel allegiance to Europe was “old-fashioned” and “nonsense”.

Guy Verhofstadt told a special meeting of three committees in the Irish parliament that it was perfectly possible to feel European while at the same time feeling allegiance to your country of birth.

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Nigel Farage ridiculed over video of him delivering letter to BBC

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:34:48 GMT2017-09-20T12:34:48Z

Social media users mocked Farage’s post that shows him striding up to the broadcaster’s London HQ

Nigel Farage has been roundly derided on social media for posting a video of himself marching up to the doors of the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London brandishing a letter of complaint.

Delivering my letter of complaint to the BBC Director-General yesterday.

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Theresa May makes 'fair and serious' offer on EU citizens rights in UK

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:22:20 GMT2017-06-23T07:22:20Z

PM tells EU leaders UK will offer those who arrive lawfully before Brexit the chance to build up same rights as British citizens

Theresa May made a “fair and serious offer” to European Union leaders over the contentious issue of the future rights of EU citizens, offering those who arrive lawfully before Brexit the chance to build up the same rights to work, healthcare and benefits as UK citizens.

Speaking at the end of a dinner at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, after formal Brexit talks kicked off on Monday, May set out the UK’s opening offer on the rights of EU citizens – an issue both sides have said they would like to be resolved early in the talks.

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European parliament Brexit chief: 'Let Britons keep freedom of movement'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:24:39 GMT2017-03-10T10:24:39Z

Guy Verhofstadt says ‘all British citizens have EU citizenship’ and should maintain these individual rights if they wish to

British citizens should be able to choose to keep various benefits of EU membership, including freedom of movement, the European parliament’s chief Brexit representative has said.

Guy Verhofstadt said he hoped to convince European leaders to allow Britons to maintain certain rights if they apply for them on an individual basis.

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Theresa May to deliver Brexit speech in Florence

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:37:43 GMT2017-09-14T07:37:43Z

Speech in Italian city will be scrutinised to see if UK stance has softened after tricky start to talks with EU27

A speech by Theresa May billed as an important moment in the Brexit negotiation process is to take place in Florence next week, Downing Street has announced.

May will speak in the historic Italian city on Friday 22 September “to update on Brexit negotiations so far”, the prime minister’s spokesman said.

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Should drugs be legalised? Some answers to Prince William’s ‘massive question’

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:06:01 GMT2017-09-20T15:06:01Z

On a visit to a rehab centre this week, the Duke of Cambridge posed the question to former addicts. Here, we ask five people – a mix of experts, academics, writers and policy-makers – for their opinion

The Duke of Cambridge reignited debate surrounding the legalisation of drugs following his recent visit to the Spitalfields Crypt Trust in east London, where he had “a very massive question” for former addicts. Should drugs be legal – what were their opinions?

Responses from those at the drug-addiction charity were mixed and the much-discussed issue continues to prove contentious among everyone, from politicians to academics, drug-users and medical experts. With the UK currently the drugs-overdose capital of Europe, could a change in Britain’s drug policy save lives? Or is legalisation a recipe for disaster?

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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:41:50 GMT2017-09-19T08:41:50Z

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