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Climate: The week Boris Johnson turned green, or did he?

Environment: The week Boris Johnson turned green, or did he? By Roger Harrabin BBC environment expert Published duration 3 October Associated Topics Climate modification You might be forgiven for thinking this was the week Boris Johnson really grasped the dangerous state of the world. After a long silence on environmental …

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Sir Keir Starmer urges Scottish Labour factions to unite

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Sir Keir was speaking during a visit to the University of Edinburgh’s school of medicine Sir Keir Starmer has warned warring factions within Scottish Labour that “divided parties don’t win elections”. Speaking on his first visit to Scotland since becoming UK Labour leader, Sir …

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Baroness Harding on requests for coronavirus test

It is “quite hard to give you an accurate figure” on the level of demand for coronavirus tests across the UK, says the Head of NHS Test and Trace. Baroness Dido Harding explained the best estimates came from the number of people calling the phone number 119 and visiting its …

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Biden says US trade deal hinges on UK ‘respect’ for Good Friday Agreement

Image copyright Reuters Joe Biden has said he will not allow peace in Northern Ireland to become a “casualty of Brexit” if he is elected US President in November. The Democratic candidate said any UK-US trade deal had to be “contingent” on respect for the Good Friday Agreement. Foreign Secretary …

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Tom Watson hired by gambling giant Paddy Power as adviser

Image copyright Getty Images Former Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has been appointed as an adviser to one of the UK’s biggest gambling firms. Mr Watson, who left Parliament last year, was a campaigner for stricter rules on gambling while he was an MP. He is joining Flutter, which owns …

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Coronavirus: Jacob Rees-Mogg criticises ‘carping’ over tests

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJacob Rees-Mogg: “endless carping saying” it’s difficult to get a coronavirus test. Senior Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised after he described concern over coronavirus testing shortages as “carping”. The Commons leader told MPs people should instead celebrate the “phenomenal success” of …

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Rees-Mogg: ‘Endless carping’ over coronavirus tests

“Instead of endless carping saying it’s difficult to get them,” British people should “celebrate this phenomenal success” in achieving up to 250,,000 daily coronavirus tests, the Commons leader has said. Jacob Rees-Mogg quoted the prime minister saying that figure would go up to a capacity of 500,000 tests a day …

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Tory MP David Morris told to apologise for breaching donation rules

Image copyright UK Parliament A Conservative MP has been told to apologise for breaching rules on donations. David Morris was found to have broken the paid advocacy rule when he asked a question in the Commons after accepting a £10,000 donation. Parliament’s Standards Commissioner also criticised Mr Morris’s conduct during …

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Lord Keen: Scottish Tory leader says new advocate general will be found

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Lord Keen quit on Wednesday after five years as advocate general for Scotland The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has insisted that the UK government will be able to find a new senior law officer for Scotland. Lord Keen quit as advocate general on …

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EU reaction to Boris Johnson ‘good faith’ trade talks comments

The EU Commission has declined to comment directly on Boris Johnson’s claim Brussels was not acting in “good faith” in talks with the UK over a possible trade deal. But chief spokesman Eric Mamer said the commission had a “rather splendid track record” for carrying out “negotiations in good faith”. …

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