Theresa May’s DUP-Tory deal criticised as ‘shabby and reckless’ – BBC News

June 27, 2017

May’s deal with the DUP Where does this leave power-sharing talks? Where will the money go? Who are the DUP? Negotiations lasted 18 days after the general election on 8 June resulted in a hung parliament. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories’ 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure needed for an overall Commons majority under a “confidence and supply” arrangement planned to last until 2022. After talks with DUP leader Arlene Foster at Number 10, the …

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… Bridge terror attack, UK PM Theresa May announced that new international agreements needed to be introduced to regulate the internet in order to “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online”. And last week in Paris, Mrs May and French President Emmanuel Macron launched a joint campaign to look at how they could make the internet safe, including making companies legally liable if they refused to remove certain content. Other efforts Similar initiatives to counter hate speech …

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Philip Hammond attacks Tory general election campaign – BBC News

June 19, 2017

… conversations with Mrs May after the election, in which the Conservatives lost their Commons majority. Mr Hammond said the Tories should have focused more on their record of running Britain’s finances. “The end result is that in my judgement we did not talk about the economy as much we should have done.” Asked how long Mrs May had left in Number 10, Mr Hammond replied: “I think what the country needs now is a period of calm while we get on with the job at hand.” …

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Britain’s ‘longest-married’ couple celebrate anniversary – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Image copyright Peter Rhys Williams Image caption Ken and Margaret Harris celebrated their oak anniversary at their Powys nursing home But after spending a month in hospital, Mr Harris was given the all clear to leave and was found a room in the same care home as his wife in the Brecon Beacons. “Ken went to war and Margaret stayed home working as a doctor’s secretary but he always had her photo in his wallet,” added Mrs Harris. “When Ken went into hospital he …

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London fire: Tower victims ‘may never be identified’ – BBC News

June 16, 2017

… where she spoke to London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton and members of the emergency services. However, unlike Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Mrs May was not seen to speak to families and residents. Downing Street said the purpose of her visit was to get a briefing from emergency services and to ensure that they had the resources they needed. PM’s ‘humanity’ She later appeared on TV to announce a public inquiry. But former cabinet minister Michael …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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General election 2017: May to face Tory backbench critics – BBC News

June 13, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMrs May will be meeting the committee a day after announcing her cabinet. Theresa May will face tough questions later from her backbenchers after the Conservatives lost their majority at last week’s election. The 1922 committee is also expected to raise concerns about her leadership style, and press for more details on talks with the Democratic Unionists. Mrs May hopes to strike a deal with the DUP to support her minority …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… out by the Act. How will a hung Parliament affect Brexit? The single reason Mrs May said she called the election was to strengthen her position in negotiating a good Brexit deal. It is inevitable now that with a reduced majority she will have to compromise her aims in order to get support from the other parties. In particular the DUP – with whom Mrs May has said she will work – could be very influential here. Time is of the essence though, as negotiations with the remaining European …

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

… win the election and adopt a “very different approach and style of leadership”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: ‘Let’s get to work’ Mrs May announced her intention to work with the DUP to form a government on Friday, just hours after an election that left the UK with a hung parliament for the second time in seven years. Speaking on the steps of No 10 after an audience with the Queen, the prime minister said the parties …

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Merkel says EU is ‘ready to start Brexit negotiations’ – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A spokesman for Mrs Merkel had previously refused to be drawn on the issue out of “politeness and respect” while the process of forming a new UK government was under way. Mrs May says she will form a government with the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland, which won 10 seats. Can Theresa May stay as PM? May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks What the election result means for Brexit Brexit delays over UK hung parliament? Image copyright PA Image caption Mrs May …

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General election 2017: Last push for votes in election campaign – BBC News

June 8, 2017

General election: Live rolling updates Manifesto guide: What the parties are promising Everything you need to know the general election campaign Reality check: How weather affects turnout The PM’s day has started in London, and will take in the South Coast, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands. Her first stop was Smithfield meat market in the city, where she chatted to butchers alongside her husband, Philip, who will be at her side throughout the day. Mrs May’s …

