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Plaid: '£30m needed for Brexit shock'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLive: Plaid Cymru conference A total of £30m should be spent protecting firms from possible damage from Brexit over the next two years, Plaid Cymru’s leader has said. Leanne Wood, who will address Plaid’s annual conference in Caernarfon later, said …

Fly-tipping tops one million incidents per year

Theresa May is facing new pressure to order town halls to empty household bins weekly after Government figures revealed fly-tipping incidents topped a million last year. The shock figures, from Michael Gove’s environment department, are up 7% on last year and the highest since 2008. It means councils …

PM raises stakes amid sluggish Brexit progress

For the second successive EU Council, Theresa May addressed EU leaders after the Summit dinner, over a coffee, in between official agenda items. And for the second successive dinner she was listened to politely, but with no immediate reply. After the dinner, EU leaders were careful to encourage …

Heseltine: Brexit manoeuvring 'makes me weep'

Heseltine: Brexit manoeuvring ‘makes me weep’ – BBC News “)}elsej.write(‘”)},confirm:function(a)return true,setFig:function(a,b)(function();a.orb.figState=b)(),deserialise:function(b)var a=;b.replace(/(2):(+)/g,function()a=+RegExp.$2);return a}})();fig.manager.include();/*]]>*/ ‘); } } oqsSurveyManager(window, ‘ON’); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); } else document.write(”); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); document.write(‘‘); document.write(‘‘); if (/ex-dp/.test(window.location.href) || document.cookie.indexOf(‘ex-dp=’) !== -1) bbcdotcom.utils.addHtmlTagClass(‘bbcdotcom-ex-dp’); } })(); /*]]>*/ ‘); …

New data reveals 'social apartheid' at Oxbridge

Britain’s elite universities represent a “social apartheid” as new figures reveal a privileged background is “still the key” to earning a place at Oxford or Cambridge, a former Labour minister has claimed. Data published by David Lammy MP shows successful entrants to the UK’s top two universities were …

Ex-MI6 chief suggests Brexit may not happen

The UK’s former spy chief has suggested Britain might not actually quit the EU – and warned greater spending on diplomacy, defence and intelligence will be needed if Brexit does go ahead. Sir John Sawers, who oversaw MI6 as spymaster “C” between 2009 and 2014, claimed the “default …

Armando Iannucci talks Alan Partridge and Malcolm Tucker

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PM's deputy condemns abuse – but aims at top Tories

Damian Green has condemned abuse against politicians, in a speech in which he also cruelly mocked many of his senior colleagues. Theresa May’s closest political ally warned about “increasing hatred” in politics, while at the same time telling colourful jokes about top Tories. He suggested online abuse could …

Don't ignore MPs' universal credit vote, Sir Edward Leigh warns

Image copyright PA A senior Conservative MP has criticised the government’s response to a Commons vote against its welfare plans. The Tories did not contest Wednesday night’s non-binding vote, which called for universal credit to be paused, handing Labour a symbolic victory. The tactics – and the lack …

'No proceedings' against Lib Dem MSP over election case

Image caption Alex Cole-Hamilton said he had always been confident the case would be dropped Prosecutors have dropped a case against Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton over claims he had broken electoral law. Mr Cole-Hamilton was accused of breaching the legal spending cap and filing incorrect election returns …