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David Cameron's Warned European Parliament A 'Serious Roadblock' To EU Renegotiation

(140) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 7:30 AM

David Cameron has been warned the European Parliament could present a "serious roadblock" to his attempts to renegotiate Britain's membership of the EU

Speaking at the London School of Economics today, Martin Schulz, the parliament's president, said the prime minister's hopes for an "emergency brake" on migration would be difficult...

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European Union Referendum Date Set For 'End Of June,' Says Cabinet Minister

(10) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 4:05 AM

A cabinet minister has dropped a big hint that the European Union referendum will be held on June 23.

Energy secretary Amber Rudd told BBC Question Time on Thursday evening the government hoped to hold the vote "at the end of June".

Earlier this week, David Cameron added to the...

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Culture Secretary John Whittingdale Refuses To Rule Out Backing Brexit

(18) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 10:42 AM

Culture secretary John Whittingdale has refused to rule out campaigning for Britain to leave the European Union.

Whittingdale is seen as one of the five most likely cabinet ministers to back Brexit, along with Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, Theresa Villers and Priti Patel.

The prime minister, who made the...

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Roosh V Mocked For Size Of 'Following' As MPs Urge Theresa May To Ban Him From Britain

(12) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 5:45 AM

Theresa May has been urged to ban from Britain a "repulsive" pro-rape campaigner who planned to stage events across the country.

Daryush Valizade, who also goes by the name Roosh V, has promoted the idea of legalising rape if done on "private property".

On Thursday morning he used his of...

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European Union Plan 'Male Bovine Excrement,' Tory MP Tells David Cameron

(19) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 10:05 AM

A Tory MP has dismissed the idea the European Union could be legally forced to change its treaties following David Cameron's in/out referendum as "male bovine excrement".

Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkin told the prime minister today the claim Brussels could be held to any pre-referendum agreement had been rubbished in stark...

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David Cameron Tells Tory MPs To Ignore Pressure From Party Members And Vote With Their 'Heart' On EU Referendum

(10) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 8:52 AM

David Cameron has told Tory MPs not to allow pressure from party members to convince them to campaign for Britain to leave the European Union.

The prime minister also today dropped his strongest hint yet that the the in/out referendum will be held on June 23

He told his the...

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Nigel Farage Defends Ukip MEPs From Accusations Of 'Intimidation' During Brexit Debate

(61) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 5:31 AM

Nigel Farage has defended Ukip from accusations its MEPs have been intimidating other members of the European Parliament.

British Green MEP Molly Scott Cato intervened as the parliament debated the deal David Cameron hopes to strike ahead of the upcoming United Kingdom referendum on EU membership.

Cato said she was...

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London Seen As More Dangerous Than Somalia, Warns Chuka Umunna

(73) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 9:41 AM

For some young people the streets of London are more dangerous than Somalia, Chuka Umunna has warned.

In a sobering speech in the Commons on Friday afternoon, the former shadow cabinet minister told MPs about the number of stabbings that take place in his Streatham constituency - including one man...

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Donald Trump 'Terrifying', Hillary Clinton Only Candidate Capable Of Being President, Says Ex-UK Foreign Secretary

(54) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 3:53 AM

Hillary Clinton is the only candidate running for president of the United States who is up to the job and the idea of Donald Trump in the White House is terrifying, according to a Conservative former British foreign and defence secretary.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, who also used to chair parliament's...

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Iain Duncan Smith Accused Of Dodging Scrutiny Of 'Vindictive' Bedroom Tax

(23) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 5:44 AM

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of dodging scrutiny over the legality of the so-called bedroom tax, after he turned up in the Commons but allowed his junior minister to face the questions.

Yesterday a victim of domestic violence and the family of a severely disabled teenager won a ruling...

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Hang On Evan Davis, Did You Call The Shadow Foreign Secretary 'Hilary Big Benn'?

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 3:48 AM

Newsnight presenter Evan Davis accidentally gave Labour's shadow foreign secretary a new nickname on Wednesday evening - not that he could remember doing it.

Introducing a pre-recorded interview with Hilary Benn, Davis told viewers: "A little earlier, I spoke to the shadow foreign secretary, Hilary Big Benn."

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Ukip Former Leader Lord Pearson Accused By Bishop Of Damaging Muslim-Christian Relations

(48) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 9:29 AM

Former Ukip leader Lord Pearson has been told off by a Bishop for using the House of Lords to drive a wedge between Christians and Muslims.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lord Pearson asked the government whether there was a "risk that Christians could be recorded as having committed an anti-Muslim hate...

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David Cameron Under Fire For 'Inflammatory And Crass' Attack On 'Bunch Of Migrants' At Calais

(420) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 7:37 AM

David Cameron has been criticised for referring to the people living at the camp in Calais "bunch of migrants".

The prime minister deployed the phrase while going after Jeremy Corbyn and Labour during PMQs on Wednesday. "Look at their record over the last week. They met with the unions and...

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Muslim Veil Stops Women Saying 'Hello' So Ban It, Says Tory MP Philip Hollobone

(139) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 5:14 AM

A Conservative MP has said women should be banned from wearing a face veil in public because it stops them from "saying hello" to people.

Philip Hollobone, who has previously proposed a Face Coverings (Prohibition) Bill, told LBC Radio on Wednesday morning he was in favour of a...

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Voters Think Google Is 'Above The Law,' Warns Ex-Cameron Aide Steve Hilton

(23) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 3:36 AM

The dominance of firms like Google has led to people believing the companies are "above the law", one of David Cameron's former closest aides has warned.

Steve Hilton,the prime minister's ex-director of strategy, said on Wednesday there was growing "anger" at the behaviour of large companies.

His warning comes as...

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Tony Blair Warns Brexit Will Cause Scotland To Leave The United Kingdom

(87) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 8:40 AM

Scotland will vote to leave the United Kingdom if Britain votes to leave the European Union, Tony Blair has warned.

Nicola Sturgeon has warned David Cameron Brexit would lead to an "overwhelming demand" for a second independence referendum in Scotland.

Speaking to the French radio station Europe1, Blair...

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Michael Gove Tells Tory MP His Christianity Informs Prison Policy, 'I Believe In Redemption'

(43) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 7:48 AM

Michael Gove has rejected the suggestion he is soft on crime, telling a Conservative MP that as a Christian he believes in "redemption".

The justice secretary was today accused by Philip Davies of having "gone native" at his department as he was too willing to listen to the likes of...

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Paula Radcliffe Accuses MPs Of Doping 'Set Up', Demands Apology

(10) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 4:06 AM

Paula Radcliffe has accused MPs of a "set up" and demanded an apology from a senior Conservative after she was implicated in doping allegations.

Speaking on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme on Tuesday morning, the world record holding athlete challenged the chairman of the parliamentary culture media and sport committee...

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Samantha Cameron Warned Her Children To Expect 'Oink Oink' Piggate Jokes

(16) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 9:05 AM

Samantha Cameron warned her children to expect to be on the receiving end of "oink oink" jokes in the wake of allegations her husband, the prime minister, took part in a Oxford University ritual involving a pig, it has been claimed.

Mrs Cameron is said to have revealed the parenting...

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Jeremy Corbyn Accused By Rachel Reeves Of 'Dereliction Of Duty' That Is Losing Labour Votes

(269) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 7:57 AM

Jeremy Corbyn is to blame for the Labour in-fighting that is losing the party votes, according to former shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves.

“We are focusing inwardly on issues that don’t really resonate with the public, about Trident for example, and we should be focusing on issues that...

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