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London attack: PM’s condemnation of tech firms criticised – BBC News

June 5, 2017

Mrs May said: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. “Yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies… provide.” Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said social media companies had successfully taken action against indecent images of children. “We now need to see the same response in terms of extremism and radicalisation. We know it can be done and we know the internet companies want to do it,” she told the BBC. …

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Election 2017: 10 things we’ve learned over seven weeks – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… Breaking the party line? 5) There are more women running for office Image copyright Getty Images When Mrs May called this snap election, the Conservative Party was ahead in the polls by some way. But Labour has been closing the gap. However, senior elections and political analyst Peter Barnes warns there are still quite large differences between the pollsters’ figures. And as we learned in 2015, the polls can be wrong. Almost all of the pollsters have changed their methods since …

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Election 2017: What do leaders do in their spare time? – BBC News

June 4, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while walking in the Welsh mountains. Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous walking up mountains in Switzerland”. It may be worth remembering that the prime minister studied Geography at Oxford University. And while …

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Election 2017: Five key things about the Question Time special – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… came to asking difficult questions. The tone was set from the get-go, when Mrs May was asked whether the public should trust anything she says given her “track record of broken promises and backtracking”. The tough questions kept coming. The Conservative leader got: “Secretly, do you really regret calling this election, now the polls have moved against you?” And: “do you really think you actually have any real leverage with Brussels?” Mr Corbyn didn’t …

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Is Scotland on the cusp of a Tory resurgence? – BBC News

June 3, 2017

… There were violent protests against introduction of the poll tax While Mrs Thatcher was a divisive politician throughout the UK, in Scotland there became fewer and fewer people willing to fall on her side of the divide. And yet those memories seem to be finally fading. Tories are now canvassing in places where they would have feared to tread a few years ago. In the recent local elections they won council seats in unlikely places such as Shettleston in the east end of Glasgow and Ferguslie …

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Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

… and you’d go in convoy.” Image caption Ravers remember it as a positive atmosphere with like-minded people Mrs Spagg believes the combination of a gloriously sunny bank holiday and the promise of a ready-made party was what drew ravers to Castlemorton. “You were getting [sound system collectives like] Spiral Tribe and the big [underground] DJs of the time latching onto the idea to take it out doors and the free festival scene was a real “no brain” way to do …

May 28, 2017
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Parties ‘were close to Brexit agreement’, says Foster – BBC News

The Labour leader said “all bombing is wrong”, as he was repeatedly asked to condemn the IRA alone for its role in the Troubles. Mrs Foster denounced those comments as “beyond the political pale”. Snap election The talks aimed at restoring the power-sharing executive were put on hold on 27 April until the general election is over. /* Apply some default styling for core content */ .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper html, .bbc-news-vj-iframe-wrapper address, …

May 23, 2017
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The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs – BBC News

… ‘You have to remember, Mrs Stockley, these people cannot be educated.’ That puts my hackles up now.” ‘Your mum made a mistake,’ my aunt said John Stockley, GI’s son Shocking though the racism seems to us today, it was arguably family life which had a more pernicious effect on these mixed-race children. “Your mum made a mistake,” one of his aunts once told John Stockley. “The ‘mistake’ is me,” he says. John’s …

May 22, 2017
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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

… difficult it is to break the voting habits of a lifetime in this part of the world when she stood for election in North West Durham in 1992. (By a strange coincidence, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was also standing for Parliament for the first time that year in the same constituency.) They still remember Mrs May at Consett Working Men’s Club – because, claims the barman, they wouldn’t let her through the door. It had nothing to do with her politics, he adds, it’s just that …

May 21, 2017
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Conservative manifesto: No timetable for migration pledge – BBC News

… in the Commons to be held on repealing the ban on fox hunting Launching the manifesto in Halifax on Thursday, Mrs May said: “We must take this opportunity to build a great meritocracy in Britain. It means making Britain a country that works, not for the privileged few, but for everyone.” The social care changes proposed are that the value of someone’s property would be included in the means test for receiving free care in their own home – currently only their income and …

May 20, 2017
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