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Tony Blair: Labour needs ‘head-to-toe renewal’

Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Tony Blair will say that “nothing less than ‘born again’ head-to-toe renewal will do” for Labour, as party members prepare to choose their next leader. The ex-PM – who led Labour from 1994 to 2007 – will warn the party could be out of government …

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Julian Smith: Boris Johnson approved Stormont agreement

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Julian Smith said the prime minister signed off on the Stormont deal The former Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith says Prime Minister Boris Johnson read and approved the agreement for the restoration of Stormont. Mr Smith was sacked during the cabinet reshuffle last week. There …

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Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says

Image copyright Getty Images Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming …

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Michel Barnier: UK can’t have Canada trade deal with EU

Image copyright EPA Image caption Michel Barnier is the EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit The UK cannot have the same trade deal with the EU as Canada, according to the bloc’s chief negotiator. Michel Barnier said the EU was ready to offer an “ambitious partnership” with the UK post-Brexit, but …

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Andrew Sabisky: No 10 urged to examine vetting after aide quits

Media captionDominic Cummings leaves for work after Andrew Sabisky row The government needs to “look at” its vetting processes following the resignation of a Downing Street adviser, a business minister has said. Kwasi Kwarteng said past remarks made by Andrew Sabisky, who quit on Monday, were “racist” and “totally unacceptable”. …

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UK Budget date kept at 11 March

Image copyright Getty Images The government will not be changing the date of the Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced. It will go ahead as previously scheduled on 11 March. There had been speculation that the Budget could be delayed after Mr Sunak replaced Sajid Javid following his resignation last …

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BBC licence fee: Tory MPs warn No 10 against fight

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The BBC is governed by a Royal Charter, which protects the licence fee until at least 2027 Two senior Tory MPs have warned Downing Street not to pick a fight with the BBC amid reports it wants the broadcaster “massively pruned back”. The Sunday …

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No 10 refuses to condemn adviser’s remarks

Image caption Labour is calling for Andrew Sabisky to be sacked from his adviser position Downing Street has refused to condemn controversial past remarks on pregnancies, eugenics and race reportedly made by a new adviser. Labour said Andrew Sabisky should be sacked for suggesting black people had lower average IQs …

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Brexit: France warns UK of bitter trade negotiations

Image copyright AFP Image caption French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian predicted the two sides would “rip each other apart” France has warned Britain to expect a bruising battle with the EU in post-Brexit trade negotiations. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian made clear at a conference in Munich that …

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