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Deal agreed in EU fishing talks

Image copyright Getty Images A deal has been reached over fishing quotas in EU waters, with increases for North Sea cod, haddock and monkfish. Following negotiations in Brussels, member states agreed limits on 53 stocks. Two thirds of fish in the North Sea and Atlantic fisheries will be …

UK wage growth continues to lag inflation

Image copyright Getty Images Wage growth fell behind inflation for a seventh month in a row, according to new employment figures. The Office for National Statistics said average weekly wages rose by 2.3% in the three months to October, below inflation at 3%. Real earnings, which take into …

New law needed to tackle intimidation of MPs, watchdog says

Image copyright PA Image caption Diane Abbott says she has been targeted by racist abuse A new criminal offence of “intimidating parliamentary candidates and campaigners” should be created, a standards watchdog has said. The Committee on Standards in Public Life says urgent action is needed to crack down …

MP Jared O'Mara advised by GP not to attend Parliament

Image copyright House of Commons MP Jared O’Mara is not presently attending Parliament on the advice of his GP, a spokesman has said. He was suspended by the Labour Party in October while it investigates misogynistic and homophobic comments he is alleged to have made. He has apologised …

What it's like to work for a political leader in your twenties?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Heaver, top right, with Nigel Farage after the referendum “I found the whole thing completely overwhelming when I first started.” Kate Shouesmith is admirably candid about what it was like to find herself working in Downing Street aged just 22. Helping answer …

MP's aide accused of rape in boss's office

A Conservative MP’s chief of staff raped a woman in his boss’s office after calling her a “b****” when she rebuffed his advances, a court has been told. Samuel Armstrong, an aide for South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay, is alleged to have “abused his position” by attacking the …

PM urged to prosecute web giants over abuse

Social media companies should be prosecuted like publishers if they fail to remove abuse content, an influential committee is to tell the Government. Social media companies are not currently regulated as publishers but are instead considered as platforms as they have limited control over the content they host. …

Tory MP who used n-word has suspension lifted

A Tory MP who was suspended after using the n-word at a meeting of Eurosceptics has had the Conservative whip restored. Anne Marie Morris, who represents Newton Abbot in Devon, was investigated over a comment she made at an event attended by Brexit-backing MPs in July. She was …

Tory fave Davidson considers Westminster bid

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has admitted for the first time she is considering a bid to become an MP at Westminster at the next general election. In remarks that will delight those Conservative MPs and activists who see her as a future party leader and potential Prime …

PM staring at Brexit defeat in Commons showdown

Theresa May has insisted the Government is “listening” to potential Tory rebels as the Prime Minister was warned she faces a humiliating defeat on flagship Brexit legislation. If neither ministers or unhappy Conservative MPs back down, the Government will face a crunch vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill …