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General election 2017: Labour wants four new bank holidays

General election 2017: Labour wants four new bank holidays

Image copyright PA Image caption Jeremy Corbyn says more bank holidays would help working people spend time with loved ones A Labour government would seek to create four new UK-wide bank holidays, Jeremy Corbyn says. The holidays would be on each nation’s patron saint day – St David’s Day on 1 March, St Patrick’s Day […]

General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban

General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban

Image copyright Getty Images A pledge to ban the full-face veils worn by some Muslim women is expected to be included in the UK Independence Party’s general election manifesto. Party leader Paul Nuttall will launch what he calls an “integration agenda” on Monday. He will say wearing the burka and niqab in public is a […]

General election 2017: PM says Tories are ‘party of lower taxes’

General election 2017: PM says Tories are ‘party of lower taxes’

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May: “Conservatives will continue to be a lower tax party” The Conservatives are “a lower tax party”, Theresa May has insisted, amid speculation her party may raise taxes if they win the general election. Speaking in Dudley, she said Labour’s “natural instinct” was to raise tax. But the prime minister would […]

General election 2017: PM says Tories are ‘party of lower taxes’

General election 2017: PM says Tories are ‘party of lower taxes’

Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May: “Conservatives will continue to be a lower tax party” The Conservatives are “a lower tax party”, Theresa May has insisted, amid speculation her party may raise taxes if they win the general election. Speaking in Dudley, she said Labour’s “natural instinct” was to raise tax. But the prime minister would […]

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cyclists wear masks against pollution in London, one of 16 areas where limits have been breached Labour has accused the government of failing to act on air pollution, which it says is a “public health emergency”. The party said millions of people in the UK were living in areas […]

SNP rules not to endorse two sitting MPs as general election candidates

SNP rules not to endorse two sitting MPs as general election candidates

Image copyright PA Image caption Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry have both had the party whip withdrawn The SNP’s national executive has ruled not to endorse two sitting MPs as candidates in the general election. Michelle Thomson and Natalie McGarry, who were elected as SNP MPs but now sit as independent members, were told by […]

Sir Eric Pickles to quit as MP

Sir Eric Pickles to quit as MP

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sir Eric Pickles is one of several high-profile MPs who are leaving Parliament Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Party chairman, has announced he is standing down as Brentwood and Ongar MP after 25 years. The 65-year-old said he was going to “miss it dreadfully” but there always comes […]

General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears

General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears

Image copyright PA Speculation that the Conservatives are planning tax rises, if they win the general election, have been played down by party sources. Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Thursday there should be “flexibility to manage the system” of taxation. But Tory party sources have told the BBC it was not a hint at plans […]

General election 2017: No cut to UK aid spending, says May

General election 2017: No cut to UK aid spending, says May

Image copyright PA Theresa May has ruled out cuts to the UK foreign aid budget if she wins the election but doubts have been cast on other existing Conservative pledges. The prime minister said the commitment to spending 0.7% of national income on aid “will remain” although it must be spent “in the most effective […]

Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary

Len McCluskey re-elected as Unite general secretary

Image copyright PA Len McCluskey has been re-elected as Unite’s general secretary following a bitter leadership battle. The result is a boost for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has sent the union chief a message of congratulations. Mr McCluskey’s chief rival Gerard Coyne – seen as the anti-Corbyn candidate – was beaten by nearly 6,000 […]

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